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Meet the Summer Staff – Part 12

Posted on May 15, 2013

10 Things you don’t know about me:

What’s your name? - Mike Tuleja

What’s your age? - 31

What’s your hometown? - Chicago, Illinois

What college did you attend? What major? - I attended undergraduate education at St Xavier University and graduated with a degree in finance in 2003. I completed my Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Chicago State University in 2012.

What’s your favorite food? - My favorite food is pizza.

What’s your favorite camp activity? - My favorite camp activities are sports and games.

What are you most looking forward to about summer 2013? - I am most looking forward to meeting tons of new people and youth and having fun doing it.

What’s your favorite camp core value (Community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting)? – Developing leaders is my favorite camp core value because I love to inspire others to do their very best.

What do you love most about Camp DeWolfe? - I love Camp DeWolfe because it has all of the fun of summer camp, with the substance of the Christian Faith.

What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life? – My dream career is coaching North Carolina Men’s basketball.



Camp Alumni Share their Talents

Posted on May 11, 2013

This week at Camp DeWolfe, some faithful camp alumni and volunteers gave of their time and talents to plant and set up gardens at Camp, ready for the summer. Daria and Mary, from Christ Church, Babylon, dedicated their Friday to making the camp ‘pretty’ ready for the Open Day and Summer Camp! This energy and enthusiasm from faithful volunteers reminds us all of the essence that this camp has a part in everyone’s hearts… from campers, to staff, to alumni, to visitors, to guests and beyond.

We are also reminded the imagery to “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.” (Hosea 10:12-13). Our prayer today is for the Camp DeWolfe family to sow and reap today, both when at camp and in the larger kingdom of God.

Daria, Mary and Emma by the Meeting Hall Patio Garden:


Meeting Hall Patio…


Davis Dining Hall view:


Memories from Camp DeWolfe

Posted on May 8, 2013

Doris Kurzius, a parishioner from St Mary’s Church in Lake Ronkonkoma recounts her time at Camp DeWolfe in 1955… I had just finished my first year at a State Teacher’s College. This was the year the old cabins were moved from the area across from Benson House to their present location. The weeks before the campers arrived we had to rake and clean up the area where the cabins had been. Hard physical work and I had many blisters.

My home church had Communion once a month and camp was my first exposure to High Church. I liked that we had communion every morning although before breakfast was a challenge for young people. The counselors read Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer every day and I learned how to find out what the readings for the day would be. I was unhappy that I, as a young woman, was not allowed to read any of the lessons. In the eighties I became a lay reader which has brought me much joy.

I met many of the visiting clergy and this was a wonderful experience. To see and meet them on our side of the communion rail, to be able to talk to them about every day things. It was enlightening to work with the counselors who were seminarians or about to become (were they called postulents?) I learned so much. I enjoyed meeting counselors who were attending other colleges – very different than State Teacher’s College. All in all a very broadening experience.

Here are some pictures from my time in 1955…

Craft Shop 1955

Pat and Carol, campers and view of the John with someone’s laundry drying. No dryers in those days:

Pat and Carol cameprs 1955

Benson House:

Benson House 1955

Bishop DeWolfe and Father John Davis walking across to the Boy’s area. Too bad telephoto lenses weren’t around:

Bishop DeWolfe and Father John 1955

Cabin 3 – my cabins. Had four bunks built into the corners and one free standing in the middle. Believe me the mattresses were a far cry from your Tempur-pedic bunks today:

Cabin 3 1955

Cabin 3 and my campers:

Cabin 3 and campers 1955

Chapel grove. My next year, 1957, St Luke’s Chapel was ready. No pews or chairs. We’d come in and take a kneeler. Uncomfortable but the view of the Sound and the Altar made up for it:

Chapel Grove 1955

Father Michael Regan who was the Waterfront Director:

Father Michael Regan

Janet a camper and view of the area:

Janet a camper in 1955

Kathleen a camper and view of the cabins and area:

Kathleen a camper 1955

New cabin – roomier and had real windows that opened and closed. The old ones had two large windows that opened and were hooked with a chain to the ceiling:

New cabin 1955

Ann, Bob, Ray and Hazel working on writing a skit. Nice view of the beach to the east:

Staff working on skit 1955_edited-1

“The John” – cold water only. Wash tub like sinks. Two stall showers, four toilets. Very primitive:

The John 1955

View over the cliff. My first year the counselors had to go down to the beach every day. A daunting tiring climb. In 1957, we only went down on days that we were scheduled for water front duty:

View over bluff 1955

Work Crew – high school boys – worked mainly in the kitchen and waitoring but did just about anything that needed doing:

Work Crew 1955

Sincerely, Doris Kurzius

Camper Videos

Posted on May 2, 2013

Summer 2012 through the eyes of campers… Here is a selection of the camper videos from the spring contest:

Emily Hilbert’s Video

Jaden Lewis-King’s Video

Cara Whitehorne’s Video Part 1

Cara Whitehorne’s Video Part 2

Jones Sisters Video

Carlos and Erica Ponce’s Video Part 1

Carlos and Erica Ponce’s Video Part 2

Carlos and Erica Ponce’s Video Part 3

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 by May 10th 2013!

Christian Formation

Camp DeWolfe partners with Heal the Children Program

Posted on May 2, 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

Meet the Summer Staff – Part 11

Posted on Apr 26, 2013

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 offers Heal the Children camp scholarships

Posted on Apr 26, 2013

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,, New York Daily News, Times Herald Record, Capital Tonight, and more.  Below are some of the initial media hits.

Here are links to the New York press release and the New Jersey press release

Wall Street Journal

New York Post


Times Herald Record

Thank you in advance for your continued support!

Susie Lupert

Executive Director, American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey


Faith Formation Day – You’re invited!

Posted on Apr 26, 2013

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…


National Volunteer Week

Posted on Apr 25, 2013

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.






New Camp Activity: Ga-Ga

Posted on Apr 19, 2013

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!

Register your campers for summer camp to try this new camp activity!