Session I with TeamFirst

Session I with TeamFirst (Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini)

TeamFirst (Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini Hoch) returned to the Berkshire Soccer Academy for their 8th year to offer a once-in-a-lifetime overnight soccer camp experience. They, along with University of Texas Women’s Head Coach Ange Kelly led on-field training and a soccer tournament during Session I. TeamFirst helps girls cultivate a sense of self-worth in order to reach their full potential in life. Athletes come to TeamFirst to learn, work, compete, and have fun, and to play with love and respect for the game.

Session I Highlight Video

Session I with TeamFirst Photo Gallery and Daily Updates

Sunday: Soccer Camp Arrival

Thank you to the families for making Arrival Day a smooth one. The girls started their day with fun games (fun games) on the rec deck and we are so excited for a great week!

Opening Campfire

Campers had a successful first soccer session of the week. They then spent some time trying out some of the many electives we will be offering this Session. In the evening, the staff shared a variety of skits and songs at the opening campfire. The goal of the night was to relax the campers and show them that Berky is a safe place to develop on and off the field. By the end of the session, campers will be asked to share their own contributions as a cabin at this week’s “It’s Tiki Time: Luau Party” themed closing Campfire.

Monday: Starting Soccer Training and Electives

Campers spent Monday morning at their first Soccer Session with TeamFirst learning many valuable skills on the field. Afterward, they participated in some electives.

Berky Tourney

After lunch, campers had their second soccer session with TeamFirst. They also had a chance to try out some more electives including cooking and waterfront. Our oldest campers also had the chance to hang out in the “Lakeside Lounge” during rest hour. Monday Evening, the girls hit the fields to compete in this week’s “Berky Ballers” themed Berky Tourney. Check out pictures of all the fun!

Tuesday: Player Development at Berky

Bright and early Tuesday morning, the girls were participating in many of the elective we offer and then went out on the fields training with Team First. Check out some of the action!

Cabin Cup

After lunch all of camp had another fantastic soccer session with Team First. This evening, Campers came together as bunkmates to compete in the one and only…Cabin Cup (ahhhh! 🙌) This week, campers participated in Berky Swap. Be sure to check out our pictures of all the craziness and fun that ensued.

Wednesday: Girls Soccer Training and (S’)more

Campers had some time for the waterfront, fun games (fun games) on the rec deck, and arts at crafts this morning. Soon after, they headed up to the fields for another high-energy training session with TeamFirst.

Closing Campfire

After lunch, it was time for a Q&A and Photo session with Mia, Kristine, and Tish. To close out the evening, campers stepped on stage and performed together at tonight’s Luau Themed Closing Campfire. Campers and staff alike were treated to skits, songs, and plenty of laughs… And s’mores were on the menu too! Delish!

Thursday: Final Training Sessions & Electives

After a fun-filled week, Session I has drawn to a close. The campers enjoyed the last of their electives and soccer training sessions of the week with their coaches and counselors. Each Cabin also had the chance to join at the Moose for an all-cabin photo.

Soccer Camp Departure

The week has finally come to a close. Thank you parents and families for making Departure Day a smooth one! Goodbyes are hard, but we hope to see our campers again soon!

Bridge A

After a solid week of training, the campers traded their cleats for life jackets for a fun day of whitewater rafting. On Saturday, the girls slept in and enjoyed a laid-back day of electives onsite.

Bridges are designed to connect sessions and give athletes recovery time after or between sessions to optimize peak performance, avoid overexertion, and bond with other campers. Read more about the development of our bridge program and how it’s helping future athletes succeed.

All Session I Photos

Bridge Availability

Would you like to offer your camper an extended stay? The Bridge Program includes White Water Rafting, sleep-in mornings, and a relaxed day at camp to have fun with new friends. You may add a Bridge on Arrival Day or by emailing as late as Wednesday, provided there is still availability.