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Scouts Make a Difference at Camp DeWolfe

Posted on Aug 4, 2016

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Rohin McIntosh

There are a lot of people who have put a lot of love and hard work into Camp DeWolfe. Recently we have been blessed by the presence and work of Rohin McIntosh of Boy Scout Troop 94, Wading River (more info here). In order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout a Boy Scout must organize and complete an “Eagle Scout Project” which gives back to the community. Rohin chose to give back here at Camp DeWolfe!

Through Rohin’s organization and the hard work of some great volunteers, Camp DeWolfe now has 3 tent sites, two firepits, and an extension to our nature trail. A huge thank you goes out to all of those involved including the following youth volunteers:

Uma McIntosh Alex Boulier Doug Jones
Danny Jones Andrew Jones Matt Hanson
Joe Stevens D.J. Doherty Axel Boisits
Sean Clahane Greg Curiel Nick Mango
Eric Kaspar Jack Kockenmeister Sean Maki
Shan Balcerak

Also, a huge thank you goes out to the following Adult volunteers:

Michael McIntosh Sumita Bhaduri-McIntosh Mr. Balcerak
Mrs. Balcerak Mr. Boulier Mr. Maki
Mr. Stevens Mr. Boisits
Tents Popped

Tents Popped

Rohin did amazing work and we have some great tent sites that will house campers all summer long! Just last night our Discovery Campers got to benefit from Rohin’s crewmembers’ hard work for the first time. A huge thank you goes out to all of the volunteers and especially to Rohin for these beautiful tenting sites, firepits, and extended nature trail.

Behold, I Give You a New Commandment: All You Need is Love

Posted on Jul 29, 2016

DSC_6436John 13:34-35

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


Adventure Camp. Week 1  has begun! This week has been great as we now get to our second campfire of the session tonight! Our Adventure Campers have all moved in, gotten to know one another, and have almost finished their first full week of activity areas. On Monday they will start their new week with new activity areas. Tonight’s campfire, complete with songs and s’mores, will be a great way to mark our time together thus far and look forward to a great week ahead. Before the campfire we will have our first Eucharist of the week with Mother Julie in St. Luke’s Chapel. Mother Julie is the Associate Rector from Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights and she is an awesome addition to our Camp Family!  So far, this week has been a blast!

Our Christian Formation theme for this session is Courage in Community.  We are looking at different mini-themes that teach us what it means to live, work, and worship together as the Adventure Camp Community here at Camp DeWolfe. We’ve looked at, so far, at how we can be courageous in showing up for our fellow campers as well as at the courage to trust one another. The story of Ruth and Naomi, the commandment from Jesus to his Disciples to love another, and a passage of Jeremiah that we worked with this morning (Jeremiah 17:5-10) all give us glimpses into what it means to trust each other and God. Beginning tomorrow, we will move into our next themes which will take us through more of the Old Testament into the Gospel of Matthew through which we will see the themes of Standing up for what we believe in, Justice, Change, and Connecting. Our Adventure Camp community is still growing together but it is a strong Jesus-filled community!

This weekend we have our first weekend program of the session, which is run by two of our awesome counselors Brad and Katherine! The theme for the weekend is Olympics! We’re going to have a great weekend of fun and excitement as we all compete in various Olympic events. We will have our first Christian Formation session on the beach on Saturday night as the sunsets. Overall, this week has been an awesome one and I think we are in for a really amazing next week together! As always, all of you are in our prayers here at Camp DeWolfe!

Grace and Peace,
Stephen Tamke
Christian Formation Director

Blessed by St. Mark’s, Jackson Heights

Posted on Jul 26, 2016

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Veil and Burse

Different people have different understandings of what a “worship service” is supposed to be. Some people see it as us communicating to God how much we love God. Some people see it as us seeking to experience God. Either way, Christians set time and space apart to come together as a community, pray, and sing songs to God. We like to call the space set apart for worship “sacred space”.

The things of worship show us that “sacred space” is set apart for something: the candles, the altar, the instruments, the vestments. All of these things say, “Something different is happening here.” All of these physical symbols help to create a space in which we can connect with the beauty, grace, and love of God.

