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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

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 4

Posted on Jan 18, 2015

1. What’s your name? Rebekah Joyce (Beki for short)

2. What’s your age? 22

3. Where are you from? Auckland, New Zealand

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
I attended a Christian school called Kingsway for 8 years then continued to a Christian Performing Arts School to major in Vocals and minor in Drama.

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?
Ooh this is a tough one as I’ve done a bit of traveling but still unsure as I’ve always wanted to go to London, well especially France and haven’t had the chance to. Out of the places I’ve been and wanting to go I do have a few in mind that would be on my favorites list: Tanzania, New York, LA and I’d love to visit the UK sometime.

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
My favorite camp activity from last year was all the water sports. I loved being able to look out across Long Island sound and feel so grateful for the beautiful weather and place that I was serving in. Also scoring a great tan!

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
There are a so many things that I’m looking forward to such as teaching drama this year, as I’m very passionate about acting and also lifeguarding at the pool and at the Sound. Also I’m looking forward to reuniting with friends and campers that I met last summer and also meeting new friends this year!

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
From having the experience of being a counselor last year at Camp De Wolfe, I’ve learnt to appreciate the natural beauty of the environment, which is why I have chosen Natural Setting as my favorite camp core value. Last year I was blessed with lifeguarding and helping with water sports, which I could hardly call a job as it was incredibly peaceful and beautiful down at the Sound. It was a good reminder not to take anything for granted and to understand that what we have is more than enough.

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
A dream job for me is being able to work with youth whether that may be overseas or locally. I am so passionate about seeing how I can contribute to growth in the lives of others and so teaching something that I love, such as drama and music, would be an incredible opportunity for me. Even volunteering at an orphanage where I get to experience working with a variety of ages will be something that I would cherish. Other than that, I really enjoy traveling and so a job as a flight attendant would be another thing on my list.

Beki Joyce

Beki Joyce

 

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 3

Posted on Jan 17, 2015

1. What’s your name?
Karen Ncube

2. What’s your age?
20 years old

3. Where are you from?
Zimbabwe but now I live in Nottingham, England

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
I study at Nottingham Trent University doing Business Management and Accounting and Finance.

5. What’s your favorite Country/state?
I don’t have a favorite but I do like going to new places and experiencing different cultures, maybe one day I’ll be able to pick a favorite

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Having been to camp now, I would say my favorite activity would be Evening Devos as you get to hear about each other’s day and how saw God which I think is fantastic because through that, we as a cabin lift each other up especially when you have had an unpleasant experience as well as share in the joys we would have experienced during the day.

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
I am most looking forward to seeing the people that were at camp last year as well as making new friends. I am also looking forward to growing as an individual, counsellor, and spiritually. I also look forward to the fun and games we shall play especially capture the flag 😉

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
My favorite camp core value is community because I think it gives you a sense of belonging as we each have a role within the community and without one of use it wouldn’t be the same therefore I feel community allows you to develop meaningful relationships as well.

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
I haven’t discovered yet what my calling is but I am doing my best to experience different things and hopefully along the way God will show me but until then, I will continue to do the things I enjoy in my life while I finish University.

Karen Ncube

Karen Ncube

 

Meet the 2015 Summer Staff – Part 2

Posted on Jan 15, 2015

1. What’s your name? – René Leonçe

2. What’s your age? – 22 years young

3. Where are you from? – London, England

4. What university/school do you attend? What major?
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Teacher Training) at the University of Derby

5. What’s your favorite country/state?
Although I have never been, it has to be Brazil! The landscape is absolutely beautiful, their love for samba is infectious and they’re football (soccer) mad. However, I have a real affection for India, Kenya, and the Oceania region and will hopefully visit these countries in the near future.

6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why?
Rock climbing/ challenge course!
It’s amazing when campers conquer their fears and complete elements of the challenge course that seemed ‘impossible’ to do only mere days ago. It’s also great see God’s love manifest itself during the team building activities and through the support and encouragement that the campers give each other at the challenge course.

7. What are you most looking forward to about next summer and why?
Re-uniting with all the incredible people I met last year, in addition to meeting loads of new fantastic people this summer.

8. What’s your favorite camp core value (Community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why?
Perhaps a draw between community and natural setting? The people I have met (and will meet) at camp are now such a significant part of my life, they really do feel like family. As for the natural setting, just looking at the sunset, the ocean waves on a sunny day or the way the stars glisten in the clear night sky at camp is a surreal feeling. One I have yet to experience anywhere else…

9. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life?
I consider myself extremely lucky to be doing the best job in the world, teaching. After graduating next year and teaching for a year in my native England, my dream would be to travel around various 3rd world countries and teach those who are most in need (e.g. in orphanages or underprivileged schools). And if I could spread the gospel while doing so and be a positive Christian role model, then that would be the icing on a very lovely cake!

René Leonçe

 

God’s plans for 2015

Posted on Jan 10, 2015

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

In January of 2014, I challenged the campers attending our winter camp to memorize this verse from Jeremiah. Over the course of three days they worked on their memorization in between hot chocolate, sledding, and snow GaGa. It was a great weekend together and most of the participants got the verse down. Returning to this verse in 2015, I am again struck by the powerful meaning that the prophet says on behalf of the Lord, “For I know the plans I have for you.”

God has a plan for all of us. You, me, Camp DeWolfe, everyone and everything else. I find it so important to grasp and understand this simple yet profound idea that God is taking us somewhere and that He has already designed the destination. We have our own ideas and plans, however I’m often thinking that they might get in the way when compared to the plans of our God, the one holding the universe together.

Looking into 2015, my deepest prayer is that Camp DeWolfe, our staff, volunteers, summer campers and retreat guests, all of us, learn to better trust in the Biblical truth that God has a plan for us. God continues in the verse, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. How amazing is it that we have a God who promises us a future of hope! This world is in desperate need of people who can claim the identity of being truly loved by our God. Part of what Camp DeWolfe does as an organization, is to try to bring an awareness of God’s amazing love  and then provide the opportunity to respond to God’s leading.

I find that as the more I reflect on His love, all the things I worry or worry other people about in the routine day to day, fade away. Often, just the space to sit quietly is all we need to remember that God is in control. So why do we come back to Jeremiah in 2015? The answer is because if we forget its truth, we also forget who God created us to be. God has all the plans, He directs our steps and we follow Him.

If you know anything about Camp DeWolfe recently, it’s that there are always plans on top of plans around here! New programs, buildings being renovated and lots of retreat guest weekends are all good things. And while I do think God calls us to work hard and diligently, He wants nothing more than for us to be with Him, trusting in Him alone. So yes, I do trust that God has plans to prosper His camp and each of us, and to give us hope and a future. When we put a new trust into this reality each new day, God changes you, me, everyone and everything. So let’s be with Him and know His plans together in this new year!

In Christ,

Matt Tees

Camp Director

God's plans for 2015

God’s plans for 2015