Specialty Experience sessions are our Traditional Sleep-Away PLUS programs. If your camper wants to dive in deeper to a specific elective such as performing arts, waterskiing, adventure or horseback riding, then signing up for one of our specialty experiences is the right choice. Campers focus on one particular area of camp, advance their skills and they still get to have the sleep-away experience. Their extended program often includes off-site field trips and a more in-depth focus on skill development. For dates and rates of Specialty Experience sessions, visit our Dates and Rates page.
Get ready to be wild! Join us for this action-packed two-week session of high adventure and lifelong friendships. We've taken Wilderness, Inclusion, Leadership and Development to the max to help shape more confident and capable teenagers. Campers will experience our popular adventure activities with a whole new spin as we bike, climb, paddle and hike our way around the Berkshire Mountains. W.I.L.D. camp culminates in a 4-night backpacking trip where campers will hike, camp and grow together as they bond over campfire meals and starry nights. There are only 8 spots, so don't miss out! PLEASE BE AWARE - Campers will devote most of their time to this experience and they live in their own village.
*This program can be joined with a LEAD I or LEAD II session.
Performing Arts Experience offers pre-professional musical theatre training in a fun and nurturing environment. This two-week program culminates in a licensed Broadway Junior production that is performed for the whole Camp Sloane family. The extended activity time in the morning and evening programs at night allow Performing Arts campers the opportunity to excel at acting, dancing, singing and stagecraft while forming tight-knit bonds with their cast mates. Our experienced and talented staff mentors coach campers to achieve their full performance potential. Throughout the session, campers enjoy an overnight in the Performing Arts Building, baking tasty treats and watching examples of great stage productions. Campers also go off-site to see a professional production and leave camp with their very own professional headshot. PLEASE BE AWARE - Campers will devote most of their time to this experience and may only get the chance to do one other elective activity of their choice. They will have the opportunity to participate in free-swim and tent bonding time activities.
Riding camp friends are friends forever at Camp Sloane YMCA! The Riding Experience is the most fun-filled English riding experience camp can provide! The riding campers get to know each other, and our horses, very well during the double-period riding session each morning. There will be special evening programs and an off-site trip as well. The instruction delivered by our certified instructors will include detailed development of the campers’ riding ability as well as an introduction to barn and horse management, horse physiology and health. PLEASE BE AWARE - Campers will devote most of their time to this experience and may only get the chance to do one other elective activity of their choice. They will have the opportunity to participate in free-swim and tent bonding time activities.
Campers will participate in a double-period of skiing and wakeboard riding the first week of camp. Campers do a fun waterski overnight during the second week with a sunset ski and a night of camping and a lobster dinner at our tent area near the water ski dock. The next morning is spent on the water for a “breakfast ski”. In addition to water ski and wakeboard, campers will have ample opportunities to participate in our other activities at camp. This program is open only to two-week campers, as the second week provides adequate time to make up for uncooperative weather, should the need arise. Ski campers are also eligible to sign up for lessons during the second week of camp.