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Mother Daughter Weekend 2016

Brendan • 4 years ago • Blogs


Sunny warm days and moon lite clear nights greeted a record group of 30+ mother’s and daughters this past weekend. New campers and mom’s were introduced to a sampling of  activities from the 4 pillars (arts, outdoors, athletics and spirituality), and returning families brought the Kiniya spirit, traditions and open heartedness to the group. The track meet showcased everything from long-jump to crab walk talent. A trip up to Stacy yurts immersed the group in ADK beauty. Vespers and chapel talks were rich and invigorating. And the art supplies and crafts were exceptional. We looking forward to seeing all these families at Kiniya this summer!

To view more pictures from the weekend click HERE!

Written by Mollie Farnham-Stratton

D.C. Alumni Group Gathers for Hymn Sing

Brendan • 4 years ago • Blogs


The following article was written by #21013 Sarah “Bear” McDonough  for the upcoming Spring Camp Dudley News

“Down in the nation’s capital, we had a great time holding hymn sings with a group of camp alums that live in the DC area.  We gather together at the apartment of Sarah (Bear) McDonough to laugh, tell old stories, and, of course, sing our favorite camp hymns.  Per tradition, we start with a rambunctious first half and follow it up with a reflective second half to think about the week behind and the week ahead.  We phone in out-of-towners for “Study War No More” solos, so if you see your phone buzzing on a Sunday night, don’t hesitate to answer!”

“We typically gather ten to fifteen regulars including #17982 Matt McElroy, #17920 Connor Smith, #17654 David Fitzpatrick, #167384 Taylor Brown, #16730 Rick Raymond, #18912 Will Dobbs-Allsopp, #21883 Kelly Dale, #20297 Chloe Potash, #18108 Harry Jackson, #19494 Katie Gray, #17391 Pat O’Leary, #18641 Rob McDonald, #19193 Conor Joyce, and #19430 Peter Huff. We even have our own set of hymnals, thanks to the wonderful generosity of Marnie, Matt, and Fu!  Some months we are lucky enough to have great guest appearances featuring #18306 Eric (Monkey Man) Soderstrom, #18794 Tom McDonough, #18583 Teddy Dale, #16627 Justin Bolger, and others. Some of our Sundays even begin long before the hymn sing hour (with an afternoon extravaganza!) and we end each Hymn Sing taking turns running Vespers.  The DC Hymn Sing ends with the ‘Final Six’ as Bear and Chloe wrote the Kiniya Hymn into each of the Hymnals!  Anyone interested in joining us for a Sunday Hymn Sing, please reach out!”

Listen to a Camp Dudley Hymn Sing HERE!

#18353 Matt Giles – Alumni Spotlight

Brendan • 4 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog
The following article was written by #18353 Matt Giles for the upcoming Spring Camp Dudley News

“Basketball has always been my obsession, but I was especially manic during the five or so years I worked at Camp Dudley. Whether it was recruiting rankings, or coaching moves, or halfcourt sets, I followed everything related to the bouncing leather ball.

giles-web“So when Joe Mantegna, the head coach of Blair Academy, then (and now) a top high school program in New Jersey, dropped by Westport to run a few sessions for basketball majors in the summer of 2005, I was stoked. It wasn’t that I had questions for the coach — I had many of those — but I more wanted to pick his brain about recruits, and what he thought of various prospects like Peyton Siva and Lance Stephenson (this was pre-Google’s omnipotence in all corners of the web, so I really had to deep-dive into the fan forums and grainy VHS tapes to expand my knowledge). After I graduated college and started freelancing, I realized this obsession could be something I could possible make money from.

“I started working as a fact-checker for ESPN the Magazine, and in my free time, contributed college basketball content for the magazine (my first piece was on Chicago State’s David Holton, a 5-foot-8 point guard who led the country in scoring). That gig led to further writing opportunities — with 350-plus Division I schools in the country, there are a lot of players with a lot of interesting backstories — and I now write for the New York Times, Deadspin, NBC Sports, the Washington Post, Vice Sports, and FiveThirtyEight (among others, and along with my full time job as an editor at Popular Science). That passion, fostered during those days as a Dudley Leader in Columbia and Wesleyan, has continued to fuel a career that I never envisioned.”

With the NCAA Tournament just around the corner – Check out some of the great basketball articles Matt has put out recently! 
Five Weird Teams To Watch In The NCAA Tournament – FiveThirtyEight.com
Stephen F. Austin Are Ready To Be The Bad Guys Of March Madness – Vice Sports
The Nuns Who Love Chris Mullin – The New Yorker
Taking Their Game to the Highest Level – The New York Times


2016 Summer Staff Jobs

Brendan • 4 years ago • Alumni | Announcements

Camp Dudley at Kiniya, summer camp for girls located in Colchester, VT and Camp Dudley, summer camp for boys located in Westport, NY,  are seeking team-oriented individuals to facilitate programming at our beautiful camps.  Must enjoy working with youth, with a secondary role as a positive role model for young women and men in a community dedicated to service and leadership development. Must be able to work independently and with a team.

Camp Dudley at KiniyaColchester, VT

Farm-to-Plate Gardening Position: Seeking individual who has experience with organic vegetable & flower gardening, composting, and cooking. Must enjoy sharing knowledge and love of gardening with youth! Role includes managing and maintaining the garden throughout the summer months and planning and teaching experiential activities for campers to participate in meaningful and fun ways. This includes preparing healthy cooking projects together (snacks, small dishes) using what is coming from the garden. Knowledge of nutrition and beekeeping a plus!

Interested in this position?

Please contact Mollie Farnham-Stratton
Outdoor Education Director, Camp Kiniya
[email protected]

Camp Dudley, Westport, NY

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.

