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2021 Camp Erutan Update

We were again unable to host Camp Erutan this summer at any of our locations due to the pandemic, but we didn’t want our campers to lose out on another summer of camp.

Isabelle Krishana spent many hours researching camp options for our kids and they were able to attend larger camps, with tuition paid by some of our supporting families. The camps chosen had covid protocols in place and full-time medical staff on site.

One lucky camper chose to go to Sarah Lawrence College to learn computer programing and coding. Oliver Ryan, co-owner of the property where we camp in East Hampton, dropped off Anteus at Sarah Lawrence at the beginning of the session and picked him up 3 weeks later at the end of the session.

Longtime all-star counselor, Karen Huurman, and her daughter Izzi, drove a group of campers from New York to New Hampshire for a more traditional camping experience. Some attended as campers for 2 weeks, one camper was a CIT (counselor in training) for 4 weeks and another camper was a CIT for 8 weeks. Luis Colon, former camper turned amazing counselor, took Zamian shopping for all of his camp gear before he went to camp and then drove to NH to bring him home after his 8 week stay. Long time supporters, Doug and Nancy Dworkin, drove from NY to NH to pick up Athina after her 4 week stay at camp.

All our campers had unforgettable experiences this summer and we believe, tremendous personal growth. Please read some of the kids letters about their experiences on our website:

In 2022, we have been invited to have camp again in East Hampton, New York and also Hanalei, Kauai. If we are able to raise enough money for flights, we would like to host a “combo” session of Camp Erutan with a group of NY campers. Camp would begin with a session in East Hampton, then all would fly to California for a west coast experience and finally on to Hanalei before returning back to New York in time for school.

Camp Erutan will be celebrating our 35th anniversary next summer and none of what we do would have been possible without all of our supporters. We’ve been able to have a huge impact in the lives of these kids because of your continued contributions. Thank you very much for believing that we can make a difference.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season.

Lisa Tanzman & Elaine Mermelstein

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