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What’s an LIT?

Posted on Apr 21, 2016

THE LEADERSHIP IN TRAINING PROGRAM (LIT) – for ages 15-17

The LIT Program is for Teens! It’s a challenging and advanced camp for high school youth to be empowered to discover their God-given potential and to grow in community. Opportunities are to facilitate and lead a day camp program, master activity areas, develop new skills, and live out faith in practical and service-centred ways. Programs include Adventure Challenge workshops, solo reflection, and Christian Formation sessions that encourage youth to find true identity in God and learn how to lead others to Christ.

Leaders In Training will be trained to minister to and serve others through Biblical teaching, Bible study and plenty of hands-on experience. Challenge and fun are around every corner: from sessions in Team Building and Community Development on our Low Challenge Ropes Course, where you can tackle the toughest tasks and puzzles as a group, to challenging yourself to push your own limits on our Advanced High Challenge Ropes Course. LITs will get to try all kinds of camp activities and also develop skills in activities like swimming, kayaking, archery, canoeing, rocketry, paddle-boarding and much more.

Each individual will be presented valuable leadership lessons through assisting counselors with campers in all areas of camp life – such as helping at activities, helping set-up, serve and clean up all camp meals, as well as various other responsibilities around camp like assisting with each night’s exciting programs and snacks. Please note that the LIT program does involve many responsibilities that require work and service-projects like gardening, landscaping and painting projects to give back to the community at camp and locally, while allowing for plenty of fellowship and fun. The LIT experience begins with meeting the LIT Counselors and worshiping with the entire camp on Sunday evening. The LIT program runs for 5 weeks with a weekend break mid-way. Being an LIT is a unique learning opportunity in biblical leadership training with lessons that will be of value in every walk of life.

LEADERSHIP IN TRAINING (LIT) (ages 15-17):
July 10th – August 12th 2016 for 5 week program for Years 1 and 2
OR July 3rd – August 12th 2016 for 6-week Year 3 program by Invitation only

*Early-Bird $1595 until January 1st OR $1795 for 6-week Year 3 program;
*Regular Rate $1695 until April 30th OR $1895 for 6-week Year 3 program;
*Late Rate $1795 until June 15th OR $1995 for 6-week Year 3 program.

LITs must attend all 5/6 weeks of program to attend.

Click here to Register your Teen to be an LIT!

What are your summer goals?

Posted on Apr 14, 2016

Looking ahead to summer? Want your kids to learn AND play? Hopeful for friendships to develop in a safe environment? Keen to get your children outdoors to enjoy nature and the beach? What are your summer goals? Camp DeWolfe, among other Christian Camps, as part of the Power of Camp in the Christian Camp and Conference Association, has the following goals for every camper:

1. Transformed Lives
At camp, young people have the mental room to consider some of the most important issues of life. This break from the craziness of their regular routine allows campers to think about their future, to evaluate unhealthy patterns, and to discover the truth that God loves them and has an amazing plan for their lives.
2.  Nature and Adventure
Most summer camps are set in some of the most beautiful spots on the continent. Campers explore nature, participate in new adventures and test their limits in a healthy environment surrounded by the grandeur of God’s creation.
3. Temporary Community
In a setting separate from their daily routine, with an opportunity to shed the expectations and pressures of others, campers are freed up to truly be themselves, to live above artificial limitations and blossom into who they were created to be.
4. Lifelong Friendships
Good friends who exert positive peer pressure can make all the difference in a kid’s life. Friendships with caring adults and other campers, forged through shared experience and the compressed time at camp, can last a lifetime and provide a connection that helps young people navigate the challenges of life.

5. Adult mentors

Good friends who exert positive peer pressure can make all the difference in a kid’s life. Friendships with caring adults and other campers, forged through shared experience and the compressed time at camp, can last a lifetime and provide a connection that helps young people navigate the challenges of life.
See more at The Power of Camp and register your youth for camp here!

