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Posts made in October, 2012

Perfect season for Homemade Apple Pie

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012

Hello all…  Hearty foods and rich baked goods are a perfect signal that colder weather is just around the corner making it just the perfect time for a delicious homemade apple pie. The smell alone reminds me of this time of year as the last of the apple harvests are being turned in to cider, pies and the like. Here is a start to finish Apple Pie recipe. For a quicker, simpler pie you may use a frozen pie crust that is ready to go… then all you have to do is prepare the filling and crumb topping! Pie Crust 3 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 oz unsalted butter, chilled and cubed 6 oz lard, chilled and cubed 4-5 tablespoons iced water NOTE: This is enough to make a double crusted pie… if you want a crumble top instead, make only half this recipe. Put the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix well.  Add the chunks of chilled butter and lard on top and pulse the food processor until it looks like coarse meal.  Do not overmix this, and make sure the fats are cold !  Dump this into another bowl.  It should still have large chunks of fat in it, ranging in size from the size of a pea to the size of shelled walnuts.  Add the water and mix it with a fork until it comes together.  Divide this in two and dump it onto a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap and flatten it to a disk, about 4-6 inches in diameter.  Cover the disks well and let them chill until very cold.  The dough should not be wet at all.  In fact, it should be somewhat dry and crumbly and difficult to work with at this point.  As it cools in the refrigerator, the flour will absorb the water, and solidify. Once your crust is very cold, it is time to roll.  Flour your work surface and take out the crust.  Place it on the flour and roll it gently from the center outward.  Roll it a bit larger than the pie tin you will be using.  If you made this correctly, you will see the chunks of fat in the dough, and as you roll the dough these will flatten, and that is what makes the crust flakey. Brown Sugar Apple Filling 3 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons all purpose flour 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Crumb Topping 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup  brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons chilled...

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What a weekend!

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012

I love these kinds of weekends, there is so much going on in and around Camp it makes me proud to be part of such a great organization. After our last school group departed on Friday, Camp quickly transformed into a 10K Mud Run host site with over 500 people registered to partake in the 3rd installment of the Above & Beyond 10K Mud Run. At the same time, Mike Dzwill was putting the finishing touches on our float for the 67th Annual Medford-Vincentown Rotary Halloween Parade in which 32,000 pieces of candy will be given out by just our float alone. Sunday is our 3rd Annual Fall Festival and Membership Appreciation Dinner. The Fall Festival will be from 1-5pm and include activities like: boating, archery, and face painting. The cost is $10 per family for Camp Ockanickon members and $25 per family for non-members. The Membership Appreciation Dinner will begin at 5pm at the Ockanickon DH and is open to all Camp Ockanickon Memberships....

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Gobbler 5K Run & Family Fun Walk

Posted by on Oct 20, 2012

I know…Thanksgiving is still a month away, but that should not stop you from getting ready for our Annual Gobbler 5K Run and Family Fun Walk. Last year, we had over 300 runners and walkers come out to support this event and we are hoping to have another strong showing in 2012. We have two simple ways to register this year….you can click on the link below to register on-line or you can download and print our registration form and mail to Camp. Be sure to register by November 6th if you want to guarantee a race day shirt. Registrations after November 6th will not guarantee a race shirt this year. Register on-line: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Medford/Gobbler5kRunFamilyFunWalk Registration Form:...

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Top 10 Camp Movies of All Time

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012

So, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom was just released on DVD and Blu-Ray last week and as an avid movie-watcher of any sort, camp movies in particular hold a special place in my  heart. I decided to share my Top 10 Camp Movies of All Time with the rest of the nation. And yes, this is the child-friendly list. We will leave Jason Voorhees off for now. 1. Meatballs 2. Heavyweights 3. Earnest Goes to Camp 4. Camp Nowhere 5. The Parent Trap (1961) 6. Moonrise Kingdom 7. The Great Outdoors (not really camp, but camping all the same) 8. Indian Summer 9. Addams Family Values 10. Space Camp Honorable Mention: Poison Ivy (1985), a made-for-TV movie starring Michael J....

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Summer Camp 2013

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012

With the addition of session 6, a co-ed Resident Camp program held on the grounds of Camp Matollionequay, our new indoor sports court for Lake Stockwell Day Camp, the amazing new water inflatable which will be shared by all three Camps, an additional day of swimming for members at Cherokee Beach and our Pre-School Camp based out of Cherokee Beach, 2013 Summer Camp cannot get here quickly enough. It amazes me each summer how quickly 10 weeks can pass by, but I am constantly reminded that as quickly as each summer passes by, it’s going to arrive just as quickly. While Camp is in no way quiet during the off-season, each day is still filled with school children, families, members all enjoying sunny days and beautiful scenery. Just yesterday, we had a 130 6th graders leave after spending 3 days with us doing archery, boating and crossing the swamp. School’s out at Camp had 60 children (mostly from Lake Stockwell Day Camp) who spent the day with us enjoying program like ga-ga, boating, arts and crafts and I spent my afternoon mountain biking with 6 kids as part of our weekly Intro to Mountain Biking program. But….while I enjoy the cooler temperatures, the changing of the leaves and sometimes the eerie silence of Camp in the middle of the afternoon, I still do look forward to Brent, Gab, and MaryAnn greeting the 2013 summer staff on Sunday, June 16th…only to be out done by thousands of smiling campers arriving at Camp in the following weeks.  June 23, 2013 cannot get here quickly...

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Still All Sorts of Fun Going on Here at Camp!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012

Hi All! It’s been too long since my last post so I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on all the great things that we’ve been doing since the last campers left for the summer just five weeks ago. In that short time, we’ve seen over 1600 students come to camp with 25 different schools! We’ve had 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Environmental Education trips, High School Retreats, Peer Leadership Groups, a variety of colleges, and even an entire Freshman Orientation with Stockton College. We’ve also had over a thousand people join us over the weekends for Family Camp, Father Child Weekend, YMCA Adventure Guides, Girl Scouts, and we even squeezed a wedding in there. When we first started this venture when our Overnight Camps wrapped up in August, we had close to 30 staff members from all three of our camps stick around to help with the enormous undertaking. Along the way, many of those staff had to say their goodbyes as they headed back home for school, work, and travel. Each and every one of them continued to have a significant impact on each one of the campers, students, and families that passed through our gates this Fall. Thank you. There is still much more to do as we continue to host a variety of schools and groups here at camp over the next 9 months leading upto the summer of 2013. However, the amazing thing that I find every day is the amount of students and families that join us all year long are summer campers at heart. In the two groups that are out enjoying camp right now, ther are at least a half dozen campers among them. Tomorrow, as Southampton School comes to join us for their annual 6th Grade trip they will be led by one of our former Village Cheifs from Day Camp. It is truly humbling to see the everlasting impact that summer has had on camp and an absolute privelage to be able to continue to offer that experience to so many people all year long. Keep Calm and Camp On!...

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