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Press Release – 70th Anniversary Benefit Lunch a Wonderful Celebration

Posted on Mar 19, 2017

On March 18th, 2017, Camp DeWolfe celebrated 70 years of ministry as a part of the Long Island Diocese of the Episcopal Church. One hundred and twenty-eight (128) supporters, alumni, campers, board members, and Diocese members participated in the celebration. The event was sponsored by the Episcopal Ministries of Long Island and the centerpieces for the tables were provided by Deacon Jason Moskal of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Heights.

At the 70th Anniversary Benefit Lunch, the Ven. Canon Jerome and Ruth Nedelka were also celebrated as they received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Canon Jerry and Ruth have supported the camp as board members, camper parents and grandparents, and in their jobs and ministry positions throughout the decades. They celebrated their award with three generations of the Nedelka family who have had fun and developed their faith at Camp DeWolfe.

Speeches were made by Board Member, David Asher, Board Vice-President, the Reverend Canon Terrence Lee, and the Bishop of the Diocese of Long Island, the Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano. Bishop Provenzano reminded those present that the business of the church needs to be spiritual formation and that camping experiences form children in powerful ways. “The formation that happens at camp,” he said, “does not stay here, but prepares children for ministry to their parishes, their schools, and their communities. We in our parishes and homes should look to learn from them about God’s will and God’s community upon their return from camp!”

In total the event was able to raise nearly $23,000 in support of the ministry Camp DeWolfe! Praise the Lord and thanks to all who participated!

Our next 70th Anniversary Event is a celebratory Eucharist service at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on June 3rd. You can get more information and RSVP here.

To view photos of the event click here!

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Sergei Brower

Posted on Mar 16, 2017

1. Name
Sergei Peregrine Brower

2. From?

3 School Attending?
Brattleboro Union High School; Full Sail University

4 Position on Staff?

5. Most Excited about for this Summer?
Being a counselor, having a summer job, being outside and helping kids

6. Favorite Camp Core Value and Why?
Developing Leaders because it is important to learn to be a leader and to take charge of your actions.

7. Favorite Camp Activity and Why?
Waterfront – I love being in the water in the Sound and to Kayak.

8. Favorite Parable?
Bible Story – Daniel 3 – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego survive the Fiery Furnace
Parable – Luke 10:29-37 – The Good Samaritan

9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Making Music

Press Release – Nedelkas to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 70th Anniversary Gala

Posted on Mar 5, 2017

On March 18th, 2017, Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island will host the 70th Anniversary Benefit Gala at Camp DeWolfe in Wading River, New York. This special event will be a look back at the past seven decades of God’s work at and through this wonderful camp. It will also be an opportunity for the Bishop and Camp to recognize the commitments of The Venerable Canon Jerome and Ruth Nedelka to supporting the ministry of Camp DeWolfe throughout the decades by presenting them with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Nedelkas have both served on the Board of Managers at Camp DeWolfe, Fr. Jerome in the 1970s and Ruth in the 2000s. They have seen both struggle and triumph at Camp DeWolfe and, throughout it all, have been a voice of support with adults and children in their parishes and throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. They continue to pass on their love of Camp DeWolfe to their grandchildren, who travel from Virginia and New Jersey to attend summer camp at Camp DeWolfe every year!

The event starts at 1PM with welcome and hors d’oeuvres. Lunch will be served at 2PM with entertainment and awards to follow. If you would like to attend this wonderful event celebrating God’s ministry through Camp DeWolfe and through the Nedelkas you can do so by registering on the Camp DeWolfe website. To register simply fill out the form on our Donation page ( listing your $100+ donation in the 70th Anniversary Benefit Gala event box. The cost of the Gala is $100 per seat or $800 to sponsor a table. Space is limited and registrations are honored in the order they are received.

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Ryan Gilbert

Posted on Mar 2, 2017

1. Name
Ryan Gilbert

2. From?
Wantagh, NY

3 School Attending?
Wantagh High School/ College TBD

4 Position on Staff?
Jr. Counselor

5. Most Excited about for this Summer?
Having fun and making sure everyone is happy.

6. Favorite Camp Core Value and Why?
Spiritual Formation because I like to pray and sing.

7. Favorite Camp Activity and Why?
Sports because I love to play baseball and basketball.

8. Favorite Parable?
The Prodigal Son

9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Relaxing and spending time with my family.

In the Middle of the Storm

Posted on Feb 23, 2017

Photo credit: Donna Barbaro

Winter was moving along nicely – or so I thought: The days getting longer and the weather remained relatively mild. Thoughts of spring and of planning my garden and flower beds occupied more of my thoughts. Then, it snowed, and it wasn’t such a bad thing. The storm reminded that our plans aren’t necessarily God’s.

In a brief pause between shovels of snow, I was able to observe God’s handiwork around me. The contour of large evergreens, shrubs, and leftover stalks of spent summer plants forgotten in the rush of transition from fall to winter were transforming and becoming soft.

I watched a lone bird, a starling, sitting on my bird feeder sheltered from the blowing snow. That bird fought hard to remain in that same spot on the ledge of the feeder, alternating between a bite of seed, a bite of suet, and taking a nap.

Other birds came and squawked at him. They tried to get him to move out of the way to get a bite of the suet, but none was very successful and they just moved over to the other side of the feeder and settled for some seed. One large male red bellied woodpecker had had enough. He resolved to dislodge that small starling from its perch, first yelling at the starling, then inching closer trying to make the starling move. But that big woodpecker just couldn’t get that little starling to budge no matter how hard he tried. That stoic little starling with its fluffed, speckled feathers was sheltered from the storm and trusted he would remain safe.