Ceramics Instructor: Seeking individual who has experience teaching art, with a particular emphasis on ceramics. Must enjoy sharing knowledge and love of ceramics with youth! Role includes managing and maintaining the ceramics equipment and the arts and crafts center throughout the summer months and planning and teaching activities for campers to participate in meaningful and fun ways. This includes teaching 1 hour classes 8 times a week. Must enjoy working with a team and pitching in wherever help is needed.

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.   

Interested in these positions?

Please contact Evan George
Leadership, Admissions & Program Director
Camp Dudley
[email protected]

January 2016 Board Meeting

mstorey • 4 years ago • Blogs

The Board of Trustees (“BOT”) held their winter meeting in Westport, NY for the first time in many years.  The female Trustees stayed in Adams thankfully with Marnie’s special touch and the male Trustees resided in MacLean. There was no snow on the ground when we arrived, but light flakes fell as the meeting progressed.

Matt Quigley, Chair, began the meeting welcoming our new Trustees for the Class of 2020: Bill Bullock, Karen Johnson, D’Anne Hurd and Peter Groves (CDA, Vice Chair).  Matt and Marnie followed by updating the BOT on the communications and events since our last meeting, including, the publication of the “best ever” Camp Dudley News that arrived in the mail for Thanksgiving, which set forth the 2020 Vision for the entire community, The Last Whistle and The Spirit that were mailed before Christmas, followed by a well-attended Leaders’ Luncheon in NYC and the other events held on each Campus.

Kiniya enrollment is full — meeting a goal of 165 girls with the renovation of Casbah and Hernandos with a retention rate of approximately 85%.  Dudley enrollment is almost full with only a few bunks available for the second session.  This summer the German exchange campers will be coming to Dudley/Kiniya and Matt is headed to Germany in April to meet the campers.  Another small group of boy and girl campers will head to Spain and the NOLS program continues to have robust enrollment.  The Camps had 254 individuals apply for leadership positions giving each Camp a great pool of applicants, including Kiniya ALs and JLs with 50 applicants for 40 spots.  Kat and Evan are working on a Leadership Module Training Program to ensure that everyone is developing the same basic skill set and knowledge.  The year-round team also is participating in various trainings in line with the 2020 Vision.  Matt and Marnie reviewed their individual and the institution’s 2016 goals.

The Legal Committee reported that the Endowment funds will be transferred to the Camp Dudley Foundation on or about April 1, 2016 and that a sub-group is going to be created to work on a Gift Acceptance Policy. The Board Development and Nomination Committee Chair (“BDN Chair”) reported on a fabulous new board member orientation and the creation of the Dudley Service Corps that can be accessed on the Camp’s webpage at – https://campdudley.org/service/.  In addition, the BDN Chair summarized the BOT evaluation findings, with an overall score of 4.6 out of 5, which is the highest score for the past decade.

The Finance Committee reported on our Camps’ financials and walked through the budget, which was unanimously passed.  Dudley and Kiniya had a few extraordinary expenses this year as a result of the disaffiliation from the YMCA, but overall ended 2015 with a $30,000 surplus.  The Common Fund manager is doing well with respect to keeping the Endowment on track with measures for growth.  A motion was made and unanimously passed to open a Line of Credit in the amount of $250,000 with Champlain National Bank.  Fred reported on the on-campus meeting with the auditor and the new initiatives implemented by Camp based on last year’s audit recommendations.  Matt reported that Camp is looking at cyber security protections for the summer given the increase use of the Internet by staff and Leaders.

The Admissions, Diversity and Scholarship Committee prepared a very special program for the BOT to review our Inclusion Statement and Mollie Farnham led a chapel talk and discussion.  The Plant & Property Committee reported on the various Dudley projects, including the pavement of the road around campus.  Marnie reported on the Kiniya projects including, three new cabins – Knollandale (formerly Casbah), Hernandos and Haven (the publication office).  The Development Committee reported on the tremendous end-of-the-year annual giving that pushed the year total past the 2015 goal. The CDA reported on its initiatives to implement class agents, community partner agents, and the possible expansion of its mission to support social and community initiatives.

Peter Groves #14571

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( L to R) Wyatt, #14571 Pete, Sameena and Zadie Groves listening while Wyatt practices the Dudley Cheer.

#14571 Peter Groves
Bronxville, NY

Pete started at Camp as a Cub in 1988, tentatively signed up for a half season. Five days in, he called his Dad and said he wasn’t coming home. Pete was a full-season camper as a Cub, Plebe, and Junior, and came back for two more summers as a JL and AL.  Pete’s camping days stretched from 1988 to 1994.

Outside of camp, Pete attended Exeter, Yale, and Columbia Business School. He was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and recently joined the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates as the Head of Research.  Pete and his wife Sameena now live in Bronxville, NY, with their two young children, Wyatt and Zadie. Pete sings The Dudley Hymn and one of either You’ll Never Walk Alone, Climb Every Mountain, or Amazing Grace to each of them every night, a tradition he’s kept up since the first nights they came home. Outside the bedtime routines, Pete leads the family through regular rounds of Put Your Hand in the Hand and Battle Hymn of the Republic.  As ever, Pete sings badly, but with conviction.

Pete is excited to lead the next era of alumni connectivity and community efforts, and to get to know the Kiniya family.

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Bill Bullock #12335

Brendan • 4 years ago • Uncategorized

Bill and his family (L to R) #12335 Bill, #20319 Addie, #21135 Liam, #23435 Silas and Bebe (Barbara)

#12335 Bill Bullock
Sheffield, MA

Bill credits Camp with changing his life when he arrived in 1977. As a second generation camper, he says “I had no idea what lay in store for my three idyllic summers.” Wisdom from coaches on the baseball diamond, Steve Wertimer’s antics at the microphone and Willy Schmidt’s leadership remain as highlights of Bill’s formative years at Camp. All three of his children have had their own Dudley/Kiniya experience. He is excited to be connected to our Camps in this new way. Bill looks forward to contributing his skills and experience to help Dudley and Kiniya continue as leaders in changing the lives of children from all over the world.

