YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea

Located nearby in scenic Southfield, MA in the Berkshires, YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea is an accredited resident and day camp that takes an intentional approach to ensuring that each child is safe, successful and happy, under the care of our trained staff. We focus on helping kids develop friendships and build character, through a variety of programs and activities led by specialists and professional role models.

 

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  • Historic Camp Property
  • 500 Acre Wilderness
  • 23 Acre private lake
  • 11 Cozy Cabins sleep 8
  • Centralized Bathhouse
  • Lakeside Lodge & Dining Hall
  • International Staff

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A Perfect Place for:

Camp Rentals

School/Group Outings

Camp Open House & Family Fun Day

Sunday, May 4, 12-3pm
Come out to meet our camp leadership, experience the facilities,
and learn what makes Wa Wa so special!

Want to add to the fun?
Take the free bus ride from the YMCA!
Bus will leave Torrington Y at 11:15am and Winsted Y at 11:30am.
Reserve your seat by May 1

5k Race to benefit YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea
Sunday, May 11
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MANY WAYS TO EXPERIENCE CAMP

In our safe and fun environment, we believe every camper should have the opportunity to:

  • Learn new skills, experience new things and make new friends
  • Explore and appreciate nature in a beautiful outdoor setting
  • Develop healthy, supportive relationships with peers and mentors
  • Be accepted for who they are
  • Increase self-confidence, self-reliance and self-esteem
  • Expand their sense of responsibility for the shared experiences of the community

RESIDENT CAMP
Boys and Girls Ages 7-14

The Northwest CT Y continues the wonderful traditions of this historic ACA-Accredited camp, celebrating 100 years of providing incredible overnight camping experiences to children from throughout the region. During each session, campers will grow and learn, and develop memories for a lifetime.

DAY CAMP
Boys and Girls Ages 6-14

For those campers who are looking for the full camp experience but wish to be at home each night, Day Camp is the way to go. Day campers take part in virtually every activity offered at Wa Wa Segowea, including a hot lunch each day. Bus
transportation is provided from selected locations throughout the Northwest CT, with optional "early drop-off" and "late pick-up" at our Torrington Branch. There will also be opportunities each session for our day campers to "taste" the overnight experience by spending a night with our resident camp.

SENIOR OPTIONS CAMP (SOC)
Boys and Girls Ages 15-16

The program will offer a combination of outdoor experiences (hiking, canoeing & overnight trips), along with service projects, both in camp and around the community. Participants will have a significant role in selecting and planning the trips and projects each session, allowing these maturing teens to demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills.

EXCURSION CAMP
Boys and Girls Ages 15-17

Start and end the summer with a week of trips! Watch for details coming soon.

LEADER IN TRAINING (LIT) PROGRAM
Boys and Girls Ages 16-17

Teens with the ambition to lead will spend parts of each day exploring and expanding their skills under the direction of
experienced staff, with opportunities to put their new skills into action by assisting staff with our younger campers. Participants will gain confidence, improve decision-making skills, and develop new friendships – all while having fun! NOTE: Interested participants must APPLY to this program, and must be approved through an interview process. To begin, complete the regular online registration process. The application will not be confirmed, and the deposit will not be processed, until and unless the LIT applicant has: submitted all the required forms (available through the online registration process); been interviewed by the Camp Director; and accepted into the program. Complete Information


Segowea is the Best Place Ever

At Wa Wa Segowea campers become who they were meant to be. They develop the ability to be genuine, relax, have fun, and really connect with others. They develop self-confidence and self-respect as they make new friends, meet challenges, and learn to cooperate. They assume daily responsibilities, from making beds and setting tables to choosing and planning activities. The rhythm of camp balances group activities with individual pursuits and education with recreation. There is time to learn, play, and just be. And there is always time to talk about what matters.

