Kent adult summer camp to be focus of new TV series
KENT — Reality TV may be bringing a different kind of wildlife to the local woods.
A weekend summer camp for adults nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains is the home of a new Bravo series premiering this spring.
Staff of Club Getaway — a 300-acre overnight camp at 59 South Kent Road — will be featured on “Camp Getaway.”
Club Getaway offers a variety of activities — from tennis, water skiing, archery and rock-climbing to wine-tasting, dance and cooking classes, zip lining and slip-and-slides.
It has drinking games and activities like beer pong, flip cup, Bloody Mary bingo and pub hikes — and, of course, parties.
Bravo TV’s website describes Club Getaway’s weekend crew as “tirelessly” catering to “guests’ (sometimes extravagant) whims and demands, all while navigating living, loving, and working together all season. Close quarters and the stress of the job mean not everyone will make it through the entire summer.”
The sports and adventure resort began as a children’s camp owned by Victor Fink called Camp Leonard-Leonore.
Fink inherited the camp from his father who had purchased it back in the 1940s, according to a 1997 Hartford Courant article.
Sue Sklar Wakefield, of New York, attended Camp Leonard-Leonore in the mid-1970s and said it was “an unforgettable place.”
“It was only six weeks of your life, but you formed such great bonds with one another. We were sisters and the guys were brothers. It was wonderful,” she said.
Wakefield recalled going into town to do laundry as a camper and said Kent Pizza was “a big hangout spot” for camp counselors.
Wakefield said neither she nor any of the other campers she knew lived in Kent.
“We were from Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County and New Jersey,” she said. “A lot of the kids were from The Five Towns (on Long Island).”
Not long after Wakefield spent her last summer at Camp Leonard-Leonore, the camp changed.
Club Getaway was born in 1976, after Fink visited Club Med in the Caribbean and decided to turn the children’s camp into a resort for adults.
Although she has not visited the new camp, Wakefield said she knows a few people who have gone to Club Getaway.
“I would probably go. It looks like it would be a lot of fun,” she said.
David and Gayle Schrieber have owned Club Getaway since 2012. David is Club Getaway’s camp director and is one of the cast members of “Camp Getaway,” according to Bravo TV.
Other cast members include executive camp director Claire Sorrels, senior social coordinators Adam Mizrahi and Monica O’Neal, and social coordinators Gavin Stewart, Glen North, Neely Fortune, Nile Lundgren, Randall Klein, and Sophia D’Angelo.
In addition to its adults-only summer camp, Club Getaway offers youth, family and professional development programs.
“Camp Getaway” will premiere April 6, at 10 p.m.