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Summer 2017 Staff Bio – Emma Cledwyn-Davies

Posted on Dec 1, 2016

z-used-2016-12-01-emma-cledwyn-davies1. Name
Emma Cledwyn-Davies

2. From?
Watford, England

3. School Attending?
Manchester Metropolitan University

4. Position on Staff
Counselor

5. Most excited about for this Summer?
To experience an American Summer Camp

6. Favorite Camp Core Value and Why?
Natural Setting, as in the 21st century outdoor space can be under appreciated.

7. Favorite Camp Activity and Why?
High Ropes Course because it’s scary but fun.

8. Favorite Parable
The Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24)

9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
A long walk with friends followed by dinner out

Summer Staff Reflection – Issue 6 – Kayleigh Stewart

Posted on Nov 17, 2016

G1 Smiles

Kayleigh and her Cabin

Back in December, I was agonizing. I had a decision to make – what I was going to do this summer. I go to a competitive university and the pressure to get a fancy job or internship in the city was high. But I felt God calling me to something else – to return to the little camp that God put so much in my heart. I felt like I had unfinished business. I had no idea what it was, but I was willing to trust God.

Now as I look at the suitcases of my final campers of the summer, I understand why I was called back. Growth in a person is a slow change. We often say at camp that we don’t often get to see the fruits of our labor – how our campers grow. Camper who grew in confidence and maturity during camp last summer grew in leaps and bounds during the year. To work with them again as their new selves was incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. It made me very proud of the young adults they’re becoming. To have played even a very tiny role in their growth means the world. This summer has truly taught me the value of investing in a community of young people.

Camp DeWolfe Celebrates 70 Years of Ministry!

Posted on Nov 10, 2016

On November 11thCamp DeWolfe will officially launch its 70th Anniversary Celebrations, at the Diocese of Long Island’s 150th Convention at the Melville Marriott. Seven celebratory events, have been planned to mark this special year in the camps history. Camp representatives will be distributing information about all the 2017 “Anniversary” events, program offerings, and special “Anniversary year” promotions.

2017 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Camp. Opened in 1947 by Bishop DeWolfe, Camp DeWolfe, is the Diocese of Long Island’s official summer and Camp and Retreat Center located in Wading River NY. Camp DeWolfe welcomes thousands of retreat guests and summer campers each year as it fulfill its mission of “Changing Lives, Sharing Christ”. All are welcome to join campers, parents, families, alumni and Camp staff members to mark this very important time in the Camp’s history. If you would like to attend or volunteer any of the events please contact the Camp office.

All are encouraged to specifically attend two events hosted by Bishop Provenzano.

  1. 70th Anniversary Benefit Luncheon, Camp DeWolfe- 1:00pm

Join Bishop Provenzano at this special event in support the ongoing mission of Camp DeWolfe. Hear about how donations are positively affecting lives each day and join us as we honor 70 years of ministry in Wading River. Seats are extremely limited.

  1. 2. Anniversary Celebration Service: Cathedral of the Incarnation- 10am, June 3rd.

This special service will commemorate the storied past, active present and hopeful future of Camp DeWolfe and is sponsored by the Cathedral of the Incarnation, the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and Board of Managers of Camp DeWolfe. A BBQ lunch will follow.

RSVP to the Camp office 631 929 4325

Click here for the full list of events!

Elections, Convention and the One Foundation

Posted on Nov 10, 2016

Whale Watch Success!

Succeeding Together

“And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? … No one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. ” – I Corinthians 3: 1-4, 11

It has been a difficult and divisive election season. From nasty party primaries to demonstrations in the streets over the difference between the popular and the electoral votes, this presidential election cycle has left a lot of people angry with the person next door or, more likely, in the next county. It is, perhaps, providential that the Diocese of Long Island has its annual gathering and business meeting, Convention, the same week as the election.

As we look specifically at racial reconciliation during Convention, we also have the chance to make an important public statement about what reconciliation means when Christians may not agree, when some may be celebrating hope and others are in uncertainty and despair. The differences in how we understand and live out our faith are important, and church polity must be discussed, prayed over, and voted on. However, it is vitally important that we remember during this time that, ultimately, we are all building on the One Foundation, Jesus Christ. We will build with the best materials we have available and some day it is Jesus himself who will decide whether we have built with “ gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, [or] straw“. (I Cor 3: 12)

