By Art Chansky
Richie Gersten

I read this article with great interest and and a strange feeling of familiarity. While I did not attend Brant Lake, my father, Ira Fish did and it left an indelible impression on him. He would go on to build his own camp much in the spirit of Brant Lake. Ira Fish founded Jefferson Lakes Country Day Camp (“Jeff Lake”) in 1958, owning and operating it until 2012 when my sister and her husband (Jane & Dan Kagan) took over the business. My dad adopted many of the traditions and principles he learned and observed at Brant Lake (and later at Knight’s Day Camp in New Jersey, where he was a counselor), most memorably, the same-team color war tradition. Ira died last December. Camp was his life. Jeff Lake Camp and the thousand of lives he touched, lives on in his spirit and memory. Thank you, Brant Lake for igniting the spark.

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