65th Aniversary - Article in Litchfield County Times - 08/02/2007
Buck's Rock Offers Taste of the Arts
By: Scott Robson
What do we, as a culture, value? In our workplaces, our homes, our schools and even in our vacation spots, Americans tend increasingly to focus on productivity and competitiveness, constantly searching for an edge or an advantage that will distinguish them from the rest of the crowd.
For better or for worse, the pace of life has accelerated and expectations have risen accordingly. Colleges are inundated with valedictorians and perfect test scoresl; BlackBerries and iPhones keep people perpetually connected to the workplace, and impressive résumés have never been more essential.
Even the youngest members of our society have felt the effects of this cultural demand for practical perfection. School curricula must cover more subject matter than ever before, and children's lives have by necessity become more structured by expectations and demands.
One time-tested institution serving to counterbalance this trend is the Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp, an educational summer camp in New Milford. Visitors to Buck's Rock will find something unexpected nestled in the camp's forested 125 acres. Far more than a typical summer camp, Buck's Rock is a haven for the arts that offers campers 11 to 16 a unique education in the spirit of the Montessori method developed in the 19th century.
The camp's vision and raison d'être, according to current directors Mickey and Laura Morris, is to provide young people "with a freedom rarely present in everyday life-the freedom of choice and the opportunity and guidance necessary to exercise those choices .... Through effort, trial, error and success, our campers gain self-confidence and develop a sense of the direction their lives can take, becoming even more of what they are ultimately capable."
Dr. Ernst Bulova and his wife Ilse, German émigrés who had fled Europe in the midst of World War II, founded Buck's Rock as a work camp for teenagers in 1942. The camp aided the American initiative to mobilize teenagers for the war effort by helping New Milford farmers.
At the war's end, the camp had proven just how independently productive teenagers could be in a cooperative and noncompetitive atmosphere. The focus shifted toward the creative and performing arts over the years, but its spirit and energy remained true to Dr. Bulova's original beliefs and philosophies.
Before the war, Dr. Bulova was a child psychologist and educator working in Berlin with his wife, who was also an educator. A student of the famous educator Maria Montessori, Dr. Bulova's commitment to education manifested itself throughout his long career; he ran an educational radio program in Berlin, and later opened a Montessori school in London after he fled Germany.
The culmination of his knowledge and experience resulted in the foundation of Buck's Rock. Now, 65 years later, the camp remains a truly unique setting in which character, self-confidence, independent motivation and creativity all flourish.
During the summer, Buck's Rock is a thriving teenage community of more than 300 campers and nearly 200 staff members. While many of the campers come from the tri-state area, others come from all over the country, and indeed from all over the world. The same rich diversity characterizes the camp's staff, a full 45 percent of whom come from countries as distant as New Zealand and South Africa.
The staff, which includes counselors, instructors and a support crew, represents an impressive range of skills and disciplines. "We really have a fantastic staff," said Mr. Morris. "They're all 21 and older, professionals in their respective industries, right on the cutting edge."
Mrs. Morris highlighted the remarkable loyalty demonstrated by the staff at Buck's Rock. "More than 55 or 60 percent of our staff is actually returning staff, which gives us a fantastic continuity of program. And every year, we find new staff who will stay on for four or five or even ten to fifteen years."
The expert artisans, craftsmen and performers who work as instructors at Buck's Rock are all handpicked to serve the many roles needed to fulfill the camp's mission. "In each discipline, we have our sources," Mr. Morris said with a smile. "We have different schools that we look at for different arts. ... There are also clubs and organizations that we can contact when we're searching for new staff."
"Our most important source of new staff members is definitely through word of mouth recommendations-somebody will work here, then tell their friends and colleagues about the experience they had here," added Mrs. Morris. The directors also actively recruit new staff members personally, often taking trips out of the country to do so.
Once they arrive, the instructors assist campers as they explore more than 30 different disciplines. These disciplines, which include arts as diverse as metalsmithing, photography, costume design, dance and improvisational theater, are all offered to campers by professionals in facilities that often rival or surpass those of most colleges.
The camp's impressive facilities are in a continual state of renewal and improvement. "Just for instance, we recently updated our glassblowing studio. It's a state-of-the-art facility that was designed and made for us in Holland," Mr. Morris commented, adding, "The kids are really getting a pretty amazing experience."
