News & Announcements

Support Camp Kinderland While You Shop Online

When you shop online, you can easily support Camp Kinderland! Both Amazon Smile and the Goodshop app allow you to donate a percentage of the price of your online purchase to a charity of your choice. It is as easy as going online shopping!

Amazon Smile:

Go to Smile.Amazon.com. If you are not immediately prompted to choose your charity when you sign in, click on Your Account, then click on Change Your Charity. Type “Camp Kinderland,” then start shopping! The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.
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Goodshop App:
Go to Goodsearch.com/goodto-go. Download the app using your favorite browser, whether that is Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Explorer, etc. Once downloaded, the app will create a small icon next to the browser search bar. Click on the Goodshop icon, then click Preferences. A pop-up box will indicate which charity you are supporting. Click on Change It, then type “Camp Kinderland.” When you use this browser to shop online at participating stores, Goodshop will donate a portion of the purchase price to Camp Kinderland. Done!

90th Anniversary Celebration, May 4, 2014 Was a Great Success!

Thank you for celebrating 90 years of Camp Kinderland with us on May 4, 2014. It was a huge success, with over 500 people reuniting, dancing, singing, eating, bidding on silent auction items, buying camp merchandise, and reminiscing at Julia Richman High School in NYC. It was certainly a day to remember, and we couldn’t have done it without you – our sponsors, our volunteers, our loyal Kinderland supporters.

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We have several hundred photos of this special day. Check them out! Keep an eye out for yourself, your family, your group-mates, your counselors, and your campers from years past!

One of the very special parts of the day was a viewing of Generation to Generation: 90 Years of Camp Kinderland, an oral history video compilation of photos, CIT play clips, and interviews with current and former Kinderlanders recounting the 90-year history of our special summer camp with a conscience. View a short clip of the video here, and buy your very own copy of the full-length 67 minute film at the Camp Store.

During the event, we gave out Kinderland tote bags and commemorative journals. If you missed the event, but want to remember this special milestone, buy your own tote and journal on our website! You can stock up on these and other Camp Kinderland items, such as water bottles, mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, onesies, bumper stickers, mural posters and notecards, and much more at our Camp Store. These things make great gifts for special occasions like birthdays, graduation, Mother’s and Father’s Day, and let you represent your favorite home away from home all year around.

Jalopy Concert a Great Success!

It was great seeing every one. The Jalopy concert raised $300.00 for Camp. Thanks to all those who came, and to the musicians. Woody Mann, Joel Itzkowitz, Rob Tenney, Lauren Brody. Ronnie Gluck, (what a great surprise ) Tim Kapeluck, Marty Cutler, Peter Brown, Gerry Tenney, Kenny Kosek, Leslie Tenney, Noah Tenney and Joel’s einikel.

Camp Kinderland Alumni Blues Band. Only together for one song , Robert Johnson's "Love In Vain" From left to right; Red Jeff, Mann the Man, Blues Boy Gershn, Harmonica Yussel and Bro Bobby Buck Biggs on Bass. Photo By Leslie Tenney . Fancy Shmacied by Gerry.

Camp Kinderland Alumni Blues Band. Only together for one song , Robert Johnson’s “Love In Vain” From left to right; Red Jeff, Mann the Man, Blues Boy Gershn, Harmonica Yussel and Bro Bobby Buck Biggs on Bass. Photo By Leslie Tenney . Fancy Shmacied by Gerry.

90th Anniversary Silent Auction Winners

If you think you won a Silent Auction bid at the 90th Anniversary event, but had to leave before the winners were announced, check these Silent Auction Winners to see if your auction number matches any of the winners. We have also emailed each individual to inform you of your winnings.

To pay for your silent auction item online, CLICK HERE.

 

Passing of Jeffrey Phillips, Member of the Kinderland Maintenance Family

The Kinderland Community mourns the loss of a special member of the Kinderland family, Jeffrey Phillips. Jeff was on the maintenance staff at Camp Kinderland starting in 2000 until this past summer. He worked hard to make sure that the Kinderland camp ground was secure, clean, and beautiful for our campers for more than a decade. He also enjoyed fishing and was an advocate of getting children involved in ice fishing, and helped to organize many local tournaments. He loved sports and football, a Patriots and Red Sox fan, and enjoyed playing Cribbage and Scat. Camp Kinderland sends its deepest condolences to Jeff’s family. He is survived by two sisters and four brothers, one of which is Scott “Bucky” Phillips, another long time maintenance staff member at Camp Kinderland.

Contributions in Jeffrey’s honor can be sent to HospiceCare in the Berkshires and condolences to the family can be sent to Scott Phillips at 318 Johnson Rd, Dalton, MA 01226.

To read the obituary and leave a comment in the guest book, go to:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/berkshire/obituary.aspx?pid=168332058

Clockwise from top left: Scott "Bucky" Phillips, Dennis Cormier, Jeffrey Phillips, Cindy True, Aviva Cormier

Clockwise from top left: Scott “Bucky” Phillips, Dennis Cormier, Jeffrey Phillips, Cindy True, Aviva Cormier

Passing of Congressman Owens, Member of our Kinderland and Brooklyn Families

The Kinderland community sends its deepest condolences to the family of Congressman Major Owens, long-time education and civil rights champion, and grandfather of two Kinderland campers.

Condolences may be sent to the Owens Family at (518) 556-1052,  family@remembermajor.com or 135 Eastern Parkway, #3-H, Brooklyn, NY 11238. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization, 316 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Read his New York Times Obituary here.

Congressman Owens

Kinderland Committees

To get more involved in the Kinderland community, please consider joining one of the following committees. Committees meet regularly, about once per month. Committees are made up of Board members and members of the Kinderland community. Meeting dates are announced in the Upcoming Events section of the website.

The Fundraising Committee brainstorms fundraising ideas, plans and provides resources for fundraising events and campaigns, and hosts fundraising events for Camp Kinderland.

The Camper Recruitment Committee organizes and hosts open houses for prospective camper families, reaches out to personal networks to raise awareness about Camp Kinderland, and represents Camp Kinderland at camp fairs.

The Building Committee will spend time working with staff to determine what the needs and priorities of the camp facility are, then discuss when and where certain upgrades to the facility will take place in the context of a long-term strategic building plan.

The Arts & Activism Festival Planning Committee will organize a 3-day music festival that will take place over Labor Day weekend in 2016. This will involve developing communications and marketing, seeking out talent, production, organizing volunteers for the weekend, and seeking sponsors and funding.

The Conscious Eating Committee will re-evaluate the camp‘s current approach to food and come up with more local, nutritious, and environmentally conscious ways to feed campers and staff each summer.

The Environmental Sustainability Committee will research and implement ways to improve our relationship with the environment, including composting, recycling, buying local, and zero-waste.

Contact Ileana@Kinderland.org to join or learn more about any of these committees. We hope you can come to one of our upcoming meetings!

Commie Camp

Comedian Katie Halper’s (3rd generation Kinderlander) documentary film about Camp Kinderland has been showing at sold-out screenings at film festivals across the country, and picking up awards and kudos.  Commie Camp–as it is tongue-in-cheek titled—is a loving tribute to Katie’s–and our–favorite “summer camp with a conscience.”

 

Details about upcoming screenings can be found on the film’s website, and any questions regarding the film, screenings, or distribution should be directed to commiecamp@gmail.com.