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The Charlie Gillis Memorial Climbing Tower

mstorey • 1 month ago • Announcements | Blogs | Dudley Blog

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.”

A young Rev. Bill Harper with Charlie on a the senior climbing trip

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.

Charlie on his NOLS trip to Wyoming in 2012

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 determined young Charlie Gillis

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. 

The Charlie Gillis Climbing Tower will be similar to the tower at Camp Kiniya.

 


Mourning #20804 Charlie Gillis

mstorey • 2 months ago • Alumni | Announcements

Charlie and me after Chapel during his Junior summer

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.

Matt

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

– #spendingmoretimeoutdoors

– #livingalittlelarger, #lovingalittlestronger, #relaxingjustabitmore



February 2018 Meeting Notes

mstorey • 6 months ago • Announcements

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


Summer 2018 Dudley Staff Openings

egeorge • 8 months ago • Announcements | Blogs | Dudley Blog | Uncategorized

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…

  • Security
  • Theater Tech
  • Lifeguards
  • 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
Camp Dudley
[email protected]


August 2017 Meeting Notes

mstorey • 11 months ago • Announcements

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.

New Building Dedications Bookend 2017 Summer

Brendan • 1 year ago • Alumni | Announcements | Blogs

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!

Coleman Dining Hall

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.

Henry S. Poler Leadership Barn

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.


2017 Dudley Job Openings

egeorge • 2 years ago • Announcements | Dudley Blog | Uncategorized

2017 Job Openings at Dudley

Each summer, Camp Dudley employs approximately 150 Program, Kitchen, and Maintenance Staff who work to produce an incredible camp experience for the campers. Hiring needs change from year-to-year and currently Camp Dudley is seeking individuals for the following positions…

Climbing Instructor: We’re looking for an experienced climber to run our indoor and outdoor rock climbing program. This includes leading trips to Adirondacks crags and supporting Camp Dudley’s Outdoor programming. Read the full job description.

Arts & Crafts Instructor: Interested in teaching art in an outdoor setting? We have openings in our Arts & Crafts program teaching various mediums. Arts & Crafts instructors typically lead classes in drawing and painting, printing, and ceramics, but there is room to incorporate new programming and teaching new skills. Read the full job description.

Tennis Instructor: Take the lead in one of our most popular program areas. We’re looking for an experienced tennis instructor to teach tennis at various levels to boys 10 – 14 years old. In addition, the tennis instructor will work with the rest of our Athletics Program team and work in other areas as well. Read the full job description here.

Maintenance: Work with our skilled Maintenance crew to keep campus safe and clean. This position offers an opportunity to work hard outside and be a part of a fun and dynamic team. Read the full job description here.

Food Service: Join a fast paced work environment filled with lots of opportunity for leadership and management experience. Our Food Service team works hard everyday to deliver 3 meals a day to the over 500 people on campus. In addition, the Dudley Food Service program works with local farmers to source as much of our food as possible from the immediate area and also strives to minimize waste by executing a high standard composting and recycling program. Read the full job description here.


We’re hitting the road!

Brendan • 2 years ago • Announcements

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One of our greatest off-season traditions is our annual Open House Tour. Each fall and winter our two directors, Matt & Marnie, visit cities and towns all across the country (and world) to present at these wonderful events.

For more information and to RSVP click HERE



2016 Summer Staff Jobs

Brendan • 3 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]


2015 Open House Video

Brendan • 3 years ago • Announcements

Check out our 2015 Open House Video. Please SHARE this page with someone that you think would love Camp!

2015 Opening Day Video                        Featured Saturday Night Show

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2015 Sunday Chapel Video                     Featured Camper Produced Video

 



August 2015 Board Meeting Notes

mstorey • 3 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.


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

Brendan • 3 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.



Dudley Parents Weekend!

Brendan • 3 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…

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Saturday

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

Sunday

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.





The Board of Trustees Releases the Strategic Vision for the Future

mstorey • 3 years ago • Announcements
The 2015 Board of Trustees at a recent meeting in Westport

The 2015 Board of Trustees at a recent meeting in Westport

At their May meeting in Westport, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the final draft of 2020 Vision – Camp Dudley, Inc. – Strategic Vision for the Future.

“As the governing body of both camps, we have undertaken this review of our long-term vision to assess the Camps’ operations and determine the Camps’ future direction. This review includes the physical facilities and the properties on which those facilities sit, as well as the programs, the leadership, the governance, operational direction, and the financial structure to support our initiatives. With our steadfast attention to these goals and objectives, the Dudley spirit will continue to thrive and we will be able to provide life-changing experiences in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment that promotes physical, spiritual, and emotional development for both boys and girls.”

Click here to read the full version of the plan. 2015 Strategic Vision Statement

 





2015 New Year’s Announcement

• 4 years ago • Announcements

Dear Members of the Dudley Family,

As we kick off the New Year, we wanted to update you on a few exciting developments that will have a lasting impact on Dudley and Kiniya.

The summer of 2014 was a very successful one on both sides of the Lake, marked by two new noteworthy campus structures: an Outdoor Challenge Course at Kiniya and the Middlebury Pavilion at Dudley. Now, after meeting prospective campers at nearly 30 Open Houses — and as applications for camper and leadership spots begin to roll in — we can boast that interest in Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya has never been greater. As our unflappable office staff processes the many generous year-end gifts, we can count amongst our blessings an excellent year on the development front, as well.