Benefit Luncheon for Campers

Posted on Mar 31, 2016

On Saturday 19th March 2016, 1pm, Bishop Provenzano hosted the Annual Celebration Benefit Luncheon at Camp DeWolfe.

The luncheon celebrated the past, present and future of the camp ministry and honored camp alumni for their faithful service to the camp. Over 130 guests attended the celebration from across the Diocese of Long Island.

Over $29,000 was raised for Camper Scholarships and Supplies to enable youth to experience God in the camp setting this summer.

The program began in the camp’s Meeting Hall at 1 pm. A buffet luncheon was served in the Father John Davis Dining Hall.

To view the pictures by Anthony Suggs, please click here!

Camper Sharing Their Story

Camper Sharing Their Story

 

Questions about Camp?

Posted on Mar 17, 2016

What is your telephone number?

 631-929-4325


What is your fax number?

 631-929-6553

 

What is your mailing address?

408 North Side Rd, Wading River, NY 11792

 

What is your general email address?

info@campdewolfe.org

 

What forms are required for registration?

 Registration Forms are found here

 

 What should my RESIDENTIAL CAMPER bring?

Essential items: sleeping bag or blanket and sheets, pillow, play clothes, underclothes, pajamas, lightweight jacket or sweatshirt, sneakers, flip flops or sandals, toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.), sunscreen, towel, one-piece bathing suit/trunks, rain gear, Bible, pen, medications (supervised by Health Center).

Optional items: camera, flashlight, water shoes, laundry bag,  stationary and stamps, bug spray.

Casual modest clothing that can get dirty should be packed (no short shorts, skirts, halter-tops or belly shirts). Please have camper’s name on all clothes and belongings. One piece bathing suits must be worn for girls. No Speedo’s for boys, please.

 

 What should my RESIDENTIAL CAMPER NOT bring?

 Campers may NOT bring any of the following items to camp: cell phones, pagers, lap tops, radios, TV’s, gaming systems, MP3 players, any electronic devices, gum, knives, cigarettes/tobacco, drugs, alcohol, fireworks, or firearms. Camp DeWolfe staff reserves the right to confiscate any inappropriate items; they will be returned to camper’s parents upon departure.

 

 What should my DAY CAMPER bring?

Campers will need to bring the following items: one-piece (girls) bathing suit, towel, tennis shoes, water shoes, water bottle, sunscreen, change of clothes, Bible, pen, medications (supervised by Health Center). Lunch and snacks are provided.

 

What should my DAY CAMPER NOT bring?

 Campers may NOT bring any of the following items: cell phones, extra food/snacks, pagers, computers (including gaming systems), radios, TV’s, MP3 players, knives, cigarettes/tobacco, drugs, alcohol, fireworks or firearms.

 

 Can I fax in my registration form?

 We must have the original copies.

 

 What are the prices for summer camp?

 You can find the prices on the Summer Camp Page, under the Summer Camp Schedule section here.

 

 What is the registration deposit fee?

 A non-refundable $100 deposit per session must be paid at the time of registration for both day and residential. Full payment is due by June 1st. If registering after June 1st, full payment is required at the time of registration.

 

What time is Check-in and Check-out?

 Residential Camp: – Check-In – Sundays at 1pm; Check Out – Fridays 4pm

Day Camp: Check-in: 9am each week day; Pick-up: 4.45pm – 5pm each week day

 

Can I register online?

 Yes! Register online HERE!

 

 How can I pay for camp?

 You can pay by check, money order, debit or credit card. If you register online, payment must be by credit or debit card. Checks made payable to ‘Camp DeWolfe’.

 

 Do you have a scholarship program?

 Yes. Our scholarship program is from the Episcopal Charities Scholarship Fund and is intended for those families and children that are in true financial need. To qualify for a scholarship of up to 50% award by May 1st or up to 25% award by June 1st, a sponsor or parent/guardian must complete a Scholarship Application with evidence. Camp DeWolfe will review the request and inform you if you are chosen to be a scholarship recipient.

 

  Can I come and do a tour before I sign my child up for camp?

