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Camp Dudley News

A Camp Dudley Association Publication Serving Camp Dudley and Kiniya The oldest camp in the country — Since 1885

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CAMP DUDLEY NEWS FALL 2016 Camp Dudley, Inc • 126 Dudley Road • Westport, NY 12993 • 518.962.4720



Board of Trustees Matt Quigley, Chairman Peter Allen, Mike Bransford, Bill Bullock, Pat Butler, Bill Combs, Donna Granfors, Tony Hawes, D’Anne Hurd, Karen Johnson, Robin Johnson, Jack Kotz, Rich Maxwell, Sean McCalla, Whitney Phelps, Karen Ramsey, Ted Smith, Mark Valkenburgh, Jay Wells, Kathy Wiseman



Featured 20 Kiniya Renovations | Fields

33 The New Leadership Barn

22 Kiniya Reconnected!

34 Inclusion at Camp

25 CATS Trails for All!

42 Nuggets from the Archives

Departments 2 4 5 8 10 14

From the Directors Letters Small World Old Boys Gathering CDA August Reunion Chapel Talk

28 29 44 56 58 60

The Annual Fund The Beckman Society News & Notes Weddings Future Dudleyites Obituaries

*Cover photo: “Shine” in the Kiniya Lodge — Photo by #24415 Maddy Hansen Thanks to Shaili Rajput for her photographs throughout this issue.


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DISCOVER The Other Fellow First

Year Round Team Director, Camp Dudley Matt Storey Director, Camp Kiniya Marnie McDonagh Business Manager Fred Guffey Leadership, Admissions & Program Director Evan George Kiniya Leadership Development Director Kat Nelson Kiniya Outdoor Director & CSW Mollie Farnham Development Director Dave Langston Database & Operations Manager Dawn Gay Communications Manager Brendan Loughman Dudley Food Service Director Josh Olcott Kiniya Food Service Director Gail Coleman GAP Program Director & Alumni Director Tom McDonough Kiniya Operations & Sustainability Director Tom Brayden Dudley Plant & Property Manager Steve Denton Kiniya Plant & Property Manager Mike D’Amico Maintenance Staff Jeff Schwoebel, Ben Sudduth, John Tomkins, Scott Farrell, Angie Hill Arts Director Mark Davenport Office Anita Johnson Camp Dudley Alumni Association Dave Ready, President • Peter Groves, V.P. Publication Assistance John & Martha Storey


Matt #13804

Wolle, Matt and Carter Storey catch up in Hannover, Germany

Dudley Friendships . . . I often hear about the lasting friendships that are made at Camp. Campers today come for a month but stay connected through the year more easily than ever. I remember being a camper in the 1980s and making great friends each summer. Camp would end and we would go our separate ways, rarely communicating during the next ten months. On opening day of the following summer, I’d hope that my best pals would be back in my division—maybe even in the same cabin. Later, when I became a Leader, I was able to connect with Dudley buddies during the off-season at Leader’s Luncheon, or on a visit to each other’s school. Letters back and forth were uncommon, and email, texting and cell phones had yet to be invented. It was a different time for sure. In October, I had the privilege of hosting two friends, #14671 Wolfram “Wolle” Springer and Wolfgang Funke, from the German Exchange program, for several days in Westport. Wolfgang is the new general secretary of the Hannover CVJM and was visiting Dudley and Kiniya for the first time. Wolle is a board member at CVJM and a Dudley alum. We first met as juniors together in 1988 and have been friends since. When our family travels to German Reunions every other year, Wolle is our gracious host whom my kids call “Uncle Wolle.” He has guided us throughout Germany, introduced us to wonderful German food, and pointed out important sites. When we are together, we spend late nights talking, learning from each other, sharing best practices of our two camps and reflecting on the importance of the exchange program.


The work that was done by our predecessors to establish the program in 1961 and then to re-establish it in the early 1990’s is not lost on us. We both appreciate the challenge of building such a partnership. Together, we are truly inspired by the steady work of people like Ben Nelson (who drove 4+ hours each way to join us for dinner this week!), Willie Schmidt, Ekke Albrecht, Felix Westpfahl, and Ingrid and Eberhard Mangold. They, in turn, have honored the pioneering work of Bob Marshall, Walter Lutz and Martin Sommer. This one program, based on the simple goal of enhancing international understanding, has now created hundreds of friendships that span three generations. Wolle and I take great pride in the exchange that continues today, knowing that each summer boys and girls will travel internationally to each other’s camps making lifelong friendships. Camp friends are special. We never know where they will come from and can’t predict who the next one will be. Our shared experiences away from home allow us to connect in powerful ways. How fortunate we all are to be able to forge Dudley friendships that last a lifetime. Thank you, Wolle, for journeying across the pond to visit with us again at Camp Dudley. More importantly, thank you for your continued friendship.

Your friend, Matt #13804

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Marnie #20001

Marnie and Kat in 2016

Miss V.B. and Ellie in 1919

Left, Marnie and Kat Hood work closely together at Kiniya today, just as founder Helen Van Buren and her assistant, Ellie, did in 1919.

Dear Friends, On October 9th, I opened Sunday’s Burlington Free Press to discover an article, “In the Good Old Summertime: Boys and Girls Camps of Malletts Bay.” It recapped the history of several camps, including Kiniya, located on this beautiful 27-mile stretch of Lake Champlain. The article describes founder Helen Van Buren (Miss V.B.’s) vision for Kiniya in 1919, and also Marilyn “Mimi” and Jack Williams’ purchase and development of Kiniya over 55 years. I loved reading Mimi Williams’ quote: Kiniya “offers old-fashioned fun within a wholesome community. Our campers learn to be self-sufficient – we’ve never heard a camper say she is bored.” This reminded me of a wonderful phone call with Kiniya Alum, Diane Cassens Cummins. A Kiniya girl from 1955-’59, Diane had the happy surprise of finding the letters she had written home to her family in their attic. Memories flooded back of those summers and her camp friends, Joan Nathan (NY), Mary Vick Jones (VT), Cricket Rogers (NY) and Faith Evans (MA). She said, “We all have such fond memories of our time together at Kiniya (we all became Kiwis) and the privilege of knowing Mimi Williams. The summer months spent with her each year as we matured were inspiring.” Diane and her old pals plan on joining Kiniya’s 100th Celebration in 2018! In my time here since 1994, I have heard memories of summers past from multiple generations. No question

. . . much has changed over the years. The pioneering of the 1920s was distinct from the work of the 1950s. Both are quite different from the 1980s and certainly of today. The programs, the people, even some of the traditions, change with each new generation. It is refreshing to know that the Kiniya spirit — one of acceptance and kindness, compassion and generosity — is strong and ever-present. Our personal experiences of camp, even decades apart, remain familiar: we wake to the sound of the golden bell, learn the important lessons of teamwork, sportsmanship and service. We perform on stage, celebrate our Kiwis, earn our awards, grow as leaders. Kiniya campers still “enjoy old fashioned fun, learn to be self-sufficient and, we’ve yet to hear a camper say she is bored.” Today’s Camp remains solidly connected to the Camp of our past. This past summer, our Female Empowerment Council Ring celebrated the women who came before us. We learned about Helen V.B. our Founder, and Mimi Williams, who spent half a century developing Kiniya. We share their legacy through Chapel Talks and Vespers, on Kiwi Day and at our Awards Ceremony. Camp’s values expand and deepen for each of us, and as we look toward our 100th summer, I have nothing but enthusiasm for the promise of a bright future for everyone in our Kiniya community! Marnie #20001

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Letters to the Editor #6131 Elliott Bates, Southbury, CT, wrote to Matt in April. “Dear Matt: What a surprise to receive the 75Year Pin. How have so many years gone by? Seems like yesterday being in Poly Lodge, Cub Alley – 1940. Let me comment: 1) My years at Dudley mark the confirmation of values that have guided me forever. 2) The friendships I made have lasted all of these years and I cherish them. Dudley and Kiniya are destined for a great future. P.S. My grandson #17031 Matt Dinaro wishes he had continued at CD, but the spirit developed there he now appreciates so much. Editor’s Note: Elliott Bates arrived at Dudley in 1940, now 76 years ago, as a Cub in Poly. He proceeded up through the leadership ranks, serving as a Leader in the summers of 1946, ’47 and ’49. He had the joy of having our master archivist, #7289 Ace Scharges, as his Aide in Watson in 1947. Elliott lives in Heritage Village, Southbury, CT.” #8674 Bill Vanneman Jr., Belmont, MA, wrote after reading #8227 Bev Edie’s obituary. “Bev was one of the most influential leaders/coaches I ever knew. I was his assistant coach my first JL year, when I thought I knew everything there was to know about sports and how to win. After a rather miserable slow start, Bev (the Witherbee guy, not known for his athletic prowess!) showed me that it wasn’t necessary to know all of the minute details about how to shoot a basketball or catch a grounder. What was important, he thought, and the key to successful coaching/leadership, was communication and a positive attitude. My recollection is that after that attitude change, for the campers and for me, we won many more than we lost. I’ve tried to practice those skills over the last 50+ years, with pretty good success. Thanks, Bev.” #9790 Reinhold Mueller’s son Joachim sent a message to Camp via our website, reading, “My father was an exchange counselor from Germany at Dudley in 1961. He became a YMCA (CVJM) Secretary in Germany till he retired 20 years ago. He died in 2011 in the age of 80 years. I was an exchange counselor with the Greenhills YMCA in Nashville, TN, in 1984. I was wondering if you keep archives at Dudley where I could look for old photos of my dad from the year 1961. Right now, my wife and I are driving our camper van from Canada to Texas. We could stop on our way — if you think there would be a chance to find some lost memories of my father.”


Dave Langston dug into the German Exchange archives and contacted #8804 John Storey, who led the trip in 1963 and who wrote, “Dear Joachim, I was a friend of your father in 1961. Reinhold was the co-leader in Lehigh Cabin with Dick Amberg. I was the Leader in Dartmouth Cabin, very close to Lehigh, so we were both leaders that summer in the Junior Division. Eberhard Mangold was also here that summer as was Ben Nelson. Two years later, in 1963, I led the American group of boys that went to Germany and to Camp Abbensen. We made a stop in Mannheim where Reinhold was working on a new camp nearby. The Dudley boys stopped and put in a day’s work there. Your father was a real pioneer in the German American Camper Exchange program and I’m sure that he took great pride in the fact that today, some 55 years after that first exchange summer of 1961, the program is still going strong.” Dave and John heard back from Joachim immediately. “Hello John. It was a big surprise for me to get your email. I could not believe that I really got in contact to someone who knew my father and spent the summer 1961 with him in Camp Dudley. Since you were in Mannheim in 1963 you may have seen his new born baby — that would have been me! I was born in Mannheim in February 1963. Two years later my family moved to Wurzburg in Bavaria where my father founded a smaller version of Camp Dudley in the woods of Munchsteinach. It was, and still is, hosting hundreds of campers with the YMCA every year. I spend my first summer camp there when I was seven-years old. It was a great experience and still is a great memory. When I looked at the archives of Camp Dudley online I found so many games and activities that were part of my childhood in the Y that originated in Camp Dudley and brought to Germany by my father. You really had a great influence on him and his work and I thank you for all the inspiration you passed on to all the camper generations. I know that Walter Lutz was the one who was starting the exchange program with you, and because of this great experience my father started our own exchange program with the Nashville YMCA in 1983. I was one of the first two counselors to go there in 1984. In addition to the camp-counselor program, the Y in Detmold Lippe, where my father became First Secretary in 1971, established an exchange for groups of young people between the Nashville YMCA and the Y in Detmold.

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Small World Today the understanding of people becomes more and more important. The YMCA is doing important work here. Thank you for your time and for sharing your memories with me. Die besten Wünsche — the best wishes. Joachim” Editor’s Note: Reinhold Mueller and Eberhard Mangold were the first two representatives of the early German Exchange program, coming to Dudley in 1961 and serving as leaders. Dudley sent its first group of campers to Abbensen in the summer of 1962, with Ken “Dutch” Hafner and Alf Kaemmerlen leading the group.

#8704 Bill Combs, Millington NJ, and wife Lynne volunteer twice a year setting up a huge rummage sale for the benefit of their Visiting Nurse Association. Said Bill, “Hundreds of cars arrive in Far Hills, NJ, six days a week for four weeks, donating items from attic and basement cleaning. It’s not too unusual that I wear a Dudley hat or sweatshirt as I cart donated items from one venue to another. Well today as a car was approaching, the driver spotted my Dudley gear and immediately introduced himself as camper #11397 John Pearson from Basking Ridge, NJ. John attended Dudley in 1973 and 1974, probably as a Junior and Senior, hailing from Westfield, NJ.” #9137 Ken White, Westport, NY, wrote, “While awaiting the start of the UVM vs. New Hampshire basketball playoff game at the Patrick gymnasium in Burlington with grandson #22547 Griffin Santose, I noticed a security guard standing on the opposite side of the court. As I looked at him for a few seconds, he looked familiar to me but I could not be sure. I approached one of the guards on my side of the court, inquiring if the guard in question might be the person I was hoping him to be. Word was sent across the court and sure enough, it was #12467 Isiah (Ike) Harris, Dudley leader from the ’80s. We chatted and I learned of his three daughters, one of whom had attended Kiniya. Upon introducing Ike to Griffin and exchanging camp numbers, it turns out that all three of us have numbers ending with the digit ‘7.’ Ike says hello to all his Dudley friends and hopes to attend the reunion this August.”

Reinhold Mueller, highlighted, in the summer of 1961, co-leader in Lehigh.

#10555 Dave Langston, Westport, NY, had a small world moment of his own. When he read that #8707 Peter Coombs had honored a leader named “Ernie” who in turn had led the hiking program in the ’50s, Dave Langston and Ernie Schoen-René meet Dave got really at the Elizabethtown Library. Fall 2016


Small World interested. A hike-hut alum himself, Dave did some research to discover who this Ernie fellow was. (see News and Note page 45). The very afternoon that he updated #8758 Ernie Schoen-René’s Dudley record, Dave was helping his wife #17855 Lora at the Elizabethtown Library, taking air-conditioners out of the windows. Said Dave, “In order for me to move one of them, I had to ask a patron to move. When I looked down at the gentleman and his computer, I saw the name Ernst Schoen-René. I said, ‘Excuse me, did you go to Camp Dudley?’ The patron said, ‘Yes!’ I said, ‘Is your camp number 87 …’ and he finished the sentence for me! I introduced myself to Ernie and we were then joined by his wife, Betty. They were visiting the library in E’town as they often did when staying at their summer place in Lewis! They had been to a Hymn Sing earlier this year and we had a lovely conversation that ranged from mountain trails to their two sons, #13700 Erich and #13474 Ernie, who were at Dudley in the 1980s. It was a delightful chat and we enjoyed getting to know each other.”

#12135 Peter “KotZie” Kotz of Colombia MD, was attending the National Athletic Trainers Association’s annual National Educational Symposium and Expo and met up with #19494 Katie Gray, a Pete Kotz and Katie Gray compare notes at fellow trainer, from Washing- the National Athletic Trainers Association meeting in DC. ton, DC. Pete is Head Athletic Trainer for Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD. Katie is a graduate of Salisbury University’s graduate program and an Athletic Trainer for Club Sports, Georgetown University in Washington.

#10924 Tim Sager, Erdenheim, PA, was in Las Vegas, getting ready to eat his dinner at the Harvest Restaurant at the Bellagio Hotel, when he looked over at the bar and “couldn’t believe my eyes.” Tim got up from the table, walked over to the bar, and asked, “Aren’t you Pete Willmott?” #7731 Pete smiled, shook hands with Tim and introduced his son, another Dudleyite #12131 Sherman Willmott. .

#15093 Ryan Joyce, Phoenix, AZ, had a pair of “small worlders” for us. He wrote, “I was in Ridgefield, CT, visiting my sister and her family for the 4th of July holiday. Chris Fischer and Ryan Joyce The tradition in Ridgefield is for the entire town to gather at Ridgefield High School for a picnic followed by maybe the most impressive fireworks show I’ve ever seen . . . those Ridgefield guys mean business! Shortly after arriving, surrounded by a mass of people, I hear from the distance, “Hey, is that a C. Ryan Joyce look-alike?!” I turn around and see longtime Dudley pal, #12745 Chris Fischer! Chris and his daughter have lived in Ridgefield for the past few years and my sister’s son and his daughter attend the same school just a few grades apart! Chris and I caught up for a while, exchanged countless Dudley stories, and enjoyed celebrating the 4th...but not so quietly wished

Pete Willmott, Tim Sager, and Sherman Willmott cross paths at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.


