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Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 18

Posted on Mar 14, 2015

What’s your name?
Rebecca Gilbert

How old are you?
18 (19 on April 23rd!)

Where are you from?
Wantagh, Long Island, New York

What university do you attend? What major?
SUNY College at Oneonta, studying Early Childhood/Childhood Education (birth – 6th grade) with a concentration in mathematics.

What’s your favorite country/state?
USA all the way! I’ve also wanted to visit anywhere in the UK!

What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Archery because it’s a cool activity that I’ve always enjoyed and arts and crafts because I like art and consider myself an ‘artsy’ person.

What are you most looking forward to about summer and why?
I’m looking forward to meeting everybody because I love meeting new interesting people.

What’s your favorite camp core value (Christian Formation, Natural Setting, Community, or Developing Leaders) and Why?
Community because friendship is important to me and engaging in community is something I believe is important in everyday life.

What’s your dream job/calling/vocation for life?
I’ve always wanted to be an elementary school teacher  because I love working with kids!

Rebecca Gilbert

Rebecca Gilbert

 

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 17

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Abigail Olasoji

2. What’s your age?
I’m 23 years old.

3. Where are you from?
I am from London Essex org invisibly from tweet Africa Nigeria.

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
I attended University of the West of England Bristol..whoop whoop. I studied Criminology and Psychology. The study of the mind and criminals…FUN.

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?
My favourite country is China. Went there in 2005, when I was 15.

6. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
My favourite camp core value is Developing Leaders because it’s a beautiful thing to develop and teach individuals what you’ve learnt, it’s an amazing thing to share your experiences with other people so they can do it to others, it a big cycle that never ends.

7. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
My dream job/purpose is to counsel advise and mentor people (Counselor). I feel that I have the gift the encourage and advise people in life and their life matters.

Abigail Olasoji

Abigail Olasoji

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 16

Posted on Mar 8, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Edward Ryalls

2. What’s your age?
I am 19 but I will be 20 when I arrive at camp!

3. Where are you from?
I was born in Liverpool in England but grew up near London ad abroad

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
I went to Brentwood school near London then St David’s School in Wales for my last two years. This was a boarding school specializing in outdoor education and sport. I will be studying anthropology at university in September 2015.

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?
I love my home country especially the hills and mountains, even the terrible weather, but I have many other countries and regions close to my heart, currently I am in Nepal and the people are fantastically nice and welcoming.

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
None of the summer camps I have attended have had the level of outdoor activities that camp offers, but on many Cadet and adventurous training trips I have enjoyed bush/camp craft most; putting up shelters, cooking outside and living in the middle of a forest were my favorite activities.

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
I am looking forward to meeting all my new colleagues and the campers because I really enjoy getting to know new people. I am also really excited to see the states properly for the first time, especially New York. I am looking forward to being able to devote time to through study of the Bible as well; I’ve read eight books but never managed to find enough time for the rest.

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
The core value that strikes me as most important, and therefore my favorite, is community. This, in my mind, is because the other three seem very dependent upon community. Christianity as a faith is all about common unity with one another as Jesus said; “For whoever does the will of my father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother”. To have leaders they need people, and therefore a community, to lead. A natural setting is definitely a great aspect of any community and exploration of our more spiritual side, but what good is a fantastic view for two months with no one to share it with? It is for these reasons that I value community above the other core value of camp.

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
I have wanted to many different things growing up, but have settled on Charity, Environmental and Humanitarian Aid Work. This is because I am most happy when helping, and making other people happy. I am hoping that a degree in anthropology will give me skills to increase the efficiency of many current programs around the world and set up some new ones.

Edward Ryalls

Edward Ryalls

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 14

Posted on Mar 7, 2015

1. What’s your name? Megan Jones

2. What’s your age? 19

3. Where are you from? Birmingham, United Kingdom.

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
Bishop Walsh Catholic School. I am studying Textiles, Dance and Psychology at A level, and I’m studying Biology at AS level.

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?
I have only been to Florida in the USA and I Love it there, but I am very excited to come to New York for the first time this summer.

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
My favourite activity is arts and crafts, as I am very creative.

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
I cant wait to meet everyone at Camp DeWolfe and make some new friends over the summer.

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
I think purposeful community is my favourite camp core value, as I think it is really important that we all get on and we can work as a community.

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life? I am hoping to study occupational therapy at university in September, to lead me to my dream job of being an occupational therapist.

Megan Jones

Megan Jones

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 13

Posted on Mar 1, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Jonathan Townson

2. What’s your age?
19 (20 on the 10th June!)

3. Where are you from?
Northamptonshire, UK

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
University of Durham, Biological Sciences with placement Bsc.(Hons)

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?
Indonesia, after embarking on a research expedition there my eyes were truly opened to the beauty of the world.

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Anything that helps build a team and family spirit, from team sports to sharing stories about yourselves!

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
Working with young people and children again, I love to inspire them and help them to develop into model citizens and leaders!

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
The natural setting, as a Biologist it fascinates me and I love the serenity to be found in nature.

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
To make a significant contribution towards the advancement of Science to further our understanding of the world and then pass this knowledge on as a teacher.

Jonathan Townson

Jonathan Townson

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 12

Posted on Feb 26, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Affie Otunla

2. What’s your age?
18

3. Where are you from?
London, England

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
Currently on a gap year, starting at the University of Oxford to study medicine in October.

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?
New York State

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Any and all team sports, they’re a great way to keep fit, let off some steam and most importantly have fun!

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
It’s hard to narrow it down to just one thing so I’m going to cheat and say the entire camp experience.

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
Definitely Christian formation, I cant imagine a better way to spend my time than connecting with God and helping others to do the same.

