Located on 800 acres in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. has welcomed hundreds of thousands of boys, girls and families to its community for more than a century.
Established in 1906, YMCA Camp Ockanickon was founded as a place for young men to spend their summers, and in the process, strengthen their character.
In 1937, Camp Matollionequay for Girls was added to the organization, and what was once an abandoned mill and cranberry bog hidden deep within a forest of pine, oak, cedar and laurel quickly became an intregral part of community life throughout New Jersey and the surrounding mid-Atlantic States. A day camp, Lake Stockwell, was established in 1990 and now children and youth had a multitude of summer options available to them.
Honoring the last words of the Lenape Chief for whom the camp is named- “Be plain and fair to all, as I have been”- the principal mission of YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. is to instill in young people the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
With that at its core, the camps have provided a foundation for countless lifelong friendships. They have instilled in the hearts of young men and women the courage to push beyond the familiar, and they have provided a safe place for them to integreate all the pieces of the puzzle known as growing up.