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CDA Reunion 2013

• 6 years ago • Alumni | Blogs | Dudley Blog

Around 300 people made the trip north to attend this past weekend’s CDA Reunion! The three day event was full of activities ranging from hikes in the ADK’s to a greased watermelon contest down at Swim Point.

After a jam packed Saturday full of fun, the group made its way into Witherbee Hall to celebrate the CDA Man of the Year award given to #6102 Cab Woodward. Thanks to some kind words provided by Cab’s pals, #6581 Berkeley Johnson and #7927 Jonathan Clark, the Dudley audience was treated to some great stories and reflections on their friend. After the ceremony we were led in a hymn sing by James Mayo!

On Sunday, we celebrated the life of #16000 Lois Schmidt at the Camp Dudley Chapel. To view the service in it’s entirety please click here.

Thanks to all of you that came out and made this such a memorable weekend!

To view a photo gallery from the weekend please click here

Final Week of Camp

• 6 years ago • Dudley Blog | Uncategorized

We have had an amazing final week here at Camp Dudley. The boys are in amazing spirits and no one can believe that it is almost over! We had the first ever Outdoor Hymn Sing last night with James Mayo under the most amazing Dudley Dome. Today we wrap up regular activities and will have our Final Banquet on main campus followed by All Camp Council Ring under the stars. Boys are having a ball and enjoying every last minute. Thanks to all for sharing your boys with us! To see more of the action, see our Week 8 Photos.


Spectacular day for a sail on Lake Champlain


James Mayo leads the first ever Outdoor Hymn Sing on Main Campus under the Dudley Dome!


Week 7 Photos are Live!

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog | Kiniya Blog

Check out all of the week 7 photos here!


Dudley Spotlight: Witherbee Hall

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog | Uncategorized

hobbit dress 5It has been an exciting start to second half in the Hawl.  We kicked off the first Saturday Night show with an abridged version of The Hobbit directed by Wendy Higgins, with an all star cast.  Witherbee was transformed in to a series of caves, mountain ledges and Smaug’s treasure hoard in Lonely Mountain as Biblo and the Dwarves shared their adventure with the audience.

One Wednesday that were Cabin dance parties, a Martial Arts presentation, and a beautiful rendition of Radiohead’s Karma Police by visiting staff, Sluke among many other talents that graced the stage that evening.

Last Saturday night in the Hawl was one of perfection.  Diana McGuigan George directed A Christmas Carol, that filled the hawl with special effects, snow machines, expert lighting, exquisite acting, ghosts of Christmas past present and future, and Scrooge.  Campers left the Hawl highly entertained as well as ecstatic and ready for the holiday themed Hymn sing the following night. Check out the full performance in the video below!

This week, we are gearing up for the Biggish Show, Written and Directed by Bridget and Mark Davenport, Music written by Alexei Carstenson “Coool Feever”
Next week we end the summer with Mellowfest, Hosted by the Junior division and Matinee of the Arts for Parents weekend.
By Wendy Higgins, Witherbee Hall Department Head

Sustainability at Camp Dudley

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog | Uncategorized
Sustainability Flyer

The new Sustainability Flyer that hangs on every cabin wall.

7:33 Cannon and Flag, waiters report to Beckman
7:50 Breakfast Bell
8:00 Chapel Talk and Breakfast
8:30 Inspection.

Spin the work wheel, crank up the tunes, listen to your Aide- its time for morning chores. For the 15 minutes after breakfast and before morning activities, every camper, from cubbie to senior, makes their beds, tidies their closet and pitches in to clean the cabin. While inspection is by no means the highlight of any campers’ day, and probably has never been the subject of a postcard home to mom and dad, it is deeply ingrained in the culture. It is simply, to the campers, a thing we do.

