The JACK KOHLER CAMPERSHIP ASSOCIATION was founded by friends of the late John J. Kohler, Queens Camping Chairman and Suanhacky Lodge Advisor, in the spring of 1986. It supports the camping programs of Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America, Ten Mile River Scout Camps and Suanhacky Lodge #49, Order of the Arrow.
The Association's purpose is two-fold:
1- To perpetuate the feeling of fellowship, love of camping and Scout Spirit that Jack Kohler lived by. This is achieved through many programs we organize and/ or support.
2- To provide financial assistance to Queens Boy Scouts so that they may attend the long term Summer Scout Camp of Greater New York Council, Ten Mile River.
Each year the Board of Directors meet to determine how many camperships should be awarded, as well as the amount of the camperships, for that coming camp season. The camperships are awarded to Queens Scouts, who have applied for assistance from the Council. We have awarded more than 700 camperships since our initial summer season of 1986.
The Association has more than 100 members/ families, living throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Any person regardless of race, creed, or color, who follows the principals of the Scout Oath and Law, is more than welcome to join. There are no age restrictions and a Scouting affiliation is not required. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION.
The Association is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. It is a completely volunteer organization, with no paid staff or trustees. Funds are raised through various fund raising activities and donations. Operational costs are minimal, thus more than 95% of all monies raised go directly to the camperships.