Without Camp…

Posted by on May 29, 2014

Where would I be without camp? If I really think about that question, I’d have to say that my life would be so entirely different that I can’t imagine what it would be like. I obviously would not be a camp director if I had never attended Ockanickon as a boy. I wouldn’t know how to do a J-Stroke in a canoe. I would know very few of my dearest friends since I met most of them at camp. I would not have given my mom a jewelry box for Mother’s Day when I was 10 or 11 that I made out of popsicle sticks in Arts and Crafts at Spring Camp. I never would have married my wife and had 2 beautiful daughters since MaryAnn and I met as staff members here at camp. I would not have such a deep respect for the 4 Core Values had I not come to camp. I don’t know that I would be very good at making or keeping friends since I really learned how to do that at camp. I wouldn’t know how to sing “Titanic.” I wouldn’t have such a love and appreciation of nature and being outdoors. I would be much more afraid of heights had I never gone through Challenge Course Training. I would never have stepped foot on the Appalachian Trail if I hadn’t been a Ranger. I would not have woken up my father at 2 O’clock in the morning a few weeks after graduating college and announced that I was going back to camp for “one more summer” (that went over well!). I wouldn’t have friends from other continents. I wouldn’t have gained an appreciation for “helping the other fellow.” I wouldn’t have looked up to the right people or known what it is like to be looked up to. Camp has given me character, values, friends, family, love, and about a million more things that wouldn’t fit into this blog. I would have been a lesser human being had it not been for camp. May camp continue to bless its campers, staff, and family for many years to come. Summer is right around the corner! Brent Birchler Boys Camp...

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Ocky-Matolly Olympics 2014

Posted by on May 5, 2014

The snow from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has long been melted and Rio 2016 is still two years away, but here at Camp Ockanickon and Matollionequay, we are getting ready for our own Summer Olympics. The Saturday of two-week sessions at overnight camp is Special Events Day. On these days, regular programming is put on hold and replaced with a co-ed inter-camp contests that last the entire day. Both camps come together for a day of friendly competition, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The day concludes with a closing ceremony when the winning team is announced and an all camp barbeque is enjoyed by everyone at the Ockanickon Bowl. Our 2014 Session Two special events day is Ocky-Matolly Olympics. Campers will compete in international games such as bocce ball and soccer (known as football by some of our international staff), as well as more traditional camp activities-basketball, swim races, water relays, and pillow polo. Since the summer of 2013, our camp staff has kept the Olympic torch traveling around the globe. So far, our torch has made three stops in Scotland, two in Australia, one in Hawaii, and three in Philadelphia. A link to the video of the traveling torch is below. See if you can spot anyone you know! We will be posting more “Follow The Torch” posts leading up to our opening ceremony on July 5th, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on where the torch will be next. Follow Our Olympic Torch Here Of course, the only way to be a part of Ocky-Matolly Olympics is by being at camp during Session 2! If your family has not signed up yet, there’s still time to register. We hope to see you this summer as each team competes for the gold...

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