Camp DeWolfe Blog
Discovery Camp is now in full swing! With over 40 campers (including the LITs – Leaders in Training) arriving here on Sunday 14th July, and here through Friday 26th July, half of whom are returning from last year, each day is bursting with activities that include ideas and learning.
As the program coordinator, I have the opportunity to sit at a different table each meal, and I hear from the campers about how their morning or afternoon had gone. They are having fun doing all the water and land activities. A few highlights have been getting back on the archery range, remembering how to capsize and right a sailing boat, and getting into the pool for free swim after a hot day! We are appreciative for the time to sit and rest in the heat of the day after lunch in cabin time. Everyone also loves the air conditioning in the St Luke’s Chapel!
Christian Formation happens twice a day, and the participation has been wonderful! Yesterday, and as I write, the campers are creating their own skits to show changed lives and the creation story. This group has been particularly creative and the acting is quite good! Dan, our seminarian who leads and coordinates Christian Formation, has been encouraging us to think through what God might have for us to learn this week about creation and about each other.
The campers thank you for all the letters and prayers! They love to receive mail, and are also glad to be having fun with their new friends.
You may send letters to:
[Camper Name - Cabin Number]
PO Box 487
-Words from Karen Bartos
(Summer Program Coordinator)
Smores with Megan and Kaitlyn:
Campfire with Father Brian Blayer:
Sail Boat Regatta:
G1 Party People Boat:
Skits in Christian Formation:
LIT Service Afternoon:
LIT Service Project:
Arts and Crafts:
Climbing the Wall:
Kayaking on the Sound:
Swimming in the Sound:
Katie the Lifeguard:
Explorer Camp 2013 kicked off on Sunday 7th July, with campers arriving from Brooklyn, Suffolk, Nassau and Queens, as well as New Jersey, Virginia and upstate New York! This summer’s theme is CREATION! and campers have been outdoors in the great summer weather all week so far!
The Lord is good and really great,
so worshiping God just can’t wait!
God has blessed us with a camp that’s really cool!
We get to canoe, climb, and even go swimming in a pool!
We all know Camp DeWolfe is an awesome place!
It’s all about fun and friends,
and God’s amazing grace!
So say “thank you” to God with all you got!
It’d be really silly if you do not!
Funky hat day…
Arrival Day Swim Evals…
First day tour time…
Arts and Crafts..
Water Olympics Night in the Pool…
Christian Formation time… Animals in Creation…
Learning to play Ga-Ga with Corey…
Free Swim time…
Pool time to cool down…
First meal – Thanksgiving Dinner….
Songs in the Chapel…
By the camp fire…
Volleyball with Kate…
Learning from Corey, the Sports Instructor…
(Photos by Luke Fodor)
Praise God for a safe and fun camp session!!
The 2013 summer staff training comes to a close tomorrow, after a 10 day intensive leadership development program preparing the 20-some team of young adults ages 18-35 to live out their faith in real ways this summer with campers at Camp DeWolfe. The training program was designed to provide the summer team with tools and resources to be equipped to be positive role models and leaders for Christ and for His campers over the next several weeks.
The staff have come together with energy and enthusiasm in a new temporary camp community, to share their gifts and strengths, in a safe and effective camp program. Following team building activities and challenges, and hard skills including life-guarding and ropes course facilitation, the summer team participated in camper welfare sessions, age development presentations, safe church trainings, emergency procedures activities and role plays, lesson planning for activity areas, christian formation planning, and lots of games and songs and activities along the way, ready for Sunday’s Explorer campers to arrive!
It is amazing to see how God brings together people to serve His ministry this summer and to reach out to campers and staff in His ways and His plans this summer! Join us as we continue to pray for Christ’s will be done through the outdoor community here at Camp DeWolfe!
“Good leaders must first become good servants.” – Robert Greenleaf
This week at Camp DeWolfe, the summer staff have been diving into their new summer temporary community, being intentional with each other, as they become a summer team to serve the campers that are going to be here. The staff have been participating in team building activities, get-to-know you games, and experienced several sessions of Adventure Challenge on the High Ropes and Low Ropes course.
As the staff continue to build trust and learn how to support each other, please continue to lift them up in prayer, as both individuals and as a team, knowing that ‘We are many parts of one body, in Christ, and we all belong to each other.’ (Romans 12:5).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.