About Camp Atwater
Camp Atwater has a historic presence in the summer youth camp experience. A member of the American Camp Association and serving over 56,000 youth over its 99-year history of operation. Atwater is oldest African American camp in the country, serving youth from varies cities nationwide. Camp Atwater is a national historic place and listed on the national registered of historic places. Youth that attend camp are between the ages of 8 and 16 years old. Our camp program is considered a traditional camp that focus on youth development, self-assuredness, self-awareness, self-discipline and recreational activities that include sports, performing arts and art. Our staff is comprised of counselors and administrative staff. Atwater has a high standard of operations from facility maintenance and we follow the ACA Accredited Standards as well a meeting state and local standard requirements. Camp Atwater located in Worcester County, in North Brookfield, MA on approx. 80 acres of forest and waterfront property.
Unfortunately, Camp Atwater’s residential camp program will not be able to open this summer due to COVID-19. To acquaint you with a virtual camp experience we have partnered with the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services to engage youth during the most challenging summer months.
The Atwater Virtual Camp Experience will be a combination computer-based activities that include live instruction, performances, and demonstrations from local and nationwide talent. Activities to be included are; Dance, Drumming, Drawing, Theatre, Poetry, Music, Heritage Circles (Career talks with professionals), Pottery and more. It is definitely an experience participants will remember and talk about for years to come.
It was founded in 1921 by the late Dr. William N. DeBerry, and is one of the oldest camps of its kind in the country. It was named in honor of Dr. David Fisher Atwater, whose daughter Mary donated substantially to the camp. The camp is located on beautiful Lake Lashaway in North Brookfield, Massachusetts. This magnificent waterfront property includes 75 acres of land with 40 buildings as well as a 3-acre island just off the camp’s main land. The camp is owned and operated by the Urban League of Springfield and is equipped to house, feed and service up to 160 campers at any given time. Campers and staff come from various cities across the United States and several foreign countries. The equipment is modern, and the plant is arranged carefully to accommodate a variety of camper activities. Camp Atwater is listed on The National Register of Historic Places and is accredited by the American Camp Association.
The trained and capable staff, who understand and model the behavior necessary for the campers’ personal growth and development, contribute to our unique camping experience.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE
Camp Atwater’s mission is to assist in the academic and social growth and development of youth by offering a quality residential camp experience within a safe, nurturing and Afrocentric environment.
The camp’s goal is to create experiences that will equip youth with the skills to become happy, healthy, successful contributing adults.
The leadership development experience is a process of combining philosophy, content and methods from the fields of Education, Recreation and Culture. 0ur intent is to facilitate the process of youth encountering themselves and their environment in an intensive, perceptive and experiential manner. The program utilizes natural ways to arouse sensitivity, shape values and strengthen personalities. The result is campers will expand their cognitive understandings about their responsibilities and contributions to these social, economic and ecological dimensions of our world.