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that we had been awakened by a parade of Essex County fire trucks and camp cannons approaching from the Dudley road!” Ryan’s second encounter occurred in his office in Phoenix this past spring. “I had a surprise visit earlier this week from my former (2004) Syracuse Cabin camper, #18992 PJ Pollack! PJ’s father is remarried here in Phoenix and their daughter goes to PCDS (Phoenix Country Day School). I knew of this connection, but PJ lives in Los Angeles so I had not had the chance to see him. Then, earlier in the week, PJ walked into my office saying, ‘D-U-D…’ you get the rest of the story! We caught up for over an hour and I plan to visit him in LA when I’m there for alumni meetings next month. He remembers it fondly – nice work, Dudley!” Editor’s Note: At the time of this encounter PJ was a lost sheep and using the connection through Ryan we were able to return another one of Dudley’s faithful to the flock. #18518 Jack Kowalski, Burlington, VT, turned the tables on #10555 Dave “Fu” Langston, who is generally the one to be tracking other Dudleyites down! Dave and Lora had stopped at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burlington. Dave was dutifully walking their dog, Hawkeye, in the outdoor courtyard while Lora shopped inside. “Hey Langfu,” Dave heard, and turned to see the smiling face of Jack, who had been at Camp for a number of years. Jack followed up with a note to Fu saying, “Thanks for speaking with me yesterday. I can’t express enough how grateful I am for your contribution to my Camp Dudley experience. I hope to meet again soon whether at Camp or in the big city of Burlington! Please tell Davo, Matt, and the rest of the Dudley staff I say hi. Best, #18518 Jack Kowalski.” Editor’s Note: Jack is working as a carpenter in the Burlington area and occasionally gets to see some of the Dudley and Kiniya clan. #20804 Charlie Gillis, St. Louis, MO, was on break from Kansas U. so he and his dad, Jack Gillis, were taking grandparents Martha and John Storey out to lunch in Clayton, MO, in mid-October. Their choice was Pastaria, one of Gerard Craft’s restaurants. When John heard that, he said, “I actually know Gerard’s dad, #8580 Bob Kraft, from Dudley.” After the meal, Jack asked the receptionist if Gerard, who is also the father of Kiniya camper, #24480 Ellie Craft, might

Martha Storey, Gerard Craft, Jamie Craft, John Storey, Bob Craft, and Charlie Gillis on the streets of St. Louis.

be around. Indeed he was and came right out to meet them. When John told Gerard that he knew his dad and mom Jamie, who hail from Washington, DC, Gerard said they happened to be in St. Louis, but didn’t know exactly when he’d see them next. Within minutes of saying farewell to Gerard, the two Dudley families bumped into each other on the street! #23700 Father Flynn, Westport, NY, heard from a friend, Gene Conti, in Cocoa Beach, FL, who had just attended a gathering of his local club. The speaker for the day was introduced as someone who had gone to a boys’ camp on Lake Champlain. Gene perked up a bit, as he knew Father Flynn had told him about Dudley and sure enough, the introducer said, “Rick learned how to have fun at Camp Dudley. It was made for boys and sports were available for all. He also learned how to get along with other boys and how to treat people with respect. Sunday night hymn singing was a bright moment for all. He spent seven summers there and then left as a teenager only to return after college to become a leader to the new boys attending the camp. After another 20-year period, he returned again to the camp and became hiking director.” The guest speaker??? None other than #9606 Rick Tomlinson! Rick spoke on “Camp Dudley, A Great Influence on My Life.”

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Old Boys Gather in Westport!

Bear and Donna Granfors, and Charlie Johnson


Lora Langston, Julie and Rick Tomlinson

Marion McDonagh, and Lynne and Bill Combs

Bob Craft, Sandy Short and Bill Stevenson

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Bill Bertsch, and Pete and Jeri Mulha

Youngsters Pat Butler and Jay We

Ace Scharges, Page Maxwell, Caitlin and Sean McCalla, and Rich Maxwell

Kevin, Marion and Marnie McDonagh, and Matt, Martha and John Storey

For the 5th consecutive year, we kicked off the August CDA Reunion with a refreshment hour for the Dudley Old Boys (and Gals!). The group started with a stiff requirement . . . show your 4-digit camp number, #9999 or lower to get in! We quickly realized this would lead to smaller parties each year so have now liberalized membership. More than 115 showed up this year, coming from as far away as San Diego (the Stevenson boys and Kirk Gardner), and Melbourne, Australia (G’Day Kevin and Maz McDonagh!). Low number award went to #6581 Berkeley D. Johnson Jr. of Mashpee, MA. Our spring gathering takes place in Southwest Florida in early March. If you are interested in joining us, just let Dave Langston dave@campdudley. org know, and he’ll make sure you get an invitation with all of the details.

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Jay Wells

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Ben and Pam Nelson

Fun at Brodie Arts & Crafts


Swim Point reunioners

Hannah, Jeff, and Carol Schwoebel in Chapel

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Lots of time on, and in, the lake!

The August CDA Reunion


early 300 alumni, parents, family and friends of Camp Dudley and Kiniya enjoyed perfect late-August weather as they celebrated the 132nd summer together at the CDA Reunion. Calling the annual event “the next best thing to being a camper again,” CDA President Dave Ready thanked alumni and families for returning — as well as the directors and staff of both camps for “giving alumni the gift of being able to stay in a cabin, swim in the lake and recharge their connection to the Dudley spirit.” Thanks to the extra efforts of talented summer staff — program areas like the Waller Archery Glen, Swim Point, the Avery Boathouse and the Brodie Arts & Crafts hut were available for guests of all ages to enjoy. Josh Olcott and the Beckman Hall crew kept everyone well fed throughout the weekend, while James Mayo helped to provide spiritual food at Saturday night’s Hymn Sing in Witherbee Hall. That night also featured the announcement of Tom “TC” Canning as the 2016 CDA Man of the Year (see page12). The weekend wrapped up with a familiar face in a new place — as Scott Sylvester, a veteran musical performer on the Chapel stage, took his first turn at the lectern as the featured speaker. “The Other Fellow First,” he said. “We know the chorus by heart. We put it into action in our lives. This is how we carry ourselves in the world. This is why we come back. To be reminded. To be recharged. To renew the sense of purpose that binds us.”

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Reunion, Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27, 2017. Scotty “Sly” and his son, Zane, perform in Chapel Fall 2016


2016 Man of the Year #11846 Tom “TC” Canning


ince 1959, the “Camp Dudley Association Person of the Year Award” has been bestowed annually upon 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. It is Camp Dudley’s highest honor. This year’s award was presented at the 2016 CDA Reunion Weekend in late August to a man of unimpeachable character and devotion to camp over four decades, Tom “TC” Canning. TC spent his first summer at Dudley as a leader in Colgate Lodge in 1975, inspired to join forces with his two younger brothers (#10974 Regis and #11586 John), who had already discovered the magic of Dudley as campers. After spending five summers as a leader in the senior division, earning a BA from Fordham University, and then an MBA from the University of Toronto, he would embark on an ascendant career in corporate finance, most notably at JP Morgan for nearly 30 years.

Because of his skills and temperament, he was tapped to serve on the Dudley Board of Managers three times — in the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s — establishing himself as the Board’s financial go-to guy and eventual treasurer. Finally serving as chair of the board, he led an expanded group that included a significant number of women, established a “Girls Committee” and worked hard to help the traditionally all-male Dudley Board understand the opportunities and needs of a girls’ program. This work culminated in the acquisition of Camp Kiniya and the realization of Dudley’s commitment to expanding our mission to include girls a decade ago. In announcing the award on the Saturday evening of Reunion Weekend, CDA President #14992 Dave Ready said, “I personally count myself among that lucky group of Dudleyites who have been able to introduce the Dudley experience to one of the girls in my family. If you have a daughter, cousin or niece that has gotten to experience the Dudley spirit through their experience at Kiniya, then you have this man to thank personally for making it happen.” Tom Canning, seated, being congratulated by Matt Quigley, Chairman of the Board.


#9555 Randy Quayle, a former colleague on the CDA Board of Trustees (Managers), spoke on behalf of his close friend, TC. “We The Camp Dudley News

are very fortunate to have someone like TC be a part of our community over the past forty-some years,” he said. “His leadership, financial expertise, loyalty to Dudley, integrity, and organizational skills made him a natural selection. He’s done it all.” “But with all his accomplishments (leader, board member, president, treasurer), what I value most about TC are his friendship and his Dudley core values that he carries with him every day,” Randy continued. “There’s no other person that I know of that is devoted so deeply to The Other Fellow First and to his family.” Another friend and fellow former Board Chair, Charlie Johnson IV, honored the 2016 Man of the Year in epic verse, penning the narrative poem at the right.

— TC — It was ’79, so way far back, when first I met TC A Junior was I, a Leader was Tom, right here at D-U-D Then press fast forward, just a bit, his friends would soon be mine And mine were his, you see at camp, it happens all the time Where generations mix and match, lines blur then disappear And friendships become richer still, at the turn of each New Year A familiar tale for you and me, it’s what we all know well When a kid in Allegheny meets a Leader in Cornell Oh what I’ve seen of this fine man, on the journey that we share Embraced this place with all he has, with joy and love and care From Leader years he moved along, he later joined the Board Where TC’s financial acumen kept this ship firmly moored He’s a Leader through and through and some, by example, calm and wit He’s pushed us to seek greater things, on his laurels he won’t sit Then one day in 2006, a May meeting of the Board TC said to us all gathered there, in his most convincing word

“I am hugely surprised, honored and humbled,” said TC, accepting the award before a large crowd of Reunion attendees, which included surprise appearances by his children and extended family. “It is humbling to be a part of that litany of people who love camp and who have contributed to it,” he continued. “I have gotten so much more from Dudley that I have ever contributed to it. It means a lot to me and to everyone in the greater Canning family. We’ve gotten so much out of it and continue to do that and are so happy to help where we can.”

That we could afford an historic step, although the price was steep For a special place called Kiniya, it was time to take the leap A chance for the girls in our family, long waiting in the wings For a camp just like their brothers’ here, to Kiniya soon they’d sing Our own TC helped make the deal we considered that great day With patience, tact, humanity, he was showing us the way But he wasn’t done, no, no not yet, he had other things in store With Paula he chaired a Family Campaign to raise needed funds galore To update the Camp so newly ours and pay off quick our debt Ensuring Dudley’s balance sheet was strong, intact and kept Then onto chair the Board himself, ushering in a brand new day When boys and girls across the Lake would live the Dudley way So here we stand to celebrate this honor so well earned TC helped guide us to this day, so much from you we’ve learned Of serving others far and near, girls, boys, men, women too. We’ve realized all that we sought, TC, HEAR, HEAR to you!

The poem, “TC,” was written and read by fellow Board member and friend, #12152 CJ Johnson, at the August CDA Reunion. It nicely sums up the feelings of pride that we all have for Tom . . . The 2016 Camp Dudley Man of the Year!

Tom surrounded by his wife, Paula, son #17946 Alex, and daughters #20046 Anne and #20446 Laura. Fall 2016


Chapel Talk at Dudley


Given by #13758 Jake Rutter at the Winter Leadership weekend for JLs and ALs

t’s a truism I’ve repeated time and time again. Whether I was defending to a college girlfriend why I was disappearing for two months; explaining, during a job interview, Dudley’s significance on my resume; or as is often the case these days, trying to convince friends to send their son or daughter to Camp, it’s plain and simple: Outside of my immediate family, Camp Dudley is the reason I am the man I am today. I have the added benefit that my immediate family are all Dudleyites, so I suppose it holds all the more true. My experiences here at Camp and my relationship with “The Other Fellow First” flavor every encounter I have, be it with a neighbor, a work colleague, or my daughters, every day as we scramble to get out the door, come together for dinner, or reflect at the end of the day. I mean, Davo said as much to me…we learned our parenting here. Regardless of whether my girls are loving me or furious with me, they have Doug Schmidt, George Haskell, Rick Edie, Charlie Johnson, and Pat Butler to thank and/or blame. I am the man they built. So, what about the men we’re building? We are building confident men. We must be. It takes confidence to live as selflessly as our motto demands. Conversely, we have the luxury of being confident that by putting others before ourselves that good will come back to us. But more importantly, on the occasions when it doesn’t, we can confidently say


that we wouldn’t do things any differently. We are building righteous men. Men who stand up for what is good and are unwilling to ignore when something is unjust. Men who will tell the truth, even yell the truth, when it is difficult or potentially unpopular to do so. Men who, regardless of any left or right bias, can look at the current political arena and know that the rhetoric of hatred and violence has no place in our society. We’re building the men who will seek out those whose leanings differ from their own, in order to have the difficult discussions that can bridge the gap between opposing ideologies. In recent years we have, rightfully, put an emphasis on building men who recognize that a woman’s worth is inherently equal to his own. And that the simple act of acknowledging that does not diminish his manhood, but in fact enhances it. It’s to my chagrin that it took being married to an amazing woman and father to three girls, all four of whom have Camp numbers, to fully realize this. As the NCAA hoops tourney, arguably the biggest sporting event of every year kicks off, I pulled the new Sports Illustrated from my mailbox and was thrilled to find that the women have garnered the cover. Believe me when I say, we’re all better for it. And we have built you men to this point; the point where you begin to take the reins of stewardship, to build upon and burnish the legacy of this

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Peavy Awards great place, to build the men that will follow you and your footsteps. This is the summer that your influence begins to fully hold sway. You are wholly entrusted to set the example. You’re drawing a paycheck. By definition that makes you professional role models. That’s a lot of pressure. So let’s set aside the Dudley Motto for a sec, let’s look at this selfishly… You are building the men who will be your friends. Another truism that I’ve worn out is that my best friends to this day are not the people I spent 10 months of every year with, but rather those that I spent two months of every year with. I couldn’t have possibly known at the time that my two best friends in Burlington, VT, now, would be two Seniors, one in my cabin, and one on my team, in the summer of ’97, my final year as a Leader. I’ve been honored to have been a part of both of their weddings and we’ll all soon be experiencing the joys and travails of parenting together. So if it helps, keep in mind, some kid is going to walk through those gates this summer and, simply by leading, you’ll be building a lifelong relationship.

Given in honor of #14229 Pat Peavy, this award is annually presented to one Leader at Dudley and one Leader at Kiniya who best exemplifies the traits of Dudley / Kiniya Leadership … caring, integrity and putting others before self. The 2016 Award winners are . . . #21029 Grace Hagerty, from Washington, DC, is a Junior at Boston University, and #20815 Tony Hart, from Carlsbad, CA, is a Junior at Harvard! The Peavy award carries a monetary scholarship that is to be applied to college expenses. Congratulations to Grace and Tony!

Bow your heads . . . Thank you for those that built the gates and walked through them before us, those that were waiting when we arrived, and those who will come after us. Amen. Leader Grace Hagerty with her Van Buren campers.

#22801 Teddy Willams, #22435 Ebby Asamoah, #23624 Sam Capelo, friends for life.

Tony Hart, the Leader in Princeton Cabin. Fall 2016


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We strive to be considerate and fair, emphasizing the importance of honesty, integrity and respect, focus on being of service to others.

Kiniya | Character At Kiniya, time with cabin mates and team members fill our days. It is through interacting with this camp family that opportunities for character growth, as guided by our motto, present themselves. A few examples (of countless) from this summer include a camper letting the referee know that they were the last person to touch the ball before it went out of bounds as well as a camper sharing with a staff person that a friend was feeling homesick and could use some extra support. Acts of integrity and selflessness such as these best exemplify “The Other Fellow First,” and are what we honor, award and celebrate at our third Hymn Sing of the session. Each person in our summer community quickly realizes the fulfillment and joy that comes from being our best self and helping those around us.

Dudley | Character Days at Dudley begin and end with time for reflection, a Chapel Talk in the morning and a Vesper with your cabin in the evening. These times offer a chance for the boys to hear and share experiences about what it means to live our motto and understand that the world is bigger than ourselves. As much fun as we have there are also constant opportunities to learn and grow...self-care and helpfulness: making your bunk and sweeping out the cabin during inspection; teamwork and sportsmanship: supporting your teammates, trying your hardest, and being respectful of your opponents (they may be in your cabin!); working toward a long-term goal: regularly heading to Swim Point point with a buddy to work on passing your swim test; serving your community: stopping in to the Main Office to see if there’s any service you can do to keep camp looking beautiful. And all of that’s before lunch!


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We embrace a community with a culture of inclusion, acceptance and fun. We celebrate the unique gifts among campers, leaders, alumni and greater community in which we live.

Kiniya | Community Amidst the 99 new girls who experienced camp for the first time this summer, Kiniya saw over 10 friendly visiting alumni faces who came to spend their vacation time helping out at camp. #21877 Sophie Delfeus and #20297 Chloe Potash both also served as inspiring alumni chapel speakers. Staff and leaders lead by example as they play and integrate inclusion training pre-season while making cameos in many Wednesday and Saturday night shows.

