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End of Summer, 2023

In this late summer issue of Kingswords:

  • Thank You
  • Updates for Don Kirby's Memorial Service
  • Camper Spotlight: Jon Furlong
  • Take Down Weekend
  • Looking Forward to Summer 2024

Thank You!

Camp is full and overflowing for the final weekend. 2023 was a fantastic season. So many memories were made around the campfires, at Stone Ministry, at the craft area, in the barn and throughout the camp. We appreciate all who contributed to the effort during Set Up Weekend and Senior Week. Our volunteer managers kept the camp safe and running smoothly. Kingswood exists because of the volunteers! Thanks to all who helped us accomplish our mission:

Kingswood Campsite is a quiet, natural setting in which the development of positive, cooperative experiences are encouraged. This setting provides opportunities for community: strengthening of families, giving back through volunteering, nurturing of friendships, renewing of spirit, and growing in respect for God’s Creations.

Updates Don Kirby's Memorial Service

A celebration of Don Kirby’s life will be held at Kingswood on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day) at 11:00 am at Stone Ministry. It will help with our planning to know how many people to expect. If you haven't let Holly know, please contact her at

Please bring a folding chair if you are able.

A gathering will be held at the barn after the service to give the opportunity for conversation and stories. We are now serving a light lunch.

We look forward to being together to remember and honor Don’s life.

Don's sister-in-law, Sheila, is looking for pictures of Don throughout the years at Kingswood. If you have any to share, please send them to Lynn at [email protected]. They will be forwarded to Sheila on September 15th.

Camper Spotlight: Jon Furlong

As Jon Furlong prepared his contribution for a potluck Saturday night dinner with friends and his exhausted daughters napped in the tent at Maples Left, Jon and I chatted about his connection to Kingswood: present, past and future. I watch Jon carefully craft the little aluminum pans from foil  for his vegetable just as “Mr. Food” had in Woodsmoke days. Jon explained that Don Kirby taught him most of what he knows about cooking over the fire.

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It's Not Too Late to Volunteer

There is still 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 weekend or come for just a day. 

For more information contact [email protected].

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Looking Ahead to 2024

Kingswood is packed up by mid-September, but the planning for 2024 has already begun. Watch for the next Kingswords for the latest information. If you can't wait to return, consider renting the farmhouse this fall or winter or next spring.

Weeklong reservations will open on January 2, 2024. Shorter stays can be booked beginning on March 15th.

Farmhouse Rental

End of an Era or a New Beginning

On August 22, 2024 Hathaway Pond Road was paved

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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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