Happy Sunday, Kiniya Friends! As you all know, Sunday is a favorite day for many of us here at Camp and we’ve had fun revisiting some of our wonderful Sunday chapel sermons through the years. This morning, we invite you to take a moment to listen to #21883 Kelly Graham’s (Dale) message from 2015.
On Sundays at Dudley, we take a moment at the start of our breakfast meal, to give thanks for things we are grateful for. A good practice for any day. We get to hear from several members of the community, who quickly share with all of us what they are grateful for. It is a simple, yet meaningful way to start our day.
Take a few minutes today and revisit #25176 Josh Hill’s message from July 2018.
April 2, 2020
Our thoughts are with you all as you continue to navigate the various stay-at-home orders in place. We are working hard to obtain as much information as possible to make the most well-informed decisions about our summer programs. We intend to send our next communication with some concrete information on April 15th.
Until then, stay safe and healthy!
Matt & Marnie
March 15, 2020 – The following update was sent to alumni from our Board Chair, Whitney Phelps.
As we look forward to the summer of 2020, we reach out today to keep you apprised of our ongoing response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which we know is affecting all of our families.
Here at Dudley and Kiniya, the health and safety of our entire community is—at all times—our top priority, and we are monitoring the evolving situation closely.
We communicated with all of our currently enrolled camper and leader families on Friday with the following message: based on what we know at this time, we do not currently plan to cancel any programs for summer 2020. We continue to prepare for an amazing camp experience that we hope will start on schedule three months from now! You can link to the letter here.
These are uncertain times for us all. Circumstances are rapidly changing daily and sometimes even hourly. I know you are all busy managing school closures, adjusting work schedules, and meeting your family’s basic needs. I am thinking of you all as you work through your own personal circumstances and challenges in your communities at home.
You can be reassured that our Directors, Matt Storey and Marnie McDonagh are working closely with our Risk Management Committee and our Board of Trustees here at Camp as they continue to evaluate best next steps for Dudley and Kiniya. They are assessing all possible contingency plans—especially now with many school closings occurring nationwide. While there are many unknowns, Matt and Marnie and their teams are thinking ahead and strategizing potential scenarios in order to make the best and most well-informed decisions on behalf of the health and safety of our beloved community.
If we do decide to make any changes to the summer program offerings, I will communicate directly to you, our alumni, by email.
As always, I can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Peace and love,
Whitney Phelps, #22898
March 13, 2020 – The following update was sent from our Directors, Matt & Marnie, to parents of campers through leaders, as well as directly to leaders, who are enrolled in Camp programs for the 2020 Summer.
Dear 2020 Dudley and Kiniya families,
As we look forward to the summer of 2020, we want to reach out about Dudley and Kiniya’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which we know is affecting all of our families, especially those in communities with active outbreaks.
Here at Dudley and Kiniya, we are monitoring the evolving situation closely. The health and safety of our entire community is—at all times—our top priority. Based on what we know at this time, we do not currently plan to cancel any programs for summer 2020. We continue to plan for an amazing camp experience that we hope will start on schedule three months from now!
We have always taken great care to develop and maintain effective health screening, policies, and procedures required of our close residential setting. We adhere to stringent cleaning and sanitation protocols at all times, and we maintain medical practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare. These will continue to be a focus in the summer ahead, with the addition of any extra layers of precaution if recommended.
Since the situation is changing rapidly, we will be following developments and working closely with our Board of Trustees, the NY and VT State Health Departments, and the American Camp Association on any next steps. If any program changes or cancellations (on campus or off campus) need to occur as the summer draws near, we will communicate directly with those impacted. We will be in contact with all current camper families again no later than April 15th with an update on program status.
Our hope is that the current efforts at social distancing and the reduction of group activities occurring in communities—as recommended by government agencies and institutions—will work to contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and permit us to operate all of our programs without interruption. Perhaps one of the best gifts we can provide our campers at this time will be a magnificent 2020 summer together in the fresh air on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Our thoughts are with those who have already been affected, including all of our students whose institutions have moved to remote learning and those whose programs abroad have been interrupted. It’s during times like these that we strive to live “the Other Fellow First”, through care and support of one another. While being physically present in the broader community may be challenging or not possible for many right now, the extension of love and support through virtual outreach and kindness is always good!
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or by email. We’re always happy to hear from you and grateful for your support and trust.
Matt & Marnie
ps: While there are many news outlets reporting on the COVID-19 virus, our primary sources of information are:
- New York Health Department
- Vermont Health Department
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The World Health Organization
- The U.S. State Department Travel Information
#23761 Cutler Greene and his sister Charlotte are candidates for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Students of the Year Campaign. The Student of the Year Campaign is a seven-week leadership development and fundraising program that applies many aspects of the Dudley and Kiniya Leadership program in local communities. Cutler and Charlotte are hoping to be the first candidate team in the Buffalo area to reach the $50,000 mark, breaking the local record, and putting them in the running to be the national Students of the Year! Cutler and Charlotte are proud to help their generation work to be the last to see cancer. We hope you will read about the “Greene Teams” efforts, here and consider joining their cause as they demonstrate what it is to put “The Other Fellow First “at home.
News from Dudley & Kiniya
2020 APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW
We’re currently enrolling campers for the summer of 2020 at Dudley & Kiniya so be sure to apply now! The sooner you apply to sooner you’ll have a bunk for another amazing summer in Westport or Colchester.
Want to recommend us to someone?
We rely heavily on our current families and alumni to connect us to more great kids who would love a summer on Lake Champlain. Here’s what you can do to help us find the next generation of campers…
LAST WHISTLE & SPIRIT DEDICATIONS
The 2019 Last Whistle was dedicated to #18070 David Nelson and the 2019 Spirit to #21054 Kissy Rowley.
Congratulations to both David and Kissy for such well-deserved honors. You can read both dedications below!