Camp Wa Wa Segowea serves hundreds of campers from near and far. They stay for as little as one week and as long as most of the summer. In addition to the great staff, campers love the FOOD and the setting and the myriad of activities available every day – from enjoying waterfront activities on the 23-acre private lake to exploring the nearly 500 acres of camp-owned wilderness. Each week includes time for building friendships, connecting as a community, caring for the camp, and reflecting on how the values and experiences of camp can carry on throughout the year and into the greater community of our world.

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Segowea is a “Home Away From Home”
Up to eight campers, a counselor, and an assistant counselor or a leader-in-training (LIT) make our cozy cabins home for the session. Groups of cabins form separate boys’ and girls’ villages. A central bathhouse is located just steps away for showers and restrooms. The summer camp community shares three meals a day served family style in the dining hall or at a lakeside barbeque.

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CONNECTING WITH NATURE AND EACH OTHER

Spending the summer exploring Camp Wa Wa Segowea’s 500 acres of forest and private lake will reconnect your child with nature and expand their appreciation and love for the outdoors. With the electronic distractions of the world left behind, each camper will enjoy the fun, interpersonal experiences we cherish from our own childhood. This is what being a kid was meant to be.

Camp Wa Wa Segowea has extensive programming that includes time on the water and in the woods, on our athletic fields and in our historic lodge. Our own private lake is the perfect setting for all kinds of waterfront activities. The entire Camp participates in the daily “Community Circle” which is a time of community and connection. New and traditional camp songs are sung, the Y core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are presented, and discussions about how to link the good things at Camp with the wider world are fostered.

WATERFRONT FAVORITES

Last year's addition of the aqua trampoline to the waterfront was a huge hit! Watch for more waterfront fun in 2014.

BRAND NEW DESTINATION!

This summer, as campers look across the lake, they'll see the sillouette of the newest addition to camp: a tipi! This will be an exciting destination for hikes and overnights.

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CARING STAFF

Camp Wa Wa Segowea is committed to providing children with the most positive experience possible. Only the most impressive applicants are selected to staff the camp. Counselors are college-age young adults who care about children. They are loving, patient, responsible, dedicated to teaching and they like sharing safe outdoor fun! Counselors are certified in first aid and CPR and complete a staff training prior to each summer.

Interested applicants must complete and submit both forms below:

CAMP DIRECTOR

Joshua Scott returns to Camp Wa Wa Segowea for his second year, carrying on the greatest parts from 2013, and introducing even more fun and excitement for 2014.

Read a letter from Josh!

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Camp Type/Session Dates
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Resident Camp
Ages 7-14
CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW DAYS
June 29-July 12
July 13-26
July 27-Aug. 9
Aug. 10-16
(one week)
Senior Options Camp
(SOC)
Ages 15-16
June 29-July 12
July 13-26
July 27-Aug. 9
LIT Program
Ages 16-17
June 29-July 19
(3 weeks)
July 20-Aug. 9
(3 weeks)
 
Excursion Camp
Ages 15-17
CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW DAYS
      Aug. 10-16
Holdover Weekends
(between sessions)
July 12-13
July 26-27
Aug. 9-10
Day Camp (weekdays only)
Ages 6-14
CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW DAYS
June 30-July 11
July 14-25
July 28-Aug. 8
Aug. 11-15
(one week)

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Tuition per Session* Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
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Resident Camp
Ages 7-14
Sessions 1,5: $795
Sessions 2,3,4: $1590
Sessions 1,5: $695
Sessions 2,3,4: $1390
Sessions 1,5: $595
Sessions 2,3,4: $1190
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Senior Options Camp
(SOC)
Ages 15-16
$1790 $1590 $1390 FA
LIT Program
Ages 16-17
$2085
$1785 $1485 FA
Excursion Camp
Ages 15-17
$895 $795

$695

FA
Holdover Weekends
(between sessions)
$90 $90 $90 $90
Day Camp
(Free Day Camp!)
Ages 6-14
Sessions 1,5: $199
Sessions 2,3,4: $399
Sessions 1,5: $199
Sessions 2,3,4: $399
Sessions 1,5: $199
Sessions 2,3,4: $399
FA

*Why 4 Tiered Tuition fees?
Realizing that families have differing abilities to pay, Camp Wa Wa Segowea has instituted a voluntary 4-tier pricing program for our Summer Resident Camp. Please choose the tier that is most suitable for your family. All children have the same experience no matter which tier a family is able to pay. The tier selected by a family will be kept confidential.