The experience at Buck's Rock is distinguished not only by its facilities and instructors, but also by its underlying philosophy, which shapes life at the camp. In the spirit of the Montessori Method, campers at Buck's Rock are given tremendous freedom of choice to determine their own schedules and activities at the camp. "We operate on the principle of inter-cooperation," Mrs. Morris said. "Everything is teaching-based, and the kids can totally immerse themselves in the discipline of their choice. That way, they can find the one place they feel most accepted, most belonging."
This freedom is balanced with personal responsibility in a cooperative, noncompetitive environment to produce an independence and self-realization in the campers that "must be seen to be believed," according to Mrs. Morris. "On a daily basis, kids are making their own choices. It produces enormous personal growth of empowerment, success, confidence-eight weeks [at Buck's Rock] leaves a child forever changed."
A particularly illustrative testament to the camp's effectiveness is the success of the Counselor In Training (CIT) program, which has proven to be the most popular of the various programs offered at Buck's Rock. CITs are older campers with some experience in a specific area who work as apprentices for half of each day, serving as role models for the younger campers in the process.
"Campers who become CITs really get Buck's Rock," Mrs. Morris said. "And they're totally hooked because they're giving back to a community that's so warm and unique."
The camp's unique atmosphere has persisted for 65 years due to a conscious and continuous process of renewal. As technology, ideas and interests evolve, so too does Buck's Rock. "We're constantly developing and changing programs," Mr. Morris said. "We make a conscious effort to keep extremely current with technology and interests. We're constantly reinventing ourselves."
In many cases, this reinvention works to refine or improve existing programs, such as the recently improved glassblowing and metalworking studios, or the media center that the directors are planning, which will provide campers with state-of-the-art computers and equipment for a variety of purposes.
In other cases, the camp shifts its focus to remain with the times. "We're planning on making the shift from [film-based photography] to digital," Mr. Morris said. "Part of that is what we feel is an environmental responsibility, to get away from all the chemicals and materials involved with traditional photography. But another component of that is that the interest, and the industry itself, is shifting towards digital imagery."
A final manifestation of the camp's continual reinvention is the addition of entirely new programs and facilities. For instance, next year will mark the institution of a totally new discipline at Buck's Rock: the culinary arts, which has been a longtime request among campers and visitors.
Much of the success behind Buck's Rock lies in its total commitment to self-improvement and evolution, which ensures that it remains fresh and applicable to teenagers, who are perhaps the most mutable and dynamic members of our society.
Besides having a keen eye for its environment and its target audience, Buck's Rock owes its success to the unparalleled commitment of its staff and directors. In addition to serving as the camp's directors, Mr. and Mrs. Morris are actively involved in daily life at the camp, interacting with campers and eagerly attending camp functions. "We really get a personal sense of pride and joy at watching these kids succeed," Mrs. Morris said.
When asked what drew her to the camp, Mrs. Morris did not hesitate before responding with an energetic smile: "An absolute love and passion for this place. I grew up here. This place is in my blood."
Information on the camp's schedule and prices is available on the Web site, www.bucksrockcamp. com.
BUCK'S ROCK - 65th REUNION
7/22/07,1. Start Times
Saturday the 28th in also the date for a special New Milford Village Fair and the running of the New Milford 8, a well known regional race. So if you try to get to Camp before 11:00 AM you are likely to find detours, blocked roads, etc.
By 11:00 AM the race should be over and the roads clear. Follow the directions to Camp and when you come up the road ( now paved ! ) you will find signs directing you to a designated parking area, where there will have a registration table. If the walk from parking area to the center of Camp is a bit too challenging, you can request shuttle transportation at the registration table.
You are all encouraged to arrive in time to share lunch at Noon. At 1:00 PM we will have a brief meeting with all alumni, to bring you greetings from the Camp , review the scheduled events, and answer any questions you may have. Our scheduled events will begin at 1:30 PM and continue throughout the afternoon.
2. Ride Sharing
Many of you have asked about availability of rides, ride-sharing, etc. David Bearg, a 1960's era alumnus who lives near Boston, has graciously offered to coordinate possible shared transportation. If you would like to offer a ride, or if you are looking for transportation please contact David : firstname.lastname@example.org. We do have a current need for a ride for two people ( Michael Katz and friend) from Manhattan.
