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August, 2023

In this late summer issue of Kingswords:

  • Take Down Weekend
  • Senior Week
  • New Reservation Hub
  • Hancock Community Education Foundation Visits Kingswood
  • Limited Sites Available for End of Summer

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Take Down Weekend

By Sandi Stratton-Gonzalez

Come experience late summer at Kingswood and help to put the camp to bed for the winter!

It's time to register for Take Down Weekend, September 8 - 10, 2023


This is a weekend of work, community and time in nature. All meals are provided, Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. We can accommodate most dietary needs and always include gluten free and vegetarian options. Accommodations are provided at campsites and in the farmhouse. 


There is work for everyone, all ages, and all skill levels!


Kingswood veterans and folks new to Kingswood are all welcome! Come for the 3-weekend or come for a day. 

For more information contact [email protected].

Register Here

Senior Week

Do you have free time September 4-7? Join us for Senior Week. You're welcome for a day or more. Folks of all ages are welcome. Great camaraderie and the chance to make a difference at the camp while meeting new Kingswood friends. Contact Holly Moore at [email protected] for more details.

Kingswood News

The reservation system is changing for Kingswood on August 18th. Throughout the summer I’ve been learning the program and building a robust site for booking through a new company called Firefly. The company that has been providing booking services was bought out, and we had to make the change. All of the remaining 2023 reservations will be shifted to the system, and we will have a trial run for the end of the summer to be sure we’re ready for Summer 2024. Beginning August 18th, when you click Book a Site on our webpage, you will be directed to our Firefly portal. You’re welcome to take a look at it while it’s open through Labor Day.

Video tutorials will be posted in December to assist with early January bookings. The site is more intuitive and allows for pictures and site descriptions. The Firefly system is web based allowing managers, our director and administrative staff to all see the program on any device any place in the world. This will enhance our customer service.

Many thanks to Nikki Hutt and Jojo Gonzalez for providing many of the site pictures.

Hanock Community Education Foundation Field Trip to KW

Many young voices singing, screeching and laughing filled the air at Kingswood Campsite on Friday, June 14th.  The Hancock Community Educational Foundation summer program came to camp for a full day of fun.  Children were greeted in the upper part of the huge old dairy barn where they played a few games, sang and were introduced to the property. Each group participated in two activities including acting, arts and crafts, boating and hiking.  After having lunch overlooking the pond, the children played in the field and swam in Hathaway Pond.  Several groups saw a little more of the 766 acre property by hay wagon. Nearly all of the activities were provided by dedicated volunteers, including campers who gave up their morning to row a boat or to help with weaving.  Each child has the opportunity to return to Kingswood for a day at no cost to enjoy the facilities and participate in daily programming with his/her family.

Kingswood is delighted to renew this partnership. Twenty-five children visited last summer for a half day and more than 50 children came for a full day this summer.  We look forward to seeing Hathaway Pond Road filled with eager, excited children walking down into camp and to hear so many young voices echo back over the pond as they have fun with their friends. 

Summer's Nearing Its End

Limited Sites Available

Contact Lynn via text at (607) 301-0640 with your question if you need specific information regarding availability. Use the Book Site button on our website.


Quinipet Camp & Retreat Center is our sister camp located on Shelter Island. Quinipet offers day and overnight summer camp for children ages 5-16 and retreat space for groups. Quinipet also offers pastoral retreats at no charge to active NYAC ministers.

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Kingswood is owned and operated by the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

(607) 301-0640‬ 

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