Looking ahead to the summer of 2015, we plan to keep this momentum going. This spring, we will send 12 of our year-round staff members on a NOLS Leadership Trip, further bolstering the leadership skills of this critical core team. Building upon the popularity and success of our 54-year- old German Exchange program, we will be testing the waters with an exchange program to Spain. Finally, preparations are already underway to celebrate our 10th Anniversary summer at Kiniya!

To be sure, there is still much work to be done as we look towards the future, but we are confident that the outlook is bright.

We are in the final stages of a comprehensive strategic planning exercise that will help guide our Camps for the balance of this decade. Drawing on invaluable survey responses from hundreds of alumni and parents, a committee of the Board of Trustees has been crafting a new strategic plan, an undertaking that has been incredibly thorough and enlightening to all involved. In the fall of 2014, we presented our current findings to the Chairman’s Council, a group of past Board Chairs who gathered for a working weekend at West Point. With this group’s valuable input we are putting the finishing touches on a Strategic Vision Statement that will be shared with all of you in a few months time.

We have successfully formed the not-for-profit Camp Dudley Foundation (CDF) which will allow us to focus on long-term growth and the preservation of the Camps’ financial assets. The Foundation has its own separate Board of Directors, led by Chair #11889 Dwight Poler, that will provide oversight of our Camps’ endowment and look to support long-term capital needs so that future generations can thrive. The CDF will complement and financially support the important work of our Camps’ main operating Board (the Camp Dudley Board of Trustees) which is led by Chair #10643 Matt Quigley.

After five years of respectful discussion with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) — focused on resolving the fundamental conflict between the Y’s desire to assert control over the use and prominence of their brand and standards and our desire to remain independent — we have agreed that our Camps will separate from the Y. In a letter jointly drafted with the Camp Dudley Board of Trustees, Y-USA has communicated this news to the other Y Camps, effective January 1, 2015. Dudley first formally established its independence from the YMCA in 1968 (then with the New York YMCA), and this current step with Y-USA is a reaffirmation of what took place nearly 50 years ago. We are proud of our Y heritage and remain very supportive of the Y’s mission. Our independent non-profit Camps — Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya — will continue to focus on delivering life-changing experiences for boys and girls that are true to our motto, mission, core values, programs and traditions.

We have a tremendously loyal alumni base who support the Camps’ Motto and Mission so that we can provide the most meaningful experience for our campers each summer. As an additional way to keep our alumni connected, we will be launching our own Camp Dudley Alumni App, powered by EverTrue, later this month. This powerful alumni networking tool will allow Alums to have access to our alumni directory anytime, anywhere from their smartphones. It is being rolled out at many colleges, universities and private schools, and we are one of the first camps to be offering this to its alumni. More to come online at www.campdudley.com/alumni.

We thank you for your ongoing support of all that we do and we hope to see you in Westport or Colchester this summer, if not before! Should you wish to discuss any of these developments – or any other matters of importance to you regarding our two Camps – please contact any one of us via our email addresses listed below.

We wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2015!

Respectfully,

Matt Storey, #13804
Director, Camp Dudley

Marnie McDonagh, #20001
Director, Camp Kiniya

Matt Quigley, #10643
Chairman, Camp Dudley Board of Trustees

Dwight Poler, #11889
Chairman, Camp Dudley Foundation



Now the bidding’s over!

• 4 years ago • Announcements

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The Camp Dudley Online Auction

Thank you to all the donors and bidders who made our 3rd Annual Online Auction a success! A special congratulations to our winners! Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Every bid was important and made a difference to our final success. Together donors, registered bidders and winners (almost 500 strong) generated more than $44,000 to support the Annual Fund of our Camps! Thank you!


Camp Dudley Online Auction Goes Live 8/23 @ 8PM

• 4 years ago • Announcements

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The bidding starts August 23rd at 8pm and runs through 8pm September 10th. Bid early and bid often! Here’s a few things we have lined up:

  • Golf at Sankaty Head Golf Course with lodging on Nantucket Island
  • Two day, mid-week ski package at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, NY
  • Giclee print of Bruce Mitchell’s painting “The Wolf Jaws from the Ausable River
  • Weekend get-away at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid
  • Ice Skating birthday party at Ameri-Can North Sports Center, Plattsburgh  
  • Winter week skiing adventure at Steamboat Springs 
  • One week get-away of the tropical Island of Culebra
  • North Country dining and lodging packages
  • One week of summer fun at Steamboat Springs
  • Guided fly fishing trip on prime Adirondack trout streams
  • Andrew Weibrecht autographed US Olympic Gear (complete with his camp number)
  • Private cruise on beautiful Lake Placid
  • Camp Kiniya Challenge Course Birthday package
  • “Staycation” package in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

Join the summer fun!  We’d love to add your very special gift to this year’s auction.  Please contact Dawn Gay ([email protected] or 518-962-4720) to make your offer or use the form below.  Thank you.



Opening Day Video, Pictures and more!

• 4 years ago • Announcements

What an incredible first few days we’ve had at Dudley and Kiniya! Here are some important links for you as we go on with the summer regarding all things photo/video.

We will be uploading pictures from both camps every FRIDAY afternoon. We will also periodically update YouTube page with some fun videos throughout the summer as well.

To get an inside look at the daily happenings at Camp we suggest that you follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.

Camp Dudley Pictures
Camp Kiniya Pictures
Camp Dudley/Kiniya YouTube
Camp Dudley Facebook
Camp Dudley/Kiniya Instagram

 

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