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Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 5

Posted on Mar 16, 2019

1. Name?
Lucianna

2. From?
England

3. Position on staff?
Camp Counselor

4. Most excited about for this summer?
Meeting new people and making memories.

5. Favorite Camp DeWolfe Core Value and Why?
Community and being together as having people around makes everything better.

6. Favorite camp activity and why? 
Swimming and group activities as you can be relaxed while being in the water and have a laugh with friends while trying something new.

7. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Being with family, reflecting on the week.


Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 4

Posted on Mar 16, 2019

1. Name?
Stacy

2. From?
United Kingdom

3. Position on staff?
Camp Counselor

4. Most excited about for this summer?
Getting the opportunity to serve and to minister

5. Favorite Camp DeWolfe Core Value and Why?
The possibility to embrace challenges and grow outside our comfort zone, both for the youths and leaders.

6. Favorite camp activity and why? 
I am looking forward to participating in team engaging activities in order to get to know more people and learn from each other.

7. Favorite parable?
My favourite parable is the parable of the man who sowed seeds that fell on different grounds.

8. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
After church, I enjoy having family and friends over at our house for lunch and catch up before a new week.

Winter Camp 2019 – Prayers and Dreams

Posted on Feb 2, 2019

The weekend goes by in a blur. Between broom ball, archery, crafts, and hot chocolate winter camp is packed with all things camp. Just like during summer, we gathered twice a day for Christian Formation and celebrated Eucharist together at the end of the weekend. But unlike summer, we watch a movie!

This year we did all things Kung Fu Panda. We followed the story of Po becoming the dragon warrior and drew parallels with the story of Joseph fulfilling God’s plan for his life. On the first night Kyle (alum ’15) asked the kids to write down seven dreams they have for their lives that they’re asking God to fulfill. Throughout the weekend we continued to revisit this idea of God’s dream for our lives.

As we were cleaning through at the end of the weekend, completely exhausted and still processing the time together, I began to think of my list of seven dreams for my life. I pray for good health, for my family to be well, my friend to get the job she wants, that I would be able to travel more, maybe have a family of my own… my mental list went on of things I wanted for my life. Then I came across a paper left behind by one of the campers (approximately age 11). 

It was their list of prayers and dreams:

  1. The world would be filled with happiness
  2. The world won’t have any wars
  3. Violence will stop
  4. Peace will come for all
  5. Cancer will be stopped
  6. People would live a long life
  7. Love will draw out hate

Wow. 

May this be the prayers and dreams of us all for 2019. May this be God’s will.

Yes & Amen.

-Lizzy Rice

Program Coordinator

Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 3

Posted on Feb 2, 2019

1. Name?
Arielle
2. From?
South Africa

3. Position on Staff?
Camp Counselor

4. Most excited about for this summer?
Meeting new people and making memories

6. Favorite Camp DeWolfe Core Value and Why?
Natural Setting – I love being outside and it shows all the wonders God has created!

7. Favorite camp activity and why? 
Swimming and Softball – they are two of my ultimate favorite sports!

8. Favorite parable?
The Parable of the Weeds.

8. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Spending time with my family and friends.

Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 2

Posted on Jan 31, 2019

I was born and raised in the Rockaways of Queens, NY. Majority of my summers were spent at Camp Vacamas in West Milford, NJ where I was a camper, counselor, and supervisor. There I was able to appreciate diversity having making friends with people from all different walks of life.

Camp DeWolfe gives me the opportunity to work with three things I love. The outdoors, youth, and most of all Jesus. I grew up in the Episcopal church and always felt the need to serve my church and diocese.

Currently, I am the Director of Music Ministries of the Church of St. Mark in Brooklyn and on the Chapter of the Cathedral of the Incarnation. I love football and the New York Giants. I’m so excited to bring my talents to mend with others to create a great environment at camp, touch lives, and spread the love of God.

-Quincy

Advent Blessings and Christmas Joy to you!

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close and Advent begins the new church calendar year, it is an exciting time to pause and reflect upon how God has been moving during the last year. And also to pause and pray for how God will be moving in the upcoming year too. 

In our family, God has surprised us in many ways this year. God has reminded us that His plans are always better than what we can strive to do in our own strength. His timing is perfect, His love is never ending, and His grace is abounding. We are so grateful and humbled for the gifts of life, hope and healing, that extend to us all, without limitation or exclusion. 

One of God’s biggest gifts and surprises to us has been our son Joshua, who teaches us every day, more and more about how to wonder, explore and know no boundaries in all things. The sky is the limit with this guy and we adore his big personality, character and soul! 

