YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Camp Matollionequay
& Lake Stockwell

Posts made in November, 2010

Camp had a very special visit.

Posted by on Nov 26, 2010

Hey folks! If you have visited Camp recently, or plan to visit soon, you will notice that the lakes look… well… a little empty. “Why?” you ask… well, I was wondering the same thing. Over all the years of working and living here at Camp, I never really knew why we lower the lakes every fall through the winter. I went straight to the source… our own Property Director, Mike Dzwill because surely he would have an answer for us. Mike informed me that lowering the lakes in the winter has a two-fold effect. One reason is to protect the various docks, bridges and other structures in and around the lakes. Ice can be a very powerful and destructive force… bending, twisting and breaking wooden structures… sometimes at a snail’s pace over an extend period of time… many times going unnoticed until it is too late. If we lower the level of water there is less chance that the ice forming in the cold weather will cause any damage!! The other reason we lower the lakes is to kill off unwanted weeds that grow around the lake and water-borne weeds that grow up through the water. This may seem like a purely visual or superficial effect… like landscaping… but more importantly it keeps the weeds from growing in the swimming and boating areas of Camp… keeping them clear for everyone to swim, play and enjoy our beautiful cedar water without having to wade into or paddle through “swamp grass” to do so. Thanks for all the great info Mike!! Keep up the good work!!! Until next time… be good… Chef...

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Camp Family update…

Posted by on Nov 20, 2010

Hello Friends… Every day here at Camp can be considered a special day. A warm Summer night with the smell of marshmallows roasting over a campfire. A cool Spring evening with a symphony of critters and insects of all shapes and sizes emerging from their winter slumber. A snow covered Winter landscape where everything seems to be frozen to the point of complete stillness. A crisp Fall morning where the sun hits the changing leaves just right to make the canopy appear to be ablaze with beautiful colors. Children playing over at the Gaga court at Day Camp. Apples being pressed in to cider at our Fall Festival. Sledding down Blueberry Hill. Fishing at the Ocky dam. Canoeing on Squaw Lake. Families gathering. Groups exploring. Children learning. People sharing. Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility. The Four Core Values of the Y. Like the four seasons each value just as important as the next. Just as important to paint the complete picture. 365 days ago… my wife and I brought a beautiful baby girl into this world. Charlotte Monique Ostroski was welcomed in to our Camp Family 4 seasons ago, today. It’s up to us as parents to show her the value of living and breathing the Four Core Values. To show her the positive and amazing things that can happen when you hold yourself responsible, show respect to all you encounter, treat everyone and everything with care and to be honest to yourself and others. It’s up to YOU as our Camp Family…our Camp Friends… all of us that have spent one magical day at Camp… to those of us who call Camp ‘home’… to everyone who has a piece of Camp with them at all times, tucked in a quite, peaceful spot in their hearts… it’s up to all of us to spread those Values for future generations. Keeping the spirit of Camp alive and well for my beautiful one year old and all future generations is my charge… and a charge I will put out to everyone. Keep the Values alive at home, at work & wherever your travels take you… come out and be an active & positive part of our Camp community… volunteer your time… give what you can… participate. It’s that simple. Happy Birthday Charlotte!! Be good… Chef Jason (AKA...

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Fall Festival!

Posted by on Nov 5, 2010

Dave Kaubin & Chris Sanchez are being very productive today by setting up for our Fall Festival

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