This summer there is an additional chore on the work wheel. The campers in charge of taking out the trash are also in charge of taking out the co-mingled recycling to the recycling receptacles the divisional area. Campers don’t have any trouble wrapping their heads around this task. In fact, our rate of contamination (% of items in recycling that don’t belong there) is already far lower than most public recycling facilities anywhere in the county. The campers are on board. Furthermore, in several cabins such as Adirondack Lodge, campers have chosen to go Zero Waste. This means no more taking out the cabin trash… ever. Adirondack lodge has figured it out. Cabin living is indeed simple living, and what formally counted as trash can instead go to the recycling, compost, or even better, not produced. The only non-recyclable that possibly come out of any Dudley cabins are:

– lost and lonely old socks
– Items sent in a letter from home (no more packages to worry about)
– A broken toy from home (some amalgam of plastic, fabric, rubber etc.)
– Loot from the Westport Word’s Fair (sorry first session guys)

In addition, Dudley has hit a sustainability target that we can all be proud of. Camp wide, we are producing less the half of the waste from last summer. While both the cabins and program areas are making an effort to cut back, the good work of Dan Stromberg and his kitchen staff are noteworthy. The kitchen and dining hall have cut 60% of waste produces last summer!

It is amazing how quickly campers are actively engaging- all in the name of what they’ve dubbed “suSteenerbility”. We are confident that these changes to our camp routine will become, like the rest of daily inspection, simply a thing that we do at Dudley.

8:45 muster in division area
9:00 begin morning activity period

Written by Scott Steen, #15509 – Outdoor Program/Sustainability Director

Week Six Photos are Live!

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog | Kiniya Blog

Check out all of the week 6 photos here!


The Spiritual Program at Dudley

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog

With five Sunday’s quickly coming and passing, we’ve had some incredibly talented speakers. Wayne Miesel wrapped up the first half following the excellent and varied Chapel speakers before him of Jonathan Appleyard, Andrew Forsthoefel, and Bob Langston. Capping off each Sunday night we’ve had some magical moments at Hymn Sing in “the hall” led by James Mayo!

Cued up for this week at the Dudley Chapel is Oliver Jeffers #15191 with Jean Stowell #22375 and John Crowder to follow and finish out Dudley’s Spiritual program in our beautiful outdoor chapel.
-David Nelson


Dudley Second Session Program is Underway

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog | Uncategorized

We’re a full week into our schedule and the boys have touched on each pillar of the Dudley Program. At the end of last week the boys chose their Individual, Art, and Team Majors and were assigned to their Divisional Teams. The Plebe, Junior, and Senior teams all went to the Challenge Course on Thursday for some team building before the competitions heat up. We had our first Wednesday Night Show and Saturday Night Show (The Hobbit, which was very well received). On Sunday, we held our first Chapel Service of the session, which featured a sermon by our very on Steve Schmidt #10875. And we ended the day with a rousing Hymn Sing! Yesterday, the Senior Division headed out to the Adirondack Wilderness for their hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and farm to plate trips. We’ve got more games, arts majors, individual majors, and council rings scheduled for today and this evening. To top it all off the weather has been spectacular the last few days…sunny, low humidity, highs in the high 70’s! YOHA!


The 2013 German Exchange

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog | Kiniya Blog | Uncategorized

The 2013 German Exchange Group are into their final week in Germany with tour stops that will include Berlin and Munich. Reports back have told us that it has been an incredible time for all with our dear friends at Camp Abbensen YMCA. We’ll have the whole group back in the United States on Saturday with the boys heading back to Westport and the girls back to Colchester. We’re looking forward to hearing all of the stories from the trip, and we cannot thank the folks at Abbensen for their generous hospitality over the past month! We look forward to hosting the 2014 group!

Dudley and Kiniya Week 5 Photos

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog | Kiniya Blog | Uncategorized

What a wonderful start to 2nd session here at Dudley and Kiniya! Check out all of the action in our Week 5 gallery. A new set of pictures will be uploaded every Friday morning. Also be sure to keep an eye on the website for our weekly blogs and LIKE us on Facebook to keep up with all of the happenings. Enjoy the pictures!

-Brendan “Lefty” Loughman


Former NBA player & Coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. Visits Dudley

• 6 years ago • Alumni | Blogs | Dudley Blog | Uncategorized

Thanks to our first ever Camp Dudley Online Auction, we got a visit from former NBA player & Coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. today at Dudley! Coach Dunleavy ran the campers through a series of on court drills and even coached a game as well! He also spoke to the group about the fundamentals of the game and much more. Thanks, Coach!

To be a part of our 2nd Online Auction please click HERE
To view a gallery of Coach Dunleavy’s visit click HERE


Dudley and the Arts

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog | Uncategorized

The Arts Program at Dudley is in full swing! Witherbee Hall has been jam packed with Saturday Nights Shows, Wednesday Night Shows, music, skits, The Rhythm Ramblers… We’ll let the pictures do the talking for us!