Bill graduated from Colby College in 1989 and started his career in commercial banking with the Bank of New England, Fleet Bank and Merrill Lynch.  Bill then followed his passion for the outdoors and fly fishing by joining the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont.  Bill then entered the world of nonprofits and education by serving as the Executive Director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT.  In 2007, Bill and his wife Bebe joined the faculty at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA where he currently teaches US History and Economics and Philanthropy and does special project work in Advancement.  During his nine years at Berkshire, he has worn many hats, serving as their Director of Advancement, III Form Academic Dean (9th Graders) and Associate Director of Admissions.  He also coaches soccer, squash and golf and oversees their fly fishing club.

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D’Anne Hurd #19629

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#19629 D’Anne Hurd
Bourne, MA

D’Anne continues a long Hurd family tradition of dedication to Camp Dudley, beginning with her grandmother, Edith Start Hurd, who donated Hurd Cabin with grateful appreciation to Dudley for the positive impact the camp had on her four sons, #3829 Kenneth (D’Anne’s father), #3943 Russell, #3944 Robert, and #4535 Gilbert.

Since then many Hurd family members have and continue to attend Dudley. D’Anne’s sons Eric (#17629) and Doug (#18629) Forsythe were campers, leaders and, in Doug’s case, Division Head, between 1999 and 2014.

D’Anne’s service to Dudley began when she joined the Dudley Girls’ Sub-Committee (the ad hoc committee charged with establishing a Dudley camp for young women) in 2003.  She then served on the Board from 2006 until 2010 championing Kiniya’s acquisition and its transition to Dudley ideals.  During her tenure on the Board, D’Anne chaired and served on numerous committees.

D’Anne’s 35-year business career combines law and finance (JD/MBA) at large (PepsiCo, Inc.) to very small companies (Boston technology start-ups).  She has served on public and private company boards since 1993. D’Anne currently works as an independent Board Governance Consultant with the National Association of Corporate Directors, traveling to corporate boardrooms to facilitate discussion, solve problems, and deliver education in areas such as Long Term Strategy, Risk Mitigation and Crisis Management. D’Anne also serves as an independent trustee of the Pax World Funds (a recognized leader in sustainable investing) including The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, the first broadly diversified mutual fund to invest in companies demonstrably advancing women’s leadership.

D’Anne is married to George Forsythe and lives in Bourne, MA.   “I am simply thrilled to return to the Dudley Board to plan for Dudley’s future and to support Marnie and Matt as they instill values and teach leadership to the young men and women in the Dudley family,” she says.

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Karen Johnson #24278

Brendan • 4 years ago • Uncategorized

(L to R) #12778 Drew, #24278 Karen , #23078 Luke and  #22078 Sam.

#24278 Karen Johnson
Lewes, DE

Before she became a Dudley wife, Karen visited camp while dating Drew (#12778). They returned to Camp for a couple of weeks every August, then as a family when their sons, #22078 Sam and #23078 Luke were born. From her first step off the train in Westport 23 years ago, Dudley has held a special place in Karen’s heart. In the summer of 2001 while visiting the school house on Dudley Road before their 9-hour drive home, Karen shared the news with Drew and then-toddler Sam, that a new camper (Luke) would join the Johnson family the following spring.  

Karen’s 20+ year career with The Rouse Company in retail real estate marketing has given her expertise in advertising and media strategies, event planning, budget management, customer service, risk management and tenant relations. Now, as a Senior Account Director/Brand Strategist with COHN Marketing, Karen works with companies within the retail real estate industry (and beyond) to differentiate and define their brand and propel it forward. As a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Karen mentors the next generation of marketers via bi-annual advertising/media courses offered by the John T. Riordan School for Retail Real Estate Professionals.

After spending years on the sidelines as a Dudley wife, parent, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law and aunt, Karen is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the CD Board. Her happiest Dudley memory? … whenever James Mayo includes “This is My Father’s World” in the Parents Weekend Hymn Sing repertoire.

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2015 Open House Video

Brendan • 4 years ago • Announcements

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2015 Opening Day Video                        Featured Saturday Night Show




2015 Sunday Chapel Video                     Featured Camper Produced Video


6th Annual Winter Leadership Trip

Brendan • 4 years ago • Alumni



This past December, 16 young leaders assembled at Dudley to participate in our 6th Annual Winter Leadership Trip. This year we invited JL’s to join in on the fun making it the largest attended winter trip yet!

The five day course provided participants with a unique opportunity to enjoy one of their favorite places with some of their closest friends during a special time of the year, which was made even more special with the arrival of our first significant snow! The skill set focus of the week was outdoor leadership and to that end our leaders were provided with a 2 day WFA course and certification from SOLO, a lot of  outdoor skills practice, and some quality time spent at Stacy village. Big thanks go out to our superstar leadership team: Jake Rutter, Tom & Jenn Brayden, and Raphie. This course was greatly enhanced by their individual outdoor and Dudley leadership knowledge and wisdom. A big part of the reason the course was so successful was because of their mentorship.

To view pictures from the trip, click HERE!

Written by #23685 Colin Loher | Outdoor Program Director

November 2015 Board Meeting

mstorey • 4 years ago • Blogs

The November meeting of the Camp Dudley Board of Trustees took place at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, NY, on the eastern shore of the Hudson River.  Given the time of year, Matt Quigley appropriately began the meeting connecting the ghost stories of Sleepy Hollow and the fear of the unknown to the hope that Camp and the Board will confront fears and be a place for people to freely express themselves.

Both Matt and Marnie expressed their excitement to take ownership of implementing the 2020 Vision – a guide to be used so that all decisions are made through the lens of the 2020 Vision, which provides a universal language in which to speak about our Mission, Motto, Core Values and Program Pillars.

