Who goes to Kutz?
Reform Jewish teenagers from across North America who are entering the 10th – 12th grades. We also have participants from Israel, Europe as well as other parts of the world. Entering 9th graders are accepted on a case by case basis with the recommendation of a congregational Rabbi.
What if I’ve never been to camp before?
Almost everyone is new at Kutz each and every summer, and we are well-known for our friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Special efforts are made early in cabin, class and in all-camp activities in community building.
What if I normally go to another URJ Camp?
The URJ Kutz Camp is part of the greater URJ Youth Programs system. Many of our participants come to camp for one summer to develop their leadership skills in order to return to their home congregation, NFTY region, or regional URJ Camp, where they can share those new skills more broadly.
When will I choose which activities I want to participate in?
You will select your Immersive when you register for camp, and choose your Fellowship and Master Classes once you arrive at camp.
Who are the staff and faculty?
Our staff and faculty go through a careful selection process and training prior to the summer. All Resident Advisors (cabin counselors) are at least entering college sophomores. Our faculty is a group of gifted Jewish educators and professionals dedicated to mentoring Jewish teens. They include members of the URJ staff, youth professionals, rabbis, cantors, artists-in-residence, and educators.
What if I eat a special diet?
The URJ Kutz Camp is a kosher-style camp; we do not mix meat and milk together. Our kitchen is also able to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, and peanut/tree nut free food preparations.
What about health, safety, and security?
Health and safety is our first and foremost concern, and we are proud of our outstanding health-care record. The URJ Kutz Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) and licensed by the New York State Orange County Department of Health. The camp has full-time medical staff in residence as well as a number of first-aid personnel. In addition, there is a pediatrician on call for the camp. The local hospital is within a few minutes from camp. The URJ Kutz Camp – like all URJ Camps – has a 24-hour security system that includes the use of a security gate, fence and personnel.
Is there a trip day?
Each session, one day is spent in New York City visiting Jewish and tourist sites. Every trip includes a Broadway show in the evening.
Is there a visiting day?
There is not a visiting day in the summer schedule.
Does my child need to be immunized?
Yes, the Union for Reform Judaism requires that all camp and travel program participants, staff and faculty must be immunized. For more information, read the URJ Policy Statement on Vaccine Status.