The beginning of Winter 2015!

Fresh snow covers the ground
The sound of laughter all around.
Winter in the Berkshires is here at last
Already going by shockingly fast.

A fresh fallen icing on Eastern Hemlocks
Under past by deer, rabbits, and the fox
A Northeastern wind wisps through the trees
Brings the winter storm felt down to your knees.

Crafts inside provide a break
From skiing and skating across the lake.
A snowshoe hike offers a view
And s’mores by the fire when all is through.

Our program instructors returned in January from some time off, during which many folks went home for the holidays, spent time with family, and collected a plethora of adventure-filled stories to bring back to camp. Refreshed from the time away, the winter season at BOC has been full of enthusiasm, new skills, and snowy days outside! We eagerly awaited the first group’s arrival in mid-January, excited to share with the kids how great winter in New England can be when equipped with the right tools.

Learning about beaver ecology is that much more rewarding after you’ve worked hard snowshoeing to the beaver pond. Tracking animals in the winter is significantly different when you have the snow to help you decipher a bounder from a straight walker. Tubing is exhilarating once the fresh powder is packed down on the hill and the wind is blowing in the bare trees. And cocoa is best enjoyed by the fire after a long day playing outside in the snow.

These past few weeks we have worked a variety of groups, including the 10th grade class from Miss Porter’s School. After leading various team-building activities with some pretty incredible high school girls, we had the chance to conquer our fear of heights on the Alpine Tower. One by one, girls double-backed their harnesses and climbed upward, while friends cheered encouraging words from below. During cross-country skiing, the girls became Olympians when they created a relay race around the ski track. While we hiked the green trail to the beaver pond, each member of the group shared a beaver fact with everyone, only pausing at the sound of “camouflage!” After four activity-filled days, I think it’s safe to say that we all slept well the final night!

The past couple of days, we have had all hands on deck working the much anticipated Women’s Wellness Weekend, and it was a blast! Women travelled from all over to spend a week in the beautiful Berkshires, relaxing with friends and family. Saturday morning, we lead a sunrise snowshoe hike and ice-skating a midst snow-covered trees. The snow fell all morning, making the weekend that much more beautiful. Sunday, featured an improvisation class, which turned out to be an hour and a half full of laughter. We are already talking about how much fun the next Women’s Wellness Weekend will be, and it’s just a few weeks away!

There you have it folks- a glimpse into the winter at BOC. Look out for more blog posts in the weeks to come!

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