Arrow Wood Programming
Here’s Where…Passion Meets Sport
The spirit of the camp comes from the communal love of athletics by campers of all ages. The love of sport is philosophically different than being the mostly highly skilled or accomplished athlete. It means the sport develops a special meaning for an individual, with the potential to inspire a lifelong passion for that game.
Core Vs. Explore
Our unique programming provides opportunities for kids to be exposed to a wide range of activities to create intentional discovery. Our sports curriculum includes specific instruction for core high school sports. At Arrow Wood exploratory activities revolve around the Waterfront, Outdoor Adventure, Digital Media and The Arts.
We believe that 90 minutes of hard work in the morning is what your child needs to improve their skills. After this sport-specific period, there’s the rest of the day to explore other sports and passions. Our carefully selected sports directors create an age-appropriate summer curriculum that balances learning and fun.
- Cross Country/Track
- 7 a Side/Flag Football
- Field Hockey
The last period of the day will be a competitive block AKA Game Time! It could be anything – a tennis match, a basketball game, 7-v-7 soccer, or a home run derby.
At our core, we believe the key to developing lifelong passions is best captured by our camp mantra, “Motivate, don’t mandate.” By following this guiding principle, we are giving the camp experience back to the campers and allowing kids to explore additional activities of most interest to them.
- Waterfront – Sitting on 3000 feet of lake frontage, the waterfront and its activities are a big part of life at Arrow Wood. We offer swimming, sailing, kayaking, SUP, Waterskiing and more!
- Outdoor Adventure – With 130 acres of land Arrow Wood has plenty to offer any outdoor enthusiast. We offer Mountain Biking, A Ropes Course, Camping, Hiking and more!
- Digital & Media Arts – When we thought about building a sports camp, we realized that no matter how awesome our campers are at sports, the odds say that they probably won’t become professional athletes. The good news is that there are lots of other ways to be involved in the sports and entertainment world. At Arrow Wood we have created a program where our campers will be ‘running’ many aspects of the camp, such as video production, assistant coaching, analytics, social media, writing articles, and helping make new apparel.
- The Arts – Even the worlds best athletes have other interests. We encourage and foster creativity in the form of Creative arts, drama, music and more!
- Non-Core Sports & Fun – Lawn Games, Cornhole, Ping-Pong, Gaga, Tetherball, Stickball are all part of Life at Arrow Wood!
Rise & Shine – Guiding Principle: Start Each Day Right
It’s 8 AM and a beautiful day in the Berkshires. Time for everyone to get up, stretch, and eat a good breakfast to get ready for the day ahead.
1st Period – Guiding Principle: Specialized Sport Improvement
A 90-minute age-appropriate workout for your child’s core sport of choice. We do this first thing in the morning for multiple reasons: First, it’s cooler in the morning, and second, we believe in getting our “work” in early while everyone’s fresh.
2nd Period – Guiding Principle: Discover New Passions
A non-core sport period chosen by Camp Arrow Wood staff to give our campers time to explore all the other great things camp has to offer: sailing, mountain biking, digital media, analytics, creative arts, and more.
Lunch & Siesta – Guiding Principle: The Upside of Downtime
Everyone fuels up and rests for the afternoon.
3rd Period – Guiding Principle: Motivate Don't Mandate
Chosen every day before breakfast. Why? We want your child to be able to change their mind and discover something they love or hadn’t tried before. For the serious athlete who wants to get up extra jumpers, hit more tennis balls, or work on pitching a softball; or the camper that has always wanted to explore soccer, tennis, or kayaking—this is the time.
4th Period – Guiding Principle: Competition with Compassion
A 60 minute game period where the winners are awarded points. Points are accumulated throughout the summer all culminating with the winners having a special event at the end of the summer!
Cool Off in Richmond Pond – Guiding Principle: Connect with Nature
Time to jump in the lake and relax the mind and body.
Dinner – Guiding Principle: Fuel for the Night
The dinner bell is rung and it’s time to share the final meal of the day. Healthy, nourishing meals ensure both a healthy mind and body.
Under the Lights – Guiding Principle: Practice & Play
The evening will consist of two parts: team practice and evening activities. After dinner, there will be a 60 minute practice time for our tournament and camp teams. After practice, anything goes: capture the flag, socials, campfires, bunk s’mores, movie nights, canteen, night swims, DJ nights, and more. The possibilities are endless!
Every Saturday the Arrow Wood campus comes alive with our own version of a college gameday! Wear your favorite school apparel, participate in Arrow traditions, ‘enter the dining room’, corn hole tourneys, soda pong, ‘Arrow Tailgates’ and more….
THE craziest, most ridiculous, insanely fun obstacle/relay race known to camping. The winning team gets to hold on to the ‘Coveted Wooden Arrow’ until the following summer – when the competition starts all over again.
The Arrow Games
Our version of the Olympics – Arrow Style! Three days of competition, a culmination of the spirit of Arrow Wood in 72 hours. You will laugh, you will cry, you will compete, the bonds of friendship will be cemented, you will remember it forever.
We do camp trips a bit different. Sometimes we take spontaneous trips to New York Jets training camp, to a Celtics work out or to Fenway Park. Sometimes it’s a simple trip to a local Berkshires establishment for ice cream or to see a show. Our oldest three divisions take scheduled trips to Boston, Montreal, The Cape, Nantucket and Maine. We do camping and white water rafting trips, some coed some not. Sometimes it’s for the whole division and sometimes it’s just for kids that opt in. Bottom line we keep our options open and like to be flexible, so every camper has the option to explore the best of New England and beyond.