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The Board of Trustees Releases the Strategic Vision for the Future

mstorey • 8 years ago • Announcements
The 2015 Board of Trustees at a recent meeting in Westport

The 2015 Board of Trustees at a recent meeting in Westport

At their May meeting in Westport, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the final draft of 2020 Vision – Camp Dudley, Inc. – Strategic Vision for the Future.

“As the governing body of both camps, we have undertaken this review of our long-term vision to assess the Camps’ operations and determine the Camps’ future direction. This review includes the physical facilities and the properties on which those facilities sit, as well as the programs, the leadership, the governance, operational direction, and the financial structure to support our initiatives. With our steadfast attention to these goals and objectives, the Dudley spirit will continue to thrive and we will be able to provide life-changing experiences in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment that promotes physical, spiritual, and emotional development for both boys and girls.”

Click here to read the full version of the plan. 2015 Strategic Vision Statement


2015 New Year’s Announcement

• 8 years ago • Announcements

Dear Members of the Dudley Family,

As we kick off the New Year, we wanted to update you on a few exciting developments that will have a lasting impact on Dudley and Kiniya.

The summer of 2014 was a very successful one on both sides of the Lake, marked by two new noteworthy campus structures: an Outdoor Challenge Course at Kiniya and the Middlebury Pavilion at Dudley. Now, after meeting prospective campers at nearly 30 Open Houses — and as applications for camper and leadership spots begin to roll in — we can boast that interest in Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya has never been greater. As our unflappable office staff processes the many generous year-end gifts, we can count amongst our blessings an excellent year on the development front, as well.

Looking ahead to the summer of 2015, we plan to keep this momentum going. This spring, we will send 12 of our year-round staff members on a NOLS Leadership Trip, further bolstering the leadership skills of this critical core team. Building upon the popularity and success of our 54-year- old German Exchange program, we will be testing the waters with an exchange program to Spain. Finally, preparations are already underway to celebrate our 10th Anniversary summer at Kiniya!

To be sure, there is still much work to be done as we look towards the future, but we are confident that the outlook is bright.

We are in the final stages of a comprehensive strategic planning exercise that will help guide our Camps for the balance of this decade. Drawing on invaluable survey responses from hundreds of alumni and parents, a committee of the Board of Trustees has been crafting a new strategic plan, an undertaking that has been incredibly thorough and enlightening to all involved. In the fall of 2014, we presented our current findings to the Chairman’s Council, a group of past Board Chairs who gathered for a working weekend at West Point. With this group’s valuable input we are putting the finishing touches on a Strategic Vision Statement that will be shared with all of you in a few months time.

We have successfully formed the not-for-profit Camp Dudley Foundation (CDF) which will allow us to focus on long-term growth and the preservation of the Camps’ financial assets. The Foundation has its own separate Board of Directors, led by Chair #11889 Dwight Poler, that will provide oversight of our Camps’ endowment and look to support long-term capital needs so that future generations can thrive. The CDF will complement and financially support the important work of our Camps’ main operating Board (the Camp Dudley Board of Trustees) which is led by Chair #10643 Matt Quigley.

After five years of respectful discussion with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) — focused on resolving the fundamental conflict between the Y’s desire to assert control over the use and prominence of their brand and standards and our desire to remain independent — we have agreed that our Camps will separate from the Y. In a letter jointly drafted with the Camp Dudley Board of Trustees, Y-USA has communicated this news to the other Y Camps, effective January 1, 2015. Dudley first formally established its independence from the YMCA in 1968 (then with the New York YMCA), and this current step with Y-USA is a reaffirmation of what took place nearly 50 years ago. We are proud of our Y heritage and remain very supportive of the Y’s mission. Our independent non-profit Camps — Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya — will continue to focus on delivering life-changing experiences for boys and girls that are true to our motto, mission, core values, programs and traditions.

We have a tremendously loyal alumni base who support the Camps’ Motto and Mission so that we can provide the most meaningful experience for our campers each summer. As an additional way to keep our alumni connected, we will be launching our own Camp Dudley Alumni App, powered by EverTrue, later this month. This powerful alumni networking tool will allow Alums to have access to our alumni directory anytime, anywhere from their smartphones. It is being rolled out at many colleges, universities and private schools, and we are one of the first camps to be offering this to its alumni. More to come online at www.campdudley.com/alumni.

