Why do you get out of bed and go to school or work 5 days a week? Why do you volunteer for a local charity? Why do you go for a 3 mile run every day, even when it is raining outside? Why do you pull your car over when you see a turtle crossing the road and help him to the other side? Why do you pick up someone else's litter when you go for a walk in the woods? Why do we do all of the things we do every day? Sometimes we just do things without thinking [...]
The carrot, the egg, and the coffee bean A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that, as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second [...]
It's cold, rainy and there's even a little bit of snow on the ground right now at Camp Ockanickon...but we are already thinking about SUMMER! Lake Stockwell Day Camp has some pretty awesome things going on right now - even in the middle of January..... We're working on a new schedule for the summer, getting ready for our first Open House of the season (which is March 18th...come visit!), deciding where to put our BRAND NEW water park inflatable, picking out an awesome new playground and watching a sprinkler system go in at the Stockwell Landsports Field! Please stop by [...]
Time to start getting pumped up for the 2nd edition of the ABF 10K Mudrun! Last night I had the chance to meet up with Chad Mason, the creator of the 10K Mudrun at a volunteer meeting at the Above and Beyond studio. When I walked into the meeting, there was over 30 volunteers waiting to sign-up to help with this event. After the meeting, I spoke with Chad about all the new obstacles he was planning on putting together. Chad promises to have an even more extreme race course for all those mudders in 2012! Interested? Then head to http://abfmudrun.com/ [...]
I found this document in the Camp Archives many years ago. I'd like to think I work pretty hard, but I don't think I can hold a candle to some of the folks who came before me. The brick monument at the top of the Ockanickon Bowl is dedicated to the gentleman described below. I think we could all learn a thing or two from him. Enjoy. Raymond E. Bunning Accomplishments Over the 40 Years of Service to Camp Ockanickon 1937-1978 Rebuilt and recanvassed approximately 30 canoes. Designed and built 60 wooden rowboats. Designed and Constructed: Cherokee Swimming Piers [...]
Let's get one thing straight. You are not your hair - Frizzy, Smooth or Limp. You are not your feet - Colossal, Average or Tiny. You are not your thighs - Scrawny, Muscular, or Dimpled. You are not your looks. What you are is far more than the eye can see. You are your culture. You are your history. You are your quirks. You are your talents. You are your goals and accomplishments. You are your relationships. You are your spirit. And absolutely none of these things can be judged by a photograph. "DOVE"
How much fun was Colonial Cooking? We had a blast! The recipes turned out great. The groups I worked with last week made Pine Tree Schillings for my family and everyone enjoyed them so much. I'm surprised we had any left to take home as the kids ate a lot while they were here. It's interesting that we are able to replicate the same recipes used by settlers hundreds of years ago, and find that people still use them today. Most of the students were already familiar with the recipes and the ingredients. I learned a great deal about the [...]