Camp Kinder Ring facts for kids
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Front gate to Camp Kinder Ring (2006)
|Location||Hopewell Junction, New York|
Camp Kinder Ring was founded in 1927 by The Workers Circle (formerly known as The Workmen's Circle, Yiddish Der Arbeter Ring). Many families have been attending for up to four generations.
Kinder ring (Children's Circle) was the name of a short-lived publication in the early 1920s.
The camp offers campers a wide array of activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and lake activities while also educating them about Jewish traditions and culture.
The camp is broken down into boys side and girls side, with each having its own distinct set of staff. There are head counselors and assistant head counselors for both girls and boys. There are then 8 divisions, each led by a groupleader. The group leader has a staff of counselors, typically between 3 and 6 strong.
Kinder Ring's traditions include July 4 carnival, KR of the Week/Year, Behind the Scenes, all-whites shtiller ovnt (Yiddish for "silent evening") to celebrate the Friday evening advent of the sabbath, and the setting of candles onto Sylvan Lake symbolizing the end of another summer. Other traditions include popular Jewish singers like Rick Recht. New traditions are created every year.
Traditional games include:
- Maccabean Games: The Mikhl Baran Maccabean Games, or Mac Games, are held every year in the first half of the summer. Campers are split into two teams named after important and influential Jews in history. Over the course of 4 days, campers compete against one another. The emphasis of Mac Games is team spirit, teamwork, and fun, rather than winning.
- Olympics: Olympics are held every year in the second half of the summer. Campers are split into teams named for two countries. Over the course of 4 days, campers compete against one another. As always, emphasis is based on team spirit, teamwork, and fun, rather than winning. Olympics hold the most famous events in camp, the Rope Burn, the Decathlon and the Triathlon.
- Torchbearer: This KR tradition was started in 1971. It is known as the greatest honor one can receive at Kinder Ring, showing one's love and dedication to Camp Kinder Ring. During the Opening Ceremonies for Olympics, past Torchbearers come back to camp to help pass on the honor. Every summer a Torchbearer is named before the entire camp and lights the Olympic flame, as in the real Olympics.
- Dean Blandino (born 1971), former NFL VP of officiating, now FOX sports analyst
- Barbara Boxer (born 1940), U.S. Senator from California
- Bill Freiberger, Emmy nominated television writer
- Adam Schefter (born 1966), ESPN NFL Insider
- Lawrence S. Wittner (born 1941), American historian – camper and counselor
Camp Kinder Ring appears in many books on Jewish culture in America, including:
- Raising Reds (1999)
- The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited (2009)
- Children's Nature (2010)
- Yiddishkiet (2012)
- The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World (2018)
Camp Kinder Ring also appears in memoirs, including:
- The Way Home (2006)
- Goy Crazy (2006)
- Working for Peace and Justice (2006)
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