YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Camp Matollionequay
& Lake Stockwell

Posts made in August, 2016

Learn to Dance at Camp!

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016

Learn to Dance at Camp!

The talented Rancocas Valley Dance Team will host a free dance clinic on Sept. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Kids in grades K-8 are invited to spend the afternoon learning some basic moves. Parents are then invited to come from 4-4:30 p.m. to watch their children perform what they learned. A great opportunity to have some fun! Register by emailing info@ycamp.org. (Please provide the number and age of participants in the email.)

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Lessons Learned From Camp

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Matt Geurtsen and I am the trips coordinator (among other things!) here at camp. However, I will only be holding that title for a little bit longer as I will be attending George Mason University in the Fall to fill my brain with economics and data analytics. It was a difficult decision for me to make as I have absolutely loved the last six years that I have spent at camp. As I reflect back on my time here, I wanted to share what I consider to be the six most important lessons that I have learned. You will never find a better group of friends Over the last few years I have been blessed with amazing coworkers. There is something about being in a camp setting that just makes people bond on a completely different level compared to other friendships. Maybe it has something to do with going through a crazy experience together or perhaps it’s that you are always with each other and as such are always there for each other. Regardless, camp has taught me how to truly value a friendship and the caliber of character I need from my friends. As I move on, my future friends will have a high bar set for them from all of my friends here at camp. Being able to hold your friendships to the standard of our values goes a long way. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Camp gives you a place where everyone wants to go far together. Choose your attitude and your work ethic At camp, we say this all the time. Most of the things that happen to us on a daily basis are out of our control. It’s a cold hard fact. However, we are always in control of our attitudes and our work ethic. No one gets to dictate how you will handle difficult news but you. No one gets to tell you how much effort you will put into your day to day life. Only you can decide that for yourself. Once we begin to actively choose a positive mental attitude in the face of adversity and then pair that with an unbeatable work ethic, we become better people. EVERYONE has an invisible backpack There is a term we use at camp a lot called the invisible backpack. It refers to the fact that most of us walk around in our day to day lives carrying this invisible baggage. Most of the time, we will never know what someone else is going through unless we take the time to help make their backpack a little lighter. This is the key difference between empathy and sympathy. We can all be sympathetic towards someone going through a rough time. However, true help...

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