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Permanent Vacation

Posted on Jun 13, 2016

Hey guys, René here! I can’t believe it’s summer already and almost time for the start of camp!  Whilst I am enjoying my summer in London, it does feel very strange not to be packing my suitcase and getting ready to make my annual 3 month visit to America and reunite with the camp family…

 

However, the main reason I will not be attending camp this year is because I have secured my first full time teaching position, which happens to be overseas in a country called Kuwait. If you are not particularly strong at geography (like yours truly), allow me give you some background information about the country that will soon be my new  ‘home’.

 

Kuwait is a small country in the Middle East, about the size of New Jersey and shares a boarder with Saudi Arabia and Iran (it’s amazing how wide-eyed people get when I tell them the last part).

 

Although a small part of me is slightly apprehensive, for the most part I am extremely excited and feel similar to the way I felt before I boarded the plane to come to camp for the first time in the summer of 2014. New friends, food, culture, education system, the sense of unknown and in this case I will also try to learn a new language (emphasis on the word “try”). I feel extremely lucky to be presented with this opportunity and I guess that I am living proof that with hard work, ambition, a little luck and the love and support of amazing people, dreams really do come true.

 

To quote a phrase that someone very close to me once said “Always go the extra mile, because it’s never crowded.”

 

With that, I wish all of you the very best of luck and I’ll always be with you in spirit.

 

So until next time…. Yeah Yeah 😉
-René Leonce

Camp Alumni/Summer Staff 2013 and 2014

Rene with campers

Rene with campers

Meet the New Program Director

Posted on May 28, 2016

Greetings,

My name is Nathan Saccol and I’m the new Program Director at Camp DeWolfe. I am writing to introduce myself before we begin this summer’s camp ministry.

I have lived the majority of my life in the small towns and farmland of Western Pennsylvania. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and graduated in 2013 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a United Methodist seminary just outside of Chicago, with my Master’s of Divinity.

My understanding of what it means to be “the church” has been strongly shaped by my education and my years of experience in camping. We (the church) are a community of believers pursuing wholeness for ourselves, each other, and those around us through the love and grace of God!

I got married in November of 2015 and my wife and I are both passionate about helping young people explore and pursue the person God created them to become. We also enjoy playing board games, reading and discussing good books, and spending time with our family.

We are excited to be a part of God’s work at Camp DeWolfe!

Nathan Saccol

Nathan Saccol

 

 

Meet the Summer Staff – Part 14

Posted on May 18, 2016

1.What’s your name?

Katherine Peña

2. Where are you from?

Bronx, NY

3. What university/school do you attend?

Nyack College, NY

4. What’s your summer role?

Camp Counselor

5. What are you most excited about this summer and why?

I am most excited to go to Camp DeWolfe. I have never been to Long Island and I’ve heard so many great things, especially on the beauty of the location.

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

My favorite core value is Developing Leaders. I think it is extremely important to help make a friendly environment that is open to cultivating new leaders. These children are the future and if we were to neglect that aspect, it’d be an injustice.

8. What’s your favorite camp activity?

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. I love to eat and it is a great way to learn about my campers and to interact with them.

9. What’s your favorite parable?

The Parable of the Lost Coin. I can totally relate to that woman, as crazy as it may seem because I have often searched nonstop and have rejoiced over what others would call small, like that coin. It is such a crazy story, but it is the same that God does for us. As obscure as we may seem, He views us with great value and pursues us diligently until we are found, and He rejoices over us.

10. What’s your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

The best way to spend a Sunday afternoon is going to church and then getting to eat and spend time with my mom and my Pomeranian.

Katherine Pena

Katherine Pena

Meet the Summer Staff – Part 13

Posted on May 13, 2016

  1. What’s your name?

My name is Nicole Alcindor.

  1. Where are you from?

I am from Baldwin Long Island, New York.

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

I major in Journalism at Purchase College State University of New York.

  1. What’s your favorite Country/state?

My favorite state is Georgia! Ever since I was a little girl, Georgia has been a big part of my life. Every summer, my family takes a rode trip to Atlanta to spend two weeks in our vacation house. I hope you enjoy this poem I wrote about all the memories that God gave my family and I, during our most recent trip to Georgia, in the summer of 2015.

Georgia is…

Being woken by the dazzling sun,

Shining through creeks in your blinds.

Reading morning scripture with

Wet emotional eyes.