Meanwhile over at Brodie Arts and Crafts Lauren Widing Reports:
As the 129th summer has kicked off Brodie is looking for popsicle stick trees! Any knowledge or sign of a way to mass produce popsicle sticks would be greatly appreciated by the Brodie staff. Boys are building boats, canoes, boxes, frames, Eiffel Towers, and even Champ out of popsicle sticks and hot glue. Printmaking is a new addition to the Brodie art majors, and it seems to be attracting a lot of interest. Boys have been busy during ceramic majors creating crests, owl families, coil pots, and plenty of hand clay. The large porch is an ever popular hang out, not only for crafting lanyards and hemp, but free draw, building, and relaxing during the few moments of sunshine each day! What a wonderful start to the summer.

Over in Publications we’ve already released a couple of Dudley Doings courtesy of Editor Reed Gilbride. The photos have been rolling out like never before thanks to our team of Photographers: Drew, Reed and Lefty. And on the video front we have a very special video that was shown during the first slideshow courtesy of Dan Lipin. Enjoy! (Try not to laugh too much either… it’s pretty awesome!)

The Outdoor Department at Dudley

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog

All is well in the Outdoor Department at Camp Dudley.  While many of the hikes have returned from the Adirondacks with wet tents and muddy boots, the ample north-country rain has not damped our spirits. Currently on this Tuesday morning in July, the 2 Dudley/NOLS trips are deep in the Wyoming wilderness.  We have 14 trips from the Junior Division hiking, paddling and canoeing in the Adirondacks. On campus, the climbing wall is crawling with Plebes and a cub cabin is at the Ropes Course. Tonight, senior cabins Columbia and Colgate will embark on their Senior Night Experience, while several others will be eating delicious and locally raised burgers on their Cabin Overnights and Suppers at Stacy Brook and Cutler Point. On nights like this, when almost half of Camp Dudley is off playing in the woods, main campus feels both empty and calm. This is a welcome break in the weekly cycle of Camp when we can re-energize ourselves and gear up for the Wednesday Night Show and all-Camp programming that gives a different feel to the second half of the week. Wish us sunshine and happy trails.

More soon- Scott Steen


Week 2 Photos are Live!

• 6 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog | Kiniya Blog

Check out the week 2 photos right here!
And in case you missed it, head on over to the video page to see a special 4th of July video from Dudley!


The Dudley Program Underway

• 6 years ago • Dudley Blog

Main Campus and our playing fields have been dampened by the rain, but our spirits haven’t. All four pillars of the Dudley Program – the Arts, Athletics, the Outdoors, and Spirituality – are in full swing.

The Arts:arts-blog

Arts Majors in our theater and arts & crafts programs are up and running and we’ve had two top-notch shows in Witherbee Hall. The Wednesday Night Show was a great mix of Camper and Leader acts and included the first installment of Leaders’ Serial. On Saturday, we had our first dramatic production, “A Separate Peace,” directed by the talented Diana McGuigan-George. It received rave reviews.


Divisional Teams have been assembled and the action has been spirited. The boys are playing hard, but always keeping the Dudley spirit at the heart of even the closest contests.

The Outdoors:Outdoors

The Seniors left for their Adirondack Wilderness trips on Monday and we’ll be picking them at locations around the Park tomorrow. Last Sunday, the Aides wrapped up the Aides Experience Program, which included a lot of leadership development, outdoor skills development, and rain. We’re happy to have them back though and we’re looking forward to having the Seniors back on campus tomorrow.


Sunday ended our first week. Rev. Bob Langston spoke to the boys on Sunday morning and we finished up the day with the first Hymn Sing of the summer. Needless to say, it was an inspirational and beautiful day that included the 129th playing of the Garbage Bowl. The Young Guys team won, but it was close.

So that’s it! We’re already in the second week and looking forward to more shows, chapels, vespers, games, hymn sings, and just plain fun.

Our Dudley Leaders

anitajohnson • 6 years ago • Dudley Blog | Uncategorized

Much of the success of Camp Dudley is due to the hard work of our Leaders. In 2014 we had 48 Cabin Leaders, with all coming through the Camp Dudley Leadership Development program. Most of them are current or recent college graduates, and all have been trained with our campers in mind. Last summer, our Leaders came from the following colleges and universities.

