What are the facilities like?
Camp Howe is situated on 52 acres located in the DAR state forest at the foothills for the Berkshires. The camp remains rustic with modern touches. Each cabin has electricity, bunk beds and are a short walk from the unit bath house.
How are cabin assignments done?
Cabin assignments are made using age, grade, program eligibility and cabin mate requests. As we make these assignments, our goal is to create groups with a mix of campers both new and returning and provide campers with the opportunity to meet new friends from different geographic areas.
Do you honor all friend requests?
We will honor friend requests if there is a mutual friend request. It is likely that groups of 4 (or larger) will be split into 2 (or more). With large groups, there are often interwoven requests, which make it impossible for us to place each camper with their first choice request. We ask that you as parents keep in mind that camp is a place to make new friends and be inclusive of other children. If your child is part of a large group, we will be sure to place your child with someone else from the group. Encourage this openness and flexibility prior to arrival to assist us in providing your child with an inclusive camp experience.
How many campers live in one cabin?
A typical cabin group has 9 or 10 campers and 2 counselors. One of female teen cabins can house up to 20 girls but this is rarely the case and we divide the cabin to make smaller groups.
Who will my camper be sharing a cabin with?
Camp Howe is includes youth and young adults of all differences. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity and enjoy and be accepted in a summer camp community.
We encourage you to speak with your child about what types of diversity exist in the world, and encourage them to speak with one of the counselors or returning camper if they have questions or concerns. We believe that through enjoying camp together, that differences are demystified and stereotypes can be questioned and explored.
My child is transgendered or gender non conforming, where will they live?
Our residential living arrangements are currently limited to male and female. Typically our trans or gender non binary campers are free to choose which unit they will be in based on which gender aligns most with gender identity. All of our staff are trained to work with all youth and how to create a culture of acceptance.
Does camp provide transportation?
It is each camper’s family’s responsibility to get her to and from Camp Howe.
Are there individual or group chores?
Campers are responsible to clean-up their cabins which are inspected on a daily basis as part of our cleanest cabin competition. Each day a cabin is awarded cleanest cabin of the day. This points are tallied and an overall Cleanest Cabin of the Week is awarded on Friday. Cabins are also assigned “CIA’s” – Camp Improvement Acts – which range from setting the dining tables, watering the flowers, cleaning the bathrooms to leading singing hill before meals. The intent of CIA’s is encourage the entire camp community to care about our surrounds.
Who will my camper be sharing a cabin with?
Camp Howe is includes youth and youndgadults of all differences. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity and enjoy and be accepted in a summer camp community.
We encourage you to speak with your child about what types of diversity exist in the world, and encourage them to speak with one of the counselors if they have questions or concerns. We believe that through enjoying camp together, that differences are demystified and sterotypes can be questioned and explored.
What is the food like?
Meals at Camp Howe are an important part of daily life. Campers and staff come together to eat, talk about their day. Campers and staff sit together at assigned tables with their cabin for breakfast and dinner. Lunch is enjoyed outside picnic style allowing all ages and genders to get to know each other.
We serve tasty, balanced meals in our dining hall where campers eat “family style” with their cabin-mates. In addition to the hot meal served at the table, we always have a salad bar, vegetarian option, and bread and jelly station (peanut butter when we are able). Throughout the day, fruit is always available in the dining hall.
What if my child has an allergy?
Camp Howe recognizes that allergies, in some instances, may be severe and even occasionally life-threatening. The foods most likely to cause allergic reactions are peanuts, tree nuts, dairy products, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, and shell-fish. Although most food allergies produce symptoms that are uncomfortable, persons with allergies can suffer more serious consequences. In an effort to be an even more inclusive community, weeks in which we have individuals with severe allergies to a particular food we will not serve that food in the dining hall or store.
When we have individuals with severe allergies, we also will go through packages and remove any item containing that allergen. We work under the assumption that we are peanut and tree nut free so please avoid sending your child with food and cosmetics that contain these items.
In some cases Camp Howe may require the family to provide supplemental food and snacks to ensure the camper's safety and experience.
Can campers call home?