Dudley | Community 217 boys joined the Camp Dudley community for the first time this summer. At the heart of that experience, and, really, for everyone at Camp each summer, is living in a tight-knit community for 3 ½ or 8 weeks. That means learning not only to think about your needs, but the needs of those around you. In our 132nd season, over 900 campers through staff called the Dudley campus home at some point during their summer. On top of that, alumni such as #18754 Connor Smith, #19377 Wilson Powell, #11187 Nick Chinlund, #12664 Ted Smith, joined to support our programming at important points throughout the summer. Not to mention the alumni that returned as Chapel Speakers and Doctors Fall 2016



We value the development of leadership skills in our campers and staff, inspiring them to take an active interest in the development and needs of those in our community, while sharing a passion for learning and teaching.

Kiniya | Leadership Each off-season we focus on improving our leadership curriculum to prepare our young leaders for the future, setting department and division heads up for success so as to ultimately provide the best support to our campers. This summer leadership teams experienced the new module system that provides written tools from training to use during the summer. Each year they will get a little more, and at the end of their tenure they’ll walk away with a portfolio detailing their progression in leadership at Camp. Our off-campus leadership opportunities continue to thrive. We were pleased to have 17 young women participate in NOLS this summer, with 18 others on campus who had previously participated in the NOLS program through Camp. We continue to focus on giving feedback to all campers, leaders and staff in our community as they prepare to be leaders back home.

Dudley | Leadership Ultimately, the best leaders are those who put their charges ahead of themselves. That is what each leader at every level of camp does each summer...Cabin Leaders always prioritizing their campers’ experience above their own, Division Heads supporting the work of their Leaders by giving them the tools they need to be successful, Program Staff sharing their years of experience to help Leaders, ALs, and JLs be better coaches, trip leaders, and mentors. The Leadership Development program at Dudley and Kiniya is a multi-year process of experiential learning. The lessons we teach are immediately reinforced by the experience of actually leading campers and working with your peers to create amazing summers for the campers. For those that participate in leadership at Dudley and Kiniya it continues to be true that the experience resonates for the rest of their lives.


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We value the environmental, financial, human, physical and spiritual resources we have inherited. We strive to foster a strong sense of accountability for those resources in the present, and a passion to sustain them for the future so that we may leave each other, our Camps, and our world better than we found them.

Kiniya | Stewardship Staff, leaders and campers celebrated the last summer in Kiniya’s dining hall before its demolition and upcoming rebuild for summer 2017. The space was a tight squeeze for every event, proving we really are ready for an expansion! Properties owned by the Williams were re-united through purchase at the start of the summer, bringing Kiniya back to its historic footprint. This brought space for a track and sand-pit on the upper fields, and use of the house space for arts majors, including Musical theatre. Leaders celebrated Camp’s history and female empowerment with Helen Van Buren (leader #21029 Grace Hagerty ) leading an evening of games and storytelling focused on admirable female role models.

Dudley | Stewardship This summer Stewardship took on many forms at Camp Dudley. In particular, our service program proved to be a highlight for the boys. Led by #18912 Will Dobbs Allsop and #17639 Eric Schildge, we continued to find ways to help the boys understand what it means to take care of our environment, both natural and built. The service program this summer featured our first-ever Cubbie Day of Service as well as frequent trips to the new compost facility to help turn the compost and understand its purpose. In addition, our outdoor programming team continued to teach Leave No Trace principals as part of the trip briefings, which is an increasingly important topic as the Adirondacks continue to grow as a top tier attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. Fall 2016


Kiniya Cabin Renovations Completed! Thanks to the generosity of #7987 Dick and Linda Edie and #8704 Bill and Lynne Combs, the last of the Kiniya Camper Cabin renovations are complete. All 16 Kiniya cabins have been renovated or replaced with-

in this past decade! As noted in our Master Site Plan, completed in 2014, we intend to built two more brand new camper cabins with bathrooms once the new Kiniya Dining Hall and Lodge have been built, increasing our total capacity to 185 campers per session. It is our hope to build these new cabins by Kiniya’s 100th season in 2018.

Edie Cabin

Given by the Edie Family with deep appreciation for the privilege and honor of being members of the Camp Dudley-Kiniya community. #7987 Dick and #8227 Bev Edie were introduced to Dudley in the 1950s by their uncle #2471 Pret Barker. Dick and Linda Edie’s sons, #11762 Rick and #11977 Jon followed as campers at Dudley. Rick and #18762 Betsy Edie’s daughters, #20062 Hadley, #20162 Melinda, and #21762 Schuyler continued that tradition as Kiniya campers. Dick, Bev, Rick, and Jon became Dudley leaders and staff members. Dick, Rick, and Betsy served on the Board of Managers. All have been guided by the camp motto, “The Other Fellow First.” We leave this legacy for present and future Kiniya generations.

Knollandale Cabin

A gift from Lynne and #8704 Bill Combs, Knollandale Cabin stands in tribute to the extraordinary influence Camp Kiniya and Camp Dudley extended on the lives of the Combs, Tower, Van Praagh, and Whelan families. It is dedicated to creating lifelong relationships at Kiniya that will span generations. Peace to all who tred within.


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Playing Fields Restored at Kiniya! Prior to Camp’s opening we installed a professional grade softball field as part of our field revitalization plan. Very shortly after Camp was over, the lacrosse field and soccer pitch on the upper campus were totally overhauled and leveled. These fields have been reseeded as well. The new playing fields greened up nicely before the frost arrived and will be in great shape when everyone arrives in 2017. Fall 2016


1241 & 1281 Camp Kiniya Road — Reconnected to Camp!

Kat Nelson, Marnie McDonagh, Mike D’Amico, and Fred Guffey on closing day, 1241 Camp Kiniya Road


he year was 1919. Camp Dudley was celebrating its 35th consecutive summer in operation. Chief Beckman was at the helm for his 11th summer as Dudley’s Director and Helen Van Buren – a tenacious and independent woman fondly known as Miss V.B. – had a vision for a Girls Camp in Colchester. Helen would regularly canoe past the Clay Point property and finally was able to purchase the land, formerly owned by Mark Moody. She opened the girls’ summer camp with an emphasis on music and outdoor life; it remained in her hands for 26 years. Harry and Marjorie Brown, who also owned Brown Ledge Camp, owned it for the next six years until Marilyn “Mimi” and Jack Williams bought it in 1951. The Camp property remained in its


original configuration until Jack and Mimi Williams eventually subdivided a portion of the property for their own use when Dudley acquired Kiniya in 2006 – 11 summers ago. It had been our dream that the subdivided property eventually be reunited with Camp. The opportunity to fulfill this dream occurred just days before we opened the gates this summer. In an effort to take advantage of this timely opportunity, Camp arranged mortgage financing, reconnecting Kiniya to its original 147-acre footprint as it was always meant to be. Within 24 hours of the closing, the 1241 Camp Kiniya Road property was thoroughly cleaned and fully furnished. Locks were changed, utilities turned

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The “Secret Garden” at 1281 Camp Kiniya Road

Campers in the Junior Service Project harvesting produce from the garden

back on and the property was transformed to house several educators on staff. It became a beloved home and gathering space for the summer of 2016. Throughout the summer, service projects were plentiful as we worked to restore the gardens and commenced the rejuvenation of the 1281 Camp Kiniya Road Property (the former home of Miss V.B. and Mimi and Jack Williams). We enjoyed an expanded Athletics Program on the enlarged upper fields and transformed one of the large outdoor sheds to house our Woodworking Major. The basement of the 1281

property was cleaned, decorated, and set up to house our Musical Voice Major each day. The magnificent gardens of the 1281 property quickly became known among our campers as “The Secret Garden” which provided the opportunity for outdoor yoga and meditation space as well as an excellent location for staff meetings and one-on-ones. We look forward to further fulfilling our vision of creating an Alumni and Leadership Center with additional renovations of this property.

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New Community Partners at Kiniya: The Women of UVM! May 17th, 2016 was a beautiful sunny late spring day at Kiniya. It was made more so by the presence of over 20 volunteer friends from The Women of the University of Vermont (UVM). Originally begun as an organization to offer social support to wives and members of UVM faculty and staff, the organization, over the years, has reached out to the community at large. Membership now numbers more than 120 women. This wonderful group stumbled upon #20298 Mike D’Amico and #20613 Angie Hill out at the Moscow property near Stowe on a snowshoe outing. They helped haul old corrugated metal from the old shack out of the woods on the Catamount Trail. Their interest in camp led to the offer of further service, and thus this work day was conceived. The project set before them was improving the Kiniya Garden. This included cultivating the

ground, mulching paths (including operating an industrial chipper that ate away at a huge pile of winter tree fall), and laying stone at the entrance. The group was not only a powerhouse of workers but full of women with incredible professional and life experience. Amongst them were lawmakers, doctors, mothers and grandmothers, stone-layers, master gardeners, healthcare advocates, teachers and athletes. They exemplified the Camp Motto and were an inspiration to work alongside. Not to mention having the work ethic of an army of ants! Gail served a spectacular lunch in the dining hall. There was a feeling of mutual gratitude and dedication to service and nurturing the lives of women and girls. We hope to continue to partner with them in service for years to come!

The women of UVM lead the way on the Kiniya garden project.


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CATS Organization Creates Trails All Can Enjoy By Chris Maron, CATS Executive Director

Imagine being in a part of the Adirondacks where there are fabulous views but hardly any hiking trails. Pretty sad, right? Well, welcome to the Champlain Valley ten years ago, just before Champlain Area Trails (CATS) began making trails.

“Making trails and saving land are inextricably linked,” said Maron. “As people hike, they support conserving land which allows for more trails and builds more support for land conservation.”

“When I moved here in 2000, #7973 Tim Barnett took me to Middle Road, in Essex,” said Chris Maron, CATS’ Executive Director. “He pointed toward Westport and continued pointing as he rotated in a circle and said, ‘We’ve had a dream of a 30-mile loop-trail from Westport to Essex, going along the lake and back along Boquet Mountain.’” That dream moved toward reality in 2006 when Steven Kellogg and Bruce Klink of Essex were both reading the chapter in Bill McKibben’s Wandering Home about walking through Essex and Westport. It inspired them to gather friends together to consider making a trail. The group concluded that the Champlain Valley had few trails because as the last addition to the Adirondack Park, it was mostly private property. They decided to do something new — to create a network of hiking trails on mostly private land. They noted that the Eddy Foundation of Essex, NY, owned 2500 acres that could be the beginning of the trail corridor between Essex and Westport. With Eddy approval, they hiked the land, agreed upon trail routes, and recruited volunteers to create a six-mile trail.

After seven years, CATS has developed 30 new trails covering over 45 miles. Camp Dudley campers and Leaders have helped build some of those trails including a winter trail-clearing project that created the Three Creeks Trail in Westport. CATS publishes a Trail Map annually showing its own and other local trails. To promote hiking between communities, CATS has organized five “Grand Hikes” where as many as 250 people have walked from town to town on trails, farm lanes, and roads. In 2015, #15017 Evan George became Chair of CATS Board of Directors. “I’m honored to serve the community in this way. Champlain Area Trails provide a great variety of hiking/skiing experiences throughout the year. People can hike up to spectacular vistas or enjoy walking by beaver ponds, rock walls, and lush forests. There are long, strenuous trails Dudley campers would like and shorter, easier hikes their parents might prefer.” To learn more about CATS, visit its website,

In 2009, they incorporated CATS as a non-profit organization that creates hiking/skiing trails that link communities, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality. CATS soon became an accredited land trust that protects natural communities, farmland, and scenic vistas. Fall 2016



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My God is Awesome! by #22555 Parker Simpson The deep, dark woods before me symbolize the world that I will live in and travel through, sometimes on beaten paths and sometimes striking out on my own to follow my own road. God is a shield for me in the wilderness that He both created to challenge me, and from which He can protect me. My fellow campers and I start our trek through the forest in the fading light of the evening and in every moment, I feel the Holy Spirit pass through me like the wind whistling through the trees. We follow our leader as the disciples followed Jesus, not sure where we are going but learning from his teachings as we go, “Remember that log, remember the rocks, listen for the sound of the water,” he says. I feel safe, trusting in his belief in me, even though I have no idea what is in store. When we finally come to a stop at the end of the trail, the sun has set and darkness is all around us. Our leader tells us that we will be walking back to camp one by one through the now pitch black woods. After two of my fellow disciples left the warmth of our circle, it was my turn to set out into the darkness with a whistle, my God and my faith in Him and myself. I began slowly walking through the unknown, disoriented because I couldn’t see, trying to remember landmarks that would help me stay on the path – did I pass that turn or go up that hill? But it was all a blur in my mind. All I had to ground me was a certainty that I would make it through this forest, and through my life, because I believe that God is my savior, and my guide. The 30-minute walk seemed to take hours, even though every so often there would be a small light in the path left by the leaders to reassure us that we were on the right track.

Our leaders had warned us that we needed to trust in our path, and use our other senses beside sight, like our feet to feel the difference in the dirt of the path beneath our feet or leaves and brush of the forest floor, or our ears to keep the sound of the river on our right side. Finally, through the trees I saw the welcome beam of a flashlight. It was my leader, who had gone ahead to wait for each of us as we arrived. As I walked toward him and my camp, my faith in God had never been stronger. This experience happened last summer while I was at Camp Dudley. Each Senior camper is expected to complete this trial, the Senior Night Experience, as a way of testing all that he has learned in his years as a camper. It is one of the biggest challenges we face in our final year before coming back to the camp as leaders ourselves. The transition from camper to leader is very similar to confirmation. Our role changes within the camp that we have grown to love and has taught us so much about ourselves. Now we come back as a guide to the other younger campers just beginning their journey. Instead of following, we lead. Most important, both experiences brought me to a closer understanding of who God is in my life, and how I can depend on Him for guidance no matter where I find myself. Sometimes even though the well-traveled path is the easiest to walk, the times we branch off to follow our own calling is when we learn the most about ourselves and our relationship with God. At least that is how it feels to me. I just need to remember to listen with all of myself to hear God’s voice within me because it is always there and filled with love. Like the title of one of my favorite hymns we sing at camp: “My God is Awesome.”

#22555 Parker Simpson hails from Ramsey, NJ. He was a Senior at Dudley in 2015.

Photo by #24415 Maddy Hansen Fall 2016


Your Gift Matters: The Power of the Annual Fund The Camp Dudley Annual Fund is truly amazing! It provides most of the scholarship support to our deserving boys and girls. It supports leadership development and helps provide campus improvements. More importantly the Annual Fund combines gifts of every size and all shapes into a flexible yet strong funding source that touches virtually every facet of Camp life. “The Annual Fund works like a climbing rope!” says #10555 Dave Langston, Director of Development for both Camps. “A climbing rope has multiple strands in its core that give the rope its incredible flexibility and strength. On the outside, the sheath, also made of many colored strands, provides protection to the core and holds the rope together.” Just like the climbing ropes at both of our Camps, the annual fund is made up of gifts of many kinds. Each is important and each contributes to the experience that the boys and girls receive during the summer. “When I hear someone say, ‘I can’t make a very big gift so it doesn’t really matter,’ I have to take exception,” says Langston. “Just like that climbing rope, the Annual Fund won’t work without all the strands. Your Gift Matters!” Consider: • First-year campers who share $1 from their allowance • The JLs who make their first gift of $5 from their camp pay check • The Leader or staff member who gives $10 from their day off • The parent who says “thank you” with a $20 gift in honor of their son or daughter’s Leader • The alumni who remember their own scholarship with a $500 gift • The grandparent who makes a camp scholarship possible with a $5000 gift

Your gift and every gift matters! As we approach the time of year when so many folks are thinking about “the other fellow,” please remember that your gift to Camp does matter! You hold the key to the success of the Camp Dudley Annual Fund. With your support we will reach our goal of $825,000!


