2016 Dates & Fees
Where is Greenwood Trails located?
Greenwood Trails is located on over 100 wooded acres in the beautiful Berkshires of Northwest Connecticut, less than 10 minutes off of CT Route 8. We are centrally located, approximately 2 hours from NYC, Boston, Albany, Long Island and New Jersey. Greenwood Trails is the prime location for summer camp. Click here for driving directions.
What are the camp sessions?
Greenwood Trails is a 6-week camp with 2-week session options. Campers can come for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. While we would love to share the entire summer with every camper, we realize that not every family can commit to the entire 6 weeks of overnight camp, so we offer the flexibility of shorter sessions.
If my child goes for 2 weeks, will they only be getting part of a program?
No! Each 2-week session is all-inclusive with a distinct opening and closing to the session and its own special events. Of course, the longer a camper attends the more things they will experience, but each 2 weeks is a complete session.
Is each 2-week session the same?
No way! While each 2-week session is all-inclusive, we offer different special events and activities each session so campers will experience new things throughout the summer. And with our unique Major & Minor based program, campers get to choose most of their schedule each week, and can experience many different things.
Do you have Visiting Days?
Yes. Visiting days are after each 2-week session. 2016 visiting days will be held on July 9th and July 23rd.
Where are most of the children from?
Most of the campers come the Northeast (CT, NY, NJ, MA, RI, PA), however we have campers from all over the country and around the world. In fact over 35 countries have been represented at camp, which we feel adds to the overall experience for every camper.
Is it true that Greenwood Trails is awesome?
Yes, yes we are. Thanks for asking.
Are you accredited?
Yes. Greenwood Trails is accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. We voluntarily adhere to over 300 rigorous standards in every area of camping from health & safety, to staffing, to program quality. In addition, Owen serves as a Standards Visitor for the ACA because we strongly believe in the value of camp for every child.
What are the counselors like?
The best! Our counselors are hand picked after going through an extensive interview process. We make sure that all counselors are warm and friendly with an outgoing personality and a genuine love of working with children. We also make it a point to have a healthy representation of international staff at camp, which we feel adds to the overall camper experience. A good staff is key to the success of any summer program. The staff at Greenwood Trails is second to none!
How are bunks assigned?
The bunks are assigned by age and gender.
What are the cabins like?
Our "camp-like" cabins are all clean and comfortable with electricity, bathrooms, and showers with hot & cold running water.
What do campers do at night?
There is an evening activity every night. They include events such as campfires, plays, scavenger hunts, talent shows, wacky special events, and much more.
How is the food?
Awesome! Click here for a sample menu.
How do you handle allergies at camp?
We do not serve any products with peanuts or nuts at camp. In addition, our medical staff screens all camper medical forms and informs the kitchen and bunk counselors of any information they need to know to provide the camper a safe summer. Accommodations are made for campers with special dietary needs.
Do you have a canteen?
Yes. Campers get snack daily which is covered in their canteen fee. They can also purchase additional items which are deducted from an account set up before the summer.
Can I send a care package?
Parents are welcome to send their children care packages, however we ask you to follow certain guidelines. If you decide to send a package, please keep it reasonable and please do not send any food. We want to avoid "care package competitions" amongst campers, and because of food allergies we need to be aware of the ingredients of all food in camp.
What do you do about laundry?
Laundry is done once a week by a laundry service and is included in the tuition.
How can I communicate with my child?
You can send letters to camp by snail mail or email via our one way email service, which we will print out and give to campers during mail call. After the first week, campers also are permitted one weekly phone call.
Do you update your website for camp photos of the kids?
Our camp website is updated frequently with pictures from each day. This is a great way for parents to be able to check up on what's happening at camp and see the children in action.
What is a typical day like?
The day is broken down into 6 daily activity periods, plus an evening activity after dinner. Click here for a sample schedule.
What are rainy days like?
We hope to avoid all rainy days, but we don't have that level of sway with Mother Nature yet. Therefore, we are always prepared for the event of rain. Depending on the severity and length of the rain, we have a number of indoor activities, both large group and small group, that can be done during rainy periods either in the camper's bunks, the social hall, or at one of our other indoor facilities. And sometimes we just dance in the rain! ☺
Are you a uniform camp?
No. Campers do not have to wear a uniform at camp. The rationale behind uniform camps is that it eliminates "clothing competition." We don't have that issue at Greenwood Trails, as we are a relaxed camp with down to earth campers. Campers should wear comfortable and casual "camp clothes" that they don't mind getting dirty. We will send home a packing list before camp starts with recommended items.
What if my child gets homesick?
Homesickness is a common occurrence at sleepaway camp which most campers will experience in a mild way (reportedly 95% of campers experience homesickness to some degree). The best cure for homesickness is being active, so we make sure to keep campers busy through the day! And when the "missing home" feelings occur, our caring staff are there to help in an understanding fashion. Getting over homesickness is an important part of the camp experience and helps campers build their self esteem and develop a sense of independence.
How do campers get there?
Campers are brought to camp by their parents, or we have coach bus transportation from certain areas for a nominal fee. Campers arriving by airplane will have transportation provided from the airport for a nominal fee.
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What if my child needs medical care?
Our Health Center is staffed by a licensed registered nurse. One of our RNs dispenses all medications to campers as prescribed by your family doctor, and treats campers at any time if they are ill or sustain an injury. We also have a doctor on call 24hrs. Parents are always called when a child stays overnight in the Health Center, needs to see a specialist, or needs to be started on prescription medication. In the unlikely event of a more serious illness or injury, Greenwood Trails is 5 minutes from the Winsted Health Center and 15 minutes from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. We contact parents immediately in the event of an accident or injury.
What do you do for camper birthdays?
We will serve a birthday cake and sing the Greenwood Trails Birthday Song in the dining hall for campers with birthdays during camp. Also, birthday parties with the camper's bunk can be arranged for an additional fee by signing up through your MyGWT account.
What is your policy on cell phones?
Campers are not permitted to use cell phones at camp. We believe that cell phone use would be antithetical to what we are promoting at Greenwood Trails. Campers should gain a sense of independence and learn to rely on themselves while at camp. In case of emergency, the camp will always get in touch with parents, and parents can always get in touch with their child by calling the camp office if the need arises.
Is there a religious outlook at camp?
No. Greenwood Trails is a non-sectarian camp. We welcome campers from all backgrounds, religions, faiths and perspectives.
Why should we choose your camp?
You should choose Greenwood Trails if you want your child to expand their horizons, grow as individuals, and have tons of fun in a relaxed yet spirited family atmosphere.
How do I get more information?
We'd love to hear from you! You can receive more information by calling us at 516-483-7272 in the winter or 860-379-6517 in the summer. You can also e-mail us directly at .