Tier 1 - Most accurately accounts for the true cost of operating camp including wear and tear on equipment, transportation, marketing and depreciation.

Tier 2 - A partially subsidized rate for those who can afford to pay more than just the basic costs associated with attending camp.

Tier 3 - Covers the basic costs associated with attending camp including, food, staff salaries and supplies.

Tier 4 - A variable rate made possible by donations to the AnnualStrong Kids Campaign, for families who have need for financial assistance. To apply, please submit an application form along with a completed copy of the registration form.


We also know that the best camp promotion is our current and past camp families. As a thank you for any new (did not attend last year) enrolled campers that you refer to camp this summer, you'll be credited $100 each ($50 for a Day Camp registration) toward your summer camp fees. There are no limits on the number of referrals - you could even earn free camp for the summer. Be sure to have your friends list you on their application.

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Host an international exchange camper in your home, and both that camper and a member of your family will attend day camp for free! Not to mention the incredible cultural experience for your family.

USAImmersion (USAI), an educational not-for-profit organization, is offering a fellowship to attend day camp for free to those families willing to host international campers coming to our day camp from Spain and France.

The USAI Cultural Exchange Program allows both international and American campers to go to day camp together while they learn about each other’s cultures and spend 3 or 4 weeks in the summer time together, both at day camp and home.

Time commitment is 3 or 4 weeks in the months of July. Student ages are 10 to 16 years old.

If you think your family maybe interested in participating in this program, we’re doing a tentative list of participants to be confirmed later in the spring time. For more information about the USAI Cultural Immersion Program, please contact USAI at 845-688-2434 or email info@usaimmersion.org. Please visit www.usaimmersion.org.


HOLDOVER WEEKENDS

Several of our campers choose to attend more than one session each summer. When those chosen sessions are “back-to-back,” campers have the opportunity to enjoy Camp Wa Wa Segowea's holdover program. Holdover runs from 11:00am on Check-out Saturday until 2:00pm on Check-in Sunday.

Our holdover program is more than just waiting around for the next camp session to start. In addition to getting the entire camp to themselves, holdover campers get to enjoy activities normally reserved for different programs and age groups. Swimming, games, movies, and arts and crafts round out the fun. Adequate time is set aside, however, for the campers to just rest and relax.

Of course, parents are welcome to check-out their children during the holdover weekend. Simply call ahead and indicate a pick-up time. We will ensure your child will be ready to go and enjoy a dinner, movie, or activity with the family.


DEPOSITS AND BALANCES

Non-refundable deposits are required for each session registration. The balance of each registration is due no later than 2 weeks prior to check-in day.

  • Resident/LIT/ Camp Deposit - $100/session
  • Day Camp Deposit - $50/session


REGISTRATION

Register Online using our new CampMinder registration system!


CONTACT US

Off-Season/Central Office:
Felice Axelrod, Camp Registrar
wawa@nwcty.org
(860) 489-3133 x500

In-Season/Camp Office:
Joshua Scott, Camp Director
jscott@nwcty.org
(413) 229-9910


DIRECTIONS

Segowea is nestled in the southwest corner of Massachusetts in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. We are located in Southfield, MA, just over an hour's drive from Albany or Poughkeepsie, New York.

NOTE: DO NOT trust your GPS or online maps - some mapped roads do not exist; others are difficult dirt roads or dead ends. We highly recommend the directions below. Foley Hill Road DOES NOT EXIST south of camp.

