Summer 2020 Dates Announced

Are you having fond memories of your summer at camp and already looking forward to next year? Start planning now. Our camp dates will be as follows (specialty camps to be announced at a later date):

Day camp July 6-11

Week 1 (Girls) July 12-18

Week 2 (Girls) July 19-25 (CILT 2 part 1 )

Week 3 (Boys and Girls) July 26- August. 1 (CILT 1 part 1 requires application and CILT 2 part 2)

Week 4 (Boys and Girls) August 2-8 (CILT 1 part 2)

Summer and Weekly Themes

As announced earlier, our Summer Theme is

Walk with Me, Talk with Me

based on John the apostle’s first letter., 1 John 2:5-6

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Each week we also have “fun” themes that we center our program around. You may bring props, costumes, stuffed animals, unusual clothing, toys, decorations, or other things that coordinate with the theme you are at camp (Check with your parents first!). They can be used during various activities throughout the week!

Day Camp

Wild, Wild West

Week One

The Cherith Games

Week Two


Week 3

Walk the Plank

Week 4

Mission Impossible

Meet Debbie Betts

Debbie Betts will become a familiar face this summer. She is our new Executive Director Intern, with plans to take over from Rufous, who is transitioning into retirement.

Debbie Betts

Debbie comes to CCWNY with a wide variety of skills and experiences. A mother of 4 and proud owner of goats, chickens and a miniature horse, she is eager to join our team and help take us to the next level. Debbie has worked with children for over 25 years as a parent, teacher, workshop leader, Dansville

School Board member, after school activities leader and chil-dren’s ministry worker. Please be praying for Debbie as she has her first ‘Camp Cherith’ adventure this summer.

More than Tradition

More than tradition, more than proximity, more than a lack of options, Camp Cherith is the long-term choice for many parents. Why? What makes Camp Cherith special? These are some insights from a mom who was a camper, CILT, and staff member (now living in Wisconsin) who sent her 3 girls last summer.

Why did you choose to send your girls to Camp Cherith?

Like Jacob coming back to Bethel, I come back because this is where I really met God. People showed me His love and taught me His Word. I have good memories of doing things and special people and wanted my kids to have the same experiences.

What did you notice when your girls came home? 

They were more interested in a regular time for reading in the Bible. They were more independent and proud to show the things they had learned.

What did your girls like best?

One said “Everything!” One loved thehorses. One really enjoyed making progress in archery. There were so many experiences almost impossible to have outside of camp.

Summer Theme Reveal

Update: Click here to see the weekly themes too

Drum roll please…our 2019 theme is:

Walk with Me, Talk with Me

Our theme verse is:

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

1 John 2:5-6

We live in a ‘digital age’ culture that islosing touch with real life interactions and the skills to have healthy personal relationships. Camp is the perfect place to disconnect from ‘screen time’ and reconnect with God, other people, and nature.

Our priority at CCWNY is to model and nurture right relationships with Jesus. We desire that our theme ‘Walk with Me, Talk with Me’ will convey how much God wants to have a personal relationship with each of us. Camp provides many opportunities to show campers the important basic skills we need to build our relationship with God. Throughout a typical camp day, through morning watch (personal prayer and Bible reading and application), our Bible exploration (small group Bible studies) and campfire messages we reinforce our need to hear and obey God in our daily lives.

Please pray with us for our campers and staff to know how to cultivate their personal relationship with God, so that they will grow spiritually, both at camp and throughout the year. Pray for CCWNY to be a place that en-courages the ‘love of God’ that will be motivational to keep God’s word, abide in Him and walk as Jesus walked. 

One Hundred Women Strong

Are you up for a challenge?

We’re looking for 100 women to donate $100 in 2019 ($10 a month for 10 months) to the Special Projects Fund of Camp Cherith of WNY. Our goal is to raise $10,000

This year’s focus will be dining hall upgrades such as a full ceiling to regulate temperatures and new stackable chairs.

Can we count on you? Give as a strong woman or in honor of a strong woman.

Donate online (you will be redirected to our donation site) or mail a check

Summer 2019 Camp Dates

Does winter have you down now that the holidays have passed? Start planning for summer and reserve your week at camp! Try out our new online registration system. Can’t wait to see you this summer!

Summer 2019 Dates

Specials Week: Day Camp; July 8-12, CILT 2; 7/7-13 & 7/28-8/3

Week 1: July 14-20 Residential Girls only, Horse camp, CILT 1 (application required)

Week 2: July 21-27 Residential Girls only, CILT 1

Week 3: July 28- Aug 3 Residential Boys/Girls parallel, CILT 2, Boys CILT 1 

Week 4: August 4-10 Residential Boys/Girls parallel, Boys CILT 1

What a Great Gift!

There’s still time to get an Early Bird discount for next summer! Give a child in your life an experience that will not only teach them to appreciate the outdoors, but also teach them about the Creator who loves them.

Hurry and get a week of camp* for $260 before the cost goes up to $350.

*This only prepays for your camp week. You will still need to register for your desired week when registration opens

Barny in Ethiopia

I arrived in the capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on New Year’s Eve and have been working in a Christian hospital and medical school. I primarily work in the ER teaching doctors, nurses, and students, and taking care of patients as well as teaching some courses in the medical school. Even though teaching here, I have also learned a lot, especially about diseases we don’t have or that are very rare in the US. Ethiopia is still quite poor and that means people get sick more often and cannot get the medicine they need like we can—it breaks my heart.

Being away from home for a full year has been difficult. I miss my family, my friends, and of course, my cats. I also really missed being at camp this summer. I know without a doubt that this is where God has called me for the year to show the love of Jesus through my teaching and by serving others.
I want to thank you campers and staff for your generosity in supporting me with the camper offering this summer. What a huge blessing and surprise that was for me. Until next summer...

Love, Barny

Barny volunteers and receives no compensation for his work so if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help with his expenses please use this link: and enter Thompson, Jeffrey or his number: 005825