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Meet the Summer Staff 2016 – Part 8

Posted on Jan 21, 2016

1. What’s your name?

Hi, my name is Amoy McKenzie.

2. Where are you from?

I am from London which is in England.

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

I studied at the University of Greenwich, and graduated in October 2015. Gained a degree in Youth and Community Work.

4. What’s your favourite Country/state?

My favourite country is Jamaica because that is where I was born and I love travelling there.

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

My favourite camp activity is anything that involves being physical such as rock climbing, swimming.

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

I am looking forward to spending my summer in America, meeting new and amazing people, experiencing a new culture and also working alongside the staff team and the kids to build my relationship further 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 be, Natural setting because I love the idea of learning outdoors and experiencing nature whilst developing my relationship with God. What better place to grow spiritually incorporating the outdoors which God has created. I am really looking forward to being around all the beautiful natural setting camp has to offer!

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

Any job that relates to working with young people, I love the idea of building relationships with young people, supporting them and being part of their transition into adulthood.

Amoy McKenzie

Amoy McKenzie

 

Souper Bowl of Caring

Posted on Jan 18, 2016

This NFL season, Camp DeWolfe campers, retreat guests and staff are participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring!

The Souper Bowl of Caring’s mission statement is: “Using the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need.” Their vision statement is to: “Transform the time around the Super Bowl into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.” (www.souperbowl.org)

Camp DeWolfe’s chosen local charity will be Island Harvest – the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island, where Camp DeWolfe’s L.I.T.s ran food drives for, during summer 2015. Between now and Super Bowl 50, Camp DeWolfe will be collecting food and $ donations for Island Harvest, including during Winter Camp 2016. The collection will then be reported to SouperBowl online and then delivered to Island Harvest on February 8th – the day after Super Bowl 50 on February 7th!  Check out www.islandharvest.org for more information!

Interested in joining the largest weekend of caring in the USA this year? Simply make a donation of canned or non-perishable food items to Camp DeWolfe, or register your own youth or church group to run a Souper Bowl of Caring for your chosen local charity this season!

Food Drive

Food Drive

 

Meet the Summer Staff 2016 – Part 7

Posted on Jan 15, 2016

What’s your name?
Hello, my name is Amy!

Where are you from?
I am from a county called Northamptonshire in England.

What university/ school do you attend? What major?
I go to the University of Worcester in England and study Human Geography.

What is your favourite country/state?
My favourite country is France because the streets are so pretty and the weather is hot (which is rarely the case in England in summer!)

What’s your favourite camp activity and why?
I love swimming and any activity involving water so activities like kayaking and paddle boarding would have to be my favourite!

What are you looking forward to about next summer and why?
I am looking forward to spending my summer in a completely new country, experiencing a new culture, meeting lots of new people and building my relationship with God further.

What’s your favourite core value (community, Christian formation, developing leaders or natural setting?) and why?
My favourite core value is community because I think that if you have a good group of people surrounding you, your faith will grow, you will have to confidence to develop as a leader.

What is your dream job/ vocation/ calling for life?
Basically any job working with people and travelling! I like the idea of working as a relief worker when a natural disaster has occurred or an aid worker possibly. It seems a very rewarding job and you get to learn lots about cultures of the places you visit, which I find really interesting.

Amy Morton

Amy Morton

Only 6 months until summer!

Posted on Jan 14, 2016

My summer here at Camp DeWolfe has definitely been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life. As soon as I arrived at camp, I instantly felt part of the camp family. The bonds and friendships I have made here have been so strong – I am confident I have made amazing friends for life.

Camp DeWolfe will always have a special place in my heart, as here I developed my faith in God and have been involved in such a strong community of friends who genuinely care about each other.

Natural setting is my favourite core value at camp. It has been a really eye opening experience for me to be surrounded by the Long Island Sound and the breath taking scenery. To have been given the opportunity to take a step back from a world focused on technology and instead pay attention to building real relationships and appreciating nature has been so beneficial for me – and something I will try to remember when I get back to the ‘real’ world!

