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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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Features 7 CDA August Reunion 12 Kiniya Summer Highlights 14 Dudley Summer Highlights 20 Dudley & Kiniya Off Campus Programs 26 Chapel Speakers 27 A Life Remembered 34 Campus Plaques 35 Dudley Service Corps 36 Wheaton Griffin Retires 39 Essex Farm 61 2020 Vision: Strategic Vision for the Future 72 Thanks to the Team! Departments 2-3 From the Directors 4 Letters 6 Small World 41 The Beckman Society 42 News & Notes 51Lost Sheep 52 Weddings 54 Future Dudleyites 56 Obituaries JOIN



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Matt Quigley, Chairman Peter Allen Mike Bransford Patrick Butler Bill Combs Rick Commons Donna Granfors Tony Hawes Lou Jacobs Robin Johnson Jack Kotz Scott Martin Rich Maxwell Sean McCalla Whitney Phelps Karen Ramsey Ted Smith Mike Stevens Mark Valkenburgh Jay Wells Kathy Wiseman Director, Camp Dudley Matt Storey Director, Camp Kiniya Marnie McDonagh Business Manager Fred Guffey Kiniya Leadership Development Director Kat Nelson Leadership, Admissions & Program Director Evan George Kiniya Outdoor Education Director & CSW Mollie Farnham Development Director Dave Langston Database & Operations Manager Dawn Gay Communications Manager Brendan Loughman Dudley Outdoor Program Director Colin Loher Dudley Food Service Director Josh Olcott Kiniya Food Service Director Gail Coleman 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 Marcus Chioffi, President Dave Ready, Vice President Publication Assistance John and Martha Storey

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Hiker’s view of the High Peaks, photo by Jack Kotz Dear Dudleyites, This time of year, I always feel fortunate to hear from so many parents and campers following their successful summers at Camp. I like to keep the letters to share with leaders and staff. I also use them for training purposes as we prepare for next summer. There is a useful tidbit in almost every one, telling of the positive impact that Dudley has had on our boys. One recent letter stood out to me. It reads:

We cannot believe the change we see in our boy. He was always a good guy – deep down sweet and honorable – but he has struggled so much with confidence and a tendency to be negative when something daunts him. He will always have these struggles, I expect, but he is so much steadier, so much more positive, so much more confident. We know this is all because of Dudley.”

The letter comes from a mom of a new Plebe who had a wonderful first “I’m writing to tell you about the most asexperience at Camp Dudley. Like evtonishing thing that happened last weekend, ery camper, he was initially challenged for which I’m pretty sure we have you and by being away from the comforts of Dudley to thank. home. Yet individually, and with his cabin and team mates, he tried new We had a big end-of-summer party at our things that he had never experienced house last Saturday -- like 40 kids running and, in the process, gained a new around with glow sticks and whatnot and sense of independence while having lots of distracted parents. One of the kids at fun. He also took what he learned at the party is about five and had trouble keepcamp – perhaps the memory of someing up, as he has some pretty serious health thing that had impacted him directly issues. I tried to keep tabs on him throughout – back to his community and made Matt Storey the night, but there was too much distracanother kid feel special. He showed tion. The morning after the party, I checked in with my son others, without needing to be asked or applauded, (who had been sort of the “Captain of the Kids”) and asked what leadership is all about. him if he thought the boy had had a pretty good time. My Matt #13804 son replied, ‘Oh yeah. He was kind of by himself at first, but then I made sure to pick him second for Dodgeball. He was PS: We are incredibly proud to share our Vision 2020 fine after that.’ I was so struck by this. Like, tears-in-my-eyes plan that is included on page 61. There is much work touched. I then asked my son what made him think to do ahead in order to accomplish our goals, but we are that and he sort of tilted his head at me and said ‘That’s just blessed with a remarkable community that will help what you do.’ us get there. “That’s just what we do.” Thank you in advance for your support and feedback.


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Kiniya girls enjoying the lake. Dear Friends, I had the pleasure of hiking up to our Moscow Property, south of Stowe, VT, with Cabin Vanneman this summer. Walking side-by-side up the 1-mile trail with 10-year-old campers, we stopped to appreciate the beauty of the waterfall and rock pool at the trail’s edge. As we rested, the youngest of the group remarked: “This is the most magical place I’ve ever seen!” A half century ago, the original Moscow cabin was constructed as a service project by Kiniya’s oldest campers. Re-tracing their footsteps up to the campsite created a connection between the generations. This summer, for the first time, our Moscow Property became the site of not only our youngest camper overnights, but also a location for additional leadership development opportunities. Most recently, we held our year-round staff team-building adventure here in September. The site has been groomed and new tent platforms constructed. Rock paths have been created and a fireplace and seating area has been developed. It truly is magical!

Kiniya will continue to provide a life-changing camp experience for girls. Whether it’s a summer camp session, a Leadership Training Weekend, a NOLS Experience, a Cultural Exchange Program, or a Cabin Overnight to Moscow, the Kiniya experience will be of the highest quality and provide a safe, nurturing environment that fosters growth and independence. Our Strategic Vision Statement, adopted this past spring by the Board of Trustees, guides our work and our priorities as we prepare for 2016. It will also inspire and guide organizational growth over the next five years.

The Strategic Vision ensures that our Camps remain vibrant and meaningful to our current and future campers for years to come. I am so grateful for the extraordinary efforts of all the devoted folks who came together to help us chart Kiniya and Dudley’s Marnie McDonagh strategic course. I am grateful for the leadership of our Board of Trustees, Community Members, and Key Staff—their dedication and insight will continue to be invaluable as we write As with the Moscow Property, we are constantly evaluthe next chapter in our book. ating and strengthening our program offerings. As we grow our programs to serve our camper needs, one Warm Regards, Marnie #20001 thing remains constant —

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Letter to the Editor . . . An obscure item in the June 1981 CDA News caught Ace Scharges’ eye. It was a report on the 1915 season, originally written by Chief Beckman, and read as follows: “In 1915, Camp conducted a The ore car ride down to the Iron Mines in Mineville, NY. number of excursions for the campers to Fort Ticonderoga, Ausable Chasm, the iron mines in Port Henry, moonlight rides on Lake Champlain, and an overnight visit to Montreal (the $14.50 charge included a visit to the U.S. military camp in Plattsburgh).” Did that say, “to the iron mines in Port Henry??!!” We asked around, and got this confirmation back from #7441 Phil “Lefty” Bissell. Phil wrote from Hamilton, NY, with a recollection from the 1940’s. “One day in the summer of 1949, when I was a junior, Bob Marshall told a bunch of us to be ready to go on a trip the next morning. After breakfast, about 30 excited campers climbed onto the Dudley stake truck and headed south towards Port Henry. There we turned west arriving shortly in Mineville, NY. (Mineville was then home of Dodger pitcher Johnny Padres, who would win three games in the 1955 World Series to help Brooklyn defeat the New York Yankees!) We were told that we were going down into the iron ore mines some 400 feet below ground to learn how the ore was taken out to make steel. After being equipped with helmets and lights we boarded an open train car and rushed at 40 mph into the darkness. After what seemed like an eternity, we came to a stop deep in the mine. We were taken to different stations and learned how the ore was mined. We were given samples of ore to take home. We kept these


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samples in our cabin trunks so we could show them to our families when camp was over.” Ed. Note: Thanks, Phil, and by the 1950’s the Witherbee Sherman Mine in Mineville failed to make the cut, leaving us with Ausable Chasm, Fort Ticonderoga and Whiteface Mountain. Any other Dudleyites remember the Iron Mine Adventure? Email #23659 Ken Hoyt wrote to Dave Langston from Tampa, FL. “Thank you so much for the surprise – the telephone call and invitation to pen a Commissary 1955 Last Whistle, Ken Hoyt, few notes on why my Camp back row, sports jacket “I’m the geeky guy!” Number is so high, recall some of my Camp Dudley memories and share the enjoyment I receive from OLLI at USF. So, here goes! It’s there, on page 67 of The Last Whistle 1955 — Ken Hoyt, Saranac Lake, NY — proof that I really spent the summer of 1955 at Camp Dudley, resting in Sleepy Hollow, working in the Kitchen and participating in the frenetic daily life of one of America’s truly special institutions. But something was missing: a Camp Number that serves to identify and connect Dudleyites forever. So how did I end up with Camper #23659 so many years later? On a beautiful Adirondack Father’s Day in 2009, I set out from Saranac Lake (my hometown) and drove through Tupper Lake, had breakfast in Long Lake, stopped at historic Camp Santanoni to enjoy its tranquility, played nine holes of golf at Tahawus and, by mid-afternoon found myself in the parking lot at Camp Dudley. Staff members quickly came to say “hello” in the traditional friendly Dudley way.

Next came a guided tour of the expanded, modernized but still essentially the same Camp Dudley where I swam, played basketball, attended Sunday services, tagged along with Leaders to see how they mentored in their Cabins, etc. I remembered fellows like #7926 Ink Clark, #7441 Phil Bissell, #7975 Rod Beckwith, the Hallenbecks from Glens Falls, #8488 Bruce Gehrke, et al. Of course, we visited the kitchens, saw how things had changed or stayed the same, and recalled the daily making of mayonnaise, the roar of Campers rushing to the tables in Beckman and the buzz of their “conversation.” The local sourcing of food is really impressive. We visited the fabulous playing fields now available and saw the ancient busses for canoe trips. I shared memories of Billy Burger (who ran Model UN programs for Essex County schools as part of the Hi-Y and was instrumental in Bob Marshall hiring me). I made a solo trek to the Chapel where I had once spoken at Vespers. Finally, it was time for “Thank You and Goodbye” and a drive back to Saranac Lake for dinner. It was a day of magical nostalgia for me.

letters and photographs of Camp Dudley in Westport. The photographs were of a family belonging to W.A. Marshall. His sons, one of which was Robert H. Marshall and one called ‘Chink.’ My aunt, Leontine Heinen, was a secretary to Mr. Marshall for many years. I would love to know if you still have contact with the family and perhaps you could let them have my email address.”

Then, another surprise: a year ago, an envelope from Dawn Gay arrived in my mailbox: it enclosed a special treasure: a certificate from Matt Storey assigning Camper #23659 to me. I am so grateful for the Dudley spirit, traditions, rituals and especially the purity of the notion “The Other Fellow First.” It is a treat to read each issue of Camp Dudley News.

Wrote Judy, “I have never seen this photo before nor any other made of him at that age so this is a real found-treasure for me -thank you ever so much. The “C” on his sweater probably stands for Columbia University in New York City where they lived and Robert Howard Marshall where he got his Masters Degree. (Bob), my father, as a

After Camp Dudley, I went to Union College for degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics; worked for GE, Honeywell, ITT, and General Dynamics; lived in Glens Falls, Buffalo, Boston, Phoenix, London, Bern CH and now in Tampa, FL. Along the way I learned the electrical equipment, computer, auto parts, telecommunications and management consulting industries. Now retired, I recently became part of the leadership team for the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of South Florida (USF). Best, #23659 Ken Hoyt, Tampa, FL An email came into the Camp Dudley Office this spring from Carol Smith, who lives in England. “I am doing research into my family history. I have discovered

Dave Langston promptly put Carol in touch with Judy Marshall Kennedy, Bob Marshall’s daughter, in North Conway, NH, who then received a packet of letters and photos. Judy wrote, “Dear Carol --Oh my! I can’t believe this, and I’ve just barely skimmed the letters which just arrived this morning. I’ll read them carefully and digest the wonderful account that they hold of the summer of 1920, the Indian Pageant and the big trip to Montreal, Canada (a favorite place of Dan’s and mine as well). Thank you, thank you, thank you, Judy.” A sampling of this discovery, buried for years, is below. Copies will make their way to Dudley’s archives.

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Avery Boat House, at Dudley, winter 1920. On the left is Herman C. “Chief” Beckman, Director of the Camp from 1908-49. The young fellow with pipe-in-mouth is a young, perhaps 12-13 year old Bob Marshall, the fellow on the right unidentified. Fall 2015


Small World #8580 Bob and Jamie Craft, Washington, DC, were enjoying a balmy afternoon on Lake Champlain, part of an Adirondack Architectural Heritage group tour. They departed from Westport, viewed a wreck in the lake, had lunch at the Basin Harbor Club and then spent a couple of hours at the Champlain Maritime Museum. On board, they got chatting with another couple, #7648 Bob and Barbara Hadden, of Lenox, MA, and just off the Dudley shoreline, each discovered that the other had gone to Dudley. Bob Craft was at Camp in the 1950’s, and Bob Hadden came in the 1940’s. #13033 Mike Bransford, Minneapolis, MN, reported coming out from work at Ameriprise Financial, in downtown Minneapolis, and finding a note on his car’s windshield that read, “I attended Camp Dudley and was originally from upstate New York. I noticed the Dudley/Kiniya sticker on your car. My name is Tom Shovan and I work on the seventh floor. Love to hear about your connection to Dudley.” Mike was en route to the CDA Weekend in Westport, but doubled back with Tom on his return. Said Mike, “We connected the following week and had a blast swapping Dudley tales. #15206 Tom was at Dudley in late 1980’s and early ’90’s, and was a camper with #14866 James Mayo and #14962 Josh Olcott. Originally from Elizabethtown, NY, Tom spent time on both coasts after college. He then followed a Midwest gal to Minneapolis (a common plight!) and he and his wife are expecting baby #1 shortly. A fantastic guy and really glad to have connected — far from the shores of Westport.” #14504 Jessica and #16404 Blair Dils, Williamstown, MA, were at Bowdoin College watching the Middlebury/Bowdoin men’s soccer game in September, when the fellow next to them looked at Blair’s worn CD Belt and said, “That wouldn’t be Camp Dudley, would it?” Blair looked at #10632 Charles Masterson, Barrington, RI, who by that point was pointing out his own CD Belt. They then compared program notes and saw that #3 for Bowdoin was listed as CJ Masterson and #16 for Midlebury was #19304 Tom Dils. Tom was Junior D-Head at Dudley this summer.


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#13161 Sean O’Hara, Warren, VT, was headed up I89 in Vermont in early October with his boys #23261 Sully and #23861 Finn, when a car with a Dudley sticker and Mass. plates flew by. The O’Hara boys were determined to catch up. Coming even, Sean was able to remove his Dudley belt, which the boys held up at the window as they passed the amazed driver. Said Sean, “We got a huge Yoha! in return. An awesome Dudley moment for me and the boys, tho’ we have no clue as to who it was!” Editor’s Note: If you were that speedy Dudley guy with Mass plates, let us know.

The famous Dudley belt . . . does more than hold up your pants!

Corrections, Errors and Omissions Apologies to #15133 Mark Valkenburgh for incorrectly spelling his name on the mast head of Spring edition. We all know it ends with an “h.” Sorry, “Valky.” Regrets to #20335 Emilie Kotz. We incorrectly listed her camp number in the Spring edition and failed to mention that she was a Jr. at Gettysburg College and as such is part of continuing the family legacy there. She will graduate in 2016. Sorry, Emilie.

Outdoors . . . “By the Numbers” — At Kiniya —

42 trips to the Green Mountains

128 cabin visits to the Kiniya Challenge Course

Memories Stay Alive at Reunion Weekend 2015 #14992 C. David Ready, VP, CDA

• An opportunity to celebrate the past and present. • A chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. • A privilege to introduce Camp Dudley to a new generation of future campers. • An honor to bask in the glow of another successful summer (this, the 131st) on the shores of Lake Champlain.

All of these things and more make the Camp Dudley Association (CDA) Reunion a special weekend. The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with the old boys and girls gathering for those marking 50 years or more since their first summer at Dudley (see recap, page 9). The annual event is a special way to mark five decades or more of connection with Dudley. On Saturday and Sunday, as always, program areas like archery, arts and crafts, the boathouse and swim point allowed families and Dudleyites of all ages to enjoy a day at camp. From raftball on the docks to necklace-making on the Brodie porch to trying out the stand-up paddleboards for the first time, there is something for everyone. #14962 Josh and #17113 Jared Olcott, and #23201 Brooke Lossmann, the talented chefs in Beckman Hall, also ensured that no one went to bed hungry. Not satisfied with providing just three squares a day to the Reunion faithful, they carted out treats and snacks each night. And on Saturday evening, #8070 Ben and #13326 Pam Nelson treated the entire gathering to a buffet line of their world famous Michigan Dogs (no award was given to whoever consumed the most). The weekend’s pinnacle event, Saturday Hymn Sing, did not disappoint either. Seeing groups of Kiniya girls huddled on the Witherbee floor—arm in arm, back to back, swaying meditatively to the Final Five—was enough to give you goosebumps. Fully in tune—both with the music and with the Dudley spirit—the Kiniya campers brought some of their own traditions along too, as #14866 James Mayo sprinkled Kiniya-like “Let the River Run” and “‘Neath the Pines” (aka “Bear’s Hymn”) into the standard Dudley Hymn Sing repertoire. Just moments before Hymn Sing kicked off, Kiniya Director #20001 Marnie McDonagh had stood in that same spot on the Witherbee Hall floor and delivered an emotional and rousing dedication of the Kiniya Spirit to “Camp Dudley,” gleefully honoring the 10th summer of the two camps’ coexistence (see page 16).

Donna Granfors, Bill Harper, Kevin and Kitty McCormack on top of the world during the annual hike led by Bill Harper.

Molly and JD Boyle with their daughter enjoying Saturday night Hymn Sing.

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#8665 Mike McCutcheon openly wept in surprise when #13820 Marcus Chioffi, CDA President, announced that he was the deserving recipient of the 2015 CDA Person of the Year award (see recap, page 10). This capped a particularly emotional and reflective weekend for the extended McCutcheon family, who had gathered earlier that day on North Point to dedicate a newly built lean-to in memory of Mike’s nephew #14229 Pat Peavy (see page 18). The weekend concluded with a thought-provoking homily in the Dudley Chapel by #18500 Bill Harper. Serving as chaplain-in-residence for both Kiniya and Dudley this summer, he “hit for the cycle” by speaking at the summer’s last official event on Sunday. Staff member #22830 Anita Johnson and her two boys ready for Chapel to begin.

