This is why I came back to Kutz and why it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The decision to come to Kutz last summer was simple and easy and because of all of the amazing things I had heard, it didn’t take much thought. This year however, it was a bit of a different situation. Since the moment I left NFTY Convention in February, the thought had been bouncing around in my mind. It wasn’t until about a week before that the decision was final.
Thinking back to that now, I can’t believe there was ever a time that I wasn’t coming back. Something that one of best friends always says is, “never leave a place in which you continue to grow.” I didn’t really understand what that meant until this summer. Last summer was something completely new to me. I had never been to a URJ camp before or any camp for that matter. I had never experienced a camp Shabbat or bonding with a cabin and Kutz gave me the outlet I needed to experience all of those amazing things.
As cheesy as it may sound, your summer is what YOU make of it. Coming back for a second summer allows you to experience things in a new light and make new memories and best friends. To anyone struggling with the decision to come back for a second or even third summer I strongly urge you to do so. Four weeks is just simply not enough time to do all of the amazing things that this place has to offer.
I learned new things about myself this summer that I never would have if Kutz didn’t give me the environment to do so. It is so easy to let what other people say get in the way of making your second summer as good as your first. This is what made coming back so nerve wracking for me. How could this summer even compare to last? What I learned throughout these past 4 weeks, is that the only person who has any effect on the time you spend at Kutz is yourself. The moments that are spent sitting in hammocks with my best friends, bonding with my cabin or singing my favorite songs in services are moments that I wouldn’t trade for anything. There is a reason they say, “Welcome home!” when you first arrive at camp. Kutz is home to anyone and everyone inside and outside of the summer months. I am so lucky to have had 46 Bowen Road as my home for the past 2 years and hopefully more to come. So there you have it, why I came back and why it was truly one of the best decisions of my life.
Nobie Fried, B1