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The Other Fellow First E-News – September 2020

Welcome to The Other Fellow First Newsletter! We’ll be keeping you informed monthly on the latest Camp Dudley and Kiniya news, with a special focus on how members of our Camp community are putting The Other Fellow First!

People of the Year 2020

We recently announced our Camp Dudley Association Person (or in this case People) of the Year Award. We have thought since our alumni continue to give back in so many ways, it was only fitting to continue the inspiring tradition of recognizing the dedication of our own. You can watch the presentation above.

On Your Mark, Get Set …

Preparations are underway for the very first virtual fundraising race between the Dudley and Kiniya gates. The entire Camp community will be able to participate from wherever you live!  The event will take place between October 1 – 17, 2020. You will be able to walk, bike, run, swim, or use any other form of exercise to virtually travel the 33 miles between our two Camps using a representative route. Everyone will have a chance to exercise at their own pace and complete the trek given the two-week event. Ambitious competitors will be able to travel the route multiple times. All benefits support the 2020 Annual Fund as our Camps continue the hard work of “Weathering the Storm.” A registration fee will be collected when you sign up, a portion of which supports the Annual Fund. Participants will be encouraged to get family and friends as sponsors for this great cause. More details about registration and participation will be available shortly.  We are In It For The Long Haul!  Please plan on joining us.

New York City Outward Bound – Greg Farrell Award

On May 29, 2020, the Camp community lost a long time friend with the passing of #9106 Greg Farrell. Greg lived a remarkable life that was characterized by living “The Other Fellow First” in all that he did. Among his many lifetime accomplishments, Greg was a founder of the NYC Outward Bound Schools and EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning). As a tribute to Greg’s leadership and work, the NYC Outward Bound Schools have created the Greg Farrell Award that will be presented every year in December. The 2020 nominating process is open to all. Please take a moment to learn more about this special tribute and the selection criteria. Nominations must be received by October 9, 2020.

Charlie Melvin and Family Rides for Closer to Free

#13071 Charlie Melvin and his whole family (#25571 Sean, #25271 Liam, #25871 Rory, and wife, Tara) will be riding to support Closer to Free. They are participating in the virtual ride to deliver the hope, love, and support that Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center in the New Haven Connecticut area. Hear Charlie tell his own story in a NBC news news story (video above) that featured the family. Says Charlie “In the video, I am wearing the CD hat because 1) I don’t take it off and 2) the messages I heard around the fireplace at vespers, at chapel time, sitting with a Leader facing down a swim test … was a message of community, healing, and empowerment. The motto aligns so well with the CTF cause.” To support Charlie and his family’s local efforts to put The Other Fellow First, visit his CTF sponsor page.

Camp Alumni in the News

#16961 Dan Mannix is the Superintendent at Beekmantown Central School in upstate New York. Dan was recently profiled in the local press for the work he has been doing to keep his school ahead of the curve when it comes to virtual learning. Dan and his team were working on this topic well before it became such a critical part of our current pandemic response.

Career Networking on LinkedIn

We’ve relaunched our LinkedIn page! In an effort to help our community stay even more connected and also help on the career networking front we’ve made a few changes. First, we’re now calling our LinkedIn group The Camp Dudley & Kiniya Network. Second, it’s now open to anyone who is part of our community…including parents of current and former campers. Interested in joining our LinkedIn group? Check it out here.


Read (or listen above!) to a recent chapel talk from Camp Kiniya Leader #20964 Amanda Perry on Shifting Perspectives.

Farewell, Kat!

We are so proud to announce that, after 13 years of service to Kiniya, our very own #20595 Kat Nelson has accepted the position of CEO at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. This news is bitter-sweet for all of us! “Bitter” because we will miss her daily presence here at Camp. “Sweet” because we are oh-so-proud of all that she has done for the camps we love and know that she is going on to continue her legacy of doing great work for young people! There is no doubt that Kat will be leaving Kiniya better than she found it and we are all looking forward to supporting her from afar in this new and exciting role. CONGRATULATIONS, KAT! We Love You!

If you would like to drop a note to Kat, her email is kathryn.g.hood@gmail.com.

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