There hasn’t been a day since I was a cub in Burr Lodge that I haven’t thought about Camp Dudley. To say that it has been a major influence in my life would be a huge understatement, and I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to join Andy and Marnie to lead an organization that is guided by the following mission:
CAMP DUDLEY STRIVES TO DEVELOP MORAL, PERSONAL, PHYSICAL AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS, IN THE SPIRIT OF FELLOWSHIP AND FUN, ENABLING BOYS AND GIRLS TO LEAD LIVES CHARACTERIZED BY DEVOTION TO OTHERS.
Does it get any better than that? I tend to think not, and I can’t wait to embrace that mission as we head into Dudley’s promising future together. As Camp Dudley’s 12th Director, I am eager to carry on its 125-year-old traditions while striving to reach new heights.
Andy and his dedicated team have accomplished so much for Dudley, and because of their hard work, Dudley is coming off a year with cabins filled on both sides of the lake, a record-breaking scholarship fund, and a successful capital campaign. I have big shoes to fill, but in a place like Dudley, where each person plays an equally important role in creating a successful summer, I feel well supported. We have a talented and enthusiastic staff and team of leaders in place for the summer of 2010.
We all owe a great deal to Camp Dudley. It’s a place where no matter how much you put into it, the amount you get out is always greater. I have been influenced by countless Dudleyites over the years, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have had them in my life. My best friends in the world are my pals from Dudley, both old and new, and I get goosebumps to think that another group of cubbies will come through the gates on June 22nd to share in the magic. I can’t wait to invite them into the world of Dudley.
Jessica, Ellie, Carter, Rachel and I are excited to make our home in Westport and embrace all things Dudley. We look forward to seeing you up on Lake Champlain and welcome your involvement in the place that we all cherish so much. I’d love to hear from you any time either at the Dudley office (518) 962-4720 or via email at [email protected].