  • Boston College
  • Bucknell University
  • Colby College
  • Chapman University
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado State University
  • Connecticut College
  • Dickinson College
  • Elon College
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Georgetown University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard College
  • Ithaca College
  • Kenyon College
  • Lafayette College
  • Middlebury College
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State
  • Saint John’s University – Minnesota
  • Saint Joseph’s
  • Saint Lawrence University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Shepherd University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Towson University
  • Trinity College
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas – Austin
  • University of the South
  • University of Vermont
  • Washington University – St. Louis

Spring Work Weekend 2013

• 6 years ago • Alumni | Blogs | Dudley Blog | Kiniya Blog | Uncategorized

We had a great turnout for Spring Work Weekend 2013! With two crews working at both Dudley and Kiniya, much was accomplished. Thanks to all that came out! To view all of the pictures from the weekend click here.



Meet Your 2013 Camp Kiniya D-Heads

• 7 years ago • Alumni | Blogs | Dudley Blog | Kiniya Blog

Mary & Chloe, Junior Division Heads

Junior Division Heads

#20203 Mary Piazza (Division Head) & #20297 Chloe Potash (Assistant Division Head) are returning for the second year running the Junior Division. Mary is a junior at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and is returning for her 10th summer. Chloe is a junior at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and is returning for her 8th summer.


Caroline & Anne, Senior Division Heads

Senior Division Heads

#20113 Caroline Delaney (Division Head) & #20076 Anne Kennedy (Assistant Division Head). Caroline is a sophomore at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and is returning for her 9th summer. Anne is a freshman at the University of Southern California and will be returning for her 8th summer.

Meet Your 2013 Camp Dudley D-Heads

• 7 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog
Cub Division Heads

Cropper & Joyce, Cub Division Heads

Cub Division Heads

#18434 Brian Cropper (Division Head) & #19193 Conor Joyce (Assistant Division Head). Brian is a senior at Occidental College in California and is returning for his 11th summer. Conor is a sophomore at St. Louis University and is returning for his 10th.


Plebe Division Heads

Dobbs-Allsop & Eccelsine, Plebe Division Heads

Plebe Division Heads

#18912 Will Dobbs-Allsopp (Division Head) & #19023 Dillon Eccelsine (Assistant Division Head). Will is a junior at Washington University and is returning for his 11th summer. Dillon is a sophomore at Princeton University and is returning for his 10th.


Junior Division Heads

McKeown & O’Rourke, Junior Division Heads

Junior Division Heads

#18795 Tom McKeown (Division Head) & #19045 Peter O’Rourke (Assistant Division Head). Tom is a sophomore at Hamilton College and is returning for his 11th summer. Peter is a sophomore at Whitman College and is returning for his 10th.


Senior Division Heads

McDonough & McKinley, Senior Division Heads

Senior Division Heads

#18794 Tom McDonough (Division Head) & 19399 Bo McKinley (Assistant Division Head). Tom is a junior at Boston College and is returning for his 8th summer. Bo is a freshman at Connecticut College and is returning for his 6th summer.



2012 Winter Leadership Trip

• 7 years ago • Alumni | Blogs | Dudley Blog

10 men walked into the Stacy Brook Wilderness on solid ground under clear skies, and walked out in 30 inches of snow and a full on blizzard. What an amazing trip. On Dec 26th, 8 young men from Dudley showed up at Camp to embark on the 2012 Winter Leadership Trip. Accompanied my trip leaders Scott Steen and Dylan Pollock, the boys packed as much winter wonderland adventure, leadership training, and backcountry shenanigans as possible into just 6 days. The group spent a day volunteering their time with alumnus Schell McKinley on a local Habitat for Humanity house project, 2 days living, working and playing at the Stacy Brook yurt with a new wood stove, a day ice climbing, and 2 days snowshoeing through the frozen Adirondack wilderness. The boys were often challenged in this snowy backcountry setting, and grew as leaders through making difficult mistakes and celebrating amazing successes. Owen Beal reflected, “As a leader, I am going to have to make sure that everyone is having fun and being safe. Sometimes this means stepping up and facing the adversity of an entire group, and hoping they will take your advice with a smile and not be too upset by it”. From planning and cooking meals to being leader of the day, to leading vespers and hikes, the 8 Dudleyites took away valuable leadership skills, outdoor skills, and a feeling of brotherhood amongst peers and friends.

