2020 Camp Shepard Update




You can mail in your camp registration and deposit check to the YMCA of Greater Westfield located at 67 Court Street Westfield, MA.There is also a drop box at the YMCA by the lobby entrance to leave registration forms in.

In order to reduce the number of different campers during the week, we have eliminated option weeks.Registration is only for the full session.There are two one-week sessions at the beginning and end of the summer.



Price: Member

Price: Non-Member

*NO CAMP THE WEEK OF 6/29-7/3*

Session 1 (one week):




Session 2: 7/13-7/24



Session 3: 7/27-8/7



Session 4: 8/10-8/21



Session 5 (one week):





Transportation/Extended Day

This summer, for the safety of your child, family and our staff, we are not offering bus transportation.We will be running AM Extended Day (7:00am-8:30am) and PM Extended Day (4:15pm-6:00pm) for an additional charge.Parent Drop-Off (8:30am-9:00am) and Pick-Up (3:45pm-4:15pm) is available for no charge.

The Parent Drop-Off Time is 8:30am-9:00am.

The Parent Pick-Up Time is 3:45pm-4:15pm.

Please be advised that wait times may exist during drop-off/pick-up.

You must be registered in advance for Extended Day.

Extended Day Pricing

For Session 1 and Session 5:

$25/week for AM Extended Day

$25/week for PM Extended Day

For Sessions 2-4:

$50/session for AM Extended Day

$50/session for PM Extended Day

Child must be registered for AM Extended Day, PM Extended Day, Parent Drop-Off, or Parent Pick-Up.

YMCA of Greater Westfield – Camp Shepard reserves the right to charge the $5 fee to any parent/guardian who drops off their child before 8:30am and picks their child up after 4:15pm and IS NOT registered for these additional services.

Financial Aid

The financial aid form can be found on the YMCA of Greater Westfield’s website under the Camp Shepard tab.  Fill out the form and mail it in along with last year’s tax return and/or four (4) of your last paystubs to document income for each household member and your camper’s registration form.

Previously Registered for Camp

A member of the camp staff will reach out to you if changes need to be made to your registration.


If the camp closes at any time due to the COVID- 19 virus, families will receive a prorated refund, including their deposit.

If a family decides to cancel their session up to one week out, the family will receive a full refund, including their deposit.

If a family cancels their session within the one week notice, a refund minus the deposit will be provided.

Lost and Found

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, YMCA Camp Shepard is limiting items held in lost and found. We want to be mindful of safe storage space and how to prevent exposure of staff and campers from items, week to week.

Camp will keep to these items until the Friday of each week. Please note that these items will be held at the discretion of camp staff. Items that are soiled, damaged, or otherwise deemed not able to be safely stored will be disposed of.

We highly encourage parents to label all items with their camper’s name to help our staff identify items during the camp session. Many items look similar and it can be confusing for both staff and campers.

As a reminder, please do not send your camper with anything that is irreplaceable. Things like jewelry or favorite stuffed animals can be easily lost or damaged. Electronics, including phones, are not permitted at camp. Phones may not be used at camp and will be confiscated and returned to families at the end of the day. Camp is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items.

Camp Structure & Programming

Group Sizes and Separation

Camp Shepard will be limited to 140 campers per session.

Per the Department of Health, camp groups will be 1 counselor for up to 10 campers for ages seven and above, and 1 counselor for every 5 campers ages six and below. 

Camp Shepard plans on 10 campers per group accompanied by 1 counselor for ages seven and up, and 10 campers per group accompanied by 2 counselors for ages six and below.

In order to maintain social distancing between groups, all large group games and all-camp activities have been put on pause. Campers will not be able to interact with any campers not in their groups. Opening and closing assemblies will take place in group areas at Flag maintaining appropriate group separation.

CIT Program/Teen Leadership

Rate for Session 1 & 5: $170/member       $180/non-member

Rate for Sessions 2-4: $345/member         $360/non-member

According to the Massachusetts requirements for camps, groups must not be combined at any time.  Due to this requirement, the CIT program is cancelled for the summer.

The 13-14 year old age group will participate in a Teen Leadership Program.  A mixture between the Teen Group and CIT Program.  Teens in this program spend their days in a co-ed group that participates in camp activities at a higher skill level. Special projects, trainings and activities such as mountain biking, hiking, and high ropes adventure are included in this advanced camp program. Teens will also have the opportunity to participate in regular recreational swims as well. 

The Teens are trained in areas of leadership, safety, decision-making, and teamwork. This program is built based on the YMCA four character values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.


Lunches will not be collected by the counselor at the beginning of each day.  Please pack ice packs in lunches to keep cool throughout morning until lunchtime.

Each group will have a designated picnic table to leave backpacks and belongings at throughout the day.

Family Night/ Overnights

For the summer of 2020, all family nights and overnights have been cancelled.


Visitors are not allowed at camp this summer.


YMCA Camp Shepard is a 105 acre outdoor center located at the foot of the Berskshire mountains and is owned/operated by the YMCA of Greater Westfield. We have a programming opportunity for everyone including our 9 week summer camp, school field trips, church group outings, corporate retreats, family reunions, and outdoor education classes.

Our Facility:

105 acres of land

3 Pavilions

Chalet for full year use

In-ground swimming pool

Bath house w/ locker rooms

45ft. rock climbing tower

Arts and crafts buidling

2 low ropes courses

Archery range

Hiking trails

Mountain biking trails

Disc golf course

Camp sites with tent platforms

Babbling brook

Black top w/ basketball hoops

Adiorndack shelters

Ball field

Gaga ball pit





Lauren Caprile, Camp/Program Director
YMCA of Greater Westfield, Inc.
67 Court St, Westfield, MA 01085
P 413.568.8631 ext 322  F 413.572.3995
E lcaprile@westfieldymca.org


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