Do you have cell phone reception?
Most people are able to make and receive cell phone calls and text messages while on campgrounds. Cell phones on AT&T and Verizon get the best service on campgrounds.
Do you have WiFi?
There is WiFi on camp, and it is focused around the program spaces in Center Camp (Manor House, KKC, Messinger Family Machon Leadership Center, and the Beit Am). There is no WiFi in the bunks, the Hillside Lodge, or in the Chadar Ochel. While the WiFi can be found, it is not reliable enough to stream things like Netflix.
How do I get to and from the retreat center?
Retreat attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the retreat center.
By car: We have lots of parking both on camp and in our visitor parking lot.
By charter or school bus: Buses have no problem getting around camp. If your bus will be staying with you throughout your stay, let us know if advance, and we can provide assistance for where they should park.
By commercial bus or train: Peter Pan buses drop off and pick up in Great Barrington daily. The walk from the bus stop to camp is approximately one mile. MetroNorth trains go as close as Wassaic, which is approximately one hour away from camp. Participants must arrange their own transportation if they choose to use public transportation.
By plane: There are two airports near campgrounds. Albany International Airport (ALB) is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes away, and Bradley International Airport (BDL) is approximately a half hour away. Participants must arrange their own transportation if they choose to come by plane.
Is a lot of walking involved?
While our campgrounds encompass over 600 acres, the majority of our retreat center is within close proximity. There are small inclines on the way to the cabins and Hillside Lodge. We hope that you take advantage of our open spaces, hiking trails, and outdoor facilities while you are here.
What about health care?
Groups are responsible for their own medical care. As a precaution, we do ask any group that is staying on campgrounds to provide proof of insurance. Emergencies will be handled by the group leader in consultation with the retreat host for the weekend. Local ambulance services are available, and the nearest hospital is within a mile of campgrounds.
What do I need to bring?
We recommend that you bring:
- comfortable shoes
- comfortable, layered clothing that will serve you well in our variable climate.
- sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottles
- toiletries and medication you will need
- twin sheets (unless otherwise noted), blanket, pillow, and towel.
If you forget anything, we are within a five minute drive of a grocery store and pharmacy.
What does the retreat center provide?
No matter where you stay on our campgrounds, we will provide you with an extra blanket for your stay.
What if members of our group have special needs?
If someone in your group has mobility needs, please let us know in advance so we can plan ahead for your stay. Most of our program facilities are fully-accessible.
If members of your group have special dietary needs, please let us know in advance. We are able to work with most types of food allergies. In extreme cases, you may need to bring your own food. If this is the case, we will provide a refrigerator for storage.
If you have participants that need a private bathroom, please let us know in advance. We are happy to provide the most accommodating stay we can.
What type of lodging is available?
Our facilities range from single occupancy to cabins that can house up to 24 people. Bathroom facilities range as well, from private bathrooms, to shared baths. See more about our lodging >
Where can I find directions to the retreat center?
See maps and driving directions to our campgrounds.
Where can we park our vehicles?
There is ample space to park your vehicle on camp near your lodging. Please note that the speed limit on camp is 5 MPH.