Monthly Archives: July 2017

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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