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Camp Half Moon

2 Stars based on 3 reviews (review)

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Camp Location: Rte 57, Lake Buel, Monterey, Massachusetts, 01245, USA
Ages: 6 to 16 years old
Gender: Male and Female
Camp type:Day and Overnight
Session dates: June 27-August 14 (Sessions Available)
Cost (range): $1,000 - $2,000 a week
Contact Person: Gretchen Mann-Fritch
Phone: 888-528-0940
Fax: 413-528-0941
Mailing Address:
PO Box 188
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 01230
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Camp's Description

Give your child an amazing summer camp at Camp Half Moon. Established in 1922, Camp Half Moon is a wonderful treasure located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts since 1922. What can you do at Camp Half Moon? Just about everything; water-ski, canoe, kayak and sail on beautiful Lake Buel. Half Moon offers a heated pool, private skatepark, high and low ropes course, riding, team sports, dance, theater, gymnastics, crafts, pottery, archery, tennis and so much more.  Camp Half Moon has teachers and coaches from around the world dedicated to helping your child have fun, make new friends and learn new skills. That's what a summer at Half Moon is all about. Camp Half Moon is currently accepting enrollments for this summer so don't wait. Call now to reserve your Childs space. Visit or call 888 528 0940 today.  




Camp Half Moon is located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts and offers a traditional co-ed sleepover camp experience as well as a day camp program for younger campers. There is always a new friend and a new adventure children of all ages. A summer at Half Moon is all about new friendships and new adventures.  Half Moon is proud to offer a diversified program in sports, arts and enrichment areas. We wish to involve the camper in a variety of the many activities offered therefore activities are chosen by the camper on a weekly basis. The Camp's program emphasizes instruction rather than high competition. Campers are given time to practice and are encouraged to recognize all improvements as a measurement of success. Half Moon's facilities include a waterfront equipped with sail boats, row boats, canoes and speed boats as well as a sliding board, and kayaks. Tennis and basketball courts, skatepark, excellent playing fields, a theater and other indoor areas for rainy day activities are interspersed throughout the grounds.

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My Daughters second home! July 27, 2012
Reviewer: Jos3girls from ny
4 Stars 0 of 0 people found this review helpful

MY daughter has been going here for 3 years and hasnt left yet but cant wait to go back! The counselors are awesome and its a small camp so everyone knows everyone. She loves the trips they go and and thinks the food is ok. She is already begging me for her to stay for 7 weeks next year. I just hate that they dont give them a camp shirt when they first have to buy it. If thats my only thing..not so bad!!
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When Bad Camps Happen to Good Kids July 30, 2011
Reviewer: Slater77 from CT
1 Star 1 of 2 people found this review helpful

I sent my daughter who is 9 to Camp Half Moon in June 2011 for a sleepover real camp experience. I would not recommend this camp to anyone. The facilities were run down and the bathrooms were unclean. The only redeeming feature was their fun cooking class where they decorated and made cupcakes. However for $1,400 a week it's safe to say you could start your own bakery. The lake was also very pretty but if you don't water-ski it's not really worth paying the extra 150 to ride on a tube. The activities were not engaging and she was very bored. All her notes home said how sad she was and how mean the counselors were. Also she mentioned they were forced to swim every day very early in the freezing dirty pool. Luckily I only committed to one week because she hated it. She has been to other overnight camps before but I thought I would try something co-ed and more outdoorsy for her. I made a very big mistake choosing Half Moon. The staff does not have any responses or assume any responsibility. She also had a lifeguard throw her sunglasses in the Lake for spite. Overall, it was a horrible week that she regrets doing, and I just hope I didn't traumatize her for future more high-end camps. If you are looking into Half Moon I would reconsider and do not assume the way it is presented in their web-site is authentic. I would be very hesitant to send any child overnight there. However, if you had no other camp options and had to do day camp there I would suggest dropping by unannounced to check up on my child...What you see in this case is the opposite of what you get..
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Reviewer: NY100 from New York
6 of 7 people found this review helpful

I am a professional who lives and works in NYC and have one 10 year old son who is very independent. I recommended this camp to several of my son's friends as a sleep away camp for the summer. My son attends a private school in NYC and we were looking for a real old-fashioned camp experience. My son's first year was a good experience although the facilities were very outdated. I even had 2 of his counselors stay at my beach house for a month after camp ended. This year, I signed up for 2 weeks since my son enjoyed last year and recommended the camp to several other parents in NYC, so he had some more friends there. To say this year was a complete disaster is an understatement. I had to drive up after only 5 days because my son was hysterical over the treatment and the conditions. The camp has gone downhill fast. When I arrived, my son was filthy, underfed and looked like he had no sleep. On drop off everything looks great because it's orchestrated to give you a false sense of what is really going on. By day 4 my son made an emergency call to get him out of there. I called the camp and spoke to the new executive director none of the counselors returned from last year. He told me I would get a refund for a week and attempted not to let me up to see the bunk or talk to the owners who knew I was coming to pick up my son. I spoke to the counselor who was suppose to be sleeping in the bunk with the 4 campers. What I did find out was that they put a camper in my son's bunk who spoke no English and cried every night for 5 days straight. The facilities were a mess, dirty and disorganized. The campers looked as miserable as the counselors did. On speaking with the counselor in my son's bunk who was not from the US said " he had no clue". My son who is very independent born and raised in NYC told me that the kids were crying all day and night and that the counselors would leave them when they thought they were asleep to go into town. My son looked like he didn't sleep in a week was skinny and clearly upset. The directors tried to force him to stay but I knew that this was not normal behavior for my child. When I arrived, they told me I could process my week refund with the owner. After driving 3 1/2 hrs she would not come out to speak with me. Her assistant said she was on the phone, I waited an hour and she never came out. The assistant told me it was no problem and to send and email which I did. Their reply was they have a no refund policy. I was asking only for a week back when my son had to leave because of the conditions and was willing to forfit the first week's money. Also they said they wouldn't give me any money back for a rafting trip that was extra and scheduled for the following week. The camp owner Gretchen is completing unprofessional and rude. I referred many NYC kids to their camp on the basis of his experience last year. The facilities went completely downhill, the activities were boring, the counselors were all new, foreign and inexperienced. DO NOT EVER SEND YOUR CHILD to this camp. It's dangerous, dirty and unprofessionally managed. Your kid will have a horrible traumatizing experience and you will not be happy.
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