YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Camp Matollionequay
& Lake Stockwell

Posts made in January, 2013

Summer Memories

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013

What’s the one thing I always think about??? Camp! Whether it’s talking about new activities, programs, staff, or just reliving the memories, camp is always on my mind. Now that we have been actively planning camp as the dates move closer, I like to reminisce and think about all of the fun times at Camp that I have had. One of my favorite camp memories this past summer was helping create our Lake Stockwell mural. I had the opportunity to work with many different campers in each village as we glued this beautiful picture of the lake together. Below is a picture of a few of Day Camp’s Explorer’s campers with one of their counselors, Asia. The campers and counselors worked on creating this mural in our arts & crafts lodge. It was great to see the campers and counselors working together to create this masterpiece. Barb, our arts & crafts director, made sure that each camper was able to glue pieces of the mural onto the lodge’s wall. Our mural still has some work to be done and will be finished this summer. I can’t wait to see the finished product! -Lynn...

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A thought of the day…

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013

EVEN GREATER THAN FAITH AND HOPE IS THE ABILITY AND WILLINGNESS TO CULTIVATE LOVE.  HOW DO WE CULTIVATE LOVE?  WE CAN LET GO OF IMPULSES TO JUDGE OTHERS.  WE CAN REFUSE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE MISTAKES OR SUFFERINGS OF ANYONE.  WE CAN LIVE THE LESSONS OF KINDNESS…  WE CAN CHOOSE LOVE WHEREVER AND WHENEVER WE ARE BY SIMPLY MAKING THAT CHOICE.                                                                                 ~ Pierre Teilhard de...

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Friends

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of my graduation into United States Marine Corps. This has proved to be the proudest accomplishment of my life. However, just as the great Olympian Wilma Rudolf said, “No matter what accomplishments you make, someone helps you”. This couldn’t be any truer in my case when it comes to the relationship I have with camp and the people I have met here. During my time in the Marines I always had the love and support of the people I met at camp. When I graduated boot camp it was my friends from camp who were there to cheer me on. Before leaving for Iraq my friend from camp came down to North Carolina to spend the weekend and say goodbye. When I was overseas, it was my friends at camp whose names appeared on the return address of a care package. When I arrived home, it was my friends from camp who threw me a welcome home party. It was my friends at camp who asked me to come into their schools and classrooms to talk about my experience in the military.  I am very fortunate for the friends I have grown with over the years at camp. These are the friends you can count on when the world seems the darkest.  Serving in the military can be a challenging experience both at home and abroad. However, I have found that just as it is with the obstacles on the challenge course here at camp any great challenge can be overcome with the support of people who care. During my tenure with the Marine Corps I received the support to overcome those challenges, obstacles, and adversities and make them more manageable along the way. Where did it come from? It was my friends at camp!...

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My Commute

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013

Today is my first day back at work since having our daughter, Anna, on November 2nd. Oh my, have those 3 months gone by so fast! I so enjoyed being home with our girls – making cookies, enjoying the Holidays, spending lazy days with family. To me, it’s so important to cherish each and every day with them. Today I am most thankful for my commute to work. It literally takes less than a minute to get to my office because Brent and I live right on the property. I’m very lucky and blessed that I am able to go home and have lunch with my girls. I am lucky to work in such a kind and supporting place and come in this morning to hugs and well wishes. I am blessed to have such an amazing life, friends and family here at Camp. I snapped this picture on my way into the office this morning. Camp is such a beautiful place to live and to grow and to work – I am a lucky girl. I am also thankful for Grandmom, who is watching the Girls today 🙂 -MaryAnn...

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Family Programs at Camp Ockanickon

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013

To me, there is nothing more enjoyable then sharing 800 acres with children, adults and families. Every year we host programs that are packed with kids like Resident Camp and Day Camp and some which are a little smaller like Parents Night Out and Intro to Mountain Biking. We do programs for adults like the Annual Golf Outing and the St. Patrick’s Beef & Ale. All of these programs are offered because Camp is not as much fun when there is nobody around. But there are a couple of programs which really get me excited every year. Our Father/Child Weekend, Mother/Child Weekend and Memorial/Labor Day Family Camp are all programs that require families to participate. There is nothing more magical in my opinion about getting families involved at Camp and creating magical experiences. Please be sure to sign-up as soon as you get a chance, because like last year, all of these programs fill quickly. Hope to see you at Camp real soon! For more information please call Camp at 609-654-8225 or go to www.ycamp.org to download a registration...

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Thought of the Day

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013

I remember being 12 or 13 and learning a valuable lesson from Rick Worrell and Chris Morris while preparing to leave on a Trailblazer trip.  The lesson was about treating all people with respect, whether they were a maintenance worker, a kitchen staff member, or the van driver, because all of those folks worked hard to make sure we had a good experience at Camp.  Years later, I came across this passage and I was reminded of that lesson. “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.” by Joann Jones I never forgot that lesson, either.  Our van driver’s name was Roy. Brent Birchler Boys Camp...

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