Camp Dudley has established a Memorial Fund in honor of Camper #20804, Charlie Gillis. Charlie was killed in an automobile accident September 25, 2018 in Kansas City, KS while driving back to K.U. from his home in St. Louis, where he had spent a joyful weekend with his parents.
Charlie was a beloved member of the Dudley & Kiniya community, arriving at camp as a Cub in 2008 and enjoying all four camper summers. Said one of his instructors, Rev. Bill Harper, “I’ll never forget his first rock climbing experience, when he was 12. He wasn’t the most skilled rock climber in our group, but he was by far the most determined.”
He then participated in the Dudley NOLS program in Wyoming in 2012 returning as an Aide and JL in the following years. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Charlie joined the Hike Hut staff where he was able to express his love of the outdoors. Last summer, he returned to camp in August to help in whatever way he could around campus, including a memorable performance on the Witherbee stage with his buddy, #24435 Charlie Payne.
Charlie’s experience was highlighted by the deep personal connections he made with so many during each summer at Camp. His dazzling smile, gigantic heart, and adventurous spirit spoke to the very best aspects of our camps. It was at Dudley that Charlie learned the motto that became central to his life, “The Other Fellow First.” A fellow camper he didn’t know well recently shared her college essay about a Dudley NOLS 3-week hiking trip. She and Charlie were 14-years-old, and she was desperately trying to make a difficult climb up an unforgiving mountain—falling behind the rest of the group. She was ready to give up and ended up dropping her pack part way up the climb—the only way she could possibly continue. At the summit, when Charlie discovered her despair, he quietly hiked back down, retrieved her pack and brought it up to her with a simple smile. That was Charlie. Always taking the time to slow down and find the time to help others.
All gifts made to the Charlie Gillis Memorial Fund will be used to construct the Charlie Gillis Climbing Tower, which is expected to be ready for the summer of 2019. It will be a celebrated addition to the Dudley campus and hiking program for climbers of all skill levels. It will support recreational climbing during Dudley choice time and will provide a key new component for climbing majors, a fitting tribute to Charlie’s indelible spirit and passion.
A gathering of family and friends is being planned at Camp Dudley in Westport NY during the summer of 2019. All contributions made to Camp Dudley, 126 Dudley Road, Westport NY 12993 in Charlie’s memory will be directed to the Charlie Gillis Climbing Tower. We thank you for celebrating Charlie’s life with us. To contribute online via credit card, please click here.
I am so sad to share the news that we lost a great Dudleyite this week in an inexplicably tragic car accident. Charlie Gillis #20804 attended camp for the first time as a Cub in 2008 and attended all four camper summers. He then participated in the NOLS program in 2012 and returned as an Aide and JL in the following years. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Charlie joined the Hike Hut staff where he was able to express his love of the outdoors, which had been cultivated in the Adirondacks and in Wyoming. And he even managed to return to camp briefly this past season to help in whatever way he could around campus, including a memorable performance on the Witherbee stage with his buddy, Charlie Payne.
He was also our nephew and Rachel, Carter and Ellie’s cousin, and we are all heartbroken.
It has been amazing to hear from so many Dudleylites and friends this week with their steadfast support. The stories and memories of Charlie are many, and it is what is keeping us smiling when we think of him. Thank you for sending them our way. I share a few with you anonymously here:
“Charlie was one of the first people I met back in 2016, my first summer, and I will never forget how kind he was to me.”
“Our thoughts are with you and your family. Our son was trying to process this tragic event and was talking about what a great JL Charlie was and spoke about how he used to ride on Charlie’s shoulders.”
“I was so devastated to hear about Charlie. I remember him always teaching me some cool rock wall tips while he was there. I just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you and your family. “
“I just heard some very sad news about our friend Charlie and I wanted to let you know that my thoughts are with your family and with everyone who knows what an exceptional friend and person he is. It’s raining quite hard here in Maine, but nonetheless I went for a walk to sit by the Androscoggin River where I thought about all the precious moments we shared together at camp. Though I am deeply saddened, I also feel humbled and grateful for all the times I have spent with Charlie.”
“I am so sorry to hear about Charlie. He was a wonderful part of the Dudley community and brought so much energy and enthusiasm to everything he did. I’ll always remember him leading our senior night experience in 2015 for our cabin. He did it just as you would expect: helping the boys through it while challenging them on a personal level. On behalf of my whole family, our thoughts are with you and Jess and the kids at this difficult time.”
“I wanted to express my condolence for the loss of Charlie. He was such a great young man. I enjoyed his company so much because he was one of those guys who was always happy and great to talk too. He was the one who always went above and beyond to help myself and the German kids with any outdoor topics we had. His presence will be truly missed around Dudley.”
I am often on the other side in my supporting role as Director when tragedy strikes our Dudley Community. Now, the tables have turned, and the Dudley family, including so many young people that I have had the honor of leading, have supported me and my family during this difficult time. I am constantly thinking about family – Jenn and Jack and Matt and Sara and Henry. Mom and Dad and Jess and Blair and Tom and Miranda and Sam and Ellie and Carter and Rachel and Jess. We are hanging in there, squeezing each other often, telling our own stories and missing Charlie.
Thank you all. Thank you boys, you’ve been a gift.
Ps: If you are seeking guidance, a person to talk to, or just want to connect with camp then please know that we are here to support you. Coincidentally, our dear friend Reverend Bill Harper #18500 has been in town this week and he has been a tremendous support for me and my family. If you would like additional support, feel free to reach out to Mollie Farnham-Stratton, who is our in-house clinical social worker, at [email protected].
- If you have any pictures of Charlie that you’d like to share with others, including his family, please click here and upload so that we can share more broadly. CharliePics
- Here is a link to the family’s CaringBridge site.
Here is Charlie’s obituary.
Charles Storey “Charlie” Gillis, 20, of St. Louis, was fatally injured after being involved in a car accident on September 24, 2018. Charlie was born on March 27,1998, the son of Jack and Jenn (Storey) Gillis. He graduated from MICDS in 2016 and was attending the University of Kansas where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. As a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, he served as an acolyte even during college.
Charlie was a talented artist and an accomplished athlete with a bright and curious mind. He played football, was captain of the track and field team and an All-State pole vaulter in high school at MICDS. He had a great love of the Adirondacks and Camp Dudley (Westport, NY), where he was camper #20804, an Aide, Junior Leader and member of the Hike Hut. His heart was enormous, and he loved his friends and family far and wide from St. Louis and MICDS to KU to Camp Dudley to Williamstown to Seattle and all over the world. Whether scaling a tree, strumming his ukulele, vaulting over a pole or careening down a ski slope, he lived in the moment with an unwavering sense of freedom, fearlessness, passion and joy. Ever resourceful and independent, Charlie expressed a magnetic combination of creativity and playfulness. These endearing qualities and his boundless love of humanity drew people to him. He will always be remembered as a compassionate, generous friend and loving family member. Charlie truly lived by Camp Dudley’s beloved motto, “The Other Fellow First.”
Charlie is survived by his parents, Jack and Jenn, his brothers, Matt and Henry, and his sister, Sara. He leaves his paternal grandparents, John and Nicki Gillis, also of St. Louis, as well as his maternal grandparents, John and Martha Storey of Williamstown, MA. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins were an important part of his life; he is carried with love and is part of each and every one of them: Suzanne Gillis and Greg Sterne, Jessica and Matt Storey, Jessica and Blair Dils, Genevieve Sterne, Alice Sterne, Tommy Dils, Miranda Dils, Sam Dils, Ellie Storey, Rachel Storey and Carter Storey. He will be remembered and honored by close friends from MICDS, Westport, Camp Dudley, Williamstown, KU and St. Louis.
A service in celebration of Charlie’s life will be held on Friday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the MICDS Brauer Auditorium. Attendees should dress however they feel Charlie would want – football jerseys, Hawaiian shirts and snazzy bow ties are all perfect. Charlie loved what he loved deeply and without reserve. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of time or treasure in Charlie’s name to an organization that is close to your heart. A few that were of importance to Charlie are Camp Dudley, MICDS, and Great Circle – we would love to know how you choose to honor him. In addition, please consider becoming an organ donor.
