Buck's Rock Camp News – Fall 2013
New Addition to Our Full-Time Staff
We are pleased to welcome Scott Kraiterman to our full-time team. Scott, who has been on staff at Buck’s Rock since 2002, has joined us to develop our marketing program and serve as a liaison to prospective and newly enrolled campers and their families. Over his many years at Buck’s Rock, Scott has been a camper, CIT, JC, instructor in our Metals Studio and Sports Head and for the last three years, he has been our male CIT Counselor. He has a PSYD Doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology and an intimate understanding of what we do at Buck’s Rock. During the summer, Scott will continue his vital role as one of our two CIT Counselors and also help to cultivate new relationships with prospective families.
Jeff Oliver’s Buck’s Rock Documentary:
Many Buck’s Rockers are now well aware of this exciting project and have supported Jeff Oliver’s noble undertaking to create a feature-length documentary about the creation of Buck’s Rock and its amazing 72-year history. After just two transformative summers at Buck’s Rock, Jeff has been inspired to capture its history and magic on film for the generations of campers and staff who have been equally moved by the wonder of Buck’s Rock. Through Kickstarter, Jeff has received a wonderful amount of support and equally hopes that many more will creatively fuel this extraordinary project by sharing their stories with him, as his documentary will be about the people who have made Buck’s Rock’s magic come alive each summer. For more about this project or to follow Jeff’s progress, please go to the following link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1114590392/bucks-rock-documentary
2013 Financial Aid:
As in past years, we are so pleased to have been able to financially assist over sixty eligible families this past summer. In addition, with Buck's Rock's Non-Profit Alumni Association, Friends of Buck's Rock, we continue to sponsor campers. We want to especially thank Stephanie Hartmann and the Board for their dedication in selecting great candidates and working 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 assist us in continuing our dedication to financially assist eligible campers.
Projects and Plans for 2014:
• Our biggest undertaking this year is the complete renovation of Girls' Annex 1, which houses most of our 8th grade female campers. The project was started with our post camp crew immediately after the close of the 2013 season. There will be the same number of bunks that accommodate four campers each, much more space for clothing and storage, and new decks connecting to the bathroom and GA2. We know that campers and parents alike will be very pleased with the new design and accommodations.
• With the renovation of the entire GA1 building, the joint GA1 and GA2 bathroom will also benefit from a complete renovation, new floor and an additional shower.
• The Girls CIT bathroom will be receiving a renovation and GAC, where our female JCs are housed, will be getting a new floor.
• We also completed the interior renovation of the Dining Hall by finishing the ceiling of the porch side of the Dining Hall, refinishing the wood floors and also resurfacing the wooden dining tables. It looks great and we look forward to seeing it full of campers and staff on our Opening Day of June 25, 2014.
• Another very exciting project is a redesign of our Publications Shop and Program. As we develop and finalize the plans and new curriculum, we will share the information.
We are so pleased to have already begun to receive enrollments for Buck's Rock's 72nd season and would be thrilled to include your child among our 2014 campers. We are equally pleased and honored that many staff from past summers have already committed to returning. Every summer we are fortunate to have between 60% and 75% of our staff return. With such a high rate, we can insure consistency in the program, continue to build upon our curriculum and offer our campers instructors and counselors who both know Buck’s Rock and our campers well.
If you are interested in enrolling your child for the upcoming summer, please go to www.bucksrockcamp.com and select "enroll now" on the opening page. All returning families have a personal login. To access your password, please enter your email address (the one this email was sent to) and select "look it up" next to "I don't know my password". Or, you can simply enroll as a new registrant and follow the prompts. Please consider enrolling your child prior to December 15 in order to take advantage of the early 3% tuition discount.
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 or entering the 11th Grade. We remind anyone who is eligible, that applications received by December 15 are reviewed together. For those who are still undecided, we do accept applications up until the start of the summer season. 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 acceptance and placement and advise JCs of our decisions by the end of January.
Consider Submitting Your Creative Work…
The 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been officially launched and we want to encourage campers to consider submitting work that they have created at Buck’s Rock! Last year, we were thrilled with the recognition that Quentin Dupouy, Lucy Freedman, Kara Schechtman and Lyris Schulman received from work they created at Buck’s Rock. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards provide exhibition, scholarship, publication and recognition opportunities for students in grades 7-12 in the visual and literary arts and recognizes the achievements of creative teens across the country. More information can be found at www.artandwriting.org . Please contact us if we can be of any assistance in connecting you with the counselor who mentored you on the project and who would serve as the participating “Educator” for your submitted piece. And also be sure to let us know if you submit and receive any honor as we would be proud to share that good news in our Spring Newsletter and on our Facebook page.
