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Welcome Back To Berky!

We are looking forward to reconnecting.

This page is exclusively for former Berky athletes and current and former staff. Here you will find photos and videos from your sessions at camp, access all of our blog posts, and learn about what’s new at camp. Staff will be able to connect personally and professionally with our far-flung staff network, and campers will be able to connect with their fellow campers, counselors and coaches.

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Katy Kreiner, Director
Paul Titley, Director
Eric & Liza Wittenberg, Directors Emeritus

History of the Berkshire Soccer Academy

2009 – Dan Zenkel, the founder and CEO of the country’s largest owner of private summer camps, purchases the former Camp Nawaka in East Otis, Massachusetts.

2010 – Dan, who has a soccer-loving daughter, recognizes a need for a girls soccer camp offering high quality instruction in a traditional camp setting, and decides to create such a camp on the site.

Fall 2010 – Dan recruits Eric Wittenberg, and experienced camp professional, and Liza Wittenberg, a former captain of the Georgetown University Soccer Team, to direct the camp. Dan, Eric & Liza envision and create the Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls (“BSA” or “Berky”).

2011 – Every cabin and building is upgraded, and a new turf field is constructed. Liza recruits soccer industry veterans to join the BSA Advisory Board.

July 2011 – 32 campers and 15 staff attend BSA’s first, four day session. The all-female soccer staff includes directors, Tiffany Jones and Jenn Plante, [missing text] “C-Mac” McDonald, Kate [missing text], and Kiva Grisham. Campers and staff loved it, and Berky is off and running.

2012 – Construction and renovations continue. Two camper cabins, Ledges and Bluffs are added.

Summer 2012 – 125 campers attend 2 sessions. Eric and Liza’s first child, Everett, is born at camp on July [missing text], 2012.

Summer 2013 – 245 campers attend 4 sessions.

2014 – The first TeamFirst week is added. USWNT legends Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Ventorini Hoch, together with University of Texas Coach Ange Kelly run that week’s soccer sessions within the BSA framework. “Bridge” sessions are also added. The bridges run from Thursday night to Sunday morning, enabling campers to attend multiple sessions.

2016 – Evie’s brother Harper is born on November [missing text].

2017 – Paul Titley, who has ten years of summer camp experience, joins BSA as Assistant Director.

2018 – The increasing demands of parenthood compel Liza and Eric to step down as full-time directors. Katy Kreiner joined the BSA team as Assistant Director. Katy’s extensive background as a soccer player, coach and manager and camp professional made her an ideal addition to the Berky team. 2018 is Liza and Eric’s last summer at Berky.

Fall 2019 – Katy and Paul take over as Berky’s full-time directors. Eric forms his own marketing consultancy and becomes BSA’s Director of Marketing. Liza turns her attention to full-time parenting.

2014-2019 – The number of sessions continued to expand from 4 in 2013 to 8 in 2019, and enrollment grows from 245 sessions in 2013 to 960.

2020 – Camper capacity increases from 134 to 154 with the addition of two new cabins.

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