The Scout Camp that's Kosher Too
Michael A. Poretsky (MPoretsky@AOL.COM)
Sun, 26 Mar 1995 14:08:13 -0500
Camp Kunatah: The Top Notch Scout Summer Camp That=92s Kosher Too
Boy Scout summer camp is more than just a few weeks away from home. For=
most Scouts, it is the culmination of a year of fun, learning and weekend=
camping trips. =
It is the time all of the skills learned during the year are put to use, =
time for new and
larger adventures in the out of doors.
There are hundreds of Scout camps across the United States, all of which=
boys (and sometimes girls too) outstanding summer experiences. One stand=
special, because in addition to a superb staff providing an outstanding
problem, the camp
is the only one in the United States that is 100% kosher for the first th=
Camp Kunatah, part of the 12,000 acre Ten Mile River Scout Reservation r=
the Greater New York Councils, draws Scouts from Massachusetts to Marylan=
would find it difficult or impossible to attend regular Scout camp. Thes=
Traditional Jews, require kosher food and facilities for daily prayer,
including a torah,
which other camps are unable to provide.
The Greater New York Councils Jewish Committee on Scouting, with Tzivos
Hashem, the Lubavitch youth organization, provides a full time mashgiach
supervisor) and rabbi for the three weeks that the camp is kosher. The
facility has two
separate kitchens, one meat and the other dairy. The meat kitchen is
every year under Orthodox rabbinical supervision. The dairy kitchen is
closed at the end
of the three week kosher session.
Because the food is kosher, the camp is also used by Moslem units and it=
the only camp to have an area set aside for Moslem prayer services.
Jewish units usually account for about half of the Scouts in Kunatah dur=
first three weeks of camp. The rest of the boys come for Kunatah=92s exc=
near the Delaware River and the great program.
Like all Scout Camps, boys can come with their own unit or be part of a
provisional troop. In addition, Traditional Jewish Scouts can be placed =
a unit whose
program meets their religious needs.
For information about Camp Kunatah, contact Mike Poretsky, Chair, Friend=
Kunatah (718) 376-2585.
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