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Gathering 40 - September 2019

Located on 1,350 acres of beautiful conservation lands in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, this pristine environment makes for a rustic, natural, secluded experience. An extended network of marked hiking trails crisscrosses the property, providing access to guided nature hikes in the serenity of the natural Berkshires.

Natural Resources @ Becket

Berkshire Outdoor Center @ Camp Becket    

62 Camp Becket Road

Becket, MA 01223                

Check-in / check-out

You may arrive on campus as early as 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, and must be off-campus no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday. We'll have events scheduled before and after our lodgings open for move-in and checkout; make sure to check the final schedule, which we're now working on. We can use the campus and facilities, including lunch, on Friday, before the lodging move-in time.

Campus Arrival/Departure: Friday 9 am to Sunday 5 pm

Lodge Check-in/Check-out: Friday 4 pm to Sunday 11 am 

Campus Map     Driving Directions



Please fill out and send us this completed form. Children under 18 need to have the forms signed by a parent or guardian.

Health Questionnaire & Liability Form

Optional: (but must be submitted by August 22): 

BOC tries to accommodate guests with food allergies & food sensitivities to the best of its abilities. They always accommodate guests with life-threatening allergies to the eight major allergenic foods and will try their best to accommodate food sensitivities. However, guests with these sensitivities must understand that this is not always possible. NOTE: If submitted after the deadlines, the camp kitchen may not be able to accommodate your request.

Food Allergy & Questionnaire

Submit Forms Via:

Email: Print, fill out, sign, and scan as a PDF. Send to:

U.S. Mail: Print, fill out, sign and mail to: Anna DeSousa, WO Treasurer,  POB 765, Watertown, NY 13601. For the food allergy form, be sure to allow delivery time to arrive before the deadline.

Packing List

Be Prepared:

  1. Bring a photo ID. Berkshire Outdoor Center does background checks to screen out sex offenders.
  2. Be Warm –The Berkshires are often 10-15 degrees cooler than surrounding areas of New England and New York.
  3. Rustic cabins have no electricity –only the lodges and the main buildings do.
  4. Berkshire Outdoor Center doesn't provide first-aid supplies beyond band-aids.
  5. Berkshire Outdoor Center doesn't provide bedding.
  6. Don't bring your best clothing. Your clothes will get dirty.
  7. Please don't bring anything of significant value to camp. Don’t bring money, phones, sports equipment, electronics, pets, games or jewelry.
  8. Warm clothing and sleeping gear are essential. Pack light, but pack well!
  9. Get the full packing list at the link below.

Recommended Packing List


Meals are always hot, fresh and delicious! Each meal is also nutritionally balanced and includes a vegetarian option. Special arrangements can be made with the kitchen for guests with food allergies who require special meals (see link above in Paperwork section)

The dining hall, built in 2018, is located in a spectacular setting, overlooking the beautiful pond. Here you will find gorgeous hardwood oak timber floors, and free Wi-Fi.

Meal Times:

Breakfast: 8:15 am (Saturday & Sunday)

Lunch: 12pm (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Dinner: 6pm (Friday, Saturday)

Sample Menus

More Resources / Contact

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Please note: Gathering attendance is for Women Outdoors members only. If you are not a member, please Join Now or Renew your membership!

For more information on registration fees, accommodations, and dining.

Main Gathering Page 2019

For detailed information on our programs and activities, including a daily schedule.

           Programming & Activities

Check out our Photo Gallery. Have you attended past Gatherings? We'd love to see your best photos of attendees and activities.

Photo Gallery from Past Gatherings

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