Travelling 10,512 miles away from my home, Australia, to get to Camp DeWolfe is one of the scariest and best things I could of have ever done. It’s crazy how quickly I have became friends with twenty strangers from all different walks of life.
I’m really thankful for the staff training to aid me on how to handle the kids. When the kids came, it was like walking into a whole new experience and I’m glad that I have made this choice to come to America.
Working at a summer camp is one of the hardest job that I have ever done. Looking after the kids for 24/7 for six weeks definitely has it’s ups and down. But for every bad moment, there was always a good moment just around the corner. And there will always be a memory I can look back on and have a good laugh about it.
-By Chelsea Martin
Summer Camp Counselor
Travelling 3,373 miles away from home to a camp seemingly in the middle of nowhere, to work with 20 strangers from around the world was believe it or not the scariest experience of my life. To say that I wasn’t ready to hop right back on a flight to England as soon as I landed would be a lie. However, the fact that I didn’t do this turned out to be the best decision of my life.
Camp DeWolfe is a place where I got to meet the most amazing people, living with people 24/7 for 9 weeks was far less difficult than I expected. Particularly because my fellow counselors turned out to be the most supportive, loving and strong people that I’ve ever met.
Camp DeWolfe is also a place where new skills are learned and an impact on campers lives is made, this happens all whilst being surrounded by the most beautiful setting, one that I could never tire of even if I tried.
Throughout the summer, I definitely experienced my fair share of highs and lows. However, I’ve come to learn that even on your bad days something will happen that makes everything worthwhile. For example, when a camper you thought was paying no attention all week, tells you he bought the camp sweatshirt just to remember all the counselors by, or when a camper works so hard everyday only to tell you he’s just trying to earn the most improved award, or even when you’ve told the same camper for the tenth time that day that you don’t live in Buckingham Palace at home – it all makes it entirely worthwhile.
By the end of my time at Camp DeWolfe, I realized just how much I learned about myself in one summer and for me, that’s what made this a truly unforgettable experience.
-By Erin Lond
Summer Camp Counselor
Camp was very fun this year and was a great experience, changing from a counselor to a unit leader. I had a lot more challenges and responsibilities this year, which was difficult at times, but much more rewarding at the same time.
For me, not many moments stood out, but times where everything has gone to plan and the program or activity ran smoothly. When everyone is having fun, full of energy and bounces of each other.
A fun time was when we were playing Save the King and Queen. I was a dungeon master. Campers and staff had to do many funny challenges to get out! Some examples were:
*I’m a little tea pot
*Best counselor impressions
*Best dance moves
*Best prayer song
Be another wonderful year at camp and hold lots of memories!
By Alex Pond
Having flown from Northern Ireland, being a part of the staff at Camp DeWolfe has been a new experience for me. I have enjoyed getting to meet amazing people, building new friendships and experiencing American cultures through daily routines on site.
During my time here, I have been given the opportunity to learn new skills that I have attained through the various programs they run here at camp, in which I have gotten to use during camp activities.
I have experienced a lot of the natural setting here at Camp DeWolfe, through constantly being out in the fresh air, through activities that take place on the beach front, and worship, to hiking to Wildwood State Park with the campers, which is an enlightening experience, by seeing the joy the campers have through the new friendships they’ve made here at camp.
-By Hannah Bennett
Summer Camp Counselor
Hello Camp DeWolfe Family!
It’s hard to believe we are finishing up are last week of camp for the summer! It’s been an awesome summer full of camp! Week Three of Adventure Camp was packed with a lot of extra fun.
This week we had our Wildwood campouts. Campers hiked down the beach to Wildwood State park. They slept under the trees (and stars) in tents with their cabin groups! Campers created some of their own culinary treats and learned how to cook over the open fire. Upon returning back to camp, campers learned to work together as they went to tackle some challenges on the Camp DeWolfe Challenge Course.
On Thursday there were some boat races! Campers paddled in canoes from the Camp DeWolfe beachfront to the Wading River Inlet. The journey is about one mile and all our racers completed the race in less than an hour, even when the headwind was not on their side! Today, the kayakers and paddleboarders will see who will reach the dock at Wading River first. It is fun to be on the water!
We had a couple of theatrical performances to finish the week out as well! Our counselors competed in some “Minute to win it” competitions on Thursday. It was quite hilarious to watch them perform some bizarre tasks, ie shooting cans off a table with rubber bands or getting an Oreo from your forehead into your mouth without using their hands! Tonight will be the annual Camp DeWolfe Talent Show. We are sad to see everyone leave this week, but it has been a great summer! To God be the glory!
On Saturday August 4th 2018, Riverhead Town Supervisor Jens-Smith presented Camp DeWolfe with a proclamation, celebrating the “Wading River Radio Station”, now known as Benson House, designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Governor Cuomo made the official announcement in March 2018.
The Benson House building was used during WWII as a Top-Secret FBI Radio station, which transmitted true and false information to the German High Command. Supervisor Jens-Smith addressed members from the Society of Former Special Agents of the F.B.I, Camp Board, summer campers and their families. Those also in attendance were Riverhead Councilwoman Giglio, Councilman Wooten, Richard Wines – the Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairman and Sid Bail, the Wading River Civic Association President.
