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Off Campus Programs

Off Campus Programs

Our Leadership Development Program offers additional opportunities outside of our Westport and Colchester campuses. As the campers progress through our program they will have the opportunity to apply for a session on NOLS, in Germany, or in Spain. These experiences help develop leadership skills and ultimately, return to Dudley and Kiniya as more confident individuals.

Learn more about our programs!

Overview & History

Dudley has offered leadership-based, extended wilderness trips for over 7 years. These trips are designed for our leaders in training, and take place in both summer and winter. In 2008, this branch of the Camp program was dubbed the Boys’ Camping Society after Camp Dudley’s original name. As Dudley and the BCS continued to evolve over time, we’ve found ourselves ready to take the adventure to the next level. In the past, our trips have ventured into the Adirondacks, White Mountains, The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the Maine Coast and even to northeastern Ontario.

In 2012, we partnered with NOLS, one of the oldest and most prestigious outdoor leadership schools in the country, to create an even bigger and better wilderness trips for our young leaders.

About the Trips

The focus for these trips is on leadership development, in small groups, in a wilderness setting. In addition, trips maintain a firm grasp on Dudley & Kiniya’s roots, staff and leadership, and traditions. “The Other Fellow First”, our Camp Motto, remains part of an ongoing conversations. While on the trail, we do Vespers and Sunday Talks, and relate much of what we learn back to leadership at Camp. We maintain Camp continuity by balancing our 4 Dudley pillars in our daily activities, Athletics, the Arts, the Outdoors, and Spirituality.

See more trip photos and get excited for next summer’s adventures out west.

We are excited to again be offering the Dudley and Kiniya NOLS Leadership Trip for the upcoming summer. Find a full trip description of our trip on the NOLS website.The cost of the NOLS program is the same as a single session at camp (see our Dates & Rates) and includes airfare. Scholarships are available for qualified candidates.

Important Dates & Info

The Dudley & Kiniya application must be submitted by January 1st for any person interested in participating. Those accepted by Camp will then need to complete the NOLS application process.

*NOLS reserves the right to deny admission to anyone that NOLS, in its sole discretion, believes is unable to meet the physical, psychological, cognitive, social, or safety demands of the Camp Dudley Leadership Expedition.

2020 Dates

First Session
Monday, June 29th – Drop off at respective Camp
Saturday, July 18th – Family Day & option to depart
Sunday, July 19th – Chapel & Pick up from respective Camp

Second Session
Monday, July 27th – Drop off at respective Camp
Saturday, August 15th – Family Day & option to depart
Sunday, August 16th – Pick up from respective Camp

Got Questions?
Contact
Camp Kiniya
Mollie Farnham-Stratton
mollie@campdudley.org

Camp Dudley
Evan George
evan@campdudley.org

Overview & History

This innovative program was developed between Camp Dudley and Camp Abbensen in the early 1960’s by Camp Dudley’s Bob Marshall and Camp Abbensen’s Herr Walter Lutz. The program introduced the concept of “fellowship and international understanding.” Hundreds of American and German campers have experienced this program, with fathers and sons now having participated on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2013 Dudley, Kiniya, and Abbensen celebrated the 50th anniversary of the program and the 1st summer of Kiniya’s involvement. Dudley & Kiniya sent a delegation of program alumni to Germany for the event.

Every other year, Dudley & Kiniya sends a group to Germany and, in the interim years, Dudley & Kiniya hosts a group from the Hannover Branch of German YMCA (CVJM). The trip is an incredible opportunity for our campers. In the odd years, we send a group of campers (approximately 8 boys and 4 girls) to Camp Abbensen in Hannover. Most campers who participate are 14 -15 years-old and have completed their Senior year.

Summer 2020

This year we will welcome our German Exchange campers and Leaders to our respective camps on Lake Champlain. Dudley and Kiniya campers will travel to Germany in summer 2021.

Abbensen and Travel

Just like Dudley & Kiniya, campers at Abbensen return year after year to enjoy an unbeatable summer experience. Abbensen is co-ed, has about one third the amount of campers as Dudley (about the size of Kiniya), runs for two and a half weeks, and is situated in a forest rather than on a lake…but they have a pool!

The Abbensen program stresses diversity, understanding, creativity and fun; and the campus is rustic and beautiful. With a supportive staff and a genuine effort to serve the “Other Fellow,” the feel is just like Dudley & Kiniya’s. In recent years, along with the our Dudley & Kiniya contingent, campers from Russia, Spain, and Japan have participated. Besides attending Camp Abbensen, the program includes…

    • A stay at the Hannover YMCA
    • Three-day home stay with a local family
    • A tour of selected areas of Germany, organized and run by Abbensen staff. In recent years we have visited Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig and Munich.

Click here for German Exchange photos from the past few summers.

How to Apply

The Dudley & Kiniya application must be submitted by January 1st for any person interested in participating. Please contact Evan George at evan@campdudley.org or Kat Nelson at kat@campdudley.org for more information.

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Overview & History

In 2015, we began our first Spain Exchange program at Dudley and Kiniya. Every year since, we have sent campers from both camps on this travel program with two of our Leaders. This trip includes a homestay in Valencia, travel around the city of Madrid, and a summer camp experience at Camp Priego. Most campers who participate are 14 -15 years-old and have completed their Senior year.

Click here for Spain Exchange photos from the past few summers.

2020 Dates

Tuesday, June 30th – Arrive to respective Camps
Saturday, July 25th – Fly back to States
Sunday, July 26th – Pick-up
*subject to change

How to Apply

The Dudley & Kiniya application must be submitted by January 1st for any person interested in participating. Please contact Evan George at evan@campdudley.org or Kat Nelson at kat@campdudley.org for more information.

Apply Now

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