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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)!

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Robert Yang

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

  • Name
    Robert Yang
  • From?
    Menomonie, Wisconsin
  • School attending?
    I am attending NYACK College
  • Position on staff?
    Camp Counselor
  • Most excited about For this summer?
    The experience to learn skills for ministry and the environment of the camp.
  • Favorite Camp core Value and Why?
    To show the campers Christ through activities and Earth’s Natural Environment.
  • Favorite Camp activity and Why?
    Morning devotions because of the satisfaction it brings. There’s something about spending the morning with Christ that just makes the day easier and more fulfilling.
  • Favorite parable?
    The Good Samaritan and the passage right after it.
  • Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    Hanging out and eating with friends and family after church!

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Yalina Walrond

Posted on Mar 30, 2017

  • Name
    Yalina Norisabel Walrond
  • From?
    Hillside, New Jersey
  • School attending?
    Kean University
  • Position on staff?
    Camp Counselor
  • Most excited about For this summer?
    My first year as a counselor!
  • Favorite Camp core Value and Why?
    Spiritual Formation. I enjoy developing my faith in everything that I do.
  • Favorite Camp activity and Why?
    Ice Breakers. I think they are the best way to get to know each other!
  • Favorite parable?
    Psalm 37: 4-14
  • Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    Fellowship hour after mass!

 

Prayers for London

Posted on Mar 29, 2017

Sr. Counselors 2016, Brad Grant and Katherine Pena

Bradley Grant is a Summer Staff Alumnus from Summer 2016. He was present at the terror attack near the Houses of Parliament in London on March 22nd, with members of his party being injured in the attack. He has shared the following prayer and we lit a candle in St. Luke’s Chapel today as we lift up those affected by the attack in prayer.

I pray for the victims families and friends, the injured, the witnesses, and our emergency services,  and ask that people keep all in their thoughts today. Specifically pray for the families, who have what will be an incredibly difficult time ahead of them, as they begin to live without their close loved ones. I ask that God watches over them, and guides them through that difficult path and that those who serve to protect us remain safe. – Brad Grant, Summer Staff 2016

2017 Summer Staff Bio – Kyle Smith

Posted on Mar 24, 2017

  1. Name
    KYLE SMITH
  2. From?
    NORTHERN IRELAND
  3. School attending?
    STUDIED AN HND IN MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING AT SOUTH EASTERN REGIONAL COLLEGE IN NORTHERN IRELAND
  4. Position on staff?
    MALE UNIT LEADER
  5. Most excited about For this summer?
    THE THING I AM MOST EXCITED ABOUT THIS SUMMER IS DEVELOPING MY LEADERSHIP SKILLS AS A UNIT LEADER AND BEING ABLE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND PASS ON MY SKILLS TO COUNSELORS AND TO CAMPERS ALIKE.
    I ALSO AM VERY EXCITED TO BE AN ACTIVITY LEADER AGAIN!!
  6. Favorite Camp core Value and Why?
    MY CAMP CORE VALUE WOULD HAVE TO BE NATURAL SETTING, THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT BEING IN THE OUTDOORS AND PRAISING GOD FOR ALL THAT HE HAS PROVIDED ME. ALSO BEING ON THE LONG ISLAND SOUND DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS IS SO AMAZING AND WATCHING THE SUNSET OVER THE SOUND WILL NEVER GET OLD!
  7. Favorite Camp activity and Why?
    MY FAVOURITE CAMP ACTIVITY, HMMM, WELL I HAVE QUITE A FEW AS LAST SUMMER I WORKED AS A MOUNTAIN BIKING INSTRUCTOR AND CANOE INSTRUCTOR, WHICH WERE TWO AMAZING JOBS BOTH GAVE ME SUCH AN ADRENALINE RUSH FOR EXAMPLE SURFING WAVES, IN A CANOE ON THE SOUND!
    BUT IF I HAD TO CHOOSE THE CANOEING WOULD WIN THAT BATTLE AS EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A LOT OF WORK WITH THEM GETTING THEM IN AND OUT OF THE WATER NOTHING BEATS LOOKING OVER LONG ISLAND FROM THE WATER TAKING ALL OF THE NATURAL BEAUTY IN!
  8. Favorite parable?
    MATTHEW 13 PARABLE OF THE SOWER
  9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
    I TEND TO SPEND MOST OF MY SUNDAY AFTERNOONS RELAXING WITH FAMILY AND POSSIBLY IF THE WEATHER IS GOOD (RARE IN NORTHERN IRELAND!!) TAKING MY MOUNTAIN BIKE OUT FOR A RIDE. I THEN ATTEND CHURCH IN THE EVENING, WHERE I USUALLY VOLUNTEER WITH THE WELCOME TEAM WHICH GREETS PEOPLE AS THEY COME INTO THE CHURCH AND ALSO PERFORMS OTHER DUTIES THROUGHOUT THE SERVICE

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?
Counselor

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