We thank you for your ongoing support of all that we do and we hope to see you in Westport or Colchester this summer, if not before! Should you wish to discuss any of these developments – or any other matters of importance to you regarding our two Camps – please contact any one of us via our email addresses listed below.

We wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2015!


Matt Storey, #13804
Director, Camp Dudley

Marnie McDonagh, #20001
Director, Camp Kiniya

Matt Quigley, #10643
Chairman, Camp Dudley Board of Trustees

Dwight Poler, #11889
Chairman, Camp Dudley Foundation

Now the bidding’s over!

• 8 years ago • Announcements


The Camp Dudley Online Auction

Thank you to all the donors and bidders who made our 3rd Annual Online Auction a success! A special congratulations to our winners! Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Every bid was important and made a difference to our final success. Together donors, registered bidders and winners (almost 500 strong) generated more than $44,000 to support the Annual Fund of our Camps! Thank you!

Camp Dudley Online Auction Goes Live 8/23 @ 8PM

• 8 years ago • Announcements

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The bidding starts August 23rd at 8pm and runs through 8pm September 10th. Bid early and bid often! Here’s a few things we have lined up:

  • Golf at Sankaty Head Golf Course with lodging on Nantucket Island
  • Two day, mid-week ski package at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, NY
  • Giclee print of Bruce Mitchell’s painting “The Wolf Jaws from the Ausable River
  • Weekend get-away at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid
  • Ice Skating birthday party at Ameri-Can North Sports Center, Plattsburgh  
  • Winter week skiing adventure at Steamboat Springs 
  • One week get-away of the tropical Island of Culebra
  • North Country dining and lodging packages
  • One week of summer fun at Steamboat Springs
  • Guided fly fishing trip on prime Adirondack trout streams
  • Andrew Weibrecht autographed US Olympic Gear (complete with his camp number)
  • Private cruise on beautiful Lake Placid
  • Camp Kiniya Challenge Course Birthday package
  • “Staycation” package in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

Join the summer fun!  We’d love to add your very special gift to this year’s auction.  Please contact Dawn Gay (dawn@campdudley.org or 518-962-4720) to make your offer or use the form below.  Thank you.

Opening Day Video, Pictures and more!

• 8 years ago • Announcements

What an incredible first few days we’ve had at Dudley and Kiniya! Here are some important links for you as we go on with the summer regarding all things photo/video.

We will be uploading pictures from both camps every FRIDAY afternoon. We will also periodically update YouTube page with some fun videos throughout the summer as well.

To get an inside look at the daily happenings at Camp we suggest that you follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.

Camp Dudley Pictures
Camp Kiniya Pictures
Camp Dudley/Kiniya YouTube
Camp Dudley Facebook
Camp Dudley/Kiniya Instagram



See You Tomorrow!

anitajohnson • 8 years ago • Announcements


We made it! The Leaders and Staff here at Camp Dudley are eagerly awaiting your son(s) arrival tomorrow. Here is a quick rundown of what to expect when you get to Westport, NY.

  • Drop off is between 8 am and 1 pm

  • Please park in the upper fields and sign in at the Welcome Tent. Your son(s) trunk will be delivered to the cabin by our Opening Day team

  • Please be prepared to walk to your son’s cabin from the upper fields

  • All outstanding forms can be dropped off at the Main Office or Health Center

  • The Camp Store will be open from 8 am to 1 pm





130 Years. 30 Hours. 130 Online Gifts. – The “Online Giving Ganza” Report

• 9 years ago • Announcements

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YOU DID IT!  During the past 30 hours the Dudley Family generated 163 gifts and $31,695.30 to support the boys and girls that will come through our gates in just a few weeks! In addition, we have $6,700 in corporate matching gifts to process. What amazing results!

We went more than 30 gifts over our goal! Raised more than $30,000! For our 130th summer…all in 30 hours! See the pattern?

We have enjoyed broad support of alumni, parents, grandparents, friends, campers, leaders and staff.  THANK YOU!

Here are some highlights that we want to share:

  • Supporters spanned the generations and represent both camps.
  • Donors made gifts to honor our 130 year tradition ($130), the 30 hour challenge ($30) and the camp number of a loved one (i.e., $255.53)
  • Cabin mates reconnected from bygone times.
  • Some folks made their first gifts to camp.
  • Alums and parents honored the memory of loved ones who attended camp.
  • Campers honored their leaders
  • We have discovered some “Lost Sheep”
  • Donors increased the value of the gift by using corporate matching gift programs

What a wonderful event!  Your commitment to our mission and timeless motto “the other fellow first” made this possible!

