Recently, a wonderful letter arrived from a “Dudley Mom” thanking us for the impact the summer had on her son. It reads:
“Dudley has provided my son the most wonderful and life-changing experiences. I know that Dudley will forever be a part of his life and has already had a significant impact on his life. I also know that these experiences will have even greater impact on his life in the future. I don’t know how Dudley does this but there is magic up there on the shores of the lake. Our family is deeply thankful for all Dudley has done.”
Her son has begun his leadership training and has just started to share what he has learned with younger boys who now look up to him. He has already gained much from camp, but what he learned here as an Aide gives him the foundation to build his character into adulthood. Dudley is good for our boys today, but as important, it is good for our boys in the future.
This summer was another “best-ever.” Like all summers, it also had some major challenges. One was our decision to take more control over what we eat by bringing our food service in-house. In short, we had to start from scratch in all areas from menus to employees to quantities. We learned a good deal along the way and are very pleased to be where we are now. Amazingly, when our good friend and former food service manager, #13081 Jack Mingle, (1981-89) heard of our decision, he offered his hand in help. Jack wanted to make sure we “did it right” and came as a volunteer to the kitchen most days throughout the summer. Thanks, Jack. It was wonderful having your support.
This fall, Marnie and I are revisiting our strategic plan with the Board that will guide us as we continue our good work for the next generation of Dudleyites. As a part of that process, we are surveying the Dudley Family, one of our greatest assets. We appreciate your insights on what makes Dudley unique. The results of this effort have already been amazing, and we look forward to sharing them with you. One thing that stands out . . . we are all proud of our affiliation with Camp, proud of our Camp Number, and of “the Dudley Brand.”
Thank you for your support today, and into the future.
#13804 Matt Storey, Director
PS: The place to add your voice to the strategic plan is here.
Here it is! The 2013 Camp Dudley & Kiniya Open House Tour Video.
St. Lawrence University built a brand new state of the art men’s soccer locker room to honor former Head Soccer Coach, Bob Goodwin #6441 this September. See video from this event below:
Around 300 people made the trip north to attend this past weekend’s CDA Reunion! The three day event was full of activities ranging from hikes in the ADK’s to a greased watermelon contest down at Swim Point.
After a jam packed Saturday full of fun, the group made its way into Witherbee Hall to celebrate the CDA Man of the Year award given to #6102 Cab Woodward. Thanks to some kind words provided by Cab’s pals, #6581 Berkeley Johnson and #7927 Jonathan Clark, the Dudley audience was treated to some great stories and reflections on their friend. After the ceremony we were led in a hymn sing by James Mayo!
On Sunday, we celebrated the life of #16000 Lois Schmidt at the Camp Dudley Chapel. To view the service in it’s entirety please click here.
Thanks to all of you that came out and made this such a memorable weekend!
To view a photo gallery from the weekend please click here
We have had an amazing final week here at Camp Dudley. The boys are in amazing spirits and no one can believe that it is almost over! We had the first ever Outdoor Hymn Sing last night with James Mayo under the most amazing Dudley Dome. Today we wrap up regular activities and will have our Final Banquet on main campus followed by All Camp Council Ring under the stars. Boys are having a ball and enjoying every last minute. Thanks to all for sharing your boys with us! To see more of the action, see our Week 8 Photos.
Check out all of the week 7 photos here!
It has been an exciting start to second half in the Hawl. We kicked off the first Saturday Night show with an abridged version of The Hobbit directed by Wendy Higgins, with an all star cast. Witherbee was transformed in to a series of caves, mountain ledges and Smaug’s treasure hoard in Lonely Mountain as Biblo and the Dwarves shared their adventure with the audience.
One Wednesday that were Cabin dance parties, a Martial Arts presentation, and a beautiful rendition of Radiohead’s Karma Police by visiting staff, Sluke among many other talents that graced the stage that evening.
Last Saturday night in the Hawl was one of perfection. Diana McGuigan George directed A Christmas Carol, that filled the hawl with special effects, snow machines, expert lighting, exquisite acting, ghosts of Christmas past present and future, and Scrooge. Campers left the Hawl highly entertained as well as ecstatic and ready for the holiday themed Hymn sing the following night. Check out the full performance in the video below!
