Camp DeWolfe Blog
Summer 2012 through the eyes of campers… Here is a selection of the camper videos from the spring contest:
Attention Campers and Camper Families – There is still time to send in your video responding to these questions for a chance to win a free camp session for summer 2013: ‘What was the best part of summer 2012 at Camp DeWolfe? AND ‘How did you experience and see God in summer 2012 at Camp DeWolfe?’ – Email your video link to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10th 2013!
Camp DeWolfe, as part of ACA, New York and New Jersey is now providing Children Affected by Hurricane Sandy Summer Camp Scholarships
The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of summer camps, is giving hundreds of camp scholarships to children affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy through the Heal the Children Program.
Camp DeWolfe is one of around ninety day and sleepaway camps donating free summer camp sessions to children whose families have suffered from the massive October storm. Going to summer camp will give these children the opportunity to have something to look forward to in the immediate future, a positive camp experience, while also giving their families the time and energy to focus on rebuilding their lives. Andy Pritikin, owner and director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Mansfield Township, New Jersey said, “In situations like this, we all wish that we could truly contribute in helping those in need and in our case, as camp operators, we actually can.”
The Heal the Children program was created by The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey in response to the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Heal the Children was formed to provide free summer camp sessions to any child who lost a parent on September 11th. “In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we once again saw children in our own communities suffering great loss,” says Scott Ralls, president of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. “And once again, the summer camp community responded by giving these children a safe and wonderful summer at camp, allowing them to leave their troubles behind, even if just for a short time.”
The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey is working in conjunction with local relief agencies to identify children in the most devastated regions that would benefit from a summer camp experience through Heal the Children.
For further information about Heal the Children and the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, please contact Jess Michaels at the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, at 212.391.5208.
-Susie Lupert, American Camp Association
10 Things you don’t know about me:
What’s your name? Peter Greenlaw
What’s your age? 21
What’s your hometown? Reading, England
What college/university do you attend? What major? I am studying Criminology and Sociology at Cardiff University
What’s your favorite food? I love all food equally, apart from pickles, I don’t like pickles…
What’s your favorite camp activity and why? It’s a close battle between high ropes and Sailing… Sailing in the Sun!
What are you most looking forward to about summer 2013 and why? I am looking forward to the Camp Spirit! The community, the friendships and having fun together!
What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why? It has to be living and working in a Christian Community and developing unique relationships with other believers who all share the same passion for Christ!
What do you love most about Camp DeWolfe? I love the beautiful scenery from high ropes in the woods, to games on the beach, Camp DeWolfe offers everything.
What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life? I am currently deciding whether to continue my goal to become a Crime scene analyst for the Police and working as a teacher in the Mission field… pretty contrasting careers paths I know!
Camp DeWolfe is now listed as a registered summer camp through the American Camp Association, offering camperships to families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. See below for the following press release for more information…
Dear ACA, NY and NJ Members,
I wanted to share with you that we announced the Heal the Children camp scholarship program to the media yesterday and have gotten an amazing response. For those who aren’t aware of the program, we are asking accredited camps to donate camperships to families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The goal is to give children a great summer camp experience while families have a chance to rebuild their lives. We have over 100 camps that have signed on at this point, but the phones are ringing off the hook with families who need our help!
At NYSCDA’s Lobby Day yesterday, we held a press conference where Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, along with President of ACA, NY and NJ Scott Ralls and NYSCDA President Ross Coleman, announced the program to a room full of both national and regional press.
Simulatneously, we sent a press release to New York and New Jersey media announcing the program.
Many media outlets have picked up the story, with new stories continuting to run. Media includes Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, NJ.com, New York Daily News, Times Herald Record, Capital Tonight, and more. Below are some of the initial media hits.
Wall Street Journal
Times Herald Record
Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Executive Director, American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey
Do you serve and invest in youth in your church, parish, youth group, school or organization? Are you keen to connect with other youth ministers and leaders? Are you interested in gaining more ideas, concepts, strategies, games and fresh plans for your youth ministry? – You are invited to a Faith Formation Day at Mercer School in Garden City New York on Saturday 18th May 2013 10am – 4pm…
Camp DeWolfe is thankful for it’s many volunteers who dedicate their time, energy and talents to this camp ministry! Today, a team of volunteers from Target Central Islip Store took time to serve at Camp DeWolfe!
