The Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center is committed to providing programs and activities that will help children and youth achieve their full potential. We provide a supportive environment that includes opportunities for active involvement with peers and caring, understanding adults. We will continue to meet the needs of the young people in our community by implementing a balanced program of informal education, recreation and lifeskills training designed to help them grow and succeed.
ABC School Age Enrichment
This after-school program serves girls and boys, ages 5 through 14, providing a comprehensive, safe and supervised program while parents/guardians are working or going to school themselves. Each child is encouraged and motivated to learn from the program’s supportive environment. National studies have shown that children involved in after-school programs are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. After-school programs promote safety by reducing youth violence, offering a safe environment, and educating youth about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. This program is given onsite at the Brigham Center and offsite at the Lanesboro Elementary School. The Massachusetts Department of Early Education Care (EEC) licenses the program. Pittsfield License #121943, Lanesboro License #9001649
For more info contact Sharra Blache
413-442-5174, ext. 18 or by email.
Click here to view our Pool Schedule
The Brigham Center offers one of the finest and busiest swimming programs in the county, including all levels of Red Cross lifeguard training and instruction. There are recreational swims, open to all family members, a special Tiny Tot program for parents and very young children, and therapeutic swimming for children and adults with various injuries and disabilities. The aquatics program is one way the Brigham Center strives to help girls and boys feel good about their bodies and their physical as well as social and mental strengths, and to engender an appreciation for the benefits of exercise and overall health.
Some of our regular events include the following:
Family Fun Night, Mother-Daughter Night, Girls & Women in Sports, Lifeguard Training, Swim Programming and Swim Meets.
Contact the Brigham Center for information regarding pool times, lessons or open swims for your family, agency, school, day care center or organization.
For more info contact Marie Ruel
413-442-5174, ext. 25 or by email.
Camps Stevenson-Witawentin on Onota Lake, a Girls Incorporated Program of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center
•1:10 staff to camper ratio
•1:5 staff to camper ratio for campers age 5 and younger
•Licensed by the Department of Public Health
•Breakfast and Lunch provided by the Pittsfield Public Schools Summer Food Program
•Activities in the areas of literacy, art, and science to reduce summer learning loss.
•Evidence based Girls Incorporated Programming: Operation Smart, Medial Literacy, and Prevention Adolescent Pregnancy
•Sports and Fitness Programs to promote healthy living
•Spacious and pristine surroundings create an ideal natural learning environment
Girls Day Camp
For girls completing Kindergarten - Age 15
Girls Incorporated mission oriented programs in the areas of: Sports and Adventure, Self-Reliance and Life Skills, Culture and Heritage, Leadership and Community Action, Careers and Life Planning, and Health and Sexuality, in addition to traditional day camp components of drama, art, nature, sports, boating, swimming, team and social skill building. Special events held every Friday. Girls should bring appropriate clothing for the sometimes unpredictable New England weather. For teens there is a "Teen Unit" with traditional camp components as well as specialized programming for teens.
$135 per week session paid in advance
Counselor in Training
For young women ages 13- 15
The Counselor in Training Program is a unique opportunity for young women ages 13-15 to recieve on the job training by assisting experienced counselors and program instructors in all areas of the camp program. CIT's will develop leadership, communication, and socialization skills through active participation in a series of traditional camp components. Space is limited to 5 CIT's per week session. Each potential CIT must go through an interview process before being accepted.
$80 per week session paid in advance
is located at 600 Churchill St. On Onota Lake
CAMP # 413-445-5850
Hours/Days of Operation:
Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:45pm
Check back in the spring of 2012 for dates.
- $135 per week for Girls Day Camp
- $80 per week for CIT
- $65 per week deposit required at time of registration
- Balance due in advance of each session
- $25 Registration fee includes T-shirt
Financial assistance in the form of campership funds is available for all Brigham Center summer programs, to income eligible families based on a sliding scale.
Please call for an appointment to request Financial Aid.
For more information about any of the Camps Stevenson-Witawentin Programs or Financial Aid, please contact:
Sarah Gillooly, Girls Inc Program/Camps Director
413-442-5174 ext 17
Businesses, associations and groups may rent Camps Stevenson-Witawentin on weekends and when camp is not in session from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The picturesque lakeside facilities are ideal for picnics, parties, wedding ceremonies, receptions and other events.
Download our flyer for details.
For more info contact Sarah Gillooly at 442-5174, ext. 17 or email her at SarahG@brighamcenter.org
Summer Opportunities at 165 East Street, Pittsfield
ABC School Age Enrichment
This summer program serves girls and boys, ages 5-14, providing a comprehensive, safe, and supervised program while parents/guardians are working or going to school themselves. Each child is encouraged to learn from the program’s supportive environment.
Literacy Based Summer Learning Loss Prevention Activities
• Recreational summer program.
• Using the renovated facility with HVAC systems, pool and gymnasium.
• Comprehensive programs in the areas of dance, arts and crafts, nature, sports and swimming.
• Weekly local field trips to venues like the Berkshire Athenaeum, Berkshire Museum, State Forest, etc.
Financial aid is available for all Brigham Center Summer Programs to income eligible families.
For more information or to register contact Kristen Shepardson at 413-442-5174, ext. 18 or by email.
Sponsor a child to attend our summer programs
Interested in making a difference for a boy or girl this summer? Give them an unforgettable experience. Click on the Donate button below to make an online donation or call 442-5174, ext. 14.
Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education program can accommodate 55 children in five classrooms: one for infants, two for toddlers, one for preschool and one pre-kindergarten. We work closely with parents/guardians the child’s first educators to raise happy, healthy kids. This caring environment provides a safe, comfortable and nurturing place for children to grow and learn independence within the context of developmentally appropriate curriculum. Like ABC School Age Enrichment, the Early Childhood Education program is licensed by the Massachusetts EEC.
For more info contact Vickie Palardy
413-442-5174, ext. 23 or by email.
Girls Incorporated of the Berkshires
Although we have changed our name to be more inclusive of our varied programs, we remain committed to meeting the special needs of girls. Accordingly, we are still an affiliate of National Girls Incorporated, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our program shares this mission and we offer innovative programs that help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives. Specific national programs address resisting harmful substances, community action, teen pregnancy prevention, science, math & technology, sports and fitness, media messages, self-defense and violence prevention, lifeskills, economic literacy and financial concepts. This program serves girls ages 5-18 with a specific emphasis on teens.
Click here to visit Girls Inc. of the Berkshires.
Or contact Sarah Gillooly
413-442-5174, ext. 17 or by email
Youth Empowerment Services (Y.E.S.)
Youth Empowerment Services (YES) - YES programming is designed to meet the specific needs of children, teens and priority population clients with services for both genders. YES programs often provide the only safety net for youth who have no other positive outlets or supports. The YES programs include prevention and intervention based services offered in the after school and evening hours for teens and school age youth including components focused on character, values and leadership development, literacy education, career exploration, crisis intervention and other varied services. We are a certified site for the Wyman Teen Outreach Program for students in high school. YES programs also offer a multi-method family centered case management, support and counseling program. YES goals are related to building family/participant strengths through the development of positive skills and behaviors and identification of Risk and Protective Factors. YES increases adaptive behavior by promoting the physical, mental and emotional development of individual youth within their family structures and helping youth and their families cope better with today’s pressures.
For more info contact Marlena Willis
413-442-5174, ext. 26 or by email.