I would like to say thank you to the Tees family for giving me the opportunity to spend 9 weeks at Camp DeWolfe and to learn so much about myself, others and the true importance of community! Summer 2015 will certainly be one I will always remember!

Until next time…

-Julia Martin
Summer Camp Counselor/Climbing Instructor

Julia and her girls

Julia and her girls

Happy New Year!

Posted on Jan 8, 2016

Happy New Year!

Whatever you experienced in 2015 – the good, the bad and the ugly – are now all but shadows of the mind and memory – to be left at the feet of Jesus. What a sweet thing to be able to offer up a year of thanksgiving and worship God for what He did in 2015.  What a sacred thing to also be able to give all of our burdens, pains and hurts from 2015 to Jesus, trusting in Christ’s strength to carry those things that are too much for us to carry alone.

New Year is often a time full of hope with opportunity to start fresh, set goals, reflect and adjust how we live life  – yet we are to remember that every new day is a gift from God, as His mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3).  One week into the new year and already discouraged by some of your resolutions that are already slipping or you have yet to begin? Take heart and be encouraged: whatever is to come in 2016 – the good, the bad and the ugly, and just like the seasons in the North East of the USA – we will experience them all! –  each day, including today, is a new day to choose JOY and claim the gift of PEACE in whatever adventures, celebrations, storms and challenges may arise!

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.”

-Prayer of St Francis

Jump for joy in 2016

Jump for Joy in 2016

Meet the Summer Staff 2016 – Part 6

Posted on Dec 22, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Stephen Tamke

2. Where are you from?
Garden City, NY.

3. What university do you attend? What major?
Virginia Theological Seminary. I am a postulant for Holy Orders with the Diocese of Long Island.

4. What’s your favorite country/state?
Favorite country is probably the UK and favorite state is New York.

5. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Probably swimming or archery. I always envisioned myself as Robin Hood as a kid. I don’t know why!

6. What are you most looking forward to next summer and why?
I am excited to get to know all my fellow campers and have a great summer learning and seeing where God is in all our lives.

7. What’s your favorite core value (community, christian formation, empowering leaders and natural setting) and Why?
Community, because when at camp your fellow campers become more than just your cabin mates, they become your friends and family for life.

8. What’s your dream job?
I would like to be a rector/parish priest.

Stephen Tamke

Stephen Tamke

Meet the Summer Staff 2016 – Part 5

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Anthony Thomas Suggs

2. Where are you from?
Raised in Durham, North Carolina but have been living in New York for almost 4 years.

3. What university do you attend? What major?
New York University with majors in History and Drama (graduating in May 2016!)

4. What’s your favorite country/state?
As for countries, I have so much love for Australia and New Zealand.
As for my favorite state: New York is really growing on me, but North Carolina still has my heart.

5. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Anything on the waterfront. I love everything about it: getting on that beach trail, setting up the boats, and even enjoying a wave or two when they’re breaking.

6. What are you most looking forward to next summer and why?
I am most looking forward to meeting our new staff members, reuniting with returning staff members, and creating a new family together!

7. What’s your favorite core value (community, christian formation, empowering leaders and natural setting) and Why?
Natural Setting and Empowering Leaders. I feel that these two go hand in hand. We have so many opportunities for Christian formation throughout our diocese and all of us (hopefully) experience community in our daily lives with our family, friends, and parishes. Natural setting, especially the beautiful setting that we have at Camp DeWolfe, can’t be found many places so close to the city and it creates a wonderful context in which we can challenge ourselves and our campers to develop new skills.

8. What’s your dream job?
Any job in which I am:
1. Helping others
2. Giving voice and action to the love of God
3. Giving voice and recognition to those denied it

Anthony Suggs

Anthony Suggs

Meet the Summer Staff 2016 – Part 4

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

What’s your name?
Catriona Maxwell

Where are you from?
Nottinghamshire, East Midlands

What university do you attend? What major?
University of York – Psychology in Education

What’s your favorite country/state?
Iceland is my favorite country I’ve visited so far – it was just so different.