We at Camp DeWolfe are in the business of creating Christian community out of diverse populations. Convention is doing exactly that, but on a much bigger and broader scale. However we might disagree, let us agree that we are building on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Let us, as Bishop Provenzano encourages, “live a Gospel life in the midst of God’s People where love and charity, compassion and understanding, and selflessness are all the hallmarks of our serving the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “

Praying for Christ’s Peace,
Nate Saccol
Program Director

Summer Staff Reflection – Issue 5 – Cat Maxwell

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

Pipecleaner Craft

Cat Leading Arts and Crafts

Camp DeWolfe is a place of sun, sea, and smiles! As a British Counselor, I felt nervous coming to the states, but I was instantly welcomed into a family and camp felt like home. This summer I have had some incredible opportunities to gain lots of new experiences and it has been very memorable. From working with children of different ages and from different backgrounds to leading many different activity areas – I have definitely learned a lot. It has been great to see how both campers and counselors alike have grown in their journey of faith with God. I will always remember this summer.

Cat

Praying with Our Discovery Campers and LITs

Posted on Oct 29, 2016

Sharing together

Discovery Camp Christian Formation

A few weeks ago we shared the prayers of the people from Adventure Camp with the Collect written by the Leader’s in Training. This week we would like to share the Prayers of the People written by our Discovery Campers and the Collect written by the LITs for the Closing Eucharist of Discovery Camp 2016. We would encourage Priests and other leaders of worship to use all or part of this in their own Sunday Eucharist liturgy. We would also encourage each person who reads this to take some time and pray these prayers with the openness

and earnestness with which they were written.

Prayers of the People

Priest:  Let us pray for all that God has created – the Church, the world, and all of us.

Reader:   Heavenly Father, we pray that everyone in our Church and Camp Community may be strengthened in the love and Grace of Jesus Christ as long as they live.

Everyone:     Brother Jesus, thank You for the Church

 

Reader:   Gracious God, we pray for the United States of America, for President Barack Obama and all government officials who work to keep us safe.

Everyone:    Lord Jesus, lead us and guide us.

 

Reader:   We pray for all those who are affected by war around the world, that they may feel God’s presence and healing love in their lives.

Everyone:  Prince of Peace, help us to love one another.

 

Reader:  We pray for camps around the world, especially our Camp DeWolfe , and other Episcopal camps in the United States, Camp Bratton Green, Camp MacDowell, and Camp Allen. That their summer camp ministry may be ones that brings campers closer to God and makes Jesus present in their life.

Everyone:    Jesus of Nazareth, be our neighbor, too.

 

Reader:  We pray for healing and treatment for those who are sick, for faith in Christ for those who seek Him, and for Christ’s presence in the lives of those who are troubled.

Everyone:    Jesus, our loving brother, be with us always.

 

Reader:        We pray for all those who have died and for their families who are                 suffering. May they be welcomed into heaven in God’s loving embrace.

Everyone:    Jesus, our Savior, You bring us home to God.

The priest continues with a Collect.

Discovery Camp LIT’s Collect

Gracious God, we pray for the strength to forgive, the courage to love, and the ability trust. Within our camp community, we ask for lasting friendships, unity, and unconditional love even when others do us wrong. As we leave this camp community, we pray that the things we’ve learned we will show in our communities back home; that we will be the helpers in this lost world and will be leaders who show the love, mercy, and grace that reflect Jesus Christ our Lord in the world.

Summer Staff Reflections – Issue 4 – Kyle Smith

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

Canoe on the Sound

Kyle on the Sound

My time at Camp DeWolfe has been an amazing experience. From day one, all of the people that I have met have been amazing to work with and I will never forget any of them. Another great part of the camp experience was being an activity leader – nothing will beat canoeing on the Long Island Sound everyday for 2 months and for me to share my skills with campers. I saw God through my campers throughout my time on camp. Nothing beats the smile on a camper’s face when they have accomplished something difficult or challenging.

Summer Staff Reflections – Issue 3 Amy Morton

Posted on Oct 13, 2016

Prayer

Amy Praying with her Campers at Christian Formation

Camp DeWolfe is a place where you get to meet a variety of people with a variety of backgrounds. For me this was my favourite part of camp. Coming from England, I was able to learn about American culture and see it in practice. Learning about the campers’ lives and seeing them grow with God and in themselves through conquering their fears was incredible! Of course it is a challenge, but the result of seeing friendships between people grow and the love of God spread around the camp and the people makes it worth the challenge.