3. Directions to Buck's Rock
These are posted on the Buck's Rock Camp website
4. Who Is Coming ?
Our mailing lists are limited, and many of you may still be in touch with former campers and staff whom we don't know how to reach. Please encourage any of your camp contacts to call or e-mail me to add their names to our mailing list for the 65th Reunion.They need to be on our mailing list to get the latest updates and follow-up mailings. Please sign up at email@example.com
If you are certain you are coming, and have not already sent an RSVP, then we would very much appreciate a brief e-mail RSVP at this time. Let us know whether you are coming solo or how many people you might be bringing with you. This is a huge help in planning meals, parking, etc. Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org .
At the end of this e-mail are the names of some of the people who contacted us regarding the Reunion and Alumni Day. The names in red have confirmed that they will likely be attending on the 28th.
5. The Day's Events :
Of course, you're all welcome to just walk around, check-out the camp, and revive your old memories. But if you want something more, we have a full slate of activities planned for campers and alumni.
There have been some significant changes in the program for the day since our last update :
Rebecca Hart, previously announced for the alumni concert, has had to cancel at the last minute due to an offer of a week long acting engagement which represented an opportunity that she could not refuse.
11:00 AM - Parking Lots Open for Registration
Noon - Join Us for Lunch !
1:00 PM - Brief meeting of all alumni at the Summer Theatre. Greetings from the Camp and Friends of Buck's Rock.
Discussion of Day's Events , etc.
This will be followed by musical performances by some of our talented alumni (Dave Golden, Dan Seiden
Jackie Keveson- depending on who's available).
2:00 PM Alumni are invited to tour the Camp and Shops
Ara Kupris Menzi will be doing a quilting demonstration at the Sewing Shop
Ben Lapidus and Dave Golden will be discussing their musical careers and performing a
a few numbers at the Summer Theatre for campers and alumni. We will likely follow this
with some additional musical performances by alumni
4:00 PM Guitar Snack/ Sing-Along/ Folk Music Jam Session on the lawn led by Jackie Keveson
with assistance from Erika Blumberg, Dan Seiden, Suzie Fromer and Andy Milman.
5:00 PM Square Dancing/Folk Dancing at the Boy's House Quad led by Dan Pearl and Richard Fried
It should be quite a day ! Looking forward to seeing many of you there. We'll likely send out a final update on Thursday.
Upcoming Perforning Arts Events at Buck’s Rock
7:15pm & 9:00pm: Midsummer Night’s Dream
Helena is in love with Demetrius, but he’s in love with Hermia, who’s in love with Lysander. Oberon would love to get something from Titania, who happens to be in love with an ass. The Mechanicals love to act, and Hippolyta and Theseus just want to be loved! Does anyone get what (or who) they want? It’s a mess of mayhem and madness this midsummer at Buck’s Rock!
8:30pm: Stand Up 1
What’s the deal with stand up comedy? This show is the deal with stand up comedy. Hooray for laughing and fun. Stand up
8:30pm: Alice in Americaland
Or Through the Picture Tube and What Alice Found There.
An adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale by Dennis Snee.
This play finds Alice trapped in the 'wonderland' of American pop culture.
Mr. Snee's play recognizes that there are equally strange creatures in our
icon-d riven society as in any wonderland of Lewis Carroll. Alice represents
the innocence in all of us and she is being thrown up against the forces
that pull America along its continued path of overmedication, pop icon
adulation, political corruptness and the collapsing of the family unit.
See what happens when our innocent Alice comes face to face with some of the
more disturbing parts of America-Land.
7:30pm: Rock Café 1
Rock Café showcases the myriad musical talents of our campers. Acts of all kinds have the chance to rock the socks off their fellow campers in a real live rock’n’roll show, complete with lights, sound and stage. The show begins at 8:30pm sharp, and bands perform successively throughout the evening. Don’t miss this rock’n’roll spectacle brought to you by Buck’s Rock(’n’Roll) Camp.
7:15pm & 9:00pm: Picasso at the Lapin Agile
What would happen if Pablo Picasso were to meet Albert Einstein in a Paris bar in 1901? Who knows, but one thing’s for sure: the world will never be the same.
8:00pm: Music Shed 1
This evening extravaganza will present Buck’s Rock’s orchestra, jazz band, choir, a cappella groups, chamber groups, pop and rock groups, and soloists.