7:33 Cannon and Flag, waiters report to Beckman
7:50 Breakfast Bell
8:00 Chapel Talk and Breakfast
Spin the work wheel, crank up the tunes, listen to your Aide- its time for morning chores. For the 15 minutes after breakfast and before morning activities, every camper, from cubbie to senior, makes their beds, tidies their closet and pitches in to clean the cabin. While inspection is by no means the highlight of any campers’ day, and probably has never been the subject of a postcard home to mom and dad, it is deeply ingrained in the culture. It is simply, to the campers, a thing we do.
This summer there is an additional chore on the work wheel. The campers in charge of taking out the trash are also in charge of taking out the co-mingled recycling to the recycling receptacles the divisional area. Campers don’t have any trouble wrapping their heads around this task. In fact, our rate of contamination (% of items in recycling that don’t belong there) is already far lower than most public recycling facilities anywhere in the county. The campers are on board. Furthermore, in several cabins such as Adirondack Lodge, campers have chosen to go Zero Waste. This means no more taking out the cabin trash… ever. Adirondack lodge has figured it out. Cabin living is indeed simple living, and what formally counted as trash can instead go to the recycling, compost, or even better, not produced. The only non-recyclable that possibly come out of any Dudley cabins are:
– lost and lonely old socks
– Items sent in a letter from home (no more packages to worry about)
– A broken toy from home (some amalgam of plastic, fabric, rubber etc.)
– Loot from the Westport Word’s Fair (sorry first session guys)
In addition, Dudley has hit a sustainability target that we can all be proud of. Camp wide, we are producing less the half of the waste from last summer. While both the cabins and program areas are making an effort to cut back, the good work of Dan Stromberg and his kitchen staff are noteworthy. The kitchen and dining hall have cut 60% of waste produces last summer!
It is amazing how quickly campers are actively engaging- all in the name of what they’ve dubbed “suSteenerbility”. We are confident that these changes to our camp routine will become, like the rest of daily inspection, simply a thing that we do at Dudley.
8:45 muster in division area
9:00 begin morning activity period
Written by Scott Steen, #15509 – Outdoor Program/Sustainability Director
Check out all of the week 6 photos here!
With five Sunday’s quickly coming and passing, we’ve had some incredibly talented speakers. Wayne Miesel wrapped up the first half following the excellent and varied Chapel speakers before him of Jonathan Appleyard, Andrew Forsthoefel, and Bob Langston. Capping off each Sunday night we’ve had some magical moments at Hymn Sing in “the hall” led by James Mayo!
Cued up for this week at the Dudley Chapel is Oliver Jeffers #15191 with Jean Stowell #22375 and John Crowder to follow and finish out Dudley’s Spiritual program in our beautiful outdoor chapel.
We’re a full week into our schedule and the boys have touched on each pillar of the Dudley Program. At the end of last week the boys chose their Individual, Art, and Team Majors and were assigned to their Divisional Teams. The Plebe, Junior, and Senior teams all went to the Challenge Course on Thursday for some team building before the competitions heat up. We had our first Wednesday Night Show and Saturday Night Show (The Hobbit, which was very well received). On Sunday, we held our first Chapel Service of the session, which featured a sermon by our very on Steve Schmidt #10875. And we ended the day with a rousing Hymn Sing! Yesterday, the Senior Division headed out to the Adirondack Wilderness for their hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and farm to plate trips. We’ve got more games, arts majors, individual majors, and council rings scheduled for today and this evening. To top it all off the weather has been spectacular the last few days…sunny, low humidity, highs in the high 70’s! YOHA!
The 2013 German Exchange Group are into their final week in Germany with tour stops that will include Berlin and Munich. Reports back have told us that it has been an incredible time for all with our dear friends at Camp Abbensen YMCA. We’ll have the whole group back in the United States on Saturday with the boys heading back to Westport and the girls back to Colchester. We’re looking forward to hearing all of the stories from the trip, and we cannot thank the folks at Abbensen for their generous hospitality over the past month! We look forward to hosting the 2014 group!
What a wonderful start to 2nd session here at Dudley and Kiniya! Check out all of the action in our Week 5 gallery. A new set of pictures will be uploaded every Friday morning. Also be sure to keep an eye on the website for our weekly blogs and LIKE us on Facebook to keep up with all of the happenings. Enjoy the pictures!
