November 9, 2009

Alumni Service Day @ P Dunes

The Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp admin team recently sent out surveys to all camp families to gauge interest in starting an alumni association. We hope you've taken the survey, but if not, you can take it by clicking the link below:


So far, the results are telling us that everyone is enthusiastic about starting an alumni association. The surveys are also telling us what types of activities alumni would like to join in together. Presently, the top 2 activities are community service and ice skating. This past Saturday, 14 Peconic Dunes alumni and a sister came out to camp for a day of camp service and beach fun. It was our 2nd camp service day this year, and the start to a new alumni program...


The day started off with some raking and leaf blowing. Here you can see Camp Ranger Roger Martin teaching a camper how to operate a leaf blower.


After cleaning up the leaves around the Roundup area, we moved the sailboats, canoes and kayaks into the dining hall to protect them from the winter weather. "Many hands make light work..."


After a pizza lunch, we all took a hike down to Goldsmith's Inlet. We stopped along the way to see the progress made on the Bitner House and bulkhead. Last year the county and town purchased the 60+ acres of beachfront to the west of Peconic Dunes to conserve the land. The house is gone now, and the bulkhead is supposed to be removed any day. Next summer we'll have a clear, mile long walk down the beach to the west of camp.


We're grateful for the over 45 hours of voluntary service our alumni contributed this past Saturday. Many thanks and Kudos to everyone who came out and helped:
  • Matthew Brady (1 year)
  • Lori Ciotoli (mom and alumna)
  • Nicole Ciotoli (2 years)
  • John Curylo (1 year)
  • Haley Dolecek (3 years)
  • Shannon Dolecek (1 year)
  • Patricia Herz (6 years)
  • Anthony Imbo (1 year)
  • Emma Jones (3 years)
  • Amanda McEnery (6 years)
  • Adriana Rubertone (2 years)
  • Danielle Russo (sister of alumnus)
  • Mike Russo (1 year)
  • Jake Walsh ( 6 years)
  • Maggie Walsh (3 years)

October 27, 2009

BEST OF THE BEST!!!

THANK YOU...for making us the Best of the Best Summer Camp two summers in a row!!! Your feedback and support help to make Peconic Dunes programs better year after year. Thank you again for your support!!!

July 24, 2009

Bouldering Wall

BOULDERING WALL COMPLETE!!!

A bouldering wall is a type of rock climbing wall designed specifically for the practice of bouldering. Bouldering is a branch of rock climbing which involves climbing low rocks and boulders. It is often designed to be highly technically challenging, so that while the climber may not go very high, he or she will have to be physically fit and very skilled.

For the past year CCE-Peconic Dunes Camp has been working with the Suffolk County Parks Dept on installing a bouldering wall at Peconic Dunes County Park. On July 14, 2009 the project was finally completed. Here are some before and after photos...

Before...not much to look at, huh?


Much better!!!


Hangin' out


Mark and Paul demonstrating how we climb

-chris

July 4, 2009

Staff Orientation Wrap-up

2009 Staff Orientation Completed!

From June 28 - July 4, Peconic Dunes Camp staff from across the globe gathered to prepare for the arrival of our campers. Now certified in CPR & 1st Aid, activity curriculum planned, and the campus set-up, we're all ready for the campers to arrive!

Counselors setting goals for themselves for the summer and beyond...


The schedule

Patrick and Chris giving 30 compressions, Steve administering 2 breaths


Some beach yoga with Eileen to finish up the week

video
Counselor Campfire: Sandcastles' Skit

June 29, 2009

Reunion Wrap-up

The 1st Annual "P" Dunes Reunion is in the record books! Thank you to everyone who came out! About 40 alumni and another 40 of their husbands, wives, kids and friends came for some beautiful weather. Most folks took a stroll down memory lane as soon as they arrived. Our 2009 Staff held down some activities...canoe, kayak, swimming, soccer, volleyball, basketball, frisbee, art and archery. Around noon Chef Jeremy offered us all a nice summer BBQ...burgers and dogs, watermelon, fruit salad and chips. After lunch it was more activities.