Dr. Raymond Batvinis, a F.B.I. Historian and Member of the F.B.I. Society commented that, of the most significant World War II contributions of the “Wading River Radio Station” was the receipt of a German message in April 1942 instructing its spies to obtain information about American atomic bomb development; an order that helped influence President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to pursue an atomic weapon. Additionally, messages transmitted from Benson House helped deceive the German high command about the timing and location of the June 6th, 1944 Allied invasion at Normandy, while others misled Japanese forces about U.S. advances in the Pacific Theater of operations.
Camp DeWolfe is currently owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island and is a year-round retreat center and summer camp programs for youth ages 7-17. The public are welcomed to tour Benson House and view some of the newly added historical displays. The camp hopes to install more historical signage within the next year to further preserve the history of Benson House.
Hello Camp Family!
Week two of Adventure camp is coming to a close. It’s been awesome week of camp and we look forward to seeing some of you on Saturday morning. Of course there is another week of camp coming up for some of our campers!
This week we had a medieval archery training competition. Our kings and queens were trained to battle the Banana Kingdom. Our Kingdoms trained hard, but the Kingdom of the Dragon took the medal and defeated the Banana Kingdom.
Kingdoms competed in a sand castle and kingdom building competition as well. We saw some spectacularly built castles and the kingdoms fought hard to defend their honor! Wednesday night was awesome as we got to partake in some culinary excitement our weekly BBQ dinner. (because who doesn’t like BBQ??)
In Christian Formation, we continued our discussion on finding out true selves in Jesus. We looked at what it looks like to bear good fruit versus bad fruits in our lives. We have been looking at each of the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5 and talking about how we can begin to demonstrate the fruits in our lives. So far, we have talked about love, patience, and faithfulness.
Campers have been learning what it looks like to be a light and ambassador for Christ in our broken world. It’s been a great week here at camp. We hope to see you all next week!
Hello Camp DeWolfe Family!
We have just finished off our first week of Adventure Camp and Leadership in Training Camp! It’s crazy how fast a week of camp can go by!
We hope you have gotten a chance to check out our other blogs from the summer, if not, take a second to read those below first.
This has been a great week so far. Our campers have been exploring camp as kings and queens on the quest for the Holy Grail. This week campers have had a great time participating in a number of activities. Our rocketry crew just launch their rockets yesterday. Our arts and crafts group has been putting some medieval stained glass window mirages together.
We have seen some awesome archers participating in our archery class. Sports and games have been working on some awesome sports skills.
Campers in our waterfront activities have been learning the ropes in sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. Our musicians got to learn a song to play in chapel on Friday Morning. Our mountain bikers have been rolling all over camp! It’s been a great week in all our activities.
Our LIT (Leaders in Training) Campers have been helping with many of those activities and they have been participating in offsite service projects. Tuesday and Thursday this week they collected food for the Island Harvest Food Bank. The collected enough food goods to feed over 500 meals!
We are looking forward to another week of fun and service! Stay tuned for our next blog!
Read the title to any camper and they will probably start singing a silly song and doing some silly motions. Swim time is not only my favorite part of camp but also campers’ as well. We spend time everyday on the water front and in our swimming pool playing, learning, and just having fun! It is hard not to have fun in the pool.
Part of my job is teaching campers to become better swimmers. I grew up going to swim lessons and have always been comfortable in water, however never imagined I would be teaching others to swim. Each day in class we work on breathing, kicking, and stroking as we grow in our swimming ability—myself included. Watching kids of all ages go from barely putting their faces in the water to being able to do the front stroke across the pool has become the highlight of my summer. I am so proud of each of those campers.
I am reminded me of our theme verse this summer about bearing good fruit every day as I watch the campers in the pool. I think God might feel the same exciting pride when God sees the growth and transformation that happens in our lives. When we choose kind words over hateful rhetoric. When we choose to share rather than selfishness. When we choose patience over anger. In these moments when we choose to show the love of Christ, God says to each of us, “I am proud of you.”
Hello Camp DeWolfe Family.
It’s crazy that Discovery Camp is almost to a close. We hope you have been keeping up with our other blogs. If you haven’t be sure and check those out below.
In our final week of Discovery Camp, we continued our quest for the coveted Holy Grail. This week our kingdoms were off building sand castles on the beach to see which kingdom had the best architecture and building design skills.
We also had our Save The Kingdom camp service project where Campers were kingdoms competed to pick-up the most trash from around the camp! It was awesome to see the campers work so hard to make the camp cleaner and better for the future.
We also built some viking boats from cardboard, pool floats, and of course duck tape (that stuff can fix anything!) The Kingdoms raced their cardboard boats across the swimming pool to see who could be the first across without their cardboard falling apart.
We also took advantage of more recycled cardboard to have a castle building competition! All of the castles were quite intricate and the kingdoms did a wonderful job representing their kingdoms.
We finished up the week learning about how Jesus is our savior and how much he loves us. We enjoyed Discovery Camp and hope to see everyone back next summer! Also be sure to check out our Fall and Winter Camp!