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Summer Staff Bio 2018 – Alex Pond

Posted on Dec 14, 2017

Counselor-Camper

  1. Name
    Alex Pond
  2. From?
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
  3. School Attending?
    Done with education
  4. Position on Staff
    Senior Counselor
  5. Most excited about for this summer?
    The beach!
  6. Favorite Camp Core Value and Why?
    Natural Setting. There’s nothing better than being in the great outdoors!
  7. Favorite Camp Activity and Why?
    Evening program because anything can happen!
  8. Favorite Parable
    Luke 10:25-37 – the Good Samaritan
  9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    Chilling, hopefully in the sun shine, and playing basketball!

Summer Staff 2018 Bio – Santana Alvarado

Posted on Dec 7, 2017

  1. Name
    Santana Alvarado
  2. From?
    Inglewood, CA
  3. School Attending?
    Bronx Community College, Sociology
  4. Position on Staff
    Unit Leader
  5. Most excited about for this summer?
    My activity area, Chapel in St. Luke’s, the Sound
  6. Favorite Camp Core Value and Why?
    Christian Formation because it makes for better community, time spent in nature, and empowering ourselves and others
  7. Favorite Camp Activity and Why?
    Adventure/ challenge course because it actively teaches me trust, patience, safety, and courage!
  8. Favorite Parable
    When Jesus compares faith to a mustard seed, because I can always have that and it’s all we need to start our relationship with God and Life.
  9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    Exploring the city with friends, especially if one has a camera.

It’s Okay to be Imperfect

Posted on Nov 30, 2017

This summer I learned how to be patient with myself and others around me. To see when someone’s having a rough day, and giving them the time of day. To realize I won’t be perfect on a new task, no matter how prepared I believe I am for it. And the patience to accept that it’s okay to be imperfect. In fact, it’s in improving and striving towards the impossible goal of perfection that makes someone living in Christ.

Rachel Cregier
Counselor and Lifeguard 2017

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

A Thanksgiving meditation from Scripture and the Book of Common Prayer:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4-7 (New Revised Standard Version)

From the book of Common Prayer:

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have
done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole
creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,
and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for
the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best
efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy
and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the
truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast
obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying,
through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life
again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and
make him known; and through him, at all times and in all
places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

Thanks and Giving – Bookends

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8

Today is Thanksgiving and it is important to take time to sit back and remember the many gifts we have received from God. Tomorrow is Black Friday, which is another American holiday all its own. One may even argue that Thanksgiving is only the start of nearly a week of celebrations. Black Friday is the celebration of consumer opportunities and massive discounts, followed by Small Business Saturday when we celebrate our local “mom & pops” businesses by purchasing from them. Sunday has not been claimed as a specific celebration by the culture at large, but in the church it is a weekly celebration of community and the table. Cyber Monday we celebrate that we can get great deals and awesome stuff without ever leaving the comfort of our homes. Finally, I learned of this only recently, we end our “week of celebrations” with Giving Tuesday.

For Giving Tuesday the whole goal is to give something back. A secular understanding may say give something back to the people around us, our community, our family. As Christians we can say that doing all of those things is really giving something back to God. However you feel about the rampant consumerism of Friday through Monday, it is a nice thought to see it all book-ended this way. We start by being thankful for what we have and we finish by giving something back.

Giving Tuesday is about more than money, too. Check out the website dedicated to this new holiday (https://www.givingtuesday.org/). It has a lot of neat ideas on how to celebrate Giving Tuesday. If it is too late to get something done before Tuesday, don’t fret about it. God won’t mind waiting an extra couple of days. Just be sure to give back, because God and those who love and support us deserve more than just our thanks.

Nathan W. Saccol
Program Director

No Body but Yours

Posted on Nov 16, 2017

I really enjoyed my summer at Camp DeWolfe. I learnt a lot about myself and my relationship with God. I realized the importance of showing other people God’s love and that you might be the only Jesus someone else sees because Christ has no body but yours. I also realized the importance of prayer and one of my favourite moments this summer was at Christian Formation on the beach on 4th of July when I was talking to our cabin about some prayers taking longer to answer than others. A camper said that prayers are like mail because some take longer to get there than others and we talked about the importance of prayer and patience to see our prayers answered. I enjoyed getting to know the campers, lead activities and made great friends with my co-counselors this summer.

Emma Warden
Counselor and Lifeguard, Summer 2017

Don’t Underestimate These Kids!

Posted on Nov 9, 2017

My experience at Camp DeWolfe this summer has been such a memorable one. I’ve learned so much. God has shown himself to me in the environment here and in all the kids. These kids have shown me that they are capable of setting aside their differences to live along side one another while at camp, something that is very difficult even for grown adults to do. In one of my cabins “cabin time” my campers had a “campers only share” meeting and shared life stories in hopes of understanding one another better. These campers have humbled me and shown me that we shouldn’t underestimate people for their age.

It was also great to see campers allow themselves to experience God at this camp. After talking and praying with an LIT, they came to me one night after evening chapel and said, “Hey Robert, I just want to let you know that because of you, for the first time in a long time, I actually prayed and it felt good!” My heart was filled with so much joy! Camp DeWolfe has taught me a lot, especially through each and everyone of our campers.

Robert Yang
Summer Counselor 2017

Spiritual Formation and Offering Hope

Posted on Nov 2, 2017

My best memory of camp would have to be when I led spiritual formation. Spiritual formation is key to the Christian faith and to have the chance to share the word of God is an honor. I hope my story hit the campers and that they take something home with them. I learned that kids react to different situations and, sometimes, they just want to be heard and be given attention. Also even the most troubled kid can learn to be kind when you believe in them. Kids seek hope and we, as adults and leaders, have to give a kid hope. I am going to take away from camp is that kids seek a role-model and they lookup to adults for that. For this reason, we “leaders” must be on guard and be on our best behavior yet also know that no one is perfect.

Adam Xiong
Summer Counselor 2017

Fun and Responsibility

Posted on Oct 26, 2017

I have learned a lot from being a counselor this year. I have learned how to be more responsible with my life and the lives of others. It has been really fun working at Camp DeWolfe. Some of my favorite memories from camp are singing songs, having fun at cabin night, and getting to know my fellow counselors.

Ryan Gilbert
Jr. Counselor Summer 2017

More than a Job

Posted on Oct 19, 2017

Being a counselor at Camp DeWolfe is more than just a job, ti is an experience for the body, mind, and spirit. I have learned so much from the campers. I expected to be the teacher but instead I became the student. I remember one morning during Christian formation we were asked to read a passage in the Bible and teach it to other campers. The passage my group received was about loving your enemies. When ti was our turn to present one of the campers said that for the people who we dislike or even marginalize, we still have to pray for them because they need it as much as we do. Hearing that idea really helped to change my perspective of how I interact with those I may not get along with and vice versa. For me, learning this new concept is what Camp DeWolfe is about. It is those little moments of understanding and epiphany that open our hearts to the new things God has planned for us.

Richkisha Walcott
Summer Counselor and Activity Staff