YMCA Camp Ockanickon
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& Lake Stockwell

Posts made in December, 2016

Wilderness Discovery Series for Teens – classes

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016

Do you feel the call of the wild? Want to learn the basics before heading out on one of Camp’s Teen Adventure Trips this summer? Come join us for our outdoor adventure sessions at camp! Bring your friends (and make some here!) to explore our incredible 800 acres of nature for the day. Our instructors will teach you everything you need to know – no experience or equipment is necessary. In order to ensure that all participants receive personal attention, class sizes will be very limited – only 15 spots per course. Sign up online in early January 2017 by clicking “Register,” log-in or create an account, and then select “2017 All Other Programs” to secure your place! $5 per class or $15 for all four sessions Get Psyched to Hike March 11th         10 am to 2 pm Ages 12 to 17 A great opportunity to break in your boots! Shake off the winter blues and welcome spring by exploring our hiking trails. Learn how to properly pack your backpack, filter your own water, and even test your culinary skills by cooking your own lunch on our camping stoves! By the end of the day, you’ll be ready to hit the trails on your own. Beat the Wall! April 8th               1 pm to 4 pm Ages 12 to 17 You’ll get a brand new perspective of camp at the top of our 52-foot rock wall! Reach new heights as you conquer our famous ropes course. Our instructors will teach you basic climbing techniques and help you learn to feel comfortable in the air. You will learn how to safely spot, perform belay jobs, and use climbing equipment. Get your adrenaline pumping and challenge yourself! What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger: Outdoor Survival Skills 101 April 22nd             1 pm to 4 pm Ages 12 to 17 What a better way to celebrate Earth Day than by learning to live off the land? Try your hand at building survival shelters and fire building. Learn to navigate using a compass, filter water without equipment, and techniques for finding and trapping food in an emergency situation.  This is a great course for outdoor enthusiasts of any level! Canoe U May 6th                 1 pm to 4 pm Ages 12 to 17 Get your feet wet in the world of paddling! You’ll be a master canoe controller by the end of this course as you practice proper paddling techniques. Learn to avoid obstacles as you explore camp’s exciting “Amazon” and boat our beautiful lake. Our certified lifeguards will make sure you stay safe. Bon...

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A new director for Lake Stockwell Day Camp!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

CEO Mark Dibble announced recently that Lynn Passarella will be the new director of Lake Stockwell Day Camp. Passarella, who has been the program’s assistant director since 2011, will now oversee the operation of the co-ed summer camp program that typically accommodates about 500 kids between the ages of 3 and 15 on a daily basis during the summer months. Passarella has worked at the camp since 2010, serving in various roles including Village Chief (head counselor), Assistant School-Age Childcare Director and Camp Store Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management from Lock Haven University as well as a YMCA Team Leader Certification. “Lynn Passarella is uniquely qualified to take the helm of Lake Stockwell Day Camp,” Dibble said. “She has the program experience, the leadership experience, and her commitment to and enthusiasm for Stockwell is second to none. We’re very lucky to have her and I’m excited to see all that she accomplishes over her tenure as director.” Lake Stockwell Day Camp has been a part of Camp Ockanickon since 1990, offering swimming, boating, sports, creative arts, nature education and challenge course activities on the 800-acre wooded property. Young teen campers (ages 12-15) at Stockwell participate in the Explorers Program, where in addition to the typical camp activities, they learn teamwork, communication skills and leadership and participate in weekly field trips. Older campers (ages 14 and 15) can participate in the Leader-in-Training (LIT) and Counselor-in-Training (CIT) programs, which offer the opportunity to develop leadership abilities and life skills. Stockwell also runs a Preschool Camp; both a morning session and a full-day program for ages 3 and 4. Passarella, a Medford resident, said she is excited about the new opportunity at the camp. “Honestly, I feel like this is a dream come true,” she said. “I am excited to continue to grow the day camp program.” Passarella takes over the position from Mary Ann Birchler, who until recently held a dual role as Stockwell Director and School-Age Childcare Director for YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. Birchler will now focus full-time on the camp-run School’s Out Program, which provides before- and after-school childcare in several area schools. Dibble said that the new structure will allow Birchler to concentrate her talents on School-Age Childcare. “With MaryAnn Birchler’s shift to focus full-time on School’s Out, the program is poised to significantly increase its impact on the children and families of our community,” he said. “I’m excited to watch her grow on the successes she’s already had with the program over the past six years.” “I love working with the School’s Out kids and families and I look forward to being able to do even more,” said Birchler. “We’re already in the process of planning some fun evening family events in 2017, so stay tuned.” For information on any of the camp programs, call 609-654-8225 or email info@ycamp.org.   LYNN PASSARELLA,...

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