Gifts to the Camp Dudley Annual Fund are welcome at any time during the year. We welcome matching gifts and are pleased to assist you in processing those.

On behalf of the campers at Dudley and Kiniya, Thank You!


2014 Camp Dudley & Kiniya Online Auction – Join the FUN!

• 9 years ago • Announcements

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With Camp in full swing, we are still looking for donations for the 3rd Annual Online Auction that will benefit the Annual Fund.  Here’s a few things we already have lined up:

  • Golf at Sankaty Head Golf Course with lodging on Nantucket Island
  • Two day, mid-week ski package at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, NY
  • Giclee print of Bruce Mitchell’s painting “The Wolf Jaws from the Ausable River
  • Weekend get-away at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid
  • Ice Skating birthday party at Ameri-Can North Sports Center, Plattsburgh  
  • Winter week skiing adventure at Steamboat Springs 
  • One week get-away of the tropical Island of Culebra
  • North Country dining and lodging packages

Join the summer fun!  We’d love to add your very special gift to this year’s auction.  Please contact Dawn Gay (dawn@campdudley.org or 518-962-4720) to make your offer.  Thank you.

Beckman to be powered by the sun

• 9 years ago • Alumni | Announcements | Blogs | Dudley Blog

img_5403 copyWe are all very excited to be closing in on Dudley’s first large scale renewable energy project. As of today, the mounting brackets are all installed on the roof, and a handful of the solar panels are in place.  Estimated to be complete by May, next summer’s incoming campers and parents will be treated to a shiny new view of the south side of the Beckman roof. The solar array will consist of approximately 100 panels, with the capacity to create enough electricity to offset almost ½ of our current annual use in Beckman. Between the energy we create, and a handful of energy efficiency changes in the kitchen over the next few years, we’ll hope to reach our goal of making the dining hall a “zero energy building”, which is a building that creates roughly the same amount of energy that is consumes annually. 

To see more of the project click here.

Dudley Summer Staff Openings

• 9 years ago • Announcements

staff-opening-webWe’re wrapping up our staff hiring process for the summer of 2014, but there are a few spots where we still need some help.

Know someone that might me be a great fit for Dudley and also have some previous experience sailing, boating, or in teaching tennis?

In the Boathouse we’re looking for…

In our Athletics Program we’re looking for…

For additional information please reach out to our Admissions & Program Director, Evan George, at (518) 962-4720 0r evan@campdudley.org


Meet the Class of 2018 Board of Managers

• 9 years ago • Announcements

At the recent Board of Managers meeting, 4 new board members and our new CDA Vice President were welcomed to the team. Camp Dudley and Kiniya are incredibly fortunate to have you all supporting our camps!

Mike Bransford #13033
Minneapolis, MNBransford

Mike arrived at Dudley in 1981 during the Willie era.  Growing up, Mike had heard countless Dudley stories but was eager to make sense of it himself.  It all came together when Mike’s Cub leader, Doug “the Bug Man” Schmidt, decided to parachute (unannounced) into main campus on July 4th.  In Mike’s words, “It’s tough for a 10-year old to pin down the Dudley experience, but the impact is real.  Dudley offers an amazing combination of experiences at precisely the right age – exposure to new activities and perspectives, heartfelt support and encouragement, hilarious spontaneity, gratitude, rock-solid friendship, and appreciation for the value in putting the other fellow first.”

Says Mike, “Dudley has been a bedrock in our family since my dad (Roger Bransford, #8982) stepped foot on campus in 1955.  My dad grew up down the street from best pal, John Storey (#8804), in Chatham NJ, who introduced him to Dudley.”  Roger relished all things Dudley and remained a fixture at camp throughout his life, serving as camper, leader, fabled painter of red rock, former Board Chairman, and CDA Man of the Year in 1997, the year he passed away.  Mike shared memorable camper years (1981-1984) with his brothers, Jeff (#12743) and Steve (#13623).  Mike and his wife, Gretchen, have three children:  Henry (#22033), Rose (#22733), and William (#TBA), who are hard at work on their own camp stories.

