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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

All God’s Children

Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Well what can I say? Being at Camp DeWolfe for the summer has shown me very much about my faith, American culture, and living in a close-knit community. I will cherish my memories from camp forever. Camp DeWolfe was an environment of sharing God’s word openly to further campers’ and staffs’ understanding. Specifically, I learnt to treat each person at camp as one of God’s children. This meant being patient and udnerstanding in order to fulfill tasks but, more importantly, to strive for each camper to have the best possible time.

Peace,
Emma Cledwyn-Davies
Summer Camp Counselor 2017

A New Point of View

Posted on Oct 5, 2017

Working at Camp DeWolfe changed my whole view on life. I no know that i could do anything I set my mind too. I also know that God is everywhere; in the people we meet, the nature around us, and the air we breathe. I loved encouraging kids to do the best they can on the bike trails. This summer has made me feel like a kid again and I want to thank the campers, the staff, Camp DeWolfe, and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.

Alex Pond
Summer Camp Counselor 2017

Life-Changing Experiences

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

At camp this summer I had an amazing time. I was trained as a lifeguard and an American Camp Archery instructor, both of which I really enjoyed. I met so many kind and friendly counselors and hopefully made friends for life. The campers showed such enthusiasm and had so much energey which was so good to me. They were funny and fun and seemingly really enjoyed their activities. I worked with so many in archery and it was so rewarding for them to shoot well enough to gain an award at the end. I will take so much away from camp and I had such a life-changing experience. I hope I did a good job and improved both my fellow counselors and campers lives. I also hope to be back next year!

Christian Pinnington
Summer Counselor 2017

Unforgettable – Summer 2017

Posted on Sep 14, 2017

Working at camp DeWolfe as a counselor was fun and life-changing. It was my first time in the States when I arrived at camp. I worked along with amazing staff members and met great people throughout the summer.

Being able to work along with campers of different backgrounds and get to know them was great. Being able to see them grow in confidence and build a community amongst themselves was beautiful. Enjoying themselves and trying new things was rewarding for me as a counselor as they were excited about their new experiences.

There were hard days but definitely worth it because working along with campers was rewardiing. They were able to learn from me as a cousnelro but I could also learn from them as campers. As children they let their imagination run wild and have different perspectives on many things, which they are not afraid to share with others. This allows us counselors to learn from them!

I go the chance to see many campers grow in their faith and many became more and more interested in the faith through stories they heard in the chapel.

Overall, summer at Camp DeWolfe was great and working with the children was just amazing. It has been a summer that I will not forget.

Shathusi Yoganathan
Summer Counselor 2017

New Summer, New Challenges, New Joys

Posted on Sep 7, 2017

After finishing summer camp in 2016, I felt like it wasn’t over. I thought about camp most days, whether it was laughing at the memories or speaking to the friends I made. I also felt like I had so much left to give, so when I was given the opportunity to return in 2017, I couldn’t say no.

This summer has been incredible – I have had new opportunities, such as working with the LITs and leading challenge course, and I have made more friends for life. I have grown in my relationship with God, which I don’t believe would have happened without Camp DeWolfe. My favourite memory from this year has to be helping a camper who didn’t believe she could do an activity on the challenge course to do it, which led to her wanting to try more new activities!

As counselors, we don’t often see the results of our work, but returning allowed me to see how my campers from last year had grown in themselves and in their faith. Whilst it makes me sad to think that I won’t be able to return to camp and see these changes next year, I am excited to start my career as a teacher when I go home. I know that if I did get the chance to return to camp in the future, I would feel at home once again.

Returning to My Camp Family

Posted on Aug 31, 2017

Well, where do I begin!?! This was my second summer working at Camp DeWolfe on Long Island. At first it was a bit of a tough decision to do it but I then remembered how much fun I had in 2016!! I am very glad I took the decision to return as a Unit Leader. It gave me a new perspective on supervising but, most of all, it allowed me to come back to my camp family and work in an incredible environment with new and old friends. I have now developed skills that I can take with me into the future. I am glad that I also was able to teach canoeing again as it gave me another chance to enjoy the Long Island Sound and appreciate God’s Creation within the natural beauty of the coastline!

Kyle Smith

All in all, I have made more friends and I am so glad to have served at CDW in 2017!

Kyle Smith
Male Unit Leader 2017

We’re God’s Creation and We are All Good

Posted on Aug 24, 2017

Working as a counselor at Camp DeWolfe for the summer has been a life changing experience. I have been gifted with the perspective, humor, activities, and spirituality of amazing campers who are brave, funny, unique, smart, and talented. I will never forget all the girls who came and made Great South Bay a home away from home. Whether singing the Taco Tuesday song before dinner, learning how to play and lose at Gaga every day, launching rockets after a week of fun preparation, or the silly songs before meals that found their way into our shower time because they were so catchy. All these and more memories will be with me for a long time along with the Spirit that every camper came holding in their hearts. The thing that clicked for me toward the end as I reflected during an insightful Devos, is that every single person at camp has Loved and expressed that Love in a special and powerful way. Whether it’s in riddles or jokes, side hugs and songs, or those hard times when I could be the shoulder when mom wasn’t there…all that was Love.

