The humming birds are back!!!

Posted by on Apr 30, 2010

It’s a small world… Hello dear readers… Aren’t we all reminded, from time to time, what a small world we live in? Not in the literal sense… like my tiny feathered friend, the humming bird (pictured above)… but a small world in the “Six Degrees of Separation” sense. Where everyone in the world is “connected” to everyone else, at most, by six steps. The old “friend of a friend” statement. Camp plays a big part of that in my life… and I am sure, in YOURS too. I am constantly coming across folks in all sorts of odd places that have some connection to our place out here in the woods. If you haven’t yet… mark my words… you will bump in to someone somewhere that will say “I went to Camp Ockanickon too!!” or “My family spends Memorial Day Weekend there every year!” or “My mother used to be on the Staff at Camp Matollionequay!” or “My sister and I went to Lake Stockwell Day Camp together for years!!” This past weekend we had a group of Girl Scouts staying with us. One of the mothers from the Troop grew up right around the corner from me!! We were friends in our youth and her parents still live a half of a block up and a half of a block over from my parents. Rewind for a second… to last Fall… It was this Girl Scout Troop’s first trip out to visit Camp. I had the “small world” moment when I saw this young lady come in to the Dining Hall with her daughter. That was the first time I saw her in years but I recognized her immediately. Before their trip this year my old friend and neighbor emailed me to say they were coming so it was no surprise this time around. I almost expected to see her and the Troop again sometime because they had such a wonderful time last Fall. If you are wondering where this is going… just bear with me. This past weekend, I greeted my old friend and her Troop again. I had the pleasure of feeding the girls all of their meals on Saturday. At Dinner time I thought I recognized someone else in the Troop… another one of the mothers looked strangely familiar I said nothing to my friend and went home for the evening. The mystery bothered me all night. “Where did I know this person from?” At breakfast on Sunday, I had to ask. My friend and this mystery woman were at the counter getting a morning cup of coffee. I approached and said… “Excuse me… but, I think I know you from somewhere.” She looked puzzled and showed no signs of recognizing me right away. Then it hit me… like a bolt of lightning… I asked “Are you, by chance, a Nurse?” She answered “Yes I...

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The crew clearing brush

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010

Earth Day Hey folks… Just in case you haven’t heard… today is Earth Day. What could be a better way to spend Earth Day then volunteering some time to beautify and clean up you community? Last Saturday we had a great group of folks come out and celebrate Earth Day a little early with us here at Camp doing just that. We’d love to express a big THANK YOU to the LL Bean of Marlton!  LL Bean has been a long time partner of Camp and decided to celebrate Earth Day 2010 by donating some of their time and treasure to beautify part of our 565 acres of Pine Barrens. The crew of volunteers helped to clear brush along the Stockwell trails… an area that had an especially rough winter. They gave 110% for the entire morning and enjoyed a delicious meal with us before heading back to the store. Just in case you weren’t already aware, the Marlton LL Bean store (based in the Promenade shopping center) provides kayak instruction at our Family Swim Center every weekend as a part of their Outdoor Discovery School: Walk On Adventure programs. For more information, check out this link: http://www.llbean.com/outdoorsOnline/odp/walkon/odsMarlton.html. We appreciate the growing partnership and volunteer support of our friends at LL Bean. This type of positive active involvement impacts Camp tremendously and genuinely warms our hearts! Since we’re talking about volunteerism, this seems like an appropriate time to remind folks about our next opportunity for service and fellowship… our biannual Roll Up Your Sleeves weekend is less than two weeks away. This event is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend some quality time together and give back to this beautiful place that we all love. Whether you are already in love with camp or are looking to get involved, this is your chance to “roll up your sleeves”, get your hands a little dirty and even squeeze in a some fun Camp activities as well! For registration and program information, click here: http://ycamp.org/documents/2010YMCARollupYourSleeves.pdf So… how did YOU spend Earth Day? Thanks for reading!! Be good… Chef...

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