Other ideas for honoring Charlie include:
– recording an act of kindness in Charlie’s memory every day for a week
– #livingalittlelarger, #lovingalittlestronger, #relaxingjustabitmore
The spring meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Camp Dudley, which was preceded by a Board training and educational session in Colchester regarding transgender youth and Board governance. The educational session on transgender youth was presented by Lyndon Cudlitz.
Matt Storey and Marnie McDonagh delivered the Directors’ reports. The Directors expressed their appreciation for staff getting the campuses ready for the season and discussed their attendance at various professional conferences to prepare for camp. Mollie Farnham discussed the mental health first aide training that was provided to all full-time Staff and gave a snapshot of the training to work with campers experiencing anxiety, ADHD and related mental health first aid issues. Matt reported on the “Low Camper Number Event” gathering in Florida and his visit with Marcus Chioffi at Camp Abbensen in Hanover, Germany.
Evan George and Kat Hood reported on the JL weekends for Dudley and Kiniya and delivered the enrollment reports with a focus on filling the camps, retention and diversity numbers. The Board held a discussion concerning enrollment at both Camps, with a focus on filling the Camps and racial and ethnic diversity, especially in the leadership ranks. Kat Hood discussed the addition of a new division to the Kiniya program — now Cubs, Catamounts (“Cats”) and Seniors. Kat indicated that adding a third division is a stepping stone to a four division system (to be Cubs, Cats, Juniors and Seniors). The addition of two new cabins at Kiniya should assist in moving to a system of four divisions, with each division comprised of roughly 40-50 girls.
D’Anne Hurd, on behalf of the Audit Committee, reported on the improvements in the Camps’ bookkeeping system and ability to share information with the auditors and updated the Board on the 2018 Conflict of Interest report. Jim Godfrey of Tyler, Simms & St. Sauveur presented on the recently concluded annual audit of the Camps’ financial condition and the Board voted unanimously to approve the financials and the 990 to be submitted to the IRS.
Evan George and John Ulin reported on the activities of the Keeping Camp Affordable (“KCA”) Initiative. Evan reported on the KCA committee’s communication with peer institutions about how they are addressing tuition challenges and tiered pricing.
Mike Bransford presented the report of the Finance Committee. Mike discussed strengthening the Camps’ financial architecture and record keeping. Caroline Deans reported on the work of the Financial Reporting Sub-Committee and led a discussion surrounding how best to benchmark our Camps’ financial practices against the practices of peer camps. Fred reported on the Camp’s first quarter financial statement and explained how the camps are managing employee benefits costs by moving to a high deductible health insurance plan and paying the employee co-pay portion of covered services from our Camps’ HRA. Marnie indicated that she expects Camp Kiniya’s tax payments to increase for 2018 and 2019, due to a recent reassessment. The Board will be looking at its options to see how best to address this expected increase.
By #15328 JD Boyle
I remember the first time I stepped foot at Camp Dudley, my father, Dave Boyle, #8928, brought me to reunion in the summer of 1990. All I knew about camp was we were blessed to have been a part of it for generations and there was a building named after my great-great-grandfather. Being a city kid from Cleveland, I wasn’t sure what to expect. In my mind, I knew I shouldn’t expect too much grandeur, so I pictured this nice, modest six story building like you would find in commercial areas in suburbs across America. After the 10-hour drive, when my father said, “We are here,” and I looked over at Witherbee Hall, my perceptions were shattered and my experiences surpassed it. Since this first reunion, I have attended well over 20 reunions including the last 18 straight.
Arriving at that first reunion, I quickly realized I knew nothing about camp. I assumed that as my father hadn’t been back to campus for over 25 years, he must not know anyone other than Willie Schmidt, who would come to our town once a year and always had a special enduring nickname just for me, “Kid”. Quickly, my perceptions were wrong again as my father was greeting and being greeted by name from strangers at distances where reading nametags was impossible. The weekend continued and so did the names just out of his memory.
As an adult, I have cherished getting to spend time with and know leaders I looked up to as a camper like Scotty Sly, Don Schmidt, Ted Smith, Ed O’Hara, and Jay Wells to name a few. I’ve been able to bond with the men that were their leaders (Warren Fuller, Mac Thayer, Bear, and Rich Maxwell). I even got to play golf with Rollie Stichway one year in the George Nelson Memorial Golf Tournament. If anyone has been able to spend an hour with that man you know how special of a time that can be. Today, I am blessed to get to spend time with former campers (David Fitzpatrick, Shane Canning, Matt McElroy, and Darryl Smalls) and see them as full-grown adults.
As a father, reunion has become even more special to me. I brought my daughter, Ainsley, up for the first time at six months of age. Davo even went out of his way to accommodate us by purchasing a pack and play, so we didn’t need to travel with one (talk about the Other Fellow First). Now, I see my daughter run around all over campus with the kids of campers and leaders that attended camp with me. She does archery, arts & crafts, boating, and swimming at Swim Point (rules are still rules). No matter how many more reunions we go to, how many more kids we have, or how old we get, I will never forget holding my daughter in my arms as she fell asleep during hymn sing.
The point of this article isn’t just to tell you about my memories at reunion, but to invite you and your family to come and make some of your own. If you are worried about you or your family not knowing someone at reunion, don’t be. The remarkable thing about Camp Dudley is as things have changed, things stay the same. I guarantee you will find someone saying your name from a distance way too far to be reading a nametag, and if by some strange reason you don’t know anyone when you get there, you will have several more friends when you leave.
On February 2, 2018, the Board met in Westport, NY. Matt Quigley welcomed the new Board members to the Board table. Matt and Marnie reported on a new host for a New Jersey Open House. The Kiniya Tea was the biggest ever with many young alums. Matt updated the Board on recent economic development in the Westport Community (Rolling Hills Farm (timeshare), Ledge Hill Brewing, new Coffee Shop and a new direct flight between DC and Plattsburgh). Marnie reported on her Vermont Camp Association meeting where she was joined by Kathy Wiseman and Kat Nelson and the meetings focus on issues of cultural competency and social justice.
Matt and Marnie reported on the “off campus programs” for the coming Summer (e.g., Camp Abbensen is coming to Dudley and Kiniya, group going to Spain, and there are 4 Nols trips). Kat Nelson and Evan George reported on the Leaders for the Summer and that both Camps had more applicants than spots. The Board discussed the need to focus on diversity when recruiting for Leaders and campers.
Marnie reported on the new Kiniya Lodge and showed construction pictures. Marnie discussed the permitting and zoning challenges with the Williams Property and the plans to move forward as a single family home. She also reported on the annual capital improvements at Kiniya including, Bungalow bathroom, path and stairs from the dining hall to the beach, garden work, running fiber to Coleman, the maintenance shop, and the Lodge, and an in-house remodel of staff cabins with new windows and doors, improvements to the Leadership Hut and a new rescue boat for the waterfront.
Camp is offering a new “mental health first aide training” to full-time Staff to cover topics like vaping, Juul and the Metoo# movement. The Board also discussed the impact on our larger community and that Camp is an open door to our Leaders as they confront various societal issues. Matt and Marnie reviewed with the Board the Employee Training Manual and Employee Handbook. They read the Harassment and Bullying Policy and Equal Opportunity Policy Statement out loud to the Board, which all Staff acknowledges upon employment. It is now a requirement for all parents and campers to sign the Code of Conduct.
The Board Development and Nominations Committee reported on the Board survey and the key areas of improvement, including a focus on diversity, tackling societal issues impacting our community, committee reports, Director and Chair succession, risk assessment, and Board engagement and training.
The Development Committee reported on the 2017 annual giving goal and noting that while Camp fell short of its goal this was not unexpected given the focus on Scholarship as part of the BFTF Campaign. Dave Langston also noted that the number of gifts and donors is at an all-time high, but the average gift is slightly down. The 2018 Annual Giving goal is $850K with an intent to target parents, increase evergreen Donors, and monthly email engagement. The Committee discussed ways to capitalize on matching corporate gifts with an educational mission.
Mike Bransford, on behalf of the Finance Committee, reported that the Finance, Executive, and Audit Committees will be looking at the depreciation reserve and the categorization of expenses with a new subcommittee. Marnie and Fred discussed the Kiniya tax bill and ways to try to keep the improvement cost impact down.
