2021 Camp Update (posted 1/11/21)
Early Access Membership will be available in the coming weeks. The below camp schedule is nearly finalized, and still subject to change. Early access registration for summer camp programs will begin in February, and we will open up registration to the public starting in March.
Day Camp Programs 2021
All of our day camp programs are geared towards helping the camper discover the natural surroundings and their inner strength. Campers are encouraged to make friends, explore the environment, and challenge themselves, all in a safe, non–competitive, and well-supported environment.
Group Size: Limit 8 per group
Format: Monday - Friday, Staggered Drop off and Pick-up times by group 8:30am- 9:00am, and 3:30-4:00pm (Except for Sunflowers - see below)
Extended Day Options: 7:45am / 5:30pm
Location: All programs meet at the W.E.U. Southwick Hills Ropes Course & Program Headquarters at 526 College Highway. Southwick, MA.
The younger we are when we begin to explore the world around us the more we will respect it. This shortened day program will be a great introduction to the out of doors for our youngest adventurers. In a small group setting the “Sunflowers” will stay at our Southwick base camp and will have the opportunity to make new friends, do nature-based craft projects, play games, build self-confidence and get a little bit dirty! Our staff are comprised of experienced outdoor educators and school teachers. Please send your little one with a mid-morning snack!
8:30am - 1:00pm
Session 4: July 26th - July 30th 2021 FULL
Session 6: August 9th - August 13th 2021
Based out of our Southwick camp location, Chipmunks will head out each day to explore the Greater Westfield area. Their field trips will lead them to parks, wooded areas, and streams where they will be able to get wet, dirty, and muddy as they play and work together in the out of doors. Chipmunks can expect to spend the week hiking, playing cooperative games, learning team building activities, swimming, climbing our high ropes course, stream-hiking, snorkeling and more. Our professional wilderness leader staff know just how to balance fun, excitement, and education in their outdoor classroom. In addition to a jam-packed week of safe outdoor activities, we provide 1+ group swimming lessons per week and a daily afternoon snack for our Chipmunks.
8:30am - 3:30pm
Session 1: July 5th - 9th 2021 - Waiting List Only
Session 2: July 12th - 16th 2021 - Waiting List Only
Session 4: July 26th - July 30th Waiting List Only
Session 5: August 2nd - 6th 2021 Waiting List Only
Session 6: August 9th - 13th 2021 Waiting List Only
Pathfinders are sure to go home every day tired, dirty and spilling over with stories about their day at camp. Pathfinders are kept busy and are on the move to a new locale each day. Our staff pride themselves in their ability to keep each day, and each week, at camp new, exciting and different than the last. Pathfinders activities could include: kayaking, canoeing, hiking, snorkeling, high and low challenge ropes course, stream hiking, group initiatives, cooperative games and challenges, primitive skills, biking, swimming and more! We keep our groups small by choice so that each child leaves the week having built lasting friendships with not only fellow campers but their staff as well!
8:45am - 3:45pm
Session 1: July 5th - 9th 2021
Session 2: July 12th - 16th 2021 2 Spaces
Session 3:July 19th - 23rd Waiting List Only
Session 4: July 26th - 30th 2021 1 space
Session 5: August 2nd - 6th 2021
Session 6: August 9th - 12th 2021
Sharks and Splash Swim Camp
Session 5: August 2nd - August 6th 2021
By far one of our favorite weeks. A day split between swimming and outdoor exploration. In the pool we will help kids build endurance, improve stroke technique, and truly fall in love with this lifelong sport. After swim practice we'll get back to W.E.U.'s outdoor adventure roots to climb our ropes course, explore hiking trails, and kayak on a beautiful lake.
*Swimmers must be able to pass a pre-requisite swim test, inquire with the office to schedule an evaluation if you are unsure your swimmer is ready.
1. Swim 40 yards independently, 20 of which must be front crawl.
2. Tread water for 30 seconds.
3. Jump into pool, establish back float and hold for 30 seconds.
The Pioneer program was designed for the older, experienced camper. Pioneers will work together to overcome some harder, more age-appropriate challenges. Goal-setting, as individuals and as a group, is an important focus during the week. Your young adventurer will go home every day at 4:00 wishing they were signed up for the overnight Explorer program! Activities could include, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, snorkeling, climbing our high ropes course, rock climbing, orienteering, stream hiking, low rope initiatives, biking, cooperative games/challenges, primitive skills, fishing, swimming & more!
ALL Pioneer programs in 2021 have a n ' Extended Day' for the entire group. This will be a great way for kids to get a taste as to what evenings are like at camp. Pick-up will be 7:00pm on Thursdays (with the exception of session 4, where the extended day will either be Wednesday or Thursday) The group will cook their meals over an open fire and enjoy the magic of the woods in the early evening hours.
*If WEU is able to offer the one night overnight experience instead of the 'extended day' we will! Covid-19 has changed many statewide guidelines for summer camp operations and it is not yet clear if overnight programs will be a possibility.
9am- 4pm *with one extended day
Session 1: July 5th - 9th 2021 1 space
Session 2: July 12th - 16th 2021 Sold Out
Session 3:July 19th - 23rd 2021 1 space
Session 4: July 26th - 30th 2021 Sold Out
Session 5: August 2nd - 6th 2021 Sold Out
Session 6: August 9th - 12th 2021 Sold Out
We are unsure if we will be able to run overnight programs in 2021 (as a result of Covid-19 restrictions) We are planning an extended day that includes evening activities and a camp fire dinner! On extended days pick-up is 7:00pm on Thursdays*
*Session 4 extended day will either be Wed. or Th as we have two Pioneer groups that session.
Pioneers: Scuba Certification Camp
Day Camp Format. Complete your SCUBA certification training in just one week! We start in our own 83-degree swimming pool for 3 days of confined water training and then head to open water for two days of certification dives. The world is mostly water and we believe it ought to be explored, appreciated, and protected. SCUBA is a lifetime certification and a tool to help live a life of adventure.
Cost includes online education materials, certification card, pool training, open water gear rental, all instruction & transportation
*Participants need to have their own Mask, Fins, & Snorkel. We have these available for a student discount at our program headquarters. Participants must be in good health and physical condition. Please discuss any concerns with our instructor prior to registering.
Back in Summer 2021
Dates To Be Announced SOON!