Camp had a diverse, honorable approach


To the Editor:

While I appreciate the quality of writing that went into Ms. Nadler’s article on the School of Creative Arts (SOCA), as well as the effort — however belated — to commemorate KT Hinni, who was a maverick for her time, there is at least one important error that requires correction: SOCA closed after the summer of 1966, not 1968. I remember this well because it was my only summer there, and the camp closed its doors for the last time that season, amid tearful ceremonies.

This is one reason why it might have made sense when researching this article to reach out to a wider pool of former campers with respect to age and ethnicity, since SOCA had such a long life and drew on such a diverse population — another crucial point that went unmentioned here. In the mid-1960s, many summer camps still stated in their advertising that their aim was to “build Christian character,” in order to discourage applications from Jews. KT Hinni’s approach was not only to draw from around the country, but to accept girls from all religious backgrounds, as well as African Americans, which at that time was almost unheard-of. In fact, she had successfully integrated the camp by the time I got there, and that alone deserves honorable mention.

Deborah Kramer
Irvington, N.Y.