The Finance Committee presented the 2018 Budget to the Board with a recommendation for approval, which was approved by the Board
As temperatures started to drop in the Adirondacks, the Dudley Gap Program flocked south to The Bahamas for our final expedition. The Dudley Gappers were joined by wonderful staff and alumni, including #18754 Connor Smith, #19524 Dawn Gay, and #14962 Josh Olcott. We spent a few exciting days at The Island School, where we learned about marine biology, sustainability, and farming in different environments. After freediving lessons, shark-tagging, and immersive work with The Island School’s sustainable systems, we were lucky enough to spend some with our Community Partners at the Deep Creek Middle School, home to many Dudley and Kiniya alumni.
To kick off the second half of our expedition, Dudley alum and current Island School teacher #19130 Caleb Florence brought us to one of Eleuthera’s pristine beaches along the atlantic coast, where we learned how to beach camp in this incredible setting. After heading to the northern portion of the island, we stopped in to see our friends at Island Farm–an inspiring organic farm, owned and operated by the family of #23582 Sim Bethel. We also toured the brand new Centre for Ocean Research and Education with its founder, Dr. Owen O’Shea. This new research center empowers young people to get involved in ocean conservation and marine studies, alongside world-class scientists and explorers.
When our Bahamian expedition came to a close, we were sad to leave, but eager to return home to finish up our program here in Westport. For our closing ceremonies, the Gappers hosted a dinner for the community that supported us throughout the journey. The Gappers planned, welcomed, and cooked for nearly 40 people, and we could not have asked for a better send-off! Thanks to all that joined and supported us along the way.
For more information on the Dudley Gap Experience, click HERE.
To the Dudley/Kiniya Family:
On November 30, 2016, I wrote to share with you the troubling news that two former campers had come forward to allege that they were sexually assaulted at Dudley in the 1970s. After reviewing these allegations, the Board concluded that an external investigation was essential. This letter outlines the steps we undertook, summarizes the investigator’s conclusions and finding, and discusses our plans moving forward.
Although the investigation was prompted by highly specific reports from two separate survivors, the investigative mandate was much broader. The purpose of the external investigation was to determine what transpired and to share what we know with our community in order to determine if others suffered any instances of sexual misconduct at our Camp. It included inquiry into all allegations of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior that were brought to the attention of the investigator.
Charlie Updike (#8276), an attorney at Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Gerber LLP, a firm with experience investigating and addressing sexual misconduct at schools and universities, was retained as outside counsel to assist us with respect to this matter. Camp also retained T&M Protection Resources, LLC, an investigative firm with no connection to Camp, to conduct the investigation and to report its results. The Sexual Misconduct and Investigations Division of T&M is headed by Laura Kirschstein, Esq. She is a former member of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and leads a team of former prosecutors with similar experience who specialize in such investigations. A Special Committee of the Board was appointed to oversee the process and report back to the Board.
The Board did not seek to limit T&M’s inquiry by narrowly defining “sexual misconduct” nor was T&M asked to interview only those survivors or witnesses who came forward on their own. Rather, we asked T&M to employ their extensive experience and to use their judgment as to how to carry out the investigation. No budgetary or time constraints were placed upon T&M. The goal of the investigation was to investigate and assess allegations of past misconduct so as to inform and improve our decisions going forward. T&M was also asked to review Camp’s current policies and procedures.
The names of the two known survivors were provided to T&M. In addition, my letter of November 30, 2016 contained contact information for Laura Kirschstein, the lead investigator at T&M, as well as a mental health professional and myself, all of whom were willing to receive reports in confidence. All persons who came forward or were contacted by Ms. Kirschstein were advised that their communications would be received and kept in confidence and their identity not disclosed unless disclosure was required by law or ordered by a judge. Over the course of a year, T&M interviewed 71 witnesses and reviewed all available documents.
We thank the survivors who courageously came forward and the witnesses who agreed to share their memories. We hope to honor and support them by putting the knowledge and insight we have gained to good use.
Report of the Investigation
At the conclusion of the investigation, T&M was asked to prepare a Report to the Board that would be shared with the entire Camp community, while respecting the privacy requests of those who came forward. T&M’s Report is specific and uses clinical language to describe the abuse found. As noted in the Report’s introduction, it is not intended for children.
T&M’s full Report is available online at https://goo.gl/BtPxmN
Summary of the Report
The Report’s key finding, conclusions and observations are as follows:
- T&M found that Jim Flanagan, while serving as a leader at Dudley from 1969 through 1984, sexually assaulted three male campers, made sexual advances to a fourth camper and engaged in inappropriate or uninvited physical touching and boundary crossing behavior with three more campers. All of these campers were 16 years of age or younger.
- The Report concludes that the actions taken by Camp’s administration when Flanagan’s abusive behavior was reported before the summer of 1985 and in 2002 were insufficient. After the first report was received during the off-season between the summers of 1984 and 1985, Flanagan’s relationship with Camp was terminated and he was banned from the campus. However, the investigation found no evidence that: (i) law enforcement was notified; (ii) any effort was made to determine whether other campers had been abused; or (iii) steps were taken in 2002 to notify Flanagan’s employers of what had occurred, even though Camp knew he was a teacher.
- T&M also investigated one allegation of sexual abuse during a single summer more than fifty years ago by a 15 or 16 year old against a younger camper. Despite substantial efforts, T&M was unable to find additional reliable evidence that corroborated the younger camper’s allegation. As a result, T&M was unable to make any finding with respect to this allegation. Accordingly, T&M determined not to include any details about the events described by the camper or any additional information surrounding the allegation. To do so would almost certainly lead to the disclosure of the identities of other campers, all of whom were minors at the time of the incidents and some of whom have chosen not to participate in this investigation.
- Through the investigation, T&M learned that two reports of sexual misconduct and a report of inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature were brought to Dudley’s attention at the time that each occurred. The Report notes that in each instance Dudley responded by dismissing the individuals from the Camp’s employment. The details of these incidents were not included in the Report because T&M was unable to gather sufficient evidence to support a finding in each instance.
- In addition, T&M received allegations against nine other individuals within the Dudley community that ranged from firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct and boundary-crossing behaviors to isolated rumor and speculation about such behaviors that occurred since the 1950s. T&M sought to pursue these allegations to a logical conclusion but ultimately determined there was insufficient information to reach a finding of sexual misconduct for the various reasons set forth in its Report.
- T&M documented other instances of misconduct reported, including games, pranks, bullying and other similar activities.
- T&M received no information alleging abuse or misconduct at Kiniya at any time.
- T&M received no information alleging abuse or misconduct at Dudley after 2001.
Camp’s Response to the Report
Camp is deeply saddened by the conclusions reached by T&M. We sincerely apologize to all of those impacted, and for Camp’s insufficient response to certain of these incidents at the time initially reported to Camp.
My November 30, 2016 letter indicated that both survivors requested confidentiality at the time they reported their abuse to Camp. The Report indicates that this may not have been the case and that memories differ with respect to what was said or requested. Furthermore, my letter can be read to suggest that such requests for confidentiality led Dudley to not conduct a wider inquiry at the time. The Board and I apologize to both of the survivors for this suggestion, as well as, for my definitive recounting of any request for confidentiality. It is clear that a goal explicitly articulated by both survivors was to protect other former and current campers. Although the prompt termination of Jim Flanagan’s association with Dudley was a decisive and necessary step that ensured the cessation of his activities at Camp, remaining silent and failing to investigate further did nothing to ensure the safety and well being of other possible survivors or potential future victims.
Although the criminal statute of limitations expired before any survivor came forward to anyone at Camp, in accordance with currently accepted practice, we have notified law enforcement personnel of the reported abuse by Jim Flanagan. As of this writing, we are not aware of any further investigation being undertaken by law enforcement. In addition, Camp is notifying all known past and current employers of Jim Flanagan of this Report and its finding.
The fact that T&M has not received allegations about sexual misconduct since 2001 is not grounds for complacency. Rather, it may warrant cautious optimism that our current policies and procedures are effective. In addition, as the Report notes, beginning in 1995, Dudley became increasingly conscious that certain activities that are described in the Report (e.g., inappropriate games, pranks, teasing and bullying) were not consistent with Camp’s motto or values and could be harmful. Camp has continued to actively encourage a more sensitive culture to make Camp physically and emotionally safe for all.