YARN, the Young Adult Review Network (www.yareview.net), is an award-winning literary journal of YA writing and is taking submissions of original short stories, poems, and creative essays. Buck’s Rock campers have submitted writings in the past and it is a great opportunity to be published. Submissions can by written by authors of any age, as long as the subject matter is of interest to readers 14-18 years old.
Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember:
Reunion will again be held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture School at 2 West 64th Street in New York City on Saturday, December 7th from 2:30 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 2013 Memories DVD, 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!
Spring Open House:
Please tell families who may be interested in Buck’s Rock for their child(ren) about our Spring Open House which will be held on Saturday, May 17th at 1 PM to 4 PM (Rain date May 18). On that day, we offer 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.
Summer Visits/Tours for Prospective Families:
Last summer we hosted two very successful informational sessions for prospective families which we will do again this upcoming summer. While our Open House offers a great opportunity to tour Buck’s Rock, for prospective families that wish to see Buck’s Rock in full swing, and at its very best, these summer tours and info sessions offer that opportunity. We hope many interested families will be able to join us for these scheduled events, and yet we can also accommodate visits on other days during the summer.
News From Buck’s Rockers:
We are thrilled to announce the recent marriage on November 25 of Lu Lyons and Aaron Rabinowitz. Lu and Aaron met at BR some summers ago and are joining the ranks of many happy Buck’s Rock couples.
We welcome your good news to share with the Buck’s Rock community, which we can post on our social media sites and in our newsletters. Feel welcome to also send us your photos of Buck’s Rock projects displayed in your home or being worn or used. To stay in touch with camp please visit/like and follow!
5/20/13,Spring Greetings Buck's Rockers,
It has become that time of year when the countdown to camp is now truly within our reach, and, like every summer in the past, we are very excited for the upcoming summer. From staff to campers, to renovations and additions, we are eager to share the details with you. Please feel free to contact us regarding questions about the program or enrollment, as we still have space. We look forward to sharing yet another great summer with all of you who are joining us at Buck’s Rock for the first time or returning!
2013 Staff: We are thrilled to have so many returning staff this summer, and wonderful new additions to our team. Collectively, they offer impressive credentials and qualifications from outstanding schools throughout the US and abroad . If you are interested in viewing the names of returning staff, for a complete list, please go to http://www.bucksrockcamp.com/office/staff.php. We are also pleased to be almost fully staffed to date and are actively interviewing candidates to fill our few remaining positions.
Junior Camper Program: Our Junior Camper Program has been thriving since its beginning in 2008 and this will be the first summer where some of our very first Junior Campers will be CITs. Congratulations to Julia Kempner and Will Gillman who are the first to reach this historic milestone. Many more Jrs. from 2008 will be eligible to be CITs next summer.
Puppetry - A New Leaf on the Buck’s Rock Tree: We are extremely excited about the addition of Puppetry to Buck’s Rock. Peter van Roden from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, felt that Buck’s Rock would be the ideal place to offer this program combining the fabrication and video-style performance of puppets – using the inspiration of the Muppets. We are grateful to Peter van Roden and Noel MacNeal, well known puppeteer and author, for their generous support and guidance in creating this new program and helping us build a state of the art studio. We also extend our appreciation and gratitude to Lisa and Cheryl Henson (Jim Henson's daughters) for their generous gift of "house puppets" and an additional rolling video monitor.
The new studio has been built and is located between the Video and Leather studios. There is space for puppetry design and construction and a video-taping/production setup area with equipment of its own, including a green screen wall. Campers can also access resources found among our many other studios to create puppets of all kinds, providing an opportunity for inter-disciplinary projects. In addition, our performing art departments are eager to incorporate puppets in their productions. So look out for puppets all summer long!
Dance Program: Due to the growing number of six-week campers, we have decided to add a six-week dance recital so that 6 week dancers can continue to enjoy the program and participate in a second performance before they depart.
Animal Farm: Many of you from 2012 may not know or may not have yet met our mid-summer addition last summer of Gino, our miniature Sicilian donkey. He lives with the goats and they have all taken to him very well (he is not much larger than they are). This Spring, we also acquired a male, pygmy goat to breed with our two other pygmy goats, Spring and Sprout. He is currently enjoying his new house that was built for him and hopefully we will have baby goats to introduce to our campers for the summer of 2014.
Fitness at Buck’s Rock: In addition to our well-rounded sports program which includes non-competitive team sports and instruction in tennis, martial arts, archery and fencing, we will continue to offer fitness classes which were a real hit last summer! This summer, fitness classes will be incorporated into the Dance Studio schedule and held there along with the many dance classes and yoga, which are part of the Dance Studio Program. The class schedule will be posted at camp.