Amy Morton
2016 Summer Counselor

Praying with LITs and Adventure Campers

Posted on Oct 6, 2016

The last Thursday night of each camp session here at Camp DeWolfe we have a Eucharist with our visiting chaplain. Our closing Eucharist is one of the highlights of our camping program and our campers are always active participants in the program. Part of their participation is to write the “Prayers of the People” to be used in the service. Our LITs got to write the Collect for our final Eucharist of 2016. I invite you to read these prayers and pray them, aloud or silently. You will be praying with our Adventure campers and Leaders in Training.

Collect – 2016 Leaders in Training

Gracious God, we pray for peace for those have faced injustice, that they may have the courage and strength to forgive. We pray for the ability to trust those within our camp community and those at home in those places we live; that we may take that trust wherever we go. We pray that people will feel God’s love around the world and have the boldness to step out in faith. May God’s light be in our presence always. Amen.

Prayers of the People – 2016 Adventure Campers

Priest:  With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, keep us.”

Reader:       We pray for those who are harmed throughout the world for following God’s call to work through God’s Church as well as for all those members of the Church community worldwide. Lord, bless us.
Everyone:  Lord, keep us.

Reader:       Nosotros resamos por todos los leaderes del mundo como nuestro Presidente Barack Obama para que trabajen por paz en el mundo. Lord, bless us
Everyone:  Lord, keep us.

Reader:       We pray for the victims of war around the world. We pray for those in our armed forces, both at home and around the world, and for their families. Lord, bless us.
Everyone:  Lord, keep us.

Reader:     We pray for our Camp Community, for our staff and campers; that we all might have strength and endurance as we continue to grow as a camp community in love and faith. Lord, bless us.
Everyone:  Lord, keep us.

Reader:      We pray for the welfare of the whole world, that all may have safety, health, and happiness in their lives. We pray for all those who are sick, that they receive the healing grace and love of Jesus Christ in their lives. Lord, bless us.
Everyone:  Lord, keep us.

Reader:      We pray for all those who have died, that they may rest in peace and rise in glory with Christ our Lord. Lord, bless us.
Everyone:  Lord, keep us.

Doing It for the LORD

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

“Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24

Before

Before Painting

It is fall, and that means that it is time to get Camp DeWolfe ready for the upcoming winter. There are a lot of projects that need to be done outside before the cold weather hits. For our LITs and our Camp America staff, some of these will be familiar. In the past week, the staff has painted 5 cabins and leveled/moved 8 large piles of woodchips. Our Camp America staff and our Leaders in Training all had the chance to help with similar projects. I don’t mind moving wood chips or painting cabins. In fact, it can be a lot of fun to do these sorts of service activities when one is doing them with friends. In the summer, though, these tasks were never met with enthusiasm and raucous applause.

It is pretty obvious, then, why I thought of the struggle for both the staff and the LITs when I read this passage in Colossians during my devotions. This passage in Colossians can frustrate us as it has been (mis)used to legitimize some terrible forms of oppression. Thank God that we can acknowledge that the references to slavery and strict gender roles can be problematic, then get to the real business of listening for what God is saying to us through the text.

After Painting

After Painting

While I was reading it I found God speaking to me through verses 23 and 24. Whatever your task, do it as though you were doing it for the Lord. If we keep the Lord Christ as the purpose and focus of everything we do, it changes how we do it and even the very actions themselves. If we go to our jobs with the understanding that we are serving God rather than the “almighty” dollar, or our bosses, or the shareholders, how does that change the way we think about our work? If we cared for our families knowing that it is work we do for Jesus Christ, how much less arduous would it be to do the laundry or dishes? If our friendships were less about us and more about pleasing God and caring for others, how much more loving and caring could we be toward our friends?

So what tasks that are a part of your work, family life, or friendships would you do differently if you were doing them for the Lord? Would you apply yourself more to those reports if you were doing them for Jesus Christ instead of to get a paycheck? Would you be less annoyed with your family if you thought of folding socks as a service to the Lord rather than something you have to do because they won’t wear flipflops? Admittedly, this is easy at Camp DeWolfe. We are a Christian organization whose identity is found in serving the Lord through faith-based programs and Christian hospitality. It may be harder for you in your situation. It may take more effort to remember that your sales position, your plumbing work, your food service is first and foremost your work for God. If you can make that conceptual leap, though, it will change your life, your job, your worldview. It will turn difficult, annoying, and lengthy tasks into sacrifices of praise to a loving God.

– Nate Saccol, Program Director

P.S. If you would like to help Camp DeWolfe do some landscaping, painting, or other beautification projects, we still have lots of opportunities for folks to participate in our Service Saturdays. It is work that is easy to know that you are doing it for the Lord. Get more information here!