“When here at Camp we so often feel the need to revive the old experiences and relive what we might call the ‘best days,’” he said. “And the tendency—the temptation, really—is to preserve, protect and bury those treasures so that they will be ours forever. But, to be frank, that never works. If we bury our treasures of Camp to preserve and protect them—then they are no longer living, breathing experiences—they are just, well, buried memories.” If the joy, honor, and privilege of the attendees of the 2015 CDA Reunion Weekend is any indication, the memories of each “best-ever” summer—all 131 of them—are alive and well!

This year’s Saturday morning road race warriors . . . happy, tired, and ready for a big Dudley breakfast!


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“Old Boys” gather during August CDA Reunion

The Reunion Weekend got off to a great start with yet another gathering of the Dudley Old Boys. While entrance to these get-togethers was originally dependent upon ones’ having a 4-digit camp number . . . 9999 or below (ah, Chan Wheeler, where are you now?!), steady pressure has built to liberalize that rule. Today, anyone age 60 and above can participate, and to further enhance our constituency, Dudley women, who do not have to tell their ages, are particularly welcome. The group gathers each August in Westport, and each March, in Southwest Florida. Please plan to join us at either or both events next year. On hand at Martha and John Storey’s Dudley Road farm this year were Bob and Jamie Craft of Washington, DC, Charlie and Martha Johnson of Bethesda, MD, Jack and Katie Kotz of Kiawah, SC, Rich and Page Maxwell of Seabrook Island, SC, Don and Jeanne Stevenson, La Jolla CA, Charlie Updike and Beth Kaufman, New Rochelle, NY, Karen Updike, Madison, WI, Paul Lutz, Atlanta, GA, Tim Sager, Erdenheim, PA, Greg and Kathy Farrell, Brooklyn, NY, Joan McKeown, Chatham, NJ, Ken and Barbara White, Westport, NY, Berkeley Johnson, Mashpee, MA, John and Meridee Brust, New York, NY, Mike and Windsor McCutcheon, Ephraim, WI, Warren Fuller and Doree Kesselbrenner of West Orange, NJ, Linda (McCutcheon) and John David Crow, Port Angeles, WA, Dick and Linda Edie, Berwyn, PA, Bill and Irene Vanneman, Belmont, MA, Bill Kinston, Middlebury, VT, David West, Naples, FL, Randy and Sibyl Quayle, Lake Placid, NY, Jackie Quayle, Hanover, NH, John and Anne Sudduth, Watertown, NY, Rusty Davis and

Linda Saarnijoki, Watertown, CT, Ben Nelson, Bainbridge, NY, the Treiber boys, Scott, Bruce and Craig, Long Island, NY, Alf Kaemmerlen, Plainsboro, NJ, Dick Broad, Fairfax, VA, Jack Mingle, Cambridge, MA, David and Elizabeth Boyle, Shaker Heights, OH, Betsy Findlay, Tacoma Springs, MD, Bob Wagner, Elizabethtown, NY, Pete and Jenda Trowbridge, Gilbert, AZ, Bruce and Nona Hoskins, Westport, NY, Bill Sheldon, St. Augustine, FL, Ollie Jones, State College, PA, Brian Mahoney, Arlington VA, Rick Olcott, Elizabethtown, NY, Rick Tomlinson, Canton, NY, Tom Mendl, Concord, MA, Tom Storrier, Wilton, CT, Jerry Ardolino, Sr. and his friend Barbara, Medford, MA, and Paul Grinwis, Elizabethtown, NY. Good representation from the Dudley Staff helped swell our numbers, including Matt and Jessica Storey, Dave and Lora Langston, Evan and Diana George, Anita Johnson, Mark Davenport, Dawn Gay, Fred and Sheila Kapper, Fred and Jan Guffey. And once Chairman Matt Quigley let the Board of Trustees out of their meeting, many current and former Trustees attended, including Lauren Roth, Greenwich, CT, Tony Hawes, Princeton, NJ, Theodore Smith, South Berwick, ME, Whitney Phelps, Delmar, NY, Donna Granfors, Easton, CT, Mike Bransford, Minneapolis, MN, Peter Allen, Hingham, MA, Patrick Butler, New York, NY, Robin Johnson, Lawrenceville, NJ, Sean McCalla, East Meadow, NY, Jay and Robin Wells, Raleigh, NC, Marcus Chioffi, CDA President, Greenwich, CT, David Ready, CDA Vice President, Brooklyn, NY. The weather was great, Chef Extraordinaire Josh Olcott’s appetizers were delightful, and a great Dudley group was on hand. Plan to join us at the same time next year. For information on future Dudley Old Boys gatherings, contact Dave Langston.

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CDA Honors #8665 Dr. Michael A. McCutcheon as 2015 Man of the Year

by #13820 Marcus Chioffi, CDA President

The CDA Reunion’s Saturday night program in Witherbee Hall culminated with the presentation of the CDA Person of the Year to #8665 Dr. Michael A. McCutcheon. Surrounded by his family, including his wife, Windsor, Mike was speechless and visibly moved. When he found words to speak to the gathered alumni and staff, he said, “This is the greatest honor that I have ever received — from the greatest place that I’ve ever been associated with.” Four friends and colleagues, #15305 Nurse Sheila Kapper, #8674 Dr. Bill Vanneman, #7987 Dr. Dick Edie, and #13161 Ed O’Hara then spoke about Mike. Each reminisced about their connection to, and admiration of, a man who has given so much to so many associated with Camp. Marcus Chioffi announcing the 2015 Man of the Year, Mike McCutcheon.

In attendance to honor Mike was his brother, #10065 Bill, his wife Terry and their three children, #17065 Bill III, Helen and #22465 Cat; Mike and Bill’s sister Linda Crow, mother of #14665 Michael and #14229 Pat Peavy, and her husband, John David Crow, and Mike’s daughter, Kelly and her family. Over the past 61 years, Mike has fostered a deep love for Camp. As a camper in the mid-50’s Mike’s course proved to be unorthodox. As one of the largest Cubs that camp had ever seen in 1954, he landed in Cutler with #7314 Don Stevenson. The next summer, camp director Bob Marshall moved Mike directly to the Juniors under leader #7881 John Sudduth. In 1956, Mike was a second year Junior in Cushman Cabin under #7987 Dick Edie. In 1957, Mike skipped his Senior year and become a Cub Aide back in Cutler Cabin. His path as a camper, while uncharacteristic, served him well as a leader and staff member in future summers. Mike’s relationships with his early leaders, specifically Stevenson and Edie, would be influential and long lasting. Not only did both become physicians, each earned the CDA Man of the Year Award in 2004 and 2014, respectively. During his remarks, Dr. Edie shared his sentiments about how special it is to be a doctor at Camp. Dick addressed his former camper directly saying, “As I said in your camper report in 1956, ‘Everyone benefited from your presence and enjoyed being with you.’ These words are as true and relevant today as they were 60 years ago.”

Doc Mike glowing with pride after his award.


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Camp also solidified Mike’s calling to be a physician. As a camper, he was impressed with Dr. George Hagman and his nurse wife Ruby. He attributes his early interaction with them and his cabin leaders to influencing his decision to attend medical school; a goal he completed at the University of Maryland in 1969. “I knew I wanted to be a doctor before starting camp, but along the way, Don Stevenson, Dick Edie and the stories about Doc Cutler fortified my desire. I also know that just being at Dudley, hearing from all quarters that service to others was an honorable way to spend one’s life, solidified my decision.” Mike’s father, #3229 Bill McCutcheon, Sr., first brought him to camp to visit in 1948. Bill Sr. was a pioneer of the Camp Dudley Association and was also the recipient of the CDA Man of the Year award in 1970. Mike has always found ways to give back to Dudley. As he put it in his acceptance speech, “I bleed Dudley blue. My core, through my life has been this Camp.” In 1991, he returned as a Staff member, and served as a member of the Board of Managers from 1991-96. For the past quarter century, he has been a dependable and compassionate Dudley Doc. In his remarks honoring Mike, fellow camp doc and 1954 Cub, Bill Vanneman, observed that, “There are very few people who have the same enthusiasm for camp. He is not a ‘rah rah’ guy. He does it in a way whereby he steps back and takes everything into account and establishes a goal and goes for it.” Well into his third decade as a camp physician, Mike has had a profound effect on the infirmary staff. In her remarks, long-time Camp Nurse Sheila Kapper, summed up the sentiments of a grateful infirmary staff saying, “Thank you, Doctor Mike, for what you have given to camp, the infirmary, to my family and to me. We love you.” 2015

Ed O’Hara, a leader in the early 90’s, remarked on Mike’s gift of fostering friendships over time at Dudley. “He’s one of those people that I can go a long time without seeing and when we do get back together it’s as if we have never missed each other. We pick up right where we left off.” Mike and his wife, Windsor, live in Ephraim, WI, where he serves as Village President and a firefighter. Said Mike, “This is a tremendous, tremendous honor for me. I thank Windsor, and I thank my brother. This has got to be a very bittersweet moment for my sister, Linda. Honoring her son Patrick this afternoon, and for me tonight. To join the list of Dudley men and women on that plaque, is again the greatest honor. I am humbled. Thank you.” And thank you, Mike, for all that you do for Camp Dudley. Congratulations!

The entire McCutcheon clan gathers for a night of celebrations and remembrance.

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Kiniya Highlights It wouldn’t be summer without Kiwi day, Hymn Sing, 7-layer bars, and hanging out with friends ‘neath the pines. Each summer, we can count on these things when we arrive at Kiniya. We look forward to celebrating with “Dear Old Pals”, making new friends, and experiencing new adventures with a new cabin group. However, these are not the things that distinguish each summer from the next. The wonderful group of people who all experienced summer 2015 together have so much to look back on that made it one for the history books...

The Arts


Our multi-talented staff kicked off the summer by offering up their skills to change up our arts major offerings. To highlight a few, #23163 Bogi Cser offered jewelry making, #24024 Ryan Morin offered poetry in motion, and #24030 Scout Fox offered costume design. Costume design found ways to help out the Arts Department each week by focusing on preparing costumes for the Saturday Night Shows. We also enjoyed weekly Wednesday Night Show visits from “Shelly and Mom”, and various performances of “the whip.”

If you were to arrive on campus around 11:00 am any given morning, you would hear the loudest, most enthusiastic, cheering coming from all directions. The Assistant DHeads led the charge, building excitement from day one, working towards the end of session Championship Games. When the time came, all teams were decked out in colors, costumes, and facepaint. The spirit was at an all time high and the sportsmanship and teamwork were notable.

The Outdoors The outdoors program continues to improve each and every summer. Our trips took us hiking in the Greens, canoeing in the Adirondacks, and climbing throughout Vermont. This year our maintenance and outdoors team overhauled our property in Moscow, Vermont, near Stowe. This property now has three tent platforms to house our youngest campers for their first Kiniya overnight experience. Cabins head out during afternoon activities, cook dinner, camp out, and return in the morning after breakfast. We were thrilled to offer this opportunity to girls in cabins Cady, Vanneman, Willmott, and Casbah.

Spirituality We are fortunate to have such a program in place that helps us set the tone for each day. We always look forward to the stories and experiences shared during morning Chapel Talks and use it as a tool to guide us through the day and sometimes even to discuss at evening vespers. Our Sundays continue to be a highlight for all and this year we welcomed wonderful speakers to help us celebrate our time together. See page 26 for this summer’s chapel speakers. It was wonderful to have our very own #20595 Kat Nelson leading our joyous Hymn Sing each week.

As our 10th summer came to a close, we found ways to make summer 2015 as memorable as possible. We even began a new tradition to close each session’s Awards Ceremony. Following the ceremony, the entire camp walked out into the open fields of Kiniya for our Lantern Launch.

Dudley Highlights Dudley’s 131st season carried on our long tradition of summers filled with great team competitions and coaching, terrific divisional activities and extravaganzas, impactful outdoors experiences, time to appreciate artistic endeavors, and moments of spiritual reflection. The Arts Witherbee Hall and the Brodie Arts & Crafts program gave the boys a myriad of chances to pursue artistic opportunities throughout the summer. The Witherbee Hall team produced a magnificent collection of dramatic works. Saturday nights featured the world famous Rhythm Ramblers and we saw other musical talents throughout the summer. The always-popular ceramics program was complemented by the addition of some leather and wood working clinics. The Pubs team was hard at work preparing the DD and collection of pictures and videos you saw each week.

The Outdoors Ropes Course challenges, overnights to Stacy Brook and our new North Point Lean-To, rock climbing trips to famous Adirondack crags, hikes in the High Peaks, and canoe trips in the rivers and lakes of the Adirondacks. Each boy this summer (and every summer) had the opportunity to experience life in the outdoors and experience the majestic beauty of the Adirondacks.

Athletics The athletic competitions on our fields and courts were, once again, the highlight for many of the boys. The divisional standings, published in The Dudley Doings, were closely watched. This year we added new staffing and equipment to our Strength & Conditioning Program. Paul Buehler (our local varsity soccer coach) joined the Athletics Department this summer and put the boys through their paces in the McCutcheon Weight Room during majors and choice time.

Spirituality With each day starting with a Chapel Talk and each night ending with a vesper, our Spirituality Program continues to be a foundational component to each day. Sunday Chapel Service speakers helped round out our experience each week. Check out the listing of our Chapel Speakers on page 26.

Camp Dudley at Kiniya is

10! At the end of each summer for the past 131 years, homes around the country and world have been filled with stories about Dudley. Men and boys have found connections over shared memories that transcend generations and withstand the test of time. For the first time in Dudley’s history, this past decade has also brought the voices of girls to these same conversations, and in so doing, strengthened the connections between father and daughter, brother and sister, grandparent and grandchild. But it has done more than just strengthen connections within families. The Dudley/Kiniya partnership has strengthened our entire community and reinforced the values we hold dear. It is hard to believe that it’s been ten years since we opened the gates as Camp Dudley at Kiniya in June, 2006! Looking back, there is much to celebrate!

This summer, we spent time looking back; talking about growth, discussing how and why we’ve changed, recognizing where we’ve come from, and appreciating the work of those who came before us. We did so while acknowledging that we all play a part in Kiniya’s future and that we have an opportunity as a community to impact future generations of girls. In looking back, we recognized the many blessings of the last decade and the gifts we have received from Camp Dudley – the gifts of Friendship, Music, Shared Vision, Generosity, and Leadership. In recognition of these gifts, we presented Camp Dudley with the Kiniya Spirit Yearbook Dedication as a symbol of our appreciation. Said Marnie, “We will forever be grateful to Camp Dudley for having the vision and wisdom to include girls in our mission – creating an experience with a foundation of kindness and love.”

1,598 girls have received their very own camp number!

63 campers have become leaders or staff members

14 of our 16 cabins have

been renovated and named.

100% of our leaders in

2015 were campers in the earlier part of this last decade and went through all three ranks of leadership training!

To mark the end of our 10th summer, the girls of Kiniya created a Time Cap36 trips went out, the longest sule to be buried for the next 10 years and unearthed in 2025. The silver box sat at the base of our Chapel Talk Podium in the Kiniya Dining Hall for the last of which was our Senior Village week of 2nd session and over these seven days it was filled with notes, drawings, 3-day experience. Ten years poems, wishes for the future and treasures from members of our 2015 commuago, trips were optional and one nity. On the last day of 2nd session, the Time Capsule was buried. As we laid went out each week – 7 trips total! the box into position, we read “A Love Letter to our Future Selves” intended to be read again when the box is unearthed in 2025. Campers in attendance remarked that they hope to still be at Camp then – some of them in fact will be leaders! It opened up a wonderful opportunity to talk about the future and to imagine where we’ll all be 10 years from now. No surprise, all in attendance hope to be back at Camp to re-open our box of treasures! For now, conversations have returned to our homes as boys and girls recount their summer stories to their families. Connections between genders and across generations continue to strengthen as the new memories are shared with the old.

Happy 10th Birthday!

Peavy Lean-to Dedication The summer of 2015 began with a new site on North Point for boys to enjoy cabin overnights. At Reunion 2015 that wonderful new structure was dedicated in memory of #14229 Pat Peavy, who was at Dudley from 1986-95, Cub through Leader. It was named to commemorate Pat’s leadership, service and legacy to Camp Dudley and Kiniya. The dedication of the North Point overnight site is one more way we honor Pat’s wonderful model of leadership. Many gathered to honor Pat and we were fortunate to have many of his family with us. In addition, the Pat Peavy Memorial Fund received gifts and pledges totaling over $23,000 in conjunction with the dedication. #10065 Bill McCutcheon, Pat’s uncle, remembered Pat “as an energetic leader who always put the needs of his camper before his own and served as a role model for campers and leaders.” The additional gifts were added to the Peavy Fund. This fund supports the recognition of leaders at Dudley and at Kiniya who best exemplify the traits of camp leadership . . . caring, integrity and putting others before self. These are values that Pat held dear. The award is

presented at the end of each summer to current leaders and carries with it a monetary scholarship to be applied to their education. At the conclusion of the dedication ceremony, #13820 Marcus Choiffi, CDA President, read the words that now commemorate the Peavy Lean-to. If you are interested in contributing to the Pat Peavy Fund, please contact Dave Langston, Director of Development, #14229 Pat Peavy (1974-1995) Camper, Leader, Plebe Division Head A caring leader. A man of integrity and wisdom beyond his years. A friend to many, on whom his infectious smile is forever imprinted. This lean-to dedicated August 22, 2015 in memory of his love for the other fellow, love for Camp Dudley, and love for life.

Family and friends gather at North Point to celebrate the life of Pat Peavy and dedicate the new Peavy Lean-to. (Right) Matt Storey accepts the check from Bill McCutcheon and JD Boyle. (Top)

Peavy Award Recipients: 2011–#21983 Jordan Mickens, Dudley 2012–#19399 Bo McKinley, Dudley | #21982 Domanick Walker, Dudley | #20444 Hanna McPheron, Kiniya 2014–#19938 Pete O’Brien, Dudley | #19130 Caleb Florence, Dudley | #20371 Clara Danneman, Kiniya 2015–#20970 Wendell Bean, Dudley | #20425 Megan Sudduth, Kiniya


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Willmott Cabin and Challenge Course Dedications Willmott Cabin — As part of Kiniya’s long range capital and facilities plan, upgrades and renovations of our Cabins have been a very high priority. #12731 David and Catherine Willmott of Portland, OR, took a particular interest in this when their daughter #23331 Anne Wylly Willmott became a Kiniya camper. In July, we dedicated Willmott Cabin, the 14th of the 16 Kiniya cabins to have been completely renovated or rebuilt. At the ceremony, David Willmott said: “Catherine and I were inspired by Marnie’s leadership and the significant investment in the Kiniya facilities by numerous Dudley families over the past 10 years. Our hope is that our gift might encourage others to help fund the Kiniya strategic plan in coming years. We truly believe that the Camp Dudley at Kiniya program is world class and would benefit even further from enhanced and upgraded facilities. We were honored to be able to make this gift in the name of the four generations of Willmotts who have been positively influenced by Dudley.” Said Director Marnie McDonagh, “I cannot tell you how much this gift has meant to us as a community. It continues to inspire others as we spread the word about Kiniya and Dudley’s capital needs. It has already

had a direct impact on 22 very happy little girls this summer and will, for countless summers ahead. Thank you, David and Catherine!”