7:15pm & 9:00pm: Clown 1
In collaboration with the Clown Shop, campers can learn to improvise, write, act, have stage presence, and learn about themselves. The first Clown Show this summer features a compilation of comedic sketches created by campers.
8:30pm: La Cage Aux Follies
One of the all time biggest Broadway hits, La Cage aux Follies adds flashy new dimensions to the boulevard comedy. Twenty years of domestic tranquility are shattered when a son decides to marry the daughter of a bigoted politician.
7:00pm: Camper Recital
The music program at Buck’s Rock offers everything from jazz improv to classical voice and instrumental instruction. The camper recital will thus be a wonderful mix of talents and styles. Don’t miss the beautiful sere nades and exciting jams.
8:30pm: Video 1
The first video showcase is a chance for campers to display their films, music videos, animations, and documentaries to the entire camp community. The screenings take place on the lawn, with campers’ work projected onto an outdoor screen. This is a great opportunity for campers to participate in the process of putting together the showcase as well as having their work shown to a wide audience.
8:30pm: Dance 1
Dance re-interprets other creative art forms. All new choreographic works performed at the summer theatre. A must see!
7:15pm & 9:00pm: A play called LIFE
In the spirit of &lsquo ;Tuesdays with Morrie’ and ‘The Laramie Project,’ we bring you
a story of what life is like for adolescents growing up in today's society.
Written by campers and staff, LIFE explores issues such as war, death,
poverty, pop culture, mass media, family and school pressures as seen
through the eyes of our children.
8:00pm: CIT Showcase
The Buck’s Rock annual CIT Showcase, performed entirely by CITs and directed by our own Junior Counselors, is a unique opportunity for our oldest campers and youngest staff to shine. Held in conjunction with CIT Works, our CIT-only art show, the Showcase highlights our CITs’ wide range of talents.
Marlowe's tale of devilish dealing is adapted, re-written, and brought to life by the actors on the Buck's Rock stage. A greedy politician promotes himself without carefully considering the consequences for those around him.
8:30pm: Stand Up 2
Have you ev er noticed that stand-up is like this, and comedy is like that? Have you ever noticed that comedians ask questions that don’t really make sense, just to entice you to come to this stand up comedy show? You win (a stand up comedy show)!
8:30pm: Music Tribute to the 90s
Remember the 90s? Tonight we present our spectacular all-camp multi-media tribute to the glory years leading up to The New Millennium. Please join us as we celebrate the songs and stories of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Lauryn Hill, Los Del Rio, Oasis, Rednexx, Sade, Ricky Martin and MANY more.
8:30pm: Dance 2
Dance re-interprets dance. All new choreographic works, plus restaging repertory pieces by well-known choreographers, performed at the summer theatre. Another must-see!
7:15pm & 9:00pm: Clown 2
The second Clown Show is, again, a compilation of comedic sketches that, again, the campers have created. Again. In collaboration with the Clown Shop yet again, the campers learn to improvise more, write better, act more responsibly, and learn to have a bigger stage presence. They will also learn about themselves. Again.
7:30pm: Rock Café 2
The second Rock Café will be second to none! The show begins at 8:30pm sharp, and bands perform successively throughout the evening. Don’t miss this rock’n’roll spectacle brought to you by Buck’s Rock(’n’Roll) Camp.
8:00pm: Music Shed 2
Like our first concert, this event features Buck’s Rock’s orchestra, jazz band, choir, a cappella groups, chamber groups, pop and rock groups, and soloists.
7:00pm: Camper Recital 2
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8:30pm: Video 2
The second Video Showcase is yet another chance for campers to screen their films to the whole camp community. This showcase often includes pieces that have been worked on over the first and second sessions along with sequels to pieces shown in the first showcase. The projects are screened on the lawn, or in case of rain, the new summer theatre.
The Buck's Rock Movie!!
Jeckles is a thriller in the spirit of Gremlins, Harry Potter and I Know
What You Did Last Summer. What is scarier than a dark night in the woods
telling ghost stories? When those stories turn real. From an original
script written by Brian Caplan, Jeckles brings the thrills of a summer camp
in the woods to the Big Screen.
