by Fletcher Block and Melissa Frey
Last night, our teen community opened the doors to their future connection to camp. Kutz 365: The Kutz Camp Alumni Network was launched, and our teens will sit at the helm as we move this exciting initiative forward.
NFTY-Southern California Regional President and two-summer participant Fletcher Block said, “We’ve used the term Kutz365 to represent moments outside of camp that reflect what we’ve learned while in camp. Now it’s even broader than that, representing the future for our alumni beyond a physical space, and how we bring what we’ve learned at camp into every single day of the year.” Just like the summer program, this effort will be teen-powered, and the inaugural class of members will take on the responsibility of engaging alumni that span the generations into an interconnected web across the world.
“It’s important that our alumni network reflect many of the core values of our community,” said Block. Some of these teachings include ‘the only people who are not welcome here are people who make other people feel unwelcome here’, that ‘every person’s presence adds to the community’, being sure that we are ‘listening to people with the same intention that we wish to be heard’, and the resonant teachings of HaSefer Boo, which has been part of our community for more than a decade.
We encourage all Kutz alumni to complete our brief online registration form. The data collected here will be used to keep alumni connected and informed. Just like at camp, we want all our alumni to have the opportunity to shine. Kutz365 will be the way we stay connected throughout the year, celebrate our achievements, and find meaningful ways to reconnect.
Fletcher Block is president of NFTY’s Southern California Region, and congregant at Temple Solel in Cardiff by the Sea, CA. Melissa Frey is the director of the URJ Kutz Camp.