News & Announcements

Open Call for 2020 Camp Kinderland Newsletter

Every fall, we round up stories, photographs, announcements, and remembrances from the previous year to share with our camper families, alumni, and supporters in the Kinderland Newsletter.
 
In these unprecedented and unpredictable times, it is more important than ever to celebrate and remember the personal and collective milestones that took place within our community over the last year.
 
Please send your birth notices, remembrances, announcements, stories, and upcoming events to joeyp@kinderland.org so that we can include them in this year’s Kinderland Newsletter. Make sure to include details and photos/images.

The You Ain’t Goin Nowhere Trip Book

Who saw a moose? Who played Fagan? What’s Yiddish for rainbow? Which bunk is that? What Starfish is that? Make a Kinderland fortune teller! See if you can spot the peace signs! Laugh at a Kinderland Mad-Libs! Call a friend and play the Would You Rather…
Behold the You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere “Trip” Book 2020! Pretend it’s rest hour in your favorite bunk and have fun with these puzzles and games!
A “boom-chicka-boom!” to Raquel Jennings and our many contributors for compiling this very special activity book!

A Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

Camp Kinderland stands unequivocally in solidarity with the calls for justice for George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and the thousands of other Black Americans who have been murdered at the hands of a racist police system.

Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” Right now, protestors are using their bodies and voices to demand accountability, safety, and a world free from police violence. We as a camp continue to be committed to dismantling white supremacy in all its forms. We are in solidarity with protestors around the US and the world.

We call ourselves “summer camp with a conscience,” and Black leaders and Black-led movements have been pivotal teachers for us in developing that collective conscience.

Now is the time to show up. If it is safe for you, consider taking to the streets and joining a protest. Please take precautions to keep yourself and others safe. If you have the means, donate to the bail funds for protestors and to black-led organizing. Contact your representatives to demand funding for communities, not cops. Let us work together towards building the world we want to see.

Solidarity Forever,

Camp Kinderland

A Letter to our Alumni and Friends

To Our Camp Kinderland Community,

With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to report that Camp Kinderland is unable to open for the summer of 2020. This decision was informed by guidance and information from our local authorities, as well as the medical professionals that we deal with each summer.

This decision was informed by guidance and information from our local authorities, as well as the medical professionals that we deal with each summer. Our number one priority is and has always been, the health and safety of our campers, staff, and our Kinderland community, and the health risks posed by Covid-19 makes a safe opening impossible.

We share the heartache and disappointment of the campers and staff who were eagerly looking forward to being at Kinderland this season. And we know that for some of you, those campers, CITs, and staff are your own children and grandchildren. All we can promise them is that Camp Kinderland will be here for all of us when this crisis is over.

Tuition is our main source of income. The problem we face is that we have many ongoing expenses whether or not we have camp. From holding on to our essential year-round staff, to paying our mortgage and real estate taxes, from insurance premiums to maintenance costs, and loan repayment… our shortfall will be huge.

Our projections show Camp Kinderland facing, at a minimum, a $250,000 loss if all tuition payments are reimbursed.

We are appealing to our current camper families to consider donating part or all of their tuition payments or rolling their payments over to the summer of 2021 to ensure Camp Kinderland’s survival.

We have endured recessions, depressions, and wars; Camp Kinderland has made it through droughts, hurricanes, and tornadoes, through relocations, polio, and political attacks. We cannot allow COVID-19 to steal the legacy of Camp Kinderland, passed on by generations of fighters and dreamers to the children of tomorrow. We will need all your generosity for Kinderland to get through this. 

Camp Kinderland must—and will—survive. El pueblo unido…the people united will never be defeated!

In Solidarity,

Cindy, Billy, Alice, and Ira

 

A Letter to our Families

Dear Camp Kinderland Parents,
 
I hope that you and yours are safe and well.
 
With heavy hearts, the Board of Directors and I are deeply saddened to report that Camp Kinderland is unable to open for the summer of 2020. This decision was informed by guidance and information from our local authorities, as well as the medical professionals that we deal with each summer.
 
Our number one priority is and has always been, the health and safety of our campers, staff, and our Kinderland community. We cannot practice social distancing in our bunks, our indoor spaces, or even our dining hall. The health risks posed by Covid-19 makes a safe opening impossible.
 
