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Preparing for camp?

Posted on Apr 29, 2015

As summer is around the corner and you are preparing your camper(s) for camp or vacations or trips, here is a suggested packing list for a typical 2-week camp session. The best advice we can give it to mark all items with your camper’s name with either a name tag or permanent marker. Each camper is responsible for their belongings. Please show them how to pack and fold their clothes, how to separate dirty laundry in a bag from clean laundry and why not make it a fun family activity on the next rainy day!

• Sleeping bag or twin sheets & blanket
• Pillow and pillowcase
• 2 bath or beach towels and washcloths
• 3-4 pair sweatshirts and sweat pants
• 6-8 pair shorts– knee length (no short shorts or skirts)
• 10 full length T-shirts or shirts (no scoop neck shirts, spaghetti straps, or strapless)
• 3-4 pair long pants
• 12 sets underwear and socks
• 2-3 sets nightclothes
• Laundry bag
• 2-3 one-piece modest bathing suits (No two-pieces)
• Raincoat/jacket
• Sneakers (no flip flops and unsafe sandals)
Water shoes and swim goggles for waterfront/pool
• Hat
• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• Deodorant
• Soap in soap container
• Shampoo/conditioner
• Hairbrush or comb
• Sanitary items
• 2 personal water bottles (labeled)
• Flashlight and new batteries
• Insect repellant without DEET (will be kept in the infirmary)
• Sun block with SPF 15 or greater
• Stationary/letters/postcards & stamps (Pre-addressed to home)
• Prescription medications
• Bible, journal and book

Give us a call on 631-929-4325 with any questions or other tips you would like to help best prepare you and your camper this summer!

Camp Family

Camp Family

Meet the Summer Staff 2015

Posted on Apr 22, 2015

What’s your name? – Matt Tees

Where are you from? – Philadelphia, PA

What university did you study at?
Western New England University, MA – Bachelors of Business Administration: Communications, Marketing and Advertising
and Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

What’s your favorite country & state?
New Zealand and California

What’s your favorite camp activity?
The Adventure Challenge Course

What are you most looking forward to about summer?
Camp Fires on the Beach!

What’s your favorite camp core value?
Developing Leaders

What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
Husband and Father….. And if I have time, a professional ski mountain guide and ice hockey player!

Matt Tees

Matt Tees

Building community across the seas

Posted on Apr 22, 2015

This Easter break, Camp DeWolfe hosted the Shoreham- Wading River School District’s 8th Grade Madrid Exchange! Over 40 students visited Madrid in February and made new friendships and explored new places and cultures! This Easter, the Shoreham- Wading River School District hosted these students from Madrid to share their community, homes and families. Everyone enjoyed a day on the Adventure Challenge Course, beach fun, camp fires and community building activities, in addition to good food and lots of outdoor fun. Lifelong friendships were formed across the pond! The group visited NYC and a variety of places across Long Island as families shared their lives with these students, to help make memories for years to come! If you are interested in a day trip to Camp DeWolfe, click here!

The Long Island Sound

The Long Island Sound

Making memories

Making memories

New friends

New friends

Beach walks

Beach walks

Team building

Team building

A leap of Faith

A leap of Faith

Adventure Challenge

Adventure Challenge

First time for S'mores

First time for S’mores

Meet the Summer Staff – Part 21

Posted on Apr 11, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Kayleigh Stewart

2. What’s your age?

3. Where are you from?
Kent, Connecticut

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
New York University- Drama and English

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Swimming- I love water!

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
I can’t wait to meet everyone and become a part of the Camp DeWolfe family!

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
Community- I love making friends and being a part of something greater.

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
Anywhere on a stage!

Kayleigh Stewart

Kayleigh Stewart

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Posted on Apr 9, 2015

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Meet the Summer Staff – Part 20

Posted on Apr 1, 2015

What’s your name?
Anthony O’Reilly

What’s your age?