The Open House tour keeps rolling along and Matt and Marnie have had a blast meeting new campers and connecting with our friends around the country. Join us for, or tell someone about, one of these upcoming stops…
Pittsburgh, PA – Nov. 17 @ 11AM
Here’s some exciting news! New this year we’re offering a new session at both Dudley & Kiniya that we’re calling Champs. This new session will be offered during the final week of the 2nd Session (Aug. 8-16) at both Dudley and Kiniya and will be an opportunity for younger campers, ages 8-9, to get a chance to experience the magic at Dudley or Kiniya before coming back to embark on their Cub summer.
Champs will live in a cabin and experience every aspect of our program in the Arts, Athletics, Outdoors, and Spirituality. Interested in this new offering? APPLY NOW!
WHY IS CAMP SO BENEFICIAL?
Alumni #13426 Ned Johnson’s article from the upcoming Camp Dudley News arriving just in time for Thanksgiving! Enjoy a sneak peek here.
2019 ANNUAL FUND APPEAL KICKS OFF
The brisk morning air, autumn color, and fall festivals have become cold and brilliant winter days. While the seasons transition, memories of the summer at Camp linger. As our campers settle into their school year, we sharpen our focus on achieving our 2019 Annual Fund goal of $850,000. We are grateful to many of our parents, alumni, and friends who have donated throughout the year. Now in the weeks leading up to the holidays, we ask everyone to consider the impact of their camp experience and make a gift to the Annual Fund as a show of their support. The Annual Fund supports scholarship, leadership development, and facility upkeep, all critical components of what our campers enjoy! Gifts of any size are what will keep our Camps strong and will help push us towards the 2019 goal. Please make your year-end donation today, Online or Venmo:@campdudley. For more information, contact Dave or Dawn. Thank You!
At the November Board of Trustee meeting in Westport, we gave thanks to the 2019 board class that will rotate off on December 31st. This group of volunteers moved the organization to new heights and supported our camps in amazing ways. They include Patrick Butler, Robin Johnson, Jay Wells, Sean McCalla, Rich Maxwell, and Peter Allen. Rotating off as the Camp Dudley Association President is Peter Groves.
At the same time a new slate of Trustees were elected. They are Ben Cady from Minneapolis, MN, Monique Jones from Lancaster, TX, Shiro Nogaki from Cos Cob, CT and Ted Smith from South Berwick, ME. Matt McElroy of Washington, DC was elected as the next officer of the Camp Dudley Association and Ross Satterwhite from Leland, MI was elected a trustee of the Camp Dudley Foundation. Their terms will begin on January 1st, 2020. Congratulations and THANK YOU to all!
Join the team for a Fall Open House and Play Day at Camp Dudley in Westport. You’ll get to see the 2019-20 Open House Video, but we’ll also be offering campus tours and lawn games. Come spend your Sunday afternoon with a great group and learn more about our Camps! Current campers and leaders will be on hand as well as many local friends and alumni. Join us!
Sunday, October 27th
Camp Video, Lawn Games, Campus Tours, Cider and Doughnuts
RSVP online or call 518-962-4720
Why is Camp so Beneficial?
By #13426 Ned Johnson
The following article was taken from the upcoming Fall Camp Dudley News expected in mailboxes around Thanksgiving.
On a beautiful Tuesday, my wife and I dropped our skinny, pale son, Matthew, for the start of his junior year at camp. We would miss him terribly. I suspected the boy we’d pick up in three and a half short weeks would be a different kid; that’s what great summer camps do.
I am both a parent of two ( #22526 Matthew and #22926 Katie), an educator, and co-author of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control of Their Lives. The book tackles some of the reasons behind and offers solutions to what seem to be ever increasing scourges of stress-related conditions of anxiety, depression, and disordered motivation. The solution to stress is not relaxation but resilience, the ability to recover from difficulty and challenge. At a brain-based level, we want our kids to have the sense that a stressor is one that they can handle. Childhood and adolescence offer the opportunity to learn to deal with tolerable stressors, fostering in kids the confidence that they can handle other (and more adult) challenges that will come their way.
Who would have guessed that the solution, at least part of it, might lie on the shores of Lake Champlain? My son told me his junior year hike was “twelve hours and twenty miles in the pouring rain!” While the hike may have been half that length and really just a drizzle, in his mind, it’s a touchpoint. But not so much of “that terrible hike!” but “what I got through.” Again, it’s the sense that matters.
Within clear rules of mealtime, bedtime, inspection, and expectations of “the other fellow first,” at camp there is tremendous autonomy, which fosters that sense of control we want. Kids who may be “jocks” in school can explore arts at Brodie or boating from Junior Beach. There aren’t school friends to chide you for stepping outside defined roles. No parents asking “Isn’t that a waste of time?” or “Shouldn’t you be doing your homework?” but instead JLs, ALs, and leaders asking “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” And, when an art project fails or you fail to clear ANY height on the high jump, there is no parent as upset as the kid, overreacting by trying to “fix things.” We all need the opportunity to struggle, to have expectations go unmet, to suffer setbacks, embarrassments, and minor failures and then, with support, to cope. When adults swoop in to do for kids what they can do for themselves, we deprive kids of what they most need: the sense that they can handle difficulty and solve their problems.
So, yes, three weeks passed quickly. I smiled broadly as we saw Matthew perched atop a pile of trunks. As we tossed his things into our vehicle, we took note of the new young man we were taking home–smiling and freckled, seemingly untouched by sunscreen the past month. Was he actually taller or just standing taller? Friends gathered round to hug him and say they’d miss him and looked forward to seeing him next year. “Bye, Matt!” “See you later, Matt!” “Have a great year, Matt!” Quizzically, I looked toward him, an eyebrow raised—what happened to Matthew? He smiled. “Yeah, it’s amazing how much you can change while you’re at camp.”