For your safety please drive slowly on Foley Hill Road which is a one and a half lane dirt road.

From Poughkeepsie, NY
Take Rt 44 East to Canaan, CT. In Canaan turn left at the first traffic light onto Rt 7 North. Proceed one mile passing the Snack Shack and a small farm stand on your right. Turn right directly after the farm stand following signs for Southfield, MA. Proceed 2.1 miles to the stop sign. Turn left and proceed 0.2 mile to a fork in the road. Bear right at that fork Proceed 4.6 miles to Foley Hill Road on your right. Camp Segowea is at the end of this road.

From Hartford, CT
DUE TO BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION, PLEASE USE THIS ALTERNATE ROUTE.
Take Route 44 West to Norfolk, CT. Take Route 272 North towards Southfield, MA. Despite recommendations from GPS, DO NOT turn left on Canaan Valley Rd. Follow route 272 through the center of Southfield, past the General Store. Turn left onto Mill River Southfield Rd. At the end, turn left onto Hadsell St, and another quick left onto Lumbert Cross Rd. At the intersection, go directly across onto Canann Southfield Rd. Turn right onto Foley Hill Rd. Camp Wa Wa Segowea is at the end of the road.

From Springfield, MA
DUE TO BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION, PLEASE USE THIS ALTERNATE ROUTE.
Take Route 91 South until you come to Route 57 West. Take 57 towards Agawam, MA. Take Route 57 to New Marlboro, where you pick up Route 272 South toward Canaan, CT. (a left). At the first intersection, stay to the right, turning onto Mill River Southfield Rd. At the end, turn left onto Hadsell St, and another quick left onto Lumbert Cross Rd. At the intersection, go directly across onto Canann Southfield Rd. Turn right onto Foley Hill Rd. Camp Wa Wa Segowea is at the end of the road.

From Albany, NY
Take I-90 East to Lee, MA. Turn left on Rt US 20. Make quick right onto Mass 102 to Stockbridge. Turn left onto US 7 in Stockbridge to Great Barrington. After Price Chopper Plaza, turn left at light onto Rt 23 East. Go four miles to Route 57. Turn right onto Rt 57 Go approximately 5 miles to New Marlborough, Turn right to Southfield, MA. At the first intersection, go left over the steel deck bridge. Proceed past the Southfield Store and make your first right at the stop sign. Go one mile to Foley Hill Road on your left. Camp Segowea is at the end of this road.

 


DAY CAMP BUS ROUTES

Route 1
Stop Approx. Pick-up Time Approx. Drop-off Time
Torrington Y* 8:00am 5:00pm
Winsted Y 8:20am 4:40pm
Norfolk Library 8:40am 4:20pm

Route 2
Stop Approx. Pick-up Time Approx. Drop-off Time

Lakeville (Post Office)
8:30am 4:45p
Canaan Y 8:45am 4:30pm

Route 3
Stop Approx. Pick-up Time Approx. Drop-off Time
Great Barrington (K-Mart) 8:00am 5:00pm
Sheffield (Cong. Church) 8:20am 4:40pm
New Marlborough (Grange) 8:40am 4:20pm

Early Drop-Off & Late Pick-Up

For an additional fee, day campers that are utilizing the Torrington YMCA Bus Stop can take advantage of our extended day program:

  • Early Care (beginning as early at 6:00am) - $25/week
  • Late Care (ending as late at 6:00pm) - $21/week
  • Both - $45/week

Safety Procedures & Information

All passengers must follow the directions of the bus driver or other designated bus supervisor.

All passengers must remain in their seats at all times when the bus is in motion; no items or body parts may be extended out of the bus windows.

Passengers must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before loading or unloading.

Children must be supervised by adults at the stops at all times. No child will be dropped off at the stop without an approved adult to receive him/her. If an adult cannot be contacted, the child will be returned to camp.

Any changes to a camper's bus plans must be sent to the camp in writing in advance.


Note: This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health