Camp DeWolfe Blog
On Wednesday 26th June, summer staff training 2013 kicked off at Camp DeWolfe, with visioning, core values and goal setting sessions! The summer team of 20 staff of camp counselors, unit leaders, a nurse, seminarian, program coordinator and kitchen team, from different states and countries began community building and relationship building – they took a camp tour, enjoyed camp meals, checked in with the nurse, and began with vision and core value sessions with the director, to set the big picture and purpose of camp ministry for summer 2013!
Please join us praying for each staff member to share their gifts and talents with the camp community, and for strength and energy as they begin an intense 10 day leadership development training, to prepare them to serve the youth across NYC and Long Island!
“Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words.” – St Francis of Assisi
Vision and Core Values Session:
Community Covenant Review:
Learning funky handshakes:
Happy Salmon Handshakes:
Camper goal setting in partners:
Working in pairs:
Setting camper goals:
Hey Campers… Hey What?… Are you Ready?… For What?…. To Praise?… Praise Who?… The LORD…. OH My Hands are high, My Feet down low, this is the way we PRAISE THE LORD!! PRAISE THE LORD! PRAISE PRAISE THE LORD!!
The Camp DeWolfe team are set and ready for summer 2013! Staff have already begun arriving at Camp, the Pool is open, the boats are down by the beach, the lawns are trimmed, the menu’s are made, the sun is out and the Lord has big plans for His campers and His staff this summer on the Long Island Sound! Staff Training begins on Wednesday 26h June, where around 20 young adults ages 18-30 will participate in a 10 day intensive leadership development training, to prepare them to serve campers in a safe and effective way this summer. Trainings include developing hard skills in areas including American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, Lifeguarding, Ropes Course facilitation, and also soft skills in child development, activity area planning, spiritual formation times and team building as a community.
Please hold the summer 2013 staff in prayer as they meet, prepare, learn and grow together in a temporary camp community and create a culture of grace and peace ready for summer campers from July 7th!
There are still a couple of spaces still open for summer camper registrations, so Register here today!
For all Camper Families, please be sure to complete and mail in the forms and check out the Packing List and Info Here!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”” (Matthew 19:14)
“One faith, One Lord, One Baptism” (Ephesians 4:5)
Join us at Camp DeWolfe this summer 2013, person, prayer and support, as we provide an opportunity for youth to experience God and develop as leaders, in a safe community and enjoy a beach and outdoor natural setting. Our God Reigns!
The Diocese of Long Island Office of Youth Ministry invites youth to participate in a special mutual ministry collaboration with the Diocese of New Jersey Youth Ministry Office. Hurricane Sandy has adversely affected many neighborhoods, parishes, and people in our respective communities. This is an opportunity to put our faith in action and for youth and adults to honor the third Mark of Mission, “to respond to human need by loving service.”
The Diocese of New Jersey will host a Sandy Recovery Youth Mission Trip for youth in New Jersey and Long Island starting on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Participants will learn about the challenges facing local residents and community agencies by working to help muck out homes, pack food, or support general cleanup efforts. We will meet and work with residents and community organizers committed to supporting the ongoing recovery and sustainability work. The trip will end on Friday, August 30, 2013. Missioners will be housed at Grove Hall Retreat & Conference Center (www.oceangrove.org) in Ocean Grove, NJ and will work, play, and pray with diverse youth from parishes in New York and New Jersey. The Diocese of Long Island delegation will depart from the Mercer School of Theology in Garden City, NY.
The mission trip is open to youth in grades 9th – newly graduated 12th and the cost is $300 with partial scholarships available. Adult chaperones that are safe church trained are needed to support this special ministry opportunity for our youth. Applications are available online (http://licommin.wufoo.com/forms/sandy-recovery-youth-mission-trip/) and the deadline to register is Friday, August 9, 2013. Please Please download the complete info packet or contact Ms. Myra Garnes Shuler (Director of Youth Ministry and Christian Formation) at email@example.com or 516-248-4800 x118 if you need additional information.
This will be an amazing way to be a neighbor in mutual partnership with our brothers and sisters in Christ! If you are willing to work hard and want to meet new friends while having fun on the Jersey Shore before school starts please consider joining this mission trip from August 25-30, 2013. This is a moment to share stories and experiences while “doing the work the Lord has given us to do, to love and serve as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”
On Sunday 19th May, over 60 guests, campers, families and local neighbors visited Camp DeWolfe for the annual Open House! Even in the rain, guests went on camp tours, listened to talks from camp staff and camp Board members, attended the info/vision session, tried some archery, made some cross-arts, played sports and enjoyed a camp dinner… all in fellowship and community at the natural setting on the Long Island Sound! In addition, Camp DeWolfe had it’s annual booth at Wading River’s Duck Pond Day – a community fair and festival in the local town! Campers registered for the summer program 2013… there is still time to register here today!
Board members with Hampton Bays parishioners…
The Ross Family…
New campers for 2013…
Resting from the rain…
Davis Dining Hall…
Board members volunteering…
Stephany, the 2013 Arts Leader…
Touring the St Luke’s Chapel…
Touring in the rain…
David and Adam – Board volunteers..
“…We are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28)
This summer camp’s Christian Formation Program is titled “All Things New” from Inside/Out Christian Resources for Outdoor Ministries. This 2013 program focuses on what God is doing daily in our world and in our lives. This program helps campers and camp leaders see God at work around us as we explore the fullness of God, and who God created us to be and do. The themes that will be explored are:
- A New Thing– Isaiah 43: 19-21
Campers will hear God’s invitation to do a new thing in their lives at camp and in their communities.
- New Creation–Psalm 104: 24-33; Genesis 1-2:3
Creation is past, present, and future–and we are a part of it.
- New Shape–Jeremiah 18: 1-11, Isaiah 64:8
God is always working with me; I need to be open to God’s shaping like clay in the potter’s hands.
- New Creativity–2 Chronicles 34: Exodus 31:1-31
God gave me gifts and I need to use them.
- New Understanding–Act 17: 19-34
I’m accepted. God is with me. God calls me to know God more and to take the next steps of faith and discipleship.
- New Life–Ephesians 4: 24; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:28; Acts 11:26
I’m going to live more fully for and with God. God will constantly be renewing me. I can always grow up more and more in Christ.
A sample of “All Things New” program and activities can be downloaded from www.ChurchCampResources.com
We are excited to see how God will use these activities and programming to grow campers and staff in faith formation and develop as leaders for Christ! Please join us as we pray for this summer to be focused on Christ and His work in each camper’s heart.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians: 5:17)
10 Things you don’t know about me:
What’s your name? - Megan Tuleja
What’s your age? - 24
What’s your hometown? - Geneva, Illinois
What college did you attend? What major? - I attended undergraduate education at Western Illinois University, where I studied Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and graduated in 2009.
What’s your favorite food? - My favorite food is grilled chicken.
What’s your favorite camp activity? - My favorite camp activity is swimming.
What are you most looking forward to about summer 2013? - I am most looking forward to getting to know all of the campers and staff.
What’s your favorite camp core value (Community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting)? – My favorite camp core value is Community because I love getting to know others, build on strengths, challenge weaknesses and include everyone.
What do you love most about Camp DeWolfe? - I love Camp DeWolfe because of the fun and adventurous atmosphere.
What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life? – My dream career is to work as an FBI agent.
10 Things you don’t know about me:
What’s your name? - Mike Tuleja
What’s your age? - 31
What’s your hometown? - Chicago, Illinois
What college did you attend? What major? - I attended undergraduate education at St Xavier University and graduated with a degree in finance in 2003. I completed my Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Chicago State University in 2012.
What’s your favorite food? - My favorite food is pizza.
What’s your favorite camp activity? - My favorite camp activities are sports and games.
What are you most looking forward to about summer 2013? - I am most looking forward to meeting tons of new people and youth and having fun doing it.