I learned patience and the very true fact that God is in all of us so we are All Good. There is no such thing as a bad kid. Only kids who need to be Loved differently, who challenge me to be Jesus for them. I appreciate the practice for when I go back to the Big City and have to work that into my daily life. These kids are magical. Society tries to take that magic and I saw some of it fading in the older campers, when we began to care about what others thought more than what God thinks. But the magic is still there, it just needs permission to break through and free us.

One of my favorite parts was daily affirmations in Devos when we would pick a girl each night for everyone in the cabin to affirm. So much honesty, positivity, and Love was spread and the girls looked forward to it every night. We need to do that every single day for ourselves and each other. I pray they walk away knowing they have permission to cry and feel those hard feelings because as we learned, Jesus got mad and cried too. But that we can move past the negative and not let it define us. I pray they walk away knowing they are Loved not for what they do or how many likes they get but because they exist and are God’s Creation and God didn’t make one thing that wasn’t Good.

With Love + Ubuntu,

Santana Alvarado (GSB)

All Things New – Experiencing the Body of Christ

Posted on Aug 17, 2017

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

The theme for this summer at Camp DeWolfe was “All things new”– The new things that we would try this summer, as well as the new things that God wanted to do for us and through us this summer. I had remembered last year’s theme revolving around courage, and we had looked at Ruth and Naomi, Abraham and Isaac, Esther and King Xerxes, and it had been  wonderful, as that was my first year at Camp DeWolfe. It was not my first year as a camp counselor, however, it was something much needed for me to hear, stepping into the new position as a senior counselor. With the support of Nate and Anthony, I was able to grow into the position and grow with courage. I was able to have the courage to try new challenges– the multi vine, the catwalk, the mohawk trail… The summer was so great and so strengthening for my character and my faith that I decided to come back for another year at Camp DeWolfe.

In this second year, I came back as a Unit Leader, and had been looking forward to what this year had for me. See, the prior year at Camp DeWolfe had been a stepping stone for me to grow in my confidence and to grow closer to God, but I also knew that God was not done with me yet. I knew that God wanted to do so much more with me this summer, and that is exactly what He did–all things new. It started with climbing the rock wall and the vertical play pen for the first time, all the way to the top. Then it progressed to building campfires, and even leading trainings. To top it off, it led to me experiencing what it means to be the Body of Christ. This summer, I learned what it meant to have an intentional community, that really cared and supported one another. We laughed together, we cried together, and we even prayed together. This summer, we died to ourselves in order to serve one another, and to push forward the vision of Camp DeWolfe– to have intentional community, to empower leaders, support spiritual formation, all while living in the beautifully crafted natural setting surrounding us. We became the Body of Christ when we did life together here and recognized that there was an even greater purpose to why we were here in the first place, and that purpose was to be the hands and feet of Jesus for all to see.

I can leave knowing that although God did really great things this summer, He is still not done with me yet, and wants to continue to do all things new this year when I go back to Nyack College for my Junior year. I now have the confidence of belonging and knowing that I am a part of the Body of Christ, and that I too, can be the Body of Christ to others.

Katherine Pena — Unit Leader 2017

8/9/17

Experiencing Jesus = Telling others about Jesus

Posted on Aug 9, 2017

Here at Camp DeWolfe, we ultimately have three goals that we try to fulfill; the first is making camp fun. Adventure Camp has simply been fun for all of us. Each hour of the day is filled with some sort of activity, and whatever it may be (kayaking, swimming, biking, arts & crafts, Christian Formation, etc.), the goal is to always be fun. It was a little sad to see a few of our friends leave at the end of week 2, but regardless, we have still had tons of fun this third week. I am sure we met this goal. Our second goal is to be safe. Seeing how hard the counselors work to keep each camper safe, parents, rest assured that we have fulfilled this goal as well. But fun and safety are only two of our three goals. Our third goal is that our campers experience Jesus in all of his goodness.

The theme of Summer 2017 is “All Things New” from Isaiah 43:19-21. We have learned and experienced so many new things. We have learned more about Creation, our stewardship of creation, God’s forming and shaping of us, new modes of worship, our response of worshipful living, and “Mishpat” community. On this third week, we are going over the holidays. We have learned about the Incarnation and resurrection of Jesus, the life and mission of St. Patrick, and our mission as ministers of the Gospel. In all that we have learned in Christian Formation and through each camp activity, we hoped for our campers to experience Jesus. Our God is lovingly and actively engaged in our life; from simply brushing our teeth to swimming in the sound, God is engaged. The goal of Camp DeWolfe is to experience Jesus in a safe and fun environment, and we pray that each camper did.

But there is another, understated goal we have in mind. Our final goal is that each camper take home what they have learned and share it. We want campers to remember the silly stories as well as the moments when God did a new thing in their life. We want campers to remember their time here and shout out all the good things that happened. We have seen God move and it is not a thing to be held inside to ourselves. Our experience at summer camp 2017 is our testimony that Jesus is alive and engaged in our lives. If Jesus has been so good to us these past couple of weeks, how could we not share it? To the Adventure Campers, may the Lord’s face ever shine on you and may you always remember His goodness as you tell others about it.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isaiah 52:7)