This year our Camps committed more than $900,000 to financial assistance for campers. While we have made progress towards raising those funds that have already been committed, we have a long way to go before the deadline at year’s end.
#11904 John Ulin, one of Camp’s experienced marathoners, is running in the New York Marathon in November. This year he is running to boost the Willie Schmidt Scholarship fund. Please support “JU” on this run with a generous gift to the Schmidt Scholarship Fund. You can support JU’s effort by giving online or through Venmo (@CampDudley). Simply tag your gift for the Ulin Marathon at either of those online locations. Checks can also be mailed to Camp Dudley, Inc for the Ulin Marathon.
This classic running event occurs on November 3, 2019. Make your commitment today and help inspire JU to his personal “best ever” and to know every step towards the finish line is benefitting Dudley and Kiniya campers! Thank You!
Awarded at the end of every summer, The Last Whistle Dedication is one of the highest honors one can receive at Camp Dudley. Presented to a member of our community who shows a devotion and love towards others, and this place we all cherish, and an unwavering commitment to living by the motto, The Other Fellow First. This year, not only does the recipient meet those expectations, he far surpasses them.
Tonight’s honoree has worn many hats and occupied many roles during his years spent attending, working, living and even growing up here. Starting as a cub back in 1998, he rose up through the ranks from camper to leadership to D-Head and now staff, where he has worked in nearly every department at camp, from Brodie to the A-Hut to Spiritual, Hike Hut, Leadership Development, and some particularly significant contributions by way of some incredible photography to my own publications team. To say he is multi-talented would be an understatement, and I think I can speak for everyone by saying that he is always an incredibly valuable member of every team he is on.
While he has logged over 20 years here from camper through leadership to staff, this year’s dedicee’s Dudley story started long before he stepped foot in his cub cabin. One of the few people in this room who can actually say they were baptized here, our recipient has literally been, in varying capacities, attending camp since he was born. In fact, he even lived on campus with his family year-round for the first 8 years of his life. Due to this, while we don’t quite have hard evidence to back this up, our director, Matt Storey, is on record as saying our recipient has netted more baskets on the Dudley courts than anyone else.
Though he might be most at home on the basketball courts, this year’s recipient has become what many have come to call him, a Dudley Renaissance Man. As I mentioned, he has had a strong presence in nearly every department, but this doesn’t come from a restlessness or desire to move around to every part of Camp. Our recipient has worked in so many different places because he has been asked to do so, and without hesitation, has always said yes, because he will do whatever he can to best serve Camp Dudley and its people, all while putting his own unique twist or spin on things.
And that is why I am standing here tonight. While his sheer amount of time given and spent here is notable, what really defines our recipient’s tenure here is his generosity. I am not exaggerating when I say that he will literally do anything to help someone out. He goes where he is needed to go, and does what is needed to be done, without hesitation, and not for any recognition or personal gain, but because he will do anything to benefit our camp and ensure that everyone has the best summer possible.
And it is this generosity that also defines our honoree’s personal relationships. For those of us who have the pleasure of calling him a friend, he is always the person that you can go to for a laugh, a great conversation, a compassionate ear, or a shoulder to cry on. He has a generous heart and boundless empathy to match, and will do anything he can to improve anyone’s day or life.
He doesn’t bake bread for himself to eat, he bakes it to share with others. He takes and distributes his stunning photography, while asking for nothing in return, because he knows that his pictures bring people joy. He writes and sends letters because he knows that getting one in your mailbox in the middle of February brings you some warmth and memories of Dudley in the midst of a long and cold winter when summer couldn’t seem further away.
Long-time friend and fellow D-Head Carl Jackson said of our recipient, “he is truly a multi-talented, multi-faceted individual who has made camp a better place for so many people over the years. But mostly though, he is a caring and thoughtful guy, who is an incredible listener, a deep thinker, and an amazing friend.” This statement speaks to the heart of who our honoree is. A compassionate, generous person who will go to all lengths to help and be there for anyone from a total stranger to his closest friend without hesitation, while expecting nothing in return.
If there is something he can do to make someone’s life better, he will do it, and for all of us, if there is something he can do to make this place the best place it can be, he will be the one taking action.
Tonight I am privileged to give this dedication to someone who fully embodies what it means to be a true Dudleyite, who lives a life characterized by his devotion to others, and shows us all what it means to put The Other Fellow First. Whether you know it or not, every single person in this room has had their lives and summers improved by the selfless actions of this individual, and while he has never, and will never ask for recognition or anything in return, tonight we honor someone who truly deserves our thanks and appreciation for his years of loyalty, hard work, dedication, compassion, love, and friendship.
And with that, it is my distinct honor and pleasure to dedicate The 2019 Last Whistle to camper number #18070, Dave Nelson.
When Kissy Rowley first set foot on campus in 2008, we knew we had found someone special! Having dedicated much of her life to education and athletics, she joined our A-Hut as a first-time staff member that year and jumped right in. Eager to learn about our traditions and history, as well as the structure and program throughout Camp, she entered every conversation and meeting with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
Deeply loyal and dedicated, Kissy has always taken tremendous pride in her work. For 9 consecutive summers, Kissy returned to Kiniya devoted to her role in Athletics. She intentionally provided guidance and feedback to coaches and refs and offered new ideas about programs she thought would bring value to the girls. She was proud to spear-head the launch of the Kiniya Golf Major and has continued to guide and shape the program ever since.
With 9 years of success at Camp behind her, Kissy was invited to join the year-round team as a full-time employee in 2017. She joyfully accepted the invitation and has continued to apply her knowledge of program, building the bridge between our maintenance team and our our activity staff.
Kissy’s work here has always been framed by the deep and genuine care and support that she extends to every member of our community. She embodies the spirit of the other fellow first in all the conversations she has with campers, leaders and staff alike. She is simply uplifting to talk to. Her presence is noted as a force of kindness wherever she is on campus (which is many places!)
