I Get It Now….

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013

Ok, Camper Parents. I just wanted to thank you for trusting your children to us here at Camp. I now understand how you’re feeling, as a parent, when you drop off your Campers. You’re anxious, excited, nervous, happy, petrified, emotional, proud and inspired. On Monday, we dropped off our daughter, Katelyn, to Preschool Camp. She was so excited! She jumped right in and had a blast. She came home singing new songs, learned new things and did some awesome crafts. She meet new people and gained independence. She shared and used her manners. She LOVED it! Even though she is only there a few hours a day, it has inspired her. I can only hope that Camp has the same impact on your children. It doesn’t matter if they’re 3 years old or if they’re 13 years old. Camp is Camp. And I love it. (And I promise….I had a piece of dirt stuck in my eye as I was dropping Katelyn off….those totally weren’t tears because my baby is growing too fast.) -MaryAnn...

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Session One Has Begun

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013

I feel a lot of pressure writing the first blog post of the summer.  I can hear laughter trailing down from the nature cabin as girls try to catch frogs, and more from the nearby waterfront.  It is only the 2nd full day of summer camp since we started on Sunday, but it feels like we’re in the middle of the summer.  Songs are being sung at a rapid, loud pace with more being learned as I write.  First session is one of the most exciting times of the summer for both campers and staff.  Everything is fresh and newly opened, except for the pile of glitter still stuck to an arts and crafts table. We had a huge dance party in the dining hall with ice cream and cookies during the massive thunderstorm that many of the campers enjoyed.  Although it has been storming on and off, it has not stopped us from having tons of fun!  Arrows continue to be shot at targets, and swim strokes are still gliding through the water. The potential for this summer is unbelievable.  We here at Camp Matollionequay have started the summer off with an incredible Session One, and we cannot wait for what the rest of the summer has to hold.  Time doesn’t have to move too fast though.  We want to have fun and laugh for as long as we can. Emily Madison Camp Matollionequay Oneida Village...

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2013

Today saw the start of an amazing summer. Today it rained… but it didn’t slow anyone down. Today I got a message from an old friend from my hometown of Pennsauken… out of the blue… that simply said “Make some good food tomorrow! My boy is going to be hungry!” I had no idea his child was coming to start at our Day Camp tomorrow… but it thrilled me beyond belief. Today I got to see a lot of familiar and friendly faces. Old friends & new acquaintances. Today I got to take part in the power of social media to share the beauty and magic of Camp. Today, although I am a Chef, I didn’t have time to slow down and eat… as Chefs rarely do. Today I got a text message from a former staff member who works at another YMCA Camp in Hawaii that read “Good luck and keep on cooking the best Camp food in the world!” Today I got to witness my new kitchen staff members feel the energy of a dining room full of Campers and Staff singing their hearts out. Today I tucked our little one into her bed, full of excitement to start our new Pre-School Camp program tomorrow as her first Camp experience. Today I started my 17th summer of service here in the kitchen at YMCA Camp Ockanickon. Today was a good day. Now lets bring on tomorrow. Be good… Chef...

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Happy Father's Day…

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013

Hello dear readers… This year, not only do I share my Birthday with Father’s Day… it was also the first day of General Staff Training here at YMCA Camp Ockanickon and Matollionequay… with Lake Stockwell to join us tomorrow. That’s pretty a pretty epic day in the life of a person… father… and Camp Staff member. And what a fantastic amalgam of a day it was. I have been truly blessed to be a part of this magical place for a long time now… and now to see my own daughter entering one of our own programs, our Pre-School Day Camp, in just one short week from today makes me truly proud of all three barely compartmentalized days I had today. To all the fathers out there who are doing it right… teaching their children right… being a great role model every single moment of every single day… I applaud you. Collectively, our children will be the leaders of tomorrow. There is absolutely no question about that. It is inevitable. And I like to think that places like our Camp are giving more and more children the opportunity to excel in many different ways than what can just learning from a text book. Continuing to support our families, our communities and organizations like Camp can only strengthen the future for everyone. Happy Father’s Day to Brent, Keith, Mike, Jamie, Jim and Ruben. Make your arrow’s aim straight and true and guide our little ones down the path to becoming caring, honest, respectful and responsible young men and women. It will do us all some good in the future. A place for giving… Be good… Chef...

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Camp Counselor vs. Internship

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013

So…this is another great article that has been floating around Facebook over the past week: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/the-camp-counselor-vs-the-intern/?smid=fb-share

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Thought of the Day

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013

I’d like to think this is what happens at Camp… “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of the rest or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance…Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society.  Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.  Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.” Robert F. Kennedy, 1966 Shared by Brent Birchler Boys Camp...

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