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100 Members! Yes that’s right! 101 individuals have let us know that they have made plans to benefit Camp with a planned gift to Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya! The Beckman Society is made up of individuals who have named Camp Dudley, Inc. to receive a bequest in their will or have listed Camp as a beneficiary of life insurance policies, retirement plans, appreciated stock or real estate. Planned giving is easier than you may think. Help us reach the next benchmark and double the number of Beckman Society donors supporting Camp. Use the enclosed response envelope or email Dave Langston, Director of Development ( for more information. We salute the members of the Beckman Society! Thank You! # 3611 Craig Fitzpatrick* # 3994 Paul* and Carol* King # 4625 Samuel* and Dorothy* Warr # 5031 George Mayer* # 5125 William* and Carolyn* Kennard # 5288 David and Rosemary* Coffin # 6084 William Dietz* # 6102 M. Cabell Woodward # 6191 William* and Roberta Faloon # 6228 William* and Catherine Sperry # 6245 W. Carroll Coyne # 6327 James* Fowler # 6377 William and Lisa Putney # 6439 Carol* and Lynn Lyttle # 6463 George and Judy Webb # 6505 Frank and Deane Mountcastle # 6581 Berkeley and Sue Johnson # 6652 James and Marge Weaver # 7083 Michael and Petrea Poler # 7153 John Higley* # 7200 Paul and Cece Orvis # 7221 Thomas and Anne Carrier # 7313 Don* and Clara (Lori)* Carr # 7322 Carl and Rika* Schmidt # 7330 Jim* and Kay Pashley # 7370 Thomas and Carol Crowe # 7381 Paul and Carol Lutz # 7582 Stuart and Karen Updike # 7689 Henry* & Gail Poler # 7701 Frederic* and Susan Schrodt # 7731 Peter and Michele Willmott # 7837 T. Frank and Margaret James # 7905 George and Nancy Rieger # 7951 John and Katie Kotz # 7975 Rodney and Liz Beckwith # 7987 Richard and Linda Edie # 8191 Al and Mea Kaemmerlen # 8276 Charles and #19876 Beth Updike # 8497 Kenneth and Freddie Hill # 8498 Judson and Bonnie Phelps # 8527 Ernest and #21527 Anna Steiner # 8559 Bruce Bernann

# 8608 Robert and Lynn Stroud # 8674 William and Irene Vanneman # 8686 Gene and Sally Little # 8704 William and Lynne Combs # 8767 Alexander and #19067 Patricia Short # 8798 Alfred and Toni Cady # 8804 M. John and #18204 Martha Storey # 8891 Richard and Gay Rogers # 9060 Ian and Mary Ann Crawford # 9061 C. Roland and #19061 Carole Stichweh # 9172 John* and Suzanne Hammond # 9394 A. Ward and Pam West # 9459 Peter Burr # 9606 Richard Tomlinson and Julie Welch # 9655 William* and Martha Sword # 9675 David and Mary West # 9827 Richard and Lynn Coyle # 9846 Douglas McClure* # 9968 H. Craig and Lora Beth Treiber # 10022 Kenneth Lauritzen # 10065 William and Theresa McCutcheon # 10067 Bruce and Virginia Treiber # 10171 Frederick and Linda Chase # 10215 Donald Meisel # 10458 William Flagg # 10524 Peter and Irene Treiber # 10525 Scott and Jo-Ellen Treiber # 10555 David and #17855 Lora Langston # 10626 Peter and Sally Dinsmore # 10643 Matthew Quigley # 10846 Robert and Karen Langston # 11156 John and Meleda Lowry # 11333 Peter Ormsby # 11373 Michael and Leila Stevens # 11846 Thomas and Paula Canning # 11889 Dwight and Kirsten Poler # 12079 Joseph and Tink* Bolster # 12335 William and Barbara Bullock # 12764 Christopher and Alison Perry # 13392 Robert and Jessica Frehse # 13741 Nancy Seabol # 13792 John and Susan Frehse

# 13804 Matt and #16999 Jessica Storey # 15017 Evan and #18079 Diana George # 15133 Mark and Emily Valkenburgh # 15328 John-David and Molly Boyle # 15400 Sally Sword # 19517 Brent Shay # 20001 Marnie McDonagh and Robert Sophia # 20005 Gail and Syd Coleman # 22898 Whitney Phelps and Troy Soka Anonymus (2) Robert* and Dale Frehse Robert Osmond Brandt and Margaret Sakakeeny Eugene and Annie Sullivan Loris Tower* Michael Walter

* Deceased

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The Dudley Gap Experience by Tom McDonough

or years, the Dudley summer has ended to the tune of a familiar song: “I don’t want to leave Camp Dudley, I don’t want to go to school!” In September 2017, those calls will finally be answered for a lucky group of young men and women.


Living in the brand-new Leadership Barn, (see p.33) we will be working together like a Dudley and Kiniya cabin, cooking meals for ourselves with food from local farms, heading out on incredible adventures, and serving the community around us.

With The Dudley Gap Experience, we will continue to grow our off-season programming, inviting a cabin-sized group of high school graduates to join us for a 100-day leadership experience in Westport.

Our program is designed to fit a gap-year model, allowing our young men and women to get the most out of their college experiences to come by creating intentional experiences for independence, self sufficiency, and leadership. With the support of the Dudley and Kiniya family, this group will develop their leadership abilities, build meaningful relationships with each other and with the alumni community, and discover interests that can help focus their paths forward. The timing works perfectly for the start of a gap year, for “Febs,” transfer students, or for those taking a break in their college path.

Sea Kayaking with The Island School


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Fly Fishing with NOLS

Our program centers on an in-depth exploration of our Four Pillars, our Core Values, and our motto, The Other Fellow First.

Farming at Juniper Hill Farm Fall 2016



ur program centers on an in-depth exploration of our Four Pillars (outdoors, arts, athletics, spirituality), our Core Values (character, community, leadership, stewardship), and our motto, The Other Fellow First. We will stay busy with service projects, outdoor experiences, and learning about different interests and skills (like farming and cooking, building and carpentry, photography and writing, and many more!). At the end of each month, we will head out on incredible, week-long expeditions, working with our Dudley and Kiniya partners including NOLS and the Island School who have helped us along the way. Toward the end of the program, we will work on individual apprenticeships with the help of Dudley and Kiniya alumni mentors. Because our program comes to a close in December, we will be able to guide and help plan as these young men and women move onto their next steps with the continuing support of the Dudley and Kiniya family. #18794 Tom McDonough Gap Program Director & Alumni Relations

We can’t wait to get started!

Gap Experience Timeline • November 24, 2016: Applications become available • Admissions will be rolling until the program is full • Expect a response within 3 weeks of your application • September 5, 2017: Opening day • December 17, 2017: Closing day • Interested? For more information, please visit:


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uilt with a leadership gift from the Poler Family in memory and honor of #7689 Henry S. “Hank” Poler, the Dudley Leadership Barn will be a multi-purpose space that will serve Dudley Leaders for generations. Located on the field next to Roe Cottage and the Camp Garden, the Leadership Barn is being built by local builder #9933 Bob Wagner and his team. During the Camp Season, the Barn will act as a Leadership Clubhouse where our Leaders can go in the evenings “after third” to enjoy food, an outdoor fire, music and camaraderie. There will be a commercial kitchen used for cooking and our “farm-to-plate” majors, as well as outdoor gathering space that will enable our leaders and staff to enjoy the nightly “Dudley Dome”. The second floor of the Barn will have 20 bunks for

overflow programs such as the German Exchange, NOLS leadership programs and to accomodate other visitors. During the off-season, the Leadership Barn will provide a hands-on leadership classroom and gathering space for Dudley and visiting groups, as well as the core facility for our new Dudley Gap Experience. The Gap program will offer a 100 Day Leadership School launching during the Fall of 2017. We’ll also use the commercial kitchen during this period to preserve the Fall harvest from our garden which will be utilized in our dining halls the following summer. For more information or to support this project contact

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Trustees Examine Race and Inclusion at Our Camps By the Rev. Dr. Peter W. Allen #11584


ver the past few years, we as a nation have become more aware of ongoing and unresolved racial tensions and conflicts. The story is an old one. Non-white people in our country, especially African Americans, are too often at a disadvantage in many respects and are disproportionally victimized by violence. Long ago, there was no racial diversity in our camps. Over time, as those involved began to desire a more inclusive culture, staff and alumni developed partnerships with organizations serving communities of color and began to recruit non-white campers. This past summer, 17-18% of our campers were non-white, which marks a significant improvement over previous years. The 2010 US census showed that 27.6% of Americans were non-white or of mixed race, but it can be very challenging to attract minority families to places like Dudley and Kiniya. Without a family history of summer camping, many parents are understandably reluctant to send their children away to an unknown place for four weeks. This past year, alarmed by the news of racial violence in Baltimore and other American cities, the Board of Trustees started asking questions: How are we doing with regard to racial inclusion at our camps? What is it like to be a camper of color at Dudley and Kiniya? Do minority campers feel like they are truly a part of the Dudley/Kiniya community? How are we doing with regard to recruiting non-white young people to the leadership program and guiding them through their post-camper years? Are we doing a good job nurturing relationships with minority alumni? What we found is that our directors, yearround staff, and summer staff are working hard to create an inclusive atmosphere and to make sure all of our campers are having the best summer of their lives. The questions the Trustees are raising are not intended to create controversy or to uncover suspected problems, but rather to move together toward being even more intentional about inclusion and understanding.


At the Board of Trustees’ January meeting in Westport, the co-chairs of the Admissions, Diversity, and Scholarship committee, #23787 Robin Bridges Johnson and I, gave our reasons for wanting to initiate a Board conversation about race and diversity. Yearround staffer #22406 Mollie Farnham-Stratton then led the Board in a meaningful exercise that helped us to reflect on the issues of social justice and inclusiveness. Two of the most challenging and helpful questions Mollie posed were, “What is your vision for an inclusive Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya?” And, “In what ways are we already inclusive and in what ways are we not?” At our May board meeting, Dr. Dena Simmons from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence led the board though an important and helpful series of exercises to help us look at the issue of inclusion. In the process, we discovered new ways of thinking about, and acting on, our convictions. As camps that value “The Other Fellow First,” race is an important place to start. From there, we plan to look at sexual orientation and religious differences as well. What issues would you like us to examine and in what ways would you like our camps to become more inclusive? Feel free to email me

The Admissions, Diversity & Scholarship Committee: Mark Valkenburgh, Mollie Farnham-Stratton, Pete Allen, Dr. Dena Simmons (guest facilitator), Robin Bridges Johnson, and Ted Smith.

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eorge C. Peck, camper #1, sketched a reverent and informative picture of his friend, Sumner Francis Dudley; a young man of “most pleasing personality,” possessed of enthusiasm and a “willingness and desire to help any who needed council or advice.” It was Dudley himself who saw the need for continuous improvement and expansion of program. In the 1880s, program consisted of much boating and swimming, stories and song around the campfire in the evening and Bible study each morning. We know that the number of participants included 83 boys by 1891 when Dudley moved his operation to the Town of Westport in order to further grow program to include hiking, a playing field and purchases of boats and tents to enhance the experience. 1904 saw then Director Raymond Kaighn install the division of a Camp Dudley day into periods with more intention and attention to an educational approach for organized camping. While the cadence of the days at Camp may have evolved, the desire to improve has always been at the heart of this change.

Nothing beats a committed mentor in any program area nor can we understate the importance of a great idea. The summer of 2001 saw an innovation in Camp’s daily schedule that remains the over-arching template for our weeks of program each summer. It was during this season when the term Arts Majors or AMs was officially adopted and given a specified time as a morning activity. Before that summer, Arts Majors were lumped in with Individual Majors (sports) thus forcing a camper to choose between working with clay or working on his back swing. The success of this decision was immediately evident and greeted with tremendous appreciation by boy and staff alike. It was this design that also led to the concept of Program Pillars - those very pieces of program that are essential to Dudley. With benchmark improvements on both sides of the lake, The Arts Program at Dudley and Kiniya is that very pillar of program that has allowed girls and boys an avenue to success that they either sorely need or

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BRODIE Westport, NY

may not have ever considered before. I’d like to think that Sumner Francis Dudley had, at the very least, a love of song and storytelling. I’m sure that The Colonel’s voice was often raised in song with her girls who, to this day, make mealtime performance time. Our early directors may be a bit startled by the passing drone getting an aerial shot for the Wednesday Night Slide Show or amazed at the professionalism of our year-end publications, but they would undoubtedly see the fashion in which The Arts have enhanced program and thus the overall experience.


ll of our current Arts Program areas have a rich history of origin and pedigree that have brought them to their present day incarnations. Early on in the life cycle of Camp Dudley, The Woodcraft Department was under the auspices of the Hike Hut.  The first of the organizations to hybrid the term craft, it is described as a Club whose members had to have certain skills in woodcraft in order to be allowed to go on hikes outside of Camp’s property.  The term “camp craft” was used at Dudley in the early years to refer to those activities that one associates with a typical camping experience.  They included carpentry, basketry, leathercraft, model airplane building and metal work.  While the raw materials have changed over the years, the enthusiasm and popularity of Arts and Crafts has remained high. Brodie is named for #4661 H.J. Steven Brodie who ran the program for 25 years.  Dedicated to his memory in 1980, the building is a hub of self expression and intellectual stimulation. Some incredible educators have spent their time giving to the boys who call Brodie there favorite place on campus.  With the implementation of Arts Majors, Arts and Crafts seeks to involve as many campers as possible in activity aimed at exposing boys to artistic thought.  The teachers and professionals who make Brodie their primary home for the summer months are still some of the finest educators we engage each summer.  No boy who enters the building leaves without a new appreciation for the peace one finds while engaged in self-expression.  And no Camp Dudley Leader would deny the power of that building to help focus a homesick camper on the joys of camping.


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TREIBER Colchester, VT


ain or shine, Treiber Art Center at Camp Kiniya is open for girls to explore the visual arts. Whether you are looking for friendship bracelet string or you need a place to draw and paint with friends, Treiber is the environment you will want to spend time in.  The talented staff at Treiber provides a wide variety of hands-on experiences.  Campers can learn jewelry making, ceramic arts, mask making, and studio arts both as part of an arts major and during choice time.  There is even a woodworking major for senior campers in which girls can develop woodworking skills making things like bird houses or a wooden puzzle with camper numbers cut into them.  There are plenty of opportunities to be creative in Treiber. During team activity this year, campers made masks, did letter writing and an art installation about their favorite memories of the dining hall. Treiber is also a favorite place to do service.  Campers love making props for theater productions or mosaic tiles for the garden, but they also help with mopping the floors, washing brushes or wiping down the tables.  Campers’ willingness to be part of the maintenance of the Treiber learning environment is an example of girls really living “The Other Fellow First” motto.  This year campers even went a step further with their service by donating their artwork to Camp’s fundraising auction.  It is this generosity of spirit and the art that flows from it that makes Treiber a truly happy place.   

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Biloxi Blues Director • Diana George

The Tempest Director • Eric Schildge

The Emperor’s New Clothes Director • Nick Chinlund

The Pirates of Penzance Director • Charlie O’Rourke

The Princess Bride Director • Diana George & Scott Gibbs

The Soup Writer/Director • Mark Davenport & Kyle Ferguson


INSIDE LOOK: A Camp Production Every weekend the Dudley/Kiniya community gathers in the evening to watch the highly-anticipated Saturday Night Show. Our plays, comedies, and musicals have included beloved titles like Matilda, Shrek, Annie, The Tempest, and The Princess Bride -- always with a special Dudley/ Kiniya twist to make it a night to remember! Each cast is composed of talented campers (with the occasional guest appearance from beloved leaders or staff members). Auditions are held one week before each play, and then the hustle begins!

developed with each production. In just seven days, campers audition for their coveted rolls, memorize lines and stage cues, get fitted for costumes, learn dance numbers, practice songs, run dress rehearsals, and have fun hanging out with fellow cast and crew members backstage. Our aspiring actors and actresses do not have to take majors in theater or music to be in a play -- all rehearsals and auditions are held during choice time. It takes a dedicated and passionate camper to land a lead role. It is all hands on deck as the cast and crew members dive into all aspects of the theater.

A true sense of camaraderie and collaboration is


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THE LODGE Colchester, VT


Once / Whose Line is it Anyway Peforming Arts Staff

Matilda Claire Lynch & Georgia Bass

Shrek Cliona McCarthy & Julian Porch

High School Musical Peforming Arts Staff

Annie Performing Arts Staff

Shine Writer/Director • Steve Schmidt

Alumni Artists

by Joshua Folmar & Dave Langston Through the ages our Camps have influenced probably hundreds of men and women who have found success and even fame in the diverse world of “The Arts.” It is an impossible task to represent the artists who have touched or been touched by Dudley and Kiniya when you consider the likes of Link Barnett, The Harbison family, Burgess Meredith, Les Cizek, Bev Edie, Pete Edwards, Stu Hemingway, Bob Kindred, The Schmidt Family, Max Premo, Mark Davenport, John and Chris Fisher, Oliver, Rory and Brian Jeffers, David Howson, Mia Jager, Maddy Schumacher, Billy and Sam Brouse. Those listed are only a sampling of the artists from all walks of life who received some of their inspiration or shared their expertise at Camp. Today our “Alumni Spotlight” shines on six individuals as a tribute to the larger group.

