Monthly Archives: July 2017

What’s happening at Camp Matolly this summer? Find out here!

By | July 28th, 2017|

Session 5 at Matolly has begun!  For those in the know, Session 5 is one of our most exciting sessions, as it is #ColorWars!  After the #BlackTeam scored a decisive win in 2016, the #RedTeam will look to rebound in 2017.  This is also a great time to check-in on some of the changes we made at Camp Matollionequay for the 2017 Summer in response to our camper feedback efforts from the fall of 2016.  This is the third in a series of blog posts in which I highlight some of our changes for this summer.  Check back next week [...]

Testimonials about camp!

By | July 24th, 2017|

Here’s what some of our campers have to say about us:   (From the journal of a Matolly Ranger): “I think the greatest thing about camp is that it brings out the best in people; I know it does for me. Because in the real world, we all put up massive barriers and try to act tough (or tuff), but as soon as I get to camp, it (the barrier) crumbles. Everyone at camp is so welcoming, friendly and courageous. We all just really love and support each other. I can’t tell you how many lifelong friends I have made [...]

Middle of summer Lake Stockwell update

By | July 24th, 2017|

By Greg Keresztury, Director of Operations We are in Session 5 at Lake Stockwell Day Camp, and this feels like a great time at the mid-way point of the summer to check-in on some of the changes we made at Stockwell for the 2017 Summer in response to our camper feedback efforts from the fall of 2016.  This is the second in a series of blog posts in which I highlight some of our changes for this summer.  Check back next week for a Matolly-specific blog post. So what is new at Stockwell? The Lake Stockwell Day Camp experience is [...]

Food, glorious, food! Here’s what’s new at our Dining Halls.

By | July 24th, 2017|

By Greg Keresztury, Director of Operations In the fall, we undertook an extensive camper/guardian feedback effort to help us improve the camp experience for our campers at each of our camps: Ockanickon (sleepaway camp for boys), Matollionequay (sleepaway camp for girls) and Lake Stockwell Day Camp (coed).  We surveyed parents/guardians of returning campers through Seer Analytics, LLC so we could measure our camp programs against average scores from other YMCA camps all around the country.  We also surveyed guardians of campers who did not return in 2016 to find out why, and we conducted focus groups involving camper guardians and [...]

Prepping for a Rangers trip …. not your typical vacation!

By | July 21st, 2017|

By Susan Miller, Director of Marketing/Communications Here’s what it’s like to prepare for most typical, modern-day, week-long vacations: We assemble a variety of comfy and dressy clothes in neat piles, making sure we have the right shoes to go with our outfits. We grab an extra suitcase if we’re feeling indulgent. We stash our credit cards and extra cash and plan to splurge on meals and such. We pack the bare essentials for grooming and beautifying; safely assuming that our climate-controlled hotel will provide the basic necessities like soap, shampoo, towels, hair dryers along with clean bathrooms, beds with soft [...]

Here’s what’s great about being a Matolly camper!

By | July 21st, 2017|

    Camille Aguilar is the quintessential camp girl. She's been a Matolly camper for years and now she's our head lifeguard at Cherokee Beach and she also works at our Challenge Course. Earlier this spring, Camille helped with our marketing effort.  She recently wrote the following, sharing her feelings about Matollionequay: From ages 6 to 16, girls have the opportunity to be a part of something special at Camp Matollionequay. Beyond the adventures Matolly girls have playing Gaga, Egyptian Ratscrew, climbing towers at challenge course, zip-lining, hiking, woodworking, dancing, singing, making s’mores, and more every day at camp; there [...]

Our LITS help out at the Food Bank of South Jersey

By | July 14th, 2017|

By Susan Miller Director of Marketing/Communications July 14, 2017 This week, 19 boys and girls, members of Camp Ockanickon and Camp Matollionequay’s Leaders-in-Training program, went to the Food Bank of South Jersey and helped assemble enough meals to feed 3,500 children struggling with food insecurity in the counties of Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Salem. The Food Bank’s Summer Meals program provides kids with free breakfast, lunch and snacks on a daily basis during the 10 weeks when schools are not in session. According to the Food Bank, the summer months are often a vulnerable time, food quantity-wise and nutritionally, for [...]

Camp chef designs commemorative pins for Matolly campers

By | July 11th, 2017|

By Jason Ostroski (Food Service Director – and husband of Gab Ostroski, the Director of Camp Matollionequay) Some of you may know, I'm a pin addict. I have a constantly growing collection of unique pins from all sorts of great artists, collectives and some basics like the Zoo or local sports teams. Well, I finally got the chance, through my amazing job, to design and see through to completion, a set of 25 different pins! I have worked this summer camp (YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc.) for the last 22 years and through my obsession, we have created a Recognition program [...]

What do we do at Camp during the week of the 4th of July?

By | July 11th, 2017|

This is a question that we hear a lot from inquiring parents/guardians who are trying to decide which session(s) their camper(s) will be attending. The short answer is – we still run camp! Traditional camp fun doesn’t stop or slow down just because there is a holiday. However, we would be committing camp malpractice if we didn’t weave the holiday into our camp session in some way!   At our overnight camps (Ockanickon for boys, and Matollionequay for girls), the camps came together for a night of festive fun which began with an outdoor, all-camp cookout barbeque at the Ockanickon [...]

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