We share the heartache and disappointment of the campers and staff who were eagerly, even desperately, looking forward to being at Kinderland this season. Camp is an oasis for them, and now more than ever, they may be feeling an even greater need to be there. All of this contributed to making this decision even more difficult.
 
This summer is our 97th season, and it will be the first time in our history that we have had to close. We are heartbroken, but Camp has faced many obstacles in our rich and storied history, and we are still here.
 
Together, let us look ahead to the summer of 2021, and begin the hard work necessary to guarantee that Camp Kinderland will survive. We will be reaching out to you in the next week as we create space for our community to come together and stay connected. Your input will be crucial.
 
We are all looking forward to welcoming you back to camp next summer and we are sending you our love and support.
 
In Solidarity,
 
Cindy Zingher
 
Camp Director


 
Refunds, Rollovers, and/or Donations

We are offering our families several choices:

Donations: Making a gift of some or all of the funds you have already paid is a generous way to help Camp Kinderland weather this unprecedented crisis and ensure our safe reopening next summer and for generations to come. We will need the support of our community to continue to improve our facility, hold on to our essential full-time staff, and stay connected in innovative ways. Thank you to everyone who is able to make this vital gift to Camp Kinderland during a time of extreme hardship.

Rollover: We can rollover your summer 2020 payment towards tuition for summer 2021. This will help with Camp Kinderland’s short-term financial stability, and we are extremely grateful.

Full or Partial Refunds: We know that many of our families are also facing hardships at this time. We can process a full refund in the amount paid or you may choose to take a partial refund and make a donation with the remainder. Our camp staff will be contacting you in the coming weeks to process your refund. Thank you for your patience as we expect hundreds of emails and calls over the coming days.

Please fill out the following form to indicate your choice:

2020 Tuition Rollover, Donation, Or Refund Form

Her Sister’s Tattoo and Camp Kinderland

We were thrilled when we found out that much of Elli Meeropol’s new novel, Her Sister’s Tattoo, is set in Camp Kinderland, unnamed but easily recognizable.

A couple months (and a hundred years ago), we had planned a small in-person book launch party that would serve also as a fundraiser for Camp Kinderland. Due to current circumstances, we have opted for a digital alternative.

 

If you click here,  you will find a video clip of Elli reading from Her Sister’s Tattoo, as well as an author’s note, and a review by our Camp Director Emeritus, Alice Shechter.

 

As for our planned fundraiser, Elli offered to donate $10 to Camp Kinderland for every book purchased from Red Hen Pressbookshop.org, or your local bookstore. To make sure that your purchase contributes to our fundraiser, please forward a copy of your receipt to ellenmeeropol@gmail.com, subject: Kinderland Fundraiser- Her Sister’s Tattoo

A Letter from our Camp Director

Dear Camp Kinderland Community,

In this time of uncertainty, I wanted to reach out to each of you and extend my wishes for everyone to stay healthy and safe during this crisis.

Of course, we aren’t sure of what the future holds for the summer of 2020. However, we still have over 3 months before our summer program is scheduled to begin, so we will continue to forge ahead with the hope that camp will happen. The safety and health of our campers and staff is of the utmost importance to all of us. We do operate under the auspices of the Massachusetts Board of Health and ultimately, they will be the ones making the final decisions about this coming summer.

The Camp Kinderland community is strong as we approach our 100th year, and we are working to find new ways to stay connected in this time of social distance. Stay tuned via e-mail, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram, as we are planning several events that will take place online. The first event will be a virtual “Singing with Ira” early next week, and an open call for virtual share performances! If there is anything YOU would like to share with the Kinderland community, please email Development and Outreach Director, Joey Perr, at joeyp@kinderland.org

For those of you who might have questions or concerns, please feel free to either email me at cindyz@campkinderland.org or call me at 718-643-0771 ext 109.

In Solidarity,

Cindy Zingher
Executive Director
PS. Take care and be safe. Washing your hands is an act of solidarity!

2019 Newsletter

2019 Annual Camp Kinderland Newsletter

2019 was quite a year for the Camp Kinderland community, and we are so excited to share the highlights with you in the latest Camp Kinderland Newsletter! Read it from your computer or tablet, take it with you on your phone, or print it out at home. It is easy to share with family and friends – just forward them the link or direct them to the Kinderland website.

 

Prefer a hard-copy and don’t have access to a printer? No problem. Just reply to this email with your current post mailing address to request a copy.