Newsletter Fall 2017

Dear Buck's Rockers,

We are settled into our winter offices and already hard at work planning for another fantastic summer. Our goal for the summer of 2018 is for all of our campers to say that it’s the best summer at Buck’s Rock, ever! We have many exciting things to share with you, our Buck’s Rock community. 


2017 marked our 75th Summer to Discover and we celebrated at camp, hosting an amazing reunion of over 600 alums, reigniting old friendships, and forging new ones side by side with our current campers and staff.  It was a truly special day and, to quote one of our previous Directors, was “One of the best days in the history of Buck’s Rock.” Check out our photoblog for pics of the day.  

As many of you know, at the 75th reunion, we began unveiling new names of our camper bunks. The camper bunks have been officially renamed as follows:

  • Boys House is now called Bulova house to honor our founders Ernst and Ilse Bulova.
  • Boys Annex will now be known as The Annex.
  • Boys Cabins is now being called Romeo and Juliet.  Romeo is downstairs and Juliet is upstairs.  On the balcony.  Get it?
  • Girls House is now Simon House to honor Lou and Sybil who were the owners/directors for two decades.
  • Girls Annex 1 and 2 are now Ernst House and Ilse House, respectively.
  • Girls Cabins are now The Cabins.
  • And Girls Terrace 1 and 2 are now Upper Terrace and Lower Terrace.

We have exciting news regarding our leadership team!


Scott Kraiterman did an amazing job as Assistant Director in 2017 and will be taking on the position of full Director. Scott has been a camper, CIT, JC and counselor at Buck’s Rock and this summer will be his 22nd summer at camp. We are fortunate to have him on board!

Another new addition to our Leadership Team is Nicole Singer. After being a camper, staff member and head of our Ceramics Shop, we are very pleased that she will be joining us for the upcoming summer. Nicole and Rob Kuropatwa are both being promoted to the position of Program Director. Nicole and Rob both started their time at Buck’s Rock as campers many summers ago.

Photo credit: Eileen Meny

Photo credit: Eileen Meny

Sam Kusnetz also joins the Leadership Team in the newly created position of Director of Performing Arts. In this role, Sam will be overseeing music, dance, and theater as well as doing what he does best, which is supporting all of the performing arts staff.  And yes, Sam began his life at Buck’s Rock as a camper as well. We’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sam and Alana (Buck’s Rock’s Head Lighting Designer) on their recent marriage! That makes 2573 Buck’s Rock weddings!

Sonya Kuropatwa and Andrew Marathas have joined our Leadership Team as well, although they will remain in their current positions as head of Dance and Painting, respectively. We couldn’t be happier with decades of experience at Buck’s Rock that we are bringing to the Leadership Team!

Enrollment is now open for Summer of 2018

The early enrollment deadline is December 1st, so be sure to enroll before this date to receive a 3% discount. And don’t forget to tell your friends and family about Buck’s Rock!  
We hope you will join us at our annual Reunion at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on December 2nd from 2-4pm.

We look forward to seeing you all at Buck’s Rock in the Summer of 2018!

Noah Salzman
Executive Director

Policy Changes for the Summer of 2018

We will be making one major change regarding campers that receive medication during the summer.  We will once again be requiring your camper’s medication to be pre-packaged by a pharmacy before your camper arrives at camp. This policy will reduce the possibility of your camper receiving an incorrect medicine or dosage. Your camper will also spend less time waiting in line and our nurses will have more time to devote to your camper’s health care needs.  

Cell Phones:
Although we WILL NOT be changing the cell phone policy this summer, we will be looking at reducing the amount of time that campers have access to their phones in the future.  In the meantime, if you would like to limit the screen time of your campers while still being able to communicate with them, we recommend that you purchase a flip phone or feature phone for your child.