-Brendan “Lefty” Loughman
Check out the Week 4 Photos Here for both Dudley and Kiniya. Hard to believe we’re finishing up the 1st Session already!
Come check out all the action from Week 3!
Thanks to our first ever Camp Dudley Online Auction, we got a visit from former NBA player & Coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. today at Dudley! Coach Dunleavy ran the campers through a series of on court drills and even coached a game as well! He also spoke to the group about the fundamentals of the game and much more. Thanks, Coach!
The Arts Program at Dudley is in full swing! Witherbee Hall has been jam packed with Saturday Nights Shows, Wednesday Night Shows, music, skits, The Rhythm Ramblers… We’ll let the pictures do the talking for us!
Meanwhile over at Brodie Arts and Crafts Lauren Widing Reports:
As the 129th summer has kicked off Brodie is looking for popsicle stick trees! Any knowledge or sign of a way to mass produce popsicle sticks would be greatly appreciated by the Brodie staff. Boys are building boats, canoes, boxes, frames, Eiffel Towers, and even Champ out of popsicle sticks and hot glue. Printmaking is a new addition to the Brodie art majors, and it seems to be attracting a lot of interest. Boys have been busy during ceramic majors creating crests, owl families, coil pots, and plenty of hand clay. The large porch is an ever popular hang out, not only for crafting lanyards and hemp, but free draw, building, and relaxing during the few moments of sunshine each day! What a wonderful start to the summer.
Over in Publications we’ve already released a couple of Dudley Doings courtesy of Editor Reed Gilbride. The photos have been rolling out like never before thanks to our team of Photographers: Drew, Reed and Lefty. And on the video front we have a very special video that was shown during the first slideshow courtesy of Dan Lipin. Enjoy! (Try not to laugh too much either… it’s pretty awesome!)
All is well in the Outdoor Department at Camp Dudley. While many of the hikes have returned from the Adirondacks with wet tents and muddy boots, the ample north-country rain has not damped our spirits. Currently on this Tuesday morning in July, the 2 Dudley/NOLS trips are deep in the Wyoming wilderness. We have 14 trips from the Junior Division hiking, paddling and canoeing in the Adirondacks. On campus, the climbing wall is crawling with Plebes and a cub cabin is at the Ropes Course. Tonight, senior cabins Columbia and Colgate will embark on their Senior Night Experience, while several others will be eating delicious and locally raised burgers on their Cabin Overnights and Suppers at Stacy Brook and Cutler Point. On nights like this, when almost half of Camp Dudley is off playing in the woods, main campus feels both empty and calm. This is a welcome break in the weekly cycle of Camp when we can re-energize ourselves and gear up for the Wednesday Night Show and all-Camp programming that gives a different feel to the second half of the week. Wish us sunshine and happy trails.
More soon- Scott Steen
We had an incredible time here at Dudley for the 4th! Check out the video below to see some of the action. (You may just see Elvis!)
Main Campus and our playing fields have been dampened by the rain, but our spirits haven’t. All four pillars of the Dudley Program – the Arts, Athletics, the Outdoors, and Spirituality – are in full swing.
Arts Majors in our theater and arts & crafts programs are up and running and we’ve had two top-notch shows in Witherbee Hall. The Wednesday Night Show was a great mix of Camper and Leader acts and included the first installment of Leaders’ Serial. On Saturday, we had our first dramatic production, “A Separate Peace,” directed by the talented Diana McGuigan-George. It received rave reviews.
Divisional Teams have been assembled and the action has been spirited. The boys are playing hard, but always keeping the Dudley spirit at the heart of even the closest contests.
The Seniors left for their Adirondack Wilderness trips on Monday and we’ll be picking them at locations around the Park tomorrow. Last Sunday, the Aides wrapped up the Aides Experience Program, which included a lot of leadership development, outdoor skills development, and rain. We’re happy to have them back though and we’re looking forward to having the Seniors back on campus tomorrow.
Sunday ended our first week. Rev. Bob Langston spoke to the boys on Sunday morning and we finished up the day with the first Hymn Sing of the summer. Needless to say, it was an inspirational and beautiful day that included the 129th playing of the Garbage Bowl. The Young Guys team won, but it was close.
