YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Camp Matollionequay
& Lake Stockwell

Posts made in September, 2011

Fuse Beads!!

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011

This week when I visited our School’s Out program at Chairville fuse beads were such a hit! Our campers were making all kinds of fun creations from cupcakes to horses to dogs! I can’t wait to see what they make next...

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School's Out @ Camp!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011

School’s Out at Camp is this Thursday, September 29th! Enjoy the fun of camp, while school is out, by going on nature walks, playing games, doing crafts, or meeting some of the creatures of the lake. Breakfast is provided for those who arrive before 8:00am. Lunch & Snack is also provided! (Activities start at 9:00am and vary daily based on weather and availability.) Please have your child prepared for an outside activity, rain, snow, or shine. Price per Day: $50.00 (*MEMBER) *A MEMBER IS A CHILD ENROLLED IN THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL’S OUT PROGRAM $60.00 (NON-MEMBER &...

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A magical weekend…

Posted by on Sep 25, 2011

Hello dear friends… Did you know we cater events here at Camp? I hope you did… but if not, now you do! My staff and I, with the help of the Group Services Staff and just about every one else around Camp prepared for and hosted a magical weekend wedding event over the last three days. Many hours were spent transforming all of Matolly in to a “destination wedding retreat” for our new friends Nick and Kate. Roads were groomed, the dining hall was scrubbed and polished, leaves were raked, chafing dishes were shined… A simple BBQ dinner was served to a small portion of the wedding party and set-up crew of Friday night followed by a masterful wedding day brunch Saturday morning. Although the forecast was grey, the rain held off and allowed our bride and groom to say their vows at the Ockanickon Chapel followed by a hayride back to the Matolly Dining Hall for the reception. 150 friends and family filled the beautifully transformed Matolly Dining Hall for good food and hours of dancing and celebrating. As I told the beautiful new couple on Sunday before their departure… the history of YMCA Camp Ockanickon began 105 years ago in 1906. Many lives have been touched by it’s spirit (mine included) and an almost infinite number of stories creates the fabric of it’s existence… and now, Nick and Kate… you are a part of that. Congratulations to Nick and Kate. May your lives be filled with all the luck and love you can handle. It was a blessing for me and for Camp to be a part of this beautiful union. Thank you for sharing this wonderful event with us. Don’t be strangers now… come back and see us soon!! Be good… Chef...

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Helping out where I can..

Posted by on Sep 25, 2011

We all remember Hurricane Irene who roared through the entire East Coast late last month. Thousands of people were impacted from Irene and people have still been struggling to get back onto their feet. YMCA Camps of Medford was extremely fortunate to come out with only a few downed trees, but a handful of our fellow YMCA summer camps were not so lucky. YMCA Camp Mason was without power for a handful of days and Frost Valley YMCA was devastated by flash flooding, along with most of Up-state New York. Frost Valley YMCA is the camp where I first learned about “camp magic” and has been a home away from home for me since I was 8 years old. For those of you who have heard the stories from 2004 here at camp, this story has some of the same tones of devastation and community coming together to help. Around 11am on August 28, 2011 as the rain fell here at camp, I received a phone call from a friend who told me the rain had been coming down really hard at Frost Valley and Biscuit River had breached its banks and consumed Pigeon Lodge, one of the original buildings at Frost Valley. Roads had been washed away, mountains were being washed away, but everybody (including 50 students) was safe in the DH. Over the next couple of hours Facebook was filled with comments about what was going on and as pictures started to appear of the damage, we all sat wondering what we could do. In the week following Irene, over $40K was already donated to assist in re-building at Frost Valley which was a true testament to the power of the alumni of Frost Valley. Of course I was taping my feet waiting for the first chance to head up and help clean-up. Last weekend, a handful of Frost Valley Alumni made the trip up on a Friday night, oblivious to the true destruction from the storm. We walked around late at night trying to see under a full moon some of the damage, but it was just too hard to see. When I woke on Saturday morning, I walked down to where Pigeon Lodge once stood only to see a fraction of the foundation in its place. Apparently the river which had been re-routed almost 100 years ago took back its original path…which went through Pigeon Lodge. As we walked the banks of the Neversink River, we pulled out pieces of what was once Pigeon Lodge. After about 7 hours of picking up, we came to the final resting spot of Pigeon Lodge. On the bank of the Neversink River was a 50 by 200 foot pile of Pigeon Lodge that had come to rest. Mashed together with rock and tree, we all stood in amazement of the sheer force of Mother Nature. After about 10...

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Red-Tailed Hawks

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011

We received a really cool phone call yesterday.  Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge had 2 Red-Tailed Hawks that they had rehabilitated and wanted to release into the wild and they wanted to do it here at Camp.  Both hawks had been involved with collisions and Cedar Run had nursed them back to health.  They brought them out to Headquarters and released them in front of 7 or 8 excited Camp Staff members.  Both hawks flew up into trees where they remained for the rest of the afternoon.  One even tried to catch a squirrel within moments of being released.  That was a good sign that she will be ok!  It was a really fun event for us and we now have 2 hawks that will hopefully make their home on Camp! Brent Birchler Boys Camp...

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School's Out Craft!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011

This week at Nokomis School’s Out program the students crafted a fish simply made out of coffee filters. Students were able to choose marker colors of their choice to color the coffee filter with.  With water added to the filter, the colors blended together to create a tie dye look. Students then cut out the filter into a fish shape and pasted it on a blue construction paper. Students were then able to add their own finishing touches to their fish. The finish products turned out great! Thank you Helene, Erin H., and Erin S. for making School’s Out at Nokomis so...

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