Because of T&M’s expertise and experience with respect to sexual abuse and related issues, we asked them to review Camp’s current policies, procedures and training. T&M has concluded that Dudley and Kiniya have a strong set of policies and procedures and engage in effective training and education of staff about topics related to sexual abuse, including appropriate interaction between staff and campers, and guidelines for camper-employee physical contact. As part of these policies and the attendant training, both campers and staff are encouraged to report concerns of inappropriate behavior to Camp senior staff. Our current policies can be found on our website. Either of our Directors or I would be happy to address any questions and to hear your suggestions on how to improve them.
We deeply regret that anyone at Dudley experienced any form of abuse or misconduct. Although additional survivors at Dudley have already come forward, there may still be others suffering alone and in silence. The contacts listed in the November 30, 2016 letter remain available. We stand ready to listen to you and to support you, and will respect your privacy in the process, as may be requested.
Appropriate relationships and trust between our campers, leaders and staff are cornerstones of Camp’s mission and core values. The care and safety of the young people in our charge is Dudley’s and Kiniya’s highest priority. With humility, resolve, and continuous learning we endeavor to uphold and strengthen the Camp’s mission, motto and core values.
Matt Quigley, #10643
Chair, Camp Dudley Board of Trustees
Kari McKinley, #19231
South Burlington, VT
Kari, daughter of #10231 Schelling and Annie McKinley, grew up in Westport, NY. As her brothers, #16231 Arne and #18231 Leif, headed to Dudley every summer, she yearned for a “sister” experience. While never a camper, she happily joined the Dudley Hike Hut staff in 2004. Her three years in the Hike Hut were incredible, but without hesitation she accepted the Senior D-head role at Kiniya in 2007. She then spent four years as D-Head, Tripping Director, and in Leadership Development with the Aides, JLs, and ALs. Earning her Kiwi disc in 2010, Kari reflected on the evolution of Camp Dudley and Kiniya and what an honor it was to be a part of that process. Since then, Kari has served as a member of the health care staff.
Kari studied Biology at McGill University, with a semester at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Upon graduating, she moved to Burlington, VT (“unable to pull myself away from Lake Champlain!”). Following graduate school at the Yale University School of Nursing, she now works as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Timber Lane Pediatrics in Burlington, VT, a practice, co-owned by Sara Quayle, wife of #9135 Ollie Quayle.
She and her husband, #18952 Joel Cross, are thrilled to be welcoming their first future Dudleyite in July 2018! They love living in Burlington and frequent gatherings with Dudley and Kiniya family. Kari is grateful for the opportunity to serve as the first female CDA Vice President, and couldn’t be happier to share this role with her dear friend from Dudley days, #16119 Marlon Fisher.
Marlon Fisher, #16119
Arriving at Dudley as a Cub in 1993, Marlon had never seen anything as beautiful as the Adirondack mountains. Through the generousity of the Dan Donahue family and the Merrill Lynch Scholarship Builder Program Marlon got to Dudley. Subsequently, Dudley and the people associated with it became the most cherished aspect of Marlon’s life. Marlon became a leader in 2000, Cub division head for several years and then a Dudley summer staff member.
Marlon served the Army as an All Source Intelligence Analyst, from 2008-2016, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan. There Marlon discovered his ability to make others laugh through comedy. Since then, Marlon has been known as “Big Fish” on stage. Marlon was a Seven Daysie finalist in 2015, and in 2017 was a finalist in Vermont’s Funniest Comic Competition.
Through public and community service, Marlon has instructed, mentored, and worked with youth in residential settings, wilderness programs, and the community, a desire that came from Marlon’s Dudley experience.
Marlon married Aron Steward, in August 2015, bought a home, adopted two kitties, and settled in Burlington, VT. The greatest joy in Marlon’s life arrived in July 2016 when Percy Wynston, a son was born. A second son, Malachai, arrived in February 2018.
Marlon brings energy and passion to the Camp Dudley Board, from years of dedication and the countless gifts he has received. He is committed to inclusion, connection, and effective leadership. Marlon works to engage individuals, audiences, and large organizations and to inspire others to share a common mission. Marlon believes in Dudley, founded on its’ connective values and looks forward to representing and promoting its’ mission.
Diane has seen camp through many lenses, first when visiting her future husband #14278 P.J., then almost 20 years later as Camp Doctor, and now as mother to camper #23878, Caroline and Max and Cosmo (Camp # TBD).
Since graduating from the College of William and Mary, Diane obtained her medical degree at the New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers University) and completed residency and fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A pediatric emergency physician and toxicologist, she is excited to bring her experience to the health and safety of campers, continuing the good work already being done on that front. As Executive and Medical Director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center, she has broad experience in management of non-profit organizations and multi-agency partnerships. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the American College of Medical Toxicology, the professional organization for her area of specialty nationwide.
Diane first came to Dudley in 1993 and it was “love at first sight.” She said, “The caliber of people, and the friendships between them, were exceptional. This was no ordinary place.” She now senses the power of both Dudley and Kiniya to shape the leaders of tomorrow. She is excited to lend her expertise and enthusiasm to an organization in which she has “tremendous faith and to provide a safe and nurturing space for the development of intellect, values, self-confidence, self-discovery, and healthy lifelong relationships.”
Leslee MacKenzie is a mom of two first generation campers. Her son, #23075 Sam, has attended Camp Dudley for five years, most recently as an Aide in the Cub Division. Her daughter, #23316 Kate, received her Kiwi Disc in 2017 at Camp Kiniya and will be back in 2018 for her 5th summer.
Introduced to camp by a college friend, the MacKenzie’s were immediately taken with it. Living close to Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, it was the perfect fit for their family. Leslee is a strong believer in providing opportunities to our children in their formative years which can make a difference over a lifetime. Also, in an era of athletic specialization, attending Camp Dudley or Kiniya is the perfect balance for kid’s development — not to mention the fun!
As a Board Member, Leslee will bring expertise from her business and community involvement. Following a 10-year merchandising career in Boston, she returned to Burlington. She is President & Co-Owner of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty, focusing on residential real estate and relocation. Leslee’s experience includes strategic and financial planning, sales, marketing and organizational culture.
Currently a Board Member of the Vermont Business Roundtable, Burlington Business Association & the Vermont Futures Project, past roles include the March of Dimes and Make-A-Wish. Leslee’s volunteer efforts have focused on children, health related issues, early education and economic development.
“It is an honor to be able to contribute back to Camp Dudley and Kiniya. It is a place that has given so much to Sam and Kate and has become part of the fabric of our family.”
Camp Dudley is seeking team-oriented individuals to facilitate programming at our beautiful camp. Must enjoy working with youth, with a secondary role as a positive role model for young people in a community dedicated to character and leadership development. Must be able to work independently and with a team.
We are currently looking for individuals to fill the following positions…
- Theater Tech
- Kitchen Helper/Dishwasher
Security: Seeking individuals who have experience in security and safety. Roles include Camp Dudley’s night watch program and leading camper, personnel, and facility safety. Must enjoy working with a team, be able to respond effectively to emergencies, and pitching in wherever help is needed. See full job description here.
Theater Tech: Seeking individual who has experience in theater lighting, sound design, and/or stage teach. Must enjoy sharing knowledge and love of the theater with youth! Role includes managing and maintaining the stage tech program in Witherbee Hall, our 400 seat theater throughout the summer months and planning and teaching activities for campers to participate in meaningful and fun ways. Must enjoy working with a team and pitching in wherever help is needed. See full job description here.
Lifeguard (multiple positions available): Seeking individuals who have current lifeguard certification to cover a busy lakeside waterfront. Lifeguards are responsible for providing supervision and ensuring a safe environment for all swimming activities and assist in the management of the physical operation and care for equipment. Lifeguards may also assist in conducting swimming lessons (WSI required) and help run all-camp events at the waterfront. Current lifeguard certification or equivalent required and current first aid and CPR required. See full job description here.