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
To be a neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Affie

Affie

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 11

Posted on Feb 24, 2015

1. What’s your name?
My Name is Shamila Dixon

2. What’s your age?
I am 22 years old.

3. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Cambria Heights, NY

4. What university/school do you attend?
I attend Xavier University of Louisiana

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?
My favorite country is Jamaica because it is where my mother and father were born. Visiting for the first time it was emotional because I was able to see where they came from and how far they came.

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
My favorite camp activity is arts and crafts because I like to make new things and be creative.

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
I am mostly looking forward to meeting new staff and continuing to have an impact on the campers that will be at camp.

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
My favorite camp core value is Natural setting. This is my favorite core value because today technology is so advanced and people tend to forget about going outside to enjoy God’s beautiful creations.

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
My dream job is to become an OBGYN.

Shamila Dixon

Shamila Dixon

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 10

Posted on Feb 13, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Tina DeGolyer

2. How long have you worked at Camp DeWolfe?
Going into my 10th year

3. Where are you from?
I grew up in Wading River NY, went away to college in New Rochelle NY. I got married…then moved to Seaford NY. Returned to my roots in 2003 in the lovely town of Shoreham NY (one town over from Wading River).

4. What is your favorite meal time during camp session?
My favorite meal is lunch time. I get to see the children, all excited about their morning programs…and talking about how excited they are for their afternoon activities.

5. What is your favorite part about working in the kitchen?
I love working with food. Growing up I always enjoyed baking and cooking with my mother. I enjoy taking simple ingredients and turning them into healthy meals.

6. What is your favorite food that the kitchen team makes? My favorite food to make is pasta… all kinds
7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why? I am looking forward to see familiar faces and new ones!! To see how the kids have grown and to share stories.

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
All of it!!! I start my day by driving up to this beautiful place looking over the Long Island Sound. I interact with all of the leaders as well as the kids who are learning and experiencing what life has to offer. I watch how the kids share food ( family style) and interact with each other. They help one another and become a” family”.

Tina DeGolyer

Tina DeGolyer

Reflections from Winter Camp 2015

Posted on Feb 8, 2015

This season, this winter season, is one of my joys. I think it comes from being raised in Wisconsin, and from a military father who had been stationed in Alaska, and who took the attitude that one simply learned to survive where one was put. So the cold never bothered me. Anyway, winter camp at Camp DeWolfe was a beautiful chance to embrace this enjoyment of winter, and have the opportunity to share with others, especially as we explored the love portrayed in the blockbuster movie, Frozen! I know, I know, you’re thinking, “why would a Christian camp latch on to this mainstream movie about snow and ice, of all things, and why would a parent send their children to this camp where they are just going to get the songs stuck in their head again?!” But never fear, God uses this movie too! All good things… all good things come from God (James 1:17) – and through our four rounds of Christian Formation (four! in 43 hours! That’s pretty good!), we learned about the themes of truth, sacrifice, and love that are present in the movie Frozen, and related that to God’s truth, God’s sacrifice, and God’s love for us and creation.

For me, this connection hit home particularly during the weekend as I realized that my ability to show love and care for the campers in my cabin, (who were the absolutely best, by the way – shout out to G4!,) this capacity for care is not based solely on my energy level or feeling of connection to God. Arriving at camp after a long week at work, I knew that I was excited to be in the beauty and atmosphere of Camp DeWolfe, but also that I felt like I had little energy to give to the active and inquisitive campers who would arrive in a few hours. But, God had put me here, and like a crazy trust exercise, I had no choice but to trust that God would work. I realized that God would work both through and beyond me.

I came to the weekend a bit tired and weak and desperately wishing that I could be the fun, spiritually strong, cool counselor, but aware that I could do nothing else than offer who I am, who God has made me to be, in this moment. Allowing God’s love to work through and beyond my fear of failure or insufficiency, allows love to shine through and create beautiful moments – I never knew what I was capable of, or, what God was capable of through me! Elsa, Queen of Arendelle, has a similar revelation – her powers and capabilities to control ice and snow, the very person who she is, can be harmful to those around her, those she loves most and desires to protect, but those same powers can also be beautiful and a source of joy when used with love! And so, with God’s love as my foundation, my cabin and I shared great moments of honesty in where we saw God that day at camp, of asking one another if we wanted to build a snowman, of singing praise to a God whose “love never fails” and of trying new things as we made new friends at camp.

 
A worship song from the weekend:
“Higher than the mountains that I face,
Stronger than the power of the grave,
Constant through the trial and the change,
One thing remains
Your love it never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.”
One Thing Remains by Passion

 

By Karen Bartos, Counselor

Olaf Snowflake

Olaf Snowflake

 

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 9

Posted on Feb 6, 2015

1. What’s your name?

Dan Bell

2. What’s your age?

28 (turning 29 on June 3rd!)

3. Where are you from?

Port Jefferson, NY

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?

Gordon College (B.A., History)
Yale Divinity School (M.A. in Religion, M.Div.)

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?

Though I’ll always be a New Yorker at heart, I’m enjoying being a New Englander and Bostonian right now!

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?

Apart from Christian Formation, I’d probably say Arts and Crafts. I don’t get many opportunities to be creative and work with my hands!

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?

Two things: Getting to know new campers and staff, and reuniting with old friends! (Actually, I have a third thing: spending lots of time in and near the Long Island Sound!).

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?

For me it’s definitely Christian Formation. It’s an awesome opportunity to connect with God and other people through song, prayer, and fun activities, and I get to help make it happen!

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?

The dream that I think God is calling me to live out is to become an Episcopal priest. I would love to serve God and my neighbor by leading a local church.

Dan Bell

Dan Bell