 We offer an annual open house in May. No charge! Email office@campdewolfe.org or call (631) 929 4325 to confirm you and your family and friends are coming to enjoy a day at Camp with a free meal!  We do not do individual tours.

 

 What types of activities do you have?

 Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing,  Paddle-Boarding. Swimming, Archery, High Ropes Elements, Low Ropes Elements Course, Drama, Fishing, Climbing Wall, Model Rockets, Wilderness/Survival, Christian Formation, Basketball, Softball, Arts and Crafts, Volleyball, Gaga Ball, Group Games…just to name a few.

 

 What types of Bible activities do campers do?

 Campers have Bible study/devotionals in the evening with their cabin.

Campers have Christian Formation in the St Luke’s Chapel in the morning and evening. This is full of songs, games, activities an interactive Bible studies.  There is a different visiting chaplain/pastor each week. There is a weekly Eucharist/Communion too! The curriculum is from Inside Out – Christian Resources for Outdoor Ministries.

 

 What are the hours for your Day Camp?

 Day Camp runs from 9am – 5pm Mondays – Fridays. Lunch and snacks are included in the weekly price.

 

  Can campers request roommates?

 Yes. Please do this on the camper registration form, for up to 2 roommate requests. Campers must be NO MORE than 12 months apart. You may also request a roommate when you register online.

 

 How many kids are in a cabin?

 There are up to 10 campers per cabin with a minimum of two counselors for residential camp.

There are up to 10 campers with one counselor for day camp.

 

 How are the campers divided by age?

 Residential camp:

Explorer Camp 6-day session: 7-12 years old
Discovery Camp 12-day session: 7-13 years old
Adventure Camp 12-day session: 11-15 years old
Leaders in Training (LIT) 5 week session: 15-17 years old

Day Camp:

7-13 year olds during the Explorer and Discovery Camp weeks

11-15 year olds during the Adventure Camp weeks

*the age breakdown may vary depending on the total number of campers registered each week.

 

What is the daily schedule like?

 Please visit the Summer Camp Page to view the Daily Schedule

 

 Do you have videos of your camp in action?

 Yes! You can watch a 2015 video here, 2014 video here2013 video here and a 2012 video here.

 

 May campers bring fans?

 Yes.

 

 Can I call my camper during the week?

 Campers may not receive phone calls while at camp, to not distract from their activities and to make it fair for all campers. You are more than welcome to call the camp office and check in with the director though! Please send faxes, emails or regular mail to your camper. Be sure to include their full name! Our mailing address is 408 North Side Road, Wading River, NY 11792 Emails may be sent to office@campdewolfe.org Please include their cabin number or counselor name, if you have them. No attachments or photos, please. Text only.

 

 My camper has to leave camp early. What is the notification process?

 If your camper needs to leave early, please call the office 631-929-4325 and give the office the time and day that you need to pick them up. That way your camper will be ready when you arrive. You can also let us know when you check your campers in.

 

 Someone other than me (the legal guardian) is going to pick up or drop off my camper. Do I need to notify the office?

 Yes. We want your camper to be safe. Please fax (631-929-4323) or mail a letter stating the person’s name and that it is okay for them to pick up your camper. Make sure to sign the letter. This is REQUIRED for anyone other than you picking up or dropping off your camper. We will check ID.

 

 What is the snack  fee?

 Overnight campers have a snack  everyday. They can get water, juices, chips, cookies, fruit, nuts and lots of other goodies. This is included in their registration fee.

 

How do I find out what weeks are full?

 Sessions that fill will be noted on the Online Registration Form itself. If you still have questions, call the camp office 631-929-4325.

 

 Will my summer camp spot be held if I send in just a registration form?

 No. We require a completed registration form accompanied with a non-refundable $100 Registration Deposit.  Full payment is due by June 1st.  If registering after June 1st, Full payment is required.  If payment is not made in full by June 1st, your spot may be forfeited and a late registration fee of $100 applied.

God has different plans!

