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… and the winner is…

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014

Hello all… Our Fruit Tray competition has come to a conclusion here at Camp between the Ockanickon Kitchen Staff and the Matollionequay Kitchen Staff and the winner is… The Ockanickon Kitchen Staff’s “Indian Chief” display!!!   The senior Kitchen Staff and I narrowed down the 5 daily trays last week to one finalist from each kitchen and let YOU pick the winner by “Liking” the photos on our Facebook page. I let the voting run from the initial posting on Saturday until midnight Tuesday and by a slim 136 to 117 count the stately Indian Chief won over the beautiful Butterfly. It was rather difficult for myself and the other Chefs to narrow down the selections because they were all very creative and well thought out by each team. Some of the criteria we used to select the finalists included… 1… The amount of fruit used. We have A LOT of hungry boys and girls here at Camp and the display had to not only be fun and creative but also serve everyone!! 2… Creativity. The interesting use of the size and shape of the various fruits, the use of the assorted colors of the fruits and the theme and overall final look of the tray all played a part in the creativity. 3… Following my guidelines for the contest. All parts of the tray must be edible (or have the edible parts still attached to the rind… no use of solely inedible parts) and no skewers, toothpicks or other assorted inedible tools to make a desired effect. 4… The “WOW” factor. What got me the most when I was selecting the ones I liked the best were the positive comments I was hearing from the Campers and Staff who were enjoying these awesome fruit displays all week!! The ones that had the most people talking about them got a boost! I will say, the Kitchen Staff did have some fun with this friendly competition… and we’ll be trying another very soon. The next contest will involve taste instead of a visual display so if you want to have fun along with us, you’ll have to be here at Camp!! Pictures say a thousand words but unfortunately they don’t taste very good. For all the staff who participated in the competition, with much thanks to Rich Rupert and his staff, I have arranged a fun afternoon on our own Challenge Course here at Camp… and the winning team at Ockanickon get a VERY special and exclusive Challenge Course treat… The Night Zip… where we go high up above the tree tops on our Matollionequay Zip Line at night!! Thanks for reading about this little behind the scenes fun we’ve been having in the Kitchens at Ocky and Matolly… and thanks to those of you who voted on Facebook!! Be good… Chef Jason & Chef Kimmie P.S… By the way…...

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A little friendly competition in the Kitchen…

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014

Hello all!! What started as some of our Kitchen Staff being a little creative and having fun with designs on our morning fruit tray for the campers, has now turned into a little friendly competition between the Ocky Kitchen Staff and the Matolly Kitchen Staff. Pictured below is an example of what I’m talking about… That is a fish made out of honeydew and cantaloupe melons with a dried cranberry for an eye. (This tray was from about a week ago and not in the contest.) So here are the rules and the way the contest will be judged… #1… The ENTIRE tray must be made of edible fruit. No toothpicks or skewers like you might see in one of those “Edible Arrangements”. Rinds of fruit are acceptable but only if the flesh of the fruit is still attached to it, like a slice of watermelon might have. #2… It must be 100% fruit… no vegetables or anything else. And that’s about it. Pretty simple rules. I took 2 elected team members to a local produce place and gave them a very small budget to buy a few unique items of their choosing for their teams. I also surprised them with a few other items that they can use, aside from out typical selection. The contest will run from this Tuesday morning’s fruit display until Saturday… having 5 displays done by each team. Those 5 trays will be judged by myself and our 3 other Chefs who will whittle down the entries to one finalist from each team. Over the coming weekend I will post pictures of the two fruit displays on Facebook and it will be up to YOU… our friends, families, campers and alumni… to vote with “Likes” on which fruit display you like the best. The winning team will get a surprise. The actual real winners are the campers who are being treated to some really awesome, fun and fully edible fruit trays in the mornings here at Camp!! And I can tell you that the Kitchen Staff themselves are also already winners for participating with such excitement and creativity here each day and hearing the praises for their work from everyone around Camp. We are keeping all the pictures secret until the weekend so stay tuned!! We can’t wait for you all to see the amazing and fun work our crews are doing!! Be good… Chef Jason & Chef Kimmie P.S… And don’t worry, we’ll probably end up posting ALL the photos of every entry after the contest is over so you can even see the ones we didn’t choose for the...

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A father's letter

Posted by on Aug 3, 2013

I came across this awesome letter the other day from a father to his daughter. Helps put in perspective why camp is pretty amazing. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-shamberg/open-letter-to-my-daughte_b_3600125.html

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Three Days

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013

After waiting through a long, anticipation-filled year, Color War is right around the corner.  There are only three days until the third annual fight between the reining champions, The Red Team, and the mighty underdogs, The Black Team.  Earlier today, Matolly captains rode in on horseback to deliver their opening speeches, and invite campers to join their teams, not just for this summer, but for every summer after.  Kelsey Henry, Black Team Captain, will keep her title for another year with nothing but victory on her mind  On the Red Team, Aly Brenner, will pass on the torch to the next deserving captain during Friday night’s opening ceremonies. Both teams already have tons of enthusiasm, and the energy is steadily building.  Tomorrow, campers will decide what activity they would like to participate in on Saturday in hopes to bring home the glory for their team.  Events to choose from include: soccer, basketball, pillo-polo, logic, swimming, skit/banner, carpetball, and the hunt.  We cannot wait to unite with Ocky to compete together in the third annual Color War! -Taylor Knowles and June Freifelder, Algonquin...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2013

I started to go to camp when I was 5 years old at the rec center in town. I really do not remember those summers but I do remember being homesick for some of the other years I went to camp. As I have gotten older, I have been able to understand why kids (and even sometimes adults) become homesick. I was recently reading an article centered around homesickness and it listed out some great tips for parents to help their children and there children’s counselors combat homesickness. Before Camp Begins: •Avoid committing to a “Pick Up Deal.” We find that when families promise their children, “If you miss home, we’ll pick you up,” the chances of homesickness actually increase because this commitment undermines the camper’s confidence. As a parent, you will always be able to pick up your child at any time. However, with this fallback in mind, campers become preoccupied with the idea of coming home, possibly missing out on all the wonderful activities and friendships here at camp. •Encourage your camper to talk to other children who have been to camp. A peer’s experience is often more relatable than that of an adult. •Have your child practice spending time away from home before camp begins. A good start is to have your child stay overnight at a house with which he/she is somewhat familiar, like a relative’s or best friend’s house. •The cornerstone of homesickness prevention is the family’s outlook. We suggest expressing confidence, optimism, and a positive attitude about camp to your children. Your children look up to you and will role model the tone you set. •Have your child contact us with a list of any questions! Giving your child the autonomy to ask for help, will give them the self-confidence to be away from home as well as the assurance that we’re here to support them. While at Camp: •When writing to your camper, avoid focusing on how much you miss him/her. Simply saying, “We miss you but hope you’re having lots of fun,” is a great way to express both confidence and affection. However, writing an entire letter focusing on how sad you are without your child can cause feelings of helplessness or even guilt. •Avoid communicating bad news that your child can do nothing about. Even something as seemingly simple as the unfortunate passing of a pet goldfish could make a child feel helpless and intensify homesickness. In the event of an emergency, we encourage you to call us here at camp. •When writing to your camper, focus on camp! Ask a lot of questions about what’s going on here – who are his/her friends, what’s his/her favorite activity, what’s the daily schedule, who are the counselors, how’s the cabin, etc. •If your child writes home to say he/she is homesick, avoid talking about anything at home he/she might really miss....

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