Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Nancy Reicher

I went to BUCK'S ROCK WORK CAMP In New Milford, Connecticut. It was not designated as a Jewish camp but it seemed as if everyone there was Jewish. It was owned by Ernst and Ilse Bulova. It is still in existence. I was there from 1948 to 1952, when I was a CIT. Buck's Rock   was built originally to house English children who were gong to be shipped there to get them away from the Blitz during WW II. That plan failed. Shortly after that Ernst and Ilse bought the campsite . They brought teenagers from the New York area to help man the farms in the area , as the farmers and their farm hands were all soldiering during WW  II. You had to be 14 to work on farms. The teens worked mornigs . They were transported by camp trucks to the farms and brought back in time for lunch. After lunch thay could pursue many of their interests in ceramics, photography, woodworking, jewlery making, and the usual camp ativities of swimming and sports. By the time I arrived in 1948 most of the farmwork outside of camp was at an end. The camp also had a farm and animals that we bought at an auction in the area . We had fields where we could work and raise crops which we sold, mostly to parents. The afore mentioned interest shops produced not only your own crative work but if it was deemed to be excellent and desireable for others. pieces could be mass produced and sold. If you worked on the farm you posted your hours each time. If you worked in production in any of the shops you posted your hours there. At the end of the summer, each camper received an amount from the profits earned. That never amounted to a lot of money but it taught us we had value and could be rewarded. One year on the farm we received $.05 per hour worked.
Buck's Rock also had an orchestra in which I played the flute. We gave concerts on the Tri-state radio station and also in New Milford's Park bandstand. I still play my flute weekly in a wind band in Kansas City, MO, sponsored and directed by the Conservatory of Music at the Univeristy of Missouri Kansas City. My interest in photography has never changed. My husband and I have taken workshops in photography all over the country. After turning a mahogany bowl, I still have and use, on a lathe at Bucks Rock  I went home and turned 8 large salad bowls for my mother on our home lathe. Since my parents passing those bowls now reside in our home where they are still in use. Buck's Rock was a life long learnnig experience for me and I'll bet for most of the campers who have spent their summers there.

Nancy Lyons Reicher
Kansas City, MO

Nancy L. Reicher
Kansas City MO

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