Dudley Campers Visit Local Farm – Press Republican article

• 7 years ago • Blogs | Dudley Blog

Youth get chance to learn about food process, origins

Dudley boys visit the farm

BY ALVIN REINER Press-Republican

WESTPORT — In an effort to acquaint campers with the environment, Camp Dudley has been taking youths in their Farm to Plate program on farm tours.

Devin Morgan, a volunteer at DaCY Meadow Farm, which is run by Cynthia and David Johnston, showed the campers how they control weeds using biological methods. This included growing crops such as corn and squash together, which lessens the chance of unwanted species taking root.

David informed the campers of farming’s historic perspectives in the New World, which included the indigenous people, such as the Iroquois, learning to be farmers rather than hunters and gatherers. The Native Americans planted  the “Three Sisters” — beans, corn and squash — and rotated the crops to keep the fields fertile.

“We try to plant heritage crops and raise heritage livestock, some of which date back to before 1492. Many people like us want to maintain the old breeds,” he said.

He also discussed genetic modifications and cross-breeding species.

Morgan showed the visitors a small greenhouse he had constructed utilizing clear plastic sheeting. He explained how structures such as this extend the growing season, especially in a colder climate.

Morgan brought the campers to the area where the farm composts and showed the process, from newly deposited vegetative matter to high-nutrient soil.

Dudley staff member Dylan Pollock explained the camp’s program.

“Our Farm to Plate program started last year. Dudley had a garden and then expanded this to trips to the farm. This is a good way for the campers to see where their food is coming from.”

Johnston was enthused about the Dudley program.

“This is stuff I taught at a community-college level, and these guys understand it.”

What does it taste like?

Email Alvin Reiner: [email protected]

The Leadership Fund

• 7 years ago • Alumni | Blogs | Dudley Blog | Kiniya Blog

Recently, an Alum asked why he should give to the Annual Fund. He explained that he went to Camp, worked at Camp and loves Camp, but didn’t really understand what impact he could have. After explaining a variety of reasons as to how supporting the William J. Schmidt Scholarship Fund assures that a young boy or girl benefits from a meaningful Dudley experience; the real answer came to me a few weeks later, while in the archives, when I happened upon a copy of Sumner F. Dudley’s eulogy. In March, 1897, at the age of 43, Sumner died. So powerful were those first 12 years at Camp, and so meaningful was this man’s vision, that no fitter tribute could have been paid than to have Mr. Dudley’s first camper, #1 George Peck, perform the eulogy. It was in Peck’s words, describing Dudley, where I found my answer:

“I wish I could give an adequate expression of my deep love and high admiration for my personal friend, Sumner F. Dudley. He knew no limit in doing for others and literally impoverished himself for those in whom he was interested. Times without number I have known him after a strenuously busy day to travel a good part of the night to some distant point to render assistance to some young friend who needed his council or advice. I can say with much depth of feeling that he was the most self-sacrificing man I have ever known. And that man and his life are responsible for Camp Dudley as we know it today, and the spirit that characterized his life is what we know as the Dudley spirit, a spirit that has helped hundreds of boys and young men through all these years of Camp Dudley history.”

Last summer, the Leaders and Staff of Dudley and Kiniya came together and decided that they ALL wanted to be part of investing in Dudley’s future. Thanks to their tremendous efforts, over $18,500 was raised and 100% of the Leaders and Staff gave! Thanks to a matching gift, AN ENTIRE CABIN OF CAMPERS IS HERE THIS SUMMER THANKS TO THE LEADERS AND STAFF.

Please consider joining other Alumni and Parents in MATCHING the Leaders and Staff Members gift. You can match to a certain amount, match dollar for dollar or put a challenge match out – a match if we meet or exceed last years amount, for example. PLEASE CONTACT RYAN JOYCE WITH MORE QUESTIONS – 518 962 4720 OR [email protected]

With many thanks for all you do for camp.

C. Ryan Joyce #15093
Director of Development
[email protected]

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