Kiniya Challenge Course — On Saturday, August 15th, Marnie, Kat and Mollie were joined by the Outdoor Staff and DHeads to celebrate the Hung/Lambo family for their gift of the Kiniya Challenge Course and Climbing Tower. Thanks to the generosity of this three-generation family of women, every camper - staff member now has the opportunity to benefit from the use of this state-of the-art facility, providing girls with the opportunity to increase self-confidence, improve social skills, communication and leadership skills. As written on the plaque: “In honor of the inspiring women in each one of our lives: May we know them, May we raise them, May we be them,” the Kiniya Challenge Course is made possible through the generosity of three generations of women: Grandmother - Nancy Hung, Mother - Eileen Lambo and Daughter - Mia #20898 Lambo.” If you are interested in underwriting one of the two remaining camper cabins at Kiniya, Casbah and Hernandos, please contact

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GERMANY GERMANY This summer 12 of our finest headed to Germany and Camp Abensen with co-leaders Matt McCormick and Elena Licursi for the camper exchange. The trip included a homestay, a round-trip tour of several cities in Germany, as well as nearly 2 weeks at Camp Abbensen in Hanover. Next summer the Germans will be campers at Dudley and Kiniya. SPAIN This was the first ever exchange trip to Spain for our camps. 4 young men and 2 young women joined Leader Martha McKinley for homestays in Valencia, 2 weeks at a YMCA camp in Priego outside of Madrid, and several days of tourism based out of Madrid.


NOLS | AZ NOLS | AZ Matt, Marnie and 8 members of our Camps’ management team traveled to Tuscon, Arizona for an 8-day leadership trip in March. The trip had all of the similar elements of our NOLS Leadership trips that our boys and girls take, and each team member benefited from the leadership development opportunity. NOLS | WY We sent 4 full trips this summer to the Wind River Mountain Range of Wyoming for our annual Leadership trips. Boys and girls ages 14-17 spent 23 days on the trail backpacking, climbing and fly fishing their way across the remarkable terrain. This was the 4th year for the NOLS partnership. Additionally, we had 50+ young leaders back on campus who had completed a NOLS course in past summers.


The Island School Bridge I sit the group down in a circle at 9:15. We’ve been running around and swimming since we woke up, and everyone is excited to settle into the conversation. A young man shares his opinion, and another responds. We’re talking about the importance of respecting those around us. Sound familiar? It certainly feels familiar for me. Since I’ve started teaching at The Island School on the island of Eleuthera, my days have been full of these moments. I recognize Dudley in everything I do here. The moments I share in the classroom mirror the nightly vespers that we cherish at Dudley and Kiniya. The daily adventures excite me in the same way. And the care that sustains the community makes me feel at home in the same type of fun-loving family. The differences, of course, are equally as exciting: the weather is warmer, the water is saltier, and the lake is a little bigger. But the enduring focus on leadership development, character growth, community care, and fun with purpose are strikingly similar. As a community partner, The Island School has a lot to offer. Speaking from personal experience, my time as an Island School student in 2008 made me a better Dudley guy for life. I learned to care for those around me in new ways, I gained the confidence that comes with real responsibility, and I began to focus more seriously on my own development as I saw tremendous, palpable character growth.


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By #18794 Tom McDonough

Over the past two years, I have been able to return to The Island School as a teacher, following the same dream that drove me toward cabin leadership at Camp Dudley. I’ve often said that Dudley provided me with the passion I needed to start teaching; The Island School provided the classroom and the support that I needed to actually start doing it. In this way, I owe much of my happiness to both communities—Dudley and The Island School. But I am not the only one to see the beauty in this bridge. As more Dudley and Kiniya campers find themselves SCUBA diving for science class, discovering new species during Research, and watching the sunrise on their kayak trips, I’m certain that they will see Dudley and Kiniya in The Bahamas as well. And as more students from the Deep Creek Middle School find themselves cheering during meals, singing their hearts out during hymn sings, and closing their nights with thoughtful vespers in Westport and Colchester, that bridge grows stronger. When I think about community partners, I think of Camp Dudley, The Island School, and Deep Creek Middle School. I think of the lucky group that has been able to experience this community bridge. And I smile thinking about the many more that will walk that bridge, serving both communities with the knowledge and experience that they carry from side to side. We have so much to learn from each other. To learn more, visit

The Pillars of Camp — The Outdoors

Camp Dudley and Kiniya strive to provide our campers with a first-in-class, well rounded, three week experience that draws upon four “Program Pillars”— Arts, Outdoors, Athletics, and Spirituality. Each of our Camp’s pillars are unique, and complementary. If Dudley wants to keep its 131-year-old approach solid, we need to regularly assess each pillar’s stability. Over the next several issues, the CD News will focus on each of our pillars, examining them in conjunction with our strategic focus: Vision 2020 (see pages 61-71). To examine what outdoor leadership looks like at our camps, we have asked leaders deeply involved in the program to share thoughts about their responsibilities, challenges, and positive life lessons learned while leading trips for the Outdoor Program. Here are some insights from current leaders #19304 Tom Dils and #19903 Austin Harper. What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a leader in the woods and why? Austin: “Getting kids excited about hiking. A lot of these guys have never hiked before apart from a day hike or two. They may be nervous, hate the rain, the dirt, the bugs, the sore legs. What makes them forget about it all is discovering the fun you can have. So we get them excited, play games, get them involved in studying the map, and ask them questions — how long should we hike? When should we break for lunch? What should we do if it starts to thunder or rain? Getting your kids involved takes the focus away from the bad and puts a certain amount of leadership in their hands. They will want to succeed to impress their peers and their leader.”

What are some life lessons you learned as a leader in the woods? How were those lessons learned? Tom: “Dudley trips prepare you for just about any situation you can face. If you’re able to keep a positive attitude and keep a group of campers happy when things go awry in the woods, there’s not much you can’t do!” What sort of advice would you give to our future leaders that would help them better prepare for providing a first-in-class, outdoor experience for their future campers? Tom: “Trust your instincts and skills as a Dudley Leader and they will naturally translate into being a great trip leader. It’s the same as on campus. Be safe, set goals, and have fun along the way.” What are the base line outdoor skills and backcountry knowledge trip leaders need to have? Austin: “Learn how to set up an organized camp site. Young adolescent boys tend to throw things on the ground after a couple of miles hiking. A few minutes later and your camp looks like it got hit by a bomb. Teaching the campers that organization of camp will greatly benefit their packing the next day. Then, learn how to really read a map. Remember that you aren’t the only group out there. There is so much traffic in the Adirondacks, and when we don’t pick up after ourselves the next person in line gets the heat. I hate walking into a campsite or lean to with obvious signs of the people who just stayed there.”

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How is Dudley currently providing the leadership support necessary for our leaders to create meaningful outdoor experiences for our campers?

a team during a trip but also achieve a more intimate connection with the outdoors and with themselves through experiencing moments of triumph and beauty.”

Tom: “There’s no better way to support trip leaders than to offer them opportunities to gain outdoor experience first hand. NOLS, being an Aides Experience Leader, the AL Winter Trip, and the WFA (Wilderness First Aid) course are all really beneficial when it comes to executing a fun 2 or 3 day trip.”

Well said, Austin and Tom. The Dudley outdoor pillar is unique in providing an unrivaled wilderness experience for our intrepid young campers. In order to continue our tradition of providing experiences that last a lifetime, our leaders need to resourcefully draw upon the other three pillars in creative ways. Consider the art of leadership, the athleticism involved in any trip, and the camaraderie and fellowship forged on these outdoors trip. Dudley and Kiniya leaders strive to do this well. This is no small task and it is understood that when we launch our leaders into the woods we add another dimension of responsibility. Moving forward, our goal for the outdoor pillar is to continue to provide first rate expeditions. We look to enhance training opportunities for our leaders to learn, develop and improve their outdoor leadership skills, so that all leaders become as effective in the woods as they are on campus.

Moving forward, how can Dudley improve upon our Outdoor Program Pillar in terms of outdoor leadership and environmental stewardship? Tom: “It’s very strong already. I think ultimately it comes from the leaders, so getting guys who are fired up to create their own routes, help customize food prep, and use their past woods experience to improve each trip is huge. The woods will never be for everyone, but the more guys who are psyched to lead the trips, the better.” How does the Outdoor Program Pillar draw upon the other three pillars? Tom: “It’s a nice mixture of athletics and spiritual because people can work hard physically and operate as


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Avid Adirondack Hikers #19003 Austin Harper, Bainbridge Island, WA, is a Sophomore at Whitman College, in Walla Walla, WA; #19304 Tom Dils, Williamstown, MA, is a Junior at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.

FOOD . . . “By the Numbers” — at Dudley — 2742 Gallons of Milk 30,250 Chicken Tenders . . . Yikes!! 700 lbs. Beef Jerky (homemade!) 5160 Elephant Scabs (Chicken Patties) 1392 lbs. Roast Turkey during Sunday Lunch 3408 lbs. Yogurt 2376 lbs. Fruit Salad 2808 lbs. Scrambled Eggs 1050 lbs. Bacon (put that in for you Fu) 2448 Corn Dogs 2140 lbs. Pasta 9440 lbs. Hamburger $81,892.90 spent in the local community on food (14 mile radius)

2015 Dudley & Kiniya Enrollment Snapshot 1,036 Total # of Campers


Total # of States Represented


Total # of Countries Represented


U.S. Campers of Color or International


Campers Receiving Financial Aid


Total Financial Aid Granted

Publicatons . . . “By the Numbers”

— At Kiniya— 2640 portions of seven-layer bars (dining hall becomes loud and the feet stomping)

6,500 Weekly Summer Photos Uploaded 8,548,366 Total summer photo views 1.5 TB of Video taken 3,100 Facebook followers reached 1,500 Instagram followers reached

1128 lbs. Greek yogurt (favorite breakfast item) 1,559.25 gallons of water (most popular drink at meal time)

54,600 plates served 6,912 slices of pizza

85 lbs. of fingerling potatoes harvested from the Kiniya Garden

21 lbs. of honey harvested from our Busy Bees!

Outdoors . . . “By the Numbers” — At Dudley —

106 trips into the Adirondack Park, 125 overnights to North Point, Cutler, Stacy Falls, and Stacy Brook

76 groups at the Dudley Challenge Course Fall 2015


Chapel 2015 A core component of the Spiritual Pillar of Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya is our Sunday Chapel program. Again this summer we have been able to present a terrific lineup of inspirational speakers for our boys and girls. A summary of our chapel speaker roster is below. You can read #11260 Ed Schmidt’s message on page 27 of this magazine and also view selected videos of chapel services using this link.

Camp Dudley —

6.28.15 #23700 Father Francis Flynn 7.5.15 #11584 Rev. Dr. Peter Allen 7.12.15 #23845 Betsy Lyles 7.19.15 #18500 Rev. Bill Harper 7.26.15 #18434 Brian Cropper 8.2.15 #11260 Ed Schmidt 8.9.15 #22427 Father Mark Connell 8.16.15 #10846 Rev. Bob Langston 8.23.15 CDA Reunion #18500 Rev. Bill Harper

Bob Langston

Nicole Caldwell-Gross

Kari McKinley

Bill Harper

Camp Kiniya —

6.28.15 #12764 Chris “Pear Bear” Perry 7.5.15 #24099 Nicole Caldwell-Gross 7.12.15 #19231 Kari McKinley 7.26.15 #18500 Rev. Bill Harper 8.2.15 #21883 Kelly Dale 8.9.15 #19806 Patty Murphy


Chris Perry

Brian Cropper

Peter Allen

Kelly Dale

Betsy Lyles

Father Francis Flynn

Patty Murphy

Father Mark Connell

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A Life Remembered by #11260 Ed Schmidt So the Teacher gave the boy a map, and the boy went straight home and packed his things, and that night he snuck out of his house and bravely set off towards the Land of the Giants. He was terrified, because he’d heard stories about the giants. They were tall and clever and powerful, and they were handsome and had sacksful of gold and silver.

Ed Schmidt, front left, speaking in the Dudley Chapel this August.

I am going to tell you a story. Show of hands: Who likes a story? Oh, good. Story–likers. My kind of crowd. Once upon a time . . . lots of stories begin that way, have you noticed? Once upon a time, in a faraway village, there lived a poor man who drove a cart and delivered biscuits to the villagers. The man had a son, a young boy who was shy and weak and skinny and sickly and funny looking. Whenever he ran or jumped or played with his friends, the boy had great difficulty breathing, so his mother kept him inside. He was to walk straight to school in the morning and straight home in the afternoon. And she would not allow him to run or jump or play with his friends. So the boy had little knowledge of the world outside his village, and everyone assumed that he would grow up to be a poor cart-driver, delivering biscuits, like his father. When the bell rang on the last day of school, and all the children rushed into the fields to run and jump and play – all the children except, of course, the boy – a Teacher called out to one of the mob, “Hey, Joe? Are you going to the Land of the Giants this summer, like you promised?” “Sorry,” said Joe, “I decided not to.” The boy, our boy, without thinking, for some reason that he would never understand, suddenly raised his hand and shouted, “I’ll go, sir! I’ll go to the Land of the Giants!”

It was an arduous, frightening journey. He traveled across a deep river and through an enormous city and over a long bridge and around a tall mountain range and into a deep, dark forest. And when he arrived, finally, in the Land of the Giants, the boy was told that his job was to serve the giants their food and clean their dishes. And he did so. All summer long. But the more time the boy spent serving the giants, the more he realized that they weren’t so giant after all. They were tall and clever and powerful, and many of them were handsome and many more had sacksful of gold and silver, but several of them were kind and generous and, after a while, they invited the boy to run and jump and play with them. At the end of the summer, when the boy returned home to his village, his mother and father were astonished by what they saw. The boy had no gold or silver, but he was tall and clever and powerful, and he wasn’t so funny looking. In fact, he was almost handsome. But most miraculously, when he ran and jumped and played with his friends, he did not have great difficulty breathing. The boy had, in fact, become a giant. And the boy grew up and moved away, and fell in love with a beautiful princess and they married and had a big family – five children, each brilliant and interesting! – and many years later the man returned to the Land of the Giants and he became King and everyone loved him and they all lived happily ever after. The End. Fall 2015


Let me tell you another story. Well, the same story, just another version. Once upon a time, my father grew up in Mineola, Long Island. His father was a truck driver for the National Biscuit Company. Nabisco. The guys who make Oreos and Chips Ahoy and Nutter Butters. Skinny little Willie

My father was shy and weak and skinny and sickly and funny looking, and he suffered from terrible asthma, so his mother wouldn’t allow him to play sports. One day when my father was sixteen years old, he was walking through his high school gym and Coach Hafner called out to a boy named Joe Egger: “Hey, Joe? Are you going to Camp Dudley this summer, like you promised?” And Joe Egger, God bless him, said, “Sorry, Coach. I decided not to.” And my father, without thinking, for some reason that he would never understand, suddenly raised his hand and shouted, “I’ll go, Coach! I’ll go to Camp Dudley this summer!” So, despite his parents’ concerns, he took the train from New York to Westport and he worked on the Kitchen Crew. For a dollar a day. He had no idea what he was going to do with his life. He hadn’t even considered college – no one in his family had ever gone. But that summer, he was surrounded by Leaders who were going to Princeton and Yale and Columbia and Williams, and if they couldn’t get in to any of those schools they were going to Amherst. And they were intimidating guys – tall and clever and powerful, and many of them were handsome and many more of them had sacksful of gold and silver. But they were kind and generous and they invited my father to play with them – and they all quickly realized that


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he had an extraordinary talent for throwing an orange ball through a metal hoop. He still had asthma, but he learned to manage it. And at the end of the summer, he looked at all these intimidating giants and he looked at himself and he said, “They’re no better than I am.” So he went home, and his parents were astonished by the transformation, and he went to college – five colleges, in fact; four of which he didn’t flunk out of – and he fell in love with a beautiful princess and they had a big family – five children, each brilliant and interesting, one of them slightly more brilliant and interesting than the others – and he returned to Camp Dudley and became Director, for twenty years, and pretty much everybody loved him, and they all lived happily ever after. Until, of course, August 8th, 2008, when my father had great difficulty breathing, and he died. Sorry to break the bad news, but life doesn’t end like a fairy tale. We don’t live happily ever after. We die. All of us. But nearly everything else about fairy tales and folk tales and legends is exactly like real life. There’s a reason these stories are so popular and enduring. Because they tell a deeply true story – a story that applies to all of us – regardless of where we live or what we look like or how much gold and silver is in our wallet. They tell the universal story of what it takes to grow up. Here’s what happens in many of these tales. First, the hero leaves home, which, as you know, is not easy. The first letter my son, Jack, ever wrote me from Camp – he was a Cub, Yoha!, in Adirondack – began like this: “Dear Dad, get me out of here. It’s not that I don’t like Camp, it’s just that I like it more at home. It’s not that I don’t like the people here, it’s just that I like the people at home more.” Well, of course you do. That’s why they call it home. So the hero leaves home and goes to a strange land – Jack climbs the beanstalk and enters the giant’s castle in the sky; Hansel and Gretel get lost in the deep, dark forest and happen upon a witch’s gingerbread house; Little Red Riding Hood wanders off the path on her way to grandma’s; the disciples drop their nets and follow Jesus; Beowulf ventures into a dragon’s lair; Odysseus sails off to fight the Trojans and so begins

a harrowing twenty–year journey home. Then the hero confronts the giant or the witch or the wolf or the dragon or the Cyclops. And, somehow, against all odds, the hero wins. And then he – or she – returns home. Transformed. Grown. A better, wiser, more powerful person. The journey that my father took – from a shy, skinny, weak, funny–looking, asthmatic, sheltered boy to a man who lived a remarkably happy, useful, full, fulfilling life – is the journey we all take. Or at least the journey that’s available to us. We can stay at home. Or we can sneak out and go into the deep, dark forest. And confront the giants that await us. One of my jobs as a father, or so I’ve been told, is to impart wisdom to my children. Life lessons. But, I’ll be honest. I’ve totally failed. I have no wisdom to impart. I know nothing. I have no answers. Half the time, I don’t even know the question. But there’s one thing about life I might know. I think. I’m pretty sure. It’s the one bit of wisdom I can pass on to my kids with relative certainty. And it’s this: Get out of the house. Get off the couch, walk out the door, and go. And not just because Dad wants to watch college hoops on TV. Go. Open yourself to the world. New things, new places, new people, new challenges. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Raise your hand and shout, “I’ll go, Coach.” It’s the only way you’ll grow. I know that sounds like trite, clichéd advice. But it’s not. When you leave home and venture into the deep, dark woods you are on the same journey that Odysseus took, and Beowulf and Willie Schmidt. You are on an epic, heroic journey. You are, whether you know it or not, on one of those journeys now.

