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Seasonal Communities Compete in Beautification Contest

June 17, 2015

[LIBERTY] – Ten seasonal bungalow colonies and summer camps are taking part in a six-week long Community Mitzvah Award contest this summer, sponsored by Sullivan Renaissance.  Three top prizes worth $10,000, $5000 and $3000 will be awarded to the participants that best clean up and maintain their grounds and improve the look of their facilities.

The ten seasonal communities in the 2015 Community Mitzvah Award beautification contest are:

  • American Theological, summer camp in Kiamesha
  • Camp Bnos Ahavas Israel, summer camp in Liberty
  • Camp Bais Yaakov, summer camp in Ferndale
  • Camp Silver Lake, summer camp in Woodridge
  • Camp Tashbar, summer camp in Liberty
  • Khal Divrei Chaim, bungalow colony in Kauneonga Lake
  • Machne Gila, summer camp in Liberty
  • Satmar Bungalows, bungalow colony in White Lake
  • Seven Star, bungalow colony in Woodbourne
  • Yeshiva Zichron Mayir/ Loraine Bungalows, bungalow colony in Mountaindale

The contest begins this month with participants making improvements to their grounds.  Each is observed on a weekly basis by a data taker who records what can be seen from the road.  The sites will be visited by a team of judges from outside Sullivan County in August and the winner announced at the Awards Ceremony on August 10 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.     

Participating camps and colonies receive a $500 seed grant, and those that finish the contest get a completion grant of $500.  Everyone also receives two flowering containers to maintain throughout the contest.  Children and/or staff are also required to participate in an educational presentation by Sullivan Renaissance staff – and are then treated to kosher ice cream from an approved vendor.

Last year saw ten summer communities in the contest, which was won by Camp Bnos Ahavas Israel in Liberty. Second place went to Khal Divrei Chaim Bungalow Colony in Kauneonga Lake; while third place was awarded to American Theological Camp in Kiamesha.  Camp Simcha in Glen Spey received a special “Award of Excellence” as a role model for all institutions in Sullivan County.  The 2013 contest had five participants and was won by Skolya Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg.

The goal of Sullivan Renaissance is to help guide communities to improve their visual standards.

For information about all of Sullivan Renaissance’s seasonal programs, contact Allen Frishman at 845-436-8945 or