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

Wanted: New Executive Director

Our beloved director, Rufous, has indicated a desire to step down by 2020 after serving CCWNY as Director for 15 years so she may spend more time with her family. A search committee has been formed, and we are actively seeking God’s person to fill this role. Going forward we will be hiring an executive director to work with a summer director. We are pleased that Amanda “Pteri” Tobias will be our summer director working along side Rufous (until we have a new executive director) . Please be praying with us as we search and make the necessary transitions in leadership.

Interested applicants, please see below:

To be considered for this position please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Camp Cherith of Western NY is a non-denominational Christian camp located in Hunt, NY near Letchworth State Park in the western NY Finger Lakes Region. Camp Cherith is ACA accredited and a CCCA member and has been ministering to youth for over 70 years. The board of trustees is now accepting resumes for the executive director position.

This is a year round, full time, salaried position. The applicant must be a dynamic, highly energetic self-motivated individual who works well alone and as a team player. They must have a strong Biblical background and firm personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. They must have a love for youth and enthusiasm for Christian Camping Ministries. Applicants must have a minimum of two prior seasons of administrative or supervisory experience in an organized camp.

Experience in recruitment, marketing, budgeting, staff development, fundraising, property management and facility development are desired. The executive director will be under the direction of the board of trustees and be responsible for the day to day operations of the camp. They will show personal dedication to the overall objectives of Camp Cherith and the development of staff both professionally and in their relationship to Jesus Christ by teaching and example. 

Camp Cherith operates primarily during the summer as an overnight and day camp program. Off season events vary annually according to renter or user group reservations. This position will have varied hours, with longer hours expected in the summer season and fewer weekly hours during the winter season. During the summer the executive director will be working with a summer camp director. This position may be open for training alongside the current director for the 2019 camping season. Start time is flexible. Housing may be available.

A Chilling Opportunity

Many days this summer the temperature in the dining hall went above 95°F and stayed there. We want to make the dining hall a more comfortable space to serve our meals to campers and staff.

We plan to install a ceiling and insulation to bring the inside temperature down and make our cooling efforts more effective. With an estimate of $11,000, and a matching funds offer of up to $5,500 this is a doable project.

To help us reach a goal of $5500 please visit our online donation site to donate or contact the director for more information.

Summer Review

Theme 2018 “Ready for Anything”

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you... may have an abundance for every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

It was an exciting summer and great to see how God provided for our every need. Our camper numbers increased and that meant that we needed more counselors than expected for a couple of weeks—God provided the exact amount of staff needed for each week! It was wonderful to welcome new staff and former campers or staff to fill the needs.

Other notable things we did included partnering with Prison Fellowship to be an Angel tree camp, used our new nature center, played on the new sports court, and tried belly bumpers along with all our traditional activities.

God continues to use CCWNY for His kingdom work. I want to share a few things that parents are saying....

  • I was a camper here, and it had a big impact on my life, so glad my child could experience this place.

  • So glad for the friendships made and the spiritual emphasis.

  • We love everything!

  • Another parent who was a camper said, Thank you for making this great for generations!

  • Overnight camp was such a huge step for [my daughter] and a time of personal growth, thank you for encouraging her.

  • I recommend this camp because of all the skill building activities and each child is so different.

  • Thank you for providing a place where she felt loved and safe to be herself. So thankful for the independence gained.

I love hearing how lives are being changed for eternity.

Please continue to pray for us that God’s work here will continue to grow campers and staff and give God the glory!

-Evie White, Rufous


Do you buy a camp t-shirt every summer? Ever wonder what you should do with them after you’ve grown out of them? This year I learned how to make a quilt. There is a summer memory that goes with each shirt. If you’d like to make your own quilt, check out this awesome class!*

Thy Word

My second year of camp…I loved being outside and building campfires to cook doughboys and tinfoil dinners. To this day, wood smoke and bug spray are some of my favorite scents.

Heavens Declare

My first year of CILT the theme song was Anchored in Jesus. I met some counselors that summer that challenged me to grow in my faith and boldness of following Jesus every day.

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Finally made it through CILT! Teaching classes, giving campfire messages, memorizing scripture, living in a cabin under another counselor..all experiences that I think of every time I hold a candle at CILT graduation. I was so happy to earn this shirt and be able to pass on the Cherith tradition of faith to other campers.

I Go to the Rock

I was a Pioneer Girl and heard all about summer camp from Dee. She and my other leaders encouraged me to make Christ a part of every aspect of my life.


I think I was 12 or 13 when I was finally able to take a Stars class with Puff. She helped me gain a whole new appreciation for the night sky. Now I am teaching my own kids about the Summer Triangle, Big Dipper, and Milky Way.


I wore this shirt while living in the woods for a week with 2 other campers, Mouse, and Hermi. We had a grand time and made up songs to go along with our experiences. I had to complete a week of outposting to achieve a major in campcraft/outdoor living for CILT.


My last summer as a camp counselor before I graduated from college. Some of the campers I had in my cabins were now counselors themselves. It was so much fun to be on staff with them. I love the closeness we develop after spending a summer together working towards the same goal to guide campers closer to Christ.

This summer, 3 of my daughters were able to come to camp and had a great time. I hope one day I will get to see them continue on in God’s good work at Camp Cherith.

All Together

*this is not an affiliate link, I, the author, am sharing the class because it is a very helpful class

Early Bird Registration

Did your child love their week at Camp Cherith? We hope so! We certainly had a blast teaching them God's Word, about His creation, and other valuable skills. Perhaps you already know that you will want to send your child to camp again next summer.

We have a special offer to those who sign up for camp before December 31! Reserve a spot early for Summer 2019 and only pay $260 per week. Payments can be made in full or on an installment plan. 

In January when summer registration starts, reserve the specific week you desire. 

Hope to see you back again next summer!