The Cookie Story

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011

A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport. As she would need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a book to pass the time. She also bought a bag of cookies. She sat down in an armchair in the VIP room to rest and read in peace. Beside the armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading. When she took the first cookie, the man took one also. She felt irritated, but said nothing. For each cookie she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating her, but she didn’t want to cause a scene. When only one cookie remained, she thought: “Ah ha! What’s this man going to do now?” Then the man, taking the last cookie, divided it and gave her one half. That was too much! She was much too angry now! In a huff, she took her book and things and stormed off to commence boarding. When she sat down in her seat inside the plane, she looked in her purse to get her glasses, and, to her surprise, her package of cookies was there, untouched, unopened. She felt so ashamed. She was wrong. She had forgotten that she had put her cookies in her purse. The man had divided his cookies with her without feeling angered or bitter…while she had been very angry thinking that she was dividing her cookies with him. And now there was no chance to explain herself or to apologize. The Cookie Story teaches how to not jump to...

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Camp is moving….to Shamong!

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011

We are really excited to announce that YMCA Camp Ockanickon will be hosting a “Mini-Camp” in Indian Mills Elementary School this summer! In response to parent requests for an affordable, safe camp run by Camping Professionals, we can wait to start our new “Mini-Camp” – Children must be entering Kindergarten through entering 3rd grade.  This program will be held Tues – Thurs starting on July 5th and ending on July 28th.  Our mini-campers will have the oppurtunity to participate in daily sports, games and arts & crafts and other traditional camp activities!  Check out our website for more...

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A big thank you to Troop 22175

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011

A big thank you to Troop 22175 for coming out and joining us at camp last weekend An even bigger thank you to Rick and Kayla for giving them such a fulfilling experience. It’s amazing to see how just a touch of camp can make such a huge...

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A special visitor…

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011

Hello all!! This Saturday… in case you weren’t here to join us… we held our annual Breakfast with the Bunny! Our 2 breakfast seatings were filled to capacity and, despite a little rain and grey skies, a good time was had by all. I would like to thank all the families and friends who came out to join us… and I am especially greatful that everyone was very understanding that, because of the rain, we had to cancelled our Egg Hunt. The Bunny himself took the initiative to make sure all the little ones who came to visit still went home with a bag full of eggs and a special gift. Pictured below with the guest of honor is (L to R, T to B) Yours truly, Chef Jason, our Boys Camp Director, Brent Birchler… Charlotte & Gabrielle Ostroski, our Girls Camp Director… and Katelyn & MaryAnn Birchler, our School’s Out and Lake Stockwell Director. Over 50 years of Camping experience, 2 future Campers and one awesome Bunny!!! A very special thanks to Brian Shifflett and the whole Shifflett clan for trimming their vacation to come volunteer and make this day a huge success!! Happy holidays to one and all!! Be good… Chef...

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A Sense of Values

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011

Here’s a great thought of the Day that reminds me of our housekeeper, Jim Gilday.  Jim is one of the hardest workers I have ever known.  He is responsible for keeping Camp clean and does a bang-up job of it.  He is also the most mission- and values-driven person I have ever met.  He believes in what we do here at Camp so deeply, it is engrained in his personality.  He always has a great story to share about something miraculous he witnessed at Camp, whether it was one person helping out someone else or cormorant diving for fish in the lake.  Some of his responsibilities are not the most glamorous, but he does them with pride and is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.  When you see him around Camp, make sure you say “HI!”  We should all be appreciative of the great work Jim does for our Camp. Brent Birchler Boys Camp Director “During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a pop quiz.  I breezed through the questions until I read the last one.  “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”             Surely this was some kind of joke.  I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name?             I handed in the paper, leaving the last question blank.  Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade.             “Absolutely,” the professor said.  “In your careers you will meet many people.  All are significant.  They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.”             I’ve never forgotten that lesson.  I also learned her name was Dorothy.”                                                                                     Joann Jones,...

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School's Out @ Camp!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011

The weather couldn’t have been nicer, the food couldn’t have been better, the activities couldn’t have been more fun and our friend couldn’t have….had more feathers???? This week is out Spring Break Vacation Camp – aka School’s Out @ Camp – and I just wanted to say THANK YOU to our friends (both human and feathered) from Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge! Miss Terry and Miss Erin joined us in the bowl for tons of fun and facts about The Hunters of the...

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