And you don’t only go on one journey, and then you’re done. It never stops. If you’re a teenager, every day can be a journey into the deep, dark woods. Go. Keep going, keep fighting. You will return home. We are all living essentially the same story, and you can find comfort in that. Each of us is the hero of an epic tale. But that also means that you’re not the hero of about five hundred other epic tales. The kid on your left, the kid on your right? In their story, you’re a bit player, one of a vast supporting cast. Which brings me to a feature of fairy tales and legends that’s often overlooked – the character that helps the hero. The giant’s wife hides Jack from the evil giant. The swan leads Hansel and Gretel home. The woodsman kills the wolf and saves Little Red Riding Hood and her grandma. Beowulf slays the dragon with the help of one of his men. Athena protects Odysseus and makes sure he returns safely to his wife and son. So, while you play the hero of your own story, embrace your role in all the others – the guy who helps the hero. Recognize when someone else – the kid on your left, the kid on your right – is lost. Give him a map. Point him in the right direction. Help him slay the dragon. My father’s life would have been completely different, and far less rich, if a group of young men – Doug Foster, Don Speck, Bill Pryor – had not recognized the lost kid from Mineola and reached out and said, “Hey, Schmidt. You want to shoot some hoops?”

You are a chapel-full of epic heroes. You’ve each decided to leave home and journey into the deep, dark forest this summer. You’re fortunate – your deep, dark forest is … this. There are no evil giants here – well, except for Dave Nelson. But even at a place like Camp Dudley, there are new people, new challenges, new tests.

If we do that – get out of the house, confront the giant, help others who are lost in the deep, dark woods – we’ll return home stronger and wiser and healthier and very handsome. And we’ll all live happily ever after.

What these stories make clear is that we’ll never grow, we’ll never become tall and clever and powerful unless and until we struggle. Until we face the witch or the giant or the wolf or the dragon or the Cyclops. And defeat them.

Until, of course, the Willie and his campers day we have great difficulty breathing and . . . ah, what the heck. We’ll all live happily ever after. Fall 2015


Dudley Memories in the Digital Age by #22510 Connor Matteson

#22510 Connor Matteson, from Florham Park, NJ, a senior in St. Lawrence Lodge this past summer, has a strong interest in writing and history, and spent time with Dudley’s Electronic Archives. Here is the result.

One does not have to look for very long at the new online CD News and Last Whistle archives, on, to see that Camp has changed in many ways in its 131 sessions. For example, when the CDA News was printed in July 1949, there were 31 leaders signed up, and camper numbers almost reached 8,000. During the 130th session, there were 45 Princeton Cabin, 1941. Cabin photos were a leaders, and the highest camp number is over 23,750! bit more formal than today!

But enough statistics. What really makes a trip to the archives worthwhile are the photographs. While the campgrounds change a bit each year, it still is not difficult, when looking at a photo, to tell what part of camp (Brodie Hill, Main Campus, etc.) is pictured, even if the shot was from the 1940’s. Changing times are reflected in the hair and clothing styles of the campers and leaders. In that regard, when comparing the early 50’s to the late 60’s, it’s hard to believe that the two pictures were taken just under twenty years apart! Yes, camp has changed a lot, but as people will say time and time again, the change is only physical. When the different hair, clothes, and surroundings are stripped away, it’s clear that at the core, nothing has changed at all. Dudleyites today still do what Dudleyites did 40, 50, or 70 years ago: vespers, hymn sings, council rings, and countless other traditions which make Dudley such a special place. And, through it all, Dudley’s motto, “The Other Fellow First,” and the spirit of selfless1963 weight trainers got a little help! ness that comes with it, has not deviated one bit. Time marches on, but Dudley stays the same. Change seems to go around Dudley like water flowing around a rock in the middle of a fast-moving Adirondack stream. It is one of the many wonderful things about camp . . . that while it may change on the outside, it defies change on the inside. The archives could not be better proof of that. Exploring Dudley’s history is now easier than ever with the new online archives. This “research,” for lack of a better word, is a fun undertaking for any Dudley alumnus, and guaranteed to rekindle great memories. Editor’s Note: Connor has attended Camp for the past four summers and hopes to enter the leadership ranks in 2016. .

1977 basketball looks much the same.


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Nuggets from the Archives

By #7289 Ace Scharges and #9675 Dave West The following “historical nuggets” have been unearthed in the Dudley archives. Enjoy!

1885: Sumner Dudley called the first camp “Camp Bald Head” because “all but one member of the party appeared with a close cropped hair cut.” It was soon changed to the BCS, or Boys Camp Society. (In the Beginning: Part 1, 1956 Camp Dudley News) 1897: Board was $5.25 per week, plus $8 round trip rail from NYC. Camp started July 6 and ran for two or four weeks. Mr. Dudley died, and the name was changed to Camp Dudley. 1902: The attendance at camp reached the highest at 226. The largest number of campers were 15-years old. 1903-1906: Reference is made by George Peck to “Pink Music” used in a popular Dudley yell. It was a fruit juice called Claret Lemonade. It was non-alcholic and pink in color and called “Pink Music” because its name sounded like “clarinet.” 1904: Award system started, an earned Camp Flag and an honorary Camp Pennant. 1907: The first “Big Show” or original musical operetta, “Sapolio The Last,” was created by Minott Osborn, a Yale alumnus of “much charm and skill.” The next one would not come until 1917. 1908: First year at our present location. There was only one award, the Camp Emblem. The first requirement was to “row to Vermont and back with two passengers in a given time.” 1908: Besides swim meets, track meets, tennis, baseball and basketball, a “Quoits” tournament was held and a “beautiful cup” was won. Quoits is from an ancient Greek game sort of like horseshoes and ring toss. The Quoits pit was behind the bakery in the 1940s. 1910: “The camp management deems it wise not to permit card playing at any time, on the way to and from camp or during the camp season.” 1910: “No Smoking. THIS APPLIES TO LEADERS as well as boys. If any man feels that he cannot get along without an occasional smoke during his term of leadership, whether in camp or away from it, he had better not plan to go.” 1917: “The Rajah’s Ruby,” the first Big Show inspired by “Sapolio” was written by Erd Harris, an 18-year old student from Princeton. Its success firmly established a pattern which has persisted ever since. 1920: Twelve campers received the Junior Emblem, 85 the Camp Emblem, 49 the Bronze Button, 60 the Flag, 17 the Silver Button, 6 the Pin, 8 the Gold Button and 10 the Pennant. 1925: Camp Dudley scholarship fund was conceived on the platform of the Flatbush Ave. station of the IRT at 1:00 in the morning on a cold winter’s night by Doc Cutler and Mortimer Van Cott, Sr. Fall 2015


Camp Dudley and its Home Town — Westport from Dudley’s Archives and the Westport Heritage House


estport, NY, counts its history from 1764, when merchant William Gilliland surveyed 2,300 acres in South Westport near Dudley, and was granted that land, which he called “Bessboro.” Dudley, in turn, began in 1885 but did not reach Barber’s Point on Lake Champlain until 1891, some 124 years ago. Dudley has thus been part of Westport’s history for half of Westport’s 250 years. An early note from our archives describes Dudley’s arrival — “The invasion of quiet farm land by some 200 boys was a bit of a blow at first to people like Mrs. Roe, whose attractive red farmhouse still stands opposite the ‘upper fields.’” Dudley rented various sites in Westport until 1907, when it purchased the Roe and Frisbie properties totaling 250

acres on Lake Champlain’s waterfront. It added the Stacy Brook Property, another 293 acres, in the 1940’s. Westport had a colorful Revolutionary history, with Benedict Arnold retreating from Valcour Island to a bay directly across from our current site, in 1777. Following the war, the first permanent Westport settlement was built in 1785 on Barber’s Point, near Camp. This property is still owned by the Barber Family. Westport prospered, with the completion of the Hudson Canal in 1823, linking Westport to NYC by water via the Hudson River. By 1850, some 2,350 people lived in Westport, nearly double its current population. Rail service came to Westport in 1876, connecting NYC and Montreal. Dudley campers arrived from NYC, Albany and Buffalo on the Delaware & Hudson railroad. The lads were deposited, in those early days, at “The Creamery,” a stop at the intersection of Stevenson and

The Schoolhouse, on Dudley Road, was built as a one-room schoolhouse in 1816 and served the town for a century, closing in 1915. It remains a popular stop on the Dudley Road, with its 360-degree views.

The Ballard Park Bandstand sits on the site of the original Westport Inn and draws locals and summer visitors each Thursday night for free concerts.

Napper Road, which supplied fresh dairy products to NYC hotels daily by train. The boys would hike the last mile and a half to Camp. By 1916, paved roads 9N and 22 allowed tourists to come by car. Westport thrived, in a golden era that lasted until the 1940’s. The Westport Inn, Yacht Club, and Golf Club were all packed, and Westport was regularly featured in the NY Times under the banner of “Social Notes from the Westport Inn.” The inn, popular with Dudley leaders, was demolished in 1966. The Westport Country (Golf) Club continues in operation today. From the “Westport Walking Tour” publication we learn that, “the 18-hole Golf Links were originally created in the late 1800s, and in 1900 were enlarged to nine holes under the supervision of Thomas Lee. It had been noted that the greens were kept closely cropped by Lee’s flock of sheep. This golf course was owned by the historic Westport Inn and was part of the facilities offered to guests. The present clubhouse was constructed about 1924 and designed by Russell Whitehead. The golf course, designed by Thomas Winton, affords beautiful views of the Adirondack foothills and Lake Champlain.” The Westport Yacht Club, now known as Le Bistro du Lac and offering classic French cuisine every summer, was originally a landing place for barges. “Beginning in 1862, brick and pig iron were produced nearby at the Norway Funace. In 1928, the old Stone Dock was renovated and became a Yacht Club, designed by Russell Whitehead,

and became the focus of Westport social life in the 1930’s. Destroyed by fire in 1982, the Westport Yacht Club was completely rebuilt and, with is unexcelled view of Lake Champlain, has resumed functioning as a public restaurant.” The Delaware & Hudson Railroad Depot, “a distinctive train station, with its bell-cast roof, overhanging eaves and exposed rafters, was built in 1876. Westport was chosen as a station stop because of the town of Moriah’s interest in transporting its resources of iron ore.” Tourist travel by rail picked up at the end of the century, but declined in the 1930’s. The town of Westport bought the Depot for one dollar. The refurbished building now provides a home for “the professional Depot Theatre that stages dramatic productions in this historic building.” Today, Westport has a population of slightly more than 1300 people, increasing during the summer. Camp has made available most of its facilities to the Westport Central School, Essex County soccer and basketball, and other non-profits. Dudley hosts the Westport Board of Trade annually and the Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties for an annual fund raising event. Thanks to the Westport Heritage House for providing easy access to Westport’s history. Visit their website at for hours of operation, and stop in for a visit at 6459 Main Street the next time you are in Westport. To learn more about Westport today, visit Fall 2015


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all is a wonderful time to walk around our Camps! A stroll from the Kiniya Welcome Center to Junior Beach or from the Office at Dudley to Swim Point provides ample opportunity to marvel at the beauty of our surroundings!

are going to enjoy this cabin for many years to come.” #4470 Alf Cady, Jr. was in attendance and declared: “This is one of the best days of my life.” Alf passed away in 2010, proud of the impact his gift has had on the lives of our youngest campers.

How fortunate our boys and girls are to grow and play and thrive in facilities like ours! All cared for with tremendous pride in preparation for each coming summer. New coats of paint, new roofs, new siding, new windows and doors preserve buildings that have been a part of our campus for decades. And, new structures have been added to support our growing program needs - the Middlebury Pavilion at Dudley and the Challenge Course at Kiniya are a fine example of this!

Between 2008 - 2015, thanks to the generosity of the Cady family, 228 9-year old Kiniya Campers have called Cady Cabin their home!

In thinking about the many people who have made our campus what it is today, we wanted to take a step back in time and recognize the first plaque to have been installed at Kiniya - Cady Cabin. The planning and permitting of the building construction took well over a year to finalize and in the summer of 2008 nine very lucky campers supported by a leadership team of three called it home. The cabin was dedicated in July of 2008 to the loving memory of Elizabeth (Betsy) Cady, 1953-1963. #8798 Al Cady, III said that day “My sister Betsy was just 9 years old when she died of leukemia. It makes our family very happy to know that lots of 9-year old girls


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The first plaque to appear on the Westport campus steps back in time a little further. The Avery Boat House was completed in November 1913 and dedicated in August of 1914. It is the oldest original building on that campus and was made possible by a gift from Mr. Samuel Avery. At that time Dudley was permanently located at its current site and canoeing and boating were favorite pastimes. In its original configuration, the upstairs of the Boat House was a Library with a spectacular fireplace. Today the historic structure remains and has been fortified to better weather the wind, waves and ice from Lake Champlain. The structure now serves as a camper cabin and is still considered “prime real estate.” The magnificent views from its upper porch inspire boys and leaders as they have for decades. The plaques that commemorate our heritage each tell stories of generous support and incredible fun and friendship.

Calling All Willing and Able Dudleyites!!

Camp Dudley To Launch New “Dudley Service Corps�


e can’t tell you how many times Matt, Marnie, the Board and staff members get asked the question by devoted alumni: “What can I do to give back to Dudley or Kiniya?� Sometimes this question comes with an offer to host alumni events, to volunteer time during our work weekends, to mentor a current Dudley leader aspiring towards a certain profession, to serve on a Board committee, lead a fundraising effort, or just give back to Camp wherever or however we most need it.

As a result of these oft-recited offers, we are pleased to announce the creation of a “Dudley Service Corps� to enable our willing alums, parents, and friends to lend a hand on any number of fronts. We hope that by opening our doors and accepting these generous offers, our Dudley community will thrive even more in today’s increasingly interconnected world. Here are some of the many ways you can volunteer at Dudley and Kiniya.


t$PNNVOJUZTFSWJDFQBSUOFST‰%VEMFZJUFTXPSMEXJEFHJWJOHCBDLUPMPDBMDPNNVOJUJFT t'VOESBJTJOHFWFOUT JODMVEJOH"OOVBM'VOE CJBOOVBM$%"VDUJPO t0QFO)PVTFIPTUTPSSFDSVJUFST t4QSJOH8PSL8FFLFOEBUUFOEFFT If any of the above roles interest you, please let us know. Visit to enter your information and interests, and suggest how you might best be able to give back to Dudley. We hope to create a robust list of ready and willing community members who will answer the call whenever it may come. Please consider joining our Dudley Service Corps!

DC Dudley alumni helping at the non-profit Horton’s Kids extravaganza.

Wheaton Griffin Retires! Former Director #9398 Wheaton Griffin, Huguenot, NY, retired this past year as Executive Director of the New York YMCA Camps. He is now “settling in to the very pleasant life of a nomad” with recent visits to California and Portland, ME. Wheaton was a Dudley camper from 1959-62, a leader from 1965-68, on staff from 1970-72 and Camp Director from 1995-99. His dad, the late Fred “Bud” Griffin #4058 was at Camp in the 1920’s. Said Rena McGreevy, Senior VP of the YMCA of Greater New York; “Wheaton’s retirement concludes a 20-year YMCA career marked by many successes and significant contributions to the YMCA movement. He recruited a staff team to provide high quality camping and outdoor education experiences to over 16,000 kids, families and retreat groups annually.” Wheaton had served previously as Executive Director of Camp Cosby YMCA in Birmingham, AL, and served at Maho Bay Camps in the US Virgin Islands, and Camp Dudley YMCA in Westport, NY.

The Greater NY’s board chairman, Josh Heitler added, “The quality of experience being delivered (at our camps) is on display in every summer camper’s face, and there is no doubt that Camp today is a much better place than when Wheaton arrived. A heartfelt thanks to Wheaton for his leadership, hard work, inspiration and friendship. He will be missed but not forgotten.” Said Wheaton, “I got my start at Dudley, the only place that accepted my energy and had enough sports and fun things to do that I never got tired of it … it was the biggest part of my childhood and then, later, gave me the opportunity to learn how to run summer camps. I was lucky to find my calling and Dudley was the key to it. Thanks to Dudley for giving me the lessons of leadership as a boy and young man and then for helping me embark on my true calling – leading summer camp communities to create joy in everyone’s life. What could ever be better?” Matt congratulated Wheaton on his service, saying, “So glad you had such a rewarding and fulfilling career in camping! You’ve had an impact on TONS of kids! Congratulations!”

Our Campuses . . . “By the Numbers” — At Kiniya —

308,800 gallons of water used 240 hours mowing the property

10 turtle eggs saved from the beach, hatched, and released on Junior Beach

1,120 linear feet of deck boards carried up by hand and assembled at the Moscow, VT campsite

190 man hours to transport materials and construction new tent platforms at the Moscow, VT campsite


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— At Dudley —

1180 acres of grass mowed 2117 rolls of toilet paper used 1,350,720 gallons of water used 519,511 gallons of effluent pumped to the filter beds 10 tiny turtles! 10,463 KW of electricity generated on top of Beckman Hall from May through August, all used in Beckman.