Her work ethic and dedication are exceptional. She truly sees the little things – details that are sometimes easily overlooked. Her care and attention to the smaller details are noticed and appreciated! Kissy contributes tirelessly to enhancing the structures and grounds on campus; happily tending to the gardens each pre-season, pruning, weeding and maintaining the ponds at the Sanctuary and taking on a wide variety of projects to make Kiniya even more beautiful!
Kissy is an excellent collaborator, working well with all people. Her attitude is a pleasure to be around. She is always willing to take on whatever is asked of her and she consistently does so with enthusiasm and a smile! This is a wonderful quality that we all aspire to emulate!
Above all, Kissy is a supportive constant in all of our daily lives and is a constant role model and mentor to all.
For these reasons and so many more, we are extremely proud to dedicate the 2019 Spirit to #21054 Kissy Rowley.
The Patrick Peavy Leadership Award is given annually to a Dudley and Kiniya Leader who best exemplify the traits of Dudley and Kiniya Leadership . . . caring, integrity, and putting others before self.
#21055 Sam Widing – Camp Dudley
#21412 Gretchen Willmuth – Camp Kiniya
2011 – #21983 Jordan Mickens, Dudley
2012 – #19399 Bo McKinley, Dudley/ #21982 Domanick Walker, Dudley /#20444 Hanna McPheron, Kiniya
2014 – #19938 Pete O’Brien / #19130 Caleb Florence / #20371 Clara Danneman
2015 – #20970 Wendell Bean / #20425 Megan Sudduth
2016 – #20815 Tony Hart / #21029 Grace Hagerty
2017 – #19136 Ian Kotz / #21049 Eva Wertimer
2018 – #20745 Jake Bolster / #22004 Mary Interdonati
2019 – #21055 Sam Widing / #21412 Gretchen Willmuth
The Most Beautiful Day of Spring 2019!
Camp has experienced an unusually wet and cool spring. But on May 17 – 19, Mother Nature provided a spectacular display of spring sunshine as the 2019 Work Weekend began. Nearly 80 campers, alumni and families made the trip to Camp for the annual day of painting, planting and cleaning up! “I’m pleased to report that we got to all the projects on the list. If they weren’t finished, we made terrific progress!” said Steve Denton, Dudley Plant and Property Manager.
Work teams spread out across the Dudley Campus from Cub Beach to North Point. A small team was even assigned to the Stacy Brook Wilderness Area. The scope of work was wide-ranging, including new paint on a variety of decks and railings, beach clean up at the Boho and Cub Beach, grass mowing and seeding, and program area clean up in Witherbee and the A-Hut. Another group of workers joined #7289 Ace Scharges in the Camp Archives to install new storage shelves and continue the process of preserving our history and scanning the mountain of slides stored in that space.
At lunch on Saturday, two special tributes were awarded. First, a special Work Weekend tribute to #5735 Don Zeiller, who passed away this past spring. Don was a stalwart participant of Work Weekend for many years. His son #9735 Fred and friend Bob Fleming now continue the tradition. #13804 Matt Storey also surprised Ace Scharges by dedicating the outer room of the Archive area as the “Ace Scharges Reading Room.” The plaque commemorating the space reads: “Dedicated to #7289 Horace “Ace” Scharges for his persistent dedication and tireless effort to preserve, protect and organize Camp’s history. May 2019” We are grateful for Ace’s faithful service.
The Work Weekend also featured great food from Josh and Gail in the kitchen and a special chapel service on Brodie Hill, where we gave thanks for the enduring friendships we have formed over the years. Thanks to all who made the special effort to be with us.
2019 Job Openings at Dudley
Camp Dudley is seeking individuals for the following positions…
Climbing & Challenge Course Facilitators: We’re looking for individuals to facilitate and lead our challenge course program and indoor and outdoor rock climbing program. Read the full job description.
Tennis Instructor: Take the lead in one of our most popular program areas. We’re looking for a tennis instructor to teach tennis at various levels to boys 10 – 14 years old. In addition, the tennis instructor will work with the rest of our Athletics Program team and work in other areas as well. Read the full job description here.
Yoga Instructor: The yoga instructor will work with the entire camp community in leading our yoga and mindfulness program. Read the full job description here.
Theater Tech Instructor: The theater tech instructor will work in our 400 seat theater to deliver weekly productions and also teach campers lighting, sound, and set design techniques. Read the full job description here.
Maintenance: Work with our skilled Maintenance crew to keep campus safe and clean. This position offers an opportunity to work hard outside and be a part of a fun and dynamic team. Read the full job description here.
Head Baker: Become one of the leaders of our Food Service team, which works hard everyday to deliver 3 meals a day to the over 500 people on campus. Camp Dudley is seeking a skilled, creative Head Baker to provide breakfast pastries, muffins, desserts, birthday cakes, treats, etc for our very busy camp. Read the full job description here.
Food Service: Join a fast paced work environment filled with lots of opportunity for leadership and management experience. Our Food Service team works hard everyday to deliver 3 meals a day to the over 500 people on campus. In addition, the Dudley Food Service program works with local farmers to source as much of our food as possible from the immediate area and also strives to minimize waste by executing a high standard composting and recycling program. Read the full job description here.
Click HERE to read Ian Mook’s Chapel Talk from Summer 2018!
The following was taken from a recent email from #15638 Nana Bandoh.
Nana Osei Bandoh was a camper at Camp Dudley, who was infatuated by the world of pro wrestling at the young age of 12. In 1993 Nana’s cabin area at Camp Dudley was filled with posters and wrestling related items that everyone admired and sometimes joked on him about. Coincidently at that time Nana’s Leader, who is now current Camp Dudley Director Matt Storey, encouraged Nana to join the wrestling club at camp. It was right then and there, that Nana knew he was born to be in the Pro Wrestling world. He loved putting on a show before he won his matches at Dudley.