Posted on Mar 9, 2016

While we may have plans for our lives, God can set us on a different path—one we might have never expected. The course of our own lives changed in one summer, in Western Massachusetts at Bement Camp and Conference Center. 10 years ago, in 2006. As college students, Matt was seeking a career in advertising and marketing in the USA.  I was graduating with a music degree, and had accepted a place on a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education course (PGCE) to become a teacher in Winchester, England.

In a moment of reflection, by a woodland river in Massachusetts on a Sunday afternoon, Matt spent some quiet time. This was prior to beginning a summer serving at Adventure Base at Bement Camp. He prayed:  “Lord, I give it all to you. Whatever you have for me this summer I am ready ” He was open to what God had in store for him, and those moments on the way to camp, were a significant turning point for him. On that very same day, at a London airport, I was praying the same prayer. I was waiting for my gate to fly to the USA – giving my summer to the Lord. I was leaving Him with past experiences and challenges and asking God to write my story.

If you haven’t already guessed it, that same day of heart-felt prayers, was the day we both arrived to Bement Camp. God crossed our two paths, aligning them as one journey that the Lord himself would lead. Yes – there were many bumps on the road, challenges serving at summer camp, hurts and failures. There was also lots of camp laughter and amazing memories too.  God took ahold of both of our lives at camp and began working on our hearts – for His glory. Our habits changed, our attitudes changed, our social groups changed, our passions shifted and our goals for careers became callings for Kingdom works. It was due to our encounters with God and each other at camp that summer, that our lives are now radically different than we could have imagined or even tried to plan ourselves.

Today, we have the honor and grace-given privilege to have been able to serve in camp ministry at Camp DeWolfe for 5 years now. This was from following God’s leading and creation of relationships, friendships and adventures at camp and youth ministries since Bement Camp. God’s plans took us to South Korea, England, Nicaragua, Maine, Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts, and now Long Island! With a 10-year adventure of meeting people and experiencing cultures from over 30 countries and 30 states, God never has a dull moment for us! As long as we yield to His plans and continue to give up our own selfish desires that is. The Lord further blessed us in 2013 with a camp baby – Madison, who is a gift from God!

When Matt and I pause to reflect on our history as a family so far, it is incredible to remember this all begun when God called us to Him. Each chapter since, God was simply calling our hearts to walk with Him and learn how to love Him and love others. Yes, each season has brought challenges, struggles, attacks, failures, hurts and pains (not from God, but from our own choices and living life in a broken world). But our merciful Lord continues to shine lights into our own hearts, minds and souls. The Holy Spirit provides us the strength to push through life’s storms, that can often weigh us down.  In each moment, God kindly whispers to us to lean on Him, trust in Him and take the next step with Him – through His word, in nature and in prayer.

So, when looking back to that summer at a camp in New England – neither of us could have dreamed of the journey we’ve taken so far! This is only the beginning of an eternity with our Savior and each other. It’s scary to think of what God might have planned for the next ten years(!), but we are certainly alive and have life! When folks ask why and how are we serving at a camp – our deepest hopes and dreams are to provide a space and place in nature and community, for ALL youth and campers to experience God’s love, grace, and faith. We hope that everyone can join Christ or continue to journey with Christ, on an adventure where God is the author and main character – always being praised.

One our own most influential camp directors once asked us if we believe camp is a privilege or essential? I always struggled with that question we have both witnessed so much poverty and deprivation in the parts of the world we’ve seen, even in our short lives. However, if camp is a place where God can speak to His children, through the community, the natural setting, the scriptures and others – then camp is essential – for it’s essential for us ALL to hear the loving call of our Father in Heaven and journey with Him back home.

By Emma Tees
Camp Mum

Arriving to NY 2011

Arriving to NY 2011

 

Meet the Summer Staff 2016 – Part 9

Posted on Mar 2, 2016

1. What is your name?

Kyle Smith

2. Where are you from?

Northern Ireland, UK

3.What University/School do you attend? What Major?

I attend the South Eastern Regional College (SERC) in Bangor, Northern Ireland where I study my Higher National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering.

