Life at Dudley
Our boys are grouped into four divisions based on grade and age. The Cubs, usually boys entering 6th grade, are the youngest. (Occasionally, we take boys entering the 5th grade who are old for their grade.) The Plebes, Juniors, and Seniors, are rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders respectively. Within each division, boys compete against each other, hike in small groups together, and are asked to meet certain standards to achieve their Camp award. There is great pride, as well as longstanding traditions in each of Camp’s divisions.
The final camper year and the first year in our Leadership Development program is the Aide summer. The Aide is part of the leadership team of a cabin in a Cub, Plebe, or Junior cabin but he participates in activities with the Seniors.
The Cabin is the nucleus of the Dudley experience and each cabin is overseen by the cabin Leader, a Junior Leader or Assistant Leader, and an Aide.
The summer’s most important experiences happen in the cabin setting…vespers, overnights, cabin games, inspection,…just to name a few. And cabins eat together family style in Beckman Hall three times a day.
In the cabin group the Leader acts as teacher, mentor, parent, brother, and coach and the cabin size, generally 8 boys to a cabin, allows for a great deal of one-on-one interaction.
Each cabin building at Dudley is unique and brings with it it’s own personality, which makes the cabin a true home to the campers and Leaders…and the cabin group does become a family unit.
Activity Time and Choice Time
Though the cabin is the center of Dudley life, most time is spent out of it. Over our history, the Dudley Program has evolved to offer many opportunities for campers to learn new skills. This is done through a combination of scheduled activity periods for
- Team Competition
- Team Majors
- Individual Majors
- Arts Majors
- Wilderness Trips
However, each day also has two periods of choice time where campers can choose from any of the Dudley Programs such as:
- Open Swim
- Rock Climbing on our indoor climbing wall
- Arts and Crafts
Often, campers use choice time to play pick-up games in “Laundry Lacrosse” or soccer on main campus or basketball on one of our five courts. Or they may use this time to rehearse for the Saturday Night Show or Wednesday Night Show.
Each division gives an “award” that recognizes campers for meeting certain standards, participating fully in the Dudley program, and working hard to live each day according to the Dudley motto, “The Other Fellow First.”
The Divisional Awards are:
- Cub Emblem
- Plebe Emblem
- Junior Pin
- The Senior Flag
Additionally, if a camper completes all 4 camper years at Camp Dudley they receive the 1885 award, which recognizes their commitment to Camp Dudley and its mission.
The Last Whistle
Every summer is commemorated in the camp yearbook called The Last Whistle.
Click here for an archive of Last Whistles and other Camp Dudley publications.