Almost 20 years later, trained by a WWE Hall of Famer, and numerous appearances at almost every top promotion in the USA, including WWE and trips overseas to Japan and England, Nana is one of the most well-known legends in pro wrestling today, known as Prince Nana from Ring Of Honor Wrestling/Sinclair Broadcast Group.
In wrestling Nana has done it all from wrestling at Madison Square Garden, managing multiple athletes, to producing and promoting events at prestigious NYC locations such as Hammerstein Ballroom and much more! Nana was instrumental in introducing the Camp Dudley “Yoha” hand gesture!!! To the wrestling industry having scores of wrestlers and fans throw up the symbol for a faction known as “The Embassy” that Nana leads with the likes of many individuals who are now signed with WWE, including current NXT Champion Tamasso Chiampa.
Currently, Nana is still active in the wrestling industry and Lives in Brooklyn NY and also owns a sales/Music Management Consulting firm known as The Bandoh Group.
It’s obvious that Nana’s ultimate goal is to be in the WWE, however, his early access to the “Other Fellow First” understanding at Camp Dudley has allowed Nana to enjoy a sustainable life and career in pro wrestling and entertainment while helping others achieve their dreams with him by their side in wrestling.
Till this day Nana credits some of his success to his summers at Camp Dudley and it’s not hard to see why.
Nana loves staying in contact with Dudley alumni and networking, To reach Nana Bandoh you can follow him on Twitter @PrinceKingNana or on Instagram: @PrinceKingNana
#7973 Tim Barnett, Saratoga Springs, NY, wrote to Matt recently regarding their Dudley family history that dates back to 1919. “Hi Matt, the Barnett’s are a three-generation approaching the fourth generation Dudley family. As such, we have a collection of Camp Dudley memorabilia. First there is the Dudley beanie. The second relic is the Dudley hat. Inside are the nametags from all the Barnett’s who have attended Camp Dudley to date. (see list below). The hats are nearly a century old. Finally, we have a collection of letters home by our father while at camp. I’m sure Camp can take credit that the exercise of young Lincoln writing home from Camp Dudley is what inspired and prepared him for his journalistic career. Our father #3550 Lincoln was born in 1909; his first year probably was 1919. He was followed by #7973 Tim Barnett (Buckles), #9676 Robby Barnett, #13550 Ian Barnett, #14550 Ned Barnett and #16476 Isaac Barnett.” Ed. Note: As we go to press, young Toby Barnett’s application is in for the summer of 2019, when he will be a Cub. Below is an excerpt from a letter home, in July of 1924:
“Dear Mother and Father: Some day or other — I forget which, I passed nature. We had to know and describe 25 trees, 25 flowers and 25 birds. I passed it the first day. I was the only one who passed all 75. The rest had to come back the next day. All these things had to be around camp. You couldn’t name a redwood tree, a tea rose or a penguin. They all had to be specimens that were, and could be seen around camp. Yesterday I went out for instruction in woodcraft for the flag. We had instructions in fire making, cooking, reading the compass, use of a map with contour lines, use of axe, use of knife, 6 knots, hiking equipment. Today I take a test on what I was supposed to have absorbed yesterday.” Linc Barnett graduated from the Columbia University School of Journalism and had a career at The New York Herald Tribune, Life Magazine and Time Life Books.
Bob first came to Dudley as a Junior in 1953 and was an Aide, JL, and then a Leader in the summers of 1956 and 1957. Bob Marshall was Camp Director, Willie Schmidt was a Leader and John Storey, Al Kaemmerlen, Charlie Johnson, Ben Nelson, and other Dudley luminaries were at camp with Bob. His older son, #14580 Tiger, attended Dudley in the late 1980s where current Board member John Ulin was his leader in Iroquois in 1988. Bob’s granddaughter, #24480 Ellie, is looking forward to her fourth summer at Kiniya, where Willie’s granddaughter, Zoe, and Dwight Poler’s daughter, Greta, have been her leaders. Tiger’s son, Robert IV, has applied to be a Cub.
Bob began summering on Lake Champlain when he was five years old, and he and his wife, Jamie, spend summers north of Westport, on Corlear Bay, where Bob spends time in his kayak, on his stand-up paddleboard and climbing some of the less challenging peaks of the Adirondacks. Attending at least one Hymn Sing at Dudley is a “must” each summer for Bob and Jamie.
While pursuing a legal career, first in New York and later in Washington, DC, Bob also coached little kids’ baseball, ran marathons, and was a Trustee and President of the Washington National Opera, working with Placido Domingo when he was the General Director. He and Jamie are also involved with Opera Theatre St. Louis, a city where their younger son Gerard is a James Beard Award-winning chef-owner of five restaurants.
He spent his career at Sullivan & Cromwell, where he was managing partner of the Washington office and is currently Senior Counsel (which means retired!). A graduate of Princeton, Oxford, and Harvard Law School, he served as the National Chair of the Harvard Law School Fund and as a member of the Visiting Committee to Harvard Law School. He currently co-chairs an International Law Committee, is President of the Friends of House of Sweden and is on the Advisory Board of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH).
Chris first came to Camp as a Cub in 1984 and was instantly hooked on Dudley. He spent nine summers at Camp as a camper and rising through the leadership ranks culminating in 1996 as an Assistant D-Head in the Junior Division. He is a first- generation camper and is thrilled that his three sons #23465 Perry, #24065 Tyler and #24965 Zack are all current campers and in the leadership ranks.
Chris attended St. George’s School in Newport, RI, and graduated from Roanoke College in Salem, VA, in 1995. Following graduation and a couple summers at Dudley, Chris followed many other Dudleyites and ended up settling in Warren, VT, in the Mad River Valley. After meeting his wife Danyel in the Valley they moved to Sudbury, MA, where they currently live but still get back to Valley every weekend in the winter to ski and enjoy the Vermont pace of life.
