Camp MAH-KEE-NAC Lenox, Massachusetts
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Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is a premier full season summer camp for boys offering the flexibility and affordability of shorter sessions. Experience 80 years of tradition and excellence in the Berkshires just a short drive from New York
81 Years of Sports, Traditions & Friendship
The spirit of Camp Mah-Kee-Nac lies in the strong sense of community and opportunities for a boy's individual growth. Mah-Kee-Nac campers achieve personal goals throughout their years. Teamwork, Leadership and Friendship bind Mah-Kee-Nac boys and help create an environment that encourages healthy risk taking.
- Camp MAH-KEE-NAC has programs to meet the individual needs of all boys.
- Programs in a wide variety of areas, both sporting and traditional camp activities
- Programs that promote both team play and individual skill development
- Leaders of all programs are experienced coaches, and they are assisted by more than 100 counselors, many of them teachers or students majoring in education
- Day and overnight trips are different for each age group
Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is located in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts on three mile long Stockbridge Bowl (aka Lake Mahkeenac). Camp Mah-Kee-Nac for boys enjoys an unparalleled reputation as the most complete camp experience around. Founded in 1929, it is among the finest traditional boys summer camps in the United States.
History & Tradition
Camp Mah-Kee-Nac was founded in 1929 by camping great, Joe Kruger on the shores of Lake Mahkeenac, now called Stockbridge Bowl in Lenox, Massachusetts. The camp has been in continuous operation for over 75 years. Joe is considered a pioneer in camping. He was among the first directors to implement a systematic, education-based approach to the summer camp experience. Joe's contributions to camping have been acknowledged by induction into the American Camp Association's Legends of Camping.
In 1983, alumnus Danny Metzger and wife Nancy took over Mah-Kee-Nac. The Metzgers directed camp for almost 20 years, raising their three children there. The Metzgers were also partners in Camp Danbee, Mah-Kee-Nac's sister camp. Under Danny and Nancy, Mah-Kee-Nac continued to be a leader in boys camping, modernizing facilities and program to meet the evolving needs of boys. Danny is also a founding director of America's Camp, a camp for children of 9-11 victims. Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is proud to be the original host site for this truly special camp.
The standard of excellence for Mah-Kee-Nac's leadership continues with director Walter Synalovski. Walter brings 25 years of experience working with children, including 18 years as a camp director.
Mah-Kee-Nac, Native American for "Moon over water", is in the historic Berkshire Mountains. Writer Nathanial Hawthorne and the Tanglewood Music Center have been among our famous neighbors.
The original program, located on Yokum Pond, featured tent camping, outdoor community living and an Indian lore theme. Campers were encouraged to try new activities and develop a sense of self. Today's 45-acre site features the facilities of a premier modern camp, including a heated swimming pool, roller hockey rink and 14 tennis courts. Modern campers follow the traditions of a well-balanced program with an emphasis on excellent sports instruction.
It is a great privilege for me to introduce you to the Camp Mah-Kee-Nac family. As an outstanding boys camp since 1929, it enjoys an unparalleled reputation in the camping industry and I am honored to be continuing this legacy.
For over 80 years, Camp Mah-Kee-Nac has offered boys, ages 7-15, wonderful summer experiences, generation after generation. At Mah-Kee-Nac, we offer an excellent program in a fun and safe environment. Our goal is for your child to have a FUN summer, learn life skills, program skills, enhance his self-confidence and personal independence. Every camper is part of our Mah-Kee-Nac family.
Campers will develop friendships and bonds that can last a lifetime. We are looking forward for you and your child to join the Camp Mah-Kee-Nac family.
If I can be of any assistance, please contact me at 1-800-753-9118.
Each counselor at Mah-Kee-Nac has a dual role. Days are spent coaching or instructing in your area of expertise while evenings are spent with your campers at fun special events and nightly activities. Counselors must be patient, fun-loving and genuinely concerned with the welfare and development of young people. We are looking for role models for our campers.
At Mah-Kee-Nac each counselor is a member of several teams, each headed by an experienced camp leader. Our leadership staff is comprised of dedicated teachers, coaches and recreation professionals.
About 8-10 campers and 2-3 counselors live in each cabin. The counselors' job is to encourage friendship, spirit and camaraderie and to be sensitive to individual and group situations. Veteran key staff and returning counselors are always ready to help.
Staff members are required to have completed a minimum of one year of college, submit qualified references and possess the background and enthusiasm necessary to be an instructor in one of our program areas. We stress skill development and positive self-esteem for our campers.
Programs & Activities
We have both a Little League field and regulation high school sized diamond. Both fields have a batting cage with a pitching machine as well as practice pitching areas. Available to boys aged 7 to 15, baseball is taught 5 periods a day.When the boys aren't playing at camp, they have the opportunity to play against other camps including a game hosted in a minor league ball park for our 13-15 year olds.
Soccer is one of the more popular activities at camp. 3 soccer fields are used throughout the day. Our 8 soccer counselors teach under FA certified coaches. During an hour long period, campers are taught skills for half the period and play a game. Campers of all ages also have the opportunity to play games against other camps in inter-camp competition.
Our program is comprised of 4 outdoor courts (lit) and in our Fieldhouse, 2 indoor courts. The periods are an hour long and divided into half instruction and half game play. We teach the boys skills as well as the game concepts. In addition, campers are given opportunities throughout the summer to play in camp tournaments and games against other camps.
On our regulation sized, fully lit outdoor roller hockey rink, our boys learn the skills needed for the fast paced game of roller hockey. Directed by our college hockey coach, campers have the opportunity to learn basic skills including skating, shooting, passing, etc. We also teach roller blading for first time skaters. Mah-Kee-Nac has all the gear you son will need to learn this great activity.
Spurred by camper demand, Lacrosse has quickly grown into a large program at MKN. We develop our younger campers' skills by playing soft lacrosse and as they grow and learn the game move to contact lacrosse. The program is run by a college coach and assisted by college players who assist in teaching the skills involved in the game as well as techniques and game strategy.
Flag football on our dedicated field complete with regulation goal posts is a favorite among campers. Campers learn rules of the game for both flag and 11-man football as well as all of the needed skills. Campers can test their skills in Punt, Pass and Kick contests as well as intercamp games and wildly popular Friday Night Lights tournaments.