Get ready: this is a long page! There is a lot going on at camp.
Every day, Agawam boys choose from a broad range of activities. Whether it’s tennis, sailing, Ranger Trail, lawn games, or quiet reading, there is no shortage of things to do, or new activities to try.
Agawam’s activities span the waterfront, land sports, creative arts, and outdoor living skills, including overnight trips for all ages. A wide range of activities is offered to appeal to many interests and abilities. Our program encourages campers to experience all activities while allowing ample time for pursuing areas of personal interest. Each camper is given guidance in selecting his program, and most activity curricula incorporate a multilevel award system to monitor progress and provide motivation.
Special emphasis is given to tennis and sailing. With four tennis courts, we provide daily instruction and team practices. We feature tournaments, a tennis ladder for each age group, and inter-camp matches. The sailing department has 10 sailboats and 6 windsurfers. Instruction is given to beginners as well as advanced sailors. Racing techniques are taught for weekly races and regattas, including the Agawam Cup series, hosted at camp each week.
Many other activities field teams that compete with nearby camps, too. Agawam plays other camps in soccer and hosts a multi-camp six-a-side Soccer Tournament. Our swim team is always competitive, as are our baseball, lacrosse, archery, and riflery teams — among others!
Each of our activities offers challenge and excitement of its own. All have structured as well as relaxed program components, some offering nationally recognized awards, such as Red Cross swimming and water safety. Organized team sports are available for all age groups. Campers choose some activities; others are assigned as part of our camp program. Campers must follow all safety rules — explained or demonstrated at their first visit to an activity — at any time they choose or are assigned to participate in a camp activity.
Equipment is available in a variety of sizes, and campers and staff members work together to ensure that appropriate choices are made. Some activities may occasionally require the use of protective gear (e.g. soccer shin pads, baseball catcher’s gear, batting helmets, lacrosse helmets and pads, archery armguards, etc.). PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices) must be worn in any Agawam watercraft. Campers must pass a swim test or demonstrate certain levels of swimming proficiency in order to participate in some aspects of waterfront and trip programs. Fifteen passenger vans, with trained drivers approved by our insurance company, are used to transport campers to trips, team sports activities and other outings.