Summer camp season is well underway, and we're celebrating here at Camp Kveller! The second of our photo essays on summer camps of yore takes us back to the 1930s and 1940s.
We time-travel to…eight different camps, from upstate New York (Brant Lake Camp and Surprise Lake Camp) to Maine (Camp Chickawah, Camp Lown, and Center Day Camp) to Vermont (Aloha Camp) to Maryland (Camps Airy & Louise). There's also a series of photos from the National Music Camp in Michigan. There's basketball, dances, ice cream, and lots of time at the waterfront.… >> Read More
While none of novelist Dara Horn's books have been set at summer camp (yet!), her stories focus in on the American Jewish experience, from the Civil War south to suburban New Jersey. Horn’s fifth…novel, Eternal Life, released earlier this year, is about a woman named Rachel who can’t die — she was born in Roman-occupied Jerusalem and she's now living in the twenty-first century. Kveller had the opportunity to speak with Horn about her near-death experience at summer camp and why summer camp is so special for American… >> Read More
In celebration of all things summer camp, we are publishing a series of photo essays of what summer camps looked like in America over the twentieth century. Surprisingly (unsurprisingly?), not much…has changed — besides the hair styles and clothes — and that camp bunks are no longer open-air tents. The first of our photo essays focuses on the 1910s and 1920s, featuring Surprise Lake Camp, Brant Lake Camp, Camp Tawonga, Aloha Camp and Camp Chickawah. These five camps were all founded in the early twentieth century. And they have the… >> Read More
Yesterday, I dropped my 13-year-old son off at the bus that would take him away from me for seven weeks of overnight camp. The drop-off was the same as it’s been the past four years in many…respects: same location; same discussion about how it’s better for him to sit behind the driver so we can wave to each other as the bus leaves the parking lot; same negotiation over who he’ll sit with on the two hour ride. But there was one major difference this year: I didn’t cry. In previous… >> Read More
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is an author, feminist, mom, and avid tweeter. Her work is about "the messy business of trying to be a person in the world, and how spirituality can inform and transform that…work. Sometimes that’s about parenting, sometimes feminism, sex, God, justice, or joy." But before she became a well-known writer and Twitter personality, she was a pre-teen at an arsty sleepaway camp that had llamas. Yes, llamas. As Ruttenberg sends her eldest son off to sleepaway camp for the first time, she chatted with Kveller about her own… >> Read More