School’s Out at Camp

Hello to all of our wonderful School’s Out and School’s Out at Camp families!  YMCA Camp Ockanickon is truly blessed to have you as a part of our organization!  I have had the pleasure of meeting many of your children at Lake Stockwell Day Camp this past summer.  Seeing the continued support throughout our camp is a testament to not only the staff but to our mission!

This past Thursday we had our first School’s Out at Camp day!  Although the weather was a bit dreary, the children came in smiling and eager to take on the day!  After an awesome breakfast, served by Chef Kimmie, and some fun games in the Dining Hall, the staff made their way to Lake Stockwell Lodge where the children had fun making clay creations.  They also got to play Gaga in our covered pavilion…who said you can’t play outside in the rain?!  Then it was back to the Ocky Dining Hall for some yummy pizza!

After their belly’s (and ours too!)  were full, our Challenge Course Director Rich Rupert was able to brave the elements and safely get the kids on our giant swing…and yes, through much coaxing, I too took the challenge.  All I can say is “WOW”.  It was an experience I won’t soon forget, and the kids and staffs supportive “You can do it!” comments really gave me the encouragement needed to overcome my fears.  Everyone then proceeded back to the Dining Hall for snacks, games and more fun!

In keeping with the spirit of our mission, we would love to welcome any new families interested in attending our School’s Out at Camp days.  If you have any questions, please visit our website at, or call the main office at 609-654-8225.   Below are the School’s Out at Camp dates.  Hope to see your kids there!

School’s Out at Camp dates:

2014 dates:  11/4, 11/6-11/7,  Winter Camp – 12/27 – 12/30

2015 dates:  1/19,  2/13, 2/16  4/3,  4/6 – 4/10


Melissa DiMona

School’s Out/Lake Stockwell Day Camp Assistant Director