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Summer 2016 Program

NFTY Leadership Experience
The NFTY Leadership Experience is designed for teens that are looking for a challenging and exciting summer program that will enhance your skills in a specific area of interest. As a participant in this program, you have the ability to choose your classes, and create a schedule that best fits you and your needs. 

The recipe for Kutz is simple: just choose a Major, which you will sign up for when you are ready to register. Once you get to camp, you will be able to choose from session-long and week-long Minors and choose new Electives every day. Every teen in camp will participate in our Hagshama program, which includes a variety of leadership and life skills to enhance how you put your Major into action.

How do my Major, Minors, and Electives fit into the full day at Kutz? Check out what a typical day at Kutz looks like!

Ready to take a sneak peek at the Kutz experience? Watch the Kutz Video!

Choose your major

At the center of your NFTY Leadership Experience here at Kutz is your major. Each major offers a unique focus that you won't find anywhere else! You'll have the opportunity to choose from one of our eight majors offered in 2016:

The Arts Academy

The Justice Academy

The Leadership Academy

The Judaics Academy

So many choices!
Read a description of each of our majors

Pick your electives

Electives are offered daily in four areas of focus: Sports, Fun and Games, Art, andClubs. Electives change each summer, here are some examples from past summers:

Bar Mitzvah Games

Bow and Bowtie Making

Cloudwatching & Lifetales

College Info Session

Coloring Day

Competitive Puzzles

Craft Your Future -
Blindfolded Painting

Culinary Arts

Dance Party

Disney Flashback

Field Day

Finding Modern in
Modern Family

Flag Football

Friendship Bracelet Making

Home Run Derby

Jam Session

Make your own playdough

Murder Mystery

Paddle Boat Regatta

Paper Dodgeball

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Reading Pagoda




'T'Curl' Olam

Ultimate Frisbee


Water Polo

Yiddish in the Kitchen


Minors at Kutz cover a variety of interests, from skill-building to sports to discussions. You will have the opportunity to choose from session-long minors and week-long minors. While minor topics change every summer, here are some samples from previous summers:

5 A's of Social Action

A capella & choir

Advanced Leadership Seminar

Alpine Tower

Band! Zoom! Oy! - The Jewish Values Ehibited by Superheros

Belly Dancing

Clay Sculpting

Creating an Authentic Online Presence Now that Won't
Ruin Your Life Later

Current Events

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

From Mikvahs to Manicures: Jewish Women in History

Hebrew 101

Hiking History: Digging up our Roots

If it doesn't make a difference, what difference does it


Inside the TYG Studio

Instagram-ing for the Pros: How to
take stellar photos with your phone

Is it my body, or God's?

Israeli Dancing

Jew's Line is it Anyway? The Sequel:
Improvisation and Theatre Skills Workshop

Jewish Jeans/Jewish Genes

Jewish Values & Television



Landscape Painting & Drawing


Meditation for the Mind

Mitzvah Corps for Non-Majors

Musical Skills

Pirkei Avot for Leaders

Praise, Pleas, and Problems -
Prayer for our Time

RCVPedia: Beyond the Essentials

Rock, Roll and Religion

Self Portraits

So You Think You Can Dance?

So You Want to be a Community

Songs Beyond Shireinu

Teen T'fillah


You be the Judge: Jewish Ethics

Hagshama Curriculum

Our new all-camp curriculum based on the popular major, Hagshama will be focused on building resiliency through a set of core competencies and dynamic leadership skills. Some examples of what will be offered through Hagshama include:

  • Time Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Turning your camp experience into awesome college essays
  • Meditation
  • Stress Management
  • Ensuring a healthy school/life balance
  • Mentorship starts with me
  • Using Our Strengths, Building Strong Teams

2016 Program Dates:
June 21 - July 17, 2015

Cost: $4725

Eligibility: Participants must be entering 10th - 12th grades in high school.

Information about scholarship opportunities at Kutz

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