Kitchen Helper/Dishwasher: This is an entry-level food service position that is responsible for maintaining a high level of cleanliness in the kitchen. The kitchen helper is responsible for washing breakfast and lunch dishes, other dishes throughout the shift, mopping, accomplishing a schedule of tasks that promote kitchen cleanliness and organization, and assisting other food service staff as needed. Someone in this position will be exposed to cleaning compounds (we strive to use as many environmentally friendly cleaning products as possible), and a hot/humid environment at times during the workday. Physical demands include lifting/carrying 50# sacks, moving heavy trays of product, being on one’s feet for long periods, loading/unloading heavy objects from hot ovens and dishwashers. S/he must understand and support the mission of Camp Dudley.Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Familiarity with the dynamics of a professional kitchen is a plus. Attributes sought for this position are a willingness to learn, time/space management skills, physical stamina, a friendly temperament, a desire to help out where needed, and the ability to be a positive member of a cohesive team.
Interested in these positions?
Please contact Evan George
Leadership, Admissions & Program Director
In late February, a hearty group of fathers and sons gathered in Westport for a weekend of fellowship and fun in MacLean Lodge. This annual gathering has become a highlight for many families and included fathers and sons who will be coming to Camp for the first time as well as fathers and sons who have spent many happy summers at Dudley already. Though there wasn’t much snow on the ground the group managed to have plenty of fun.
Saturday started with a Chapel Talk from the one-and-only Scott Sylvester and then the group headed out to Main Campus for some games with Dave “Fu” Langston’s, a walk around campus, and a few highly competitive rounds of father vs. son Bombardment in the Sommer Dome. The afternoon included trips to Stacy Brook and the maple sugaring operation at Dave Langston’s house. The day finished with a vesper led by Finn and Dennis Ryan. Then on Sunday we had a quick and low-key morning chapel service before folks hit the road.
Throughout the weekend fathers, sons, and staff alike were treated to some great meals prepared by Josh Olcott. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to be there and join in the fun!
Check out all the pictures from the weekend HERE. Special thanks to #12494 David Gray for his contributions to the gallery!
The Board met on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel for its annual meeting. The meeting started off with old video footage from both Camps (Kiniya 1938 and Dudley summer 1920). This was followed by the two Directors reporting to the Board using the Vision Statement as their guide to keep focused on our Motto, Mission, and Program Pillars.
Matt and Fred reported on the Gap program, the excursions taken, and the benefits of the mixed-age multi-generational experience. Fred provided a program level budget and financial picture to the Board. Information on the Gap program can be found at Dudleygap.blogspot.com. The Directors discussed their coaching and modeling of appropriate behavior as role models for conducting oneself within safe settings that positively impact personal and professional relationships. Matt introduced Jesse Smith, the new Assistant Business Manager, to assist Fred with finances and accounting. Marnie reported on the progress of the Lodge construction and the likelihood that the project will be built on time and under the $1.75MM budget. Marnie continues to work on re-designing the Alumni and Leadership Center. Marnie reported on the plans for Kiniya’s 100th anniversary celebration and encouraged the Board and Dudley alum to participate in the Saturday family picnic and party Saturday night with Friday night being a special time for the “pre-Dudley” Kiniya alums.
The Finance Committee led by Mike Bransford reported on the goal to pay off Camp’s debt by the end of the Building For The Future (“BFTF”) Campaign. Mike reviewed the financials and Fred identified a few items of note. Mike (as Treasurer of the Foundation) gave the annual update on the Endowment funds and the draw that was taken from the Foundation. Caroline Deans reported on the 403(b) Plan and Camp’s role as the Plan Sponsor and the use of the vendors that help administer the plan.
The Health Risk Management and Safety Committee, led by Kathy Wiseman, talked about teen anxiety and the support that Camp is providing through Mollie Farnham (as a licensed social worker) and by encouraging a device-free environment. Kathy provided the Board with some education materials regarding transgender youth.
The Program Committee created a Subcommittee, Keeping Camp Affordable (“KCA”), to look at peer camps, private schools, and colleges to see how other institutions stay relevant and accessible. The near term 2019 goal is to explore the ideas of tiered pricing, sliding scale fees, scholarship, sibling discounts, employee discounts, local area and other discounts, and financing options. The long-term goal (2035) is to explore how to reduce costs for families regardless of need and subsidize costs across the board (e.g., Brown University Promise).
Jack Kotz led a discussion about the spiritual program at Camp and the Board discussed the upcoming article in the CDA news, which allows alums to engage on the website as to each person’s experience on spirituality.
Dave Langston educated the Board about the “giving vehicles” available for 2017: tax deductibility options and the IRA Charitable Roll-Over Plan. He also discussed development now in comparison to 1978 and provided some stats on how the Development Program has grown. Lastly, he reported on the BFTF Campaign, which has risen over $8mm in pledges and of that received $4.8MM in cash.
The Board agreed to extend Matt Quigley as Board Chair and Whitney Phelps as Board Secretary for another year. The Board Development and Nomination Committee offered a slate of officers and acknowledged the need to look at Officer election earlier for 2019. The Board discussed the candidate options. Whitney reported that there was no excess benefit for any of the candidates under consideration. The Board proceeded to conduct a secret vote using the official ballot for the open seats. The Board voted the following to the Class of 2022:
John Ulin was appointed Assistant Secretary to assist in preparing the meeting minutes and also it was recommended that he join the Special Board Committee. Caroline Deans was voted as an Ad Hoc member of the Executive Committee.
On August 25, 2017, Q welcomed the Board of Trustees to Camp Dudley after the 133rd summer. Q acknowledged all of the hard work being done at the Committee level and thanked all of the Board members that visited Camp in-season. After Pat Butler’s thoughtful invocation, the following Board Committees made reports:
- Health, Risk, Management and Safety reviewed the Kiniya Camper Report and the Camp Dudley Infirmary Health & Safety Report for 2017. The Committee also reported on how fabulous and helpful the new CampDocs software has been. Marnie reported on the improved water quality at Kiniya.
- The Finance Committee reported on the financial health of the Camps and that the income and expenses were in line with the approved budget. The Treasurer also advised the Board about the new Finance calendar and electronic system to store key financial information. The Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (403(b) Plan) also was reviewed.
- The Audit Committee reported on the filing of the Form 990 and Audit and tasked each Board Member and key staff to complete and return the Conflict of Interest Questionnaire.
- The Board Development and Nominations Committee reported on the skills and expertise that will be needed in the next two years given the talent of the Board members that will be rolling off.
- The Development Committee reported on the Annual Fund, the kick-off of the Building for the Future (BFTF) Capital Campaign to raise $10MM. Camp has already raised $7.5MM in pledges and has $4.5MM in cash and announced the new webpage — campdudly.org/future – with pledge forms, pictures, and other ways to support the BFTF Capital Campaign.
- The Camp Dudley Association (CDA) reported on the new slate of Officers and the selection process that includes Kiniya alumni for the first time. The CDA has created 2 VPs serving staggered terms. The new slate is: Peter Groves, President, Kari McKinley, First VP (to serve 4-year term) and Marlon Fisher, Second VP (to serve 2-year term).
- The Directors reported separately on their respective summers since they have not been together since May.
- The Highlights from Kiniya included: (i) the Coleman Dining Hall, which has created the highest ever level of interest and passion for Kiniya, (ii) the number of Staff with leadership experience now working at Camp; (iii) the caliber of the Kiniya Arts Program under the leadership of Hannah McPherson; (iv) the fulsome pre-season training; and (v) some changes for team competition and majors with more intentional coordination between the Program, Maintenance and Outdoor staff. Kiniya also had great Chapel speakers and an increase in the number of alumnae who came to Chapel on Sundays and for other visitors during the summer. Marnie reported on the Lodge construction, which commences with the demolition of the old studio building on Sept 5th. She also reported on the very early stage talks with respect to the design for the Leadership and Alumnae Center. Lastly, Marnie reported on the planning of Kiniya’s 100th Anniversary for the weekend of August 24-16,,
- The highlights at Dudley, included: (i) the new Leadership Barn, which was a huge hit and used every day for Farm-to-Table, open mic nights with Marlon, Trivia night and the place to launch the Nols, Spain and Germany trips; (ii) the Challenge Course; (iii) the new dock system at Swim Point; (iv) extending AL and JL positions to larger numbers and rotating their jobs to include service projects around Camp, and (iv) new initiatives taken on by Jake Rutter in the Outdoors Program (e.g., divisional leadership at the woodpile, and a broadened range of options for Senior Trips, a Farm-to-Table trip, Sailing voyage and an Arts Program in Lake Placid).