Matt and Marnie talked about the excitement on the Reunion Trail and the tremendous sense of community given that all reunions include a mix of old Campers, prospective new Campers and alumni.  In addition, Matt and Marnie talked about the effort they are intentionally making to see the lives being led by the alumni in their local communities and to connect with Camps’ community partners.

Both Camps have been busy off-season with various activities — Kiniya hosted the Iron Dog competition and Dudley hosted the New Canaan Country Day school, the local 6th grade class to explore the challenge course, and the athletic fields are the home fields for the local schools.  All such activities are a great service to the local community.  Also, Cornell Medical School is coming for a 10-day training program.

Matt and Marnie hosted the entire full-time team at the Moscow, VT property for a day together to kick off the 2016 season, which was led by outside staff, and well-received by all in attendance. Evan and Kat are working to create a Leadership module to identify specific skills and trainings that must be satisfied by all Leaders.  The module will allow the Camps to track what skills/training are missing for a Leader with the goal to develop a curriculum for use by anyone.

Marnie challenged the Board — as she challenges herself– to ask each day what each of us is doing to strengthen community, improve our leadership skills or those of others, and preserve and enhance the institution.

The Board voted to elect the following new members: Karen Johnson (Marketing professional), D’Anne Hurd (Governance expert), and Bill Bullock (Development professional and educator).  In addition, the Board voted for the current Executive Committee leadership to remain in place – Matt Quigley (Chair), Whitney Phelps (Secretary), Karen Ramsey (Treasurer) and Ted Smith (Ad Hoc).  The Committee also recommended that Peter Treiber serve on the Foundation Board to replace Jane Lee whose Foundation Board Term is ending.

The Plant & Property Committee talked about the intentional purpose of having decks on cabins so there is a space outside for Campers to gather.  The road to Swim Point is now paved with drainage to stop the erosion problem.  A space off of Brodie has been built and dedicated for pottery.  Sean McCalla discussed the plant and property improvements at Kiniya and the Board agreed to demolish and rebuild Hernandos for Summer 2016.

The Finance Committee discussed the Camps’ financial performance, the audits (for the 2014 stub period and for CY 2015), reported that all tax returns were submitted to the IRS and NYS, and the Board adopted a new Investment Policy Statement (IPS) as recommended by the Committee.  The IPS aims to highlight best practices to show how the Endowment should be administered and provides a measurement to determine if the Fund is performing as expected.

The meeting ended with gratitude and farewells to the outgoing Board members – Mike Stevens, Scott Martin, Rick Commons and CDA President, Marcus Chioffi.

August 2015 Board Meeting Notes

mstorey • 4 years ago • Announcements

The Camp Dudley Board of Trustees (“BOT”) met this past August, 21st— a very hot summer day — at Camp Kiniya in Colchester, VT. Matt Quigley began by acknowledging the May board meeting 10 years prior bringing girls camping to Dudley and Marnie’s tremendous contributions to the Dudley community. After the invocation by outgoing board member, Rick Commons, Matt proceeded to give a historical look at Camp Dudley and its relationship to Westport, NY.

In typical fashion, Matt and Marnie then proceeded with their Directors’ reports highlighting the fabulous events of the summer. Marnie highlighted the strong sense of community and pride Kiniya has today as camp openly talks about its history and where Kiniya is headed. Kiniya’s delivery, schedule and thorough content for pre-season training were the best ever. Marnie expressed some concern for Leader burn out due to the tremendous college stress placed on the Leaders. Matt expressed the amazing time that the camp boys had this summer and how helpful it was to have more senior staff around to step-in. Dudley did not go to the Westport Fair because this was the best thing for the campers and notified the Town well in-advance. In its place, Dudley had its own Dudley fair on campus.

The escaped convicts created some excitement at the beginning of the summer and Camp had to be flexible with implementing plans. Hikes went out, but campers came to Stacy Brook for the evenings. This gave campers an outdoor experience, but in a safer environment. The very good working relationship that each Camp has with the local police was a huge asset in assessing the risk level with the escaped convicts. Matt and Marnie had a strategy with resources in place and worked to keep the staff and leaders on task without unnecessary fear and drama.

The food service at each Camp is the best ever and the food budget is supporting the local community.   Each kitchen works with the hike-hut to provide food for hikers and re-balance the food needs in the dining hall to avoid waste. Kiniya is also dehydrating food to be used on the hikes. Both Camps continue to experience an increased need for special foods and diets. The farm-to-plate majors continue to be a big hit.

Kiniya had a visit from the Vermont Department of Health (“VDOH”) on opening day and Dudley had an extensive American Camping Accreditation (“ACA”) visit this year. Both went well.

The NOLS, Germany and Spain trips were a huge success.

The Board acknowledged Fred’s 18th summer at Dudley. There were not many surprises with respect to the financials and balance sheets, although the change in fiscal year for each Camp has created some challenges. Any unexpected capital expenses were able to be offset by other budgeted cost savings. The Investment Committee is looking to review and update Camp’s investment policy.

The CDA gave a report about the CDA weekend, which had a record number of people attending. The CDA is looking to develop four initiatives that focus on the four pillars of the CDA – fundraising, recruiting, social gathering, and ongoing life-long service. The following are the four initiatives discussed: (1) to create two local chapters in two communities; (2) on the day of the Leadership Lunch to create a national and international way for the entire Dudley community to connect (e.g., a day of service); (3) to create a service pool to see how alumnae can get engaged; and (4) to create more a formal mentoring process for Leaders.

Peter Groves will be the new assistant CDA officer for 2016.

The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Health, Risk Management and Safety Committee reported on their on-campus visits to review the policies and procedures in place at each Camp. Each concluded that each Camp has appropriate risk-mitigation plans in place that work.

The Plant & Property Committee reported on the ongoing plans for the Master Site Plan for Kiniya, which has been adjusted, based on feedback from the Committee, and the architect plans for the Dudley Barn.

