Dudley’s Shoulder Season Programming – By #10555 Dave Langston
Just as the summer ends and the Dudley Kiniya Alumni Association (DKAA) wraps up its annual gathering, the year-round team and a few remaining staff extend the summer program to a handful of visiting groups.
This year’s shoulder programs kicked off with visitors from Mountain Lakes Services. These individuals worked with camp facilitators and staff to explore new activities and fully experience play in the outdoors.
After the Labor Day weekend, the local Boquet Valley Central School District visited campus on consecutive days. Sixth, eighth and tenth graders enjoyed a unique “Dudley Day.” Each grade participated in an experiential curriculum designed for our local students.
#19882 Malcolm Brown (center) with MLS.
The annual trip to Camp for New Canaan Country School eighth graders came next. This four-day experience offers a taste of camp programs, preparing students for lots of cooperative learning during the regular school year. This year, we offered a new leadership curriculum for NCCS ninth graders during their classic Dudley Adirondack trips.
#25223 Liz Moore (left) with NCCS
The last school visit for the fall season came from the University of Vermont Lacrosse Program. Coach #16319 Chris Feifs brought his team across the lake to experience the place that introduced him to the game. The 53 team members and coaches, including our own #22569 Tommy Burke, utilized the high and low elements of the challenge course to develop stronger interactions with each other and enhance their communication skills.
#22569 Tommy Burke and #16319 Chris Feifs on Dudley’s main campus
University of Vermont Lacrosse team at Dudley
The Dudley athletic fields also remain active in support of area athletic teams. The Boquet Valley Boys and Girls Modified and Varsity Soccer teams play on the upper fields for practices and home games throughout the fall season. The combined Moriah/Boquet Valley cross country team ran on our newly created ambling course on the Frisbie Farm for three of their home meets. Dudley hosted the Boquet Valley Youth Commission Biddy Soccer tournament in September and October; seeing hundreds of kids playing on the nine fields north of the tennis courts was quite a sight. Camp is committed to supporting community programming that is connected with our mission, and we love being able to share our facilities and spaces with our neighbors.