Gifts-in-Kind/Wish List Two recent gifts-in-kind were received by Camp this fall. We are grateful for the generous donation of a Cub Cadet lawn mower and a power boat. Both donations help Camp meet important needs that would otherwise require cash purchases. Said Dave Langston, Director of Development, “THANK YOU to our generous donors. Gifts-in-kind fill a real need at our camps. While we appreciate the various offers that we receive from generous donors, we must evaluate each in terms of need and usefulness to the program. There are only so many donated basketballs or used tennis balls that we can realistically use,� said Langston. “While well intentioned, some gifts-in-kind don’t fit and ultimately can be costly to repair or dispose.� The solution to an effective gifts-in-kind program is to check in with us first. This insures that your contribution will be a meaningful one to our camps. To that end, here is our “Wish List.� Things that appear on this list are items that we can use NOW or as soon as spring weather returns to the North Country. Should you have interest in making an in-kind donation of something on our wish list, please contact Dave Langston, dave@campdudley. org, or Dawn Gay, They will be happy to field your inquiry and make the connection to the appropriate person at Camp.

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Campus Update:

Youth Soccer at Dudley – The Westport Youth Commission held its 2015 Biddy Soccer Tournament on September 19th at Camp Dudley with nearly 2000 people in attendance. Forty-one teams from all over Essex County competed throughout the day. There were also Girls and Boys Varsity Soccer games held on campus that day to round out the full day of soccer. Fields and supplies, volunteers and concessions were donated by Dudley.

What’s happening during the off-season!

Leadership and Team Building – New Canaan Country School visited Camp Dudley for their annual 8th grade trip for few days of the Dudley Experience. The program run by Dudley staff was started by Dudleyite #14359 Andy Morris while he was a teacher

Exercise – #16999 Jess Storey is back at it with the year-round team. The McCutcheon Fitness Center is humming with activity as members of the team work out on Tuesdays and Fridays. Year-round Teambuilding at Moscow, VT - 18 of our yearround team members ventured off to Kiniya’s Moscow Property, just outside of Stowe, VT, in September. They hiked in together and were led in teambuilding initiatives by #24015 Jenn and #24014 Tom Brayden, Kiniya’s Tripping Directors. It was a wonderful way to come back together at the end of our summer and refocus our efforts working as one team on behalf of our two incredible camps.


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at NCCS and includes hikes in the Adirondacks, team building on the challenge course, a night walk at Stacy and even a council ring. Several current Dudley campers were involved this year as students at NCCS.

Wilderness Risk Management - Outdoor Program Director #23685 Colin Loher recently returned from the NOLS Wilderness Risk Management Conference where he learned from the best as we plan for 2016 programs and beyond. He was also able to get some climbing in at Moab, Utah along the way!

Fall Harvest –The vegetable gardens at both Dudley and Kiniya have been incredibly productive this summer and the Fall harvest has been robust! #14962 Josh Olcott, #23201 Brooke Lossmann and #20005 Gail Coleman have been busy preserving for next summer, and staff lunches have been enjoyed by all. Additionally, staff members have been able to enjoy amazing produce from our local partners at Juniper Hill and Essex Farm. Yum! Iron Dog Competition – Kiniya was the host site for the 16th annual Vermont Police Canine Association’s Green Mountain Iron Dog Competition on Saturday, September 26th. Over 100 runners (with their dogs) competed in the 1.5 mile run. The course is a variety of obstacles set up throughout our 136 acre property, based on what Police K9 handlers experience during a real life deployment. It was open to the public to compete and observe. Competitors were a mix of military, police, and civilian.

Essex Farm — by Kristin Kimball My husband Mark and I run Essex Farm, on 1300 acres, just north of Camp Dudley. We founded the farm twelve years ago, based on our desire to produce delicious, healthy food for ourselves and our small North Country community. We were young and ambitious back then, and also, hungry. We decided to grow everything we needed for an interesting and nutritious diet, year round. We also wanted to be good stewards of our land and its resources, and to explore what it means to be truly sustainable. Our quest for a wide variety of delicious ingredients led us to create a highly diversified farm, where the plants feed the animals, and the animals feed the plants. Our desire to understand sustainability in the context of climate change pushed us to use draft horses instead of tractors for a significant amount of our field work, and build a 25 kilowatt solar array to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel. We developed a year-round, full diet membership model, to give our members unlimited access to everything we produce, including pastured beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and eggs, vegetables, fruits, grains and flours, and milk from our herd of Jersey cows. The farm began as a grand and absorbing experiment on self-sufficiency, agricultural diversity and sustainability, and somehow, with luck and a lot of community support, it has worked. We started with seven members, and this year we are growing a full diet for over 300 people, here in Essex County and also in New York City. We also raise vegetables for two local school districts, and run an on-farm retail store that sells produce, chickens, and value-added products like sauerkraut, maple syrup, and yarn made from our own wool. We still use draft horses for our field work, but employ eight now instead of two. This summer, we had a crew of 25 farmers working with us. Two years ago, we founded the Essex Farm Institute, to support research and training for young farmers interested in diversified, sustainable production.

Working with local, whole food instead of processed and pre-packaged food is inarguably healthier and more delicious for diners, but it’s not easy on the staff. Preparing food that comes directly from a farm requires more labor, more creativity, and a different set of skills in the kitchen, and despite all the rhetoric in the media these days, very few institutions have done it with as much enthusiasm as Camp Dudley has. We are inspired by Dudley’s commitment to sustainable food, and grateful for its support for our local farms. For more information about Essex Farm, visit our website:, sign up for my blog at kristinkimball. com, or even better, visit us at the farm during our distribution hours, Fridays 3pm to 7pm. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a local shareholder or about our New York City farm-to-door delivery service, send us an email at or call 518-963-4613. Kristin Kimball is the author of The Dirty Life, A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love (Scribner 2010), and a second forthcoming memoir. She blogs about food and the farm at

For the last three summers we have supplied a significant and increasing percentage of Camp Dudley’s vegetables, eggs, flour, herbs, and meat, including some beautiful custom-slaughtered whole pigs for the annual pig roast. We have enjoyed our relationship with the Camp Dudley chefs, the staff, and especially the campers, some of whom visited the farm to explore the place where their food comes from. Fall 2015


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THANK YOU for your wonderful support of our summer online initiatives to generate critical scholarship and Annual Fund donations. Both events were GREAT fun and supported the boys and girls that were at Camp this summer. Consider these excellent results!



Haven’t seen the Willie’s Week photos yet? Visit the photo section on the Camp Dudley Facebook page.


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The Beckman Society Update


teady growth describes the Beckman Society over the last two years. We currently have 86 Dudleyites on the list below and celebrate each new member. The Beckman Society is named for #310 Herman “Chief” Beckman, who served as Camp Director for 40 years and who laid the foundation for the camping and leadership program of which we are proud. We salute the members of the Beckman Society. Thank you! #3611 Craig Fitzpatrick* #3994 Paul* and Carolyn* 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 #6377 William and Lisa Putney #6439 Carol* and Lynn Lyttle #6463 George and Judy Webb #6581 Berkeley and Sue Johnson #6652 James and Marge Weaver #7083 Michael and Petrea Poler #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 and Gail Poler #7701 Frederic* and Susan Schrodt #7731 Peter and Michele Willmott #7837 T. Frank and Margaret James #7905 L. 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 Freddi Hill #8498 Judson and Bonnie Phelps #8527 Ernest and #21527 Anna Steiner #8559 Bruce Bernann #8608 Robert and Tuey 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 Terry 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 Dinsmore #10643 Matthew Quigley #10846 Bob and Karen Langston #11156 John and Meleda Lowry #11333 Peter Ormsby #11373 G. Michael Stevens and Leila Garret-Stevens #11846 Thomas and Paula Canning #11889 Dwight and Kirsten Poler #12079 Joseph Bolster and Tink Bolster #12764 Christopher and Alison Perry #13741 Nancy Seabol #13804 Matt and #16999 Jessica Storey #15017 Evan George and #18079 Diana George #15328 John-David and Molly Boyle #15400 Sally Sword #19517 Brent Shay #20001 Marnie McDonagh and Bob Sophia Eugene and Annie Sullivan Loris Tower* Michael Walter

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Membership in The Beckman Society is open to everyone in the Dudley Community. Members have made known to Dudley that they plan to support Dudley’s future through a variety of life income gifts (pooled income funds, charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities et. al.), or by including Dudley in their wills, or as beneficiary of a charitable lead trust, life insurance policy, mutual fund or retirement plan. Please contact Dave Langston for more information,

*Deceased Fall 2015


News & Notes #7146 Charles Schubert, Baldwinsville, NY, at Camp in 1945, reports that at 83 he continues to enjoy “fairly good health.” Charles brother #6963 Rudy, leader in Owasco in 1945, passed away in 2006 as did Charles’ wife Vera. #7694 John “Rusty” Russell, Asheville, NC, at Camp in the 1950’s, is excited about his grandson’s arrival at Dudley. Said son Chris, “I really hope Paul will be a Cub in The Russell boys 2016. Look out for Hyde and #23694 Henry (wearing a 35-year old Dudley tie in this photo from Asheville with other Russell Dudleyites) Henry was a Plebe this summer. #7714 Tom Trowbridge, Orinda, CA, wrote, “Greetings from Northern California! Just back from the Adirondacks, Westport and Willsboro, with brother Pete and nephew Pete who were introducing Dudley/Kiniya to his twin 9-year-olds from Gilbert, AZ. Needless to say they loved both camps and are planning to apply for next summer!

#7951 Jack Kotz, Kiawah Island, SC, in “retirement” continues his amazing photographic work. He has captured iconic images of people and places around Camp including the “Dudley Dome.” See Jack’s Dudley photos at Camp-Dudley/and order a print of your favorites. #8047 Dick “Sparky” Clark, Chapel Hill, NC, wrote regarding the origin of his nickname. “As you can probably tell from my camp number #8047, I first attended Dudley in 1950 second half. I stayed in Burr lodge/cabin and #6049 John Strong was my leader. He thought I was a spirited and energetic kid, so he gave me the nickname of “Sparky” which stuck for the six years I went to camp. (We all had nicknames back then.) At age 74 now, I am not quite as “Sparky” as before, but still active in retirement from a career in academic radiology at UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Also had a lifetime interest in classical and chamber music and orchestras. I remember playing a cello which Dudley Music Director #4615 Hank Ready found for me. I had to do some repair work, set the sound post, new strings, etc., but the campers and staff seemed pretty impressed. I was pleased.” Editor’s Note: Got a story about your nickname? Love to hear it. Send a note to #8191 Al Kaemmerlen, Plainsboro, NJ, wrote, “Saw #9089 Jeff Fisher at his 50th Princeton University reunion in June.” Jeff, who was at Camp in the 1950’s, graduated from Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons with fellow Dudleyite #8697 Wally Merriam, and spent his career as a physician in Pheonix, AZ. #8323 Randy Barton, Wilmington, DE, came with son Ran to drop off grandson Rand at Camp and ran smack into #9163 Dick Broad, dropping off his two sons. “What a hoot to see Dick. I’ve known him forever...our mothers were close friends for decades when they taught together at Wilmington Friends School in the ‘30s.” Dick brought his

The Dudley Dome, by Jack Kotz.


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wife, Tania, and sons Bryan and Ian to Dudley where the boys were July campers. #8336 Ed “Sharky” Dealy, Fort Myers, FL, could not make the CDA Reunion but, “Would love to attend one year. My wife, Lynn, has seen Dudley – our son #13617 EJ went for three half summers. We will be cruising on the Danube in August.” Editor’s Note: C’mon Sharky, cruise Lake Champlain next summer! #8457 Bill Campbell, Exeter, NH, wrote, “Anne and I are doing well. We just had #11820 Scott’s three girls here for almost three weeks. They are now back in Divonne, France and Scott works out of the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva. #11833 Bruce and family are on vacation in Germany. They live within 45 minutes. #12985 Timothy, Bedford Hills, NY, has a three-year-old boy. Now that I’m completely retired, I’m on the Boards of the Exeter Historical Society and the Southeast (NH) Land Trust. The latter is an extension of my interest in conservation (still on the Exeter CC), supporting young farmers who need help getting started. One of our initiatives is to put easements on farms so that the land becomes more affordable for them to start. Anne is active in several activities including volunteering at the local hospital. We travel a bit when we can. Life is good.” #8608 Bob Stroud, Concord, MA, wrote, “After 44 years in Cincinnati, we are moving to Concord to be near our daughter, Carrie, and her family. This is a very exciting chapter in our lives! Our new address: 100 Newbury Court, Suite #4417, Concord, MA 01742, 978-610-6895. Our new community is similar to the Dudley Old Boys (and Old Gals) Gatherings — just located in Concord, MA. We are 2 miles from our grandkids #21608 Olivia (Kiniya) and #23608 Porter, (Dudley) and their parents. We are closer to Nantucket and many old friends in New England. We are thrilled with our new life.” #8698 George “King Farouk” Sanders, Cherry Hill, NJ, took advantage of his old pal Stroud’s offer to “stop by and see us some time.” Farouk wrote, “It actually happened! My wife and I visited with the Strouds on Nantucket. Camp Stroud was not the only

topic — we had many memories to share. Both Tuey and Bob were in our wedding many years ago.” George Sanders and Bob Stroud reunite in Nantucket.

#8867 Bill Kingston, Middlebury, VT, and Moorestown, NJ, also celebrated his 50th Reunion at Princeton this past June, and made it back to Camp for the CDA Reunion. Bill taught and coached in South Jersey for over 40 years. He and Beth split their time between Middlebury and Moorestown, and enjoy kayaking on Lake Champlain, when not visiting their four Dudley sons in various parts of the country. #8964 Fred Tibbits wrote from his home in Thailand, “Leaving in the morning for my 50th reunion at Salisbury School, class of 1965. Fred continues with his Fred Tibbits & Associates Beverage Consulting business. #8972 Reeve “Ting” Vanneman, Washington, DC. Wife, Jane wrote, “Sorry to miss Reunion as Ting has his annual sociology meetings that weekend in Chicago. I drove #23472 Sara Vanneman Yoder to Kiniya for second session. Our grandson #23072 Charlie had knee surgery in June and could not come to Dudley this summer. Disappointing, but what can you do?” Editor’s Note: See you next summer, Charlie! #9137 Ken White, Westport, NY, shared the sad news that Bev McIntyre passed away in April. Bev worked with #4433 Gerry LaGrange in the early days of the Dudley development program helping to catalogue alumni and donor information. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Don, who served as town supervisor of Westport for a number of years. #9239 Gaston Vadasz, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, wrote, “Linda and I hoped to attend this year’s reunion. We came back to the US two years ago, after 19 years Fall 2015


News & Notes continued overseas, and are retired and living with our daughter Nicole, her husband Ben Cabot, and our two granddaughters on Martha’s Vineyard. I wish to express my gratitude to Dudley for offering me the grounding I needed as a refugee from Hungary in 1957. Although I have some health issues, I look forward to returning to Dudley, where you meet old friends and make new ones!! #9675 Dave “Westy” West, Naples, FL, and Westport, NY, says, “When I played in Westport Country Club’s chamLocal boys at the Westport Country Club, Dave pionship in West, Vern Lewis and Rick Frisbee. August, I was joined by two local guys. About 9 holes in, I discovered we were all Dudley alums: #9675 Dave West, #8271 Vern Lewis, and #8858 Rick Frisbee. We all played well. Vern had a couple of skins including an eagle on #5, Rick was low net champion, and I took low gross, but the best part about it was making two new friends.” #10420 Jamie Widdoes, Beverly Hills, CA, was mentioned in press coverage of a major Reunion of the cast of the movie “Animal House.” Jamie, Jamie Widdoes, right, next to John Belushi and very youthful at the other stars of “Animal House” reunion. the time of the movie’s launch in 1978, will forever be remembered as “Hoover,” the president of his fraternity house which was, of course, the “Animal House.” #10524 Pete Treiber, Sea Cliff, NY, visited the North Country at the end of July and added Phelps Mountain to his list of Adirondack peaks. Says Pete, “I’m gaining on the 46!”


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Pete Treiber on top of Phelps Mountain.