Mike grew up in Atlanta, and graduated from Cornell University and Columbia Business School.  Mike’s career in finance has included market-making on Chicago and London derivative exchanges, investment banking in New York and London, and portfolio/risk management in Minneapolis, MN.  The family settled in Minneapolis in 2007, where Mike currently works as Vice President of Capital Markets and Risk Management for Ameriprise Financial.  Says Mike, “I am honored to serve on the Dudley Board and hope to provide useful perspective as both Dudley and Kiniya parent.”

Jack Kotz  #7951
Kiawah Island, SCkotz

 For more than a century, beginning with camper Eugene Cowlin (#742, Jack’s grandfather and a boyhood friend of Chief Beckman), the family has been a presence at Dudley.  Jack’s first year was 1949; he served as a JL and leader during the summers of 1954-56. Though he was involved in the Rhythm Ramblers and edited The Last Whistle, it was a love of the outdoors that truly captured his interest for the rest of his life. Jack and his wife, Katie, honeymooned in Westport, with Director Bob Marshall announcing their marriage at hymn sing in July, 1961!

After a Ph.D. at Cornell, postdoctoral appointments, and several years on the faculty of Kansas State, Jack and Katie settled in Oneonta, New York, where Jack led a distinguished career as Professor of Chemistry at SUNY-Oneonta. He won numerous awards for teaching, among them being named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor.  Jack was an accomplished speaker and lecturer, as well as coauthor of fundamental textbooks for inorganic and general chemistry.

As an active member of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Kotz presented over sixty talks on chemical education and the use of technology to students and faculty at colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Instrumental in the revolution in education facilitated by technology, Dr. Kotz served as the Director of Educational Technology for the College at Oneonta, as well as being a member of the Fulbright Advisory Board and Board of Directors for College of Oneonta Foundation.

 Jack and his wife Katie have two sons, David (#12190) and Peter (#12135), who attended camp in the 1970’s.  Katie was involved in civic activities in Oneonta for many years, and the whole family enjoyed camping and hiking in the Adirondacks.  They lived overseas several times. Jack has retired, and he and Katie now live on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, when they aren’t traveling.  Jack is an accomplished photographer, beautifully documenting their visits to remote areas of the world.

Twenty family members over five generations have Dudley camper numbers, including grandchildren Andrew (#19135), Ian (#19136), PJ (# 19137), Emilie (#20335), John (#20690), Mara (#21790), and Andy (#22490). Jack is pleased to be able to serve on the camp’s Board of Managers for the support and friendship that Dudley has given to him and his family over the years.


ValkyMark Valkenburgh #15133 — “Valky”
Cambridge, MA

As a camper, leader and assistant division head during the summers of 1990-2001, Mark became intimately familiar with Camp Dudley, and he carries many of the fond and nostalgic memories that most alums do. Mark was connected to Dudley through a friendship with the Perry family of Wilton, CT and through his grandfather, Frank Hutchins, who treasured the Adirondacks and lived by Dudley values in every way.

Today, Mark’s enthusiasm for camp is stronger than ever: “There is no institution, no mission, no community that I hold more sacred, and in today’s fast-paced, individualistic culture, there is no motto more important than “The Other Fellow First.” He anticipates bringing his industry experience, constructive perspective, and energy to his role on the Board of Managers.

Mark and his wife, Emily, live in Cambridge, MA. Mark works for Google, Inc. as an Account Executive focused on digital media. Since joining Google he has served on a healthcare-focused team, helping clients with ongoing digital marketing efforts, and rethinking healthcare delivery and discovery via web-based platforms.  Mark is passionate about supporting innovation through technology and efficiently connecting patients to the quality care they need. Mark previously worked in healthcare consulting and later served as a Product Manager for  Johnson & Johnson.

Mark brings his love of camp, an empathy for the pressures on college-age leaders, a deep belief in Dudley tradition coupled with a material understanding of the need for change and evolution. He also possesses an inherent bent toward diversity and inclusion, and an interest in bringing Dudley out into the world. Mark looks forward to the opportunity to become more involved in the mission of enriching young peoples’ lives and and supporting the Dudley-Kiniya foundational pillars of service, character, leadership, compassion and integrity.


wisemanKathy Wiseman #23372
Williamstown, MA

Kathy became acquainted with Camp Kiniya and Dudley through her daughter Abby (#21772) and other Williamstown, Massachusetts families. Kathy has seen firsthand how camp’s leadership development program has positively impacted Abby’s skills and is ready to embrace the opportunity to be a part of Dudley’s organizational structure.

