YMCA Camp Ockanickon
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Boat Racks

Posted by on May 4, 2013

A huge thanks to the Haddonfield Y’s Men for coming out and building some new boat racks for Camp! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151588264785743.1073741831.558140742&type=1

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Posted by on May 1, 2013

Hi all, Last month James, Rich, and I had the opportunity to spend some time with Karl Rohnke – a legend in experiential education. I was reminded of that yesterday when the students from the North Hanover 6th Grade Class joined us at camp. Karl’s Cyclops Tag, Two-lip Traverse, Handy Games, and Cork Activities all got put to use in what ended up being one extremely fun day. Thanks again to the students from North Hanover for being so open, energetic, and eager to have fun at camp with us....

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Ancient Prime Time Television

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013

In the 21st century, it is safe to say that when most people look at the stars, they think of science. Perhaps they are reminded of lessons that they learned in school about what causes the motion of celestial objects, or perhaps they are looking for something they heard about in the news. What we often forget; however, is that before we were able to scientifically explain astronomy, the stars were more of a cultural phenomenon than a scientific one. Before television, electricity, the printing press, or even a written language, parents of ancient times had the same monumental task as parents today of trying to put their children to bed every night. Without any electronic entertainment systems, books to read bedtime stories from, or even homework to give just to kill some time, parents had to be very resourceful in the evening hours until their children fell asleep. Fortunately for them, however, they had a constantly changing picture book in the night sky from which they could create an endless number of bedtime stories. The constellations came to be from the ancients playing a giant game of connect the dots. Looking out in the night sky they might see a group of stars that they think might be a man holding a club (Orion the hunter). From that image they could then tell many stories about how Orion was so great of a hunter to the point where he is honored by being among the stars. The seasons and the way the night sky changed over the course of the year would also play into the stories. While today, we know the sky changes because of the Earth’s changing position relative to the Sun, our ancestors would make the image leaving the sky at certain points in the year a part of the story. In the case of Orion, they noticed that another constellation that looked to them like a giant scorpion (Scorpio) took Orion’s place in the sky in the summer time as if it were chasing Orion out of the sky. As a result, they came up with a myth that Orion was killed by the Scorpion in an epic battle and as a result can never share the same sky with it. The Lakota, however, saw Orion not as a man, but as a hand. Also because of the lack of scorpions in South Dakota, they would not see a giant scorpion in the sky. The point being, before the advent of written language and certain myths becoming the dominant stories of the constellations, what someone saw in the stars when they looked depended entirely on their culture and life experiences. At camp a few weeks ago, we decided to travel back in time and give a group of 4th graders a blank shot of the night sky with no stars or constellations labeled and...

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Roll Up Your Sleeves

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013

When you volunteer at Camp Ockanickon, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood. For RUYS, our Camp staff develops a task list ranging from jobs that require no specific skills to jobs that require someone with carpentry, plumbing or electrical skills. RUYS is an amazing opportunity for students looking to fulfill community service hours and companies, individuals and families who just want to make a difference and help give back. We look forward to seeing you!...

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Camp Kesem

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013

Nearly three million children live with a parent who has cancer and many more have lost a parent to cancer. This summer, Camp Kesem will provide life-changing summer camp experiences for over 2,000 children by empowering 1,500 college student leaders at 41 chapters across the country. We are proud to announce that YMCA Camp Ockanickon has partnered with the Camp Kesem – Columbia University chapter to provide 50 children whose parents have or have had cancer with a summer camp experience. This experience is provided for children at no cost to individual families and provides children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs. Camp Kesem gives kids the chance to be kids and plans a full week of engaging camp activities. There are plenty of laughs and emotional support, but Camp Kesem does not provide therapy. It is simply a chance for kids have as much fun as possible and connect with friends to last a lifetime. This summer, YMCA Camp Ockanickon and Camp Kesem Columbia will come together among the pines of Camp Matollionequay for one full week dedicated to giving these campers a transformative camp experience. The YMCA Camp Ockanickon team will provide healthy meals, fun activities, and guidance as Camp Kesem and their student leaders channel their passion for making a difference by creating an enjoyable and unforgettable experience for these deserving campers. Click here to support YMCA Camp Ockanickon and Camp Kesem Columbia this summer. Thank you,...

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