- Laura Kirschstein of T&M Protection Services, who was hired to conduct an external investigation as reported to the Community in a letter from the Board Chair dated November 30, 2016, reported to the Board on the status of the investigation.
The Camp Dudley Board of Trustees met May 6, 2017 in the new Dudley Leadership Barn. Matthew Quigley opened the meeting with a round of applause for Josh’s first meal christening the new building. The meeting followed a great day on Thursday at Kiniya for Board training and bonding. The Directors and staff collectively reported on:
- The professional development activities for the staff, including 3 ACA New England conferences that the Kiniya staff participated in, an all-staff weekend April 21-23 at Dudley – half business/half camaraderie. The Stewards of Children training (a Darkness to Light “train the trainer program” on preventing childhood sexual abuse) that now lets Camp staff train others in our community and the pre-season training for all Leaders and other staff in contact with campers.
- The JL weekends, which for Kiniya focused on programing, leadership, development and fun and for Dudley focused on learning and identifying the soft skills that the Leaders develop from the job and getting the boys from the two different sessions to meet each other.
- Highlights from the Enrollment Report Package. The total number of girls that applied was up significantly from last year – 397 total applications versus 371 in 2016! Marnie is confident that Kiniya can fill 2 additional cabins in the future! The wait list at Kiniya is strong and retention at both Camps is at 78%.
- Evan gave a snapshot with respect to the diversity of the community at Camp for the upcoming season and the scholarships awarded. The campers come from 31 states. Within Kiniya, 20% identify as non-caucasian and at Dudley, 17% identify as non-caucasian. Evan highlighted the campers and Leaders coming from the Marshall Islands and the application of one person that applied to be a Leader who discussed how his diversity can benefit Camp and how Camp can benefit him. There was a discussion about the TADS scholarship application process to ensure it is not hindering applicants’ acceptance to Camp.
- Matt and Marnie highlighted the key Staff and Leaders for the 2017 summer. There was a discussion about the importance of having the presence of the opposite sex on Campus, which is supported by the Gender in Education Research Study, which suggests that men and women are happier and healthier when they acknowledge and celebrate their respective gender differences, a male teacher of girls creates an important opportunity to interact with and build relationships with men outside the family leading to more successful transitions into the wider world and that male educators help girls learn how to interact with men. In fact, a lack of male educators can lead girls to fear men if they don’t know how to interact with men and girls develop their view of themselves through male role models (including their father). Matt discussed the importance of having terrific older and younger women at Dudley and that Dudley will not hire a woman in a Staff role unless she has been on her own for at least one year. He also described how Jess works with many of these women at Dudley.
- Matt provided an update on the GAP program.
- There was an update of the major projects at Kiniya and Dudley, which included:
at Kiniya, Clearing of trees ‘Neath the Pines and shoreline clearing; Water System treatment services to increase water quality; Resurfacing of the back tennis courts for tennis & basketball; Fiber optic; Homestead expansion; Lodge Update (shared final design and timeline); and 1281 design planning (high level concepts). At Dudley, Leadership Barn; Challenge Course; Swim point; New Avery roof; Fiber line and lights out to parking for parents.
- The contingency plans in place for the Summer in the unfortunate and unlikely event that one of the Directors was pulled away unexpectedly during the Camp Summer season. Kiniya would continue under the direction of Mollie (parents, campers and employees), Kat (D-Heads, program, and schedule) and Tom (Operations, including maintenance and food service) with shared responsibilities. At Dudley the shared staffing would be Evan, Fu, Fred and Davo.
The Legal Committee provided a brief update on the investigation and walked through the Camp Dudley and Camp Dudley Foundation Accounts and Flow of Funds Guiding Principles document to finalize the process and guidance for how contributions and expenses get allocated between Camp and the Foundation.
The Finance and Audit Committee agreed to create a budget, audit, and finance committee calendar. Fred went over the snapshot of the combined Budget and Finances with nothing noteworthy. He reviewed the Balance Sheet of the combined assets and liabilities. The Audit Committee reported on the Audit and discussed the Conflicts of Interest Policy and Report that must be completed by each Board member.
Dave Langston reported on Camp’s development activities to raise its $800K goal. Mark Valkenburgh went over the summary document of the Gift Acceptance Policy, which was adopted by the Board.
The Program and Policy Committee discussed the issue of “camper age” for Kiniya and Dudley, which has been researching the age requirements for other comparable camps. It was recommend by the Program Committee that Dudley accept Campers at a younger age – coming off of fourth grade instead of finishing fifth grade. Summer 2017 Dudley will have 12 – 10 year-old cubs. This change gives the Director some flexibility and provides consistent messaging across both Camps. It will require some campers to take a year-off before becoming a JL, but there are other options now with our other summer programming.
The Admissions and Diversity Committee (ADS) discussed the issues of race, sexuality and religion. It was decided that a Working Committee would be created to include critical feedback from Staff and that while each topic necessarily touches multiple Committees, it was proposed that ADS focus on Diversity/Race and Tuition (the latter with support from Development and Finance), that Program and Policy focus on Spirituality (one of our four Program Pillars), and that Health Risk Management and Safety focus on the issues around gender and gender identification.
The Board Development and Nominations Committee (BDN) discussed the needs on the Board and diversifying the Board with people of color and women. Rich Maxwell, as Chair of BDN, thanked each of the Committees for providing their updated goals and reminded them of the need to update their Committee Purposes Statements by the November Board Meeting.
Many of our parents, alums and friends are considering their year end giving plan. Here are some considerations as you evaluate your own giving.
- Gift Impact at Dudley and Kiniya
The impact that any gift has at Dudley and Kiniya is huge. Our comparative small size makes the impact of an individual donor’s philanthropy significant when compared to larger organizations. We are fond of saying that “Every Gift Matters” and we mean it.
- A Great Time to Give Appreciated Securities to Dudley and Kiniya
The US and Global stock markets have enjoyed another banner year. All in all, most stock markets are up 20% or more this year, and some individual stocks, ETFs (exchange traded funds) and Mutual Funds are up even more than this. This makes the current environment a favorable time to donate appreciated securities. Since the Financial Crisis, many stocks and stock markets are up over 300%!!! Donating appreciated securities (stocks, ETFs or mutual fund shares) to our BFTF Campaign (or to a donor advised fund and then to the Campaign) could mean that no tax should be due on any of the embedded capital gains. Please consult your financial advisor to confirm your individual circumstances. Camp makes it easy to transfer appreciated securities. The directions for your broker are at www.campdudley.org/givestock.
- TODAY We KNOW the Rules About Tax Deductions
Tax reform is in the news every day. We don’t know if it will occur, or what changes might be enacted. We do know that some of the “untouchable deductibles” such as state and local taxes, 401(k) contributions, mortgage interest and even possible limits on the deductibility of charitable contributions are part of the conversation. Acting now gives you and other donors the benefit of current tax law so the tax deductibility of donations can be understood and considered as part of the gift. Once again, please consult your personal tax advisor about details. While we can’t predict the future, we do know that there have been many unexpected surprises over the past year. Never say never!
- IRA Charitable Rollover Gift Option Can Benefit Camp If Available to You
A gift of retirement plan assets may be an easy way to reduce potentially high taxes and provide support to the Building for the Future Capital Campaign. If you are at age 70½ or older, and are the owner of a Traditional IRA (or inherited Traditional IRA), and do not need all or part of your required minimum distribution, you should be able to make tax-free IRA contributions directly to qualified public charities, such as Camp Dudley, Inc. Each age-eligible IRA owner can usually transfer up to $100,000 tax free per tax year. Your IRA gift must be completed on or before December 31 of the calendar year in which you choose to utilize the IRA Charitable Rollover gift vehicle for tax purposes. The check must be made payable directly to Camp Dudley, Inc. or to the Camp Dudley Foundation. You can only make outright gifts. Consult your personal tax advisor about details.
- Accelerated Pledges Help Camp and Might Help You Too!
