Camp Atwater

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7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. This is a view of the Congressman Richard E. Neal Assembly Hall.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. This is camper Aziah Evans, 13, of Springfield taking care of the daily mail call.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. Here, camper Genesis White of Fort Washington, Maryland, works on an art project.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. Here, Devonia Thomas leads campers in singing grace before lunch.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. This is camper Joyce Jackson, 10, of Springfield.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. Here, campers and counselors work outide the arts and crafts building.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. Here, campers spend some quiet time in the cabin or “hut”.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. These plaques hang on the wall of the Richard Neal Assembly Hall and mark accomplishments of campers.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. Here, campers and staff have a lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. This is camper Leah Jackson , 14, of Springfield spending a pensive moment on her bed.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. Here, campers stand for singing grace before the start of lunch.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. This is camper Avi Thomas, 9, of St. Paul Minnesota showing a card she recieved in the mail.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. This sign faces the main road to the camp.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. This is the sign on the front of the Richard Neal Assembly Hall.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. This is a view of the camp waterfront on Lake Lashaway as seen from the camp’s main lodge.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. Here, camp chef Marcella Spruell of Springfield makes sweet potato pie in the camp’s kitchen.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. Here, 13 year old Katelyn Lussier of Palmer (left) and Jasmine Willis, 15, of Springfield spend some time in their “hut”.

7-24-13 – North Brookfield – Republican staff photo by Don Treeger- Photos from Camp Atwater, a summer camp run by the Urban League of Springfield. There are many famous alumni of Camp Atwater, including Dennis Hightower, former Former Deputy Commerce Secretary and President of Walt Disney Co.’s television unit. His name appears on a wall of distinguished campers.

LEGENDS OF CAMP ATWATER
LEGENDS OF CAMP ATWATER

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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.

HISTORY

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.