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That is why we are so thankful to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Deacon Jason Moskal for providing us new parements for our altar. The Superfrontal they donated tells our campers and staff alike that St. Luke’s Chapel is set apart, that it is a place where we are going to experience God and God’s Kingdom. The beauty of the altar hanging reminds us that God gives us God’s best, and that God desires our best.

Thank you St. Mark’s!

It’s The Final Countdown

Posted on Jul 22, 2016

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?

Discovery Camp week 2. It’s almost over and yet it feels like it just started! We’ve had a really amazing two weeks here at Camp DeWolfe. Our activity areas have had some exciting programming for our campers and our Weekend Program had our very own Camp Olympics! I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a great time competing over the weekend. I believe it was the UK that ended up winning, coming back from a pretty deep deficit after day 1. Thanks to our amazing Unit Leaders, Brad and Katherine, for an awesome Weekend Program!

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Eucharist Altar

We said goodbye to Fr. Larry Byrne on Saturday morning and said hello to Fr. Brian Blayer on Sunday afternoon. Fr. Brian can be found out and about around camp taking part in whatever he can. On Monday he was helping the LITs (Leaders in Training) with their service project on site moving large (!!!) piles of woodchips around the visitor parking area. Since last week our Christian Formation has looked at the themes of Courage to Forgive, to Stand Up, to Do Justice, to Change, and tomorrow we’ll look at the Courage to Connect (“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:19) just before we all go our separate ways. As a Christian Community here at Camp DeWolfe each of these themes connects to our lives in unique ways and we explored how our time at camp can help us grow into a stronger community of Christ, both here and at home. I think our faith community here is a pretty great one and will only get stronger in our final 24 hours together!

Tonight we will have our final evening activity, the sailboat regatta, our final Eucharist with Fr. Blayer, and our closing campfire. I can’t believe we’re here already but time flies when you’re having fun, right? We are so looking forward to our final dinner together tonight (Hawaii themed day and dinner!) and for a great last morning of activities tomorrow. To all those traveling tomorrow to Camp DeWolfe, please do so carefully! You are all in our prayers and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Grace and Peace,
Stephen Tamke
Christian Formation Director

The Community that Prays Together, Stays Together

Posted on Jul 16, 2016

Jeremiah 17:7

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”

 

Discovery Camp week 1 has been a blast so far! We’ve had some pretty great food (Chef Alex strikes again!), great fun in all the activity areas (thanks, Counselors!), and great formation (thanks, Jesus)! We started Sunday night off with our first Christian formation session followed by our opening campfire. The campfire is always a great way to get to know one another and have some fun with s’mores before bedtime. We’re looking forward to our first Eucharist of the session with Fr. Larry Byrne tonight at St. Luke’s Chapel. So far, all is going really well!

 

Our Christian Formation theme for this session is Courage in Community.  We are looking at different mini-themes that teach us what it means to live, play, and worship together as a Community of Christ at Camp DeWolfe. Our first two days we looked at how we can be courageous in showing up for one another. Yesterday and today we’ve seen passages that have to do with the courage to trust one another. This theme looked at the story of Ruth and Naomi, as well as a passage from Jeremiah 17:5-10. We saw how prayer for one another is a form of trust between each of us. Tomorrow, we will move on to how we, as a community of Christ, are called to forgive one another and we’ll use the story of Joseph and his brothers from Genesis. This weekend and next week our stories will take us through more of the Old Testament and into the Gospel of Matthew. Our Discovery Camp community at Camp DeWolfe is still growing but we are already a strong community of faith!

 

This weekend we will have our first weekend program run by lead counselors Brad and Katherine and the weekend theme is Olympics! This will be an awesome weekend of fun and excitement as we all participate in various camp Olympic events. Saturday night we have our Christian Formation on the beach where we will get to watch the sunset as we pray together. So, overall, this week has been great so far and we are looking forward to what is ahead for our awesome Discovery Camp Community! As always, you all are in our prayers here at camp.

