YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Camp Matollionequay
& Lake Stockwell

Posts made in February, 2017

Support from Medford Oddfellows!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017

Support from Medford Oddfellows!

Ken Boyle, Noble Grand of the Medford Oddfellows, recently visited YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. and presented a check in the amount of $500 to Dave Kaubin, Outdoor Center Director, of our 111-year-old camp property. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a nearly 200-year-old organization whose mission is to work in support of local communities as a way of making the world-at-large a better place. In the Medford chapter, there are fewer than 20 members, but they’re committed to making a difference in their own backyards. “We decided we wanted to support something here in our community that would benefit a lot of people” Boyle said. “The gift we’re making to the camp is really a gift to the community.” Kaubin, who is also a member of the Medford Oddfellows, said he was proud to accept the donation on behalf of camp. “The Oddfellows are really passionate about finding a need and when they do, they’re willing to step up, even if it’s something not on their radar.” While Ocky is best known for our  summer camps (Ockanickon for boys, Matollionequay for girls and co-ed Lake Stockwell Day Camp), we are also a cause-driven nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and financial assistance to hundreds of children and teens each year. In addition, Ockanickon participates in a host of specialty camps: Camp Bright Feathers for children infected by HIV/AIDS; Camp Kesem for children whose parents have or have had cancer; Camp Little Rock for children who are blind or visually impaired; and Camp Firefly, a bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one. Our CEO Mark Dibble said the donation from the Oddfellows will be put to good use. “We’re so appreciative of the support that we get from the community, and from organizations like the Oddfellows,” Mark said. “YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. is committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and for every child who attends one of our camp programs – including our specialty camps – we provide a safe, nurturing, fun-filled...

Read More »

Meet Matt Foran – our new Boys Camp Director!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017

Meet Matt Foran – our new Boys Camp Director!

YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. recently hired Matt Foran to be the new boys Overnight Camp director at our 111-year-old Medford organization. Before arriving at Ockanickon in early February, Matt had been the program director at Camp Ohiyesa, part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. He brings with him six years of experience as a camp director in both overnight and day camp programs, and he’s a licensed lifeguard instructor. Matt holds a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Michigan State, and he also taught Language Arts and Creative Writing at Deer Trail Academy in Oxford, Michigan. Matt’s Ockanickon office walls are adorned with sepia-toned photographs of former campers, camp directors and trustees, and he says he has an earnest desire to continue the proud traditions of Camp Ockanickon. “I’m coming here with a real sense that I want to uphold the standards of Ockanickon, to honor what the camp has come to mean to this community.” With his background in education, Matt believes that the summer camp experience can do wonders for children. “A lot of what we know about youth development, education, and bringing out good qualities in kids, can best happen at camp,” he said. “Take curiosity, for example. We have 800 acres of places to explore. They can try something they haven’t tried before, with mentors and role models to help along the way. And camp is great for skill-building. Whatever their skill level at something, they can get better. They just have to try, listen and then work at it.” Too often, Matt says, kids develop a fixed mindset. “A camp experience helps kids develop a growth mindset. It’s pleasurable for the brain to accomplish something that seems just out of reach; kids feel the payoff for their hard work. That’s why summer camp has been around for a long time and is valued.” Our CEO, Mark Dibble, had this to say about the organization’s newest staff member. “We’re so excited to have Matt. He brings a breadth and depth of experience; drawing on many successful years in the YMCA camping movement. Matt’s experience in the camping field is a huge asset, second only to his seemingly boundless energy and ideas. We’re very excited for him to be a part of our camp family.” “Matt and his family are a welcomed addition to our camp family. We’re so happy they’re here and he’s part of the team,” Mark added. Matt has a wife, Katya, and a son, Valor, who is 15-months-old. “My hope is to instill grit and determination in our campers,” Matt continued. “I feel so glad to be here, and I hope people in this area know how lucky they are to have a place like this in their community. I’m going to do my best to uphold the time-honored Ockanickon standards,” he...

Read More »
Contact Us