P Barton Erickson, Pinecrest Dunes Alum 1949 - 1957, has generously scanned his entire photo album and sent them to us on CD. Many of the photos were on display around the campus. We'd like to collect photos from every era of "P" Dunes. We're also embarking on a video story project, collecting camp memories from alums. About 10 people volunteered to sit in front of the camera and shared their stories. I hope for those to be available soon...

Some awards...

Most Way Back: Bill Scott, '63 - '65, Northport, NY

Camp Couple who got married: Justin & Janet Pagano, '89 - '90

Furthest Traveled: Janet Ray, '91 - '93, Orlando, FL

Biggest Summer to Turnout: 1990 had 7 folks...Sue (Cucci) Geary, Janet & Justin Pagano, William Cahill, Jennifer Sullivan, Paul Casey, Terry Numbers

Expect an announcement in the coming weeks for next year's reunion dates. Also...there were a few requests for a regularly scheduled winter gathering...I'm thinking the Cornell Club in Manhattan. More info coming soon...

Click here for more Reunion photos

And as always...

You can register here for camp!
(Still room for boys for all sessions and girls for week 8)

June 21, 2009

REUNION...June 27, 11am - 5pm

Since W. Tom Ward (Derbo) founded Pinecrest Dunes Camp 78 years ago, and began a camping tradition...

...through the past 39 years of Peconic Dunes Camp, boys have become men, girls have become women, legends were made, and their stories were passed down...


...P Dunes has been home to tens of thousands of campers, staffers, and community volunteers from near and far...


...And as our community plans for the next 78 years, we hope that all members, past and present, will come back to camp this Saturday for a day of rekindled friendships, family activities, story telling, and strategic planning...


...Because if we don't take the time to celebrate, we won't appreciate what we have.

June 11, 2009

2nd ANNUAL ROOKIE CAMP & OPEN HOUSE...

This past weekend, June 5-7, Peconic Dunes hosted its 2nd Annual Rookie Camp!


For the 2nd year in a row, 18 brave boys and girls tried overnight camp for the first time. For many, this was a first experience away from home, or the "Comfort Zone" as we like to call it. Preferring the "Challenge Zone", 12 Rookie campers joined the Polar Bear Club!

Everyone tried archery, fishing, soccer, basketball, canoeing, and building sand sculptures on the beach. My personal favorites were the jellyfish and the turtle (see right). For most campers, they were casting lines and paddling boats for the first time in their lives!

More importantly, all the Rookie Campers seemed to embrace the spirit of the P. Dunes Community and made new friends.







AND...

SUMMER CAMP
OPEN HOUSE!

WHERE: Peconic Dunes County Park
WHEN: THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 14
TIME: 10am - 2pm

  • Tour the Campus
  • Meet the Director
  • Hot Chocolate & Snacks


And as always, you can...



REGISTER HERE FOR CAMP

May 18, 2009

KUDOS #5...

THANK YOU, PECONIC DUNES CAMP FAMILIES!!!


This past Saturday 35 campers, parents, uncles and friends came to Peconic Dunes to make sure camp is ready for opening day. We installed raised beds for a new garden project, moved boats, painted showers, prepped the baseball field, and setup the nature center. We shared some laughs, caught up on winter happenings, and got some exercise (those sailboats are heavy)! Thank you to the following people for coming out (and anyone I missed)...
  • Lauren Searight
  • Dianne Searight
  • Zoe Jerva (and her uncle)
  • Emma Curtin
  • Patricia Herz
  • Amanda McEnery
  • Brandon Melo
  • Maureen Walsh
  • Jake Walsh
  • Maggie Walsh
  • Haley Dolecek
  • Shannon Dolecek
  • Shannon Steck
  • James Reidy
  • Linda Reidy
  • Margaux Reidy
  • Ruby Ernst
  • Ernie Ernst
  • Debbie Giammaco
  • Cheyenne Koating
  • Andrew Greenwood
  • Sandy Gardner
  • Max Gardner
  • Nick Gardner
  • Jake Gardner

AND...

