You may already know Kamp Kohut (yes, “camp” with a “K”) was founded in 1907 by Dr. George Alexander Kohut. His mission was to provide a safe, nature-based oasis where young men would build “strong bodies and strong minds,” away from the commotion and congestion of the city, in a healthy and positive environment. You can read more about our rich history here.
But did you know Dr. Kohut was of Hungarian descent, and therefore chose to call his innovative idea “Kamp Kohut,” spelling his namesake with “K’s” from his native language? More than a century later, we still spell camp with a “K,” and we still provide a unique, safe and positive environment for young people to grow and have fun.
There has been a great deal written lately about the need for young people to play, to enjoy nature, to explore and interact without electronic distractions. As society struggles to provide young people with these things, summer camp offers an amazing opportunity. (In case you missed it, check out this Washington Post article for an incredible perspective on summer camp.) We are very proud of Kohut’s offerings – and our “K’s” — which are part of our heritage and humor.
This is the time of year when everything and everyone is coming together to create and celebrate all those things which make Kamp wonderfully special – nice people, a magnificent setting, great role models, lots of challenging & fun activities. “Four Weeks and a Lifetime of Memories” indeed. Along with our culture of respect, kindness, appreciation for nature and skill development, we value Kohut’s history and traditions. Yes, it’s a little kooky to spell “Kollege Days” and “kampers” and “kounselors” with “K’s.” But as we prepare for Kohut’s 110th season with incredible excitement and gratitude, I feel confident there are literally thousands of people out there who smile when they see a “K” in an unusual place. Or should I say, I feel “konfident?” The “K’s” bond us, make us smile, and make us feel part of history. I wonder if Dr. Kohut ever imagined the impact he and his letter “K” would have…