Dear Family & Friends,
Amos died a year and a half ago.
So hard to write. So hard to find the next sentence…
Our grief shifts and yet stays the same.
Spring is glorious this year. Maybe because it has arrived so late, but maybe just because it is spring and this is the way it always is… always was… will be. Time frames have different meanings these days. Spring portends the time when gardens are planted, screens replace the storm windows, sandals emerge, the school year ends and summer is joyously anticipated. For many, many years that anticipation for Amos was camp. He was ten years old the first year he went to Kinderland. We had signed him up for the July session, but when we came to pick him up he vowed to return for the whole summer. He was a camper, CIT and staff for the next 10+ years. Camp fostered an independence and a bonding among friends… love, really… and Amos wanted all of it. We got a taste of that last September when friends gathered at camp to remember him. That weekend was written up in the newsletter and is attached to this note. It was then we decided to create a scholarship fund: important to us to let other children have Kinderland in their lives.
And yes, his memory is for a blessing.
*Miriam and Stuart
Bernice (Be) Cohen Starr (1928-1971) attended Camp Kinderland in the late 1930’s to early 1940’s. She married Robert Starr in 1950 and is mother of Ian Starr (b. 1951) and Susan Sered (b. 1955). A gifted teacher and researcher, Be had completed her doctoral dissertation on the effect of distance on communication within families at the time of her much too early death. Her love for Kinderland and commitment to social justice continued throughout her life and lives on in her daughter Susan, whom she sent to Kinderland in the 1960s.
This partial scholarship is to assist families struggling with illness and medical bills that make the full camp tuition cost prohibitive.
Whether playing basketball, folk dancing, or just hanging with friends of all ages, Chris Nelson was one of the most beloved and charismatic campers and counselors in the 1950’s and ‘60s. At the age of 21, while driving home from a post-season work weekend at camp, he was killed in an automobile accident. His mother, Beati Marmor Nelson Colbert, herself a former camper and staff member, knowing how meaningful and important camp had been to Chris, started a scholarship fund in his name. A teacher and artist, she was determined that children of needy parents should receive the same support, love and cultural background that had shaped Chris.
A camper and counselor throughout the 1980’s, Jeremy loved summers at camp – basketball, swimming, baseball, hanging out with friends, singing, dancing, and caring for the younger kids. Growing up in both the rural Vermont and the city, Jeremy was dedicated to peace and justice. By age 12 he was protesting injustice in letters to the editor, and joining peace groups. While still a teen, he traveled to Nicaragua to help build homes and later, spent much time at an ashram in India. A true Kinderland spirit, he died too young, having lived his years intensely. His mother, Joan Simon Faulkner, started a scholarship fund in his name sure in the knowledge that he would be happy to help even one other child enjoy the camp he so loved.
The family of Beverly Vasquez appreciates any donation made to Camp Kinderland in her memory. Beverly was one of many members of her family to attend Kinderland both as a camper and staff member. Beverly’s parents, brother, sister-in-law, children and niece and nephew are all Camp Kinderland alumni.
Beverly passed away on May 1, 2005. Because it was such an important place to Beverly, her family hopes you will consider making a donation to Kinderland in her honor.
Robbie and Carrie Vasquez, children of Beverly Vasquez