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our Open House this past Sunday in spite of the rain! AND BIG THANK YOU to the 2009 CIT candidates for giving some excellent camp tours!

Ladies and gentlemen...your 2009 Counselors In Training!
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l-r: Kevin Crawford (CIT), Ryan Frazer (CIT Coordinator), Moriah Santiago (CIT), Carlie Garcia (CIT), Conor Johnston (CIT), Katerine Palma (CIT), Samantha Ruta (CIT), James Lindquist (Boys Unit Leader), Kerry Wichert (CIT)

And as always, you can...

REGISTER HERE FOR CAMP
-chris

May 14, 2009

Volunteer Day & Open House...

Volunteer Day...
"Many hands make light work"

WHERE: Peconic Dunes County Park
WHEN: Saturday, May 16
TIME: 9am - 2pm


We humbly request the assistance of you and your child to help us prepare for the opening of camp. Please bring gloves, sturdy shoes, and a picnic lunch.

We'll be painting, gardening, hauling, and helping.

Afterwards, we'll organize some pick-up basketball or volleyball, take out the canoes and kayaks, and maybe some crazy folks will take a quick dip in the Sound.

AND...

SUMMER CAMP
OPEN HOUSE!

WHERE: Peconic Dunes County Park
WHEN: THIS SUNDAY, MAY 17
TIME: 10am - 2pm

  • Tour the Campus
  • Meet the Director
  • Hot Chocolate & Snacks


And as always, you can...



REGISTER HERE FOR CAMP

April 23, 2009

OPEN HOUSE KUDOS...

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped with the Open House...

Eddie Curatollo, CIT candidate
Carlie Garcia, CIT candidate
Conor Johnston, CIT candidate
Jimmy Lindquist, Unit Leader/Fishing
Catherine Palma, CIT candidate
Samantha Ruta, CIT candidate

To the many families who came out, thanks for dropping by to learn more about us! I hope we were worth the trip! For those of you who couldn't make it, we'll be hosting 2 more Open Houses: May 17 and June 14, from 10am - 2pm.




What!?! You haven't registered yet!?!
Well...that's easy...all you have to do is click where it says...

REGISTER HERE FOR ALL PROGRAMS

Early Bird Discount extended for 1 week after our brochures are mailed (May 1?)...save $25!
Family Referral Discount...refer a new camp family and save $50!


-chris (the camp director)

April 14, 2009

YOU'RE INVITED...

SUMMER CAMP
OPEN HOUSE!

WHERE:
Peconic Dunes County Park
WHEN: THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 19
TIME: 10am - 2pm

  • Tour the Campus
  • Meet the Director
  • Hot Chocolate & Snacks

And you can...


REGISTER HERE FOR CAMP

Early Bird Discount until April 19, 2009...save $25!
Family Referral Discount...refer a new camp family and save $50!

March 15, 2009

OPEN HOUSE KUDOS...

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped with the Open House...

Eddie Curatollo, CIT candidate
Ryan Frazer, CIT Coordinator
Jimmy Lindquist, Unit Leader/Fishing
Missy Martin, Program Alumna & spouse
Craig Osmer, Sailing Director

To the many families who came out, thanks for dropping by to learn more about us! I hope we were worth the trip! Diane told me we'll be seeing quite a few of you again in a couple months...we can't wait! For those of you who couldn't make it, we'll be hosting 3 more Open Houses: April 19, May 17 and June 14, from 10am - 2pm.