Dave Langston discussed the new development initiatives this year, including the Leader Campaign that honored 286 of our very own in 24-hours, and Willie Week that connected Camp to an amazing number of people (33,000 photo links).

 The Program Committee also reported to the Board, including on the structures in place to ensure each camper is experiencing the four pillars. Evan and Kat each discussed the daily and weekly schedules for a camper on each respective side of the lake.

Charitable Giving – A Structured Approach (Extended Article)

Brendan • 4 years ago • Uncategorized


Charitable Giving, A Structured Approach

By Claire Costello, David Ratcliffe, and Ramsay Slugg

Individuals who are committed to philanthropy are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the organizations and causes they support. Structuring their giving — by using a donor-advised fund, private foundation or charitable trust — can help them enhance that impact. Moreover, compared with direct giving, the use of one or more vehicles correlates with greater personal satisfaction and results in higher giving levels.

Donors give strategically

Today’s dedicated donors are using charitable giving vehicles as part of a more deliberate and intentional charitable strategy that better allows them to integrate their giving with their broader wealth management strategy. The 2014 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy indicates that the use of charitable giving vehicles is on the rise. Research found that more than half of wealthy donors use or plan to use a charitable trust, private foundation or donor-advised fund to make their gifts.

Structured charitable giving benefits both donors and recipients. Giving in a structured way allows donors to make charitable decisions proactively, rather than reacting to individual appeals. Structured giving may target specific organizations, focus on specific needs, or both. The use of charitable giving vehicles may also allow donors to better monitor the impact of their giving over time while seeking to maximize tax and financial benefits.

Moreover, charitable giving vehicles offer the opportunity to involve children and grandchildren in the charitable gifting or granting process. By structuring giving, families can help build and enhance a family legacy of philanthropy, allowing donors to pass along values along with their assets to younger generations.

Structured giving offers a landscape of solutions

Donors may structure their charitable giving with as much or as little complexity and control as they choose. While direct charitable giving may have the advantage of simplicity as compared to the use of charitable giving vehicles, structured giving may also provide distinct advantages. Many donors find that a combination of approaches is needed to help meet their philanthropic and financial goals.

Selecting the giving vehicle that is appropriate for a particular individual or family depends on many factors, including family culture and traditions, tax structure, income needs, whether they monitor their giving and assess their impact, and the type of assets being donated.

Three broad categories of charitable giving vehicles:

1. Indirect Charitable Giving Vehicle

With indirect charitable giving, the donor gives assets to a charitable entity, such as a private foundation or donor-advised fund, which in turn makes charitable grants to operating charities.

2. Split-interest Charitable Trust

Assets donated to a trust are used to benefit both the donor and the charity.

3. Institutional Giving

Many nonprofits offer their own charitable giving vehicles that may provide income to donors or their beneficiaries, as well as benefit the charity.

Indirect Charitable Giving

Donor-Advised Fund

Individuals and families who are looking for a simple giving vehicle may find a donor-advised fund (DAF) appropriate for their giving needs. A DAF is a nonprofit organization established with community foundations, certain financial services providers or other charitable organizations. The donor gifts cash, securities or other assets to the DAF and then receives an income tax charitable deduction for the current year.

With the gift, the donor establishes an account in the DAF that can be named as the donor wishes. This offers the opportunity to include family members in charitable giving. The account is managed by an investment professional who seeks to grow the assets. Returns on the investment can further enhance the value of the gift to charity.

The DAF makes grants to charities based on the donor’s recommendations. All grants must be approved by the sponsoring organization of the DAF. Grants can be made at any time, and there are no annual distribution requirements, as there are with private foundations.

In addition, granting can be done anonymously to protect the donor’s privacy, a benefit not fully afforded in other giving vehicles. DAFs may be established with community foundations, certain financial services providers, or other charitable organizations that sponsor them.

Private Foundation

Those who intend to donate significant amounts while creating a charitable giving program for future generations may wish to consider a private foundation. Foundations are nonprofit legal entities that make charitable grants. The donor retains full decision-making authority over granting.

Private foundations involve costs to establish, and their grant making activity is a matter of public record. Generally, 5% of a foundation’s assets must be granted each year. In addition, foundations are required to file tax returns and pay an excise tax of up to 2% of net investment income.

The donor receives an income tax charitable deduction for assets that are contributed to the foundation. The assets are typically invested to generate additional funds for future grants. The donor has the flexibility to choose how the investments are managed.

Key questions to consider when choosing an indirect charitable giving vehicle:

  • Are you interested in formalizing your legacy?
  • Would you like to create a forum for engaging family members?
  • Would you like to establish or continue family traditions?
  • How much control do you want to have over investments
  • and grant-making?
  • How costly — both in terms of time and money — is it to establish and maintain the vehicle?
  • Are there required annual distributions?
  • Can you give anonymously?

Structured giving offers a landscape of solutions

Donors may structure their charitable giving with as much or as little complexity and control as they choose. While direct charitable giving may have the advantage of simplicity as compared to the use of charitable giving vehicles, structured giving may also provide distinct advantages. Many donors find that a combination of approaches is needed to help meet their philanthropic and financial goals.

Selecting the giving vehicle that is appropriate for a particular individual or family depends on many factors, including family culture and traditions, tax structure, income needs, whether they monitor their giving and assess their impact, and the type of assets being donated.

Structured giving through a split-interest charitable trust

Charitable Remainder Trust

Donors who wish to generate income from an asset while ultimately gifting it to charity can establish a charitable remainder trust (CRT). This type of structured giving vehicle is particularly advantageous for highly appreciated assets. The donor contributes the asset to an irrevocable trust — one in which the terms of the trust cannot be amended or revised until the terms or purposes of the trust have been completed — and names the charity or charities that will ultimately benefit. The donor can claim an immediate income tax charitable deduction for the value that will ultimately pass to charity, and can defer the payment of capital gains taxes on the appreciation. The donor or other beneficiary receives specified distributions from the trust, either for a specific number of years or for their lifetime. At the end of that term or the beneficiary’s life, the remaining assets pass to the charity that the donor has named.