Kitchen and Dining Room News: This winter, we renovated the interior of our dining room. The space now has a more lodge like atmosphere and will better feature the murals, historic photographs and displayed art. We are also very excited to announce that we will be welcoming a new Head Chef to Buck’s Rock this summer. Chris comes with many years of extensive boarding school and restaurant experience and wonderful new ideas and ways to continue to offer both variety and healthy food options for our campers and staff.
In a continued effort to reduce unnecessary sugars in our community’s diet, and in response to both trends and feedback, we will no longer have a juice machine. Instead, we will provide a variety of juices at breakfast only. Water will continue to be available in pitchers on every table, and 2%, skim, lactaid and soy milks will also be available at all meals.
Communication: The cell phone policy modification last summer was extremely successful and will remain the same: all camper cell phones must be checked in at the office upon arrival and will be held for the first week of camp (both sessions) at which time, campers can access them at their respective cabins only from 12 noon to 2pm. Any campers found with a hidden phone, will lose that phone and not have their checked in phone returned to them. The phones by the Dining Room and Wood Shop will also not be available for use during the first week of each session. After the first week of each session, they can be used and phone cards can be purchased at the office. Campers may continue to send and receive mail at any time during their stay and also may send and receive email at the Computer Shop on a daily basis, but limited to 15 minutes per day. Anytime during the summer, parents are more than welcome to call the office to ask a guidance counselor to call back with an update or discuss any concerns.
Social Media and Blogs: The Buck’s Rock Video and Photo Blogs will continue to be excellent ways for parents and family to see and hear their child while at Buck’s Rock. Photo Blog postings are daily and the Video Blog will be presented at least once per week. This summer, we will also launch a Literary (Wordpress) Blog in our Publications Shop and are certain that our campers will be excited to share their writing with a larger audience. In addition, we will be partnering with Cowbird, an online community of storytellers, to feature camper stories about their Buck’s Rock experience on our own BR Cowbird page. If you haven’t already joined our official BR FaceBook page, please click the link to the right. We have been sharing Buck’s Rock news over the year and welcome more submissions.
CIT Meeting: 2013 CITs should mark your calendars as we hope that you will be able to attend the CIT meeting that will take place in New York City at 11:00AM on Saturday, May 11 at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue/92nd Street – 212-415-5500). Please email or call to RSVP.
Open House: Our Spring Open House will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 1pm to 4 pm (rain date is May 19). 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
Summer Visits/Tours for Prospective Families: This summer we will be hosting two informational sessions for prospective families on Saturday, July 6 and Saturday, August 10. While we hope many interested families will be able to attend on one of these two dates, certainly we can accommodate visits on other days and ask that you please call our office to schedule.
Enrollment: Enrollment for the upcoming season is strong and we have been enjoying meeting or speaking with our new campers. We currently have openings in all sessions, but a wait list for girls in our Junior Camper Program. There is still some space for boys in that program. The CIT group is a nice sized group and they have already shown to be excellent ambassadors to our new campers.
We are very excited about our many wonderful returning and new staff and campers, the exciting enhancements to the facility and program, and now all we need is our campers!
Looking forward to another great summer,
Mickey and Laura
Fall 2012 - Newsletter
12/13/12,Greetings Buck’s Rockers!
We so enjoyed seeing so many of you - campers and staff alike - at our Reunion this past December 1 in NYC. It was a great opportunity to reminisce about the summer of 2012 and look forward to the summer of 2013. With an impressive number of staff already committed to returning, new staff, returning and new campers, along with our sixth season of the Junior Camper Program for 9 and 10 year olds, the summer of 2013 will again be a summer filled with great things.
We are especially excited about a particular new addition to our program (read on) and other projects that we would like to share with you. And, to stay updated on all camp happenings, be sure to Like our Facebook page! Also, please note that our early enrollment discount is available until December 15.
We very much look forward to welcoming you this summer and together enjoying what we have all come to love about Buck’ Rock.
Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season and New Year,
Mickey and Laura
New Leaf on the Buck’s Rock Tree for 2013
We couldn’t be more excited to announce a new shop for the summer of 2013. Peter van Roden from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, approached us with the idea and proposal to create a unique studio at Buck’s Rock which would combine the fabrication and video-style performance of puppets – using the inspiration of the Muppets, the ground breaking puppets of Sesame Street. Recognizing that there are few places that offer Puppetry of this style, and as a father of a long-time Buck’s Rocker, Peter felt that Buck’s Rock would be the ideal place to offer this program. Peter has offered his expertise in helping us staff and structure this new program in step with the distinctive video-style of Puppetry used in the production of Sesame Street.