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#11187 Nick Chinlund Time at Camp: 1972 to 1975 Birthplace: New York City, NY Residence: Los Angeles, CA Occupation: Actor Accomplishments: Has acted in over 120 films and television shows over the past 30 years. Favorite place at Dudley: Natural stone chair near Red Rock at North Point – “When the water level is just right, you can sit in [it] with the water waist high, and look across the lake and up into the sky and revel in God’s brilliance.” Most memorable hike or outdoor activity: The miner’s ghost at Stacy Brook Falls – “I saw the miner’s flashlight and heard his blood curdling scream. The sleeping bag was no longer usable that summer.” Most memorable Arts experience: The look of accomplishment that the actors and crew have after the Saturday night shows, knowing “the impossible has been achieved.” Why the Arts Program helped you achieve success in your field: The freedom to create, and the teamwork that is essential to the process: “It was [okay] to be loud, expressive, silly, and a little crazy as long as it was positive, fair, and added to the team.”

#11264 Mark Davenport

Time at Camp: His 41st Summer at Dudley! Started as a JL at 16. Birthplace: Stamford, NY Residence: The village formerly known as Port Henry, as well as Harlem, NY Occupation: Actor, Educator, Coach, and Land Baron. Accomplishments: Member - Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actors Equity of America. Favorite place at Dudley: Steps of Beckman Hall facing south towards the Crown Point Bridge. Most memorable hike or outdoor activity: The 7-Day Canadian Canoe Trip of 1975. Most memorable Arts experience: The1983 production of his original play The Group, “because it had a beginning, middle and an end.”


Why the Arts Program helped you achieve success in your field: “No other audiences in the world are as encouraging. Everyone wants you to succeed.”

#13785 Todd Lubin

Time at Camp: 1985 to 1989. AL in ‘91 & Leader in ’93. Birthplace: New York City, NY Residence: Los Angeles, CA Occupation: Producer and Director Accomplishments: Owner of Matador Content. Known for Lip Sync Battle & The Biggest Loser. Favorite place at Dudley: The Dudley Dome during Brass Quartet and watching junior baseball from Beckman Hall. Most memorable hike or outdoor activity: Overnights at Cutler Point – “I liked to be nice and close to campus!” Most memorable Arts experience: Front row of Witherbee for the Wednesday Night Show! Why the Arts Program helped you achieve success in your field: Learned to not be afraid to try. “You can’t fail if you don’t try.”

#19327 Ryan McSherry

Time at Camp: 2005 to 2014: Aide in 2009, Leader in 2012, Staff in 2013 (visiting) & 2014. Birthplace: White Plains, NY Residence: Larchmont, NY Occupation: Production Assistant at The Lighting Design Group (NYC) Accomplishments: Programmer and assistant lighting designer for various shows in the NYC Fringe with 2 Main Stage designs and 1 assistant design as well as being an associate for my lighting professor in the Anchorage Opera’s production of Carmen. BFA in Theatrical Production Arts from Ithaca College. Most memorable Arts experience: “Hands down working with Carl Jackson, Lefty and my long time Dudley Friend Sam ‘Turtle’ McKeown on Are you there,

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Brother McGinty? was one of the most challenging but rewarding shows that I’ve worked on in such a long time. Throughout school and ‘in the field’ I’ve always been told that Theater is a collaborative art, but Witherbee has always taken that to the next level. It truly pushed us to our limits, not only physically in Witherbee, but personally. The outcome was unbelievable. We wanted to create something that had never been done on that stage before and something that people would walk away from and remember for years to come, and I think we accomplished that. It was one of those shows that I’ve always held near and dear to me.” Why the Arts Program helped you achieve success in your field: “My mentors. Max Doolittle first got me interested in lighting when I was a cub, Ryan Joyce and Wendy Higgins took me under their wings and made me truly appreciate and love theater, Di helped not only myself but Witherbee flourish, all of the Witherbee staff helped me appreciate how much hard work goes in behind the scenes, and of course Turtle whom I worked, sweated, cried and laughed with for so many years up in the booth.”

#21013 Sarah McDonough

Time at Camp: 2008 to 2016. Started out as a camper at Jeanne D’Arc (Merrill, NY). Birthplace: Princeton, NJ Residence: Princeton, NJ Occupation: Lawyer,

on stage (channeling adrenaline into productive energy, engaging with an audience, remembering to slow down, remembering to have fun) were critical when I was behind a podium talking to judges about the law.”

#15069 Bill Stratton

Time at Camp: 25 Years! “…if you count being a staff brat.” Birthplace: Norwich, NY Residence: Colchester, VT Occupation: Poet and Educator Accomplishments: Two collections of poetry, Under the Water Was Stone and These Things Too Have Shape. Favorite place at Dudley: “Wherever my friends are…” Most memorable hike or outdoor activity: “Oh god... this is a story I need more time to write.” Most memorable Arts experience: “Remind me again next week.” Why the Arts Program helped you achieve success in your field: Allowed a place for individual self-expression - “In the end, your art is what you can produce, and no one else.”

Songwriter, and Pianist Accomplishments: Writing Camp Kiniya’s ’Neath the Pines. Favorite place at Kiniya: Behind the piano during Hymn Sing! Most memorable hike or outdoor activity: Staff sailing trips to Valcour Island – “Sailing through the middle of the lake, where we couldn’t see land to our left or right, was pretty incredible!” Most memorable Arts experience: Hymn sing during the summer after the first year of law school. “I went back to visit Kiniya and listen to Giulia Campana lead an awesome hymn sing. Sitting on the floor and listening to the girls sing ’Neath the Pines gave me chills.” Why the Arts Program helped you achieve success in your field: “Learning to have presence and confidence on stage” became “a valuable skill in law school…[I] found that the skills that I learned at camp about being Fall 2016

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Nuggets from the Dudley Archives 1885 - 1930 Compiled by #7289 Ace Scharges

1885 • With parental approval a 14-year-old boy could apply to Mr. Sumner Dudley for admission to the “Boys Camping Society.” The initial application was to be accompanied by 15 cents for which the applicant would receive a syllabus of Bible passages to be studied, along with the objectives of the YMCA, the rules of the Boys Camping Society and the lists of times and places at which examinations could be taken for admission. Fail the exam and you don’t get in. 1887 • Thomas A. Edison Jr. And William Leslie (Willie) Edison, sons of Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor and businessman, attended camp. Also the two younger brothers of Mrs. Edison (Thomas’ wife) also attended. Camp numbers are unfortunately not available. 1903 • The first eight-week session was conducted as Camp opened this year. 1904 • H. C. “Chief ” Beckman, while still attending Yale, took over responsibilities for the kitchen and dining hall. Four years later, in 1908, he became Camp Director. 1905 • The Dudley Doings was founded in 1905, but in 1907 it appeared for the first time in print form. Copies were sold for five cents each or $.25 for the season.


1908 • Dudley purchased its current campus site. It was known as “shore acres.” The original 65-acre site was purchased for $18,000. • The “Lodge” (Dining Hall) was built in 1908. It burned to the ground in 1915 and was quickly rebuilt for the 1916 season. (See photo above.) 1909 • The Dudley Chapel was dedicated in 1909 as the center of Camp’s spiritual activities. It was established at its current setting, in the pines overlooking the Lake. 1915 • Camp conducted a number of excursions for campers to Fort Ticonderoga, Ausable Chasm, the iron mines in Mineville, a moonlight ride on Lake Champlain and an overnight visit to Montreal. 1919 • The original camp office at 215 W. 23rd St. in New York City was moved to 2 W. 45th St. It would remain at that location until 1970, when it was moved to Westport, NY. 1930 • The first three cabins — Iroquois, Andrews and Huron — were built. In 1931, 10 more cabins were completed. By 1936 there were 34 cabins.

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Bringing Dudley Leadership to “the Real World” #16126, Justin Noel lives

in Aliquippa, PA, where he is Principal of the nearby Dutch Ridge Elementary School, serving third through sixth graders. In June, Justin spoke to the Dudley leadership community prior to opening day. Dudley has had a major impact on his life, and he’ll tell you that he has learned a good deal about leadership since 1993, when he was a first time AL, before becoming a Leader and Assistant D-Head. Since 1999, Justin has been a regular on the Athletic Hut Staff. Talking to the leadership team at Dudley, Justin described how he and his educational team at Dutch Ridge had used the Camp Dudley “Extravaganza” to design a testing strategy that energized both students and teachers in his school. As reported in the May/June 2016 issue of the Pennsylvania School Board Bulletin, “In many schools, testing isn’t something teachers and students look forward to. But at Dutch Ridge Elementary School . . . it was cause for excitement. In midFebruary the school implemented a superhero-theme initiative that’s both a diagnostic tool and a contest that make learning fun.” Wrote Jackie Inouye, “The idea was the brainchild of Principal Justin Noel and Assistant Principal Steve Katkich, who thought of the project as a tie-in to the recent

release of the Batman v. Superman blockbuster. Once a week for five weeks the students took a short quiz based on PSSA standards. Questions were chosen by Katkich from eligible content. Each grade was divided into two teams — Batman and Superman — for some friendly competition. Testing results were tallied and small prizes given to students with high scores.” Our own Superman, Justin Noel, takes Justin, with his 15 years Dudley leadership practices to the real world. of Dudley experience, said, “School has to be a place where kids are developing socially and emotionally and where learning is fun.” He said, “The response was overwhelmingly positive because teachers could see the benefits.” Not only did the project produce valuable data, it was a project the whole school could rally around in a fun way. Noel said the Justin and his boys Ryan and Nathan. real superheroes are the teachers who have created a culture for learning: “It was very rewarding and humbling to see how enthusiastic people were. They looked forward to it every week.” Justin lives with his wife #18095 Jodie and sons #23826 Ryan and #23726 Nathan, 9-year old Brady, and Zachary.

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Let us know of a Dudley or Kiniya camper, leader or staff member who has done “super” work in helping others, and we’ll track it down for a possible CD News article. Email Fall 2016


News and Notes #7441 Phil and #13283 Holly Bisselle, Hamilton, NY, visited Camp for a Chapel Service in late August, but had a pretty good reason for missing the CDA Reunion. "Can't make the reunion due to arriving granddaughters headed for colleges." #19541 Aggie Bisselle will be a first-year student at Hobart and William Smith College, and sister #19641 Lucy is a sophomore at the University of Vermont. #7532 Paul "Grinny" and Mary Lou Grinwis, Elizabethtown, NY, after 45 years in the Adirondacks, have packed it up and moved in September to Kennett Square, PA. New address for the Grinnies is 163 Crosslands Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Paul and Mary Lou still head for Georgia in the winter. Editor’s Note: Enjoy that new home of yours, Paul and Mary Lou! #7865 Pete Muhlhausen, Hudson, FL, and wife Jeri were at Reunion. Pete's not letting the grass grow, as he is still competing in men's 75+ basketball. Wrote Pete, "We're headed out tomorrow on a two-week road trip, playing basketball in the Georgia tournament (been working out in the Dudley gym for the last three weeks, so hopefully I'm in shape), then we're visiting both of my daughters and families, then to a high school reunion on Long Island. Trying to qualify for the National Tourney in Birmingham, Alabama." #8262 Bill Stevenson, San Diego, CA, who was at Camp in the ’50s, made it back to the Reunion in August. Said Bill, "I'm in San Diego, about 10 minutes from Bill getting off the train at the Milk Station brother #7314 opening day, circa 1958. Don. After 50 years of teaching, from Riverdale Country Day, to the University of Wisconsin, and back to prep school at La Jolla Country Day, I've worked my way across the entire country. And, after 26 years at LJCD teaching AP History, I retired a few years back and am thoroughly enjoying it! With Donnie now retired (almost), the


Stevenson brothers are basically out of control in San Diego. Don especially, of course." #8269 Kirk Gardner, San Diego, CA was back to Reunion. Kirk lives in Montpelier, VT half the year and San Diego the other half. Not all bad! He wrote, "I retired from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography about 10 years ago but still volunteer there when I am in town (late fall to late spring). When I am in Montpelier I lead tours at the State House — it all keeps me busy. To the best of my memory I was at Dudley about 60 years ago. My father (#2741Arthur Gardner) and my brother (#8985 Thomas C. Gardner) also attended Dudley." Editor’s Note: Great to see you again Kirk! #8323 Randy Barton, Wilmington, DE, wrote, "Son #13485 Ran and Louise will be picking up #23785 Kate at Kiniya and #23085 Henry at Dudley this weekend, and I'm jealous. I do hope to make it next year — for one thing, I want to see Kiniya sometime while Kate is there. Please give my best to my old Dudley friends, including #8191 Alfie Kaemmerlen, whom I see for golf every year, but also #8252 Charlie Johnson, whom I haven't seen since Beach Haven, NJ, days in the '70s.” #8336 Ed "Sharky" Dealy, Bonita Springs, FL, wrote, "We are having a great summer. Just returned from a (first ever) family reunion in Marion, MA, where I learned a first cousin once removed Graham Ackerman (son of my cousin Meg Dealy Ackerman) is also a Dudleyite. Graham immediately announced his number of #12980. I remain active in tennis and golf and just shot my age (74) for the first time." Ed. Note: Good work, Sharky, on tracking down Graham, who was a Cub in Cutler in 1981, hailing from Weston, MA. #8444 Dr. James "Jim" Van Hoven, Essex, NY, was recognized as the recipient of the Pomeroy Award from the New York State Planning Federation for 2016. The award recognizes Hugh R. Pomeroy, a pioneering urban planner and Director of Planning for Westchester County, whose career spanned nearly four decades. Jim is the Chairman of the Town of Essex, NY, Planning Board, and was at Dudley in the 1950s. He and his wife, Colleen, live in Essex.

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#8686 Gene Little, Canton, OH, visited Camp in July and wrote, "Great visit. Son #14000 Blake did well in the Ironman in Lake Placid. He continues in Stuttgart teaching for the Department of Defense Schools at our military bases. We enjoyed seeing Matt and Jessica, nephew #12135 Peter Kotz, and Cantonian #22039 Chance Clevenger as well as #19304 Tom Dils, who visited Blake in Stuttgart. Camp looked great!" #8456 Bill Campbell, Exeter, NH, and wife Anne could not join us this August but were there in spirit. Bill, who was at camp in the early '50s, is a retired teacher from Exeter Academy who had multiple terms as a selectman in the town of Exeter. #8612 Pete Trowbridge, Gilbert, AZ, joined us for Reunion from his summer home in Willsboro, NY. "We old boys have to rally. I've been in touch with my brother #7714 Tom at his home in Orinda, CA. He has too many 'pokers in the fire' right now to make it back east to visit this season so he sends his regrets. We really are grateful to have our twin grandchildren experience their first year at Dudley and Kiniya. We picked them both up after Sunday Chapel and they raved about their camps! They both want to go back next year." #8674 Bill Vanneman, Ludlow, VT, served as a "Dudley Doc" once again this summer and wrote, "Irene and I are doing well. We just returned from Cornell reunion (too many to count, I'm just not good at math when numbers go this high!), and looking forward to a new Dudley season. I hope to continue my GI practice for another year or so in Boston — still enjoying it. Speaking about 4-digit numbers, do you remember when we were campers, at Sunday Night Hymn sing with Marshall introducing ‘older’ guys with THREE-digit numbers?!" #8698 George "Farouk" Sanders, Cherry Hill, NJ, wrote, "I will be closing the office and retiring completely at the end of the summer. I have been working just three days a week for two years and now believe that it is time to shut things down completely. Looking for something to fill the time now and have a few possibilities. In August, my daughter will be having her second child around that time. Best to all, Farouk"

#8758 Ernie Schoen-René, circled, Leader in Beal, 1957

#8707 Peter Coombs, Vernon, NJ, wrote, "I'm finally, really retired now! The grandkids (two grandsons/ one granddaughter) hopefully will be headed in Dudley/ Kiniya's direction. We were up in Vermont last summer right across the lake from Camp. Made a short trip to get them used to the NY side of the lake. Regarding the ‘Honor A Leader’ summer campaign . . . I'd like to honor a guy who really helped me get up the mountain (on my own) that we were climbing when I was a Junior, but I can't remember his name . . . maybe Ernie something. Any chance there might be a roster? Editor’s Note: That guy would be #8758 Ernie SchoenRené, who led the hiking program in the '50s and '60s. Ernie was at Dudley from 1954-64 as a JL, Leader and Staff member. He graduated Yale in 1959 and had two sons, #13799 Erich and #13474 Ernie, who were at Camp in the 1980s. Ernie lives in Kingston, NY. #8767 Sandy and #19067 Patricia Short, Baltimore, MD were on hand for CDA Reunion. Said Sandy, "Weekend was so fine in virtually all respects. Weather was terrific, company was good and we had a lot of the older folks back. With all of the times the name Will Dudley's name has come up over the years it was only today when I reread the CD News that I discovered he had a Camper number (#22428) much to my astonishment and had spoken at Dudley chapel. Wow! I haven't been paying attention, again." Editor’s Note: Will Dudley, father of #22614 Cole and #22868 Ella, was named President of Washington and Lee University in February 2016.

