ALL ABOUT CAMP
PROGRAM AND STAFF
Welcome to Camp Pontiac! Prospective parents often ask us what makes our camp unique. As there is no greater privilege and responsibility than caring for someone else’s child, our priority is to provide unparalleled health, safety and emotional care. Situated in the foothills of the beautiful Berkshires just two hours from New York City, we are a traditional co-ed camp yet function in many aspects as a brother/sister camp. Separate facilities and campuses are coupled with the advantage of an on-site age appropriate social life offering the best aspects of each.
As you walk around Camp Pontiac you will quickly notice a mature and sensitive staff who love children, an excellent facility that we will always work to improve and diverse programming that affords our campers the opportunity to participate in what they love while taking on new experiences and challenges that they never even knew existed.
Our program is structured yet relaxed and we encourage our campers to participate. As our campers get older they gain more flexibility in their activity choices. Regardless of activity, though, children should feel good about themselves whether it’s by being in a theater production, achieving on the ballfield or in the gymnastics pavilion, crafting a model airplane or woodworking project, building new friendships or being honored as a Camp Pontiac Humanitarian. Led by the directors, head counselors and group leaders, our 80 adult staff members are always available to encourage and provide your child with a sense of parental security.
Pontiac’s counselor staff, whose average age is 21, is primarily American. We personally interview most of them on college campuses throughout the country. The remainder hail from Canada, the UK and Australia. Regardless of position, age or background, each and every staff member is carefully evaluated (including an extensive background check) before being hired and undergoes a rigorous eight- day orientation at camp prior to the arrival of the children. Pontiac is a safe, spirited and fun-filled environment where our campers, parents and staff are all part of our family. Our abundant and mature adult staff implicitly understand the importance of our kids developing independence, confidence, problem-solving skills and a sense of self-worth during their first extended time away from home. We partner with our camp parents throughout the year to continue to instill these values together. As the summers pass, you will experience through your child the lifelong bonds of friendship they develop with other campers and counselors alike. It is the reason our campers return as counselors and perpetuate the values and friendships they learned growing up at Pontiac.