Each summer Shire Village Camp seeks to fulfill a wonderful ideal, that the most important experience we can offer children is the opportunity to appreciate their own uniqueness and the uniqueness of others. In a lovely setting, we offer our campers the rewards and responsibilities of life in a close-knit community, and every summer we renew our commitment to the ideal.

Shire Village strives to bring together a group of children and adults diverse in background and experience. The children are encouraged to recognize and respect the many ways people in a complex world think, feel, and live. In an atmosphere that fosters kindness and collaboration, we challenge campers to help build a supportive environment for themselves and their peers. By accepting our challenge, the campers take a step in the lifetime struggle to build a just, humane world.

We see the children flourish in the camp’s playful, non-competitive environment. We offer guidance, creative opportunities, and tools to encourage campers to develop skills and personal relationships at their own pace. New experiences, new insights, and new friends are treasures often discovered in a camper’s stay.

The balance of adventure, exploration, and responsibility requires a highly dedicated staff, sensitive to the needs of individual campers and to the larger camp community. Working together, our staff implements a thoughtful and exciting daily program, infused with whimsy and fun, that reflects the goals, and the ideal, of Shire Village Camp.

The Board of Shire Village Camp
Cummington, Massachussetts