Charitable Lead Trust

Donors who wish to provide income to charity while ultimately transferring assets to younger generations can establish a charitable lead trust (CLT). Depending on how the trust is structured, the donor may be able to remove income and future appreciation on an asset from his or her estate without permanently relinquishing management of the asset. A donor contributes assets to an irrevocable trust and, depending on the structure of the trust, may be entitled to an income tax charitable deduction. For a set term of years, or the duration of the donor or other beneficiary’s life, the trust pays an annual amount to one or more charities named by the donor. At the end of the payment term, the remaining assets will pass to the donor’s beneficiaries, typically their children or grandchildren.

Key questions to consider when choosing a split-interest charitable trust:

  • Who do you want to receive the income during the term of the trust?
  • Who do you want to receive the asset at the termination of the trust or the donor’s death?
  • Are contributions tax-deductible?

Structured Endowment

A donor giving to an institutional endowment may or may not restrict its use. This is an outright gift to a charitable organization for which the donor receives an income tax charitable deduction. The donor retains control by placing restrictions on when and for what purposes the funds may be used.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Some charitable organizations offer a source of income for donors through a charitable gift annuity. This is a contractual agreement between the donor and the institution in which the donor contributes assets and the charity promises to pay a lifetime annuity to the donor or another individual of the donor’s choosing.

The amount paid through a charitable gift annuity is typically less than what can be expected from a commercial annuity, because a portion of the amount contributed ultimately goes to charity. However, by making a gift, the donor receives both an income and estate tax charitable deduction. The charitable annuity also allows the donor to reduce the size of his or her taxable estate.

Pooled Income Fund

Another way for donors to access income is through a pooled income fund. These are funds run by nonprofit organizations, in which donors’ contributions are pooled and invested together. Income from the fund is distributed to each participant according to his or her share of the fund. Upon the death of the income participant, the remaining assets are retained by the designated nonprofit organization.

Key questions to consider when giving through a charitable organization:

  • How much control do you want to have over how your gift is used?
  • How much income do you want your gift to generate?
  • Are you sure of your long-term commitment to the particular organization?

Direct giving: advantages and considerations

Most people give directly, without the use of a giving vehicle, to the organizations and causes they wish to support. This approach is straightforward and uncomplicated. Donors receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction, they are not committed to make repeat gifts, and they can give as quickly as they can write a check or transfer stock. Often, however, direct giving is reactive rather than proactive. And if the direct giving is solely based on solicitation, donors may not feel as connected to the recipients of their gifts as more consistent supporters do. As donors become more focused in their philanthropy, they may wish to make a longer-term impact on a particular issue. And as the complexity of a donor’s financial situation evolves, it may make sense to consider more structured ways to give.

Choose the right team and the right approach

By moving from direct giving to structured giving, you can provide more consistent and meaningful support to the organizations you care about. Structured giving offers greater personal satisfaction by deepening your connection to the causes you value. Taking a strategic approach allows you to integrate giving into your overall wealth management and estate strategy.

Other potential benefits of structured giving include:

  • Creating a legacy of charitable giving by involving your family in your philanthropic efforts.
  • Donating appreciated securities may help you minimize capital gains taxes and help reduce the risk of holding a concentrated stock position.
  • Philanthropic planning may reduce the size of your estate and the resulting estate tax liability.

Various giving vehicles might be appropriate, from the simple to the complex, with various levels of control.

About the authors

Claire Costello is National Philanthropic Practice Executive of Philanthropic Solutions, U.S. Trust

David Ratcliffe is Managing Director, Philanthropic Solutions, U.S. Trust

Ramsay Slugg is Managing Director,Wealth Planning Solutions, U.S. Trust

Thanks to Merrill Lynch, Bank America Corporation, for allowing us to share this article with you.

#8665 Dr. Mike McCutcheon – CDA Man of the Year

Brendan • 4 years ago • Announcements

Presented by #13820 Marcus Chioffi

Still one of the greatest privileges of being involved with leading the Camp Dudley Association is the deliberation and selection of our highest honor, The Person of the Year Award.  This award first given in 1959, has been awarded annually to a member or members of our community for their lifelong achievement and commitment to Camp Dudley, the other fellow first and our mission and ideals.  This is our highest honor many of the past recipients are here with us tonight.

I can personally attest to the fact that this year’s honoree is truly worthy of this award.  He has a wonderful self-effacing sense of humor, his generous spirit and one who takes the other fellow first quite seriously.  His huge smile which is only dwarfed by his even bigger hugs, laugh and voice.  I have been blessed to call him my friend for over 20 years.  It is my distinct honor and privilege on behalf of the Camp Dudley Alumni Association to award for his service and lifelong commitment to Camp Dudley the 2015 Man of the Year, Mike McCutcheon.

Sundays at Camp Dudley

Brendan • 5 years ago • Alumni | Blogs | Dudley Blog


I swear it was the sunniest day of the summer. The skies were bright blue, the lake was calm, and there were smiles on the faces of everybody I chatted with. It was just about time for Sunday Chapel services at camp and I was a first-timer.

If you have never experienced a Sunday at Dudley, I highly recommend doing so. Of my four summers at Dudley, I had yet to experience one and I will now shame myself for never attending these festivities.

It amazed me how small camp looked from the top of the Chapel steps. It was like a big extended family, comfortable squished into the stunning evergreen tree-lined grove.

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The Gospel Choir was absolutely beautiful, between their group songs, solo pieces, and guitar number performed by Pete O’Brien.