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News and Notes #8928 David, "Mother" Boyle, Shaker Heights, OH, was at Reunion along with his son #15238 J.D. Boyle from Washington, DC. Several of David's prime wines, contributed to the Dudley AuctionPalooza, are now sitting on the shelves of Dudleyites around the country who bid successfully. #9060 Ian Crawford, New York, NY, wrote, "After 45 years of the practice of law, I retired from my own tax and real estate firm at the end of 2015. Since then, Mary Ann and I have been traveling about and visiting friends as I try to ease into retirement mode and not create too much chaos in our household. For the first time, we rented a condo for three months in Mariner Sands Golf Club in Stuart, FL, which we really enjoyed and will do so again next spring. I am still regularly in touch with #9064 John Bliss and #9024 Peter Rhoads but unfortunately (fortunately?) haven't been on a golf trip with them and #7532 Paul Grinwis and #10058 Ed Young for a while. Hopefully, we can do a trip again in the near future as it was always a good time and a lot of fun and laughs as Dudley outings always are." #9123 Harry and Bonnie Tower, III Center Harbor, NH, are happy grandparents. They wrote, "So great to get different letters from our grandchildren at Dudley. They are all having a meaningful experience. Bonnie and I are well and enjoying a beautiful summer." #9163 Dick Broad, Fairfax ,VA was back for Reunion. Said Dick, "The organization of Camp is incredible. It’s a minor miracle how they cover and expose the boys to so much in half the time we used to spend there. Our sons once again had a terrific experience, which this year seemed to register on a deeper level. They have already expressed interest in the NOLS trip and the German and Spanish exchange programs." #9262 Tom and Desi Willmott, Harvard, MA, got word from #10475 Ellie Edwards that her son #13373 Jonathan was being inducted into the Lawrence Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. So they decided to surprise Jon by showing up for the ceremony! Tom and Desi have lived in Florida and the Vineyard for the last several years and now have moved to Harvard, MA. Said Ellie, "We were very good friends during the years they were at Dudley and Wheelock College."


Tom and Desi Willmott with Jon Edwards.

#9394 Ward West, Roanoke, VA, sent this picture of, "My brother, #9675 Dave, doing what he likes to do best — butting in. On the left is wife Pam and, of course, my indefatigable mom, #4143 Bobbie, who turned 100 in July. Amazing! She's always been a great supporter of Camp. Also looking forward to my grand nephew, Timmy Baldwin, entering camp as a Cub this year. That will make five generations of Dudleyites from the West clan."

This photo was taken on the croquet field after Ward and Dave had just crushed their family competition. Mother, Bobbie, third from left, is 100 years old!

#9528 Jon and #17528 Ruth Appleyard, Woolrich, ME, regretted not being able to join us at the CDA Reunion. "We have a full slate with a memorial celebration of Ruth's mother that week and so send our regrets. But it is good to know that we have made it to the Old Boys network."

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#9675 Dave West, Naples, FL, and Westport, NY, recently cashed in on his Dudley Auctionpalooza winnings with pilot #8674 Bill Vanneman. The two had a terrific flight in Bill's plane around the Westport area and through the Adirondacks. Thanks for bidding, Westy, and thanks for the donation and good navigating Bill! Dave and Bill at the Westport Airport.

Scott Perry, Chris Perry, Jeff Low, Marc Klaus and John Storey reunite at the Williams College Alumni Parade in June.

#10400 Tom Storrier, Wilton, CT, made it back to Reunion. Both of his daughters, #21600 Paige and #22300 Bayley have enjoyed being part of the Kiniya Community.

#9973 John Penberthy, New York, NY, decided to crash the #8608 Bob Strouds serene summer spot in Sconset on Nantucket. "John just stopped by to say hi! Dudley and Kiniya flags were flying!!! John was in Bob's cabin —Andrews — in 1965!" John spent his career in the advertising busiBob and John reunite in Nantucket. ness in London and New York. #10215 Don Meisel, Lawrenceville, NJ, wrote, "Finally eligible for my 50-year pin — glad I made it that far. Tennis is taking up most of my time. I won a doubles tournament with my partner last month and have advanced to a regional tournament with my USTA team this month. I'll be going to both the Connecticut and US Open later in August." #10235 Scott Perry, San Pedro, CA, reinforced the Williams College Alumni Reunion Parade in early June, along with brother #12764 Chris. Stopping to say hello to spectator aging Eph alum #8804 John Storey, resulted in two more Dudleyites, #12270 Jeff Low, Portola Valley, CA, and #12938 Marc Klaus, Stockholm, Sweden joining the mini-reunion.

#10617 Rodger Stebbins, Fairfield, CT, could not make the CDA reunion given the timing of the start to the school year. Rodger is a counselor and teacher in Fairfield. "I would have enjoyed attending the gathering if work requirements didn't conflict with this welcoming occasion. I recognized many familiar faces that appeared in the ‘Blast from the Past’ photo album that #10555 Dave Langston posted. Some of the cheerful photos deliver right to the present the memorable spirit of the late 1960s and early '70s at Camp and remind me of just how quickly time has passed since I was a camper at Dudley. Others confirm that almost half a century has passed since I first arrived as a cub at Dudley from Houston, TX." #10787 Wayne Meisel, Atlanta, GA, is the Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Theological Seminary. He writes a regular column for Huffington Post. His June 9, 2016 blog focused on "Why Summer Camp Transforms: Stillness in the Midst of Movement." Wrote Wayne, "One of the key factors that makes summer camp transformative is not the activity and the noise that goes along with it, but the stillness and the silence that occurs at small moments throughout the day. Ninety-five percent of the day is likely to occur while standing on your feet or flat out asleep. But the most significant part of the day is the five percent pause that happens just before you eat a meal, after an event or a game, or just before

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News and Notes lights-out. It is in these still moments at camp when one can reflect, conversation starts, experience is shared and change begins to happen. Out of the stillness, the conversation, and the discovery, campers become true friends with one another, camp counselors serve as life changing mentors, camp directors demonstrate life-shaping leadership examples and together, everyone explores the mystery of faith. Vulnerabilities are shared, strengths are identified, self-confidence found and self-worth identified. The transformation can happen in a moment and impact a lifetime of choices, relationships and identity."

Bill Manning (left) poses with the victorious Princeton 3V and 4V lightweight boats.

#10811 Allen Jackson, Old Greenwich, CT, wrote, "The big news has already appeared — son Carl and Monica's wedding last September. Of course you might not have realized I was connected to that because our beloved Communications Manager, notwithstanding having attended and participated in that very wedding, somehow contrived to omit the name of the Father of the Groom from the article!" Editor’s Note: Lefty Loughman and Dave Langston, the guilty parties, confess to big-time egg on the face. Sorry Allen!

With sadness we learned of the passing of Roger Torpie, Sr. of Thornwood, NY. Roger is the father of #11839 Roger Jr. of Dallas, TX, as well as, #11894 Douglas, #13180 Andrew (deceased) and grandfather of #18753 Doug, #19694 Luke, and #20094 Maggie. Roger had been in hospice care for a period of time and passed away on April 14, 2016. He and his wife, Pat, have been great supporters of our Camps for many years.

#10974 Regis and Doreen Canning, Brooklyn, NY, commuted to Reunion from their summer home in Wadhams, NY, joining many Cannings to share in brother TC’s recognition as Camp Dudley Man of the Year. #11846 TC and Paula were also fittingly on hand. Need work in NYC??? Call Regis at Temp Alternatives.

#12102 Tom and Debbie Pastore, Westport, NY, caught up with old friends at CDA Reunion. The Pastores moved full-time to their home on Dudley Road in Westport last year, where Tom has been teaching and Debbie is Fund Development Director at the Adirondack Council in Elizabethtown, NY.

#11887 Bill Manning, Princeton, NJ, Assistant coach of Princeton's Men's Lightweight Rowing had some good success this past spring. Princeton's Athletic Communications department wrote, "Lightweights Take Sprints Bronze, Are Lone Team To Medal In All Finals. The Princeton men's lightweight rowing team has talked about its depth since the preseason, and that depth showed up in impressive fashion during the postseason. Princeton was the lone program in either the lightweight or heavyweight field to medal in each of its grand finals, a run that included a bronze medal in the varsity eight final and a pair of golden efforts." Head Coach Marty Crotty said, "Bill Manning is primarily responsible for the two boats that won. He’s no stranger to winning races at Sprints."

#12190 David Kotz, Lyme, NH, did some serious climbing this year. Dave raised the Dudley Flag of his grandfather #4430 Sydney Cowlin (right), as well as the Dudley Flag of his father #7951 Jack Kotz (right), on the summit of Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, the highest point in Africa!


Both flags traveled to Kilimanjaro as a tribute to his father and grandfather.

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#12308 Andy Frank, Scarsdale, NY, reports with sadness the passing of his mom, Sally Kerr Frank, on September 13, 2016. In tribute to the family’s long connection with Camp, the Franks have encouraged those who wished to remember Sally’s life to make a donation to Camp. Sally’s Dudley connections included her husband #7821 Donald, sons #12308 Andy and #13308 Ian, and grandsons #23308 Griffin and #23508 Devin. Sally lived in Scarsdale, NY. #12462 Stu Thomas, Bernardsville, NJ, recently wrote to #11264 Davo, “Thought of you the other night as we spent time Stu Thomas hears about the summer of 2016 with two of from two of his recruits. (R to L #23945 Payton Kittsley, #12462 Stu Thomas, and #23876 Cooour dearper Kittsley. est friends, Dodd and LaVern Kittsley. They were kind enough to bring their two sons, #23945 Payton and #23876 Cooper, along for the ride. It was so gratifying to see the Dudley values alive and well in these young gentlemen. Please keep doing what you are doing!” (Davo was Stu’s leader in 1980.) #13081 Jack Mingle, Cambridge, MA, was on hand this summer, volunteering in the Dudley Kitchen. "Back in the day" Jack ran the dining halls at Harvard and Dudley. In the winter, he sneaks down to Bradenton, FL. #13373 Jonathan Edwards, De Winton, Alberta, Canada, was inducted into the Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA, Athletic Hall of Fame for his participation on the 1994 US Luge Olympic Team. Jon's family #24473 Michelle, son #25373 Quinn, and daughter Makena were on hand. Jon Jonathan and his and family worked at Dudley this team . . . Quinn and Makena summer.

#13804 Matt and #16999 Jess Storey, Westport, NY, traveled to the Island School in Eleuthera this May for a great Parents' Weekend with their daughter #21204 Ellie. They immediately bumped into a good Dudley gang, pictured below.

#21204 Ellie Storey, #18794 Tom McDonough, #22055 Charlie and #21055 Sam Widing at the Island School in Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

#13820 Marcus Chioffi, Greenwich, CT, wrote, "#16964 Joanie, the kids, and I have been having some great adventures across Northern New England over the past few weeks." Marcus made it to Reunion this year, then brought his Brunswick School football team to Dudley for a week of pre-season practice. #14889 Jon Ferrari, Yardley, PA, recently joined the Philadelphia Eagles as the Manager of Football Compliance. Previously he worked for the NFL Management Council — dealing with League labor issues and acting as the liaison between the teams and the players union. Jon and his wife, Leslie, have a son, Will, who ought to be ready for Camp by about 2020. #14992 David Ready, Richmond, VA. "We are in Brooklyn right now, enjoying a week back in our old neighborhood, after Emmy successfully defended her Spanish Literature dissertation at NYU — she passed unanimously! This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and sacrifice for her, especially over the last two years, and I couldn't be more proud." Dave continues at the Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond.

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News and Notes #15133 Mark Valkenburgh, Belmont, MA, visited Camp at the end of September with his wife Emily, and son Jamie to claim their winnings from Auctionpalooza 2016. It was a short but sweet visit and a beautiful day for Jamie to catch some of the autumn air at Camp. Mark was a big winner, Young Jamie Valkenburgh showwith successful bids rang- ing his Dudley swag! ing from Oliver Jeffers’ books to the "future Dudleyite package" displayed above. #15250 Felix Westpfahl, Hannover, Germany, wrote to Matt " Hi Matt, and hope first session is running well. I had Ice Cream with #9791 Eberhard Mangold today. Greetings from Felix and Eberhard enjoying some Eberhard!" “Eis” in Hannover. #15601 Dr. Kirsten Bartholomew Ortega, Colorado Springs, CO, is an Associate Professor of English at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). She is married to Freddy Ortega, a human resources manager with Cherokee Metro. They have two children: Ariadne Lio with his mom, Kirsten, on the mend and lookin’ good! (7) and Lionel (3). Son Lio (lee-oh) survived brain cancer this Winter/Spring with wonderful medical treatment in Aurora, CO, and great support from Aunt Lindsey, Grandparents #13322 Karen and #14209 Bart Bartholomew, and an army of friends. Wrote Karen, "We are grateful to the many friends, Dudleyites among them, who sent love and support, as well as gifts. It sustained us through the


greatest challenge our family has ever had to meet. I'm pleased to report that this story has a happy ending! " #16136 Adam Hainer, Wadhams, NY, whose Juniper Hill Farm continues to grow certified organic vegetables and fruits, has been awarded a $50,000 New York State Small Farmer's Grant. Adam works closely with Dudley Food Service Director #14962 Josh Olcott in supplying fresh produce to Camp all summer. Monies will be utilized to install two large heated greenhouses for early tomato as well as winter lettuce production. Said Adam, "This project will allow Juniper Hill to install a waste oil heater, utilizing Camp's waste vegetable oil to heat greenhouses and start picking delicious tomatoes for those first-session campers who have not been able to get this produce until half way through the season." Groundwork will be done in fall of 2016 with construction in the Spring of 2017. Ed. Note: Well done Adam! Visit #16319 Chris Feifs, Winooski, VT, was appointed UVM Lacrosse Coach. Chris, previously the defensive coordinator for the 2016 NCAA Division I national champion North Carolina Tar Heels, is the seventh head coach of the University of Vermont men's lacrosse program. "It's a great pleasure to welcome Chris to the University of Vermont and the Department of Athletics. Chris is a highly respected professional who has played and coached at the top level of collegiate lacrosse while remaining steadfast in his commitment to the scholar-athlete model," said Athletic Director Jeff Schulman. Chris played for the University of Maryland and served as team captain as a senior posting a career-high 19 points. Looking for Dudley and Kiniya locals to join him at games. #17713 Joel Peralta, Fairfax, VA, wrote to Matt Storey. "Thanks for including me in the Spain trip this summer and having me back at D-U-D. It was really good to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. I am starting week three of teaching at McLean High School in Virginia, and I teach a nice group of kids.” #18755, Graham Tredwell, Silverton, CO, wrote to Dave Langston, "I'm now a Wilderness Field Guide at Open Sky in Colorado. We focus on struggling teens and young adults facing addiction and abuse. We use

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backcountry travel and the power of the wilderness and mindfulness teachings to recognize emotions and heal. As a guide it is my responsibility to support and protect the physical and emotional safety of the students in their own journey as they navigate their internal struggles and begin to stabilize. Thank you so much for the check in and I do hope to try and make a trip up to Westport at some point. " #19136 Ian Kotz, Columbia, MD, will be traveling with a group of University of Alabama students to Nicaragua to assist in several community building projects in December. They will divide into educational, economic and medical teams. Ian said “as my goal is to enter the public health field, I volunteered to go on the medical mission trip. We will be traveling to a remote village in the mountains of Nicaragua to provide basic triage care for the locals.” Ian is a psychology major and is considering a career in medicine. He has earned certifications in Professional Rescuer CPR/ AED, Advanced First Aid, Life Guarding, Wilderness First Aid and desires to be a Wilderness EMT. #19180 Lukas Ebeler, Hannover, Germany, wrote to Brendan Loughman. "Hey Lefty, I realized that no one has sent you a picture yet from the German group, which was hosted by the Treiber family during our roundtrip this summer. We had a wonderful time at the Treiber’s house, with some baseball, wonderful food, a tour through the garden and a great ice cream cake. The German group is so thankful to the Treiber family for hosting us.”

The Treibers host the German Exchange group at their home in Long Island. There were lots of smiles and “thank yous!”

#19641 Aggie Bisselle, a first-year student at Hobart William Smith finished up her high school ice hockey career strong. She was named the MVP of the All-State Girls Hockey Team for the state of Vermont. Well done Aggie! #19895 Miles Hearon, Peru, VT, is a freshman at Syracuse University and studying at the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania last spring where he was a three sport varsity athlete competing in soccer, basketball, and baseball. #20001 Marnie McDonagh, #20595 Kat Nelson, and #22406 Mollie Farnham-Stratton kicked off October with a skill and teambuilding morning on Bolton cliffs led by Kiniya’s head climbing instructor, #23507 Paul Brown. This beautiful location is visited each session by Kiniya climbing majors and proves to have climbs for all skill levels.

Mollie, Kat, and Marnie on Bolton Cliffs this fall.

