Our History

history-ockanickonLocated 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.

history-matollionequayIn 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.

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