Session 1 is now in Session

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014

One of my favorite camp traditions is on the first night of summer camp when Matolly girls sing a song that starts, “Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times?”  We’ve been getting ready for summer with two weeks of staff training (and months of prepping before that!) and now we’re FINALLY ready to have some fun with our campers. We’re already halfway through our first session here at overnight camp and we’ve squeezed a lot into three days. Our Matolly photographer, Diana, has been zipping around camp capturing all of the fun program campers have been taking part in.  Below are some pictures of Archery, Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Carpet Ball, and Boating. In addition to our regular program, girls are having a blast in their Progressive Skills—a one-hour-a-day week-long program that progressively teaches campers how to do something new. Our Session 1 Progressive Skills include Guitar Lessons with the boys, “Reel Girls Fish” in which campers learn how to fish, and Rangerettes in Training which teaches our girls outdoor survival skills.  Camp is also hosting Design Concepts in which campers delve deeper into art concepts and create a piece, Netball- a sport taught by our international staff,  and our camper-run newspaper, The Matolly Inquirer.  Our photographer, Diana, is also running a Photography Skill. Make sure to ask your camper what she or he has learned during their Progressive Skill and if he or she can show you their new skill.   Skills will change each session.  Our staff is already planning ideas for the next sessions including American Sign Language, Mock Trial, Improv, and Archery. We’re excited for what is left of 1st Session and the rest of the summer.  All of us at Matollionequay can’t wait to see all of our Matolly girls this summer and hope they’re as “ready for the good times” as we...

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First SPOT of the Summer!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014

Each summer some of our oldest camper’s embark on the adventure programs here at Camp known as Rangers. Our traditional Boots and Boats campers navigate the Delaware River and hikes the Appalachian Trail while our newest addition, Rocks & Rafts, will spend a week in Stover State Park whitewater rafting, climbing, and rappelling. Over the last few weeks the instructors for these programs have participated in a variety of training events. Some spent time with our challenge course staff working on their rope skills while others worked with longtime canoe instructor Art Kleinspehn to perfect their strokes on the water. All recently completed a three day Wilderness First Aid course with Ockanickon alumni and owner of True North Wilderness Survival, Erik Kulick, in which they prepared for the unexpected and refined their own back country knowledge. All of this training aside, we still strive to give our instructors and campers the safest and most expert experience we can offer as they complete these amazing experiences. One of those resources is the SPOT GPS Messenger Device. Each trip carries this device with it, which has the ability to relay messages back to camp and to signal first responders if necessary, even when out of cell phone range. This device is a redundancy to all of the professional training our instructors complete with the added benefit of allowing us to track their progress back at home. Periodically throughout their journey, parents will be updated back home with emails including the progress made by each trip. Check out the first SPOT of the summer – right here on the beach of Lake Stockwell. http://www.findmespot.com/mylocation/?id=HTKsw/39.85230N/74.78925W With close to 100 campers signed up to find adventure and inspire confidence I couldn’t be more excited to witness the amazing journey that they will all take. Happy Camping!...

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