#10816 Ned Peterson, New Canaan, CT, reconnected with Camp recently. “I’m moving to Houston, TX, as soon as our house in New Canaan sells — likely August/early September. I work for NGL Energy Partners, LP, mostly involved in crude oil infrastructure (pipelines, tanks, trucks, barges, terminals). My wife, Andrea, and I are going on year #35 of our marriage compact – two daughters besides #17116 Mark, are all grown up. #10924 Tim Sager, Erdenheim, PA, wrote, “I caught this article in the New York Times in late August. It mentions Dr. John Prior, who is the father of #10284 John, #10337 Tom, #11064 Jeff and #11160 Tim Prior who attended camp in the ’60’s and ’70’s. He was also father-in-law to #14515 Dr. Chris Stringer and his family. The Priors were our next door neighbors in Syracuse and introduced our family to Dudley.” The Times article, which chronicles the life of Augusta Chiwy, a courageous World War II nurse, also tells the story of the young Doctor John Prior from Vermont and their heroic service during the Battle of Bastogne in Luxembourg. Chris Stringer is also quoted in the article. Editor’s Note: Thanks, Tim, for spotting this great story. For the entire story go to: http://www.nytimes. com/2015/08/26/world/europe/augusta-chiwy-forgottenwartime-nurse-dies-at-94.html?_r=0 #11164 John Tredwell, Crystal Lake, IL, reports that he has been learning to fly the new 787 jets. “I have been flying the 787 around the country lately. My flights have been a once-in-a-lifetime experience as we have basically been given the keys to a $200 million jet and told, ‘go have fun!’ I am one of the initial cadre

of instructors learning how the airplane works before we can teach our line pilots. The feeling when I took her up for the first time was the same Captain John Tredwell at the controls of the as when I took new 787. my first flight 38 years ago! I have been very blessed to do something I absolutely love.” #11846 Tom “TC” Canning, Pelham, NY, reports, “We are all well, and the whole family has enjoyed the joys of Onteora Club on the Catskill Mountain Top this summer. At 2,400 feet it’s always cooler. Friends of Alex’s returning from Dudley have been known to break up the trip with a visit en route to NYC. In early May a group with a Dudley center of gravity traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland for five days of golf. We were #9806 Rick and #10311 Ward Tomlinson; #9675 Dave West; Dudley Dads Dave Mackinnon and John Sorice; and Hallett Nichol, a St. Lawrence classmate of Alex’s. Son #17946 Alex and I rounded out the group of eight. We played Royal County Down, where the Irish Open was held this year; and Royal Portrush, host to the Open Championship in 2019 as well as five other terrific linksland courses. We had all kinds of weather — including sunshine in small doses. There were flashes of brilliant golf among us all but the medalists tended to be Rick and Alex. The Irish people were wonderful and welcoming and, less accustomed to golf tourists than the Scots, very appreciative of the patronage.” #12465 Mike Derrick, Peru, NY, has entered the race for the US Congress. After 28 years of Army military service, Mike retired in 2013. He hopes to continue his service as a representative of New York’s 21st Congressional District. Mike and his family have returned to Peru, NY, where he grew up. #12932 Phil “Cush” Cushman, New Canaan, CT, wrote to Matt Storey, “Rare sighting and statistical anomaly: three numbers in a row, showing up randomly after decades: #12930 Crosby Beane, #12931

Scott Sylvester, and myself, #12932 Phil Cushman. All were back for CDA Reunion weekend! Reintroduced by #12928 Rex Corbett. Great stuff!” Editor’s A rare sight indeed, three numbers in a row. Note: Pretty amazing and thanks for getting L to R, #12930 Crosby Beane, #12931 Scott Sylvester, and #12932 Phil Cushman. this to us, Cush! #12990 Dr. Evan Garfein, New York, NY, shared news of the passing of his father-in-law, Bob Simon, a legendary correspondent for “60 Minutes” and CBS News. Bob passed away in February 2015 following a rich and rewarding career with CBS. Heartfelt condolences go to Doc Garfein, his wife Tanya Simons and son Jack. #13565 Chris Rodgers’ dad, C.R. Perry Rodgers, Jr., of Washington Crossing, PA, and Vero Beach, FL, passed away in August. To celebrate his life, Chris and Danyel are funding a Dudley/ Kiniya scholarship for a son or daughter of a U.S. veteran, in Chris Rodgers’ sons enjoying a reunion at honor of Perry Jr’s the end of the 2015 season. L to R, Zack, service to our coun#23465 Perry, #24065 Tyler. try. Said Chris, “He was a proud Marine who served in Vietnam and was always looking to help other veterans. During his own recent battle with cancer he would go to a New Jersey VA Hospital to read and spend time with veterans in hospice care until he was too sick to do so. He was not a Dudley alum but deeply cherished it as he saw the positive effect it had on my life. He was so happy that two grandsons were now at camp with the third to follow soon. We would like to give a deserving young boy or girl whose family life has been impacted by military service the opportunity to experience the magic that is Dudley.” Editor’s Note: It will be Dudley’s pleasure to award it to a deserving boy or girl. Thank you! Fall 2015


News & Notes continued #14359 Andy Morris, West Chester, PA, reports, “This August I started as the Athletic Director and International Program Director at Upland Country Day School in Kennett Square, PA. We’re still settling in, but so far it’s wall-to-wall sweet Pennsylvania living! Yoha! to all!” #15144, Matt Foster, Ventura, CA, reconnected in June through our LinkedIn CD Alumni group. Matt reports that he has 4-year-old twin daughters and a 2-year-old son — all of whom will be ready for camp in a few years. Glad to have you plugged back in, Matt! #15745 Jamie Cowan, Ann Arbor, MI, wrote to Dave Langston recently. “Dudley is never far out of mind. My wife. Shaili. and I both work for the University of Michigan, I as Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery and she as a Pediatrician. We’ve been enjoying a beautiful Michigan fall made even better by a winning football team. In July we’re moving to Palo Alto, CA, where I’ll complete a Sports Medicine fellowship at Stanford. We’re planning a cross-country road trip and hope to visit Dudleyites along the way. Hope all is well at Camp. Jamie — P.S. Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics wouldn’t be a bad combination for a couple of Camp Doctors! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that one day we can make it happen!” #16242 John Dempsey, Jersey City, NJ, wrote in July after enjoying a Dudley Auction Golf match. “My parents, Tom and Mary Jo, were the successful auction winners of a round at Plainfield Country Club, donated by Rob Auction winners (L to R) Rob Fleschler, Fleschler. My brother Kevin Dempsey, Dave Atkinson and John Dempsey #17342 Kevin and friend Dave Atkinson joined Rob this past Saturday for a round at Plainfield and we had a blast. Although he said the timing was coincidental, I’m fairly sure Rob had the bleachers for The Barclays tournament set up early for us so we could play it like the pros. Wanted to send along a picture. Hope all is well at camp.”


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#17116 Mark Peterson, Rockville, MD, joins the “Found Sheep.” Mike graduated from Duke ‘08 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After working for almost seven years at Clark Construction Group, a national building and civil construction firm, he recently joined Linden Development Partners, a small firm focusing on the strategic acquisition and development of commercial real estate properties in the Washington, DC, area. Mark will be 30 this year, is married and has two young boys (two and four). Two more campers on the way! #17161 Matt Berry, Honolulu, HI, writes, “I’ve been working at the East-West Center in Honolulu since late 2012. The Center is a policy research and public diplomacy institute established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 – the campus is about a mile from Punahou School where I Matt Berry, left, with E.P. Moore recently saw #8838 E.P. in Hawaii. Moore. We met at his office, which includes many tributes from former students. Aloha, Matt.” #18141 Dr. Mary Frances “Fran” Bisselle, Manchester Center, VT, has been named Head of the Hathaway Brown School, in Shaker Heights, OH. HB is an allgirls private school, founded in 1876, Ohio’s oldest continuously operating college preparatory school for girls. For the past 9 years, Fran has been Head of the Maple Street School, a K-8 private school in Manchester Center, VT. Fran holds a B.A. in History from Boston College; an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont. Fran also serves as a trustee for the National Association of Independent Schools, and is the president of the Vermont Independent Schools Association. Said Paul Matsen, President of the HB Board, “Fran comes armed with an impressive résumé of professional achievements, an outstanding and proven track

record of innovative leadership, and an undeniable passion for girls’ education.” Said Fran, “It is a tremendous honor to become Hathaway Brown’s 14th Head of School. HB’s 140-year commitment to high academic achievement and to educating young women to become independent thinkers who value character and public service, and who are confident to be creative and socially conscious is closely connected to my core beliefs.” Fran’s daughter #19541 Lucy is a freshman at the University of Vermont, and her daughter #19641 Aggie is a high school senior at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. Fran will begin her service to HB in July, 2016. #18500 Bill Harper, Bainbridge Island, WA, retired from his Grace Episcopal church, where he served for 20 years. Bill spent the summer at Dudley – his 26th – and was joined by wife, Carolyn, sons #19903 Austin and #18778 Blake, for a memorable Chapel Service. Bill grew up in the Northwest, was educated at the University of Washington, Princeton Theological Seminary, and General Theological Seminary in Manhattan. He served Chappaqua and Larchmont, NY, churches for ten years before joining Grace in Bainbridge as its leader. #18636 Amber Heath Spoeneman, San Luis Obispo, CA, wrote, “I only spent three summers at Dudley, but they were some of the best summers of my life. My heart swells thinking of all the great friends and wonderful Amber, third from right, with some of her memories made Camp Dudley buddies at Swim Point, at Dudley. I spent including Big Joe and Dawn Maiurano, and more time in the Carrie Baker. military (including a year deployment to Iraq) and yet Dudley remains a much more powerful influence in my life. I’m in contact with lots of fellow Dudleyites and I am beyond grateful for their friendships. I look forward to my

children (Heath, 2.5, and Hazel 6 months) having the same awesome Dudley/Kiniya experience one day. I married my high school sweetheart, Brian Spoeneman in 2009. I find myself singing Dudley chants, cheers and Hymn Sing songs to my children. We listen to the Sunday Night Hymn Sing CD while driving in the car. It is really cool that #17589 Amy Maiurano, #19555 Lauren Widing, #19865 Tori Tomlinson, #18649 Carrie Baker and I all have had baby girls within eight months of each other. Watch out Kiniya, you will have your hands full in about 10 years!! The arms of Dudley reach far and wide, embracing us all!” #18754 Connor Smith, Washington, DC, a recent Leader and staff member, wrote to Matt, “Just received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the POTUS (President of the United States) office for over 150 hours of community service in 2014. Pretty cool! Editor’s Note: Well done, Connor! #18755 Graham Tredwell, Crystal Lake, IL, graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, with a BA in English. Graham has enjoyed a lot of backcountry skiing in the Rocky Mountains. We were lucky to have Graham join the summer staff in the Hike Hut this past season. Good luck this winter, Graham! Graham climbing the iconic Turkey Chute in southwest Colorado.

#18797 Aron Phillips-Nwankwo, Pittsburgh, PA, was on the receiving end of some very nice Associated Press publicity at the end of his basketball career with the Pitt Panthers. Next step — aiming for Med School. Aron was at camp 2003 as a cub through 2009 as an AL. See pitt-senior-phillips-nwankwo-eyeing-different-path222016055--ncaab.html. #18866 Patrick Gillespie, Wilton, CT, is a reporter at CNN Money. He recently wrote an article about teen employment in the U.S. and used Dudley Leaders as Fall 2015


News & Notes continued an example of the types of jobs available to U.S. teens. See http://money. news/economy/americateenage-economy-jobs/.

email among other Chapel speakers, notably #10787 Wayne Meisel and #18500 Bill Harper, was full of “logical arguments” as they tried to find a way to join the rest of the team in Denver.

#20970 Wendell Beane, left, and #21582 Jack Degen get a “shout out” in Pat Gillespie’s CNN Money article.

#19044 Matt McCormick, Andong, Korea, wrote to Matt Storey of his adventures. “I’m working for a company called GETV. We reach schools and individual students from elementary to adults via webcam. We service Andong and other cities in the North Gyeongsang Province. Most classes are small, run for 30-50 minutes and I have seven per day. My co-workers are international teachers, Korean administrators and program directors. It’s a mixed bag of Americans and Canadians with one guy from the UK, my primary social group here. I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to lead the German Exchange! It meant the world to me and I had the pleasure of taking one of the best groups over that I’ve ever seen in Intercamp.” Editor’s Note: Keep up the good work, Matt, and send us a photo as you venture forth in Korea. #19230 Anna Florence, Decatur, GA, #10846 Bob “Bob Fu” Langston, Syracuse, NY, and #11584 Pete Allen, Hingham, MA, had a “Chapel Speakers Reunion” of sorts in Denver, CO. All Dudley preachers at the Festival of Homiletwere attending the ics in Denver. L to R, Pete Allen, Anna Florence, Bob Langston Festival of Homiletics (Hmmm?!) conference in May. Anna was a featured speaker, giving a lecture and leading worship. “Bob Fu” and Pete were attending the conference. The pre-conference buzz via


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#19623 Jack Ludke, New Canaan, CT, wrote recently. “I’m a junior at Georgetown University in DC. I’m head of a debate tournament that takes place next month. I’m also going through the recruitment process right now, attending info sessions with investment banking and consulting firms.” #20135 Phoebe Quayle, Williston, VT, filed this report. “I’m studying Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). It has been an amazing experience so far! I’m focusing mostly on classical acting, such as Elizabethan and Jacobean texts. I just finished Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, performing as Hermione.” Editor’s Note: Break a leg this year, Phoebe! #20353 Libbie Warner, Richmond, VA, a firstyear at Hamilton College, plays for her Continentals Varsity Golf Team. Her Kiniya fellow leader, #20404 Miranda Dils, Williamstown, Miranda Dils, Libby and Duncan Warner at MA, was on a the Taconic Golf Course for the NESCAC Columbus Week- Fall Tournament. Libby was in the top 10! end break back at home from her first year at Bowdoin College. Checking in with Libbie, Miranda discovered that she was playing in the NESCAC Fall Tournament underway at the Taconic Golf Course in Williamstown. Miranda tracked Libbie down on the 16th tee, at which point Libbie put her competitive “game face” on hold, and ran over to give Miranda a big Kiniya hug. This seemed to baffle her opponents from Bowdoin and Bates, and Libbie went on to card an impressive 83, good enough to put her in the top 10 individual finishers in the tourney, and help her Hamilton mates secure the 4th spot for overall team performance. If that weren’t enough, Miranda discovered that “the other guy” fol-

lowing Libbie on the course was Libbie’s brother and Dudley guy #18043 Duncan, who had driven up from Stamford, CT, for the day. Cause for a Dudley-Kiniya mini-reunion on the 18th! #20705 Quenton Nelson, Holmdel, NJ, was getting pretty good press in early September as the Notre Dame football season prepared to get under way. Quenton #56 for the Irish, is an offensive lineman, class of ‘19, currently listed at 6’5” and 325 pounds from Holmdel, NJ. Congratulations, Quent! #21091 Merrit Davie, Glen Ridge, NJ, and #22021 Katie Hurdman, Chester, NJ, met up in a lacrosse match in late April. They got to play against each other in a high school lacrosse game and were thrilled to see each other. Merrit Davie and Katie Hurdman

#21275 Dominic DeMuro, Elizabethtown, NY, received some favorable press in the Plattsbugh Press Republican. “Nine CV-TEC students received top honors at the New York State Skills USA Championships in April. This year, more than 3,000 students took part in the Syracuse contest. Dominic DeMuro, a senior at CV-TEC and the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, was crowned the New York State culinary arts champion. He will advance to the national championships next month in Kentucky.” Said Dominic, “I just couldn’t believe it happened. I was hoping I would make it in the top 10. I thought it would feel good in my mind or maybe just be at ninth place just to say I’ve improved, so I was just jumping out of my seat when I won!” In addition to his studies, DeMuro works at Latitude 44 Bistro in Plattsburgh. He will attend the Culinary Institute of America in the fall. #21488 Graham Cuddy, Rosemont, PA, sadly lost his mom, Patricia, in May. Tricia was very involved in her community and will be missed by all who knew her. Thoughts and prayers go out to Graham and his dad Gerard. Graham was a Junior Leader in 2013.

#21068 Kevin Longo will be continuing his studies towards an economics major at Maynooth University in Kildare, Ireland through Boston College. Brothers #22190 Brian and #22191 Connor are both in 11th grade and enjoying being on the varsity soccer team at Fox Lane. #20859 Liz has started her Junior year at Providence College. She will be traveling abroad this spring to Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia where she will be studying the social impacts of climate change. #22190 Brian Longo and brother #22191 Connor of Bedford, NY, and the rest of the Longo family received a house call early this fall Father Flynn visits the Longo’s in Bedford, from #23700 NY. L to R, #21068 Kevin Longo, #23700 Father Francis J. Flynn, pastor of St. Father Flynn, #22190 Brian and #22191 Connor Longo. Philip Neri Church in Westport. Phil Longo wrote, “We had a fun visit with “Father Vinny” on September 8. I had met him while at church this summer and the boys really connected with him through his Chapel Talk and Gospel Choir visits to his church. He was in our area this week and it was fun having him over for dinner.” #22875 Qi Mei Schmidt, Brooklyn, NY, and #22666 PJ Dowd, Verona, NJ, both Kiniya Kiwis, are fellow members of NYC Juniors Volleyball Club. Qi Mei played libero, the roaming defensive specialist, for the 13-National Team #22875 Qi Mei Schmidt and #22666 P.J. Dowd at a volleyball that won their GEVA practice session during late summer. Regional Tournament (NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, and upstate) and finished in the Bronze Bracket at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships in New Orleans in July. PJ played Outside Hitter for NYC’s 12-National Team, coached by #10875, Fall 2015


News & Notes continued Steve Schmidt. PJ’s team also won the GEVA Region, competed at Nationals, and was ranked #6 on the East Coast and #40 in the USA in their age group. #23382 Na’sah Dabbs, Newburgh, NY, had a wonderful reunion with #22427 Father Mark Connell following Sunday Chapel in August. Father Mark delivered an inspirational message entitled “What Color are Your Eyes?” Na’sah attends San Miguel Academy where Father Mark is a founder and now President. Look at the smile on Na’sah Dabbs and Father Mark Connell Na’sah’s face and you’ll know how happy he was to see Father Mark. #23700 Father Francis Flynn, Elizabethtown, NY, shared a recent photo from the September 9th North Country Catholic, a publication of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. The caption read, “Every summer, Catholic boys at Camp Dudley in Westport who wish to attend mass are transported by Dudley vans and bus to Saint Philip Neri Church. This year, one of them served as a lector each Sunday. In addition, the Dudley Gospel Choir sang at Mass twice during the summer.” Father Francis J. Flynn, pastor, said, “On the Sunday of collection for Peru (a mission projects of the diocese) I asked for 10 volunteers. They dressed in ponchos and chullos, and I explained a little about Peru and the diocesan mission there. I also taught them a little Spanish. One Sunday there were more than 75 boys, ages 11 through 22, that made up more than half our congregation! Camp Dudley, now in its 131st year, is the oldest boys camp in North America.”

Dudley boys at Mass in Westport.


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#23788 Brinley Ehlers, Norwalk, CT, who was on the Kiniya Athletic Staff this summer, was named Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT. Brinley had previously been the assistant coach for 18 years before stepping away to coach younger girls including daughters #23791 Lucy and #23790 Kathleen. She is excited to be back at the varsity level and is leading with “heart and hustle” as the motto for the season. Go Storm! #23845 Betsy Lyles, Decatur, GA, and Chapel speaker at Dudley this summer, will be ordained on December 12, 2015 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. #19230 Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence will help with that service. At Columbia Theological, Betsy is Director of Recruitment and Admissions. Betsy said, “I have my Camp number hanging in my office so I think about Dudley at least once a day and am just so grateful I got to experience it.” Editor’s Note: Thanks for making the effort to be with us, Betsy.

Lost and Found Welcome Back! Here is a sampling of folks that we welcomed back since our last publication in the Spring of 2015. We hope you, and the others who are getting this magazine for the first time in a long while, will enjoy recalling your own days at Camp.