4. What’s your favourite Country/State ?

My favourite country would have to be New Zealand because of its amazing mountains and its warm weather!! (Which is rare in Northern Ireland!)

5. What’s your favourite camp activity and why?

I have quite a few favourite camp activities, however if I was to narrow them down I love Rock Climbing as I really enjoy taking in the amazing views when up at the top of a climb and appreciating the world around me.

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

I am looking forward to travelling to a new country and experiencing a whole new culture. I am also looking forward to meeting new people and growing in my faith with God.

7. What’s your favourite camp core value [Community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting] and Why?

My favourite camp core value would have to be both Community & Natural Setting as being together as a community outside, appreciating and praising God for giving us such an amazing planet to enjoy.

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

My dream job would have to be a full time Outdoor Instructor as I love working in the outdoors (in any weather!) and being able to introduce young people into the outdoors & outdoor sports.

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

The God of Flesh and Blood

Posted on Feb 15, 2016

Encountering God in my humanity

Last weekend I went to Camp DeWolfe for the Listening to God Retreat. Pulling up to Benson House was like a homecoming. Two years ago, I served as the Christian Formation director and spent the summer tucked away in the houses’ warm red wood planks. In-between sessions, I would do lesson plans as kids played in the pool outside my window. Sometimes I would prop up on the back porch, only to discover kids straggling by on rouge scavenger hunts.

This weekend was slightly different in nature. A small group of us gathered to be led by Fr. Joe, a Catholic Priest from Brooklyn, in experiencing God’s presence through our senses. We stepped out of the noise and clutter of our lives into a quiet, contemplative space. Throughout the weekend we got reacquainted with our physical senses—sight, touch, smell, taste, sound. And awakened our inner senses that often get buried—emotions, intuition, faith, memory.

Half way through the weekend, I couldn’t help but notice each session pointed back to our vulnerability. We encounter God in the here and now—our fleshy bodies and imperfect realities. We encounter God in the Son—who set aside strength and power to become a fragile baby. And we meet Jesus in the ordinary aspects, and fullness of, his humanity. He ate meals with friends, felt the cool water of baptism, bled blood and bore wounds. At times he was overcome with anger, at other times he wept. He did not shrink away from his earthly experience; he entered in.

His example invites us to do the same. It invites us to enter into our own humanity, to know our vulnerability, as a way of realizing our full dependence on God. This leads to a divine reciprocity—together we receive from God and give to one another. Together we walk this flesh and blood journey, deeper into the incarnate heart of God.

Before taking the Eucharist with a visiting priest from the diocese, I snuck down to the beach. I carefully descended the steep stairs covered in ice and framed in snow. The bare tree branches were starkly silhouetted. When I looked down at the shore I saw it laid out in strips—snow, sand, water darkening into deeper blues until it reached the horizon line. A native southern Californian, I never considered the possibility of snow on sand. As I walked along the quiet stretch, I realized I never considered the option of snow in seashells. I never considered the bright light of snow reflecting on the underside of seagull’s wings. I was delighted.


When we gathered in the chapel to receive Christ’s body and blood, the priest filled our palms with layers of wafers. They snapped like bones as I bit into several mouthfuls. I listened, I tasted. I saw the people standing in a loose circle around me. I felt the God of mystery and unusual parings and ordinary revelations entering into my experience. I perceived God fully knowing my journey, and fully making my journey known to me. I remembered the sweet liberation of dependence on God.

I left Camp DeWolfe, covered in snow, hoping to return in another season. Perhaps when kids are running wild, still wet from adventurous swims in the ocean. Perhaps when the ice has melted exposing the lush trail underneath. When the sights, sounds, and emotions evoke the memory still stored in my bones. The path of knowing God leads us deeper into our own humanity—and our senses take us there.

-By Christina Miller (Camp Alumni)

Looking for a summer camp?