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Stephen Tamke

 

Christian Formation Director

Community

Community

Building Our Community of Christ

Posted on Jul 8, 2016

Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

 

And, just like that, we are now in our Learning to Forgivelast full activity day of our Explorer Camp session! It really has been an awesome week full of fun, excitement, and Jesus! He has certainly been present this week in all of our chapel sessions and activities with the campers. Sunday night was a great first night with our first chapel session, opening campfire and getting to know one another. Monday morning we began our first full day of activities with chapel right on through to water Olympics in the evening; a great first full day!

 

As the week has progressed we have looked at how we can build our own community of Christ here at Camp DeWolfe. We’ve done this in our chapel sessions during which different stories from scripture showed us how community has been part of the life of Christianity since the beginning. The theme of Community was broken down each day into different categories: the courage to show up, to trust, to forgive, to stand, to do justice, to change, and to connect. Some of the stories we’ve looked at are the call of Abram, the story of Ruth and Naomi, of Joseph forgiving his brothers, of Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego, and Esther. Each of these stories brings out the importance of community in the life of the faithful. Tonight, at our Eucharist with Father Sheldon, we’ll look at a story from Acts in which the Spirit falls on everyone and we must change who we are to welcome everyone. Finally, tomorrow, we’ll see how, in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus calls us to bring our community of faith across borders to all people and expand the community of Christ.

 

Our community Dancing like Miriam!here at Camp DeWolfe is a pretty great one. Our Explorer campers have shown us what it means to live out our call to be Disciples of Christ in our camp as well as in our communities back home. I can’t believe this week has gone so quickly but it has been one filled with laughter, great food, (thanks, Chef Alex!) and Grace. I’m looking forward to our closing campfire tonight and for one more chapel session tomorrow with our campers. Our prayers are with all the families who are traveling tomorrow! See you then!

Grace and Peace,
Stephen Tamke

Christian Formation Director

Tending Our Flock

Posted on Jul 2, 2016

John 21: 16

Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

Belay is on! Well, we’ve made it to the end of staff training and I, for one, can’t believe that it has gone by so quickly! It has been an awesome two weeks as we have gotten to know one another quite well and enjoyed some pretty great training sessions and fun activities. We’ve had some “mystery bus trips” that resulted in a trip to Wal-Mart and the shopping outlets here as well as an exciting outing to the Social Security Office for our international staff. That was a fun one, I’m sure!

 

 

Lend a tube!As we prepare for our weekend off before campers arrive we are getting together our activity lesson plans, prepping the waterfront, putting together chapel services, and readying the cabins. There’s a lot that goes into getting this place up and running but we manage to make it a fun time as we do so. Tomorrow afternoon we will have a Eucharist (Communion) service in St. Luke’s Chapel that will include a commissioning of our counselors for the summer ahead. The Very Rev. Canon John McGinty, Dean of The Mercer School of Theology for the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, will celebrate the Eucharist and lead the commissioning. It, will be a lovely service, I’m sure, in which we will celebrate our call by Jesus to lead our campers, tending our own flock, as they enjoy their time at Camp DeWolfe this summer!

And so, with one weekend standing between us and the start of our first Explorer Camp session we are excited to put all that we have learned and trained for into our activities and worship next week! Please keep all of us here at Camp DeWolfe, as well as our campers, in your prayers as we begin our summer camp sessions, and we will keep you in ours, as well!”

Yours in Christ,
Stephen Tamke
Christian Formation Director

The Spirit We’ve Been Given

Posted on Jun 24, 2016

II Timothy 1: 6-7

For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

God is really good!

Hello from all the staff and counselors at Camp DeWolfe for Summer 2016! It is always a little nerve wracking and a bit scary to come to a new place and meet new people. But, camp does a really good job of erasing those anxieties pretty quickly and replacing them with excitement and fun at what is in store for the summer. As the staff and counselors have gotten to know one another during this first week of staff training we have become friends and members of our great, big, and awesome camp family!

We have had some exciting experiences together from the challenge ropes courses on Monday to staff Olympics last night; from icebreakers to learning about love languages. Christian Formation has begun and we’re working hard at understanding and living out our camp verse (from II Timothy, above) and our camp theme: Courage in Community. Here at camp we are looking at how our campers, and we, can live out our call as followers of Christ in our community at camp as well as in our communities back home. We have all been brought into the community of Christ and been given the gift of God’s love that is in each of us. Now it is up to us to bring God’s love into our communities and into the world.

