… 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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The Triangle Swim…

Posted by on Aug 11, 2010

Hello Friends… There is a long standing tradition here at Camp… a competition between the Ocky Boys and the Matolly Girls. It’s a swimming event called “The Triangle Swim” and it is open to all the male and female Counselors and Village Chiefs. The big swim is held every year during the 4th session on the middle Sunday at the Ockanickon Waterfront. The swimmers start from the dock at Ocky, swim across to the dock at our Family Swim Center, over to the dock at “Tee-pee Island” and back to the Ocky Waterfront, touching the lifeguard stand as the finish line… thus creating the triangle. The trip around the lake is heavily guarded by our trained and experienced lifeguards, on the docks, in boats and on paddle boards, so every participant has a safe race. There is a plaque that gets handed back and forth between the Camps depending on wether the winner was an Ocky Boy or a Matolly Girl. The plaque will reside at the winning Camp until the next years race. This year the race was won by Cole, an Ocky Counselor (pictured below, bottom right frame, left). Second place was Katie, a Matolly Counselor (pictured below, middle) followed by another Ocky Counselor, Rob (pictured below, right). Congratulations goes out to Cole and all of the swimmers who participated!!! Until next time… Be good… Chef...

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Ocky L.I.T.'s shadowing the Kitchen Staff

Posted by on Aug 10, 2010

Hello dear Readers… This Monday & Tuesday we, in the Ockanickon Kitchen, had the pleasure of hosting the Ocky L.I.T. Boys as part of their training program. “Shadowing” is the practice of observing someone at their job to… well… see what they do and how they do it! The L.I.T.’s shadow various staff and programs around Camp to get a taste of the “behind-the-scenes” action in the hopes to give them a better understanding of what makes Camp tick. Personally, I love the program and feel it offers an opportunity for an initial connection, the first step in a relationship between departments and roles at Camp for these young men who are in the L.I.T. Program to eventually take a role at Camp themselves as a Counselor, lifeguard, etc… On that same note, it can also build empathy for the other staff around Camp as the L.I.T.’s have now spent some time in their proverbial shoes… for example, the morning spent in the Kitchen with my staff and I. They now see how hard we work to feed all those hungry mouths!! I had a an opportunity to work with the some of the L.I.T. Girls at Matolly a few years ago and I am proud to say now those very girls are some of Matolly’s bright and shining Leadership Staff and we continue to have a great relationship thanks to the introduction through the Shadowing program. So here’s to a bright future at Camp for the L.I.T.’s!!! Pictured here is the Ocky L.I.T.’s and my Ocky Kitchen Staff… In no particular order… Shane, Jake, Dom, Simon, Freddy, Kostya, Andres, Freddy (yes, there are two) and Fernando. To the L.I.T Class of 2010… Thanks for hanging out with us, offering a hand and giving us the opportunity to show you what we do! Thanks for reading! Be good… Chef...

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Mmmmmmmm… BBQ!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2010

Hello Friends… Tonight was Barbecue Night!!! The Girls from Matolly traveled down to the Ocky Amphitheater in front of the Dining Hall to join the Boys for our mouth watering, traditional BBQ. The menu included hamburgers with all the fixins’, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, and Chef Jason’s Famous Sweet and (slightly) Spicy Ribs. Along side the entrees we served up a big batch of potato salad, a tossed garden salad, chips and all the “bug juice” and water you could drink! For dessert… Popsicles!! The tasty fare was coupled with lots and lots of sing-a-longs and a few repeat-after-me songs. Afterward, the villages spread out for various evening activities including a walk across the Challenge Course Swamp Element, co-ed dodgeball and canoeing. What can i say? Another great evening here under the pine trees. Be good… Chef...

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