YMCA Camp Ockanickon
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Posts made in February, 2011

Hello, Parents! Wouldn't you like a night out?

Posted by on Feb 28, 2011

Friday, February 18th we had a “Parent’s Night Out.”  What a fun night!  Our participants started out having an awesome dinner made my Chef Jason and Chef Nick, we made super silly slime, went on a night hayride through Camp and ended our evening with a fire and s’mores.  It was so nice to see the children meet and make friends from other schools! We have “Parent’s Night Out” scheduled for March 4th, March 25th, April 1st and May 6th – please tell your family and friends to come out and enjoy a fun and affordable evening at...

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Learn to Cook: Mexican!!

Posted by on Feb 27, 2011

Hello all… This Friday Chef Nick and I hosted our second “Learn to Cook” class. The theme… Mexican. Our students learned how to make fresh Guacamole and fresh Salsa from scratch! We did a taste test between our own fresh salsa and a store bought jarred salsa and the winner… the fresh salsa, hands down! We cooked ground beef for tacos and by the end of the class we sat down to a beautiful “Build your own Taco” buffet. Fresh salsa, fresh guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, refried beans, taco meat and both hard and soft corn tortilla shells. My favorite lesson of the day was making ourown spice blends from individual spices for our Tacos, rather then depending on packet mixes that you’d pick up at the grocery store. The theme of this part of the lesson was that sometimes the packet mixes contain ingredients in them that you might not want to eat and might not have the same fresh and powerful bouquet. Did you know MSG can also be labeled as “autolyzed yeast” and the manufacturer doesn’t have to tell you it contains MSG?? Many seasoning packets will sneak that in… and MSG isn’t something you necessarily want in your diet. Hand blended spice mixes are generally fresher tasting and have a fuller and more complex flavor. Ounce for ounce you may find mixing your own spice mixes, whether it be a dry rub for ribs or steak or a taco seasoning, you may save a little at the cash register buying individual spices and making your own combinations at home. Yes, a packet of taco seasoning might cost $2 and stocking your pantry with a good array of spices may cost a bit more initially but when you have well stocked spice rack you will find making a blend to be a fraction of the cost. Plus, you have complete control over the flavors. If you like more garlic, add more garlic. If you don’t like paprika, don’t add paprika!! This is where you get to be creative and experiment with flavor!! Next up for our Learn to Cook students… home made pizza… crust from scratch and all!! Thanks for reading. Be good… Chef...

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The story about the tiny frogs…

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011

 There once was a bunch of tiny frogs,… … who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants… The race began… Honestly: No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as: “Oh, WAY too difficult!! They will NEVER make it to the top.” or: “Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!” The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one… … Except for those who in a fresh tempo were climbing higher and higher… The crowd continued to yell “It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!” More tiny frogs got tired and gave up… …But ONE continued higher and higher and higher… This one wouldn’t give up! At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who after a big effort was the only one who reached the top! THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it? A contestant asked the tiny frog how the one who succeeded had found the strength to reach the goal? It turned out… That the winner was DEAF!!!! The wisdom of this story is: Never listen to other people’s tendencies to be negative or pessimistic… …cause they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you. The ones you have in your heart! Always think of the power words have. Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions! Therefore: ALWAYS be… POSITIVE! And above all: Be DEAF when people tell YOU that YOU can not fulfil YOUR dreams! Always think: I can do...

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President's Day Weekend!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011

What an exciting President’s Day! This past weekend we had a number of families join us to spend President’s Day at camp. The Morris and Barrett crew and their extended camp family came out to enjoy a beautiful time at Ockanickon. These long time campers spent their time at camp hiking, fishing, and reconnecting with each other. Jason, Nick, and Kayla provided all with outstanding food throughout the weekend, cooking up some amazing dishes, including fajitas, burgers, and some delicious broccoli and cheddar soup. This was my first opportunity in a new position to enjoy hosting campers at camp and the weekend was not without its share of bumps. Some gusty winds knocked out power early on Saturday and the scramble to keep everyone warm was on. I would like to send a public thank you the Mike and Jamie, our maintenance crew, for working their hearts out to make sure everyone was happy and comfortable while we got things running again. Camp is about helping one another out and those guys went above and beyond for me and all our camp families this weekend. Thank...

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Lake Stockwell Day Camp, Here We Come!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2011

It has been such an honor to become a part of the Lake Stockwell Day Camp Family!  I just wanted to share my thanks to all the Stockwell Summer Staff.  I have been completely overwhelmed with the amount of interest from people wanting to work at our Camp – and even more overwhelmed and thankful with the excitement of our returning staff! It is such an incredible feeling to know that the Lake Stockwell Day Camp Staff are (literally) counting down the days until summer begins….only 124 more days to go! Last weekend I took a family on a tour of our Camp and I was able to meet an incredible little boy. His eyes lit up and he looked at me and excitedly said, “I get to go swimming in THAT lake?!?!  When will all that ice go away so I can come and practice my strokes!?!?” For me, it’s the “little things” that make my job so amazing...

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Learn to Cook at Camp!!

Posted by on Feb 20, 2011

Hey folks… This Friday evening myself and Chef Nick hosted the first ever “Learn to Cook” class here at the Ockanickon Dining Hall. With “Italian” as the theme of our first class, we taught our aspiring Chefs how to make a fresh tomato sauce and how to prepare meatballs from scratch! We spent some time touring our large “instutional” style kitchen, learning about equipment, smelling spices and herbs and, most importantly, learning about food safety and sanitation. At the end of the class Chef Nick, myself and our students sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labors… digging in to a delicious Rigatoni and Meatball dinner! Next week’s theme… Mexican food!! If you haven’t heard heard about our awesome “Learn To…” series of classes, go back and check out our main website for more information about all the fun classes we are offering. Be good… Chef...

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