The Kiniya Program
Our program is designed to create an environment rich with leadership and character development opportunities, which are enhanced by our emphasis on single sex camping. Because the boys are located at Camp Dudley’s campus in Westport, NY and the girls at Camp Kiniya in Colchester, VT each group is freed from the pressures that typically accompany co-ed camping.
The program is organized around four pillars…athletics, the arts, the outdoors, and spirituality…and each program area is of the highest quality led by an experienced Leader or Staff member, many of whom are full-time educators.
Athletics are divided into two areas: team and individual.
For team programming, each camper is assigned to a team in their division, separate from their cabin group, with whom they participate in competition against other campers in their age group. In their teams, each camper plays lacrosse, soccer, basketball, softball, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball.
Campers also choose an Individual Major in which they receive specialized instruction. Individual Major choices are:
- Paddling (Canoe, Kayak, Paddle board)
- Fitness (Seniors only)
Kiniya has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting the artistic side of every camper. Our Lodge, which perfectly holds our entire camp community, hosts at least two distinct shows a week.
The Arts is often a critical component of a camper’s experience. They not only have the opportunity to watch performances, but every camper will have some type of on-stage experience at some point during the summer. Each camper receives specialized instruction in the arts through our Arts Majors, which include:
- Stage Managing
- Music – Intrustumental
- Music – Vocal
- Drawing and Painting
- Camp Craft
During the course of the week there are two regularly scheduled performances:
- Wednesdays feature the “Wednesday Night Show,”…a long-time Dudley tradition…with skits and performances put on by campers, Leaders, and Staff.
- Every Saturday features the “Saturday Night Show.” An evening of dramatic productions, which can be plays, musicals, or a review of several acts called the “Evening of the Arts.”
Wilderness experiences have been a crucial part of Kiniya’s Program Development. Over the course of the summer every camper will have the opportunity to experience an outdoor adventure through:
- An on campus overnight at our lean-to, located at the north end of campus along the Lamoille River
- A hiking trip in the Green Mountain region
- A canoe or kayak trip along the Lamoille River
- A western wilderness experience through a new partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which is available to those in the Aide, JL, and AL years.
The outdoors experiences increase in challenge level as a camper progresses through each year of the program. Our youngest campers will do a day hike and each year takes on a progressively more challenging experience, which culminates with the Aides Experience, one of the first steps in our Leadership Development Program.
Spirituality has always been a central component of the Kiniya experience. Everyday, except Sunday, starts with a Chapel Talk…an inspirational or thoughtful message delivered by a Leader or Staff member. And each day, except Sunday, ends with a cabin vesper…a discussion on an important topic….led by a camper or Leader. These moments reinforce Kiniya’s emphasis on character and leadership and give campers time to reflect on the myriad lessons they learn throughout the summer.
On Sundays, a service is held in the outdoor chapel, and a sermon is given by an invited guest. Click here for a list of last year’s speakers along with the text of some of the delivered remarks.
Sundays are often considered the highlight of the week, as it’s a day that allows for reflection and rest. There are no team activities or majors on Sundays so campers only have choice time. This allows them to take time to do the activities that they most enjoy or they can just spend quality time with their buddies.
Sundays also include cabin meetings, a time when campers meet with their cabin’s Leader to discuss their progress throughout the summer.
Sundays end with one of our most revered traditions…Hymn Sing.