1:00pm: A Wolf in Thief’s Clothing
A truly hilarious farce translated from Italian by a Buck's Rock alum. Mistaken identity, hijinks, and a burglar who gets caught in the act and must pretend to be a member of the household to extract himself.
2:00pm: Festival Dance Show
3:00pm: Festival Clown Show
This timely musical tells the story of Sally Bowles, cabaret singer and expatriate American. It is the tale of how Germany partied while the Nazis rose to power.
The Rock - Spring 2007 Newsletter
Buck’s Rock Performing
and Creative Arts Camp
Greetings once again!
We wanted to contact you one last time before the 2007 season to update you regarding many exciting events and additional plans for the summer.
Buck’s Rock Celebrates its 65th Season and Alumni Day
SATURDAY, JULY 28th, 2007
In collaboration with the Friends of Buck's Rock, we invite all current and former campers and their families, staff, and friends to return to camp for this most festive anniversary celebration. Many special activities will mark the day and we hope to feature the musical talents of several generations of Buck's Rockers. If you are interested in performing, or to add your name to the mailing list for this event, or to inquire or volunteer, please e-mail Lew Frisch at: email@example.com
A few words about Alumni Day:
The annual Alumni Day at Buck's Rock allows alumni to share talents and perspectives with the amazingly creative staff and campers who continue to make Buck's Rock such a special place. We all enjoy the opportunities to revive or strengthen old friendships, create new ones and continue our participation in a vibrant, creative community where the values we learned at Buck's Rock continue to thrive. In 2005, Buck's Rock Camp and the Friends of Buck's Rock formalized plans for a regular Alumni Day at Buck's Rock to be held each summer on the fifth weekend of the camp season. A very special feature of this day was initiated in 2004 when we invited alumni to return to camp and meet informally with campers and staff in various shops. Alumni were invited to talk about their craft or profession and to bring some of their work to show or demonstrate or perform. They also shared their thoughts about what the shops were like when they were at camp and how Buck's Rock influenced their career choices and life in general.
We again invite you to share your life and work with the campers. You will definitely enjoy spending an afternoon with the campers-- they are never dull. Equally rewarding is the opportunity to spend time with the immensely diverse and talented staff that we have assembled. This is the perfect opportunity to experience again how Buck's Rock makes a profound and meaningful difference in the lives of the young people that attend.
The 2007 Second Session Music Tribute
This year's exciting Second Session multi-media music event is scheduled for August 6 and will again be coordinated by Ivan Rubenstein-Gillis. It will be a tribute to the 90’s.
Remember the 90s? We hope so! This summer we will focus our annual all-camp multi-media spectacular tribute on the sounds, sights and momentous events of the years leading up to New Millenium. Join us as we celebrate the music of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Lauryn Hill, R.E.M., Mariah Carey, Oasis, Seal, Ricky Martin and MANY more.
For those who were part of previous tributes - the 50’s through the 80’s, the History of Rock and Roll, the Beatles and Motown – you know how amazing the process and production is. Singers, musicians, dancers, actors, artists, and narrators will be needed. Together, we can survive Y2K.
Off Campus Trips
This summer we will again visit Tanglewood on Friday, July 6 for their Opening Night Extravaganza featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
On July 8, we will go to Shakespeare and Company to see a production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
In the Second Session, we will visit Jacob’s Pillow on August 4 to see the exciting Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group.
Signing up for these trips is on a first come basis at the Office. In addition, many exciting, studio related field trips are coordinated throughout the summer. Details will be available at the individual studios.
The bunks in Girls Annex 1 have been enlarged, offering campers more room and improved use of space for clothing and belongings. The interior of GAI has also been freshly painted.
The Boy’s House will feature new windows and siding for this upcoming summer to improve both it’s appearance and better air ventilation in the building.
Our beautiful, airy Dance Studio has undergone a significant face-lift with a resurfaced floor, new mirrors all around and passive cooling through roof cupola venting.
The Radio Station, WBBC, has a new configuration and interior layout, in addition to a new a/c system.
We have continued to enhance our Dining Room with wood trimming and resurfacing the hard wood floor. Last summer’s improvements to the salad bar and coffee/tea area, the photo montage above the salad bar, in addition to these touches, truly make the Dining Room a very pleasant space to eat and enjoy the company of friends.
