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Posts made in February, 2013

Camp Kesem

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013

Nearly three million children live with a parent who has cancer and many more have lost a parent to cancer. This summer, Camp Kesem will provide life-changing summer camp experiences for over 2,000 children by empowering 1,500 college student leaders at 41 chapters across the country. We are proud to announce that YMCA Camp Ockanickon has partnered with the Camp Kesem – Columbia University chapter to provide 50 children whose parents have or have had cancer with a summer camp experience. This experience is provided for children at no cost to individual families and provides children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs. Camp Kesem gives kids the chance to be kids and plans a full week of engaging camp activities. There are plenty of laughs and emotional support, but Camp Kesem does not provide therapy. It is simply a chance for kids have as much fun as possible and connect with friends to last a lifetime. This summer, YMCA Camp Ockanickon and Camp Kesem Columbia will come together among the pines of Camp Matollionequay for one full week dedicated to giving these campers a transformative camp experience. The YMCA Camp Ockanickon team will provide healthy meals, fun activities, and guidance as Camp Kesem and their student leaders channel their passion for making a difference by creating an enjoyable and unforgettable experience for these deserving campers. Click here to support YMCA Camp Ockanickon and Camp Kesem Columbia this summer. Thank you,...

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Learn To Cook – Week 1

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013

Hello all! This past Friday we started our Learn to Cook program here in the kitchen and all 8 of our students showed up ready to cook! For the first class we started with a chat about kitchen safety and sanitation while we took a tour of our rather large instutitional style kitchen. One of my little catch phrases when talking about kitchen safety is… “Always be mindful of your surroundings and assume that EVERYTHING in the kitchen is either Hot, Sharp or Slippery.” If we conduct ourselves in a careful manner… and are aware of the possible dangers… we can reduce the risk of being burned by mindlessly touching something that may be hot… cut by blindly reaching in to a drawer or sink of soapy water that may contain a knife… or slipping and falling by not paying attention to where we are going and how we are moving. Reducing the risk of hurting yourself in what can be a somewhat dangerous environment is a big part of the recpie for success when working in any kitchen… even at home. With that lesson, in time, you will develop a level of comfort moving and working in the kitchen by simply being alert and aware of the dangers… and you will form very healthy and safe kitchen habits. We also covered hand washing and its importance as well as keeping our equipment and worspaces clean and sanitized at all times. Then we moved on to the fun stuff! COOKIES!! Here is one recipe that we tackled that turned out absolutely fantastic… Linzer Cookies 1 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 cup confectioners’ or glazing sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 2 drops creamy hazelnut, bitter almond oil, or vanilla butternut flavor 1 cup almond flour or 1 cup hazelnut flour, toasted or plain; or 1 cup pecan meal 2 1/4 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 1 large egg 1 cup seedless raspberry jam or apricot jam confectioners’ or glazing sugar, for dusting Directions: 1) To make the cookies: Beat together the butter, sugars, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and flavor. 2) Mix in the nut flour, flour, and egg. 3) Divide the dough in half, wrap, and refrigerate for 60 minutes, for easiest rolling. Towards the end of the chilling time, preheat the oven to 375°F. 4) Roll the dough 1/8″ thick. Cut the dough into shapes with large circle linzer cutters (or any cutter shape you desire). Use small cutters to cut a design out of the center of half the cookies. 5) Transfer the cookies to an ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet. 6) Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned on the edges. Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack. While the cookies are cooling, make the filling. 7) Lightly dust the cookies with cutout centers with...

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Beef & Ale Fundraiser

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013

Well…just because St.Patrick’s Day is a week before does not mean you cannot come out and celebrate St.Patrick’s a week later. Please come out to Camp Ockanickon to support our annual campaign to send more children to camp. http://www.ycamp.org/documents/2013StPatricksDay.pdf

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Code of a Camp Counselor

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013

I have an old staff shirt from 1992, I believe.  It is badly faded and is, at this point, more of a see-through shirt.  I can’t quite remember where I got it, because I was still a camper in 1992, but the words on the back of the shirt still ring true today for all of our counselors.  I’ve never seen this anywhere but on that old shirt.  We even used it again about 10 or 12 years ago on the back of a staff sweatshirt (that no longer fits around my middle!).   I’m not sure who came up with it or when, but I think it does a great job of summing up what we do.  Enjoy. Brent Birchler Boys Camp Director Code of a Camp Counselor 1.    I am a friend. 2.    I have time for any camper. 3.    I have a broad appreciation. 4.    I am dependable, prompt, and courteous. 5.    I set an example worth following. 6.    I do at least one thing really well. 7.    I am loyal to the camp, its objectives, and management. 8.    I expect to grow, as well as the camper. 9.    I am ready for adventure. 10.  I have a philosophy of life worth...

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School's Out at Camp!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013

Last week we hosted School’s Out at Camp for our campers in the surrounding districts. We did some pretty fun activities: gaga, roof ball, archery, arts & crafts, and we even made our very own play dough! One of my favorite activities we did last week was play Predator vs. Prey in the Black Forest.  Below is a picture of a few campers hanging out in the Black Forest waiting for a new game to...

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