Additionally, seeing the extravagant love that our daughter Madison has for her little brother is also a surprise we delight in and treasure in our hearts. The real surprise is in how God turns everything right side up; for it is not us who are teaching these children, but rather it is us who learning from these two children of God!

And furthermore, what a joy to serve in a ministry where the vision is in providing a natural setting for people to engage in community and empower them to live out an outward and visible expression of the love and grace of Christ. More surprises here too… As we serve, it is us who are blessed. As we give, it is us who receive. As we teach and train young people, it is us who are taught and learn from them. 

Our children are teaching us and reminding us every day –  how to love, how to live, how to laugh, how to wonder, how to play, how to explore, how to rest, how to learn and how to grow. By embracing simplicity and grace that has already been given to us, through Jesus Christ and His life and love. What a joy and surprise!

Our hope is that you too continue to embrace the same joy, simplicity and freedom during these Advent and Christmas seasons. We thank you for journeying with us during this season. Thank you for your time, prayers, energy, hearts and faith, in choosing to make a difference in the lives of others, both through the temporary camp community and in the local communities we each find ourselves in.

Join us as we pray – “Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.” (Advent Prayer – Episcopal Diocese of Texas)

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Peace and blessings to you and yours.

In Christ,

-Matt and Emma Tees

 

 

 

 

A place where God shows up

Posted on Nov 26, 2018

Camp DeWolfe is no longer filled with campers laughing, swimming, or roasting marshmallows but that doesn’t mean the space isn’t being used. This fall, guests have snuggled into beds, gathered around good food, and found a place of rest and refresh. Weekends are filled with hosting groups and weeks with preparing the space for these groups to fill. 

As buildings are painted, floors mopped, and laundry folded I get time to think about these spaces and the people who fill them. Physical space is a way we communicate what is important. The first building you see when pulling into camp is the St Luke’s Chapel, because we want Christ as the center of all we do. The windows are endless as to invite light to enter and fill the space. Thanks to a generous donor, our beds are comfortable because both physical and spiritual rest can be found here. 

Nine months of the year Camp DeWolfe is a space that people come, use for a couple days, and leave. But I believe that physical space communicates something about who God is. That what can be found in those few days guests are here– rest, community, growth, – is made complete in this space.

My prayer for the people who come to this place is that God would whisper “Take off your sandals, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground” just as God said to Moses. May Camp DeWolfe be a space where God shows up. 

-By Lizzy Rice 
Program Coordinator

Meet the Summer Staff 2019

Posted on Nov 7, 2018

1. Name?
Chad
2. From?
South Africa

3. Position on Staff?
Camp Counselor

4. Most excited about for this summer?
Travelling, as it will be my first place out of the country – and meeting new people!

6. Favorite Camp DeWolfe Core Value and Why?
Natural Setting – Love being by the beach and open fields and love speaking to God this way!

7. Favorite camp activity and why? 
Sports, Bonfires, Swimming! 

8. Favorite parable?
The Parable of the Mustard Seed!

8. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
We don’t do much on a Sunday afternoon – for us, it is quiet time. 

Summer Camp Stories – Part 7

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

As I reflect upon my time here at Camp DeWolfe this summer, there have been many highs. For me, one of the greatest things has been the team of counselors that I have worked alongside this summer – their unending support and friendship has been such a blessing to me and I will always be grateful to them for that. 

All the children that were placed in my care this summer brought with them a variety of dynamic personalities, which meant there was never a dull moment each day. Living with and teaching them taught me the importance of having endless patience and enthusiasm, to maintain discipline and keep them entertained. 

I thoroughly enjoyed coaching ‘Street Hockey’ as one of my main activities this year. The kids in my team were motivated and many of them had played before and so were of a good skill level. Coaching this activity increased my leadership and planning skills. 

Overall, I have many memories from this summer and have grown a lot as an individual. The experiences I have had will be of great benefit to me in the future. 

By Lucy Boyd
Summer Camp Counselor

Summer Camp Stories – Part 6

Posted on Oct 8, 2018

My summer at camp has been an adventure from start to finish. Although often stressful, seeing the campers energetic and having fun is rewarding proof that our efforts were worth it.

Being able to lead or join in with activities was the highlight of my camp. Teaching paddle boarding every morning alongside Cam was daunting at first, but soon became my favorite part of the day. Being able to take part in activities, such as archery and street hockey was a great opportunity to connect with the campers while also having fun.

I have worked alongside a great team all summer and couldn’t have wished for better colleagues/ friends during this time. Through highs and lows, they have been a great support and exceptionally hard workers, for which I can never thank them enough.

By Alasdair Taylor
Summer Camp Counselor

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