James Mayo, lead from the piano seat, keeping the energy high and the audience engaged, while #21982 Dom Walker started out the Gospel songs on a lovely strong note.

The readings chosen were equally inspiring and it was nice to see the campers present these passages separately or alongside their cabin mates.

When the audience was invited to join in the singing the whole area was filled with the joyous voices of this family, and it brought a smile to my own face to see everybody so engaged and to know I was a part of it.


Director, Matt Storey, made an inspiring introduction speech where he told campers and leadership alike to “make the most of it,” meaning their last week, and to “find something you have not done yet at camp” and do it.

Storey finished his speech by advising us all to remain, “loud and proud!”

This was followed by thunderous applause and excited YOHA’s thrown in the air.


The main speaker of the service though was, Father Mark Connell, who had last spoken in 2011. Connell started out his speech by pulling the audience in. “I am looking at our nation’s future leaders, filled with hope,” he said of the campers.

Connell went on to tell a story in which he incorporated eye color, saying that for the last week of camp green-eyed people could not swim, blue-eyes could not have dinner, and brown-eyes had to go home today.

The point of this? It’s “kind of silly to think of ourselves by one characteristic of who we are,” Connell announced, bringing his fake experiment full circle.

“We like as people, to put people in categories,” he continued. “We do it in every aspect of our lives.”

Connell advised us to “seek for yourself what is your greatness” and take down those walls we have built up against one another for this last week of camp.

Overall, Chapel was a magical place that left everybody, myself included, engaged until the final song had ended and the audience dispersed into the beautiful day.


Later that night I ventured back to camp, my younger sister in tow. We were attending another Sunday Dudley tradition, Hymn Sing.

Walking into Witherbee Hall Sunday night the first thing I felt was the energy apparent as all the campers and leaders filed in and sat around and atop the stage, screaming and pumping one another up for the event.

It was growing darker outside, but the liveliness of Witherbee made it feel like the sunniest day at camp had not quite ended yet.

At 8:00 p.m. sharp, piano-fanatic, James Mayo started right in with the Hymns, keeping the energy high with his joyful prompts of, “Verse two!”

I was amazed at how many of the campers knew the hymns without looking at the lyrics, and had simply left their books on the ground beside them.

There was one hymn that brought everybody to their feet immediately and I wondered if there was a place in this world that had more spirit?

I definitely knew the answer was no there was not. There was something about singing in a big group in a small area that brought a smile to my face as I sang and clapped louder to the words of the hymns.

As the night came to a close and the hymns got sadder and more emotional I saw the truth in Mayo’s earlier words, “it just baffles me how fast this summer has flown by, some days I wish camp could last forever.”

I definitely could not agree more. As this summer comes to a close I want to thank you all for reading, and especially thank the Dudley staff, leaders, campers, etc. for this opportunity. It has truly been the best summer yet. YOHA!

By #22835 Alexa Mitchell

Dudley Parents Weekend!

Brendan • 5 years ago • Announcements

Please join us for Parents’ Weekend. Here’s what you can expect at both the 1st Session and 2nd Session Parents’ Weekends at Camp Dudley…



2:00 – 3:00 PM – Parents park at the upper fields and walk down to meet their son(s) on Main Campus

3:00 – 4:30 PM – Parents watch their son(s) participate in divisional team games at various sites on campus

4:30 – 5:30 PM – Cub & Plebe and Junior & Senior choruses perform along with the camp jazz band, The Rhythm Ramblers at the Middlebury Outdoor Pavilion.

5:30 PM – Cannon and Flag Lowering

5:30 – 6:30 PM – Parents join campers for a picnic on Main Campus and listen to a musical performance at the Middlebury Outdoor Pavilion. Food will be provided for all campers and families.

6:30 – 7:45 PM – Parents join campers for Hymn Sing in Witherbee Hall

8:00 PM – Parents depart for the evening


9:00 AM – Parents begin arriving at the Upper Fields parking lot and walk directly to Chapel. Parents will not be permitted on Main Campus at this time

10:00 AM – Chapel Service

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Departure. You may have to wait as we filter cars onto and off of Main Campus. Thank you in advance for your patience and good humor. There will be water and coffee available at the Upper Fields while you wait.

Rock Climbing at Camp Kiniya

Brendan • 5 years ago • Blogs


During the three and a half week session, girls in the rock climbing major learn climbing skills on the man-made rock wall by the high ropes course on campus. Outdoor staff, Paul and Kaylee, teach the girls climbing routes, safety skills, different knots and how to improve their overall climbing techniques. The senior major girls learn how to belay and end up practicing their new skills by belaying each other as well!


This session’s rock climbing trips were overnights to provide more actual climbing time for the girls. The juniors went to the Falls of Lana while the seniors tried out the cliffs in Bolton. The exposure to the elements, taller rock faces, other climbers and the overall atmosphere can make outdoors rock climbing an entire different experience and challenge. Instead of easy-to-spot handholds, the girls must be patient, dig in, and look more carefully for nooks and crannies to grab onto. They rose to the challenge.

By #23621 Elaine Ezerins

Spotlight on Witherbee Hall

Brendan • 5 years ago • Blogs


Walking up the wooden steps, the first things I noticed were the many lacrosse sticks propped up in a row along the walls, the dozens of soccer cleats strewn below them, and the plethora of multi-colored socks tossed haphazardly throughout the walkway.

As I moved along the wraparound deck, the first things I heard were the joyous tunes of campers as they rehearsed this week’s gospel songs, the nearby strumming of a guitar, and the daily chatter of all types of people, who met in ADK chairs and called out updates as they spotted one another.

Witherbee Hall, aka WeeBee, was already a-buzz this Wednesday morning, and it was barely 9:30 a.m.

“Oh, Blimey!” Diana George, who is entering her third consecutive summer at Dudley (10 summers overall) laughed when I asked her to tell me all about what happens here at WeeBee.