Spring Open House
Our Spring Open House will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 1 PM to 4 PM (Rain date May 20). On that day, we will be offering tours of the camp and facilities and would be pleased to discuss our performing and creative arts program with any newly enrolled or prospective families. Please call us at 800-636-5218 to advise us if you plan to attend. Driving directions to camp can be obtained from our website at www.bucksrockcamp.com
2007 CIT Meeting
The CIT Meeting will be held in New York City at the School of Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street and Central Park West, on Saturday, May 5 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. We will discuss the CIT program, paying special attention to our expectations of this year’s CITs as Big Brothers and Sisters.
Our CIT/Big Sibling Program
Buck’s Rock’s CITs are integral to our program. They have all been to Buck’s Rock before, and in some cases, for many summers. They act as apprentices in a shop of their choice for half of their day, and are campers for the other half. CITs also act as ambassadors to our new campers and in this very important role, they help our new campers integrate into the Buck’s Rock community. We carefully match new campers with a CIT from an area of their interest, and while that CIT will be most experienced in their assigned area, they are extremely familiar with all that Buck’s Rock has to offer and can speak knowledgeably about most areas. New campers can expect to be contacted by their CIT/Big Siblings before their arrival at camp, either by mail, phone or email.
Enrollments Still Welcome
We still have openings for both boys and girls in the First, Second, Six Week and Full Sessions. Please contact us for more information.
Good News from Bucks Rockers and Congratulations to:
Brett Kizner (Publications) and Dana Rapoport (Theater Tech), on their recent engagement.
Rob Allison (Woodshop 1999,2000,2001) and Carmel Rovere (Tennis Coach/Guidance Counselor 2000, 2001) are engaged to be married in 2008.
Richard Simms (LSD 97) and Bridget Kennedy (Lifeguard 97) who are also engaged to be married on December 1, 2007.
All of the couples above met while working at Buck’s Rock.
Bob and Pam Dicke on their son Matthew’s new baby, Lucas, who was born on March 27. We hope to meet him this summer!
K Boshart who did the lighting for a national TV series this past February for Nashville Stars (which is the country western version of the IDOL show) on the USA network.
Derek Simon who was selected as a finalist for the $40,000 John Cannon Memorial Scholarship to be awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Good luck Derek!
Hunter Valentine and their upcoming tour for their new CD. Here's a link to an article that talks a bit about their experience last summer at Buck’s Rock:
2007 Returning Staff and JCs
Beverley Canepari Administration
Rob Kuropatwa Administration
Don Pudell Administration
Lorrelle McMonigle Animal Farm
Marie Sylvester Batik
Emma Edelman Batik
Amber Luning Batik JC
Nicole Singer Ceramics JC
Kasey Freer CIT Counselor
Sean McDermott CIT Counselor
Louis Pearlman Clown/Improv
Kerry Silva Ryan Clown/Circus/Playwrite
Rosie Stevens Clown/Improv
Rachel Shapira Clown/Improv JC
Sam Rogal Clown/Improv JC
Griffin Newman Clown/Improv JC
Lauren Schneider Computer
Sonya Kuropatwa Dance
Alice Tolan-Mee Dance JC
Nora Weiss Evening Activities
Jamie Dresser Evening Activities
Jemma Naish Guidance / Dance
Laura McCullough Guidance Counselor
Maurisa Philips Guidance / Leather
Kristy Harris Guidance Counselor
Alex Whyte Guidance / Music
Nicky Proffit Guidance Counselor
Ryan Brownlee Guidance Counselor
Vincent Van Der Gouwe Guidance Counselor
Joe Upham Glass
Chadd Lacy Glass
Justin McKinny Glass
Jessie Bach Glass
Dylan Katz Glass
Nat Berg Glass JC
Mattias Lanas Glass JC
Florence Drattler Health Center
Lisa Alcott Health Center
Julie Bermant Health Center
Jennifer Long Health Center
Maxine Padayachee Health Center
Pzemyslaw Oryszczak Housekeeping
Ben Yomtov Kitchen
Pete Comey Kitchen
Brendan Lloyd Kitchen
Keith Somerford Kitchen
Olga Kulitskaya Kitchen
Lily Edelman Kitchen JC
Sonya Tay Leather
Jeff Greenberg Lighting Design
Emilie Heidel Lighting Design JC