We would LOVE to have you involved in the Building For The Future Capital Campaign! We are well on our way towards our $10mm+ goal, although we have procured some bank financing to “bring forward” several strategic projects (e.g. The Coleman Dining Hall at Camp Kiniya). This will ultimately be repaid through the BFTF Capital Campaign. Your pledge can help ensure that we meet all of the goals of the Campaign, including paying off all of the bank financing by the end of the Campaign. Pledges can be fulfilled through 2021, although if you have the financial flexibility, we would be extremely grateful if you could accelerate the fulfillment of your pledge to take advantage of today’s tax deductions.
Most of all, THANK YOU for considering supporting our Camps’ Annual Fund and the Building For The Future Capital Campaign. Gifts from any of these sources can be applied to either. We will honor your request. We are fortunate to have such a generous and passionate group of alumni, parents, grandparents, families, and friends!
Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya do not provide tax, legal, or financial advice. We strongly encourage our donors to seek counsel from their own legal and financial advisors. If choosing to use one of these gift opportunities, please check with your lawyer or tax advisor to assure implementing such a gift achieves the desired result.
Ways to Give
Gifts of Appreciated Securities – Details for you & your broker are here.
Credit Card Gifts Online – Visit our online giving page here.
Gifts by Check – Send your check to Camp Dudley, Inc., 126 Dudley Road, Westport, NY 12993
This is the full version of the “Spirituality at Camp” article from the Fall – 2017 Camp Dudley News
The impact of Camp’s spiritual program is as diverse as the individuals in our community. It is also unifying as it draws all of us together to strive to improve and develop as human beings with a spirit of thanksgiving at its core. Reflection time is taught, and is critical to the life of a leader. Thought provoking Vesper questions and engaging conversation with fellow campers and leaders mark the end of every day. Chapel Talks begin each morning with thoughtful sharing of a meaningful experience by one of our community members. Chapel service and Hymn Sing close out each week, bringing everyone together with positive, motivating and encouraging messages.
- How has the Dudley spirit affected you? Please share with us, here.
How has Camp impacted you spiritually and/or informed your way of life?
James Mayo III #14866
For the past 26 years, part of the cornerstone of my faith and spirituality has been the spiritual program at Dudley. Having moved from cantor (as a camper) to Director of Music has helped me to develop a great sense of spirituality through the application of music in worship. The spiritual program strives to ascertain an ecumenical approach to the program – which allows everyone to feel welcome – regardless of their religious beliefs. I have benefited from this approach in many respects – especially through the music – mainly because that is how I am able to relate, personally, to God through worship. The spiritual program has a substantial amount music, of many different styles, that is used to express the sentiments of people’s hearts – whether it be inspiration, classic rock, jazz, chants, and/or gospel. This approach has helped shape my view of how many others, outside of my beliefs, choose to relate to God in their own way. And for this, I am forever grateful.
Blake Harper #18778
Every time we sing a camp hymn at my church in Berkeley I am swept away to Dudley, and to those times each morning and each Sunday when we would lift up our voices together in the sincerest form of prayer I know. I am so grateful to all those who make these moments possible. Belt it out boys, this is sacred stuff!
Kelly Dale #21883
The lessons I learned at camp, including a deep understanding of The Other Fellow First, have shaped the way I look at foreign relations. A concern for the betterment of others has expanded beyond my days as a leader into my chosen career path. I work in International Development, meaning that I spend my days thinking through the ways that a small percentage of American taxpayer money can best be used to improve the lives of others around the world. I focus my efforts on adolescents girls, trying to help expand the aspects of Kiniya that we love most- a focus on empowerment, embracing unique talents, encouraging curiosity and exploration, and letting girls enjoy childhood- on a global scale. I am incredibly grateful for Kiniya and Dudley teaching us all these important lessons in a safe space and enabling us to share them with the world around us.
Sheila Kapper #15305
My spiritual connection is something I try to grasp, late at night as I lay in bed reviewing the day that just passed. There is always the anticipation that someone will knock on the Infirmary door or ring the buzzer, you never know what is coming next.
But isn’t that a metaphor for life, living each moment with thoughts to what is around the corner….some positive, some not so…….
Taking time to see the trees, hear the birds or squirrels, feel the sun’s warmth or wind blowing, listening to doors shut, motors passing by. What a well run machine this world is, especially here at camp. I need to stop and pause more.
Alexander Foster #22760
I can vividly remember an experience I had my first summer at Camp Dudley at Kiniya that has impacted my way of life as I know it. I remember stepping off the plane by myself, not knowing anyone at camp and quite honestly feeling nervous and alone. The first person I met from camp was the Programme Director at the time Nicholas Ansell, he greeted me with a bone-crushing handshake picked up my suitcase and proceeded to enthusiastically tell me anything and everything about camp without a moment of hesitation. At the time this experience was a whirlwind to me, but looking back I can remember just how quickly he made me feel welcome and how he treated me as if I was an old friend without knowing anything about me and it made me feel a lot calmer.
I look back on this experience and instead of looking back on how uncomfortable or nerve-racking the entire ordeal might have been I look back and realize how welcoming the experience was. Now, if I ever find myself in the same shoes Nick was in, whether it be welcoming a new member to the camp community or perhaps and new colleague at work, I think back to this experience and try to make them feel as welcome as I did 6 summers ago.
Rev. Dr. Peter Allen #11584
Camp Dudley provided me with many opportunities to talk openly and regularly about my spiritual questions, convictions, and hopes, and to listen to others’ spiritual experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Because spirituality was built into each day, it didn’t feel like it was an afterthought or an occasional activity, like at home. Dudley’s focus on “the other fellow first” reinforced the best lessons I was learning from my family and church. Ultimately, my spiritual experiences at Dudley helped guide me toward my calling and career as an ordained parish minister.
Paul Brown #23587
As a child, and now as an adult, I have always been the proud bearer of an unwavering spirit of exploration. As a result, the actually existing world is a constant source of great fascination and wonder for me. If I had to define in any particular way how Camp has informed my way of life, it would be in the way it provides me with a profound sense of place and community. The physical landscape itself on both sides of the Lake holds great beauty and gives rise to generations of stories and memories. Names that are attached to familiar places – North Point, Kitchen Hill, Stacy Brook, or Junior Beach to cite a few – have meaning in the multitude of experiences that come to life there. We hang onto many of these as uniquely our own and even more as a commonly held bond and history. These places, experiences, stories, and memories are the cornerstone that continually builds a culture and sustains our community, over time and distance. This is a living process that I am always grateful and proud to be a part of.
Ben Cady #15198
I was in a bad place emotionally before becoming a leader at Dudley. I lacked confidence in myself, which led to my having a very cynical view of the world. On my third day of preseason, I was eating lunch at a table in Beckman when a giant, red-faced clown with crazy hair sat down across from me. He pointed his finger at me, declaring, ‘You. You’re going to host the Wednesday Night Show. And you’re going to be great at it.’ I’m not sure if Davo saw that I needed a confidence boost, but this moment was one of many integral parts in my development into the person I am today. So many of these happened at Dudley. As I’ve gotten older, I have come to realize how rare it is to have been a part of a community, especially one that is male dominated, where people truly care about one another. A place where the question ‘how are you’ isn’t a throw away greeting, but one expectant of an honest answer. To be cared for by so many people at once makes it impossible not to want to give back. So to answer how Camp has informed my way of life I can say, without any cynicism, that it has made me a better man. It has given my a positive outlook on life and shaped the way that I treat others on a daily basis.
Sarah McDonough (Bear) #21013
I grew up singing in a church choir. The director there, Sue Ellen, taught us that choristers should lead service – not perform. The music was usually my favorite part of church. Because of Sue Ellen (and terrific musicians in my family, like my grandmother and mom), I was familiar with many of our hymns when I came to Kiniya.
That background in choir helped me frame my role at hymn sing; learning the piano part was important because by playing on Sunday nights, I could offer everyone a chance to sing, dance, and unwind.
The flip side of that, of course, is that all of the singing and dancing girls also offered me a chance engage, let loose, and relax. Let the River Run isn’t nearly as emotional (or funny) when it’s just the piano part.
I find singing with other people to be a tremendously powerful way to connect, and for me, hymn sing – whether in Colchester, Westport, or D.C. – has given me a sense that I am part of a grounded and compassionate community. Pretty great way to end a week.
