Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard, Stephanie, and Monroe Moss.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I write this letter and reflect on the wonderful tradition of Camp Lenox. 100 years of camping history is a meaningful legacy in an era of transient living, social media friendships, and “disruptive technologies” that can rip the fabric of tradition. Camp Lenox was born (1918) in the early industrial era, and has grown through 4 major wars, industrial and technological revolutions, and 100 years of unprecedented social change and cultural change.
Harry Sperling, the original owner of Camp Lenox bought a lakefront parcel of land from a farmer and as a teacher with a vision created the humble beginnings of Camp Lenox. He directed Lenox from 1918 – 1945. His son in law Robert Silverstone took over in 1945 and was director until 1963. In 1963 Monty Moss bought Camp Lenox and has been in our family since then. Richard Moss became director in 1985 and was joined by his wife Stephanie in 2003. Today, Rich and Stephanie direct camp, along with director emeritus Monty aka “coach” (who is 95 years old.
In a world, that at times seems consumed with anxiety, doubt, and alienation, residential summer camp is a haven of community living, recreational sports/arts, fun, and most of all – connectedness. Campers live in a mountain retreat, and under the stars for 7 weeks. They leave their cell phones, computers, TV’s behind and for possibly the first time experience relatedness to a natural world and people.
There are not many places in the world that are dedicated to providing happiness, recreation, and emotional well-being for others. There are fewer places that teach us how t0 live together in peace, and even less that show a path to a meaningful life filled with friendship.
Has it been a smooth road?
Any business that survives 100 years has had many struggles. I could go into this in more detail, but suffice to say, the enrollment of a camp is closely aligned to the economic upheavals the US has gone through, social values as they change, and looking to stay relevant in a technological world. Being responsible for the health and wellbeing of other people’s children is a hug responsibility as well.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are known as a top level sports and arts camp offering well rounded programs and a great staff.
We also rent the camp in the off-season, and have become very popular for “country style weddings”.
Our warm inclusive camp sets us apart from many other camps. You can visit our web site www.camplenox.com
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
We are located in one of the most special counties in Mass. The Berkshire’s as it is called is a haven for natural, alternative, artistic, and healthy life styles. WE are near some spectacular retreat centers and hotels. Tourism is very big here.
- Full summer $12,000
- Half summer $7350
- Address: 2042 N. Main Road
Lee, Mass. 01238
- Website: www.camplenox.com
- Phone: summer; 413-243-2223 winter 561-276-7000
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: Camp Lenox