Kristin Caspar (CK'98-03), Washington, DC, and a former Kiniya camper and Bosh Bosh Founder, Charlene Espinoza were invited to the White House to speak about their time in the Peace Corps. Bosh Bosh strives to educate women and girls so they can help restore their communities in Liberia. The Obama's introduced their inititative, "Let Girls Learn," in March 2015. Since graduating from Swarthmore College, Kristin taught at the Peace Corps and WorldTeach, and is back stateside studying at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Fall 2016


News and Notes #21029 Grace Hagerty, Washington, DC, is a Junior at Boston University and began interning with MEDIAGIRLS this fall, a non-profit that teaches middle school girls how to strike back against the messages the media sends. Grace teaches their after-school curriculum with two other BU students at a low-income school in Boston.

Michelle Obama, Kristin Caspar, Rosalina Espinoza, Charlene Espinoza, and President Obama at the White House.

#20076 Anne Kennedy, Rye, NY, graduated in May from University of Southern California and is currently working in Laos as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Upon her return from Laos, she will begin work as a brand specialist for Amazon. #20420 Isabel Meigs, Newton, MA, graduated in May from Reed College and is currently working in Ukraine as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. #20444 Hanna Mcpheron, El Cerrito, CA, graduated from UC Santa Cruz in May and is currently studying (swimming!) abroad on the island of Barbados! #20580 Kyle Munshower, Minneapolis, MN, sent greetings from Scotland with this giant Yoha! Kyle called the photo “A Little Bit of Westport in Scotland!� Thanks, Kyle!

#22427 Father Mark Connell, Newburgh, NY, was honored by the Orange County, New York Human Rights Commission on April 12, 2016. The Human Rights awards program honors those who have made a significant contribution to advance human rights and eliminate discrimination. Since its inception in 1995, 121 individuals, organizations, or businesses from Orange County have been recognized. San Miguel is an all-boys middle school that opened in 2006 for underserved students. San Miguel offers a tuition-free, faith-based education for boys from fifth to eighth grade. We are pleased to have had Father Mark as chapel speaker at Dudley and to have hosted the seventh graders from San Miguel for a three-day Dudley experience in the spring of 2016. #22998 Cole Custer, Williamstown, MA, took 2nd place in three events at the New England Swimming Championships qualifying for Seniors and Speedo Sectionals! Great weekend for Cole and his teammate, Isaac Boyd, highlighted by swimming best times in all their events, making the finals, surpassing their Cole Custer, 2nd place winner, at the New England Swimming goals, achieving new Championships. cut-times, enjoying every moment and all of this from Purple Valley Aquatics . . . the little team that could! Ed. Note: Proud of you both, guys!

Kyle Munshower in Scotland.


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#23488 Finn Ryan, Delmar, NY, and his dad #12188 Dennis wrote to Lefty, "Wanted to share with you a recent picture from Albany. Finn and I went to a poetry reading — Finn's first, at least in a bar — and enjoyed hearing samples from both #15069 Bill Stratton and #23181 Duncan Campbell. We bought both of their books and really enjoyed hearing them read live."

Word reached us from Mill Valley, CA, that #20661 Bill Smith's father, Harry William "Bill" Smith Jr., had passed away in August at the age of 88. Bill Sr. was the grandfather of #16461 Harry, #17567 "Billy", #22198 Nicholas and #22198 Conrad. Bill Sr. had had a long career in automobile sales with the Ford Motor Company and also had a passion for race car driving in the '50s and '60s. He divided his time between Norwich and Cooperstown, NY, and Vail, CO. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Manley Smith, his five children, seven grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister. Bill and his wife Brigitte Smith were longtime San Francisco area Dudley reunion hosts. #22555 Aicher Hearon, Peru, VT, is a sophomore at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. This past summer he traveled to Zambia and South Africa on a community service trip before tackling the Wind River Range with the NOLS crew from Camp Dudley.

Bill Stratton, Finn Ryan, Duncan Campbell, and Dennis Ryan at a poetry reading in Albany.

Judy Marshall Kennedy, North Conway, NH, wrote, "I just heard from Schuyler Morris, Bear Morris's mom, the daughter of #8290 Doug Marshall, and my second cousin. Her son #24300 Brent "Bear" Morris was at Dudley for the first time this summer. Bear is the Great Grand Nephew of former Camp Director, #2700 Robert H. "Bob" Marshall, and the 4th generation of Marshalls to attend Brent “Bear” Morris . . . a happy Cub this summer! Camp. According to mom, "He had an absolute ball." Brent hails from New Canaan, CT, and was a Cub in Teale Cabin this summer.

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50- and 75-Year Pins We are proud to recognize the following recipients with their Dudley pins, representing dedication to Camp for 50- and 75-years, respectively. If you have reached those milestones, but have yet to receive your pin, please let Dave Langston know at

50-Year Pins Awarded #8864 David Griffenhagen, Ann Arbor, MI #9805 David Crallé, New York, NY #9849 Tom Flanagan, Simsbury, CT #10006 Jon Crispin, Pelham, MA #10085 Neil Ferguson, Glastonbury, CT #10215 Don Meisel, Lawrenceville, NJ #10239 Ken Macintyre, Colorado Springs, CO #10268 John Trent, Northridge, CA #11670 Gene Hamilton, Kunkletown, PA

#8864 Dave Griffenhagen receives in 50-Year Pin on the banks of Lake Champlain from Dave Langston.

Wish List/Gifts-in-Kind Occasionally we are asked, “What things does camp need?” This is a very important question as it allows us to discuss what our NEEDS are with interested donors. We appreciate offers of in-kind gifts but also need to evaluate each potential item in terms of its usefulness to Camp and its programs. Says Dave Langston, Director of Development, “The conversation about well-intentioned gifts helps avoid the situation where a gift may not fit into our program needs and may ultimately be costly to repair or discard. The Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya Wish List below offers some things that we need which would have a place in our programs. Please contact Dave Langston ( or Dawn Gay ( if you might be able to help with something on the list or have questions about other items. Thank You!

– Wish List – Used, well-built furniture (Wooden chairs, couches, dressers) Wooden Adirondack Chairs for Kiniya Gently used, late model SUV or truck Gently used late model Caravan or equivalent Gently used 15-passenger van Used electric golf cart Used Toolcat (Bobcat Utility Work Machine) Used pick-up truck suitable for on-campus trash removal at Kiniya DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone (4K) – Publications Department Roland KC-550 4-Channel 180 Watt Stereo Mixing Keyboard Amplifier


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Honor a Leader & Auctionpalooza Recap by #15133 Mark Valkenburgh

This year we brought back two fantastic, fun-filled online events to: 1) recognize Leaders and Staff who have had a significant impact on our lives (Honor a Leader) and, 2) to continue our critical ongoing effort to support camp scholarships (Auctionpalooza). For both events, participation was at an all-time high!

• A record 317 Leaders were honored! • Vivid memories were recounted and inspirations from more than 90 years ago were fondly remembered. • Camp staff and departments like the K-crew, maintenance and the performing arts staff were specifically saluted. • More than $19,000 was raised to benefit 2016 campers. • A record 268 registered bidders got in on the action! • Amost every item sold — from incredible camp-made art to exotic get-aways and popular sports packages. • A record $65,000 was raised from the Dudley community and beyond, supporting more than 12 camp scholarships.

THANK YOU to all those who supported these events, either by making a donation or by honoring a special individual. Your support means everything, and paves the way for deserving kids to experience the magic of our two camps. Fall 2016


Weddings #16489 Kyle Ferguson and #24449 Maya Finkeldey were

married on September 24th in Bryn Athyn, PA. The event was attended by Dudley friends #15069 Bill Stratton, #23181 Duncan Campbell, and #24043 Josh Folmar. Two of Kyle’s groomsmen were Dudley legends #16481 Matt Congdon and #17185 James Guimaraes, the latter of whom served as his best man. The ceremony was designed by the Reverend #18500 Bill Harper.

#16767 Derek Claiborne, Alexandria, VA, and Jennifer Bengel were wed at the Baltimore Basil-

ica on September 24, 2016. Says Derek, “I requested our processional song to be “Onward Christian Soldier” but unfortunately the church is very traditional and wouldn’t allow it. Our reception was held at the Belvedere Hotel where my father and I debuted our two-man band with a rendition of the Beatles’ ‘Twist and Shout.’ I did my best to harness my best James Mayo impersonation as the lead singer and my father

manned the drums.” The wedding party included: #9467 David Claiborne, #16384 Taylor Brown, #16825 Justin Haacke and #17467 Everette Smith. Derek and Jen honeymooned in Greece for two weeks and look forward to making a trip up to Dudley this coming summer. Jen is a former Gettysburg College All-American basketball player and has offered to ref a basketball game or two during the visit.

#18467 Jack Aldrich, Westport, CT, married Astrid Parenty, of Lyon,

France, in a ceremony in Grignan, France on July 2nd. The couple met at New York University and were married in a civil ceremony in New York in the summer of 2015. Joining the celebration were legions of fellow Dudleyites: father #11167 Ted Aldrich, grandfather #7062 Bob Aldrich, #11704 uncle John Aldrich, cousins #19862 Will Haskell, #22704 Seixas Aldrich, and #21156 Peter Ferrarese, brothers #18967 Ben and #19867 Tommy Aldrich, and #11023 Cameron Diamondis. The couple lives in Brooklyn, New York.

#19124 John Shusdock, Charlotte, NC, writes, “I was married to Emily Kathryn Johnston on June

25th in Chapel Hill, NC. We had a wonderful ceremony filled with lots of music. We are both music teachers now and met at the beginning of our freshman year at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, but did


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not start dating until a couple years later. #21892 Hannah King represented Dudley and Kiniya. I miss the Dudley family very much. Every year I am thinking about how I can get back to Dudley. Maybe 2017 will be the year now that a few major life events are behind me and I’ve settled into my career. Emily likes the idea too.” John and Emily will call Charlotte, NC, home.

over the years. It was a wonderful experience!” Many of her Camp friends and the Dudley team were in attendance. Sherri and Tony had their honeymoon in Hawaii and promised to go back.

#21264 Bridget Davenport married Robert Nasr on May 21, 2016 at Camp Kiniya. Given away

by her father #11264 Davo, and surrounded by family

#19231 Kari McKinley, daughter of #10231 and friends, they said I Do in the Lois Schmidt MeSchelling and Annie McKinley, married #18952 Joel morial Chapel. The ceremony was presided over by the honorable #18070 David Nelson, a dear friend Cross at the Schoolhouse on Camp Dudley Road on September 24, 2016. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Dudley. There were a total of 50 people with camp numbers in attendance. #9675 Dave West, #10974 Regis Canning, Schelling, and #10264 Brian Mahoney are pictured at the ceremony singing, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Kari and Joel are extremely thankful for Camp, the year-round staff for their generosity, and a special thanks to #8070 Ben Nelson.

#19601 Sherri Guffey, Westfield, MA, married Antonio Polson on

September 17, 2016. The wedding was held in the Dudley Chapel on a breezy fall afternoon. Sherri writes, “It was so great to see all the friendly faces that I have grown up with and worked with

of the couple. The wedding party was chock full of Camp friends including maid of honor #21028 Monica Jackson, bridesmaids #20688 Delia Langan and #20643 Blayne Knapp and groomsman #17098 Carl Jackson. Photos of the beautiful ceremony were taken by #15877 Brendan Loughman. Many Dudleyites were in attendance, including #10974 Regis and Doreen Canning, #17563 Corey Shuman, #20001 Marnie McDonagh, #19270 Sara Nelson and #15081

Alex and Deborah Grishman. The weekend included a “Wednesday night show,” complete with slide show and a council ring style evening of fire and fun. The bride was overjoyed to share her love of Kiniya with her new husband’s family and is hoping to bring his youngest sister to camp in the future.

Please send your news of Weddings and Future Dudleyites, along with photos, to We all want to congratulate you! Fall 2016


Future Dudleyites The arrival of new babies is always a thrill for the Dudley and Kiniya family, not the least of which is the idea that these youngsters will one day get to be nine and ten years old . . . the right age to spread their wings and attend Camp! Congratulations to everyone, and we will get those bunks ready!

#10846 Bob Langston, Syracuse, NY, announced the arrival of his first grandson. Connor William Helfrich was born on September 21, 2016 to Bob’s daughter Julianne and her husband Kyle. He was 7 lbs. 1 oz. and 20 inches long, and will live with his parents Connor William Helfrich in Cranberry Township, PA. Connor, Mom and Dad are all fine BUT Bob was experiencing a little stress at the idea of being called “Grandpa LangFu.” #14696 Dave Baroody and #21096 Stephanie Silva announced the arrival of Ella Fernande Silva-Baroody on May 14, 2016. Ella was 8 lbs. 13 oz. and 20¼ inches when she arrived. Ella joins Arden who is pleased Ella Fernande Silva-Baroody and to be the big brother. brother Arden Looks like camp numbers will be needed for both campers before too much longer. Ella and the Baroody family live in Philadelphia, PA. #15335 Alex Wood, Larchmont, NY, and his wife, Mina, are pleased to announce the arrival of their first son, Nathan, on July 10, 2016. Alex reported that Mina and Nathan are doing well and asked that we reserve


a camp number now. Alex also reported that he still does some “supply preaching” for a few churches in his area. However, his position as Legal director for Employment Law at PepsiCo helps “pay the bills.” Alex sends regards to all in the Dudley Community. #15337 Jon Staley, Washington, DC, and wife, Kay, announced the arrival of their second child Willa Mei on July 14, 2016. Jon writes, “Willa Mei Staley was born at 2:12 pm, happy and healthy. She measures 7 lbs. 9 oz. and 19¾ Willa Mei Staley and her proud inches long. Kay is restpapa, Jon ing comfortably and recovering nicely. Downing orange Jello like a pro. For those who are concerned, I’m fine too. Frances seems quite fond of her little sister so far, in an ‘I’m-only-sort-of-interested-in-this’ way.” #16119 Marlon Fisher, Burlington, VT, and his wife, Aron Steward, announced the birth of their first child, Percy Wynston Steward Fisher on July 14, 2016. Rumor has it that being present for the 4th of July parade at Dudley sped up the birth process. Marlon led the morning exercises at the flag pole as usual, helping to get the camp Percy Wynston Steward Fisher in good shape.

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#16510 Adam Peralta and wife, Kelly McNullin, of New York, NY, wrote to Evan to share some exciting news. Says Adam, “I wanted to send you a quick note with a picture of my son, William James Peralta, who was born on March 29th. A future cubbie in 2026!” William James Peralta

#16778 Brent LaMountain and Jillian Mullee of Fort Collins, CO, shared news of their expanding family. Mason LaMountain was born on May 8, 2016, and has brought excitement and delight to his sisters and parents. Mason LaMountain and his dad, It looks like Brent and Brent Jillian will be planning for dual camp drop offs in 2027!

#18659 Carrie Burr, Huletts Landing, NY, shared the news of her son, Torin Fox, arriving on August 13, 2016 at 10:41 pm. Torin weighed in at 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 inches long. Carrie’s report showed all fingers and toes present. Torin got his mom’s nose and his dad’s long legs. Torin’s Torin Fox Burr arrival delighted everyone but perhaps none more than his grandfather, #9459 Peter Burr!

#17735 Graham Fisk, Burlington, VT, wrote in late June. “So excited to introduce Lola Annabelle, born on June 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm! Birth weight was just shy of 8 lbs. and she was 19 inches long. My wife, Steph, is a total rockstar and our hearts are overflowing with love.” Lola Annabelle Fisk

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Obituaries #5424 Hugh Chaplin Jr., of

Westwood, MA, died at his home on April 29, 2016 at the age of 93. Hugh was born in New York City in 1923 and began at Dudley in 1936. He graduated from The Hill School, Princeton University (AB, 1943), and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD, 1947). While in college and medical school, he served in the US Navy during WWII. He did his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, then entered an academic career through the US Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health and in London. He joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1955 and served several leadership roles. Hugh is survived by his four children and their spouses (Kate and Roger Woodward, of Surrey, England; David and Jane Chaplin of Birmingham, Alabama; Monique Chaplin and Mary McCartney of Arlington, Massachusetts; and John Chaplin and Jill Adams of Delmar, New York), eight grandchildren, including #23324 Clara Chaplin, #22024 Ben Chaplin, #22244 Wes Chaplin and three great-grandchildren. Hugh was preceded in death by two spouses, Alice Dougherty Chaplin and Lee Nelken Robins, PhD).