Amy Larrowe Lighting Design JC
K Boshart Lighting Design JC
Forrest Canepari Maintenance
Ashley Cartwright Maintenance
Daniel Capobianco Maintenance
Tom Cave Maintenance
G Fomica Maintenance JC
Pawel Hepo Maintenance Grounds
Mateusz Palkowski Maintenance Grounds
Nigel Hedges Maintenance Gardener
Sara Glaberson Metals
Sophie Fader Metals JC
Melody Rabe Metals JC
Susan Golbe Metals JC
Jacob Berger Metals JC
Geoff Giller Metals JC
Ivan Rubenstein-Gillis Music
Alexis Schuster Music
Julian Olidort Music JC
Harriet Yomtov Office
Rita Pudell Office
Meg Fein Office
Rick Price Painting
April Lombardi Painting
Chris Forby Painting
Jen Hillman PASS
Alex Anastos PASS
Sam Kusnetz PA Production Manager
Jolene Guth Photo
Casey Cutting Photo
Pierre Hue Photo JC
Bob Dicke Publications
Ian Jackson Publications
Emma Kirwan Publications
Dan Groberg Publications JC
Roger Hobbs Radio JC
Ross Brennan Radio JC
Jonathan Koppel Sculpture
Jeremy Klemundt Sculpture JC
Pam Dicke Sewing
Fiona Donaghy Sewing
Olga Vokalova Sewing
Kate Fulop Sewing JC
Susannah Hershey Sewing JC
Daniel Carlyon Sound Design
Scott Kraiterman Sports
Michael (Myq) Kaplan Standup Comedy
Leigh Hunter Studio 59
Doug Rosenberg Studio 59 JC
Brian Caplan Theater
Ernie Johns Theater
Jason Zimbler Theater
Christina Vaccaro Theater
Christina Ames Theater Choreographer
Amanda Caggiano Theater JC
Susannah Kavee Theater JC
Jordan Fraade Theater JC
Mimi Bain Theater JC
Dan Gutterman Video JC
Dannielle Crawley Weaving
Libby Gordon Weaving JC
Malorie Savran Weaving JC
Stephen White Wood
We are truly looking forward to another great summer at Buck’s Rock and look forward to seeing many of you there.
Mickey and Laura
The Rock - Fall 2006 Newsletter
11/11/06,The Rock - Buck's Rock Newsletter - Fall 2006
Festival 2006 was a great finish to another incredible summer! The scheduled events and art exhibits highlighted our campers' achievements and new and honed skills. The Festival Day show, "Bullshot Crummond" was wonderful, as
was the production of "Anything Goes." Congratulations to all our campers and staff for their participation in our Festival activities. We also want to thank our staff for their exceptional dedication and contribution on that day and throughout the entire summer, as it was truly a memorable one!
Reunion this year will again be held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture School, at 2 West 64th Street in New York City on Sunday, December
3rd from 2:00 to 4:30 PM. As in the past, we anticipate over 300 campers and counselors to attend. There will be refreshments and a showing of the 2006 Memories video, as well as the chance to visit with friends. As requested by the School of Ethical Culture, please socialize only in the Social Hall and do not congregate inside or outside the building on the sidewalk. Those of you who have come to previous reunions know how enjoyable the afternoon can be. We hope to see you there and have the chance to speak with everyone! The 2006 Summer Compilation CD and 2006 Memories DVD will be available for purchase.
2006 Financial Aid
As in past years, we are so pleased to have been able to financially assist over fifty eligible families this past summer. Also, in partnership with "Street Squash," an urban youth enrichment program in NYC, and S.T.E.P. "I have a Dream Foundation" from Washington DC, we provided scholarships for several children who equally contributed and appreciated the new opportunities Buck's Rock offered them. We also sponsored a camper with Friends of Buck's Rock who had a great summer with us.
We would also like to thank those families who made donations as well as those who donated the remainder of their child's camper account to the Buck's Rock Scholarship Fund which will help us sponsor other campers in the summer of 2007.
Our 2006 Video Shoppe Staff and CITs produced another exceptional Buck's Rock Memories DVD. Featuring most every camper and staff member, the DVD should not be missed! See it again at Reunion.
2006 Compilation CD
Buck's Rock's 2006 Compilation CD is a wonderful collection of camper music, professionally recorded, mastered and engineered in our Recording Studio by Studio 59's 2006 engineering staff and CITs. Sample tracks can be heard on Buck's Rock's website.