Professionally, Kathy works as a Pediatrician in North Adams, MA.  Her interest in health care and the well being of children has a long history.  In college, as a participant in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, in post-college work in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, Kathy gained invaluable experience in the emotional and physical aspects of developing immunization, HIV prevention, and general preventive health care programs.

In her community, Kathy continues to educate younger children (booster seat use, healthy diet and exercise) and teens (adequate sleep, knee injury prevention, concussion management). She also serves as one of the school physicians for the local elementary, middle and high schools, and is on the board of Berkshire Nursing Families as a medical advisor.

 As a member of the Dudley Board of Managers, Kathy is interested in providing input on health services (both preventive and treatment based), ensuring that emergency action plans are in place, supporting programs that foster individual skills as well as teamwork, and reviewing structural facilities and how they affect health, safety and programming.  Kathy sums it up with these words:  “The camp has been a wonderful experience for Abby, and I would enjoy the opportunity to help assure that such an experience is available for other campers in the years to come.”

Kathy and Abby live in Williamstown, MA, with husband Rich and son Matt.


ReadyC. David Ready #14992
Brooklyn, NY

C. David Ready #14992 joins us as the Vice President of the CDA.

David is the Director of Communications for the Packer Collegiate Institute, a PreK-12 independent school in Brooklyn Heights, where he has worked since 2004, overseeing print and online media for an audience of both prospective and current families — along with thousands of alumni worldwide. Prior to Packer, he spent three years as journalism teacher, dorm parent, and basketball/lacrosse coach at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Originally from Richmond, Va., David learned about Camp Dudley through a friend at church and — after being hypnotized by Willie’s slideshow — signed up for a full-season first summer as a Junior in 1989 in Union Cabin. Over the next 15 years, he only missed one summer (1994), rising through the ranks to become Senior Division Head in 1997 and 1998.

As editor of the Dudley Doings in 2000 and 2003 and as Last Whistle editor from 2000 to 2003, David helped implement the Arts Majors program, building camp publications into a thriving program area. “When I look back at all of the great DD issues from those summers, I am particularly proud of the fact that hundreds of campers had the opportunity to see their own writing in print,” he says. “In the DD Arts Major, they got to learn the fundamentals of writing a good news story — factual information notwithstanding!”

With his wife, Emmy, and toddler son, Thomas, he lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Their niece, Victoria, is looking forward to her third summer ‘neath the Pines in 05446 at Camp Kiniya.

“Outside of my immediate family, Camp Dudley has been the single most important influence in my life — personally, professionally, spiritually,” says David. “I could not be more honored to serve my fellow Dudley alumni in this new role.”

Click here to return to the Board of Managers main page.

2014 Summer Job Openings

• 9 years ago • Announcements

Outdoor Education Jobs
Camp Kiniya, Colchester VT
Summer 2014

Challenge Course Focus Position: Seeking an individual with background and/or interest in challenge course (ropes course) facilitation to run groups on both low and high elements. Safety comes first, fun and laughter second. Must foster a supportive environment where youth are invited to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. This position will assist trips and logistics, with the opportunity to go on multi-day trips if needed. Must learn and uphold Camp Kiniya operating procedures, as well as High 5 challenge course safety and maintenance protocols. Knowledge of climbing equipment and hardware as well as challenge course safety a plus.

Tripping Focus Position: Seeking individual to help with all logistics supporting wilderness trips from 1 to 3 days in length. Trips include backpacking, day hiking, canoe/kayaking, and rock climbing. This position’s tasks include; gear organization, recovery, cleaning and maintenance; food ordering and packing; and route briefings and pre-trip demonstrations on backcountry travel and leave-no-trace practices. Help facilitating special activities including night hikes, camp-fire cooking suppers, and other camping activities as needed. Opportunity to go on trips and assist camper Leaders. Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification a plus.

Rock Climbing Focus Position: Seeking an individual with experience in rock climbing with a desire to teach beginners. Ability to teach basics of climbing form, partner communication, belaying, rappelling and all things safety to learner competency. Interest in empowering girls in climbing, to help build uplifting and supportive group culture, inspire a high standard of skill competency and celebration of independent accomplishments. Climbing wall on-site, with possibility of off-site overnight trips to scouted and approved sites. Knowledge of top-rope set up desired, with willingness to learn and adhere to Camp Kiniya operating procedures. Training and Wilderness First Responder certification a plus.