While in Vermont Chris worked for Sugarbush Resort for eight years as a supervisor in Mountain Operations. After leaving Sugarbush, Chris started working at Chestnut Hill Realty as a Project Manager. The company wanted to manage capital projects internally and Chris started by managing and supervising smaller scale projects at apartment communities. In the following years, the projects grew larger in size and started to include new construction of buildings. Chris has been involved in all aspects of the design, permitting, and construction of projects and is also the lead Owner’s Rep. He is now VP of Design and Construction and responsible for a staff of over 20 people that perform all functions of design, construction, administrative duties, and owner’s representation.
Chris is honored to serve on the Board and is looking forward to contributing to the present and future of the two Camps that have provided so much for himself and his family. He is excited to work alongside a passionate and talented group of individuals that care deeply about The Other Fellow First.
When Erinn first arrived at Camp Dudley with her son, #24268 Spencer, she knew that it was a special place. The warmth of the Dudley community was as strong as the July sun, and the entire family felt welcomed and embraced. Erinn loved that Dudley and Kiniya provide nurturing environments where campers can explore new activities, develop new skills and enjoy the fellowship of friends.
Erinn works for Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation), in the Capital Markets Compliance group. She focuses on securities law compliance and risk management, as well as mortgage-related securities transactions. Erinn commenced her career as a corporate attorney, specializing in capital markets transactions, in large law firm practices in New York City and Washington, DC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in African and African American Studies from Emory University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Erinn’s husband, Mark, works for the State Department, so the family has lived in South Africa, Trinidad, Kenya, and Hong Kong. Erinn used her corporate finance skills as an investment banker at Standard Bank in Johannesburg, South Africa. She earned an elementary education certification and taught at the International School of Kenya and the Hong Kong International School. In addition, Erinn served as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the International School of Kenya.
Erinn is originally from New Rochelle, NY, and currently lives in northern Virginia with Mark, Spencer, and daughters, Celeste (who eagerly awaits the day that she has a camper number) and Noelle.
Erinn looks forward to her service on the Board and says, “I fundamentally believe in the motto ‘The Other Fellow First,’ and support the Dudley-Kiniya commitment to helping young people realize their full potential. It is an honor and a privilege to contribute to the Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya communities by serving as a member of the Camp Dudley, Inc. Board of Trustees.”
Alice came to know and appreciate Camp Dudley and Kiniya through her children, #22643 Matthew and #22316 Caroline Tornquist, who are the first in their family to attend camp. Collectively they have spent 14 years at camp, including serving on the leadership teams. It’s been truly amazing to see what a significant role camp has played in their lives and in their development as young adults.
Professionally, Alice works in Washington, DC, for Qualcomm Incorporated, the San Diego-based wireless technology innovator, where her focus is on spectrum and technology policy advocacy. In addition, she is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CTIA Wireless Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to enhance American communities in the areas of health and safety. Alice also serves on the board of directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and the Women’s High-Tech Coalition.
Alice began her career in Washington, DC, at the Office of Management and Budget, and she also worked on Capitol Hill for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure prior to joining Qualcomm in 2001.
As a volunteer, Alice has held several roles at Rock Spring Congregational UCC in Arlington, VA, including those of deacon, Christian Education board member and deputy financial secretary. She also served as a cookie mom for the Girl Scouts for twelve years and currently is a member of the Parents Committee of Swarthmore College.
Alice is honored to join the Camp Dudley Board of Trustees where she hopes to bring her experience and skills as both a professional in business and a volunteer in the nonprofit sector to ensure that these great camps can thrive into the future. She hopes that many more young people will have the same opportunity that her children have had to grow and develop in a nurturing environment that teaches them the value of putting the Other Fellow First.
January 1, 2019, ushered in a New Year for everyone, but it is an extra special year for our community as we celebrate the first woman in history to chair the Board of Trustees, #22898 Whitney Phelps!
Said Matt Quigley, outgoing board chair, “I am thrilled that Whitney has agreed to serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Dudley and Kiniya. It has been a privilege for me to serve alongside her over these past few years, and to have had the opportunity to see firsthand her inspired leadership and her devotion to the mission of our Camps. Whitney is steadfast in her commitment to our core values and to striving to live a life emblematic of the motto “the other fellow first”. We are so fortunate to have her at the helm!”
Whitney has been distantly connected to Camp through her father and grandfather, #8498 Jud and #4121 Sidney, for many years. Her present-day connection began with her brothers, #12354 Chris and #11738 Wyeth. She tells the story of attending Reunions with her mom and dad, Bonnie and Jud, and brothers in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. During those gatherings, Whitney frequently expressed her frustration to then Director, Willie Schmidt, about how unfair it was that there was no camp for girls. While Willie was an advocate for women joining the staff at Dudley, it would be another 30 years before the conversation moved towards changing the mission and pursuing a girls’ Camp.
Whitney’s affiliation with camp became even more personal when her daughters’ #22498 Sydney and #22708 Sophia started their own Kiniya camping careers in 2011 and 2012. Her son #25098 Jake was a Cub at Dudley in 2018. These connections provide a rich background upon which board business can be considered. Whitney’s prior service on the Board of Trustees includes being Secretary and a member of the Executive committee. She is currently serving in the Trustee class of 2022.
Whitney is a shareholder in the Health and FDA Business Group in Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Albany office. Her practice focuses on providing realistic and strategic guidance, solutions and analysis for healthcare stakeholders, including providers of healthcare and developmental disability services and payors. She has arranged and negotiated innovative and complex joint venture agreements. This includes various alternative payment arrangements, between providers and managed care organizations, and other transactions and mergers for clients with special attention to New York regulatory compliance. Whitney also has wide-ranging experience representing health care entities before the executive branch to shape health care policy, laws and regulations.
The selection of Whitney Phelps as the Board Chair continues Dudley and Kiniya’s tradition of selecting excellent leaders.
