Greenwood Trails Camp?s owner and director Owen Langbart firmly believes that all kids?especially today?s generation of cell-phone addicts and video gamers?need the quintessential camp experience. With more than 100 wooded acres at the foothills of the Berkshires and a staff of friendly counselors that specializes in orienting first-time campers, his one-, two-, four-, and six-week camps aim to do just that. Winding paths and hiking trails lead young guests aged 7?16 to the many amenities that cover the grounds, including a larger-than-Olympic-size swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, a water trampoline, a batting cage, and a pottery studio. These same paths lead to the cozy cabins that house up to 12 campers and two counselors with all of the comforts of home: electricity, bathrooms, showers with hot and cold running water, and an old man in a recliner who won?t let go of the remote even if he falls asleep.
Regardless of age, Greenwood Trails lets campers choose the activities in which they?d like to take part in daily, such as pottery, archery, go-karts, or outdoor cooking. Participants also engage in cabin activities that encourage bonding among bunkmates, such as swimming together in the lake or joining in an untieable human knot.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Our mini-yacht is an Aquarius 21: safe, comfortable and fun.
Pro Tip: Our boat has a big cockpit, a bow sundeck and a swim ladder. Bring sunscreen, hats and smiles.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Evening sails: Twin Lakes, Salisbury CT
Recommended Age Group: Adults
For Mando Maestre and his kids, family vacations always meant a trip to play laser tag. In their hometown, however, options were scarce, so in 1995, Mando designed his own arena. Pulling together all his favorite aspects of other battlefields, he converted a warehouse into a 3,300-square-foot maze of fog, obstacles, and hideouts.
Now, the pounding beat of techno rattles ribcages as blacklights blink to the bassline in Fusion Zone's arena. In the darkness, the walls seem to disappear, except for day-glo paint tracing graffiti-like images. Up to three teams fire green beams of light, with each hit rumbling in the target's vest. Players avoid detection by ducking behind barrels or learning the native language of barrels, and 10 variations on basic play invigorate competition. Zone Ball sessions borrow some rules from basketball, and in Vampire games, players attempt to fire at the designated bloodsucker before being turned themselves. Through games such as these, Mando says, laser tag teaches the concept of teamwork.
Ready to rest weary trigger fingers, warriors wander towards the digital babble of video games with 42-inch screens and thundering soundtracks. H2Overdrive and Terminator Salvation elicit happy squeals, and racing simulators prepare drivers to deal with sharp corners and motorcycle gangs that refuse to wear their glasses. A photo collage surrounds the Road Trip prize machine, commemorating winners of standout prizes that have included an Xbox Kinect.
Internal Network Group’s Fly Fishing Adventures introduces anglers to the Farmington River. On half- and full-day fly-fishing trips, guides and their charges wade through its tree-lined waters, casting for trout, which run rampant in the river. The guides boast intimate knowledge of the fish’s favorite gathering spots and help their fishing adventurers capture them with ease. Fly Fishing Adventures also serves the community at large by donating a portion of its profits to the Disabled American Veterans organization.