Meditating on the word of The Lord,

While surrounded by woody nature.

Long peaceful afternoon jogs,

Allowing your mind to drift away.

Evening swims under the orangey-pink sunset,

While remembering to write each

Moment in your journal.

The laughs and wondrous smiles.

Time spent with the ones you love the most;

Family

Atlanta Georgia

  1. What is your position on staff?

I have been selected to be a canoeing instructor. I will also assist with life guard duties.

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

I like the Music and Worshiping activities. I have a passion for singing. Singing worship songs is one of my favorite ways to worship God. Listening to others sing and singing along with others, has brought me so much happiness in my life.

I really love this quote: “Today was one of those days, where the Lord’s music washed away from my soul, the dust of everyday life.”

This quote speaks to me in so many ways.

In 1 Corinthians 10:13 it says:  “God is faithful. He will not let you struggle beyond what you can bear, but he will provide a way to endure it.”

God provides us with so many ways to help us to endure every day struggles. Two of those ways are through singing and listening to Christian music.

I will also enjoy the devotions and Bible Study Discussion activities.

Reading and getting a better understanding of God’s word within a group, is a great way to increase my relationship with God and to engage in inspirational fellowship.

I always say, God created the Bible as a love letter to humans.

A scripture that always motivates me is:

Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but by prayer, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Participating in Bible study discussion activities, will remind me of the meaning behind scriptures, such as this one. God hopes we will not worry. This scripture brings me so much peace, by reminding me that I can talk to God about anything and he is always there to listen.

I strive to live each day with this mindset: “If God answers your prayers, He is increasing your faith. If He delays, He is increasing your patience. If He doesn’t answer your prayer, He is preparing the best for you.”

Our problems can seem small, with faith in an almighty God.

I also enjoy reading the scripture:

Jeremiah 29:11-13: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to give you a future and a hope. When you pray, I will hear you. When you seek me with all your heart, you will find me.”

This scripture always reminds me of God’s unconditional love and care for us. He knows us all individually by name. Each human is a special part of a much bigger mastermind plan—God’s plan.

Along with music, devotions and Bible discussion activities, I think I will enjoy any activity involving prayer, talking and writing about God because those are some of my favorite ways to worship our Lord.

In addition to all these activities, I have been selected to assist with Life guarding and canoeing. I love swimming! I am very excited for this and I think this will be a really enjoyable learning experience!

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

I am most looking forward to an opportunity to guide others to learn more about God, in fun and exciting ways, while increasing their relationships with God. I am also looking forward to increasing my relationship with God.

God calls his followers to make disciples out of nations in Mathew 29:19. Whenever I hear about someone who is growing closer to God or learning to love God, it brings pure joy to my heart, because I know it says in Luke 15:7, “There is rejoicing in the heavens, over one sinner who repents.”

It makes me happy to know that God and the angels in heaven are so pleased and rejoice, whenever someone gets closer to him, through radical change.

God has the power and strength to do anything and everything.

His word has so much healing power!!

God cares about us so much, that even when we mess up deliberately, he just wants us to confess or acknowledge our wrongs in accordance with His will, and He will forgive us.

We are all sinners because we are all imperfectly made. God knows we will mess up and make mistakes, but He gives us the gift of will-power—the ability to make our own choices—because he hopes that we will use our freedom, to make Godly and righteous decisions.

On my free time, I enjoy reading a lot of spiritual books to try to increase my knowledge on Godly living.

This summer will be a great time for fellowship and sharing all that I’ve learned from reading books and of course, I cannot wait to continue to learn from and share what I’ve learned from the Bible.

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

Community Christian Formation or Spiritual Formation: To provide space and resources for people to engage with God, in praise, prayer, worship, celebration, reflection, study and meditation; using the word of God, music, nature, administration of the sacraments and liturgies of the Episcopal Church.

I think I will most enjoy the community Christian Formation or Spiritual Formation, because one of the most exciting parts about camp is having the ability to engage with God in so many different ways. I always enjoy engaging with God, but I love that the camp offers so many different ways to grow closer to God in a fun and exciting way!!!

I cannot wait to worship God among others using music.

I am super excited to attend church services!! Sunday is my favorite day of the week!!

  1. What is your favorite parable?

My favorite parable is King of Dreams. This is a story told in the book of Genesis.