Found & Reconnected #6177 Ted Bermingham #7146 Charles Schubert #8159 Ian Bennett #8609 Thomas Williams #9513 John Williams #9678 Tom Fogerty #10128 David Dunbar #10952 Toby Gordon #11024 Andy Larned #11817 John Langstaff #12548 Peter Larned #12637 John Billingsley #14413 Sadiq McBride #15245 Heiko Anemueller #15678 Jacob Pitts #16678 Sarah Whitney #17051 David Pontius

Lost Sheep #4503 Robert Ware #5623 Keith Frame #6580 Edwin Jones Jr. #7157 Robert Byers MD #8508 Edward Suffern #9052 Todd Vaughen #10448 Erick Lutz #11505 Seldon Heatley #12288 Lewis Graham #13051 Todd Maynard #14462 Kevin File #15125 Nicholas Patton #16401 Earl Lucci #17758 Alexander Sawabini #18363 John Kirby #19003 Stefan Smith

50-Year Pins Congratulations! #10312 Jerry Ardolino, Sr., Medford, MA #10436 Jerry Ardolino, Somerville, MA #8159 Ian Bennett, Washington, DC #10264 Brian Mahoney, Baltimore, MD #10231 Schelling McKinley, Westport, NY #10296 Richard Olcott, Elizabethtown, NY #8609 Thomas Williams, Montville, NJ Several pins were given at the CDA Reunion in August. If your first year was 1965 and you have not received your pin, let us know and we will send it soon.

#10312 Jerry Ardolino, Sr.

(If you are using our Alumni App, you can be in touch with any alumni in our system! Need to get the App? See page 53.) The job of returning alumni to our fold is never done and needs vigilance from everyone. Please check out the list above of “Lost Sheep.” If you know where any of these campers are, please ask them to visit us at or call us at 518.962.4720. Remember, never assume that your Dudley or Kiniya friend is plugged in. If they can’t tell you that they get this magazine, then they are a LOST SHEEP and we need your help to reconnect. Thank you!

#10264 Brian Mahoney

We are still looking for Dudley and Kiniya alums that live in North and South Dakota, the only unrepresented states in our alumni system. #10296 Richard Olcott Fall 2015



Weddings #15648 Ludolf von Klencke, Hämelschenburg, Germany, married Britta Soltau April 11, 2015. Ludolf and Britta are still living in Germany. Ludolf’s brother, #17544 Henry, joined them for the civil service. Check out Ludolf’s Facebook page for some fun photos of the big day. Congratulations Ludolf and Britta!

Tania O’Brien and Rob McCormack celebrated their marriage on September 19, 2015.

Mr. and Mrs. Ludolf von Klencke

#16119 Marlon Fisher married Aron Steward on August 1, 2015 in Montpelier, VT. The covered bridge ceremony included many family and friends including a number of Dudleyites! Yoha!

#21028 Monica Manfred married #17098 Carl Jackson on Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Brant Lake, NY, surrounded by family and friends including plenty of Camp numbers! Dudleyites #21264 Bridget Davenport, #20643 Blayne Knapp, #20688 Delia Langan, and #21986 Olivia Belzer served as bridesmaids, while #18108 Harry Jackson, #16851 Bill Jackson, #15877 Brendan Loughman, #17681 Steve Nelson, #18070 Dave Nelson, and #17119 Mark O’Neal served as groomsmen, and #5298 Bill Jackson won the low number award. The happy couple currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Mr. and Mrs. Marlon Fisher

#16729 Rob McCormack married Tania O’Brien in Boulder, CO, on September 19, 2015. Dudley and Kiniya-ites in attendance included #17039 Christian “CMac” McCormack, #21539 Alex “AMac” McCormack, #19703 Hunter McCormack, #21534 Bebe Totman, and #17448 Spencer Poorman.


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Carl and Monica’s wedding party

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#17425 Matt “Matador” Ator, Paoli, PA, married Sarah Carnall on March 7, 2015. “YOHA!” says Matador. Dudley alumni #17185 Jake (Yappy) Guimaraes and #16755 Tim Aikens were groomsmen, and Matt’s cousins and current Dudleyites Sarah and Matt Ator on their big day! #21148 Kyle Dew and #21343 Tori Dew were usher and greeter respectively.

#18112 Riley Solie-Vilker, Laguna Niguel, CA, married Tiffany O’Brien on September 12th in San Diego, CA. Camp Dudley alumni in attendance included #10914 Marshall Merrifield, #17643 Lukas Carter, #17087 Bruce ‘BG’ Orr, #18172 Vince ‘Bob’ Solie-Vilker, #20472 Lucy ‘Cheetah’ Solie-Vilker and #11272 Robert ‘Vince’ Vilker. The weekend was more of an extravaganza than a wedding. There were five events in three days, and the icing on the cake happened when the reception moved from the beach onto an old fashioned river boat that toured the bay! *Fun side note: Tiffany attended her first Hymn Sing four days after being engaged to Riley while visiting the Washington, DC, Dudley crew.

#17744 Brad Simpson, Charlotte, NC, married Katie Foley on May 8, 2015 in Boston, MA. Pictured are (L to R) his father, #10644 Bob Simpson, wife, Katie, #17744 Brad Simpson, mother Kit Simpson and brother and Best Man #18444 Jeff Simpson. The happy couple now lives in Charlotte, NC. Congratulations!

Riley and Tiffany with their wedding party on the beach.

Brad and Katie Simpson with their family.

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Future Dudleyites #13564 Jeff MacBean of Oakland, CA, let us know that Lauren Hope was born August 15th, weighing in at 7 lbs. 10 oz.

Lauren Hope MacBean

#14016 Sean McCalla, East Meadow, NJ, wrote of the arrival of Conor Joshua McCalla. Conor was born September 26, 2015. Sean, Samantha #23816 Caitlin, #23716 Camille, and Sean Jr. (also with camp number pending) were all excited about Samantha, #14016 Sean, and baby Conor just after he arrived. the newest edition to the family. #14992 Dave Ready, Richmond, VA, reports the arrival of Randolph Curtis Ready on May 19, 2015. Curtis weighed in at 8 lbs., 12 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. Dave’s wife, Emmy, and son, Tommy are excited about the future Dudleyite’s arrival. Dave is hoping for #28000 and the possibility that Curtis might Emmy and Tommy be a future officer of the CDA celebrate the arrival of in 2050.

Curtis. Dad is behind the camera, of course!


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#15069 Bill Stratton and #22406 Mollie Farnham are pleased to announce that Aela Ruth Maxine Stratton was born August 11, weighing in at 7 lbs. in Burlington, VT. “She’s named after her two great grandmothers who died last year (Ruth and Maxine), and her given (first) name reAela Ruth Maxine Stratton flects the common Celtic heritage of our two families. It’s pronounced either ALE-ah, or AY-la, both are correct (I prefer the former, but most seem to default to the latter, which is fine). She’s off the charts for growth, loves Hymn Sing, meeting new people, diapers, and sunsets on the lake. She’s currently awaiting her camp number and bunk assignment.” #15191 Oliver and Suzanne Jeffers, Brooklyn, NY, announced the arrival of Harland Thomas John Jeffers who was born on July 7, 2015. Harland was born at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Oliver and the family travelled to Belfast in October. This was Harland’s first flight. Oliver and Suzanne with baby Harland Thomas John Jeffers.

#15383 Pete Karlen writes, “Hi Everyone. We are thrilled to welcome Layla June Austin Karlen to the world! She was born on Sunday, September 20th, weighing Meg, Pete, Sienna and Oscar with new baby 7 lbs. 14 oz. We Layla June. can’t wait for you to meet her!”

#15648 Ludolf von Klencke and wife, Britta, announced the arrival of their first son Leopold. He was born on July 5, 2015 in Hamelin, Germany. He was to be baptized on October 31, 2015 and #17566 Johann Plenge will serve as one of his godfathers. Looks like there is not much choice for Leopold when it comes to future camping choices. Congratulations to all. #15898 Bill Phelan, NY, NY, and wife, Meredith, reported the arrival of future Kiniya camper Alice Joreen Phelan on December 9, 2014. Alice was 7 lbs. 4 oz. at birth and has Bill, baby Alice, and Meredith Phelan grown up a lot in the last year. Congratulations! #15905 Luke Kapper and his wife, Caitlin, excitedly met their second son, Brooks Curtiss Kapper, in the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University on July 6, 2015. Brooks was eager to start Brooks Curtiss Kapper watching the reigning national champions defend their title, arriving several hours prior to his scheduled entrance. #15305 Sheila “Nana� Kapper and #17537 Grandpa Fred, promptly sent their newest grandson a plethora of Dudley swag to style out in at daycare this fall. #16144 George and Francis Boyan, Bricktown, NJ, announced the arrival of Julie Helen Boyan who was born on September 6, 2015. Julie was 9 lbs. and 21 inches. George has requested that we hold a Camp number for Julie, who is already looking Julie Helen Boyan and her very forward to Kiniya in 2025. proud parents.

#16207 Bill Leinen, Fairport, NY, reported the addition of a prospective camper to his family back on February 25, 2015. Maxwell Paul Leinen arrived and made his parents and Uncle #9701 Rich Maxwell very proud.

Maxwell Paul Leinen, flying high!

#17251 Rose Nelson Ledoux, South Burlington, VT, and husband, JB, welcomed Emerson Charlie Ledoux, into the world on 3/11/15. Emerson weighed in at 9 lbs, 6 oz was 21.5 inches long. Mother, baby, and JB are loving their new family life.

Emerson Charlie Ledoux

#17589 Amy Maiurano Rand, Greenwich, CT, and her husband, Matt, welcomed Eloise Rose into the world on March 8, 2015. Eloise was 6.14 lbs., 20 inches Eloise Rose with her parents Matt and Amy long, and had a Maiurano Rand. full head of hair. Looks like the Maiurano family is doing a pretty good job of preparing the next generation of Kiniya campers. Please share the news of your growing family! We love meeting future Dudley and Kiniya campers!

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Two Witherbee Greats Pass On Dudley lost two of its dedicated Witherbee talents with the recent passing of #8760 musician Stu Hemingway and #8227 writer/director Bev Edie.

#8760 D. Stuart “Stu” Hemingway, Jr. passed away April 23, 2015, in Greenwich, CT, after a long-term disability resulting from a series of strokes suffered in 2002. Stu’s dad, #3776 David, and uncles #3645 Harvey and #3622 Booth, all attended Dudley. Stu was born in 1942 in Glen Cove, Long Island and later lived in Auburn, NY, New York City and Riverside, CT. Born blind due to congenital cataracts, Stu was able to gain a certain amount of limited sight through surgery, but later lost it due to glaucoma in the early 1980s. Stu attended Dudley in 1954-56 as a camper and from 1989-2001 as a staff member. His loss of sight made the power of his music stronger as he led Hymn Sings, sing-alongs and everything else that had to do with music at Dudley. He attended The Hotchkiss School, Darrow School, and graduated from Greenwich High School. After two years at Columbia University, he studied jazz piano with John Mehegan, a noted teacher and jazz critic for the New York Herald Tribune. Stu worked as a music therapist with children with special needs at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and was a highly sought after piano teacher. He performed in jazz bands and orchestras in the New York metropolitan area. He worked on many studio recordings with students, friends, and groups including the Four Seasons and Gladys Knight and the Pips. In 2000, he proudly released his own CD recording - “Cool Jazz in Paradise.” At Dudley, Stu was co-musical director and mentor to hundreds of campers. The Last Whistle Dedication in 1998 said, “Stu talks with all of us on Sunday evenings. He talks to us of the fierce love he feels for the place, and for its traditions. He speaks of his devotion to family, of the freedom that music gives him from the obstacles life has placed in his path, of the awe with which he regards the miracle of life, and the power of belief.” Longtime Witherbee cohort #13322 Karen Bartholomew recalls, “I once called Stu on his birthday (Jan. 26th). I got his answering machine, and decided to leave him a special birthday greeting . . . my very best Marilyn Monroe imitation of her famous JFK ‘happy birthday’ greeting, substituting ‘Mr. Hemingway’ for ‘Mr. President.’ Stu could do wicked good impersonations of several presidents. He responded by leaving a phone message — ‘Eh, thank you Miss Monroe fah ya little message,’ in his very best JFK impersonation. He always kept the mood light hearted. Humor was one of Stu’s main coping tools. He used it to put people at ease with his blindness. His willingness to laugh at himself provided a valuable lesson to me, and others, that no infirmity should cause you to lose sight (there’s a Stu-ism!) of what matters in life — helping others. That’s what made him a great teacher and mentor.” Stu is survived by his siblings Meg, Washington, DC; #9165 Tim (Anne), Holland, MI; Bee, Arlington, VA; and #9823 Sam, Bainbridge Island, WA; nieces Kristen and Lauren, and nephews #14379 Graham and #18760 David.


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#8227 Beverley Robinson “Bev” Edie, Bellingham, WA, passed away on August 11, 2015. Bev was born and raised in Yonkers, NY, graduated from Riverdale (NY) Country Day School and Denison University in Granville, OH. Camp Dudley was a big part of Bev’s life, with an amazing 18-year run, from his Cub year in 1951 to a key role on the Witherbee Staff in 1968. In his studies, Bev focused on music and the arts. However, as an artist, his education came from every segment of his life. He displayed brilliant knowledge and understanding in all venues of the artistic and musical field. He was a teacher to all by merely reporting a life incident, engaging in a discussion of a particular book and/or the investigations into various philosophies. He had the ability to search within his own being as well as guide others to do the same. For the last 30 years Bellingham, WA, has been his primary residence. There, with many friends, he generously shared his wisdom, wit, and varied creations of art under the name of Brilliant Heart Productions. Former Dudley camper #9408 Rusty Davis recalled “Coach” Edie: “I have indelible recollections of serving as a very ordinary second baseman and B league basketball player on Bev’s appropriately named “Beatniks” team. Despite the fact that we had the best athlete in the Cubs on our team, #9411 Whit Rutter, we managed few wins in any sports, as I recall, but I also do not remember that as being a particularly negative outcome for the season. We had such a wonderful time. At some level we knew that Bev and athletics were seldom words that fell off the tongue together, but he was always cheerful and no doubt leaned on whoever his JL assistant was for some of the subtleties of the games. I am sure he was interested in ending the games quickly so he could head to Witherbee where he was already well on his way to being a legendary writer and director. I think Bev taught us all that having fun while doing whatever we were doing was important, even if we were somewhat inept, as was certainly the case for me. Bev was one of a kind and we loved him for it.” Bev is survived by his brother #7987 Dick Edie and his wife, Linda, of Berwyn, PA, a sister Mary Edie Smith of East Orleans, MA, and many cousins and their respective families. Among his coveted treasures were his nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces. They include his nephew #11762 Rick Edie his wife #18762 Betsy and their three daughters #20062 Hadley, #20162 Melinda and #21762 Schyler of Dedham, MA; his nephew #11977 Jonathan Edie, Chanin Cook and their daughter Quinn of Napa, CA.; his nephew David Smith, his wife Holly and their three children, Andrew, Jake and Samantha; and his only niece Carrie Smith Gilbride, her husband Justin and their children Delaney and Mitchell all of New Fairfield, CT.

Bev Edie, right, with #7446 John Brust, on a Dudley dayoff in the 1950’s.

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Obituaries #6507 Willard Rees “Will” Powell, Peru, VT, died on March 23, 2015 at age 88. Will was introduced to Camp in 1942 by his uncle Alvin Powell, and came as a 16-year old leader for 1942-43, when the leadership ranks were depleted by WWII. He and his wife, Peggy, were the proud parents of #10459 D. Scott Powell, #10877 Greg Powell and #11680 Ridgeway Powell, and grandparents of #16849 Tim Powell, #17549 Rob Powell and #19377 Wilson Powell. Will was born in Scranton, PA, in 1926, attended Kingston schools and earned a BA from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. During World War II, Will served in the U.S. Navy. He was a financial executive in the New York City area for 30 years, working for Ernst and Young and other firms. In 1982, he moved to Vermont and started his own CPA firm, later merging with another firm to form Engel, Powell and Spivey. He retired in 2001 but remained very active in his community. He loved golfing and skiing. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Margaret Auten Coughlin from Dallas, PA; a brother, Neil Powell of Park City, UT; four sons D. Scott Powell of Bolton, MA, Douglas R. Powell of Highlands Ranch, CO, Gregory C. Powell of Duxbury, MA, Ridgway H. Powell of Concord, MA, and eight grandchildren. Will exemplified “The Other Fellow First,” and went out of his way to bring new prospective campers to Dudley Reunions.

#6751 A. Brooks Harlow, St. Augustine, FL passed away on April 15, 2014 at age 79. He attended camp in 1947. Brooks was born in Stamford, CT, in 1934, graduated from the Fay School


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1949, the Groton School 1953 and Trinity College 1957. At Trinity he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity and Captain of the Squash team. Brooks served the Fay School in its administration and was appointed Headmaster in 1969. He presided there until 1988 when he retired. His wife of 51 years is Miriam (Mimi) Baxter Harlow. He is survived by his daughters Alice Harlow Ronconi and Elizabeth Harlow Robinson, a son A. Brooks Harlow III, and six grandchildren.

#6984 John Childress Beck, Vero Beach, FL, passed away June 3, 2015. John first attended camp in 1944 and was the father of #10371Robert, #10838 William, #11235 Christopher, and #12767 Wells. John received his 50-Year Pin in 2006. Born in Mount Vernon, NY, in 1932, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated from the Wooster School 1949. He graduated Princeton University 1953, where he was part of a nationally ranked crew team that narrowly missed capturing an Olympic berth for the 1952 games. He captained the varsity crew team the following year. Beck served in the US Navy as Lieutenant (J.G.). He received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1958, then joining Beck, Mack & Oliver, an investment counseling firm founded by his father, where he served until 1997. Beck became a nationally ranked platform tennis player in the mid 70’s, and enjoyed fly-fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife of fourteen years, Marilyn McClure Plumb Beck, and four other children from his first marriage to the former Mary Boulton Fiske (Beck): William Fiske Beck of Chappaqua, NY, Susanne Boulton Beck of Boston, MA, Christopher Mackay Beck of Mendham, NJ, and Edwin Wells Beck of Darien, CT. He also leaves behind fourteen grandchildren, his younger sister, Susan Beck Wasch, of Middletown, CT, and his older brother, Thaddeus Edmund Beck Jr. of Glasgow, VA.