“This is a basketball! It is round and it bounces!” began the most basic of Ben Nelson’s basketball lessons. Coach Nelson seemed to never lack inspirational words on the hoops court, comes as no surprise as Ben was always reading, attending, or organizing basketball coaches to share their passion and words with others. Campers through several generations learned the basics, “head up, palms up, let’s play defense,” from Coach Nelson. Some of them took what they learned to play at higher levels, but all of them took away lessons on the hardcourt into their lives to become better citizens in their communities. All thanks to Coach Nelson’s thoughtful and patient coaching style (and, if he ever yelled, it was “to you, not at you!”)
That is why we are honoring Ben, by renovating and dedicating the Camp Dudley Basketball Courts, in his honor, as part of the Building for the Future Capital Campaign. The Coach Nelson Courts will be ready for Dudley campers at the start of the 2019 summer season. A new playing surface, lines, and backboards are all part of this major renovation that will honor the work Ben has done at Camp, and for the game of basketball, over countless years.
Ben has played some “help defense” in so many areas over the years at Dudley, besides being an inspirational coach and accomplished player. First arriving in 1950 as a Cub, Ben has been involved in more positions at Camp Dudley than just about anyone; Camper, JL, AL, Leader, Division Head, Director of Athletics, Plant and Property Manager, Board Member, and (most current) driving a bus for Hiking and Canoe Trips. Regardless of his position, Ben has always found ways to connect with campers and staff alike. He has made fundamental contributions to Dudley’s mission, insisting that sportsmanship through competition is incredibly important to the development of strong character. Through living the Dudley Motto, “The Other Fellow First,” Ben has been honored with many awards during his full and busy life, among the accolades is the Camp Dudley Man of the Year honor in 2002. But this one, dedicating the courts in his name, certainly has him taken aback with the special place basketball has had in his life.
Director Matt Storey surprised Ben by announcing the newly renovated courts would be named after him during the CDA Reunion Low Camp Number reception. Storey said, “We are honored to recognize one of Dudley’s most storied coaches and friends, and are pleased to share the news that the Coach Nelson Basketball Courts will be ready when Camp opens in 2019!”
Professionally Ben has been the Executive Director of Section IV of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) for the past twenty years and has been a leader of exemplary programs in Sports Safety, Academics and Sportsmanship. In 2018 he was inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame which includes Dudley’s own Ken “Dutch” Hafner, and Ernie Davis who Ben played against in High School and at Colgate (of course not in football, but in basketball). Ben has also served as the Assistant Director of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) since its inception and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2014. The BCANY has also named a yearly state award as the “The BCANY Ben Nelson Service Award”. He has also been recognized by the New York Athletic Administrators Association with the Distinguished Service Award and the Otis Sennett Award of Excellence. He was honored with the Binghamton Basketball Official Dedication in 2013 and the Oxford Clyde Cole Wrestling Tournament Dedication in 2014.
“To further honor Ben, an anonymous donor has agreed to match gifts made in honor of Ben to bring this project to a successful conclusion,” continued Storey. Capital pledges can be made to honor Ben over the next 4 years. Please contact Dave Langston or Dawn Gay for more information about making your pledge. Friends wishing to honor Ben with a gift to the Building for the Future Capital Campaign should earmark their checks for the Coach Nelson Courts. Gifts also may be made online by clicking here and selecting Coach Nelson Courts from the drop-down menu. Thank you in advance!
Camp Dudley has established a Memorial Fund in honor of Camper #20804, Charlie Gillis. Charlie was killed in an automobile accident September 25, 2018 in Kansas City, KS while driving back to K.U. from his home in St. Louis, where he had spent a joyful weekend with his parents.
Charlie was a beloved member of the Dudley & Kiniya community, arriving at camp as a Cub in 2008 and enjoying all four camper summers. Said one of his instructors, Rev. Bill Harper, “I’ll never forget his first rock climbing experience, when he was 12. He wasn’t the most skilled rock climber in our group, but he was by far the most determined.”
He then participated in the Dudley NOLS program in Wyoming in 2012 returning as an Aide and JL in the following years. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Charlie joined the Hike Hut staff where he was able to express his love of the outdoors. Last summer, he returned to camp in August to help in whatever way he could around campus, including a memorable performance on the Witherbee stage with his buddy, #24435 Charlie Payne.
Charlie’s experience was highlighted by the deep personal connections he made with so many during each summer at Camp. His dazzling smile, gigantic heart, and adventurous spirit spoke to the very best aspects of our camps. It was at Dudley that Charlie learned the motto that became central to his life, “The Other Fellow First.” A fellow camper he didn’t know well recently shared her college essay about a Dudley NOLS 3-week hiking trip. She and Charlie were 14-years-old, and she was desperately trying to make a difficult climb up an unforgiving mountain—falling behind the rest of the group. She was ready to give up and ended up dropping her pack part way up the climb—the only way she could possibly continue. At the summit, when Charlie discovered her despair, he quietly hiked back down, retrieved her pack and brought it up to her with a simple smile. That was Charlie. Always taking the time to slow down and find the time to help others.
All gifts made to the Charlie Gillis Memorial Fund will be used to construct the Charlie Gillis Climbing Tower, which is expected to be ready for the summer of 2019. It will be a celebrated addition to the Dudley campus and hiking program for climbers of all skill levels. It will support recreational climbing during Dudley choice time and will provide a key new component for climbing majors, a fitting tribute to Charlie’s indelible spirit and passion.
A gathering of family and friends is being planned at Camp Dudley in Westport NY during the summer of 2019. All contributions made to Camp Dudley, 126 Dudley Road, Westport NY 12993 in Charlie’s memory will be directed to the Charlie Gillis Climbing Tower. We thank you for celebrating Charlie’s life with us. To contribute online via credit card, please click here.
