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 9th 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 meeting their cabinmates and counselors while enjoying some fun games (fun games) on the rec deck.

Opening Campfire

Campers had a great first soccer session on Sunday Afternoon. They then spent some time trying out some of the many electives we offer In the evening, the campers gathered around the Campfire for a Q&A Session with TeamFirst. Following the Q&A, 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 “Gold Rush” themed closing Campfire.

Monday: Starting Soccer Training and Electives

Campers enjoyed some electives this morning including archery, waterfront, rec deck, and fire building. Soon, it was time to head up to the fields for the first training session with TeamFirst.

Cabin Cup

Campers enjoyed some more electives and another great soccer with TeamFirst. Also, Res life groups Courage, Dash, and Spirit had a photo and autograph session with TeamFirst. Later in the evening, Campers came together as bunkmates to compete in the one and only…Cabin Cup (ahhhh! 🙌) This week, the theme was ‘Survivor’. Be sure to check out our pictures of all the craziness and fun that ensued.

Tuesday: Player Development at Berky

What started as a rainy morning quickly turned into a beautiful day. Campers enjoyed a soccer session learning valuable skills led by TeamFirst. It was then time to switch gears to participate in morning Electives.

Berky Tourney

Tuesday afternoon was jam packed with soccer, electives, and FUN! Also, Res Life Groups Reign and Thorns all got the opportunity to take a picture and get autographs from TeamFirst. Tuesday Evening, it was time for the Berky Tourney. This week’s theme was Taylor Swift Eras. Campers played their hearts out and had plenty of competitive fun. Check out the pictures of the action below!

Wednesday: Girls Soccer Training and (S’)more

Campers started their day up at the fields for another high-energy training session with TeamFirst. The girls had the chance to cool off in the lake, hang out at the rec deck, and participate in other electives after soccer this morning.

Closing Campfire

Campers spent their afternoon up at the fields for more soccer, and then participated in afternoon electives. To close out the evening, campers stepped on stage and performed together at tonight’s Gold Rush 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

For their final morning at camp, athletes enjoyed the last of their electives and soccer training sessions of the week with their coaches and counselors. 

Cabin Photos

Each Cabin had the chance to join at the Moose for an all-cabin photo.

Soccer Camp Departure

Session I has drawn 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

Due to weather, we had to make some last minute changes to Bridge A. Campers enjoyed the day at a trampoline park and then went to the cinema to catch a movie. Saturday was spent in-camp where campers had the chance to participate in special Bridge electives.

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.

Bridge Availability

Would you like to offer your camper an extended stay? The Bridge Program includes a Mountain Adventure Park, 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.