Completed 2006 Projects and Plans for 2007
Following the close of the summer, our Caretaker, Forrest Canepari and Ash Cartwright have been busy with many new projects and improvements. The Dance
Studio and Buck's Rock's WBBC Radio station are receiving major renovations.In Actors Studio we are adding another cupola for ventilation, as well as other improvements. Many camper living areas will also be renovated. Among them are: Boys House, Girls Annex I, Girls Cabins and Boys Annex.
Buck's Rock to Celebrate its 65th Summer
The summer of 2007 will mark Buck's Rock's 65th season! In collaboration with Friends of Buck's Rock, our Alumni Organization, we look forward to
organizing a memorable day for alumni and our 2007 campers and staff on Saturday, July 28, 2007. Should you have any thoughts or ideas to share to
help make this day a success, please feel free to contact us directly or Lew Frish from FOBR firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep you updated regarding the schedule of events.
We are pleased to see so many campers returning and welcome the many new campers who will be joining us this summer. It is also clear that many staff had wonderful experiences with us, as many are already committed for the summer of 2007! We would like to remind those campers interested in the First Session in particular to send in your enrollment forms soon, as typically there is a wait-list for girls for the First Session by January. Please be reminded that the Early Enrollment Discount is applicable up until
December 15, 2006.
NEW! 2007 Six-Week Enrollment Option
This summer, we have made the Six-Week Session an enrollment option on our camper contract, which will allow campers and their families to schedule
their summer vacations and make plans without the wait. Six weeks at Buck's Rock has become increasingly popular among our campers, as it seems to offer a nice balance between camp and family activities.
Again this summer, campers enrolled for six weeks can enjoy participating in our annual music tribute, which has been coordinated by Ivan Rubenstein-Gillis these past many summers. Additionally, six week campers can be part of our historic 65th Anniversary celebration.
First Session Campers and their parents should also be reminded that two or four week extensions are still an option once at Buck's Rock. Since space is limited, however, we encourage campers to have their parents contact Beverley in the Office as soon as a decision has been made.
C.I.T. and J.C. Applications
We are accepting applications for our Counselor-in-Training Program from all campers who are 15 before January 1. We remind anyone who is eligible, that applications are due by December 15. Please contact us should you have any
questions regarding the program. For those C.I.Ts who wish to be considered for a Junior Counselor position and JCs who wish to return next summer,
please write to us at 59 Buck's Rock Road, New Milford, CT 06776 or email us. There is no formal application for Junior Counselor positions; letters are due by December 15. We will confirm all CITs of their placement and studio assignment and advise JCs of our decisions by the end of January.
Good News from Buck's Rockers
Sam Kusnetz and Kerry Silva Ryan were married at Buck's Rock at the end of this past summer on August 26. It was their dream come true to marry at camp and we were so honored to be able to host their beautiful wedding.
Rick Price and Christine Seymour were recently married on October 7th, 2006. Rick has also become a full-time Buck's Rock employee and will be assisting us with camper recruitment. We are truly thrilled to have Rick on board and look forward to working with him in this capacity off-season.
Hillary Cohn became engaged to Daniel Aizenman, an architect from Mexico city, this summer. They will be married in Boulder, Colorado in May of
Some of our Buck Rock campers recently sponsored a benefit concert called "Teens for the Philippines." Preston Wollner designed the poster; David Pollack and Max Mellman were in the band RATR; Ian Cory was the drummer in Cool and Unusual and also the vocalist in Somewhere There's a Fix (STAF), and Matt Weinberg was the guitarist in STAF. What a great bunch of talented kids and we are told that the event was a great success. Congratulations!
On a Personal Note
Emily, Dylan and Julian have all made a relatively easy transition back to home life and the routine of school. They each had their own wonderful
summers. Julian, in particular, thrived and grew so much right before our eyes. Thank you to all of you who interacted with our children, offering
them friendship and support in their endeavors. Like so many of us, Emily and Dylan relish their summers at Buck's Rock. These last two summers prove that Julian, too, will be equally enamored. They are all looking forward to Reunion, as are we! We hope to see many of you there or next summer at camp.
Enjoy the school year!
Mickey and Laura