Your camper's happiness and welfare are of the utmost concern to the Camp Director and Staff. One way to further that happiness and welfare is to avoid any disruption to the camper's period of adjustment. Campers generally do not receive or make phone calls during their stay at camp. We will contact you if there is a problem or if your camper is not doing well, emotionally or physically.
Please prepare your child for this and discuss that they should talk with their counselors if they are not doing well. Emergency messages will be delivered. Camp Phone lines must be kept open for the business. Campers will not have free access to telephones during their stay at camp. If you have concerns and feel the need contact the Camp Director at 413 268-7635.
Please DO NOT tell your child they will be able to phone you while here. Promises such as these can worsen homesickness and cause behavioral issues. If you would like to have constant contact with your child while they are away, we suggest day camp as an option or a camp that allows the use of phones by campers during their stay.
Can my child bring a cell phone to camp?
Please do not send your camper with a cell phone, as this is the time for them to become unplugged, make new friends, and enjoy their camp experience. You'll be amazed at how well they do on their own. The camp experience helps children and youth gain confidence, independence and an ability to adapt to a variety of social situations.
Are visitors allowed to visit campers during their session?
To avoid disrupting the program and the continuity of adjustment to camp life, we humbly request that parents, guardians or families restrict visits to the opening and closing days of their campers' session. But your attendance at the awards ceremony and candlelight service on Friday evening of the last day of your child’s stay is KINDLY REQUESTED. We fully understand that you will be eager to begin your journey home, but we strongly believe that it provides closure for your child’s stay.
If families would like to visit their child on the Saturday in the middle of a two week session, we request that you collect your child and take them out of camp for the visit to ensure campers’ whose families are not visiting do not begin to feel homesick or neglected by their families. Pick up and drop offs are only allowed at 9am, 12:30 and 6pm.
Can we mail letters to our camper?
Frequent, cheerful and supportive letters or cards are important to campers. Mail service can be slow - allow several days for delivery. It is suggested that you mail a letter before your camper goes to camp or slip a card into the camp mailbox on Sunday when there to register. This will ensure a letter from home first day. Receiving notes from home helps to ensure a safe and secure feeling for our campers.
What is the camp mailing address?
Address to: Your Camper, Cabin Number P.O. Box 326, Goshen MA 01032
Can my camper do laundry at camp?
Camp Howe does not provide laundry facilities for our campers. Please plan enough clean clothes, towels, washcloths and swimsuits to last the whole session. Include a laundry bag or other bag for soiled items. The campers can rinse out some things and hang them on the line.
How does the camp store work?
Purchases may be made from the Camp Store on arrival and departure days and during the week by campers. Postcards, stamps, toiletries, writing materials, t-shirts and some camp souvenirs are available. To avoid loss, spending money shall be deposited into an account at the Store upon arrival. Ten or twenty dollars is recommended, and more than that discouraged. On closing day, unused balances may be withdrawn or can be donated to our campership fund. Donations and abandoned accounts will be transferred to our campership funds to assist families in the affordability of a week at camp.
What do you do for camper’s who have a birthday while at camp?
Many campers celebrate their birthdays while at camp! On a camper’s birthday, the camper is recognized with their cabin and then presented with a special birthday cake to share with his or her cabin. Families are welcome to deliver or have delivered other birthday items to the camp office for distribution by your child’s counselor.
Can I tip my child’s counselor?
Providing for all of our youth is the responsibility of all staff. We ask that families refrain from tipping individual staff members. Families are instead encouraged to write letter sharing their positive views of the staff and their child’s experience. If a family feels it is necessary to reward the staff we encourage you to donate to the counselor banquet fund or to our campership program.
Who accredits or licenses Camp Howe?
Camp Howe is an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited camp, which represents to you that our camp has met or exceeded nationally recognized standards for staffing, programming, health and wellness and food service. By choosing to be accredited, our camp has a regular, independent assessment that goes beyond regulations in our state.
Camp Howe must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, including Regulation 105 CMR 430.00 Minimum Standards for Recreational Camps for Children, and be licensed by the Goshen Board of Health.