#6151 John Ferrell “Jack” Ryan of Ticonderoga, NY,

passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016, at his family camp in Westport, NY. He was 86. Born in Westport in1930, he graduated from Westport High School 1948, and St. Boneventure University 1952. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Mr. Ryan was employed by Sears Roebuck & Co in Colonie, was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Ticonderoga and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He was predeceased by his wife, Antoinette (Scarselletta) Ryan; one daughter, Louise Ryan; two sisters, Elizabeth (Bill) Bryant and Connie (Paul) Blanchard; and his good friend, Ruth Coughlin. Survivors include one daughter, Katie Kachidurian and her husband Steve of Bristol, CT, one son, John A. Ryan and his wife Nancy of Havertown, PA, and one brother, James F. Ryan and his wife Ann of Florida and Westport as well as six grandchildren and many


cousins, nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

#6821 Stuart H. Henderson, age 82, passed

away May 6, 2016, in Charlottesville, VA. Stu was born in Maplewood, NJ, in 1934, and was at Dudley in 1943-44. He graduated from Columbia High School and the University of Virginia 1956 in Charlottesville. Following graduation, he married Beverly Ann Brown. He joined the Guaranty Trust Co. and then the Sherwin Williams Co. in New York before entering the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. Ordained to the priesthood three years later, Stu served churches in Lakeview, OR, Alexandria, VA, Randolph, VT, Keswick, VA and Culpeper, VA before retiring in 1995 to Carolina Shores, NC. Throughout his ministry, he served within his local community, advocated education and was passionate about his hospital ministry. He was always deeply involved in his children’s activities. He is survived by his wife Beverly of 59 years and their four children, #13317 Catherine Edson of Greenville, NC, and her four children, Carolyn, #17917 Michael, #19321 Timothy, and #12344 Andrew; #13979 Jennifer Bing of Manakin-Sabot, VA, and her two sons, #18193 Alexander and #18418 Matthew; #11164 David Henderson and his wife, Donna of Sandown, NH, and their two sons, #17916 Stephen and Charles; and #19921 Andrew Henderson and his wife, Anne of Sunrise, FL, and their two children, #22339 Ashleigh and #22082 Christopher.

#7153 John Higley, died on March 16, 2016 in

Charlton, MA. John grew up in Hudson Falls, NY, and came to Dudley in 1945. He graduated from Dartmouth College, 1951. He earned an MBA degree at Boston University. He served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy. John was a career banker, spending 25 years as a senior vice president of Mechanics Bank in Worcester and also Granite Bank of Barre, VT. He also became an executive search consultant for bank executives. He gave back to every community in which he lived as a United Way volunteer, Rotarian and Chamber of Commerce member. He is survived by his wife, Jane, two children and two grandchildren.

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#7689 Henry S. Poler passed

away on May 14, 2016 at the age of 78, having kept cancer at bay for over 14 years. His memorial service, in the company of so many Dudleyites singing the Dudley hymns he had requested, gave living testament to a father, husband and friend who embodied the motto “The Other Fellow First” in every aspect of his life. Hank’s genealogy at Camp Dudley includes 28 family members, beginning in 1919 through today. Hank, born in Manhattan in January 1937, followed his father, #3043 Edson Poler, and brother #7083 Michael Poler, by train to Westport, and was soon joined by cousin #7865 Pete Muhlhausen. He enjoyed six summers on Lake Champlain, from Cub to Junior Leader, and spoke throughout his life of Dudley as the source of his core values. Hank went from The Hill School to Amherst College (with a two-year stint in the Marines) and then directly to Lawrence R. McCoy, a lumber brokerage company, where he became CEO at age 35 and stayed his whole career until retirement at age 63. Hank met his wife, Gail, at a dance with Mount Holyoke on the very first day a 1955 polio quarantine was lifted and they were married for 55 blissful years. Was it by chance or fate that Gail, who grew up on Mallets Bay, attended Camp Kiniya in the late 1940s?! Henry is survived by his wife, Gail, his brother #7083 Michael, sister Margaretta and his three children: #11166 Craig Poler, Laura Poler Ward and #11889 Dwight Poler, as well as eight grandchildren: Charlotte and #21166 Wells Poler; #19989 Andrew, #20789 Matthew, and #21189 Aliza Ward; and #19889 Colin, #20489 Greta and #24189 Elsa Poler. He is also survived by an additional 16 nieces, nephews and grands — Ted, Tim, Cameron and Charlie Poler; Bobby and Tommy Muhlhausen; Michael, Andrew and Alexander Fleming; David and Taylor Sweeny; Eli Albanese; William and Henry Heilshorn; Kate and Anna Huller - who have camp numbers ranging from #11183 to #23083. The Dudley spirit that defined Hank Poler, to all who knew him in all facets of his life, lives on in every one of his descendants.

#9379 Carl Belz, 78, passed away August 28 in

Arlington, MA. Carl, who was at Camp in 1958, was born in Camden, NJ, and grew up in Haddon Heights,

where he was a stellar basketball, baseball, and track athlete. He graduated from Princeton, where he was dominant on the basketball court. He went on to lead the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis for 24 years. Wrote the Boston Globe “Belz was, at 6-foot-5, probably the only museum director of his era who played professional basketball. And he surely was the sole art historian to hold the single-game rebounding record at his Ivy League school, with 29 against Rutgers University in 1959.” His classmate and friend #7897 Dick Edie was responsible for introducing Carl and his brother, #9379 Herm, to Dudley. That summer’s Leader’s team, which included the Belz brothers, #7731 Pete Willmott, #7441 Phil Bisselle, #8191 Alf Kaemmerlen and #8488 Bruce Gehrke were “not too bad.” Belz studied art history at Princeton as a graduate student, adding a master’s and a doctorate to his bachelor’s degree. He taught at UMass Amherst and at Mills College in Oakland, CA, before joining Brandeis in the 1960s. In 1974 he was named director of the Rose Art Museum. Carl, whose previous marriage ended in divorce, married Barbara Vetter in 1968. He leaves Barbara and daughter Portia, and three other daughters, Melissa of Barnstead, NH, Gretchen of Marion, and Emily of Cambridge; two sisters, Dorothy Belz King of Wall, NJ, and Elsie Belz Brown of Lewes, DE, his twin brother, Herman of Rockville, MD, and five grandchildren.

#11432 Mark Smith, Tucker,

GA, a camper and Aide in the years from 1973 through 1977, died unexpectedly on April 12, 2016 at his home in Tucker, GA, at age 54. Mark was born in Kansas City, MO, was raised in Buffalo, NY, and came to Dudley in 1973 and then 1975-77. He had been an Atlanta resident since enrolling in Georgia Tech in 1979. Mark was the owner and operator of ToolBox Homes LLC, and built numerous custom homes in Atlanta over 25 years, putting his Georgia Tech engineering degree to wonderful use. He was an avid tennis player and outdoorsman. These deep passions were first kindled at Dudley in the

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#12163 Bob Kindred, Jazz saxophonist,

died August 15th in Nashville, TN. He was 76. Bob was at Camp from 1981-85, a musical force in Witherbee while leading the Rhythm Ramblers. Born in 1940 in Lansing, MI, Bob was raised near Philadelphia, PA. He began studying clarinet and later played the alto saxophone with the Philadelphia Youth Jazz Band. After graduating from college, Bob left music and entered the business world, becoming a corporate headhunter with his own company. At 30, he heard Phil Woods in concert and decided to begin playing again. He studied with Woods and after two years re-entered the music world on a full-time basis. He joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra and then Woody Herman, appearing on 1975’s Live At Carnegie Hall. His own concert performances include an annual work, “Bending Towards The Light … A Jazz Nativity,” now in its 30th year. Said co-composer, writer-singer Anne Phillips, “Bob’s contributions to the show were great. He sat beside me at the piano and dictated the blazing arrangement of ‘The First Noel,’ the Latin section of the ‘Three Kings for Tito Puente,’ and of course, his song, ‘Bending Towards the Light,’ written for a Dudley show!” Wrote #13322 Karen Bartholomew, “Bob inspired and nurtured me and so many others when we worked together in Witherbee. He was a supremely talented musician and raconteur. His music for the Big Show was always memorable and charming.” #14209 Bart Bartholomew, #7446 John Brust, and Karen played a tribute to Bob at the Dud-


ley Reunion in August. A major tribute was held for Bob in early October at Cafe Loup in NYC. Ed. Note: This year’s “Bending Toward the Light...A Jazz Nativity” will be held on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church, 120 W. 69th St., A 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, JAZZ NATIVITY BOB KINDRED MEMORIAL FUND has been established c/o Kindred Spirits, 170 West End Ave. 16D, NY, NY 10023. Or make a secure contribution on-line at: www. NYCHARITIES (Kindred Spirits).”

#13300 Pat Allen, Moriah,

NY, passed away May 14, 2016. Pat served at Camp from 19792009, as the longtime secretary and assistant in Camp’s post office and store as well as the Development staff. Her life centered around her family, the church and her beloved Camp Dudley. She took great pride in her duties that involved the church and her faith. The ladies of the Altar and Rosary Society meant a lot to her. Wrote granddaughter Vickie Nephew, “It was unexpected but peaceful. She was enjoying life, driving, and even babysitting her great-grandchildren to the last. Aside from her family, Camp Dudley was her life. Many of you were a part of that. She loved all of the love, respect, conversation, and of course the hugs so many of you shared over the years. She thought of many of you often and was so proud of the things you went off to do when you left Camp. I have to think Heaven has a pretty great version of Camp Dudley going on.” She was pre-deceased by her husband, Pete. She leaves behind two sons, Edward (Jean) and Peter Allen, two grandchildren, #18100 Vicki Allen (#18120 Casey) Nephew, #18100 Eddie (Michelle Corson) Allen and three granddaughters and two brothers, Robert (Ann) Connors, Richard Connors, sister Peggy Ladd, two sisters-in-law, Phyllis(Marvin) James, Gracie(Bruce) Lamb, two brothers-in-law, David(Adel) Allen and Gary Allen, and many nieces, nephews and their children.

#16021 Timothy Charles Schwitters, 35, of

Hilton Head Island died suddenly on Sunday, October 16, 2016. He was born June 2, 1981 in Tower Lakes, IL. Tim grew up on Hilton Head Island and came to Camp from 1993 – 1995. His grandfather, #6034

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George C. Morehouse, and his great uncle, #6506 A.R. Grant Morehouse, both attended Camp. Tim was a graduate of Hilton Head High School. After high school he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in History and Art History. He was a brother of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Tim loved Tim Schwitters, center, with Suter cabinmates in 1994. his family, his dogs, the Carolina Gamecocks, playing his guitar and reading anything he could on history. Tim is survived by his mother, Barbara Schwitters, of Hilton Head, his sister, Bethany Schwitters, his father, Charles R. Schwitters, and grandparents, Clarissa Fuller and Charles E. Schwitters. He was preceded in death by his grandfather George C. Morehouse III, and grandmother Barbara S. Morehouse. Tim was a beloved son and brother, and adored by his grandparents. He was a wonderful son, brother, and friend to many and will surely be missed.

#17340 Shannon Butler,

Baltimore, MD, passed away on October 19, 2016. He was born on June 30, 1987, and was 29 years old at the time of his death. Shannon came to Camp as a Junior in 2000, working his way up the leadership ladder. He was a Leader in 2005. His step daughter, #24140 Shayla Carter, was at Kiniya last summer. Said Matt Storey, “Shannon was a fine young man, with whom I had a wonderful reunion just a year ago in Baltimore. He will be missed by all in the Dudley community who knew him.”

#17639 Edward Joseph Fahy, Jr. 28, of Warren, NJ, died on

September 3, 2016. Born in 1988, Edward was the first child and son of Edward J. Fahy and Maureen O’Reilly. He graduated from Seton Hall Prep and attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, majoring in chemistry and minoring in math. He tutored his

younger siblings in both chemistry and math. He was proud of obtaining a perfect score of 800 on the math section of the SAT. He also played the guitar and piano and wrote music. He loved to attend concerts, especially Neil Young, Disco Biscuits and Phish. Edward was a nature lover, environmentalist, and lover of animals, including his two cats, Smokey and Ponyo. He attended Dudley from 2000 - 2005, as a camper through AL. He will be deeply missed by his parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Edward is survived by his loving parents, Edward Fahy Sr. and Maureen O’Reilly; his five siblings, #18203 John, Isabella, #19309 Robert, #21154 William and #22056 Thomas, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

#24024 Ryan Morin, Burlington,VT, passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2016 at age 35. He was on the Kiniya Arts Staff in 2015. Born in Burlington, VT, in December 1980, he graduated from Middlebury Union High School 1998, Northfield Mount Herman 1999 and St Lawrence University 2004. Ryan travelled and experienced other cultures from Trinidad to Thailand. He worked at the Vermont Country Club, Whistle Pig Whiskey and the Windjammer Restaurant, his “home” where he added heart, positive energy and grew to know many, creating long-lasting friendships with both co-workers and customers. Ryan enjoyed music, running, working out, playing golf, basketball, bowling and going to football games, playing and snowboarding. Ryan is survived by his parents, Diane and Darrell Many of Whiting, VT, and Rick and Michelle Lincoln of Colchester, VT, his sister Kristy Many and partner Kyle Lafountain, his brother Ross Lincoln, nephews and a niece, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Danielle Morin in 2011. Joanna Matthews Pastore passed away on August

8, 2016, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 81. Her four sons, #11159 Michael, #11158 John, #12102 Thomas and #12998 Richard all attended Dudley, as did her late husband #7495 Dick. Joanna was born in Beaumont, TX, on December 18, 1934. She graduated from Beaumont High School in 1953 and attended Lamar University before graduating from Southern Methodist

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Obituaries University in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in History. She then earned a Master’s degree in English at Columbia, where she met and married Richard S. Pastore, a Columbia law student from Chatham, NJ. Joanna became a teacher, then a housewife and moved in 1961 to Old Greenwich, CT. She was a loving wife and mother who was deeply involved in her children’s lives and supportive of their interests. Predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Richard, she is survived by one daughter, Anna P. Sommers; four sons, Michael, John, Thomas and Richard; a son-in-law: Jack Sommers; four daughters-in-law: Robin, Esther, Debbie and Catalina; and fifteen grandchildren.

Sarah Martha Murdock “Tink” Bolster, died on May

19, 2016, at her home in Princeton, at age 88. Tink lived a full, active, vigorous life. She was born in Washington, DC, and educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and at Georgetown Visitation Convent. She graduated from Smith College in 1950 where she was awarded an All-Smith blazer, the college’s highest athletic honor. She studied at the University of London before working at Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC, and teaching at the Potomac School in McLean, VA, and at Miss Fine’s School in Princeton. She married #12079 Joseph L. Bolster, Jr. in 1952, settled in Princeton, NJ, and became the parents of six daughters and eight sons – their pride and joy. Tink always knew that the “greatest gift I ever received was the privilege of being the mother of our 14 interesting, accomplished, and fun children.” Tink volunteered extensively in Princeton and for her alma mater, Smith College. She founded and ran Princeton Area Masters, a year-round, competitive and fitness swim program for adults from 1972 to 2008. She enjoyed athletics all her life and was an accomplished equestrian. Tink is survived by her devoted husband, Joe, her eight sons, #10398 Joseph III, #10645 James, #10935 Andrew, #10793 Michael, #11436 Thomas,


#12161 Charles, John, and #13244 Richard; her six daughters Sarah, #13282 Jane, Mary, Martha, #14239 Elizabeth, and #14508 Margaret; seven daughters-in-law, five sons-in-law ,one “significant other,” 20 grandchildren, and her sister Elizabeth Murdock Matsch of Longmont, CO, as well as four nieces and two nephews.

David Joseph Colegrove, 71,

of Skaneateles, NY, father of #16999 Jessica Storey, passed away on June 30, 2016. Dave was born in 1945 in Elmira, NY, graduating from Notre Dame High School and Le Moyne College in Syracuse. He joined the US Navy, serving during the Vietnam War on the USS Meredith. Following a career in the insurance industry, he became a developer of alternative energy programs. He was a longtime member of the Skaneateles community, raising his five children there, and was an avid supporter of Skaneateles and Syracuse University athletics. He organized and completed marathons and triathlons, loved reading and continuous learning, closely followed politics at all levels. He loved the outdoors, especially the waters of the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. Dave was very proud of his Irish heritage, devoted to his Catholic faith and a committed member of the St. Mary’s parish. His most treasured moments were spent with his children, grandchildren, family and friends. Said son-in-law #13804 Matt Storey, “Although he was never a camper, ‘Pops’ Colegrove loved visiting Dudley each summer. He would come for a week during the season, walk the campus, visit with campers, leaders and staff. He took time and had thoughtful conversations with everyone he encountered. Sunday Chapel services were his favorite, and he made strong friendships with each of the speakers he met. He was last here this May 2016.” Dave is survived by his five children, David Patrick (Marisa), Kevin (Kiyomi), Jessica Storey (Matthew), Andrea Shaver, and #17699 Ned (Lauren); his nine grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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