Looking for a Christian Camp on Long Island? Camp DeWolfe is a residential sleep-away Christian Camp on Long Island, New York. Camp DeWolfe provides an opportunity for youth to experience God and develop as leaders, in a safe community and enjoy a beach and outdoor natural setting. Offering one-week, two-week, three-week and five-week overnight sessions for all youth ages 7-17 and a Christian Day Camp! Camp DeWolfe provides a natural setting for them to engage in community and empower them to live out an outward and visible expression of the love and grace of Christ.
Why summer camp? Camp DeWolfe is a place where young people are encouraged to be themselves, to grow in their Christ-like identity, to explore their God-given gifts and to enjoy making friends in a picturesque beach and waterfront setting.
Who are camps licensed with? Camp DeWolfe is proud to be accredited by the American Camping Association and was re-accredited with a perfect score in summer 2013. Developed exclusively for the camp industry, this nationally recognized association focuses on program quality and health and safety issues, and requires camp to regularly submit every facet of its operation to an independent appraisal by camp experts. Camp DeWolfe is also accredited by the Christian Camp and Conference Association and part of the Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers association too.
CAMP DEWOLFE GOALS
What will my child learn at summer camp?
- -Explore nature – To use the outdoor space and provide outdoor programming so that there can be exploration and enjoyment of God in nature, God in others, and God in personal reflection.
- -Engage community – To develop temporary community for learning and growth, within a positive, safe, honest and encouraging environment.
- -Empower decision making – To facilitate learning in an outdoor learning environment, to encourage decision making that leads to group development and personal growth.
- -Embrace challenge – To have the opportunity to experience different levels of challenge, to encourage a testing and expansion of personal comfort zones, so that a transfer of skills can be made to everyday living.
- -Enjoy participation – To provide fun, interactive, and varied programs that will maximize learning and growth through experiential education.
- -Experience reflection – To provide the time and space to be still, reflect on God’s word, listen to God, grow in faith and practice spiritual disciplines.
- -Episcopal service – To create a safe environment where youth can practice serving others, the environment and the Lord, learning to love each other as Christ loves us.
SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE
EXPLORER CAMP (ages 7-11)
A great way to introduce your child to camp! A 6 day camp designed for new elementary campers with taster sessions in activity areas including archery, swimming, and arts. Evening programs and Christian Formation sessions are tailored for new campers to make new friends and learn about God in a safe, fun and outdoor environment.
DISCOVERY CAMP (ages 8-12):
An engaging and energetic two-week camp for elementary youth to participate in a range of activities and programs on the Long Island Sound. Campers will be able to explore nature and build friendships, through interactive activities that center on God’s love and grace.
ADVENTURE CAMP (ages 12-15):
A two-week or three-week camp program for middle school youth to enjoy a place apart from the busy world and to experience God’s love through nature, community, and challenge. Opportunities to develop skills in activities including sailing, wilderness skills and swimming. Christian Formation programs are designed to encourage youth to discover their faith in an open and caring environment.
LEADERSHIP IN TRAINING (LIT) (ages 15-17):
N.B. Second Year LITs by invitation only
A challenging and advanced camp for high school youth to be empowered to discover their God-given potential and to grow in community. Opportunities to facilitate and lead a day camp program, master activity areas, develop new skills, and live out faith in practical and service-centred ways. Programs include Adventure Challenge workshops, solo reflection, and Christian Formation sessions that encourage youth to find true identity in God and learn how to lead others to Christ. Leaders In Training will be trained to minister to and serve others through Biblical teaching, Bible study and plenty of hands-on experience. Challenge and fun are around every corner: from sessions in Team Building and Community Development on our Low Challenge Ropes Course, where you can tackle the toughest tasks and puzzles as a group, to challenging yourself to push your own limits on our Advanced High Challenge Ropes Course. LITs will get to try all kinds of new skills like swimming, kayaking, archery, canoeing, rocketry and much more. Each individual will be presented valuable leadership lessons through assisting counselors with campers in all areas of camp life – such as helping at activities, helping set-up, serve and clean up all camp meals, as well as various other responsibilities around camp like assisting with each night’s exciting programs and snacks. Please note that the LIT program does involve many responsibilities that require work, while allowing for plenty of fellowship and fun. The LIT experience begins with meeting the LIT Counselors and worshiping with the entire staff on Sunday evening. The LIT program runs for 5 weeks with a weekend break mid-way. Throughout the week, the LIT’s are responsible for all meals, serve alongside the counselors at activities and help execute the evening programs – all while building relationships that will last a lifetime. It is a unique learning opportunity in biblical leadership training with lessons that will be of value in every walk of life.
LIT applicants are required to complete an application and interview process. Camp DeWolfe reserves the right to accept or deny applications for the LIT program. Click here to download the application form.