The new studio will be located between Video and Leather and will have both a space for puppetry design and construction and a video-taping/production setup area with equipment of its own. We expect that campers will also access resources found among our many other studios and talented instructors to create puppets of all kinds, providing an opportunity for inter-disciplinary projects. In addition, we also imagine all our performing arts programs incorporating puppets in their performances.
We couldn’t be more honored and thrilled to embrace this wonderful opportunity for our campers to explore this renowned style of puppetry. Look out for updates and details as we put this exciting program together for the summer of 2013.
• The Dining Hall is currently undergoing an interior makeover and the Kitchen will enjoy a new walk-in refrigerators for the upcoming summer.
• Bookarts is currently being rebuilt and upgraded. It will feature a more open floor plan for a smoother flow of activity and easier oversight and instruction by the studio staff.
• The LSD (Lighting and Sound Design) booth was expanded and will make the summer productions run more smoothly.
• A new Bunny Barn has been built for our nine bunnies which will keep them warmer during the winter months. They will be brought out when the weather gets warmer and most certainly when all our campers are at camp to enjoy them and our many other farm animals.
• Various cabins, bunks and bathrooms throughout camp continue to benefit from renovation from Forrest and his team.
New Addition to Our Full-Time Staff
We are very pleased to welcome Kasey Freer to our full-time team. Kasey, who was a staff member at Buck’s Rock for five summers, has joined us to develop our marketing program and serve as a liaison to prospective and newly enrolled campers and their families. Having been a Guidance Counselor in 2003 and 2005, and one of our CIT Counselors from 2006-2008, Kasey comes with an intimate understanding of Buck’s Rock’s Program and campers and CITs and a Masters in Education with a focus on school counseling from LIU. During the summer, Kasey will complement our Office Team, continue to promote Buck’s Rock and cultivate new relationships with prospective families and work with our CIT Program.
Summer Visits/Tours for Prospective Families
Last summer we hosted two very successful informational sessions for prospective families which we will do again this upcoming summer. While our Open House offers a great opportunity to tour Buck’s Rock, for prospective families that wish to see Buck’s Rock in full swing, and at its very best, these summer tours and info sessions offer that opportunity. We hope many interested families will be able to join us for these scheduled events, and yet we can also accommodate visits on other days during the summer and ask that you please call our office to schedule.
On a Personal Note
Many of you in the Buck's Rock community already know that Laura’s father, Irwin Berger, passed away this past November. We are grateful for the many warm words of comfort and condolences that we have been receiving in the form of cards, emails, on Facebook and at Reunion.
From 1974 to 1996, Irwin was co-owner of Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp. Irwin's first summer at Buck's Rock was in 1957 when he was a counselor in Boys' House. In 1958, the year he and Roberta were married, he was CIT counselor for both girls and boys. He then took a hiatus to get his PhD, but kept in close touch with Buck's Rock and even bought a house on Candlewood Lake, twenty minutes from camp. In 1973 when Ernst was transferring ownership of the camp to Irwin and partners, Irwin was a Pub Shop counselor, working with some very talented Buck's Rock writers and graphic artists. The next year, the new partnership took over and Ernst and Ilse's Buck's Rock dream was kept alive, as it still is. Irwin was not only an educator, but also prolific as a poet, writer, artist, sculptor, photographer, collagist, and gardener.
70th Anniversary - Alumni Day - Schedule
The 70th Anniversary/Reunion is coming quickly.
MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS - Anyone interested in perfoming should email - email@example.com This way appropriate time can be allotted to all those interested. ALL ALUM need to leave the camp by 4pm. As much as we are all looking forward to this day and adding to all our wonderful memories, we need to remember that camp is in session and respect all those in attendance and his/her experience.
11:00 am - Arrival, seeing shops in action, visiting WBBC for live
interviews/reflections (video will be there as well)
12:00 pm - Lunch
All the following will take place in the new Pavilion located on the Lawn
1:00 pm - Open Address by Mickey
1:15 pm - Improv led by Clown Shop
1:15 pm - Watermelon League Alumni Game (bring your glove)
1:45 pm - Guest Alumni performances (please contact Stephanie Segal Hartman if interested - firstname.lastname@example.org)
3:30 pm - Guitar Snack led by Music Shed - Bring a guitar
4:00 pm Departure
Town & Country Merit Badge
7/2/12,Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp has been named the "BEST SUMMER CAMP FOR ARTSY TYPES" by Town & Country Magazine.
Summer Camp Revival Issue: June/July 2012