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Posts made in August, 2013

Father Child Weekend!

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013

Got nothing to do the weekend of September 27th? Then be sure to sign-up for our Fall Father Child Weekend at Camp Ockanickon! Lot’s of fun planned with activities like boating, archery, fishing and of course plenty of Ga-Ga! http://www.ycamp.org/documents/2013FallFatherChildWeekend.pdf

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Historic Anniversary and 6 Degrees of Separation…

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013

  Hello all… Today marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have A Dream” speech. It is noted as one of the largest political rallies in United States history for human rights. Just over a year later Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest recipient of the award at the time. The man standing in the photo above, Thich Nhat Hanh, was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for that very same honor in 1967… but there was no recipient of the award that year. Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. said during his nomination of Thich Nhat Hanh, “I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of [this prize] than this gentle monk from Vietnam. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity”. Thich Nhat Hanh is a world renowned Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk, author, teacher, poet and peace activist. He has published over 100 books… and… Well… you can look him up on Wikipedia or Google him for yourself… I won’t bother recounting facts and figures from the internet. What I will tell you that you might not know and probably won’t find with any internet searches… is that this picture of a 36 year old Thich Nhat Hanh was taken here… right here at YMCA Camp Ockanickon in Medford, New Jersey, in 1962 His published journal, Fragrant Palm Leaves (1962 – 1966) recounts time spent here in the United States and studying and teaching at Princeton & Columbia… and the first line of the first entry in the journal from July 18th 1962 reads… “I am in a cabin called ‘Pomona’…” We know that place, right? Thich Nhat Hahn held company with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr…. and 51 years ago he walked the shores of our cedar lakes, played with our Campers… found peace amongst our pines… lived in the very lodge named Pomona where our Preschool Day Camp operated from for the first time this summer… and was attended by our 3 year old daughter, Charlotte. I can’t help but to feel a very special and interesting “Six Degrees of Separation” today… and I can only hope that one day, thanks to a loving family, wonderful friends and role models in her life… and growing up in this environment we call “Camp”, guided by the Four Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility… that Charlotte will one day have her own dream, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did… and reach for greatness. Be good… Chef...

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…though we're nearing the end…,

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013

Check out this wonderful Facebook post from one of our Stockwell VC’s, who has been making a difference in our campers lives all summer long; Today started the last week of my summer at Camp Ockanickon, even though we’re nearing the end, I still had an abundance of new Shawnee’s to add to our lively bunch! One, who is having a rough time in life was shy and reluctant to leave my side, but by the middle of the day at playground he was running around and interacting with the other campers. At the end of the day when I walked him to the road to meet his mother, he said, “I MADE SO MUCH FRWENDS!”, then his mom cried, hugged me, and said “Thank you, thank you so much.” What did YOU do this summer? Post from Christine Giannobile who is a VC at Lake...

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Time warp…

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013

Hello folks… Now and again when the season or the timing is right…. I reach back into my archives for old recipes and posts to see what we can bring forward again as I know our audience has grown and social media has changed the landscape of how, when and where we reach our audience… our readers… you. Well… this is the VERY FIRST recipe I posted… after assuming the role as Food Service Director here at Camp… from our snail mailed Camp newsletter we lovingly called “The Smoke Signal”. The Smoke Signal does not exist in it’s old format anymore. It was a 4 page gatefold newsletter printed on tan paper with green and/or black ink that was then tri-folded, sealed, labeled, stamped and delivered to your door the “old fashioned” way. Now we use an e-newsletter format sent directly to your email inbox (sign up for it at www.ycamp.org if you haven’t already). That e-newsletter contains all sorts of great news, updates, information, stories and history of this great Camp. We also use other forms of social media to reach various audiences with slightly varying… and sometimes “exclusive” content. Check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter along with this very Blog and our e-newsletter to keep up on everything going on at Camp in the past, present and the future!! So… since this recipe was mailed out back in the “Fall 2006” edition of the quarterly paper newsletter… and since it’s still one of my favorites… I thought it was time to bring it back for our newer friends of Camp to enjoy. Without further ado… my recipe for Raspberry White Chocolate Almond Blondies (minus all the very dated preamble that was included in the original Smoke Signal article)… (makes 9 large or 16 small squares) 9 tablespoons (1 1/8 sticks) unsalted butter (plus a bit to butter the pan) 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ¾ teaspoon salt 1 cup packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup sliced almonds (toasted) 3/4 cup white chocolate chips 1 pint fresh raspberries Confectioners’ sugar (for dusting) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8 X 8 inch with parchment paper and butter the paper lining. In a medium sized bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add flour to mixture and mix on low speed until well incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix ½ cup of the almonds and ½ cup of the white chocolate chips into the batter. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread into pan evenly with a rubber spatula. Scatter raspberries and remaining almonds and white chocolate chips on top...

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Check it out….

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013

Looking for an excuse to come back out to Camp this year? Check out some of the new and exciting programs being offered at YMCA Camp Ockanickon this fall! http://www.ycamp.org/documents/2013FallWinterCalendarComplete.pdf

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Above and Beyond …

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013

When the summer campers leave for the summer, camp hosts a variety of special needs camps, free, for children. Many of these children come from backgrounds and circumstances that make the camp experience fresh, new, and exciting. It also makes it kind of scary. Sleeping in the outdoors, climbing a rock wall, or even just seeing a few bugs can make the experience an exposure to the unknown. In the end it makes children more confident, more outgoing, and leaves them with memories that they can carry through their toughest times. One of the very unique experiences at camp is swimming in our lakes. The cedar water is dark, the temperature is inconsistent, and offering fishing doesn’t help matters – things live in the lake. As swimming was wrapping up yesterday, one of these campers had yet to go in the water. Not only had he never been in a lake before, but he had never been swimming. Ian McCrohan, the Ockanickon Waterfront Director this summer and our overall H2O expert this week, took the extra time between periods to escort this camper through the water, into the deepest part of our lake, out to the inflatables. Not only was Ian able to get him on the trampoline, but he was trusted enough for our camper to take a plunge down the slide, into water over his head, for the first time. This week, we work with children who might not be able to make it to camp next year. For some, this may be the experience that defines their childhood, even their life. Yesterday, Ian had the chance to define that experience. Thank you...

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