What’s your favorite camp core value (Community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting)? – Developing leaders is my favorite camp core value because I love to inspire others to do their very best.
What do you love most about Camp DeWolfe? - I love Camp DeWolfe because it has all of the fun of summer camp, with the substance of the Christian Faith.
What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life? – My dream career is coaching North Carolina Men’s basketball.
This week at Camp DeWolfe, some faithful camp alumni and volunteers gave of their time and talents to plant and set up gardens at Camp, ready for the summer. Daria and Mary, from Christ Church, Babylon, dedicated their Friday to making the camp ‘pretty’ ready for the Open Day and Summer Camp! This energy and enthusiasm from faithful volunteers reminds us all of the essence that this camp has a part in everyone’s hearts… from campers, to staff, to alumni, to visitors, to guests and beyond.
We are also reminded the imagery to “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.” (Hosea 10:12-13). Our prayer today is for the Camp DeWolfe family to sow and reap today, both when at camp and in the larger kingdom of God.
Daria, Mary and Emma by the Meeting Hall Patio Garden:
Meeting Hall Patio…
Davis Dining Hall view:
Doris Kurzius, a parishioner from St Mary’s Church in Lake Ronkonkoma recounts her time at Camp DeWolfe in 1955… I had just finished my first year at a State Teacher’s College. This was the year the old cabins were moved from the area across from Benson House to their present location. The weeks before the campers arrived we had to rake and clean up the area where the cabins had been. Hard physical work and I had many blisters.
My home church had Communion once a month and camp was my first exposure to High Church. I liked that we had communion every morning although before breakfast was a challenge for young people. The counselors read Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer every day and I learned how to find out what the readings for the day would be. I was unhappy that I, as a young woman, was not allowed to read any of the lessons. In the eighties I became a lay reader which has brought me much joy.
I met many of the visiting clergy and this was a wonderful experience. To see and meet them on our side of the communion rail, to be able to talk to them about every day things. It was enlightening to work with the counselors who were seminarians or about to become (were they called postulents?) I learned so much. I enjoyed meeting counselors who were attending other colleges – very different than State Teacher’s College. All in all a very broadening experience.
Here are some pictures from my time in 1955…
Pat and Carol, campers and view of the John with someone’s laundry drying. No dryers in those days:
Bishop DeWolfe and Father John Davis walking across to the Boy’s area. Too bad telephoto lenses weren’t around:
Cabin 3 – my cabins. Had four bunks built into the corners and one free standing in the middle. Believe me the mattresses were a far cry from your Tempur-pedic bunks today:
Cabin 3 and my campers:
Chapel grove. My next year, 1957, St Luke’s Chapel was ready. No pews or chairs. We’d come in and take a kneeler. Uncomfortable but the view of the Sound and the Altar made up for it:
Father Michael Regan who was the Waterfront Director:
Janet a camper and view of the area:
Kathleen a camper and view of the cabins and area:
New cabin – roomier and had real windows that opened and closed. The old ones had two large windows that opened and were hooked with a chain to the ceiling:
Ann, Bob, Ray and Hazel working on writing a skit. Nice view of the beach to the east:
“The John” – cold water only. Wash tub like sinks. Two stall showers, four toilets. Very primitive:
View over the cliff. My first year the counselors had to go down to the beach every day. A daunting tiring climb. In 1957, we only went down on days that we were scheduled for water front duty:
Work Crew – high school boys – worked mainly in the kitchen and waitoring but did just about anything that needed doing:
Sincerely, Doris Kurzius
Summer 2012 through the eyes of campers… Here is a selection of the camper videos from the spring contest:
Attention Campers and Camper Families – There is still time to send in your video responding to these questions for a chance to win a free camp session for summer 2013: ‘What was the best part of summer 2012 at Camp DeWolfe? AND ‘How did you experience and see God in summer 2012 at Camp DeWolfe?’ – Email your video link to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10th 2013!