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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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@
Read his New York Times Obituary here.
Camp Kinderland and Commie Camp film are front and center in this article by Louis Proyect on Counterpunch.org.
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!
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.”