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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

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 8

Posted on Feb 5, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Lily Jones-Herbst

2. What’s your age?
20

3. Where are you from?
Cheshire, England

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
University of Nottingham, Politics and American Studies

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?
Arizona

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Gaga-ball, I’ve never seen kids get so involved and competitive about an activity, it’s so much fun to watch!

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
Getting to see how some of the kids I met last summer have grown over the past year, especially the Leaders in Training

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
Natural setting. So many children, and adults, these days don’t have the opportunity to experience the gift God has given us in nature. It’s refreshing to be in an environment where children can learn and grow that includes a natural setting.

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
To work in a non-profit organisation, with a focus on human rights.

Lily Jones-Herbst

Lily Jones-Herbst

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 7

Posted on Feb 2, 2015

1. What’s your name? Julia Martin

2. What’s your age? 19

3. Where are you from?
Glasgow, Scotland

4. What university/school do you attend? What major? Stow College – Social Sciences

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?
Italy – Rome. I really enjoyed the historical background of the city, and the Italian culture. The Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain were incredible.

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Swimming – I love being in the water!

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
I am so excited for the Summer, as I can’t wait to experience the American culture and have fun at camp getting to know loads of new people.

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
I think all the camp core values are important, especially engaging in community and with God.

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
It has always been a dream of mine to become a History Teacher, as I have always been interested in what has happened in the Worlds past, and keen to find out more about it. I enjoy working with young people and teaching others something new.

 

Julia Martin

Julia Martin

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 6

Posted on Jan 30, 2015

1. What’s your name? Kyle Anthony Walter Viola

2. What’s your age? 22

3. Where are you from? Long Island

4. What university/school do you attend? What major? New York University / Mental Health and Wellness Counseling

5. What’s your favorite Country/state? My favorite state is New York. I love it!

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why? My favorite camp activities are the skits we play around the campfire. They always get me laughing my socks off!

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why? I am looking forward to seeing the camp family from last year. We have a wonderful and loving community!

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
I can appreciate the camp core value of Developing Leaders. I believe every generation needs it’s leaders and more importantly I think each individual can benefit from growing in their self-leadership. I enjoy mentoring, teaching, and watching leaders flourish!

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
My dream job is first to become a Mental Health Counselor in my 20’s and then move forward to developing a business as an entrepreneur/ life coach. I have an appreciation for self-help and I would like to contribute to that field as well as psychology.

Kyle Viola

Kyle Viola

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 5

Posted on Jan 29, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Steph Turcios

2. What’s your age?
23

3. Where are you from?
I grew up in Baldwin, Long Island and I am now currently living in Brooklyn!

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
As an undergrad at St. John’s University in Queens I was a Childhood & Special Education major. Now I am finishing up graduate school at Hofstra University as a student in their HECIS Fellowship program that combines an MS. Ed in Early Childhood Special Education as well as Applied Behavioral Analysis.

5. What’s your favorite country/state?
I got a chance to study abroad while in college and I will never forget my time in Italy!

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
ARTS & CRAFTS!! A lot of campers come into this activity with a preconceived notion that it’s boring or just for girls, but they end up loving it! I think that by providing campers with opportunities for creativity while in the natural setting gives us a chance to create community while our hands are busy making artwork. The crafts we make come with memories and stories. I still have the projects we made my first year as a counselor! Each lanyard bracelet, painted shell or fuse bead magnet is made with a lot of love and consideration by campers, LITs…. and counselors too!

7. What’s are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
I can’t wait to see returning campers and staff! I’m really excited to see how the LIT program grows as well.

8. What’s your favorite camp core value and why?
I have always said in the past that my favorite camp core value is developing leaders. I think that specific core value will always have a special place in my heart since I have literally seen campers transform during the time they spend at camp. It’s exciting to see leaders emerge in all 3 sessions, amongst LITs and even within the dynamics of the staff.

9. What’s your dream job?
I cannot wait until I have my own classroom! I would love to teach students with disabilities in kindergarten, first or second grade. I’m excited to see where life takes me as an educator!

Steph Turcios

Steph Turcios

Power Up in the Holy Spirit for 2015

Posted on Jan 22, 2015

As 2015 begins, Camp DeWolfe is preparing for what God has planned for campers and camp family staff.  The foundation for 2015 summer camp is our Christian Formation Program.

2013 was focused on how God is ‘Making All things New’, 2014 was all about how we can ‘Get Real’ with Jesus as Lord. We are excited that this year’s program is titled “Power Up” in the Holy Spirit and is from Inside/Out Christian Resources for Outdoor Ministries. This camp program is based on the truth that Jesus promised His disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit and we too can receive that gift as believers in Christ. The themes that will be explored are:

◾Power Up with the Promise of Peace
◾Power Up and Celebrate the Spirit
◾Power Up to Imitate Christ
◾Power Up with the Fruit of the Spirit
◾Power Up as One Community
◾Power Up with Courage
◾Power Up for Peace Wherever You Go

A sample of the “Power Up” program and activities can be downloaded from www.ChurchCampResources.com

Watch a video about “Power Up” here!

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.

 “All this I have spoken while still with you.But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:25-27)

The Holy Spirit is a Gift for All

The Holy Spirit is a Gift for All