Folks, I gotta say -
This is my third summer at Peconic Dunes and without equivocation it's shaping up to be the best one yet. We have a lot of campers and staff coming back for their 2nd, 3rd, 4th...up to 9th summers!...(I'm not sure if Jimmy or Ranger Roger has been around longer...Roger if you count back to when he was a counselor...you gotta ask him to tell you his stories). The new staff are also an amazingly talented bunch and I hope to get everyone's bio up on the blog soon!

The people have always been a main reason campers and staff come back to the Dunes year after year. This year our program options are pretty sick too (sic). We've got Rookie Camp again, ECO is available all 8 weeks, we're going somewhere every Extender Weekend, and 7:00am Polar Bear swims in the Sound are back on!

Sunrise and sunsets on the Sound, Lakota Friendship Circles, brother & sister cabins, Roundup!, Dance!, getting mail, compost, Campfire, Buddy, "sign my t-shirt?", grace, chores, friends, our summer family...that is Peconic Dunes Camp.

What!?! You haven't registered yet!?!
Well...that's easy...all you have to do is click where it says...

REGISTER HERE FOR ALL PROGRAMS

Early Bird Discount until April 19, 2009...save $25!
Family Referral Discount...refer a new camp family and save $50!


-chris (the camp director)

March 11, 2009

YOU'RE INVITED...


SUMMER CAMP
OPEN HOUSE
!

WHERE:
Peconic Dunes County Park
WHEN: THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 15
TIME: 10am - 2pm

  • Tour the Campus
  • Meet the Director
  • Hot Chocolate & Snacks

And you can...


REGISTER HERE FOR CAMP

Early Bird Discount until April 19, 2009...save $25!
Family Referral Discount...refer a new camp family and save $50!


February 24, 2009

THE BLOG EXPLAINED...


Welcome Campers, Parents & Alumni to the Peconic Dunes Camp Blog! This is not your typical blog...from this page, you can register for camp, navigate to related Dunes information and stay connected to the Peconic Dunes Community year round.

INFORMATION

To the right...under the Dunes photo slideshow you'll see, "ALL ABOUT PECONIC DUNES..." Underneath that there's a bunch of links you can click on to learn more about what's going on in our community.

REGISTRATION

If you'd like to register for camp click anywhere on this blog that says...


REGISTER HERE FOR CAMP

Early Bird Discount until April 19, 2009...save $25!
Family Referral Discount...refer a new camp family and save $50!



February 10, 2009

LOGO CONTEST

COUNTDOWN....2 DAYS....

DESIGN & VOTE!


Peconic Dunes is growing. I mean look at this...we have a blog! We're on Facebook. We've presented a 10-year strategic plan to Commissioner John Pavacic from the Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation. Don't you think we need a logo...an image that symbolizes who we are? We're having a logo contest and we'd like you to design it!

RULES: The new logo must incorporate our guiding principles. What are those? Well...

Peconic Dunes Camp, as a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and New York State 4-H Camp communities, and made up of members of many other diverse communities, is guided by the following principles:

1. Recreation, education and reflection are necessary for personal and communal health.

2. We respect social- and bio- diversity, locally and globally.

3. We are at the front of human and environmental research.

DESIGN: Enter as many logos as you'd like. Logos can be emailed: info@peconicdunes.com / faxed: (631) 727-7130, Subject: Peconic Dunes Logo / mailed: Peconic Dunes Camp, 423 Griffing Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901.

VOTE: February 24 through March 1, all the logos will be put on Survey Monkey and everyone will be afforded the right to vote.

ELIGIBILITY: This contest is an opportunity for anyone...we're an equal opportunity organization! All entries must be received by midnight, Monday, February 23, 2009.

PRIZE: The designer of the winning logo will receive a free Peconic Dunes Camp sweatshirt that will be available to everyone else at the new camp store! Yeah!!! That's right...we're converting the Old Art Barn into a camp store! It'll be open every Saturday and Sunday during camp drop off and pickup.

...AND REGISTER HERE FOR CAMP

Early Bird Discount until April 19, 2009...save $25!
Family Referral Discount...refer a new camp family and save $50!

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