I am so sad to share the news that we lost a great Dudleyite this week in an inexplicably tragic car accident. Charlie Gillis #20804 attended camp for the first time as a Cub in 2008 and attended all four camper summers. He then participated in the NOLS program in 2012 and returned as an Aide and JL in the following years. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Charlie joined the Hike Hut staff where he was able to express his love of the outdoors, which had been cultivated in the Adirondacks and in Wyoming. And he even managed to return to camp briefly this past season to help in whatever way he could around campus, including a memorable performance on the Witherbee stage with his buddy, Charlie Payne.
He was also our nephew and Rachel, Carter and Ellie’s cousin, and we are all heartbroken.
It has been amazing to hear from so many Dudleylites and friends this week with their steadfast support. The stories and memories of Charlie are many, and it is what is keeping us smiling when we think of him. Thank you for sending them our way. I share a few with you anonymously here:
“Charlie was one of the first people I met back in 2016, my first summer, and I will never forget how kind he was to me.”
“Our thoughts are with you and your family. Our son was trying to process this tragic event and was talking about what a great JL Charlie was and spoke about how he used to ride on Charlie’s shoulders.”
“I was so devastated to hear about Charlie. I remember him always teaching me some cool rock wall tips while he was there. I just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you and your family. “
“I just heard some very sad news about our friend Charlie and I wanted to let you know that my thoughts are with your family and with everyone who knows what an exceptional friend and person he is. It’s raining quite hard here in Maine, but nonetheless I went for a walk to sit by the Androscoggin River where I thought about all the precious moments we shared together at camp. Though I am deeply saddened, I also feel humbled and grateful for all the times I have spent with Charlie.”
“I am so sorry to hear about Charlie. He was a wonderful part of the Dudley community and brought so much energy and enthusiasm to everything he did. I’ll always remember him leading our senior night experience in 2015 for our cabin. He did it just as you would expect: helping the boys through it while challenging them on a personal level. On behalf of my whole family, our thoughts are with you and Jess and the kids at this difficult time.”
“I wanted to express my condolence for the loss of Charlie. He was such a great young man. I enjoyed his company so much because he was one of those guys who was always happy and great to talk too. He was the one who always went above and beyond to help myself and the German kids with any outdoor topics we had. His presence will be truly missed around Dudley.”
I am often on the other side in my supporting role as Director when tragedy strikes our Dudley Community. Now, the tables have turned, and the Dudley family, including so many young people that I have had the honor of leading, have supported me and my family during this difficult time. I am constantly thinking about family – Jenn and Jack and Matt and Sara and Henry. Mom and Dad and Jess and Blair and Tom and Miranda and Sam and Ellie and Carter and Rachel and Jess. We are hanging in there, squeezing each other often, telling our own stories and missing Charlie.
Thank you all. Thank you boys, you’ve been a gift.
Ps: If you are seeking guidance, a person to talk to, or just want to connect with camp then please know that we are here to support you. Coincidentally, our dear friend Reverend Bill Harper #18500 has been in town this week and he has been a tremendous support for me and my family. If you would like additional support, feel free to reach out to Mollie Farnham-Stratton, who is our in-house clinical social worker, at email@example.com.
- If you have any pictures of Charlie that you’d like to share with others, including his family, please click here and upload so that we can share more broadly. CharliePics
- Here is a link to the family’s CaringBridge site.
Here is Charlie’s obituary.
Charles Storey “Charlie” Gillis, 20, of St. Louis, was fatally injured after being involved in a car accident on September 24, 2018. Charlie was born on March 27,1998, the son of Jack and Jenn (Storey) Gillis. He graduated from MICDS in 2016 and was attending the University of Kansas where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. As a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, he served as an acolyte even during college.
Charlie was a talented artist and an accomplished athlete with a bright and curious mind. He played football, was captain of the track and field team and an All-State pole vaulter in high school at MICDS. He had a great love of the Adirondacks and Camp Dudley (Westport, NY), where he was camper #20804, an Aide, Junior Leader and member of the Hike Hut. His heart was enormous, and he loved his friends and family far and wide from St. Louis and MICDS to KU to Camp Dudley to Williamstown to Seattle and all over the world. Whether scaling a tree, strumming his ukulele, vaulting over a pole or careening down a ski slope, he lived in the moment with an unwavering sense of freedom, fearlessness, passion and joy. Ever resourceful and independent, Charlie expressed a magnetic combination of creativity and playfulness. These endearing qualities and his boundless love of humanity drew people to him. He will always be remembered as a compassionate, generous friend and loving family member. Charlie truly lived by Camp Dudley’s beloved motto, “The Other Fellow First.”
Charlie is survived by his parents, Jack and Jenn, his brothers, Matt and Henry, and his sister, Sara. He leaves his paternal grandparents, John and Nicki Gillis, also of St. Louis, as well as his maternal grandparents, John and Martha Storey of Williamstown, MA. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins were an important part of his life; he is carried with love and is part of each and every one of them: Suzanne Gillis and Greg Sterne, Jessica and Matt Storey, Jessica and Blair Dils, Genevieve Sterne, Alice Sterne, Tommy Dils, Miranda Dils, Sam Dils, Ellie Storey, Rachel Storey and Carter Storey. He will be remembered and honored by close friends from MICDS, Westport, Camp Dudley, Williamstown, KU and St. Louis.
A service in celebration of Charlie’s life will be held on Friday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the MICDS Brauer Auditorium. Attendees should dress however they feel Charlie would want – football jerseys, Hawaiian shirts and snazzy bow ties are all perfect. Charlie loved what he loved deeply and without reserve. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of time or treasure in Charlie’s name to an organization that is close to your heart. A few that were of importance to Charlie are Camp Dudley, MICDS, and Great Circle – we would love to know how you choose to honor him. In addition, please consider becoming an organ donor.
Other ideas for honoring Charlie include:
– recording an act of kindness in Charlie’s memory every day for a week
– #livingalittlelarger, #lovingalittlestronger, #relaxingjustabitmore