Where are you from?
Harrow, London, England

What university/school do you attend? What major?
St Mary’s University College London. I study History & Philosophy

What’s your favorite country/state?
My favorite country other than England and the US is Ireland! It’s a beautiful place where I have a lot of family! I just love it there! My favorite state is of course New York and Long Island and NYC in particular!!

What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Mmmmmmm… there are so many great activities at Camp DeWolfe it’s hard to choose. Although I feel bad for not saying formation or the Long Island sound activities however I really enjoyed evening activities such as Animal Hunt. I always felt they were the best time for the whole camp regardless of what cabin you were in to unite as a camp family.

What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
I’m looking to seeing old and new faces!! Both campers and councilors of course! It will be good to meet people I met last year and recapture the great times we had last summer, but it will be even better to meet new people and hopefully make new memories!!!

What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
Again it is so hard to pick a favorite!! I would say community though! As I mentioned before it will be great to meet old and new friends! Camp DeWolfe is such a special place to live and work at with amazing young people as well as brilliant staff and guests from the diocese. This is what makes our unique community the best thing about Camp DeWolfe’s summer programme.

What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life? Although I haven’t decided exactly what it is want to do I am sure that I would like to one day work full time with the disadvantaged youth – it is so important to give back.

Anthony O'Reilly

Anthony O’Reilly



American Red Cross Training Courses

Posted on Mar 28, 2015

This June, Camp DeWolfe is pleased to offer several American Red Cross Training Courses, open to anyone in the community and general public, in addition to training Camp DeWolfe’s summer staff:

American Red Cross

American Red Cross

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Why Camp? A camper and parent’s perspectives

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

“Hi. I am in fifth grade, and last summer I had the opportunity to experience Camp DeWolfe for the very first time. Since then, I also attended Winter Camp this past January, which is a mid-point weekend of fun, fellowship and spirituality, that keeps everyone connected. Camp DeWolfe is a place where fun is just as important as the worship of God. When you go to Camp DeWolfe, you feel like you are at home, with caring counselors, awesome cabin mates, and Matt and Emma making sure that every day is special. Even the kitchen staff is kind and caring. The chef prepares the most delicious food, and most nights we have special activities and a campfire, which is really a lot of fun! Before I left for Camp the first time, I’ll admit I was a little nervous since I had never been away from home before. But I learned very quickly that every day is an adventure and it was all such a great experience! The week passed by so quickly, filled with fun and challenging activities every day, while still staying focused on personal growth and spirituality. Some of my favorite activities were rock climbing, kayaking, Christian Formation, cabin time, and Devos – a thoughtful time in the evening when we would all sit in a circle and reflect upon our high point of the day; our low point of the day; and how we saw God in our day. My favorite counselor, Anthony, comes all the way from England to share his gifts with kids and make our summer special, as do so many other counselors from various parts of the U.S and across the globe. The counselors at Camp DeWolfe really do care about each and every one of us, and they do a great job with team building and making our time together count. Anthony wrote me a letter recently. I can’t wait to see him this summer where I’m looking forward to staying for two weeks as a Discovery Camper. Another way that Matt and Emma and the camp staff do a really great job of keeping our Camp DeWolfe family connected throughout the year is with seasonal wishes and lots of Facebook postings about our camp when we aren’t able to be there. It was especially meaningful to me to be able to stay in touch through photos of all the amazing natural happenings that occurred as a result of Winter Storm Juno. Sometimes just a photo of a beautiful sunset is all it takes to feel like I am there. Camp DeWolfe is a beautiful place where real bonds are formed and lifelong memories are made. I hope that you will get to experience them too.”

