Nike Running Camp at Berkshire School
Join us in The Berkshires for the 2019 Nike Cross Country Camp. Having some of the best prep school athletic facilities in New England, the Berkshire School, in Sheffield, MA, promises to become one of our long time favorites. Our student-athletes have access to excellent facilities for training and competition, both on and off-campus.
The 400-acre campus is located at the base of Mount Everett (2,624 ft.) in Sheffield, MA. In the heart of the Berkshire Hills, our runners train on these spectacular nature trails, including the Appalachian, the most famous of all, which is a short hike from campus.
- Low 10:1 camper to coach ratio
- Breakout sessions on nutrition, race prep and conditioning included daily
- On-site sports medicine staff
- Nike Running Camp T-shirt
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Head Coach Britt Plante
Coach Britt Plante has been coaching cross country since joining Berkshire in 2013. Prior to coaching, she ran cross country for four years and captained her junior and senior years at Endicott College.View Britt's Bio ⟩
Coach Britt was also an accomplished runner and graduate of Proctor Academy where she earned All League status and was a member of multiple Championship teams. She has completed three marathons; The Myles Standish in 2012, New York Marathon in the fall of 2013, and Boston in spring of 2015.
Assistant Coach Ben Bartoldus
Coach Ben Bartoldus is currently a Teacher, Head Boys Basketball Coach, and Assistant Boys Cross Country Coach at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH. Prior to joining the Cardigan community, Ben was a standout student athlete at Brandeis University and Proctor Academy. Coach Bartoldus spends his summers trail running in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and is excited to share his athletic experiences with the next generation of student athletes.
Coed: August 1 - 4, 2019
The Berkshire School is proud to offer our XC runners access to excellent facilities for training both on and off-campus. Runners take advantage of Berkshire's beautiful setting with a course that has striking views of the campus and environs. The course is challenging, but idyllic, in that it truly incorporates a variety of terrain. Runs take place on the Appalachian Trail, a hike/run challenge up to Mt. Everett, cooling off in Guilder Pond, on the trails of the Berkshire School campus, around Twin Lake in Salisbury, CT and more!Show Less See More Camp Details
2019: August 1-4
Check-in Hours: Wednesday between 12-2 PM
Check-out Hours: Saturday between 2:30-3 PM
Daily offerings of strength and conditioning, yoga, running form critique, ultimate Frisbee and taking advantage of Berkshire's beautiful campus are all in store for our runners.
Campers of every talent level are encouraged to attend. The school’s coaching staff has established a tradition of excellence including winning New England championships in 1977, 1978, and for four consecutive years from 1995-1998. They share their training methods and enthusiasm for the sport with our Nike campers. Developing runners who appreciate one another and the sport of running is their ultimate goal. For daily runs, grouping is based on average pace, fitness level and miles run per week. Come prepared to run three miles minimum per day. Educational breakout sessions, conditioning drills and daily runs are important parts of each day.
After a full day, evening activities include Capture the Flag, a bonfire & music, ultimate Frisbee under the lights, and a evening trek to the lean-to for a fire.
SURROUNDING AREA ATTRACTIONS:
The Berkshires is a rural region in the mountains of western Massachusetts dotted with villages and towns. A popular vacation destination, it's known for outdoor activities, fall foliage–viewing, a farm-to-table food scene and thriving arts institutions. Renowned annual festivals include the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s residency at Lenox’s Tanglewood Music Center. Interested in a side trip while your runner is at camp? Check out Travel + Leisure article: https://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-berkshires
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring.
We do not offer transportation to and from camp.
If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by LBOH.
Parents can request copies of background check procedures, health care and discipline policies, and grievance procedures.
There are hills, meadows, woods, and even a brook to cross. Additionally, favorite running loops on country roads in the surrounding rolling hills of southwestern Massachusetts provide even more territory than Berkshire's own 400 acres. Berkshire's campus regularly hosts the New England Prep School championship.
Their state-of-the-art facilities provide each camper with a great opportunity to improve their game and have serious fun while doing so. Campers utilize the Berkshire facilities that are kept in mint condition and are some of the best in the Massachusetts area.
Camp Questions & Answers
Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
We welcome individual campers and teams. If you come to camp by yourself, we place you in a dorm room with another single camper, similar in age. It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
How many campers are placed in a room and do you accommodate roommate requests?
Campers stay two per room in the dorms on campus. When you register for the camp, you have an option to submit a roommate request. If you would like to add a roommate request after registering for a camp, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We accommodate all roommate requests, made before 2 weeks before the start of camp. Campers who do not submit a roommate request will be placed in a dorm with other runners, similar age and same gender.
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. Staff members reside in the same dorms as the campers and provide supervision during instruction, dining times, evening activities, and in the dorm. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers dine in the school cafeteria which offers a variety of different meal options that are sure to accommodate most campers’ dietary needs. In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to school’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.
How and when will I receive my Registration packet with important camp details?
Well before the start of your camp (at least 3 weeks), you will receive a Registration Packet which will include all the important details about camp: directions to camp, when to arrive, what to pack/ bring, camp address (for mail) and key camp phone numbers and the Medical/ Release form, etc.
Does the Health & Release Form need to be signed by a doctor?
Our Health & Release Form DOES require a doctor’s signature. This form is required to be filled out accurately, signed by the parent (guardian), and brought with you to the first day of camp.
What happens if it starts to rain during camp?
All campers receive their full running program each day weather permitting. In the threat of severe weather, we will adjust our schedule for the outdoor training runs.
What is the cancellation policy?
Hopefully, you will not have to cancel, but if you must, please do so early so that those on the waiting list can be notified.
For those who have Cancellation Protection: Cancellation Protection entitles you to a full refund of camp fees (deposit or full payment) if you cancel for any reason before June 1st. Please note: $50 Cancellation Protection fee is non-refundable. If you cancel after June 1st, 2019, we will issue you a camp voucher for all camp fees paid, valid through 2020. Your camp voucher is transferable to family and may be used for any Nike Running Camp. For those who do not have Cancellation Protection: If you have to cancel, for any reason, we will issue you a Nike Running Camp voucher for all camp fees paid, valid through 2020. Your camp voucher is transferable to a family member and may be used for any Nike Running Camps. Cash refunds will be given only with the purchase of Cancellation Protection and who cancel on time.