Jacob had eleven sons with his wife and then his wife dies.

Jacob gets remarried to a women named Rebecca. They try to have a baby, but Rebecca is infertile.

Rebecca finally gets pregnant, and gives birth to Joseph. Jacob and Rebecca are filled with joy because God blessed them with a son. They thought of Joseph as their miracle child and treated him as their favorite.

Joseph had a gift from God of the ability to interpret dreams.

Jacob wants to honor his favorite son and gives Joseph a beautiful coat, making his other brothers jealous. Joseph also begins to have dreams about his brothers abandoning him and eventually bowing down to him, as their ruler.

Joseph’s half-brothers, allow their jealousy and anger to get the best of them and they attack Joseph, tear his coat and throw him into a pit.

Later, Joseph’s brothers sell him to slave holders, who take Joseph to Egypt.

His brother’s go back home, and lie to Jacob and Rebecca, by telling them that Joseph was killed by wolves.

Joseph is sold to a wealthy man, named Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s army.

Joseph is immediately recognized as one of the hardest working slaves. Potiphar rewards him by making him head of the household.

Potiphar’s wife takes a romantic interest in Joseph.

When Joseph refuses to kiss her because he doesn’t want to dishonor Potiphar, she tells Potiphar that Joseph tried to hurt her.

Potiphar throws Joseph into jail.

In jail, Joseph uses his God-given gift, and successfully interprets two other prisoner’s dreams.

The news of Joseph’s interpretation of dreams spreads throughout Egypt.

Soon, Pharaoh begins to have frightening dreams, and he send his guards to get Joseph to interpret the dreams.

Joseph interprets that Pharaoh’s dreams were a message directly from God, as an early warning about a famine that was coming to Egypt.

Pharaoh makes Joseph the second most powerful man in the world and Joseph prepares the world for the famine.

It is during this time, that Joseph is reunited with his brothers, who come to Egypt for food.

At first, Joseph’s brothers don’t recognize him, but Joseph recognizes them.

Joseph comes up with a scheme to reveal himself to his brothers, as well as, to his new brother, Benjamin.

Joseph accuses one of the brothers of stealing his golden cup.

He had previously planted the cup in brother Benjamin’s sack of grain. When he calls Benjamin forward, he pretends to discover the stolen cup in Benjamin’s sack.

Joseph calls his guards to come and arrest Benjamin.

The other brothers come forward and defend Benjamin.

The brothers beg Joseph to release Benjamin, telling him that this is the only younger brother they have left.

The brothers tell Joseph about how they regret having their other younger brother sold into slavery.

When Joseph realizes that his brothers actually had remorse for what they had done to him, he reveals himself to them.

There is a heartwarming exchange of apologies and forgiveness, among all the brothers. Joseph’s older brothers apologize to him and they are so grateful to God to have him back.

This is my favorite parable because it truly demonstrates Joseph’s faithfulness to God, despite his unfortunate circumstances.

Joseph was sold into slavery, by his own flesh and blood.

He ended up saving his whole community through his God sent dreams.

I see Joseph as an inspiration.

Even when he was at his lowest, accused of a crime that he didn’t even commit, he still prayed to God.

Even while Joseph was working as a slave and enduring brutal living conditions in prison, he still had faith in God and the Lord rewarded him.

He still loved and forgave his half-brothers, even after they betrayed him.

I think Joseph’s forgiveness really demonstrated Jesus’s persona.

Joseph’s story reminds me of the importance of having forgiveness and unconditional love towards others.

  1. What is your best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

My favorite way to spend my Sunday mornings and early afternoons is going to church. It never fails to bring me peace and happiness.

It is a great way to read your Bible among likeminded individuals.

The Bible is the best book I’ve ever read!! I love studying the Bible. God was such a loving and caring poet.

I love the way Jesus speaks in parables to his disciples. I think this makes reading the Bible so exciting because it really makes you think. It gives you the chance to remember the legacy Jesus left. There is no book, quite like our Lord’s book. God provides us with so much comfort and so many answers to so many questions, we humans wonder about every day.

The Bible demonstrates to us that God not only thought about us when he created the Bible, but He wrote the Bible with an unconditional love for us because He wants to be there for us, forever.

When I attend church on Sunday’s I always feel ready to begin my week. God gives humans church, as a gift to help us to remain equipped and charged up with Gods word.