#8551 R. Abel Garraghan, Kingston, NY, passed away August 24, 2015 in West Hyannisport, MA, at age 72. He attended camp in 19531955. His son, #14551 Patrick, was at Dudley in 1987-1989 and was an aide in ’91. His nephews are #12544 Corey (1979) and #12436 Danny Gavitt (1978-1979). Abel was born in Kingston, graduated from Kingston High School, attended Manhattan College and graduated from Syracuse University before completing the Small Company Management Program at Harvard Business School. Abel had a lifelong history of commitment to the Hudson Valley, driven by his strong belief in civic responsibility. He was the President and CEO of Heritagenergy. He loved golfing, hiking, skiing, and the annual “polar plunge.” Abel was tremendously proud of his Irish heritage and was a faithful member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Above all else, Abel Garraghan’s greatest legacy will always be his family, his faith and his friends. Loving husband of Nancy Lupton Garraghan, proud father of Patrick and Tanya Garraghan of Hurley, Kiley and Jim Shea of Loughton, England and Molly Garraghan of Denver, CO; brother of Julie G. Gavitt, Rumford, R.I.; grandfather of Gracie, Marin and Cian Shea, R. Gabriel Garraghan; stepgrandfather of Jordan Hulbert; and uncle to the Gavitts and Luptons.

#10495 Rudolph Grant “Rudy” Schlobohm, Beaufort, SC, died unexpectedly June 22, 2015, at his home. He was at Camp in the 1960s under Director Bob Marshall, whom he respected greatly. Rudy was born May 5, 1955, in Glen Ridge, NJ, graduated from Montclair Academy ’74. He received his

BA from St. Lawrence University ’78 and an MBA from Cornell University ‘80. He was a certified financial planner and chartered life underwriter, owner of Castle Company Financial Services and affiliated with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. for most of his career, until his retirement in 2011. Rudy will be remembered for his consistently positive attitude, his care and concern for others, and unfailing grace and kindness. He loved the Adirondack Mountains and his home at Crystal Lake, NY. In 1983 he married Victoria J. Noyes, who survives him. He is also survived by his son, #18085 Karl S. Schlobohm and his wife, Mercedes; his granddaughter, Athena; his daughter, Melissa Kimm Schlobohm; his brother, Arthur F. Schlobohm; his sister, Marilea Kimm Schlobohm; and several nieces and nephews.

#13068 Alexander (Alec) Garnett Newi, 44, of Old Greenwich, CT, passed away suddenly of natural causes on Friday, March 27, 2015. He was a native of Chappaqua, NY, graduated from Horace Greeley High School and Auburn University. He had a 23-year career in sales, most recently as a Senior Vice President at Viacom Inc. Tall, impeccably dressed and always smiling, Alec’s gentlemanly presence could not be missed in the halls of the company’s Times Square headquarters. A devoted and loving parent along with Ashley, Alec is survived by his daughter, Mackenzie, 8, and his son, Crosby, 7; his mother Sally of Bonita Springs, FL; his sister Lisa Long of Pleasantville, NY; and his brother George H. Newi, Jr. of Marietta, GA. Alec’s father, George H. Newi, died in 1997.

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Obituraries Betty Hurd #10074 Doug and Cynthia Hurd, Utica, NY reported the passing of Betty Hurd, New Hartford NY, on March 20, 2015. Betty was the wife of #4535 Gilbert “Gib” Hurd, a former member of the Dudley Board of Managers, who passed away in 2006. She was the mother of #9284 Peter, #9653 Michael, #9935 John, #10074 Douglas and #10338 Todd. Longtime supporters of Dudley, the larger Hurd family made possible Hurd Memorial Lodge at Dudley, whose plaque reads; “As a memorial to all those whose unselfish efforts and devotion have made Camp Dudley a force for good in the lives of boys.” Betty was born in Long Island, NY, lived in the Philippines from 1928-31 and then returned to Utica. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1946 and married Gilbert Hurd of Utica in 1947. Betty was a dedicated community worker and volunteer at the New Hartford schools, the Faxon Hospital and many other institutions. She devoted herself and her many talents to her community, her church and friends, but most of all was devoted to her loving family. She is survived by five sons and their wives; Peter Hurd and Julie Grant of Shrewsbury, MO; Michael and Lori of New Hartford, NY; John and Elaine of Naples, FL; Douglas Hurd and Cynthia Parlato of New Hartford and Todd and Lisa of Fairview, TX; and many grandchildren, step grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Dr. Thomas M. Flanagan #11365 Dave Flanagan, Delmar, NY, and his six brothers, Tom, #9848 Tim, #9982 Peter, #10426 Steve, Bill and #12090 Patrick, shared with us the news of their dad’s passing on July 4th. Dr. Thomas M. “Tom” Flanagan was 95, born in 1919 in Norwich, NY, and attended Norwich Schools before graduating from Mercersburg Academy ’38, Cornell University ’42, and Syracuse Medical School ’45. He served as a physician in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, and in 1948 married


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Esther Coyne. He completed his surgical residency in urology at the New York Polyclinic Postgraduate Medical School and French Hospital. He and Esther returned to Norwich in 1951, where Dr. Flanagan established his practice in urology, and where he had a long and distinguished medical career. Tom had a huge commitment to his community, volunteering and serving it in many ways. He was a skilled skeet shooter and an avid golfer. His abiding sense of humor stayed with him until the last, a testament to the joys of love and life. He is survived by his wife, Esther, and their seven sons: Thomas M. and wife, Carol, Timothy J. and wife, Nancy, Peter C. and wife, Kathryn, Stephen M., William C., David C. and wife, Linda and Patrick J. and wife, Erinn. He is also leaves seventeen grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.




The Other Fellow First • Since 1885 •

FROM THE BEGINNING AND THE BIRTH OF “THE MOTTO” In the spring of 2001, Dudley’s mission was expanded “to develop moral, personal, physical, and leadership skills in the spirit of fellowship and fun, enabling boys and girls to lead lives characterized by devotion to others.”

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

From its founding in 1885 by Sumner F. Dudley, Camp Dudley has maintained a consistent focus on the moral, personal, physical, spiritual, and leadership development of the whole person. Generations of Dudley boys For 130 years, Camp Dudley has provided an have grown to become leaders in their communities environment for camping experiences that positively while regularly citing their experiences at Dudley as impacts the growth and development of boys. That legacy was expanded with the acquisition of Camp Kiniya foundational to their strong character development and to leading lives devoted to service to others. The quality in Colchester, VT. Now serving girls at Camp Kiniya (VT) of leadership — both at Camp and outside of our as well as the long-standing service to boys at Camp Dudley (NY), the Dudley motto of “The Other Fellow First” gates — has been a hallmark of our history and continues to be so today. is alive and well on the eastern and western shores of Lake Champlain.

Camp Kiniya, founded in 1919 by Helen Van Buren, has long been known as a camp delivering a safe, loving, and quality camping experience for girls. While Kiniya has its own unique cheers, hymns, and traditions, it celebrates all of the core elements of Camp Dudley and upholds the aim of two Camps with one motto and one mission. No amount of planning and forward thinking for our two Camps could be achieved without an acknowledgement of the many supporters of our Camps. We are blessed with many thousands of alumni, parents, grandparents and friends who commit time, talent, and treasure to our Camps and strive to honor the motto of “The Other Fellow First.� It is from this heritage that thoughts about the future direction of our two Camps have emerged, and it is through this heritage that this vision will be realized.

This document was drafted by the Board of Trustees, our Directors, and Camp staff, enhanced by the input provided through a comprehensive survey made available to our entire community. This survey generated hundreds of responses and informed our thinking as this plan was created. Through thoughtful discussions between Board members, Camp Directors, staff, and a separate Board sub-committee, the Board and the senior leadership team of Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya have created this document to lay out the direction for our future. What follows describes our Camps today and outlines our vision for tomorrow at Dudley and Kiniya.


Our Camps continue to thrive and deliver a high-quality summer experience to over 1,000 boys and girls, grounded by our motto and mission. The following four statements are Guiding Principles for all the programming, activities, and efforts undertaken by our Camps:

1. Our core values are key to guiding the decisions we make in operating our Camps and in how we conduct our lives. Within each member of our community, we seek to develop and grow these same character traits, both by providing an example to follow and through direct encouragement. Character: We strive to be considerate and fair, emphasizing the importance of honesty, integrity and respect, focusing on being of service to others. Community: We embrace a community with a culture of inclusion, acceptance and fun. We celebrate the unique gifts among campers, leaders, staff, alumni and the wider communities in which we live. Leadership: 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. Stewardship: 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.

2. Camp life revolves around four key Program Pillars that instill, develop, and reinforce our core values. Arts: Through participation in the performing arts (theater, music, singing), ceramics, visual arts, digital and literary arts, we encourage growth, learning of artistic techniques, and the enjoyment of creative expression. Athletics: Through participation and instruction in individual and team sports, we encourage healthy competition, sportsmanship, and a sense of fair play. Outdoors: Through experiences in the outdoors, such as hiking and overnight camping, we foster an appreciation of nature, exposure to new experiences, and skill building. Spirituality: Through vespers, Chapel, and Sunday talks, we foster reflection, appreciation, gratitude, respect, and concern for others; we encourage members of our community to discover and explore their own spirituality.

3. We value our rich history and cherished traditions as a core aspect of the Camp experience. The motto and mission of Camp is considered timeless and universal for boys and girls from generation to generation.

Traditions that sustain the personal growth and the safety of our community are cherished and appreciated.

Alumni and their families are an essential part of our community. Communications that foster a culture of shared Camp experiences through Camp traditions are a key part of our relationship with our extended alumni community.

Ongoing Evaluation of camp traditions is an important part of ensuring that traditions reflect consistency with our motto, mission, and core values.

4. Our Camps focus on the development of “the whole person,” and believe that strong leaders emerge from Camp experiences — various character and leadership development opportunities — grounded in the four Program Pillars with the hope that they will give our campers life-long skills to be future leaders in their communities. A well-balanced and healthy lifestyle is our goal. This underpins all of our programming and is recognized as an important component to success in all aspects of life.

The four Program Pillars drive our camper experience, ensuring that everyone participates in each program area regularly.

Developing leadership capabilities through Camp experiences is a key component of the program for both personal and professional growth. As Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya look toward the future, the motto, mission, core values, Program Pillars and the above four Guiding Principles are in place, informing plans for future generations of campers.


Our vision is the result of a collaborative process involving our Directors, the Board of Trustees, staff, leaders, and campers, as well as alumni, friends, and our local communities. In discussing and evaluating where we have come from and where we are today, we received many comments and ideas about the opportunities and possibilities for the future. Out of these conversations and a carefully considered review by our Directors and the Board, three fundamental areas of focus have emerged: Community, Leadership, and Stewardship. These three strategic themes thus anchor our vision for 2020 and beyond. For each of these themes we have highlighted several key goals and the action steps needed to bring these goals to fruition. We look forward to working closely with the Dudley/Kiniya community in implementing these action steps and to tracking our progress toward achieving these goals. We know that with the help and support of the Dudley/Kiniya community all these goals are achievable and this vision is within our collective reach.








Review and evaluate current programs and explore additional program opportunities, ensuring that every program is age appropriate, mission-driven, and aligned with the Dudley and Kiniya traditions. Promote the “unplugged” initiative and inform our community about the benefits behind this initiative (focusing on developing relationships directly with people rather than through electronic devices). Identify the set of life skills that are part of our Camps’ focus on developing the whole person, and continue to refine our programming as needed to teach, reinforce, and foster these critical life skills.

2. SUSTAIN AND STRENGTHEN THE YEAR-ROUND RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE ENTIRE DUDLEY/KINIYA COMMUNITY BY CREATING OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIENCE THE “MAGIC” OF OUR CAMPS AWAY FROM OUR WESTPORT AND COLCHESTER CAMPUSES. Continue to evaluate any opportunities to expand the mission and programming in the context of enhancing, rather than diluting, the traditional summer experience. Explore year-round and in-season opportunities for off-site adventure/mission-based trips for campers, employees, and alumni that support the Camps’ mission. Develop key programs and communications that foster lifelong, meaningful relationships with alumni, thus reinforcing loyalty and fidelity toward supporting our core summer camp success. Develop and maintain an up-to-date, relevant, and informative website and outreach that meets the needs of current and prospective campers, parents, staff, alumni and other members of our communities.

Ensure that our programs and other aspects of our Camps are designed to promote inclusion and appreciation of the rich variety of the human family. Improve diversity and inclusion at our Camps and within our communities through increased outreach through open houses, community partnerships, expanded scholarships, alumni liaisons, staff training, and enhanced programming. Evaluate any potential off-campus or off-season program expansion in terms of the impact on our goal of reinforcing and strengthening our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Provide continued improvement in our relationships with the local communities in Westport and Colchester, particularly with regard to any community or youth activities we may be able to support.

LEADERSHIP 1. RECRUIT AND RETAIN THE HIGHEST QUALITY YEAR- 2. IMPLEMENT AND REFINE DISTINCT PROGRAMS ROUND AND SEASONAL EMPLOYEES WHO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MISSION, SERVE AS ROLE MODELS, TEACH WITH PASSION, AND DEMONSTRATE SINCERE CARE FOR EACH OTHER. Foster the professional development of the yearround and summer staff by encouraging continuing education, attendance at seminars and leadership development conferences. Include professional growth as a component of annual goal setting and performance review.

THAT DEVELOP THE LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES OF ALL PARTICIPANTS AND ENSURE CONTINUITY OF LEADERSHIP WITHIN OUR CORE PROGRAMS. Maintain the focus on and the importance of leadership at all levels, from the youngest camper to the most experienced staff member. Evaluate and continue to improve the curriculum and feedback system of the Leadership Development Program.

Attract and recruit high-quality staff who are skilled and experienced in their respective roles, thus increasing the level and quality of instruction in all program areas.

Refine and develop our off-season leadership development programming, building on past successes as well as lessons learned.

Support and cultivate a team of camping professionals who seek to be the best in the business through continuing education, frequent reviews and a structured feedback system.

Formalize an alumni-leader networking program that supports education and career development.

Maintain close relationships with peer camps in a spirit of collaboration and cooperation and with the aim of constantly updating our programs, processes, and procedures to maintain “best practices” year round.

STEWARDSHIP 1. PRESERVE, MAINTAIN, AND ENHANCE CAMP RESOURCES, INCLUDING OUR BEAUTIFUL PROPERTIES AND PASSIONATE HUMAN/SPIRITUAL CAPITAL, AND ENSURE THAT THEIR USE IS CONSISTENT WITH OUR MISSION AND OUR TRADITIONS. Complete the Master Site Plan recommendations at Camp Kiniya. Complete the Sustainability Action Plan recommendations for both campuses. Regularly evaluate our use of environmental resources and the level of sustainability. Seek expert outside advice and input where appropriate and necessary. Monitor opportunities to acquire neighboring property that allow for the enhancement or expansion of our Camps’ mission. Consider both the acquisition expense and the ongoing maintenance of the property and its buildings. Ensure that we have adequate financial resources to be opportunistic.

2. SEEK FULL ENROLLMENT WITH MANAGEABLE WAITING LISTS. Regularly assess the factors that could potentially impact our ability to offer and fill current programs in the future. Examine the size and duration of all sessions and explore additional/alternative revenue-generating program offerings and expense-management opportunities to ensure that long-term budgetary and mission goals are met.

3. MAINTAIN STRONG FISCAL MANAGEMENT OF OUR CAMPS’ FINANCIAL RESOURCES THROUGH CAREFUL PLANNING, SOUND POLICY MAKING AND A LONGTERM PERSPECTIVE. Identify the financial resources required to sustain the mission and the various elements of the strategic vision, including facilities, programs, scholarship, leadership training, and reserve funds.

Broaden and improve our fundraising efforts in support of this vision. Regularly evaluate both Camps’ operational expenses to ensure efficient use of resources in order to keep tuition at manageable and competitive levels. Evaluate all off-season programs to ensure they can be/ are accomplished within budget and do not create cost pressures for the Camps. Regularly evaluate how our endowment is managed and remain consistent in our willingness to accept a reasonable level of risk in the context of our very longterm investment horizon. Examine the size of all programs with the aim of finding the optimal balance between budgetary and mission/ programmatic objectives. Acknowledge that the analysis will be different for each Camp as well as for other inseason and off-season program offerings.

4. EXPLORE AND PURSUE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGIES THAT WILL ENHANCE AND PROTECT OUR CAMPS. Reinforce and ensure continuance of our independence and not-for-profit status. Regularly evaluate our leadership needs and Board governance to support all of our programs. Commit to improving the alumni experience and links to our two Camps. Doing so not only serves to promote our aim of creating “campers for life,” but also ensures that we will have our alumni’s support of the Camps’ enrollment, financial and Board governance goals. Maintain sound polices and guidelines for the stewardship of the Camps’ resources and financial security. Regularly review the Camps’ budgeting, capital expenditure and operating processes.  Buttress these efforts through the Camp Dudley Foundation

This strategic vision is intended to reinforce and carry our Camps’ motto and mission into the future. “The Other Fellow First” is a timeless life creed that has served Dudley for generations and now is heard echoing on both sides of Lake Champlain. We all have a role to play in our Camps’ future, carrying the baton for a period of time in the manner that those who have come before us have done. It is with appreciation of our predecessors that we enthusiastically look to the future. This vision, our collective “2020 Vision,” will serve to guide us forward. Our Directors and their staffs will be responsible for the implementation of this vision, supported by the Board and the newly constituted Camp Dudley Foundation Board. The ultimate achievement of the goals and aspirations of this vision will only be possible, however, with the continuing involvement and passionate participation of the Dudley/Kiniya community. We will seek your advice, guidance, and input along the way, and we express our deepest gratitude for all that you have done in the past and in anticipation of what you will do in the future.

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Meet the folks that keep Camp Dudley and Kiniya running smoothly . . . all year long!

Fred Guffey

Evan George

Mollie Farnham

Dawn Gay

Kat Nelson

Gail Coleman

Brendan Loughman

Jeff Schwoebel

Ben Sudduth

Steve Denton

Marnie McDonagh

Angie Hill

Anita Johnson

John Tomkins

Matt Storey

Scott Farrell

Mike D’Amico

Colin Loher

From maintenance to mowing, from phone calls to firefighting, from buildings to baggage, from painting to paperwork, from fundraising to fun, Dave Langston from hiking to home plate, from food to farm, from admissions to administration, from tutes to transport, from music to management, from publications to programming, from Josh Olcott plant to property, from databases to dramatics, from leadership to lawn and gardens . . . from morning ’til night . . . this team makes the magic happen! Thanks to the team!


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2016 off-season programs Father/Son Weekend Dates: February 5 - 7, 2016 Alpine Ascents/Winter Mountaineering Dates: February 26 - 28, 2016 Adirondack Backcountry Skiing Dates: March 4 - 6, 2016 Mother/Daughter Weekend Dates: To be decided

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