Posted on Feb 11, 2016

Camp DeWolfe offers both a summer day camp and sleep-away camp program, for all youth ages 7-17 years old, in addition to Fall Camp and Winter Camp programming. Camp DeWolfe has 1/4 mile beach front property and a 12-mile view of Connecticut. Camp DeWolfe is a place where, for generations, thousands have come seeking to enjoy the beauty of the Long Island Sound, and experience the love of God through the power of nature and community.

Interested? The best thing is to book a tour or visit our Annual Camp Open Day on Sunday 15th May 12pm. Call us on 631-929-4325 or email office@campdewolfe.org

Here are the Dates and Rates for Summer 2016:

EXPLORER CAMP (ages 7-12): July 3rd – 8th 2016
*Early-Bird $495 until January 1st;
*Regular Rate: $595 until April 30th;
*Late Rate: $695 until June 15th.

A great way to introduce your child to camp! A 6 day camp designed for new elementary campers with taster sessions in activity areas including archery, swimming, and arts. Evening programs and Christian Formation sessions are tailored for new campers to make new friends and learn about God in a safe, fun and outdoor environment.

DISCOVERY CAMP (ages 7-13): July 10th – 22nd 2016
*Early-Bird $995 until January 1st;
*Regular Rate: $1195 until April 30th;
*Late Rate: $1395 until June 15th.

An engaging and energetic two-week camp for elementary youth to participate in a range of activities and programs on the Long Island Sound. Campers will be able to explore nature and build friendships, through interactive activities that center on God’s love and grace.

ADVENTURE CAMP (ages 11-15): July 24th – August 5th (2-week track) OR July 24th – August 12th 2016 (3-week track)
*Early-Bird $995 until January 1st OR $1295 for 3-week track;
*Regular Rate: $1195 until April 30th OR $1495 for 3-week track;
*Late Rate: $1395 until June 15th OR $1695 for 3-week track.

A two-week or three-week camp program for middle school youth to enjoy a place apart from the busy world and to experience God’s love through nature, community, and challenge. Opportunities to develop skills in activities including sailing, wilderness skills and swimming. Christian Formation programs are designed to encourage youth to discover their faith in an open and caring environment.

LEADERSHIP IN TRAINING (LIT) (ages 15-17): July 10th – August 12th 2016 for 5 week program for Years 1 and 2
OR July 3rd – August 12th 2016 for 6-week Year 3 program by Invitation only
*Early-Bird $1595 until January 1st OR $1795 for 6-week Year 3 program;
*Regular Rate $1695 until April 30th OR $1895 for 6-week Year 3 program;
*Late Rate $1795 until June 15th OR $1995 for 6-week Year 3 program.

N.B. Second Year and Third Year LITs are by invitation only

A challenging and advanced camp for high school youth to be empowered to discover their God-given potential and to grow in community. Opportunities to facilitate and lead a day camp program, master activity areas, develop new skills, and live out faith in practical and service-centred ways. Programs include Adventure Challenge workshops, solo reflection, and Christian Formation sessions that encourage youth to find true identity in God and learn how to lead others to Christ.

DAY CAMP: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Ages 7-13:  July 4th – 8th & July 11th – 15th & July 18th – 22nd 2016
Ages 11-15: July 25th – 29th & Aug 1st – 5th & Aug 8th – 12th 2016
*Early-Bird $300 per week until January 1st;
*Regular Rate $350 per week until April 30th;
*Late Rate: $400 per week until June 15th.

A Christian Day Camp for campers ages 7 – 15 to be able to enjoy God’s creation in the outdoor beach setting and make new friendships in a safe community. Opportunities to try swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, arts, sports and more! 5-day sessions are by age for safety and supervision.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE – How can I find financial support for summer camp?

Scholarship applications from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island are available for all youth in need and the deadline is May 1st. Scholarships are available first come first serve, for up to 50% of the camp session fee. The Camper must be registered for a summer camp session with registration form completed and at least $100 non-refundable deposit paid prior to applying for a scholarship award. Camp DeWolfe does not award 100% financial aid.

Click here to download the SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Click here to Register for Summer Camp 2016

Sailing on the Long Island Sound

Sailing on the Long Island Sound