Hello dear readers... It's been a while since I've posted a cool new recipe or one from the archives... or a heartfelt editorial or a magical picture... and for that I apologize. Please know that we, in the kitchen, are all really, really busy feeding all the hungry campers at Matollionequay, Ockanickon and Lake Stockwell!! Did you know that we serve, on average, 1,400 meals per day here!?!? My crew of 10 (myself included) split between two facilities, spend our days preparing the best camp food around, serving it up fresh and hot... paying attention to special dietary needs of [...]
There is nothing more satisfying for me than to watch our summer staff come together as a team. I hire a group of individuals during the winter and spring, put them through a couple of weeks of staff orientation, and then watch the Camp Magic happen when the campers arrive. They find a team of super heroes waiting to lead them through a fun-filled session of building friendships and learning activity skills (Level 1) and life skills (Level 2). The counselors have been doing an amazing job during the first 2 sessions at Ocky and I'm really excited that things [...]
Today was a great day at Camp! Our bridge that leads from our Nature Cabin to our Archery and Air Riflery areas has been completed! Today, our Stockwell CITs were the first to "break in" our bridge. Now, what do we call this bridge? Starting tomorrow, we will be having a contest to come up with the best name! Any suggestions?
The Ocky and Matolly CIT's left Camp early this morning to visit the Fairview Lake YMCA Camp in northwestern NJ. They are meeting with their counterpart CIT's from Fairview to share what they have been learning over the past few weeks and learn how another Camp operates. It's very exciting for them to visit a different Camp and I'm sure they will be returning tomorrow morning with lots of new ideas that they will want to implement. This is a great opportunity for our CIT's to collaborate with their peers. I'm sure both Camp's CIT's will learn a lot from [...]
Happy Freaky Friday Everyone! We’re the CITs of Big House. Writing this blog in our crazy clothes (hence, Freaky Friday!), we’re excited to share what we have been doing over the past two weeks. One of the responsibilities that come with being a Matolly CIT is doing dishroom. Dishroom helps us work as a team and gives us a chance to give back to camp. This week we have been shadowing Progressive Skill where campers choose one skill that starts at a basic level and builds upward throughout the week. Skills that campers can choose from include sign language, air [...]
This morning the Matolly Rangerettes left camp to begin the first leg of a seven day journey that will take them through the Appalachian Trail and down the Delaware River. This is our first trip to leave this summer and the girls could not be more excited. Sam and Meg, their instructors, have done a wonderful job preparing the girls for a week of hiking and canoeing. In just a few short days the girls learned how to use their cooking stoves, pitch their tents, and upright a loaded canoe. In addition, the girls had to pack all of their [...]
Hi everyone! We're the Matollionequay CITs of Little House. Right now the girls in Big House are shadowing in different villages and we start shadowing on Thursday. When we shadow, we get to sleep in cabins with campers, help out the counselors and get hands-on experiences at camp. So far we are having a great time together! We are getting along very well and becoming closer friends. We've been learning how to be role models and how to take action in new situations. Our mission as CITs is to use experiential learning to grow as individuals and gain leadership skills. [...]