by Ethan Rafferty (Age 10/5th Grade)
St. John’s Church – Cold Spring Harbor, NY

“It is my absolute privilege to share with you this morning about the wonderful gift that Camp DeWolfe has been for our family. My son was a first time camper there last summer, and he had the most wonderful experience! It was everything I had hoped for him, and more. Nestled along the North Shore of Long Island, on 26 sprawling acres beachfront to Long Island Sound, Camp DeWolfe is the perfect residential camp experience for kids, while still being close enough to home for the parents! Camp DeWolfe is a truly exquisite place that is safe and loving, nurturing, and even life changing … But the reason for this goes far beyond the glorious setting and the picturesque views. Everything that Camp DeWolfe is and everything that Camp DeWolfe has to offer our youth lies in the integrity of this God-centered place, and the outstanding quality of dedicated Counselors who do His work. To merely say that Camp DeWolfe is an exceptional place seems insufficient, even, because there really is no way for me to adequately describe the impact of watching your ten year old boy set out for what he hoped for and begged would be “an adventure,” come home a happy, excited, grounded, self-possessed, (and I do declare) taller and even more mature young man only one week later! While it was a tough week for me that first time, I tell you that I never once worried about my son’s safety or his wellbeing. He was smiling and happy in every photo that was posted! (It was just a mom’s first awkward time at home without her child) But the minute he ran up to me at Pick Up and the first words out of his mouth were, “Next year, I’m coming for TWO weeks!” and “Oh yeah, can I also come to Winter Camp?” I knew that I had made the right choice allowing him to go. One of the photos I had seen that week was the kids working together to build a giant community banner during Christian Formation. Each child traced their hand and wrote about their hopes for the week. My son boldly wrote, “To have an all new experience”. And as each cabin processed into the chapel, singing a spirited song about God’s Love during Closing Ceremony, I noticed the touching display that was their heartfelt mosaic, and I thought to myself, isn’t that what it’s all about? Children who are coming to God. With tender souls and open hearts. Seeking a new experience, a new understanding. Thirsting to know God’s love and glory. At Camp DeWolfe this happens every single minute. Children are immersed in nature, and in the love of God, among friends and nurturers and a Christ family. Their souls are fed beside their curiosity, in a sacred place, away from rush and electronics. With some sweat and some dirt and a whole lot of God’s love and discovery, every child blossoms. Camp DeWolfe is the most beautiful place in so many ways. He still references and draws from his camp experiences on a regular basis and cannot wait to return this summer. Camp DeWolfe touches hearts. It builds strength and character, and it literally molds, supports and shapes our youth. It is the crowning jewel of our Episcopal Diocese. The Counselors are highly skilled and deeply invested in every child’s journey through team building, fostering community, and teaching God’s love. I really applaud the work that Matt and Emma and the team are doing. With their amazing vision and extraordinary team of spiritual leaders, Camp DeWolfe continues to touch the hearts and lives of all who come through its gates. I encourage you to consider taking advantage of this blessing for your own children, as the Camp DeWolfe mission is alive and well. For the superlative program which the Tees have continued to build truly IS the work of God …. And God himself is there!”

– By Jennifer Rafferty (Parent of Camper Ethan Rafferty, Age 10/5th Grade)
St. John’s Church – Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Winter Camp

Winter Camp

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 18

Posted on Mar 14, 2015

What’s your name?
Rebecca Gilbert

How old are you?
18 (19 on April 23rd!)

Where are you from?
Wantagh, Long Island, New York

What university do you attend? What major?
SUNY College at Oneonta, studying Early Childhood/Childhood Education (birth – 6th grade) with a concentration in mathematics.

What’s your favorite country/state?
USA all the way! I’ve also wanted to visit anywhere in the UK!

What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Archery because it’s a cool activity that I’ve always enjoyed and arts and crafts because I like art and consider myself an ‘artsy’ person.

What are you most looking forward to about summer and why?
I’m looking forward to meeting everybody because I love meeting new interesting people.

What’s your favorite camp core value (Christian Formation, Natural Setting, Community, or Developing Leaders) and Why?
Community because friendship is important to me and engaging in community is something I believe is important in everyday life.

What’s your dream job/calling/vocation for life?
I’ve always wanted to be an elementary school teacher  because I love working with kids!

Rebecca Gilbert

Rebecca Gilbert