What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
I’m really looking forward to the worship – it’s such a wonderful way to start and end the day and to really connect with God.

What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
It will be amazing just to experience a different place – Camp DeWolfe’s location is pretty great – I can’t wait to be on the beach!

What’s your favorite camp core value (Community Christian Formation, Developing Leaders and Natural Setting) and why?
Community – I love that as Christians we are part of one great big family who loves each other for who we are.

What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
I really want to work with children with emotional and behavioral difficulties and help them to achieve the best they can in life!

Catriona Maxwell

Catriona Maxwell

 

Meet the Summer Staff 2016 – Part 3

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

1.What’s your name?
Lucy Richards

2.Where are you from?
I am from a small village called Sapcote in Leicestershire, England.

3.What university/school do you attend? What major?
I’m a second year undergraduate at the University of York and my major is Psychology in Education.

4.What’s your favorite Country/state?
I am really grateful to have been given opportunities to travel around different countries, as immersing yourself in different cultures is such a great experience. I would say my favorite state in the US is San Francisco because I love the hilly landscape and walking across Golden Gate Bridge was amazing!

5. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
I would describe myself as an all- rounder so I love trying and getting involved with a variety of activities and I’m looking forward to encouraging the campers to do likewise! But I would say my favorite camp activities are arts/crafts and dance, because I am quite creative and from past experience I have enjoyed showing children the therapeutic value of these activities.

6. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
I am struggling to pinpoint one thing as I am looking forward to everything about next summer! Creating a supportive community by forming close relationships with the campers and co-workers, leading activities which allow the children to get to know God through nature and seeing the campers enjoy their time at camp are just a few of the many camp experiences I am excited about! I really can’t wait to start working at camp- bring on Summer 2016!

7. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian
Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
My favorite camp core value is encouraging the campers to form a supportive community, because for camp to be a success the children need to feel encouraged, valued and respected by their peers. I hope to facilitate this core value by encouraging the campers to pray with each other and emphasizing sportsmanship during activities.

8. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
This is a tough question for me as there are so many jobs which I would love to try throughout my life! My dream job would be anything that allows me to draw upon my God-given gifts and involves caring and inspiring children and young people. Currently I’m considering training to become a primary school teacher and working at Camp DeWolfe will definitely help me decide whether this is the right decision! So long as I’m serving God through my vocation in the way he planned- I’m happy!

Lucy Richards

Lucy Richards

New Fall Camp

Posted on Dec 6, 2015

This Thanksgiving break, campers traveled out east to Wading River for Camp DeWolfe’s first Fall Camp Reunion! Youth from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties made new memories together in the fall leaves and sunshine on November 28th 2015. Volunteers who were former staff, alumni and board members facilitated camp activities including archery, climbing, ga-ga ball and an arts project making ornament gifts for the Christmas season.

The theme this year was “Be Thankful to God” and Christian formation was a time of prayer and activities focused on the message that: God has made everyone and sees everyone as special – so we are not to be concerned what others think of us. So in response, we can thank GOD all year long for how much he loves us and therefore, how we can love others freely! Campers enjoyed sharing their HOW-POW-WOWs over a special treat of pizza, salad, garlic knots and fun drinks, followed by a camp fire with s’mores where people shared smiles and energy over camp songs!

The Fall Camp Reunion was a wonderful opportunity for campers to reconnect with their camp friends, and process their school year so far, recall highlights from the summer, and look forward to what God has in store for 2016, both at camp and in each other’s lives! Both campers and volunteers shared that the new program ‘was a blast’ but ‘simply wasn’t long enough’! It was exciting how the camp’s core values of community, christian formation, leadership development and the outdoors were experienced even in this new Fall Camp Reunion! Join us in thanking God today for the wonderful new opportunities He provides for youth to engage in community and the outdoors. Please pray for campers who are planning to attend Winter Camp in January 2016 or click here to register campers today!

Click here to view the Fall Camp Photos!

Fall Campers Climbing

Fall Campers Climbing