Cruising right along…

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011

Hello dear readers… It’s been a while since I’ve posted a cool new recipe or one from the archives… or a heartfelt editorial or a magical picture… and for that I apologize. Please know that we, in the kitchen, are all really, really busy feeding all the hungry campers at Matollionequay, Ockanickon and Lake Stockwell!! Did you know that we serve, on average, 1,400 meals per day here!?!? My crew of 10 (myself included) split between two facilities, spend our days preparing the best camp food around, serving it up fresh and hot… paying attention to special dietary needs of some of our campers… all while keeping a strong focus on the safety and sanitation of our facilities. I am very proud of my Staff in the kitchen. They work very hard and extremely efficiently. At the Ockanickon Dining Hall we serve 5 meals per day and never miss a mark!!! We have a great mix of people from seasoned veterans, second year, returning International staff and a few first year Internationals. It’s been our pleasure to serve all of the campers thus far this summer season and look forward to feeding all of the campers yet to come. I’ll get back to you soon with another great recipe!! Be good… Chef...

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Super Hero Ocky Counselors

Posted by on Jul 16, 2011

There is nothing more satisfying for me than to watch our summer staff come  together as a team.  I hire a group of individuals during the winter and spring, put them through a couple of weeks of staff orientation, and then watch the Camp Magic happen when the campers arrive.  They find a team of super heroes waiting to lead them through a fun-filled session of building friendships and learning activity skills (Level 1) and life skills (Level 2).  The counselors have been doing an amazing job during the first 2 sessions at Ocky and I’m really excited that things are only going to get better for sessions 3, 4, and 5.  Most of our staff have been with us as a campers and counselors for many years and our new guys have fit in like old pros.  If you are between the ages of 7 and 16, make sure you don’t miss out on what I am sure is going to go down in Camp history as one of Ocky’s best summers! Brent Birchler Boys Camp...

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Thank you Lake Stockwell CITs!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011

Today was a great day at Camp! Our bridge that leads from our Nature Cabin to our Archery and Air Riflery areas has been completed! Today, our Stockwell CITs were the first to “break in” our bridge. Now, what do we call this bridge? Starting tomorrow, we will be having a contest to come up with the best name! Any...

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CIT's Visit Fairview Lake YMCA

Posted by on Jul 10, 2011

The Ocky and Matolly CIT’s left Camp early this morning to visit the Fairview Lake YMCA Camp in northwestern NJ.  They are meeting with their counterpart CIT’s from Fairview to share what they have been learning over the past few weeks and learn how another Camp operates.  It’s very exciting for them to visit a different Camp and I’m sure they will be returning tomorrow morning with lots of new ideas that they will want to implement.  This is a great opportunity for our CIT’s to collaborate with their peers.  I’m sure both Camp’s CIT’s will learn a lot from one another.  Hopefully, many members of the CIT class of 2011 will be around as staff members for many years to come!  Good luck, CIT’s! Brent Birchler Boys Camp...

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Big House CITs

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011

Happy Freaky Friday Everyone! We’re the CITs of Big House. Writing this blog in our crazy clothes (hence, Freaky Friday!), we’re excited to share what we have been doing over the past two weeks. One of the responsibilities that come with being a Matolly CIT is doing dishroom. Dishroom helps us work as a team and gives us a chance to give back to camp. This week we have been shadowing Progressive Skill where campers choose one skill that starts at a basic level and builds upward throughout the week. Skills that campers can choose from include sign language, air riflery, and ceramics. But of course, there are many more to choose from! Next session, we get the opportunity to create and run our own skill activity. As the Little House CITs mentioned, we have just returned from shadowing in various villages. Some of us went on an overnight, while others participated in other fun evening activities with their assigned village. We all had good stories to share, as we saw how each village went through their day. The night we joined back together as a group, both Matolly and Ocky CITs had what is known as “Fish Night” as an evening activity. We watched a short film called the FISH Philosophy!, which is about Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. The film showed us four easy steps to making any job enjoyable. We can use these steps in any aspect of our lives, but especially at camp. The four steps were: Play Make their day Be there Choose your attitude Yesterday, we had the privilege of spending the afternoon with Ocky’s activity director, Rich Rinaldi. He taught us how to create a successful activity for campers. Although it began to storm later in the day, Matollionequay still managed to have a good time with an all-camp movie night. As always, we look forward to our Halloween themed dance tomorrow night, and our CIT trip to Fairview Lake Camp on Sunday that we will write about upon our return. That being said, we are building leadership skills while making friends that will last a lifetime. Our experience is not over yet, though! Our friendships and counseling skills will continue to grow stronger over the remaining weeks we have left in the CIT program. Stay Green! Lindsay, Diana, Molly, Amanda, Brandy, Alicia, Julie, Melissa, & Jolene (and our temporary Freaky Friday CIT moms- Jena Rae and...

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