Church brings me to a place of peace; emotionally, psychologically and spiritually, that no other place can.

Church gives me the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded individuals for fellowship.

We have the ability to empathize, sympathize and encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ, when we attend church.

Church also helps me to understand God’s word more.

We have the ability to read his word among others—while listening to pastors, ministers and fellow church members share their testimonies and share their struggles and successes.

This always helps me not to feel alone on my Christian journey. God gives us church to prepare and equip us for the week ahead, with the reminder that we aren’t alone, but rather we can be there to give and receive support and encouragement.

 

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

I have so many hopes and dreams!! God helps me to dream big for my life!! There is nothing that cannot be accomplished with our Lord!!!

I will tell you all the jobs that I hope to accomplish at some point in my life. These dream jobs may happen all at the same time or at different points in my life, but I pray that God will provide me with the ability to accomplish some or all of these careers.

I love to write and I am studying journalism. I hope to become a reporter, who reports the news on local television. I think I will enjoy traveling the world to interview and report the news and this will be a great opportunity to have the ability to come into contact with many different people to talk to them about God.

One day, I hope to become a published author. I want to write spiritual self-help books that will motivate and help individuals to overcome struggles and live more Godly lives. I would also hope to write fiction novels that will positively impact others’ lives in a mental, spiritual and psychological way.

At some point in my life, I hope to become a minister/spiritual leader of a church that I start. I hope to go to a graduate school that will allow me to study intensive theology. I love learning about the history of the world biblically. It’s fascinating!! I love talking about God to others. I love empathizing and sympathizing with others. I believe that one of the best parts of being a disciple is having the ability to help others.  This is my dream Job. I love to sing, especially spiritual music, so that would be an amazing part of owning my own church.

I also hope to be a teacher in many different ways. I hope to be a journalism, spiritual and biblical teacher in a school or church setting.

No matter what the Lord plans for my future, I know that my number one goal for my life, is to be able to Glorify God and honor him, till I meet Him face to face in heavenly paradise.

Nicole Alcindor

Nicole Alcindor

Meet the Summer Staff – Part 12

Posted on May 5, 2016

1.What’s your name?

Joe Mitchell

2. Where are you from?

Bridgnorth, Shropshire in the UK

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

Bridgnorth Endowed School.  I currently work at this school as a Teaching Assistant.

4. What’s your favorite Country/state?

Portugal

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

Fishing

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

Definitely to meet new people from different parts of the world.  To have new experiences that will remain with me for the rest of my life.

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

Natural Setting – learning and embracing nature and all the wonderful things it can offer.

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

To work with young people of all backgrounds to help them make a difference and grow to be kind, giving adults.

Joseph Mitchell

Joseph Mitchell

Meet the Summer Staff – Part 11

Posted on May 4, 2016

1. What is your name?

Izzak Martin

2. Where are you from?

Derby, UK

3.What University/School do you attend?

Derby College

4. What’s your position on staff?

Summer Camp Counselor

5. What are you most excited about for this summer?

Embracing the American way of life and having fun!

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

Respect for one another. This means everyone can get along well and have a great time at camp.

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

Sailing, which is the activity I’ll be supervising is great because of the freedom you have on the water and the challenge of working with the elements.

8. What’s your favorite parable?

Parable of the talents; using your God-given talents wisely!

9. What’s your best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Going to the gym and then putting my feet up to watch Netflix.

Izaak Martin

Izaak Martin

 

Meet the Summer Staff – Part 10

Posted on Apr 27, 2016

1. What is your name?

Brittany Jones

2. Where are you from?

Dayton, Ohio

3.What University/School do you attend?

Cedarville University

4. What’s your position on staff?

Summer Camp Counselor

5. What are you most excited about for this summer?

I am most excited to meet kids who are excited about knowing the Lord’s presence through nature and getting to know new staff. And this is my first time working at a Christian camp too!

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

Developing Leaders!! I believe that God has instilled greatness in all of us and being able to discover their greatness and leadership capabilities along with them gets me soooo excited.

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

I’m a big food eater so I like activities that food is the incentive or cooking/baking in general.

8. What’s your favorite parable?

My favorite parable is of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). We must make ourselves prepared to answer when Christ calls us to go and do what he has for our lives for His glory.

9. What’s your best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

After church, I like spending my afternoon with family, sharing food and making memories with them.

Brittany Jones

Brittany Jones

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!