So how does Kutz work on a typical day? Each participant at Kutz has an individualized schedule, and has the ability to pick and choose which courses to take during the day. Each night Kutz comes together as an entire community for evening programming. Here is how a typical day works...
Breakfast is served at Kutz from around 8:30am - 9:00am. On any given day, you pick from a selection of great breakfast foods served by our wonderful Kitchen and Dining Room Staff! This could include pancakes, waffles, eggs, french toast sticks and oatmeal. Every day we offer a breakfast bar which includes cereal, yogurt and a variety of condiments that you can use to spice up your breakfast meal. What's the best part about breakfast at Kutz? Most days, breakfast is optional!
T'fillah & Majors
The first official programming at Kutz starts around 9:00am. On Mondays and Thursdays, we have t'fillah, and Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we have Hagshama.
Each morning begins with either t'fillah or Hagshama and is followed by your major. The majority of each morning is spent with your major. Your major is the area in which you will spend most of your time at Kutz. During the summer of 2015, we are offering eight different majors for you to choose from. To see a detailed description of all of our major offerings, go to our Major's page!
Minors & Lunch
Following your majors, you will get a quick break and then you move into your minor blocks. When you get to camp, you will pick which minors you want to take throughout the session. The minor offerings at Kutz are incredibly broad, and there are a plethora of choices for you. You hone your climbing abilities at our migdal (tower), play sports, take an intensive Jewish Studies course, and much more. A sampling of possibilities is located on our Summer 2015 page.
During the summer at Kutz, there are three minor blocks, but you will only choose to participate in two minors. One of the three minor blocks is filled by your lunch hour. Depending on which minors you choose will determine your lunch block. Minors vary in length, some offered as one week options and others offered for three weeks.
What kind of food can you expect for lunch? Anything from grilled cheese, pizza, hamburgers, corn dogs, mac and cheese and much more. And what if the main course doesn't quite suit your fancy? No worries! We have a salad bar at lunch every day, which in addition to the ingredients to make a great personalized salad, also includes the peanut butter and jelly option!
The fourth block during the day is your chuggim. During this block, you will choose a daily activity ranging from four different categories: Sports, Fun & Games, Art, or Clubs. These tend to be a little lighter in nature, and will often be taught by some of our Resident Advisors or Visiting Faculty. Some of the options that have been offered in the past include: kickball, kindgarten activities, ultimate frisbee, synchronized swimming, and baking! You can find more sample chuggim on the Summer 2016 page.
From around 4:00pm - 6:30pm, participants have time to just relax and hang out. The pool and tower are open for you to use, or you can hang out on the grove and read or play guitar. During some days, movies and other activities are offered for participants to take part in if they so choose.
Dinner at Kutz is the only meal of the day during which everyone comes together. This is a sitdown meal and every night a different set of cabins are in charge of being the waiters, and providing each table with food. What's on the menu? Turkey, Lasagna, Roast Beef, Fajitas, and much more! Vegetarian? No worries, we offer a veggie options for any meal in which there is meat as the main course. Every Saturday night we have a great outdoors cookout!
On most evenings, following dinner and the birkat hamazon (grace after meals), we will move right into song session. Song Sessions are a staple within the NFTY Community, and that is no different here at Kutz. One of the most amazing things is seeing the many different traditions that the various regions have during song session all happen at once! Some of the Reform Movement's most talented musicians, including Dan Nichols, join us for some of our song sessions. Also, once we get later into the session, students from the Songleading Major also get the opportunity to be in front of the group during song session.
Evening Program / T'fillah
Following Dinner and Song Session, participants get a small break and then everyone comes together for our evening program. On days where we do not do t'fillah in the morning, we do a community wide prayer service follewed by our evening program.
Evening Programs at Kutz run the gauntlet in terms of the topics that they cover. Some tend to be more serious in nature, while others are more social and active. Some topics of evening programs that have been covered in the past include: Israel, God, Sexuality, Ethics, and Poverty. There are several evening programs throughout the session that the participants themselves get to create and implement for all of camp as well. Each of our majors work together as a group to create and run a program on a topic of their choosing for the entire Kutz community once during the session.
Several evenings throughout the summer, Kutz is privileged to have various musicians come to camp and perform for us, including Dan Nichols, Alan Goodis, and Josh Nelson.