YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Camp Matollionequay
& Lake Stockwell

Posts made in January, 2011

Northeast Y Camp Conference

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011

Camp staff members Joe Elliott, Nick Homa, Ruben Castro, Dave Kaubin, and Brent Birchler attended the NE Y Camp Conference at the NYC Y Camps in Huguenot, NY last week. We look forward to this conference every January because it is a great chance to spend time with our colleagues from other Y Camps, attend cutting-edge workshops covering every topic you could imagine in the camping industry, and gain pearls of wisdom from some of the most respected leaders in the Y. We attended sessions focused on marketing, programming, staff supervision, facility improvements, inclusion, and creating mission-driven culture at camp. Joe, Dave, and Brent even facilitated 3 sessions based on building a committed staff team, building a community one program at a time, and creating an inclusive enviroment for campers of all abilities. We learned a lot, made a lot of new friends, and came home with some great ideas. One of those great ideas is the game, carpetball. Don’t know what that is? Come to Camp this summer and you’ll find...

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Allen School’s Out Program

Posted by on Jan 28, 2011

Happy New Year from Allen School! Over the holidays, we had so much fun making wooden toys, bead ornaments, paper chains, felt stockings and so much more! This week with the snow, we working on paper snowflakes, snowmen and winter themes. With pipe cleaners, Ruthie made a person with a fuzzy green belly button and also a unicorn 🙂 We also made fruit loop necklaces.  Ruthie made a fruit loop halo! Check out the mini golf course we made! This simple project was so easy and SO much fun! Our “LOL” moments go to Emily, who said, “I don’t like to eat the fruit loops off the string because they get hairy!” Another “LOL” moment….Michael made a paper airplane that trailed a banner that said, “I like...

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Today's thought of the day from Camp Matollionequay…

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011

DON’T QUIT When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out; Don’t give up though the pace seems slow– You may succeed with another blow. Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man, Often the struggler has given up, When he might have captured the victor’s cup, And he learned too late when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out– The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit– It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. – Author...

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Talking about Camp

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011

Have you ever wondered what goes on at Camp Ockanickon during the cold winter months? Well, each winter, our three amazing Camp directors; Brent Birchler (Boys Camp), Gab Ostroski (Girls Camp), and Maryann Birchler (Day Camp) spend countless hours working together to put an amazing summer camp program together.

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Princeton Camp Fair

Posted by on Jan 22, 2011

Ocky Director, Brent Birchler, and Matolly Director, Gab Ostroski, will be at the Princeton Camp Fair at the Marketfair Mall at 3535 US RT. 1 South at Meadow Rd, Princeton from 12noon-4pm today. If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello!

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