We had huge qualms about sending our California girl across country and away from home for 6-7 weeks. I now realize that 6-7 weeks is the time it takes to develop deep friendships, discover who you really are outside of school and family, and make meaningful progress in music, art, theater, and dance. At Belvoir, my music-loving daughter (piano, violin, voice) discovered she is equally passionate about drawing and sculpture. She also fell in love with theater -- as an audience member. She LOVED watching her camp-mates in the 25+ end-of-summer performances! Co-directors Diane and Nancy have created a supportive environment where campers feel encouraged to take risks and try new things while developing mastery in their area of focus. Best of all, my daughter describes her camp-mates as "sisters" and says the Belvoir community is her other family.
Belvoir Terrace has been an amazing experience for my daughter. This will be her fifth summer and it is truly her second home. There are so many wonderful things about Belvoir but perhaps most important to me as a parent, is the fact that the camp is extremely well run and the girls are looked after in every way. From the good food to the caring staff to the activities and special events, the directors make every effort to ensure a warm but structured environment while creating special camp memories. The directors also take great care in placing each girl in the right bunk to create a good mix of personalities. They also work to ensure that the girls are maximizing their learning opportunities at camp by selecting the right balance of activities that will be both challenging and fun. The level of instruction is incredible -- from art to drama, to dance to swimming to tennis -- the teachers are all fantastic. My daughter has progressed so much in many areas and has also been able to try many new activities. I would never be able to provide her with such a breadth of opportunities in just six weeks if she were at home. If your child loves the arts it is an incredibly rich environment. My daughter particularly loves the last two weeks of camp when all the groups perform their shows because every night she can experience the excitement of seeing a new play or musical performed by the people she knows and cares about! The culture is very welcoming and friendly - all the girls know each other and greet each other by name. And yet while the instruction is excellent, Belvoir is not a competitive atmosphere, rather it is very balanced. The girls are there just to be kids: building friendships, enjoying the beautiful outdoors in the Berkshires and participating in the activities they love! Every summer my daughter comes home a more confident and independent person, having learned new skills, taken on new responsibilities, made new friends and most important having had an enriching and happy summer!