Kari McKinley #19231
For a number of reasons, religion is something I have struggled with. In my quest for a better understanding of what draws people to become so devout, I’ve come to find that the faith and community that embody religion are components that are incredibly inviting. The spirituality and sense that we are only a small part of much greater purpose are also luring. When I’m at Camp, on either side of the lake, I know I’ve found my “religion.” I have my old friends, those who I’m just getting to know, and others who I haven’t yet met but will learn from and share with in the future. I am surrounded by mother nature and the calmness, perspective, and simplicity she offers. There is music, laughter, tears, and love. From Vespers to Chapel Talk, we can openly reflect and question with the support of both our mates and our mentors. My faith is in the belief that young minds learning and living The Other Fellow First will make for a better world to live in.
Sister Carol Perry #26265
It was a decade ago that I first came to Camp Kiniya at Dudley as a chapel speaker, and I fell in love with its work from day one. I had had Dudley boys in my high school classes, but the work across the lake was a revelation. It began like this:
I was seated on a bench, watching a tennis match and a ten year old camper sat down beside me. After chatting for a bit, I asked her about her goals for the week, and she said: “There is a final competition in my favorite sport this week and I am aiming to win third place.” She looked very serious as she explained: “I am not good enough to be first or second, but I am good enough to be third.”
In our crazy world where “I’m Number One” has become a battle cry, that honest understanding of her talents has stayed with me. What was this place that could help girls see so clearly who they were? My annual visits have only reinforced my appreciation of this incredible work of self-education that Camp Kiniya develops. What a blessed spot!
Bill Harper #18500
More than 20 years ago I was introduced to the Spirit of Dudley, and it was clear to me that there was a soulful, real spirit to this place. Sitting on the Chapel Stage, at Willie Schmidt’s right hand, I watched as campers arrived in clumps of cabins. It was my first day at Camp, and the scene and sense was remarkable. But what amazed and touched me was the way Willie knew every kid, every Leader, and would lean toward me sharing a kind or intimate or funny detail about each one. Willie paid attention. He paid attention to every soul there. And I have been in that same Chapel chair over more than two decades, and I have been at the right hand of four distinct Directors, yet the experience has been the same. They paid attention. Matt Storey, today, deeply embodies that same practice. That is the spirit and spirituality I have experienced at Camp. The deep commitment and ability to pay attention; to give attention and recognition to the other person, the other fellow. To, in effect, treat the Other Fellow as sacred. I’ve seen it with Cub Leaders walking and laughing with their Cabin, thereby letting young boys feel something remarkable: this guy likes me, right now, right here, just as I am! I’ve seen it when a D-Head takes time to practice some silly skit with his Aide. I’ve seen when a JL works, day after day, to help one camper pass a swim test. It has has been said that “attention” to one other is the deepest form of prayer and compassion. When I have done Vespers in Cabins, and watched tears well up in the eyes of Leaders as they see their Cabin, their Campers, I know that their is Something More, not just in this place, but in our World . . .
Jane Phalen #19496
Two things that my husband Tim (#16849) and I try to do in our lives as direct result of our time at Dudley, and what I think each of these says about Dudley’s unique version of spirituality. First, we take time each week to reflect on whether we’re living in line with our own morals and values, ideally in a beautiful outdoor location. I did a lot of self reflection at Dudley, even as a staff member. There is something about that chapel that makes you take a deep breath, feel gratitude, and consider how you can improve on who you are in the world.
Second, whenever we do go to any sort of church, whether it be a Catholic wedding mass in NJ or the small community church that we attend when visiting Tim’s grandmother, Peggy Powell, in Peru, VT, we SING AS LOUD, and WITH AS MUCH JOY AS WE CAN! While Dudley’s spiritual program encourages quiet self reflection, it also encourages joyful and unencumbered enjoyment of life.
One of our greatest off-season traditions is our annual Open House Tour. Each fall and winter we hold events in cities and towns all across the country (and world). These Open Houses serve two purposes: a chance for new campers and families to learn more about our camps and an opportunity for current campers, parents, and alums to reconnect.
To view the tour dates, click here.
Exciting things are happening to the property at Dudley and Kiniya!
Just before Camp opened in June, Marnie and her team dedicated the Coleman Dining Hall. This amazing structure stands as a tribute to Gail Coleman, Food Service Director at Kiniya for 25 years and still going strong! The Coleman Dining Hall fills a critical need in updating Kiniya’s food service capacities and now provides a grand space for everything from meals to a gathering point for friends. It also offers one of the best sunset viewing spots on Campus!
Immediately following the 2017 summer at Dudley, Matt dedicated the Henry S. Poler Leadership Barn. The flexible structure has many uses. It was designed to be the headquarters for the Farm-to-Plate majors, an evening and day off retreat center for leaders, and the launch platform for NOLS and off campus exchange programs. In September 2017, it will be the home of the GAP Program. “Hank’s Barn” stands to meet many needs at Dudley and offers a grand view of the “Yum Yum Tree,” upper fields and nearby mountains in NY and VT.
Both these critical facilities are components of the Building for the Future Capital Campaign (BFTF) that is currently underway. Learn more about the Capital Campaign here.
Use the links to below to make your pledge or send your gift today.
- Pledge Form – Here’s how you get involved! Download, complete and return.
- Pay by Check – Make your check to The Camp Dudley Foundation and mail to the address below. Please note your payment as BFTF Pledge Fulfillment.
- Make Your Pledge Payment Online – Use our online giving page and make your pledge payments electronically. Please note your payment as BFTF Pledge Fulfillment.
- Making Gifts of Stock – Giving stock can be a great way to fulfill your pledge. Directions are here. You can share this link with your broker.
Camp Dudley Foundation
BFTF Pledge Fulfillment
126 Dudley Road
Westport, NY 12993
The following links offer detailed information about the rationale and projects of the Building For The Future Capital Campaign.
- Our Story Board – Get more details on what is included in the Building For The Future Capital Campaign.
- Projects in action – See those projects we have “leaned forward” to build so they could be available to campers in 2018!
- Case statement – Read the detailed message on how the specific initiatives of the Campaign fulfill the strategy and needs of our Camps.
- 2020 Vision : Strategic Vision For The Future – Study the five year strategic vision of our Camps to better understand the Campaign’s importance
- Philanthropy and The Other Fellow First – Download the wonderful message to 2017 first session campers and parents about philanthropy and its interconnection with our motto. Written and delivered by Dwight Poler. You can also view Dwight’s message here.
- Pledge form – Make your pledge today. Here’s how you get involved! Download, complete and return.
Campaign Progress – These tools tell the tale of how far we have come and how you can get involved.
- Giving Pyramid – Here’s a look at how our Campaign is shaping up. Find a brick that you might be comfortable investing in to build our future! We need you!
- Friends of the Campaign – Who’s committed to the Campaign so far? Look and see!
- BFTF DHeads – Find someone on the Campaign Committee who can answer your questions.
One of the highlights of the Camp Dudley season occurs when boys are assigned to a team for daily competition within their division. The games played range from soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, flag football, ultimate frisbee to water polo. Better yet are the team names to which they will now show their allegiance for the rest of the session. Our Juniors and Seniors choose team names from the pantheon of Camp’s athletics legends– Mott, McCutcheon, Prior and Gherke, to name a few. Cub and Plebe leaders are allowed to show more creativity, and this session we’ll see highly anticipated match-ups featuring Zesty versus 2 Pops, Fooslang versus Bingo Game Night, and Double Dutch versus Sturz Local 62. The boys fully embrace these team competitions, and they will have fond memories of the great times they shared with their mates on the fields and courts and diamonds in Westport.
Athletics is off to a great start at Kiniya! We are psyched to have expanded our fields to the entrance of Camp and added basketball lines to one of our back tennis courts allowing divisions to be playing the same sport at the same time. By now, campers have had the opportunity to play each of our 4 team sports, basketball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse. In addition to these team sports, we are offering a field hockey athletics major for the first time this year. We are so glad to provide these offerings for those preparing for the fall season and those trying something new. Next up, let the track meets begin! Keep your fingers crossed for great weather for the rest of the session and summer!