The Kutz Leadership Academy is designed for teens that are looking for a challenging and exciting summer program that will enhance your skills in a specific area of interest. As a participant in this program, you have the ability to choose your classes, and create a schedule that best fits you and your needs.

 The recipe for Kutz is simple:
  1. Choose a Major, which you will sign up for when you are ready to register.
  2. Add in session-long Minors and daily Electives that you will choose when you get to camp.
  3. Throw in a dash of Hagshama, our leadership and life skills program that will enhance how you put your major into action.

How do my Major, Minors, and Electives fit into the full day at Kutz? Check out what a typical day at Kutz looks like!

At the center of your NFTY Leadership Experience here at Kutz is your major. Each major offers a unique focus that you won't find anywhere else! You'll have the opportunity to choose from one of our eight majors offered in 2018:

The Arts Academy:

Creative Arts Experience
Blend your passions of art and Jewish expression creatively through various art media including oils, acrylics, pottery, gouache, watercolors, and mixed media. Explore your relationship with Judaism and develop your art skills using Jewish texts and innovative textures.

Begin or continue your training as a Jewish musician. Learn valuable Songleading skills, repertoire, and theory from the Reform Movement's most accomplished Songleaders. Musicians of all types are welcome, and instruments are not a requirement.

The Justice Academy:

Mitzvah Corps: Mentorship & Advocacy
Learn life-lasting skills of peer inclusion for Jewish teens with Autism who attend a short-term Jewish camping experience at Kutz. Receive specialized training in Autism and special needs awareness, work on counseling skills, and explore issue advocacy as a tool for social action.

Social Action
Put your passion for social action to use with hands on projects in camp and the local community, and equip yourself with the skills of advocacy and community organizing so you can leverage your new skills to influence your home community.

The Leadership Academy:

Two new Majors. One amazing Summer! Learn more about the Local Leadership Initiative (LLI) and the NFTY Regional Leadership Experience at Kutz Camp.

The Judaics Academy:

Torah Corps: Jewish Studies
Immerse yourself in sacred and modern texts to learn about Jewish history, philosophy, thought and ritual practice. Study with the Reform Movement's premier clergy and educators as you enhance your relationship with Judaism and how it applies to daily life.

Ulpan Ha'aretz: Hebrew Language & Israeli Culture
Discover Hebrew and Israel as you’ve never done in religious school! Join our Israeli shlichim in an immersive, engaging cultural experience that goes beyond textbooks to gain new understanding of the modern language and culture of the Israeli people. No previous conversational Hebrew knowledge is required.

Every teen in camp will participate in our Hagshama program, which includes a variety of leadership and life skills to enhance how you put your Major into action. Some examples of what will be offered through Hagshama include:

  • Time Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Turning your camp experience into awesome college essays
  • Meditation
  • Stress Management
  • Ensuring a healthy school/life balance
  • Mentorship starts with me
  • Using Our Strengths, Building Strong Teams
Minors at Kutz cover a variety of interests, from skill-building to sports to discussions. You will have the opportunity to choose from session-long minors and week-long minors. While minor topics change every summer, here are some samples from previous summers:

5 A's of Social Action

A capella & choir

Advanced Leadership Seminar

Alpine Tower

Band! Zoom! Oy! - The Jewish Values Ehibited by Superheros

Belly Dancing

Clay Sculpting

Creating an Authentic Online Presence Now that Won't
Ruin Your Life Later

Current Events

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

From Mikvahs to Manicures: Jewish Women in History

Hebrew 101

Hiking History: Digging up our Roots

If it doesn't make a difference, what difference does it


Inside the TYG Studio

Instagram-ing for the Pros: How to
take stellar photos with your phone

Is it my body, or God's?

Israeli Dancing

Jew's Line is it Anyway? The Sequel:
Improvisation and Theatre Skills Workshop

Jewish Jeans/Jewish Genes

Jewish Values & Television



Landscape Painting & Drawing


Meditation for the Mind

Mitzvah Corps for Non-Majors

Musical Skills

Pirkei Avot for Leaders

Praise, Pleas, and Problems -
Prayer for our Time

RCVPedia: Beyond the Essentials

Rock, Roll and Religion

Self Portraits

So You Think You Can Dance?

So You Want to be a Community

Songs Beyond Shireinu

Teen T'fillah


You be the Judge: Jewish Ethics

Electives are offered daily in four areas of focus: Sports, Fun and Games, Art, and Clubs. Electives change each summer, here are some examples from past summers:

Bar Mitzvah Games

Bow and Bowtie Making

Cloudwatching & Lifetales

College Info Session

Coloring Day

Competitive Puzzles

Craft Your Future -
Blindfolded Painting

Culinary Arts

Dance Party

Disney Flashback

Field Day

Finding Modern in
Modern Family

Flag Football

Friendship Bracelet Making

Home Run Derby

Jam Session

Make your own playdough

Murder Mystery

Paddle Boat Regatta

Paper Dodgeball

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Reading Pagoda




'T'Curl' Olam

Ultimate Frisbee


Water Polo

Yiddish in the Kitchen