The team prepared a new volleyball court for the summer camp program, repaired the exit road from the Sandy storm and winter storms, worked on furniture in the Meeting Hall rooms and laid some more of our Leave A Legacy bricks in the Meeting Hall patio.
We are so thankful for the community service projects that the Target team does across Long Island!
If you are interested in volunteering at Camp DeWolfe, the next Service Saturday is 4th May 9am – 3pm. Simply call the camp office at (631) 929 4325.
This week, the Youth Group from St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rhode Island completed the new Ga-Ga court at Camp DeWolfe, ready for summer 2013! They tried and tested the court and played after they completed the project!
Ga-ga is played in a large octagon called the Ga-ga pit. Ga-ga begins with someone throwing the gaga ball up into the air. When it bounces the players say “Ga” each bounce for the first two bounces. Your back should stay on the wall until the three bounces are done. After three bounces the ball is in play and the game starts. Players “hit” the ball at each other in the ring. A player cannot “hit” the ball twice in a row unless it bounces off a wall or another person. When a player is hit, he/she leaves the game. A player who hits or knocks the ball out of the pit is also out. If a player catches the ball in the air, the last person to hit the ball is out.
Ga-Ga is an outdoor game played in the natural setting, that develops community and encourages people to play fair, respectfully and develop skills, while having fun!
A team of 20 youth and their chaperones from St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wickford, Rhode Island chose to give up their spring break to serve on Long Island this year! Father Patrick Greene brought his team for Sandy Relief this week. The group volunteered their time and talents in the Mastic Beach area, serving with Occupy Sandy group and St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Mastic Beach. They cleared out houses, removed trash, insulated basements and attics, and gave a smile to those they met along the way!
The team stayed at Camp DeWolfe as their home base, enjoying meals in the Davis Hall, morning and evening prayers in the St Luke’s Chapel, and camp activities on the beach and sportsfield. They gave a day of their time giving back to Camp DeWolfe, by making a Ga-ga court, setting up the swim area rope, laying wood chips in the Challenge Course area, and staining benches for the camp fire pit!
It is awesome to provide opportunities for leadership development among teens across the Episcopal Church nationally. One of Camp DeWolfe’s core value is to Empower leaders: To provide programming where decision making and leadership skills can be practiced and developed, and to encourage individuals to reach their full potential. This youth group from Rhode Island definately shined in their talents and gifts this week as young leaders in Christ!
Staining benches for the camp fire area:
Setting up the new swim area rope:
Making a Ga-Ga court:
Spreading wood chips for the Challenge Course:
Ready for Ga-Ga:
Making a new shed:
10 things you don’t know about me
What’s your name? – Dan Bell
What’s your age? – 27
What’s your hometown? – Port Jefferson, NY
What college/university do you attend? What major? – Yale Divinity School (Master of Divinity)
What’s your favorite food? – Hmmm, a lot of things (especially Italian food)
What’s your favorite camp activity and why? – This will be my first time at Camp DeWolfe so I’ll find out this summer.
What are you most looking forward to about summer 2013 and why? – I’m really looking forward to getting to know the campers and staff. It’s always fun and interesting to learn about other people’s lives and to build new friendships.
What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why? – Christian Formation has to top my list since I’ll be serving as one of the Seminarians this summer. I’m excited to be part of the spiritual and worship life at the camp. My prayer is that all of us, campers and staff, will experience God’s love in new and powerful ways this summer!
What do you love most about Camp DeWolfe? – Probably the chapel services, though I’ll find out for sure this summer!
What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life? – I hope to become an Episcopal priest and serve in a parish. I’m also interested in serving as a school chaplain.
Camp DeWolfe has teamed up with grUVwear LLC this summer to provide campers and staff the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor and natural setting! Campers, staff and families can purchase new Camp DeWolfe UV watershirts! This swimwear is to be worn over one-piece bathing suits for females or to be worn in addition to swim shorts for males! They protect from UV rays and are quick-dry! The Camp DeWolfe UV swim shirt ordering page is now live. You can go to www.gruvywear.com and enter Camp DeWolfe in the camp search bar or here is your direct link http://dewolfe.gruvywear.com. There is a special 25% off coupon code: enter gruvy25 before August 15th 2013 so check them out today! Enjoy!