A new Christian Day Camp for campers ages 7 – 14 to be able to enjoy God’s creation in the outdoor beach setting and make new friendships in a safe community. Opportunities to try swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, arts, sports and more! 5-day sessions are by age for safety and supervision.
CAMP DEWOLFE FACILITIES
What do you have at Camp DeWolfe?
-26 acres of woodland property on the north shore of the Long Island Sound
-¼ mile beach-front property for swimming, sailing, canoeing, beach volleyball and camp fires
-Outdoor swimming pool
-Challenge Course – high and low ropes
-St Luke’s Chapel
-Arts and Crafts classroom
-Nature hut and fire pit
-Father John Davis Dining Hall
-Nature trails and camp fire pits
How clean is summer camp?
Upgrades were made to St Luke’s Chapel, Father John Davis Hall and Kitchen, the Meeting Hall and the Swimming Pool in 2015.
What activity areas are at summer camp?
Swimming, Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle-boarding, Christian Formation, Archery, Arts and Crafts, Wilderness, Sports and Games, Climbing, Beach Volleyball, Ga-Ga, Baking, Drama, Rocketry, Fishing, Adventure Challenge Course and more!
Activity areas have a theme bible verse and goals throughout the sessions. Activity areas have the same group of campers per activity period each day, to encourage relationship building within different temporary communities. Activities are in the outdoor setting and include natural resources/elements/materials. Campers are empowered to choose and sign up for specific activity areas and try programs that are challenging to their personal character building.
What is a typical day at summer camp?
8.30 Cabin Clean-up
9.00 Christian Formation
10.00 Morning Activities
1.00 Cabin Time
2.00 Afternoon Activities
6.00 Evening Program
7.45 Christian Formation
8.30 Cabin Time/Devos
9.30 Lights Out
What will my child learn at summer camp?
Centred upon the Episcopal tradition, the daily morning celebrations and end of week Eucharist are primary worship opportunities for all campers and staff to participate in as a camp community. Clergy and trained staff create the Christian Formation program that includes daily cabin devotions and prayer time, Bible studies and engaging activities to encourage campers to experience God and develop an authentic and personal faith in Christ.
Where will my child sleep at summer camp?
Campers reside in traditional style cabins with bunk beds, accommodating 10 youth and 2 trained college-age counselors for supervision and guidance. Each cabin group pray and share in devotions together daily in a decentralized model, participate in cabin night programming in the outdoors – beach/field/woodland, build community and youth are empowered to make decisions in delegation of cabin clean responsibilities.
What will my child eat at summer camp?
Three nutritious meals a day are served family-style in the Davis Dining Hall, to create a caring family community atmosphere. Fruits, salads and vegetables are included at meals. Snacks are provided in the evening times. Youth eat with their cabin group around tables, beginning with prayer, and providing a time to share how they have experienced God in their day. Some meals are in the outdoors/cookout style, to explore nature and embrace challenge. Counselors join with campers at meal tables, to be facilitators of group discussions and to encourage group development.
What are the evening activities at summer camp?
Programs are centered on a summer theme that focuses on Christ and aspects of how a follower of Christ lives out their faith in practical ways. Activities, games and events are planned to maximize the use of the outdoor space and natural facilities (beach/field/woodland). Campers are encouraged to participate within the larger camp community and also utilize their cabin groups, activity area groups and gender groups to make friends. Campers are encouraged to make decisions within activities while counselors facilitate and organize fun and exciting activities that everyone can participate in.
Are there trained staff at summer camp?
College-age Staff are trained for 2 weeks and become role models and mentors for the campers. Counselors engage with the youth and build safe and healthy relationships, sharing parts of their testimony of Christ and showing grace and a positive attitude in each activity/program/setting. Counselors participate in activities and programs with the youth in the outdoor setting. They are an example of how to live out purposeful community with other staff and with campers, by actively and positively serving, caring and engaging with others around them. Counselors make decisions about programming and also facilitate activities in a way that campers can learn and be challenging in a safe and encouraging environment. Staff are trained and mentored so that their support and care encourages individual participation and service in each aspect of the camp. All Staff are background checked, interviewed, contracted and evaluated in line with a non-negotiable community covenant that outlines expectations and responsibilities for the period of employment.
How can I find financial support for summer camp?
Scholarship applications from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island are available for youth from Episcopal parishes and the deadline is May 1st. Scholarships are available first come first serve, for up to 50% of the camp session fee. At least 50% of the camp session fee must be paid in advance of applying for scholarships. Camp DeWolfe does not award 100% financial aid.
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Registration for Summer 2015 is now closed. Please check back in September 2015 to register for Early Bird Summer 2016.