C.O.R.E stands for Comprehensive Outdoor Recreational Experiences and is Berkshire’s closest link to the Trail Squad of the 1920’s when students made the Appalachian Trail section that runs from Race Brook all the way to Jug End. They explore the entire landscape, enjoying everything our area has to offer. They hike through old growth forests of Mt. Everett and the Taconic ridge. They scramble up brooks and waterfalls that cascade down the watershed which towers just above the school. They canoe the many waterways which run north-south through the valley. They even maintain the integrity of the trails doing everything from simple clearing of fallen trees to the more difficult task of rebuilding bridges.
Historically, the students have also done various construction projects, one of the most recent being a complete replica of Henry Thoreau’s cabin, including the same furniture used by Thoreau. The RKMP maintains a small woodworking shop, Chevalier Lodge, which also houses trail maintenance tools and the program’s canoes. The RKMP supplies C.O.R.E. with all the camping equipment including sleeping bags, tents, stoves, etc.The group also travels to destinations around New England for multi-day excursions, including canoeing the ponds of the Adirondack State Park, hiking the Long Trail in Vermont, or traveling up to the mountains of the Presidential Range in New Hampshire. C.O.R.E. is for the student who wants to enjoy the backcountry and explore his or her surroundings.