Staying Fit!

Greenwood believes that physical exercise is important for all students, and that those with a strong interest in sports should have the opportunity to develop their skills. As a result, we offer a physical education program with a wide range of ways for our students to have fun and stay fit.

Team Sports

Greenwood offers one team sport per season.  Our teams play matches against several other schools in Western New England. Interested students make a commitment to practice or play games 4 days each week.

  • Fall: Soccer
  • Winter: Basketball
  • Spring: Baseball

Greenwood also hosts an annual weekend soccer tournament for area schools.

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Alternative Sports

Joaquin on skateparkEach term we offer a range of physically active afternoon activities.  These groups meet twice a week and have included:

  • Mountain Biking
  • BMX (bike park, dirt jumps, pump track)
  • Fencing
  • Weight Lifting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Fitness Training
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Lacrosse

Skiing at Mt SnowDownhill Skiing and Snowboarding are offered each winter weekend at Mt. Snow.  The mountain features leveled trails, a world-class terrain park and optional lessons.

Less-structured opportunities for individual or group physical activity abound during breaks, weekends and free time:

  • Morning Fitness
  • Disc Golf
  • Skating
  • Pond Hockey
  • Frozen PondSkateboarding
  • In-Line Skating
  • BMX (bike park, dirt jumps, pump track)
  • Cycling
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Volleyball
  • Sledding
  • Gym Time (nights and weekends)
  • Canoeing and Kayaking


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Outdoor Adventure

Our campus of 100 acres, surrounded by 300 acres of undeveloped woodland, swamp and hills, beckons the boys into direct contact with the natural world. The sledding hill is one step off the boardwalk at the dorm’s front door. The bike paths start at the back stoop.  The pond — with it’s bass, turtles, ducks, and rack of canoes and kayaks — is a short walk down the hill, past the orchard.

New England’s Changing Climate

summitBy choosing the Outdoor Club as an afternoon elective, the boys can bring nature-based activities into their week.  No matter the season, boys have an opportunity for outdoor exploration supported by adults steeped in woodlore and wilderness skills. Trips to local swimming holes thin out as the weather chills, after which shelter building and plant and animal identification predominate. As winter closes in, the boys learn to find dry firewood on wet days and how to dress in order to be warm and comfortable for a winter night in the lodge they built. Snow cover brings snowshoeing and tracking deer, fox, squirrels and each other. A trip to the pond in winter is a multifaceted experience. While the pond hockey game flashes by, some start a bow-drill fire to make hot chocolate, and others wonder where the frogs went while exploring amid the cattails for weak spots in the ice. As spring days lengthen, and the hockey rink sinks into the pond, the boys tap maple trees and boil the sap for syrup. Then the canoes are launched, boys fish for bass and scout for turtles.  Finally we’re back to the swimming holes, jumping off rocks and snorkeling after crayfish.

Weekend Adventures

Weekend trips for those who desire physical challenge might include a sunrise hike to the top of Black Mountain, rock climbing trips, overnight canoeing journeys, polar bear swims, or cliff jumping (into water).  An overnight trip introduces the student to the planning and organizational skills inherent in bare-bones living; this and the necessary teamwork helps develop newfound strengths and leadership skills in the boys.

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