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2017 Summer Staff Bio – Lawrence Williamson

Posted on Jun 22, 2017

  1. Name
    Lawrence Williamson
  2. From?
    Los Angeles or Santa Rosa, California
  3. School Attending?
    Santa Rosa Junior College
  4. Position on Staff?
    Health Center Director/ Camp Nurse
  5. Most Excited About for this Summer?
    Absence of drama
  6. Favorite Camp Core Value and Why?
    Natural Setting – Take photos and leave footprints. Let the flora and fauna be.
  7. Favorite Camp Activity and Why?
    Socializing and Keeping Others out of harm’s way
  8. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    Reflect

My Reflections on Camp DeWolfe – Nate Alleyne

Posted on Jun 15, 2017

The following is the reflection of Nate Alleyne shared at our June 3rd 70th Anniversary Celebration. Nate has been a camper for a number of years and is very active in his home parish of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn.

I can relate to John 13:34 which reads “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” This is a simple enough commandment and needs no translation. I often liken it to my school motto – “to Whom Much is Given, Much is Required” since Jesus is telling his disciples and all of us by extension that since we are so graciously loved by God, we should in turn share this love with others.  I lived this commandment from day one when I arrived at Camp DeWolfe and saw the atmosphere that was created by the camp staff and counselors and was easily transferred to all the kids.  There was a comfort level whether kids did not hesitate to ask anything of or share their feelings with the staff and each other. Even though many of us were meeting each other for the first time, we left with a feeling that we have found lifelong friends in each other. I believe that everyone who is fortunate enough to spend time at this wonderful camp will truly be all the better for it.

Being at this camp has challenged me to leave all my prejudices and preconceived notions behind and just accept people as they are – Children of God. The daily services that we attended served to remind me that above all God is the center of our lives and that even though we are away at camp, that fact remains the same.  These services were different to the ones in my home parish and I rather enjoyed them for the learning experiences, discussions and group chats that took place. The icebreaker activities allowed us to of course “break the ice” and get to know each other and to see the love of God in each other. We were able to turn to God numerous times in prayer, whether it be in the chapel, before bed, waking up in the morning, or even before the delicious meals we ate (Shout out to Chef Alex!!).

Joining together with other children from various age groups at Summer, Fall, and Winter camp has been able to show me the importance of God in anyone’s life and how He can easily affect you and put you in the right direction. Some of the lessons and things I learned at camp I still use to this day. A friend might hurt me every once and awhile, but I’ll find the good in them and be able to forgive them and move on without holding a grudge.  Which brings me to my next bible verse reflection. Isaiah 43:18-19, a scripture reading we actually did analyze and make sense of at camp reads “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” This one reading sparked an entire weekend of reflection at camp which had altered a number of my friends’ perspectives on their relationship with God in their lives. They were able to reminisce about their old selves and behaviors and analyze them while creating positive new thoughts that they shared with us about how, through God, they have the ability to create new visions of themselves and their future based on this teaching instilled at camp.

We did things we probably will almost never get the chance to do again. We swam on the Long Island Sound, learned how to kayak and maneuver a canoe, how to sail, fish, play loads of new games and more. In performing these kinds of activities, we all improved our responsibility and teamwork skills, which also helped us to bond more and have a greater connection among ourselves and the camp leaders. My sister Krissy and I find ourselves singing all the songs and rhymes we learn there weeks after we get home sometimes to the annoyance of mom and dad. When I return to Camp DeWolfe, I hope to become an L.I.T. which stands for Leader in Training. These kids stay almost all summer and help out with numerous events and activities while staying together in Christ. Overall, I would say that Camp DeWolfe is one of the activities I look forward to each year for I know that I will be seeing old friends but also making new ones.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity on behalf of all campers, past, present and future to THANK Bishop PROVENZANO, THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT and MATT and his overwhelming staff for caring for us.

Thank you for listening and thank you Camp DeWolfe!

“Camp DeWolfe Changed my Life” – Chris Cassonetto

Posted on Jun 8, 2017

Chris Cassonetto has been a Camp DeWolfe camper for years. The following is the testimony he shared at our 70th Anniversary Celebration on June 3rd.

Camp DeWolfe changed my life in so many ways its indescribable. They truly are my second family. The counselors really act like older brothers and sisters to the campers. Camp DeWolfe allowed me to connect with God in a way I never knew I could. I often find myself teaching my family some of the prayers and songs. When I go to Camp DeWolfe in the summer I never want to leave. Camp DeWolfe has really changed my life for the better.

I would like to thank St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Farmingdale and St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Wantagh. They have helped me go to camp and have followed me through my faith journey. I would especially like to thank Father Christopher [Hofer] and Mother Maxine [Barnett]. If it was not for them I probably would not be going to Camp DeWolfe and not as involved in my church. So I thank them very much.

This all started when my mom decided I needed to go to summer camp. We chose Camp DeWolf. She thought this camp would be the right fit for me and she was right. I want to become more involved in camp and in my church. Ever year it is my decision to go back. This will be my fourth summer going to Camp DeWolfe. My goal is to one day become a camp counselor at Camp DeWolfe. Camp DeWolfe has allowed me to make new friends and keep those friends even after camp.

Camp DeWolfe has put me on the right path to follow my goals. This has been my outlook, to see what I can give back to the camp community and my own community. I never thought a camp like Camp DeWolfe would have such a big impact on my life. Everything I learned at camp I try to apply to my everyday life. Every year camp gets better and better and after every summer I become closer with God and see myself becoming a better person.

I would like to thank the Camp DeWolfe family for always being there for me when times are tough, throughout camp, and for every thing they have done for me an my family.

