Dull retires from Albright
REED CITY — Dennis Dull is a man who has a tendency to look at the “how can it’s” in life, searching out innovative ways to turn a problem into a potential, a questionable situation or circumstance into a creative solution.
That has not changed. Dull became director at Albright Camp last year, and as the campground continues to move into an even busier part of its already busy year-around schedule, Dull is launching a new business of his own.
That’s in addition to working with tiny tykes right up through adults, teaching karate at Reed City and Evart. The new business will include input for all ages as well.
He took an anti-bullying campaign into various schools throughout the area in recent months, teaching youngsters and staff techniques to reduce bullying at school and elsewhere.
That included what to do and steps to take if you’re the one being bullied as well as what to do if you witness someone else being bullied.
Dull said he intends to expand his lecturing into many other topics as well, and is available to offer training for business entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurships, expanding the potential for non-profits.
He outlined a five point plan which will include looking at building foster care programs for underserved groups, public speaking for community motivation, grant writing for education and health as well as other needs, fiduciary techniques, and “taking a technical look at all the free stuff available” to motivate and move causes and meet needs. His business?
Things are definitely moving forward at Albright as well. In fact, a recent luncheon held at the home of Wava Woods, a long time cheerleader of Albright Camp, was, he said, “fantastic!” Dull, and so was the fact that the luncheon brought in $11,000, with $9,000 earmarked for an ADA playground, meeting the standards of the American Disability Act. “It will allow children with disabilities to come to camp, be able to play on equipment that meets their needs.”
Dull has students at Baker College researching which playground equipment would be most cost effective, and noted that once that information is available, “We’ll let Wava and her grandchildren have the honor of choosing what they would like to see here at the camp.
Dull said she has had a heart for the camp “forever”, and that it is only fitting that “she and the grandkids help pick out what would be fun. She hosted the luncheon that brought in all the earmarked money for it in the first place.”
The other $2,000 is for putting new roofs on two of the cabins at Albright.
Dull said the Board of Christian Camping has made a definite commitment to the camps, “and this will allow us to spend time making improvements and changes that will allow for more people to be able to enjoy the camping experience. We already have our Special Peoples Camp, and it is fantastic.”
His eyes grow wide when he says those words.
“We have defined our values as conservancy, accessibility, and fun!” he noted, and said there needs to be a real emphasis on that category of fun. “We need to consider how we can provide a place to come where all people with all types of challenges can come and stay safe and really be able to feel the love and caring that we can offer, and a place that welcomes them.”
He said the Special Peoples Camp is a good example, and the possibility of having a winter camp, as well as a one for children with special needs is already in the thinking stages.”
Camp New Day may expand its offerings as well, Dull said. The camp is geared toward teens with at least one parent incarcerated in jail or prison. The campers discover they are not alone in their situation, problem solve, make friends, and form bonds.
It’s possible Camp New Day will expand to an additional week for elementary school children in that same situation.
“Right now I need 20 kids for Camp Noisy,” Dull said. “The kids would come to camp for just half a week, and it will be a great opportunity for them to explore the arts, drama, music, praise, and the usual camp stuff. We want all of the Christian camps to have at least one growth camp this year, and this would be ours.”
The Sports Camp will be back again this summer. A Vacation Bible School geared camp, outreached to kids with not only sports interests, but also arts and crafts, drama and more.
“We had over 100 kids every day, and I remember it very well,” Dull said. “This year we expect even more. It was wonderful.”
Planning stages are already underway for Albright to be place to be for a Quilters Color Tour in the fall, Dull said, crediting Woods with coming up with a fantastic plan for the campground to be the base for bus trips out across the county with the combination of the Osceola County Quilt Trail and the fall colors combining for something new and innovative.