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Joey Perr
fundraising stats:
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Raised: $340 | Target: $500 | Left: $160

  • Contributions$340
  • Donors6
  • Comments2
I can't overemphasize just how special and important Camp Kinderland is to me and so many others. My best friends today are the same people I met as a camper at Kinderland, and I would not be who I am without the friendships, social justice education I received as a camper (and an adult!) as a member of this unique and loving community of activists, artists, thinkers, and doers. Will you help us grow the next generation of activists and educators by donating to our campaign?
Camp Kinderland may be ahead of the times in our progressive thinking, but our athletic facilities are badly outdated! Help us raise 40K to upgrade and weatherproof our sports and waterfront equipment, expand our offerings, and continue to provide a unique education in social justice! 

“Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football (soccer).” ― Albert Camus

Tucked away in the Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts, Kinderland is a lot like a typical sleepaway camp: our campers play sports, swim, hike and camp in our pristine forests, and engage in arts, drama, music and dance...

But unique to Camp Kinderland is our ninety-five year history and the education we provide in social justice, human rights and peace and conflict resolution through workshops and song. Our campers sleep in bunks named after people who embody our values, such as Joe HillHarriet TubmanMorris Rosenfeld and Pablo Neruda. We stage musicals in the Paul Robeson Playhouse and eat dinner in the Pete Seeger dining hall. Our values are integrated into our programming… sports included! Instead of color wars, we form teams for the week-long Peace Olympics. Each team represents people and movements that embody our values, such as the Suffrage movement, the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike, La Asociación de Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, and Ida B. Wells.

Our campers love to participate in a range of competitive and non-competitive co-ed sports. This fundraiser will help us improve and expand our offerings, and continue to provide campers with athletic opportunities in a friendly and equitable environment. Our goal is to weatherproof and upgrade our equipment so as to provide the best possible experience for our campers, and to save money on repairs in the long run.  This year, we are raising money for:

  • A re-sculpted softball field

  • New bleachers

  • New boats and lifejackets for our waterfront

  • Lines and buoys for swim areas and lanes

  • A badminton court

  • A bocce court

  • Weatherproof equipment storage bins

A Legacy of Sports Activism!
Did you know that one of the greatest athletes of all time, Joe Lillard, was the sports director at Kinderland for one year in 1975? Many years before Colin Kaepernick took a knee to highlight injustices, Joe Lillard blazed a trail for equality.  He played professional football (one of the African Americans to break the color line in that sport) and was a fine player in the Negro Leagues. Look him up, you'll be amazed! Joe was around 70 years old when he worked with us and was quite beloved at camp. Help us honor our sports legacy with a donation to help us upgrade our fields.
   Recent Activity
Jenny Bartlett donated $100 on 4/19/2018
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Mimi Bluestone and Herb Perr donated $100 on 4/9/2018
rosa p donated $40 on 4/5/2018
Ileana and Zach donated $30 on 4/3/2018
Happy birthday Joey!
Emily S donated $40 on 4/2/2018
Danna Suellentrop donated $30 on 4/1/2018