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Peter Vang

Posted on Jun 1, 2017

  1. Name
    Peter Vang
  2. From?
    Icard, North Carolina
  3. School attending?
    Alliance Theological Seminary (Nyack College)
  4. Position on staff?
    Christian Formation Director
  5. Most excited about for this summer?
    To see God move in the lives of campers – also, bonfires!
  6. Favorite Camp Core Value and why?
    Purposeful Community because I simply love people
  7. Favorite Camp activity and why?
    Bonfires – that’s when the best conversations come up
  8. Favorite parable?
    Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matt. 20:1-16)
  9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    A big ol’ meal with friends and a nice, long nap to finish it up!

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Adam Xiong

Posted on May 18, 2017

  1. Name
    Adam Xiong
  2. From?
    California, Orange County
  3. School attending?
    Nyack College
  4. Position on staff?
    Camp counselor
  5. Most excited about For this summer?
    Seeing the Kids and teaching them about sports safety.
  6. Favorite Camp core Value and Why?
    I believe in more of a natural setting and being in the outdoors. The reason why is because i love nature and i love being on the outside of things. Also, i loving seeing what God has made it never seems to amazes me how beautiful he made the earth for us. I also like photography and because of this, it also makes it easy to bring up the conversation of God and the power of God.
  7. Favorite Camp activity and Why?
    Sports because I am a coach and grew up on sports.
  8. Favorite parable?
    Parable of the talents
  9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    Fellowshipping

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Shathusi Yoganathan

Posted on May 11, 2017

  1. Name
    Shathusi Yoganathan
  2. From?
    Hertfordshire, England
  3. School attending?
    University of Hertfordshire
  4. Position on staff?
    Camp Counselor
  5. Most excited about for this summer?
    To be able to see what an America summer Camp is like
  6. Favorite Camp core Value and Why?
    ‘Experience God in … outdoor natural setting’ – Children hardly get the opportunity to go outside and experience nature. To be able to do this during Camp and experience God at the same time sounds exciting!
  7. Favorite Camp activity and Why?
    Swimming – always a great way to have fun and do exercise at the same time!
  8. Favorite parable?
    Proverbs 31:8-9 – ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy’
  9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    Have a relaxing day with family and friends.

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Katherine Pena

Posted on May 4, 2017

  1. Name
    Katherine Pena
  2. From?
    Bronx, NY
  3. School attending?
    Nyack College
  4. Position on staff?
    Unit Leader
  5. Most excited about For this summer?
    I’m most excited to return and plan Evening and Weekend programs, and to sing silly songs before meal times.
  6. Favorite Camp core Value and Why?
    Purposeful Community. Community has always been such a significant factor in my life in how I have grown as an individual, and it is so important for people to have a community that is intentional and that is encouraging. As the Body of Christ, we are called to be in community with one another, and we are able to get a glimpse of what that is like when we come into fellowship with The Father when we are intentional in creating a purposeful community with the opportunities to grow individually and collectively.
  7. Favorite Camp activity and Why?
    Weekend Program is my favorite because it is always action packed and it is memorable and life-changing for a lot of the staff and the campers. It gives campers the opportunity to work outside of their cabin and to make new and lasting relationships, and they take on challenges with courage and excitement like never before.
  8. Favorite parable?
    The Prodigal Son.
  9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    After teaching Sunday School, it is always great to grab some icecream and to sit by the pier.

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Rachel Creiger

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

  1. Name
    Rachel Cregier
  2. From?
    Lancaster, CA
  3. School attending?
    Pace University
  4. Position on staff?
    Camp counselor
  5. Most excited about For this summer?
    Teaching kids how to be Legolas (Archery).
  6. Favorite Camp core Value and Why?
    Natural Setting: I have always enjoyed the splendor and beauty that nature provides. I wish to encourage the campers to see it in big places like the sky and in small places like a ladybug on a leaf.
  7. Favorite Camp activity and Why?
    Archery because we all get to learn how to be Legolas.
  8. Favorite parable?
    The Good Samaritan
  9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    Taking a walk by the coast and eating pizza.

Support Camp DeWolfe through Amazon Smile

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

Perhaps the most painless way to give to a cause you support is by doing so through your normal daily tasks and purchases. Amazon Smile is a program by which you support Camp DeWolfe simply by purchasing the things you were going to buy from Amazon anyway! By going to smile.amazon.com (rather than www.amazon.com) you will be letting Amazon know that you want them to donate part of the value of your purchase to the charitable organization of your choice. You browse the same inventory on the same web store, the only difference is that you have a “smile” while you shop and the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate to Camp DeWolfe!

To set Camp DeWolfe as your Amazon Smile charity of choice all you need to do is click this link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/11-1955750), sign in if you are not yet signed in, and confirm that you want us to be your charity! Then just make sure that you are always purchasing from “smile.amazon.com” and not just “amazon.com.”

Thank you in advance for using this simple method of supporting the ministry of Camp DeWolfe. We are grateful to you for selecting us as your charity, and we are grateful to the Amazon Smile Foundation for offering such a neat way for each of us to support the nonprofits we love!

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Emma Warden

Posted on Apr 13, 2017

  • Name
    Emma Warden
  • From?
    Bangor, Northern Ireland
  • School attending?
    Stranmillis University College (College of Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Position on staff?
    Camp Counselor
  • Most excited about For this summer?
    Getting to know and spend time with the campers!
  • Favorite Camp core Value and Why?
    Natural setting – I love to take time to appreciate God’s creation and spend time outdoors.
  • Favorite Camp activity and Why?
    Music Activities and worship – I play the Violin and Piano and love worship songs! Rend Collective is my favorite Christian band (Campfire II album is amazing!)
  • Favorite parable?
    The Parable of the Prodigal Son. This is my favorite parable because it reminds us of Gods unending compassion, grace and forgiveness.
  • Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    Time spent with family, a good walk and Sunday dinner (with apple pie)!