Farm-to-Plate Gardening Position: Seeking individual who has experience with organic vegetable and flower gardening. Must enjoy sharing knowledge and love of gardening with youth! To manage and maintain the camp garden will be the primary role of this position, however, it also requires creating activities for youth to participate in the garden in meaningful, educative, and fun ways. Simple lessons and tasks with room for exploration towards inspiring youth to learn about good food. This includes preparing for small and healthy cooking projects (snacks, small dishes) using what is coming from the garden. Knowledge of organic gardening, permaculture principles and practices a plus!

Camp Craft and Ecology Position:  Seeking an individual with passion to teach local place-based ecology, including study and play around Lamoille River and Lake Champlain environments. Would be responsible for working with visiting speakers, and planning meaningful follow-up activities. Creation of fun active games that highlight local food-web relationships and ecological balances, as well as plant/tree ID, including wild edibles, poisonous things to avoid, and the interrelationships of plants/trees/animals, primitive skills fun (shelter building, fiber tree/plant rope, fire-starting/extinguishing (LNT), friction fire, animal signs and tracking, etc.). Integration of arts and play strongly encouraged, with a child-focused emphasis such that it feels more like play than school. Experiential education background a plus!

Interested in apply for any of the above?

Please contact Mollie Farnham, Outdoor Education Director




New Faces Join the Year Round Team

• 9 years ago • Announcements

Matt and Marnie recently announced the addition of two new team members that will add significant strength to the operations of their Camps. Welcome aboard!

Mollie Farnham, #22406, Outdoor Education Director at Kiniya & Clinical Social Workermollie-wp

Mollie joins the Camp Kiniya year-round staff as Outdoor Education Director and Clinical Social Worker fresh from graduate school in New Hampshire. A clinically trained social worker, specializing in adventure therapy, Mollie brings these skills to both Dudley and Kiniya. Mollie first visited Camp Dudley in the late 1990’s, introduced by her now-fiance. After 10+ years of significant adventures working for other summer camps and experiential/ecological education schools in Colorado and Upstate New York, wilderness therapy programs in Alaska and Ontario, Canada, she was invited to work at Camp Dudley in the outdoors programming department in 2011. Mollie helped with the development of the 10-day Aides experience while working at Camp in 2012. Mollie is excited to now build up programming in all things outdoors at Camp Kiniya! She is passionate about mentoring girls and young women to find comfort and confidence in their engagement with the natural world.


Josh Olcott #14962, Camp Dudley Food Service Directorjosh-WP

Born and raised in Elizabethtown NY, moved to Albany in 2001 with his wife Jenny Olcott. Josh has served as the general manager of Bountiful Bread, and Director of Operations for White Management for the past seven years. Josh attended SCCC for culinary arts and restaurant management. Josh has two children Emma, 6 and Kaya, 3 who are very excited to be part of Camp Dudley. Josh attended camp from ’89 to ’93 plebe through his Aide year.  “I have been a part of Dudley for as long as I can remember. Years back, my Grandfather & Grandmother Olcott were close to Doug and Yvonne Sears. My grandfather and Doug were hunting buddies. Camp Dudley has been a huge part of my life as well as my father, #10296 Rick Olcott, my uncle #10691 David, brother #17113 Jared, and sister Joy #17535. I am incredibly proud to join the team.”

Thank You… and Happy New Year!

• 9 years ago • Announcements | Uncategorized

The boys and girls of our Camps send a great big THANK YOU to the parents, alumni and friends who helped make 2013 so special through their generous contributions! There is still time for you to make a 2013 year-end gift. You continue to make the difference. Thank you in advance, and Happy New Year!


Dudley Christmas Cards

• 9 years ago • Announcements | Blogs

In 2009 we remembered that we have a wealth of artistic talent in the Dudley Family. We wanted to tap into it throughout the year – especially with our Christmas Card. As you will see below, we’ve had great fun with the card each year, and thanks to the Dudleyites who have helped is along the way. Stay tuned for more in the future!