Wednesday Night Show Craziness

First, George talked to me about the famous Wednesday Night Show.

It’s a more “more fun skit night,” George said. “It’s not rehearsed and is more about the kids having fun.”

The Wednesday Night Show includes these hilarious skits from campers, leaders, and staff alike, as well as also a fantastic slide show that highlights the week past.

Next, George compared this to the equally anticipated Saturday Night Show, which is “more serious and intense” because the kids have been rehearsing all week long, George continued.

“It’s more like you’re really going to a theatre,” George laughed as she looked back on this past Saturday night performance of, “Dannie.”

As director of this male version of “Annie” play, George proudly proclaimed to me that she was, “very proud of the kids teamwork,” as she continued rehearsals throughout the past week.


Cast photo with Diana George at center

“It just amazes me how the kids all come together,” George remarked as she continued to reflect back on the performance, which had only allowed for ten complete hours of rehearsal time.

They “bring the stories to life,” she finished.

When asked to describe the backstage scene after the performance was over, George smiled and told me shouts of ‘O. M. G. that was so awesome!’ could be heard from the cast, as they passed around high fives and hugs.

In addition to these spectacular plays, WeeBee staff are in charge of the Sunday Hymn sing. Headed by James Mayo, the Gospel Choir puts on a “beautiful and pretty special afternoon performance,” George commented.


The Rhythm Ramblers

WeeBee also includes Pete Mauriano’s instrumental group, The Ramblers, a group of campers who have chosen majors in theatre, set design, etc., and campers who just want to sit on the deck and play guitar.

WeeBee is a “pretty magical place,” George mentioned with a longing smile. In that moment, I could tell how much she truly loved it.

It’s “one of the few places every week that everybody at camp gets to see your work,” George said as she set into a brief description of all the players involved in making sure that everything gets done in a timely fashion.

George pointed out the above named, as well as the maintenance crew who help build sets, Sophie Titterton and the Brody crew who make the sets come to life, the phenomenal directors who create entertaining plays each week, Mark Davenport, who as Director of the Arts oversees it all, and above all the campers, who at the end of the day are the ones this is truly all for.

“As you can see there are tons of things going on at the same time,” George finished, knowing she had only named a portion of those involved.

What’s up next for WeeBee you ask? Director Nick and campers will finish up working on, “The Little Prince” and then Chris Ramirez has, “The Lion King” in the works for change over.

George’s last remarks were that she really “wouldn’t want to work anywhere else,” and after today I knew this to be true.

By #22835 Alexa Mitchell

A look into Swim Point at Camp Dudley

Brendan • 5 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog


“Dude, I love this place,” was one of the first things I heard this past Tuesday morning as I meandered down to Swim Point. I smiled and silently agreed; I loved this place too.

As I continued down to the Point that morning, the oddly welcoming smell of dead fish filled the air and I could hear “Big” Joe Maiurano’s bellowing laughter as he told some joke that he continue to tell each new swimmer he came across all day long. Today’s joke involved a snorkeler named “A Net.”

"Big Joe" with Lauren

“Big Joe” with Lauren

Big Joe and his wife, Dawn Maiurano have both worked at Dudley for twenty five plus years. “She’s the mastermind, I just fix things,” Big Joe once remarked to me. He continued to explain that before they ran Swim Point strictly, he had coached and refereed baseball games, as well as run the Boathouse.

“We helped bring back the waterfront,” Big Joe reminisced as he discussed how events like snorkeling and water polo were still recent additions to the Point’s activity list.

Nowadays though, the Maiurano’s are firmly Swim Point’s headers. Open for snorkeling majors, swim meets, water polo matches, and choice time every day of the camp week.

In addition to Joe and Dawn their son, Peter Maiurano, a Witherbee Theatre Hall native, makes an appearance at the Point this summer, alongside his wife, Lauren Widing Maiurano. “I absolutely love it,” Widing said about the Point. Previously, Widing had been the head of arts and crafts at Brody. “It was time for a change,” she finished.

Speaking of change, Rob “Crowbar” Crowe, a previous assistant leader last summer, has traded in his clipboard for a snorkel and joined the Point staff full-time this summer, as well. “I like hearing good responses from the kids,” he mentioned to me one afternoon. “I like knowing that they’re having the best time possible.”

Swim Point silliness with Cat and Joe

Swim Point silliness with Cat and Joe

In addition to Crowbar, me, and the Maiurano’s, Catherine McCutcheon takes on her fifth summer, while Willa McKinley enters her fourth summer at the Point. “We get to interact with every age group,” McKinley said of why she enjoys working at the Point. “Everybody comes swimming, from regular swim team boys to non-swimmers; we get to know them all.”

McKinley went on to explain that if you are involved strictly with coaching basketball you will only ever get to know the basketball players at camp or if you only ref tennis, you will only ever see those boys that are interested in playing tennis at camp. Meanwhile at the Point, we get to meet all types of campers, because everybody will eventually come down to cool off in the lake, and that is what makes our job on the waterfront “so much fun and rewarding,” she finished.


Alexa down at the Point

As a Westport, N.Y. native myself, I had spent the first eighteen years of my life growing up alongside Lake Champlain, before venturing off to St. Lawrence University three years ago. Therefore, I had known about Dudley and lived a quick five minute drive from it all my life. Yet, I had not known the true magic of camp until four summers ago when I accepted the opportunity to join the Swim Point team. Now here I am starting my fourth summer and making the familiar trek I know all too well down to the Point, and I can definitely agree, after talking with my fellow coworkers, that the Point is one of the most special places at camp.

Come on down, the waters fine!

By #22835 Alexa Mitchell
Photos by #22008 Willa McKinley and #18801 Drew Rider

We’re very lucky to have Alexa Mitchell writing our Dudley Blogs for us this summer. You can look forward to much more in the coming weeks! 

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