At one time, in one place, during the height of the heavy snow and blowing wind, several birds of different species – chickadees, wrens, cardinals, blue jays, mourning doves, and juncos – all shared the space at the feeder. In the chaos of that storm, God provided a place of shelter, food, drink, and calm for all those birds – even if just for a moment.

Afterward, in the light of near evening, the snow had stopped. In the stillness, the boxwoods and laurels were bent over in half from the weight of the snow. They were bent, but not broken.

Although there were many lessons presented in those brief moments, I was soundly reminded that God works all things for His will, be it anyone in the midst of a personal crisis or the smallest of animals in the middle of a storm. We may bend by the weight of what’s upon us, we won’t break if we let go of our worries and just let God take over.

– Donna Barbaro, Office Administrator

A Familiar Groove

Posted on Feb 16, 2017

Every year since 2015 I have been able to don a sleeping bag and step back into a cabin to be a Winter Camp counselor. Somehow, even after a year, I fall back into a familiar groove. Whether we’re marveling over Chef Alex’s latest gourmet meal, taking a hike on the nature trail, or enjoying the stillness and reflection of Christian Formation, the memories are priceless.

Stepping back into the role of a counselor, if only for a few days, always refocuses my view of what we’re doing at Camp DeWolfe, other camps, and in the Church: we’re showing people how much God loves them, cares for them, and wants them to feel accepted. In our quiet and in our laughter, our work and rest, our waking and our sleeping we are called to show God’s love. In my time as a Drama student in college, I was constantly reminded that as an artist I was supposed to show not tell. We can tell each other about God’s love all we want, and that doesn’t diminish that love at all. However, if those words are not met with actions, we’re really only living half of our calling. So, as a counselor, I see my role as showing that divine love, support, and acceptance as often as I can. Telling is good; showing is better and the young people really do notice it.

– Anthony Suggs, Program Coordinator

God – Eternally Creating Newness

Posted on Feb 5, 2017

Isaiah 43: 19a – “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

The past month has been a busy one for Camp DeWolfe. On January 20-22, over 30 campers came to Camp DeWolfe for our 4th annual Winter Camp! We had a ton of fun, experienced some great fellowship, and enjoyed playing games,  challenging ourselves, and worshiping God through song, prayer and the Eucharist! We learned from Isaiah 43, from the beauty and power of God’s creation, and from the Disney movie Cars that God can do new things in our lives. Campers went home hearing that God can move in their ever-day lives, and that God’s movement asks for our response as Christ’s hands and feet in this world.

In addition to Winter Camp a couple of weeks ago, this past weekend was our adult retreat, Listening to God. This retreat, too, used Isaiah 43 to listen for what new things God wanted to do in our lives. Using the structure of Isaiah 43: 16-21 as a guide, participants got to spend time reflecting on what God has done already, meeting God in the present moment, and submitting our future desires to God’s gracious design. Participants went home with a few more tools in their toolkit for living an intentional, considered, and considerate life led by the Holy Spirit.

Father John McGinty shared the Eucharist with both groups and he reminded us that God did not create just once, but is eternally creating. That means every moment there God is doing something new. The challenge is the second part of that sentence, “Do you not perceive it?” It’s a busy time of year with Super Bowl parties, school activities, preparing for Lent, and more. Please, in your busyness, do not forget to take the time in prayer, worship, and fellowship to look for what newness God is bringing into your life. You will be glad you did.

Nate Saccol
Program Director

Summer 2017 Staff Bio – Richkisha Walcott

Posted on Feb 2, 2017

1. Name
Richkisha Walcott

2. From?
Jamaica, Queens

3 School Attending?
Hofstra University

4 Position on Staff?
Camp Counselor

5. Most Excited about for this Summer?
I’m most excited to see how the youth and counselors can come together and bond as a community of Christian faith.

6. Favorite Camp Core Value and Why?
Empowering Leaders: because everyone has a chance to become one. People just need the right environment, opportunities & a little nudge in the right direction, which is exactly what CDW provides for youths.

7. Favorite Camp Activity and Why?
Roasting Marshmallows by the campfire and making s’mores. This activity is all-inclusive and allows people to bond over sweet & tasty treats and make great memories.

8. Favorite Parable?
Parable of the Good Samaritan

9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Catching up on TV shows I missed during the week.

Summer 2017 Staff Bio – Danielle Topham

Posted on Jan 26, 2017

  • 1. Name?
    Danielle Topham
  • 2. From?
    Lancashire, England
  • 3. School attending?
    Leeds Beckett University
  • 4. Position on staff?
    Senior Counselor
  • 5. Most excited about for this summer?
    To be back in my favourite place, to make new friends and to see old friends!
  • 6. Favourite camp core value and why?
    Purposeful community, because it gives everybody the chance to spend time with people that they might not usually!
  • 7. Favourite camp activity and why?
    Definitely the challenge course! I loved seeing campers challenge themselves and work as a team, achieving things that they didn’t think they could do.
  • 8. Favourite parable?
    The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) because it reminds us to always love and help one another, no matter what preconceptions we might have.
  • 9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    Relaxing with family and a roast dinner!

Summer Staff Reflections – Issue 9 Aiden Cooper

Posted on Jan 13, 2017

Aiden “Whips”

This summer has been a great opportunity as I have got to travel the world to a new country to have new experiences. I feel that God had sent me here for a reason, that reason was to make me into a better person then I was before. Looking back now I feel that I have changed so much that I have done what God wanted me to do. I have made loads of great lifetime friends while I have been here. They have got me through thick and thin. I have enjoyed seeing the smiles on the campers faces and it was sad to see them go after the weeks of fun. I do feel like a better person and I feel closer to God after summer 2016.