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2013, Scott Steen #15509
Scott currently serves as Camp Dudley’s Outdoor Program & Sustainability Director. He also finds a little time to put together some artwork for us too! A cub in 1991, Scott rose through the leadership ranks to become a Senior Division leader for 3 summers and eventually a position working in the Hike Hut for 5 summers. See more of Scott’s work HERE

2012, #13556 Mac Premo
Mac came to Camp Dudley as a Cub in Rensselaer in 1984 and fell in love with the place. He went through the camper and leadership ranks, and enjoyed his time everywhere at camp, especially at Brodie Arts & Crafts. Mac is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can see his work and learn more about him at www.macpremo.com.

2011, #15191 Oliver Jeffers
All the way from Belfast Ireland, Ollie came to camp with his brother Rory for the first time in 1990 as a junior in Andrews Lodge. He went through the leadership ranks and is currently an author and artist who focuses on childrens books. His work can be found at www.oliverjeffers.com.

2010, #19555 Lauren Widing
Lauren has worked in Brodie Arts & Crafts for the last 8 summers and is currently the head of Brodie. Her father and 3 brothers have all come to Camp, but she has the longest consecutive summer run in the family! Lauren and her husband Peter Maiurano live in the Boston area where she is a teacher at the Fessenden School.

2009, #17425 Matt Ator
Matt or “Matador” went to camp as a camper through leader and staff member who most recently led the German Exchange trip in 2011. He also designed the Last Whistle for several years and helped with our publications department. Matt is currently at teacher and coach at the Hun School in Princeton, NJ


We need your opinion – take our Strategic Planning Survey Today!

• 9 years ago • Announcements

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Survey for Dudley and Kiniya: A Vision for the Future

Survey Closes on December 31, 2013 – please share your thoughts today!

This year the Camp Dudley, Inc. Board of Managers and our two Camp Directors began a full-scale update of our strategic plan.  Written ten years ago and updated once since then, we believe that now is a great time to reassess how far we have come in the past ten years, and to think through the future plans for our two great camps.  While many strategic plans focus immediately on tangible changes in facilities, we would like to assess our positioning and opportunities from first principles to ensure that we are providing the program that is most consistent with, and in support of our mission.  With your collective inputs, we can then address any resource shortfalls from there. We are fortunate to have such a sound history and tradition to build on as we seek to sustain our mission comfortably into the future.

To that end, we invite you to share your thoughts and opinions, and even a story or two, about your experience at Camp Dudley and/or Camp Kiniya and where our camps should be headed in the future.  Your input is important to us as we think about how Dudley “Develops the Whole Person” and how to meet this objective for years to come.

The survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.  Most of the questions are Yes/No questions or questions where you are asked to rate your opinion about a statement or issue on a 1 – 10 scale. There are also several free text boxes where you can share some additional thoughts.

At the end of the survey we invite you to tell us a story about your experience at Dudley or Kiniya (or both!).  Often the deep sense of pride and appreciation we feel for our camps cannot be captured in a Yes/No or rated question, so this is your chance to expand on your experience and the Dudley magic that has touched us all.

We expect that many of the stories will prove inspirational, not only to the Board and the Directors, but to the Dudley family at large.  So if you are willing to have your story shared with the larger Dudley family (perhaps through publication in the Camp Dudley News) please check the box following the story signifying your permission for us to share your story.  If you do not check the box we will fully respect your right to privacy and we will not share it beyond Marnie, Matt and the members of the Board.

Thank you for your willingness to contribute to the vision of Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya.

Dwight Poler, #11889, Board Chair, Camp Dudley YMCA, Inc.
Marnie McDonagh, #20001, Director, Camp Kiniya
Matt Storey, #13804, Director, Camp Dudley

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Meet the Class of 2017 Board of Managers

• 10 years ago • Announcements



Chairman Dwight Poler recently announced the class of 2017 Board of Managers. Click below to read more about this dynamic new group joining the Board of Managers. Camp Dudley is a non-profit organization operated by the Camp Dudley Board of Managers and affiliated with the YMCA. Dudley does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality and ethnic origins in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and all Camp administered programs. It is an inviolable requisite of admission that a boy be in normal physical, mental and moral condition. Camp Dudley is licensed by the state of New York and is a member of the American Camping Association. If you have interest in serving on our Board of Managers, please email request for information to info@campdudley.org.

#23033 Lou Jacobs

#22898 Whitney Magee Phelps

#10643 Matthew Quigley

#23222 Donna Granfors








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