So that’s it! We’re already in the second week and looking forward to more shows, chapels, vespers, games, hymn sings, and just plain fun.
To view our first week photos from both Dudley and Kiniya click here
Much of the success of Camp Dudley is due to the hard work of our Leaders. In 2014 we had 48 Cabin Leaders, with all coming through the Camp Dudley Leadership Development program. Most of them are current or recent college graduates, and all have been trained with our campers in mind. Last summer, our Leaders came from the following colleges and universities.
- Boston College
- Bucknell University
- Colby College
- Chapman University
- Colorado College
- Colorado State University
- Connecticut College
- Dickinson College
- Elon College
- Franklin & Marshall College
- Georgetown University
- Gettysburg College
- Hamilton College
- Harvard College
- Ithaca College
- Kenyon College
- Lafayette College
- Middlebury College
- Northwestern University
- Penn State
- Saint John’s University – Minnesota
- Saint Joseph’s
- Saint Lawrence University
- Santa Clara University
- Shepherd University
- Southern Methodist University
- Towson University
- Trinity College
- University of Colorado
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Tennessee
- University of Texas – Austin
- University of the South
- University of Vermont
- Washington University – St. Louis
We had a great turnout for Spring Work Weekend 2013! With two crews working at both Dudley and Kiniya, much was accomplished. Thanks to all that came out! To view all of the pictures from the weekend click here.
Here is a sneak peek at what’s inside the Spring edition of the Camp Dudley News! We’ll have the full online reader version available right here at campdudley.com next week!
Junior Division Heads
#20203 Mary Piazza (Division Head) & #20297 Chloe Potash (Assistant Division Head) are returning for the second year running the Junior Division. Mary is a junior at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and is returning for her 10th summer. Chloe is a junior at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and is returning for her 8th summer.
Senior Division Heads
#20113 Caroline Delaney (Division Head) & #20076 Anne Kennedy (Assistant Division Head). Caroline is a sophomore at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and is returning for her 9th summer. Anne is a freshman at the University of Southern California and will be returning for her 8th summer.
Cub Division Heads
#18434 Brian Cropper (Division Head) & #19193 Conor Joyce (Assistant Division Head). Brian is a senior at Occidental College in California and is returning for his 11th summer. Conor is a sophomore at St. Louis University and is returning for his 10th.
Plebe Division Heads
#18912 Will Dobbs-Allsopp (Division Head) & #19023 Dillon Eccelsine (Assistant Division Head). Will is a junior at Washington University and is returning for his 11th summer. Dillon is a sophomore at Princeton University and is returning for his 10th.
Junior Division Heads
#18795 Tom McKeown (Division Head) & #19045 Peter O’Rourke (Assistant Division Head). Tom is a sophomore at Hamilton College and is returning for his 11th summer. Peter is a sophomore at Whitman College and is returning for his 10th.
Senior Division Heads
#18794 Tom McDonough (Division Head) & 19399 Bo McKinley (Assistant Division Head). Tom is a junior at Boston College and is returning for his 8th summer. Bo is a freshman at Connecticut College and is returning for his 6th summer.
10 men walked into the Stacy Brook Wilderness on solid ground under clear skies, and walked out in 30 inches of snow and a full on blizzard. What an amazing trip. On Dec 26th, 8 young men from Dudley showed up at Camp to embark on the 2012 Winter Leadership Trip. Accompanied my trip leaders Scott Steen and Dylan Pollock, the boys packed as much winter wonderland adventure, leadership training, and backcountry shenanigans as possible into just 6 days. The group spent a day volunteering their time with alumnus Schell McKinley on a local Habitat for Humanity house project, 2 days living, working and playing at the Stacy Brook yurt with a new wood stove, a day ice climbing, and 2 days snowshoeing through the frozen Adirondack wilderness. The boys were often challenged in this snowy backcountry setting, and grew as leaders through making difficult mistakes and celebrating amazing successes. Owen Beal reflected, “As a leader, I am going to have to make sure that everyone is having fun and being safe. Sometimes this means stepping up and facing the adversity of an entire group, and hoping they will take your advice with a smile and not be too upset by it”. From planning and cooking meals to being leader of the day, to leading vespers and hikes, the 8 Dudleyites took away valuable leadership skills, outdoor skills, and a feeling of brotherhood amongst peers and friends.