So, with one more week left of staff training we are well on our way to a great summer at camp. We are excited to welcome our campers so soon to their new Camp DeWolfe home and family, as well as to begin our summer of fun, excitement, prayer, and love!

Yours in Christ,
Stephen Tamke
Christian Formation Director

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Meet the Summer Staff – Part 15

Posted on Jun 18, 2016

1.What’s your name?

Andrew Chang

2. Where are you from?

Smithtown, NY

3. What university/school do you attend?

Boston University

4. What’s your summer role?

Camp Counselor/ Lifeguard

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

I’m excited to be able to work with children!

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

Purposeful community because I truly want everyone to be involved and have a great time!

8. What’s your favorite camp activity?

Sports because it has always been a big part of my life and to be able to play in it a camp setting is gonna be so great.

9. What’s your favorite parable?

“He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy” Titus 2:5

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

. Attending church then playing some basketball with friends afterwords!

Andrew Chang

Andrew Chang

From Camp to Camp

Posted on Jun 14, 2016

This month, the Camp DeWolfe family went on a pre-summer camp adventure to the mountain town of Jinotega, Nicaragua to teach English and volunteer with Outreach 360’s Dare to Dream Summer Camp program. After serving in 2012, it was an absolute blessing and gift thanks to our supporters and donors, to be able to return to the Neighborhood Learning Center and see the same students! They had ALL grown in their maturity, skills, English and Spanish literacy, as well as height!!

We kicked off their first week of Summer Camp 2016 – facilitating camp games and activities, all around the theme of learning to respect the dignity of all persons, including those physically disabled. From blindfolding mazes, silent charades and color challenges, to no armed water transfer relays and pairs bracelet making with no arms, to no legged soccer games, the activities were engaging and fun for students to enjoy! Students also enjoyed handicapped bridge model making and an art program including puppet shows. All of which in a small 90 degree tin-roofed, concrete floored, breeze-blocked center in a shanty town in the mountains. The background of camp certainly wasn’t the luxurious Long Island NY with the ocean views and AC, however the children were all just as excited, energized, engaging and fun as any other summer campers on the planet!

From neighborhood walks through the dusty roads, to mountain hikes with volcanoes on the horizon, to a 6.2 Earthquake on Thursday night, to coffee bean and cacao bean tasting, to exploring the Selga Negra (Black Forest) listening to the howling monkeys, we all soaked up the beauty and majesty of God’s natural setting in Nicaragua deep into our souls. However, it is always absurd to be reminded that these kind-hearted people are fighting to survive on just $2 a day, working from ages 5 and up, with education being rare past the age of 10, where class sizes are 1:60 for only a half day of elementary education. For us, we took it all in as a reflection and life-check on priorities – for our children in the Learning Center it is a daily reality of life.

We are so thankful that Outreach 360’s grass-roots year-round permanent neighborhood learning center provides free Spanish and English classes for children up to ages 16 to attend for their 2nd half of their day. This is not just to keep them from being forced to work in the coffee plantations, but to provide an opportunity of choice for their future.

For more information, please check ‘Dreaming Nicaragua’ and ‘No Passaran” documentaries about Nicaragua, and also www.outreach360.org to get involved and help make a difference in the lives of children. There are options to volunteer, short-term and long-term, donate gifts, items and raise awareness as well as re-thinking priorities in the west that can positively affect the global community we are a part of today. We certainly cannot wait to return to Nicaragua next year and take another team down from Camp DeWolfe/Diocese of Long Island. These children are God’s children who are our children! And Camp life is camp life!

Our prayers are that we all may be ever mindful of the GIFTS of running clean water, 3 meals a day. education, shelter, transportation and electricity – all of which are just not a constant or present reality for more than 80% of our brothers and sisters in 21st century world today. May God continue to open our eyes to see how we can BE love through serving actively in our local communities, as well as globally, this summer.

Spanish Class

Spanish Class

English Class

English Class

Camp Games

Camp Games

Joyful souls

Joyful souls

Summer Camp Fun

Summer Camp Fun

Overlooking the mountains in Jinotega

Overlooking the mountains in Jinotega