Founded in 1923 by Jewish union activists in New York City, Camp Kinderland has been a place for working-class families to escape the city for over three-quarters of a century. Through its program, Kinderland celebrates the labor movement and other progressive causes. Over the years, the camp has honored and celebrated the International Brigades in Spain, anti-fascist efforts in the World War II era, economic reform, and the civil rights and anti-war movements. Camp Kinderland is a living testament to the values of social justice and progressive secular Jewish roots.
Camp Kinderland is not an ordinary summer camp, although much of what we do are ordinary summer camp things. What makes Kinderland distinctive is its history of progressive politics and its heritage of secular Jewish traditions and its legacy of promoting social activism. These are our foundations. Yet over time, we have changed and changed again, working out how best to balance our heritage with our present goals.
Soccer2Kinderland’s sports program is designed to bring out, in campers of all skill levels, the best qualities of athletic activities: having fun, trying their best, and increasing their capabilities as they participate with their friends on the fields of play. We play soccer, basketball, softball, ultimate Frisbee, and other sports. While we always respect the integrity of the game and recognize that kids have various levels of skills, our program stresses the importance of playing the game for the fun of it.
The Kathe Kollwitz Arts & Crafts Studio is always an exciting and cool place to be at Camp. Cool literally because its low hillside location lets the breezes flow through. Exciting because there’s always something happening there. Arts and Crafts (A&C)offers specific projects in a wide range of media: drawing, painting, printing, stenciling; sewing, knitting, crochet; beading and bead looming; weaving, collage, decoupage, mosaics, murals, silk-screening, popsicle stick and other sculptures; wirework, basketry, quilt making, wood working and more.
GuitarsOur music program reflects the values that mean so much to our campers and staff–working to make the world a more peaceful and just place. Campers come together to sing folk songs of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Phil Ochs, Malvina Reynolds, Tom Paxton as well as the many uncredited songs so prevalent in the folk music tradition. Campers love to sing at music sessions as they enjoy the spirit and excitement of singing songs from the union movement, the civil rights movement and other songs from progressive history and current struggles for social justice.