Welcome from the Boy’s Director
Camp Ockanickon For Boys
Hello Camp Ockanickon Parents!
I’m Matt, the camp director, and welcome to Ockanickon for Boys.
For over 110 years, Ocky has served as a trusted youth development experience for boys in the local area and beyond.
From living in cabins, to eating, singing, sweeping and cleaning together – everything we do is designed to grow more independent, curious, resilient, responsible and caring boys and young men.
My time in youth development and education has led me to believe that camp might just be the best place in the world to reach these outcomes – and I’m not the only one who thinks this way.
“I have a conviction that a few weeks spent in a well-organized summer camp may be of more value educationally than a whole year of formal school work.”
-Charles Eliot, the 21st president of Harvard University
Our 800-acre property in the pines of Medford, NJ includes multiple lakes, high adventure challenge elements as well as archery, sports, ranch and nature facilities. Campers live in age-specific villages under the guidance of our well-trained counselors.
Most of our staff members are former campers who spend their summers here as a way of giving back to a place they love. Others are selected from around the world to add a deeper cultural element to the camp experience.
Our staff members are extremely important in making camp great. The facilities, activities and programs are the tools and the blueprints they use to help boys grow, thrive and develop. This includes helping to foster friendships and serving as positive role models.
Camp tends to strengthen a camper’s sense of self as is evident by what many current and former Ocky kids say:
“At camp, I am my best self,” or “At camp, I am my real self.”
As staff members here at Ockanickon for Boys, these are the outcomes we truly cherish. But don’t get us wrong, fun happens, too. We’re certainly good at fun – we just pride ourselves on these other things!
If you have any questions or would like to chat about camp or your child, you can reach me at 609-678-1524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to meeting you at camp.
Thanks and Uphold Ocky!
Director, Camp Ockanickon
P.S. The best way to get a sense of what camp is like is to attend an Open House (April 8 and May 21, from 1 to 4 p.m.) or set up a visit. The next best way is to check us out on Facebook at Ockanickon for Boys and YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc.