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Here’s WHY we have a new name – YMCA of the Pines!
Dear Friends of Camp,
We are very pleased to announce that, as of December 12, YMCA Camp Ockanickon has changed its name – to YMCA of the Pines. We believe that our new name reflects the true nature of our year-round organization that for decades has been known primarily as a summer camp.
Many people don’t realize that our reach and impact extend far beyond our popular summer camps – Ockanickon for boys, Matollionequay for girls and co-ed Lake Stockwell Day Camp. We’re proud to say that we impact the lives of children, teens and families 52 weeks a year. During non-summer months, we offer before- and after-school childcare, teen leadership, family programs, outdoor education and recreation programs, corporate teambuilding and retreats, school trips, conferences and financial aid for those in need. We’re so much more than a summer camp!
Be assured that this name change has nothing to do with a merger or a buy-out. This was an internal decision, stemming from discussions that began well over a year ago. We haven’t been taken over; we haven’t been bought out. We still have the same key team members on our staff and board of directors. We will continue to be good neighbors and to be there to meet community needs.
So what led up to the name change? In recent years, it became apparent that having the organization’s name the same as the boys camp name created confusion and limited the public’s perception of our 112-year-old nonprofit organization. While “Ockanickon” is well known in the South Jersey community and beyond, we wanted a name and a vision that is inclusive of all of our camps and departments. And while our name is changing, we aren’t changing. We’re just positioning ourselves to better serve the community. In fact, our organization’s vision statement is “a better world for all,” and we’re truly committed to that concept.
We’re very proud of the historic name Ockanickon, and we’re certain that it conjures endless happy memories for generations of campers. And Ockanickon is still the name of our boys camp, so it’s still part of who we are. But we’re confident that the name YMCA of the Pines will better represent who we are – and where we are; in the heart of the Pine Barrens. We’re excited for this change, and we hope the community will embrace our new name, too. Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to learn more about us.
Mark Dibble, CEO
& the staff of YMCA of the Pines
(formerly known as YMCA Camp Ockanickon)
We believe that our beautiful 800-acre property and our top notch year-round programs offer opportunities for relationship-building, character-strengthening and lifelong learning. Our goal is to help children, teens and families realize their potential and nurture their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development.
The three camps of YMCA of the Pines (Ockanickon for boys, Matollionequay for girls and Lake Stockwell Co-ed Day Camp) serve more than 750 children a day in the summer months, providing top quality programs in a safe, supportive environment led by professionally trained role models.
In addition, our organization runs year-round programming, providing families, schools, groups, organizations and kids the opportunity to experience our camps’ positive programming every day of the year. Before- and after-school programs serve hundreds of children in local schools. More than 15,000 school students participate in onsite Outdoor Education and recreation programs, families enjoy special retreat weekends and children benefit from an array of year-round programs designed to build confidence, character and strong relationships.
We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we work together to invest in our kids and our neighbors. That is why we work every day to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Our YMCA affiliation means we include the Y’s core values in every aspect of our programming, demonstrating the importance of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, courage and inclusion. Our experienced counselors and quality programming promote friendships, positive self-esteem and healthy development, and encourage individuality and independence.
Please look over our website and find the program that fits your needs, and of course, call us at 609-654-8225 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can assist you in any way. We look forward to you joining us at camp this year!
Our DIG (Diversity, Inclusion & Global) Vision Statement:
YMCA of the Pines is committed to welcoming all, to celebrating differences and to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion in all that we do. By creating a safe, accepting, respectful atmosphere locally, we hope to inspire campers, staff members and visitors to not only thrive and grow, but to spread this perspective globally, as they leave and go off into the world beyond camp.
We feel we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to work toward full inclusion of all people.
Learn More About Our Organization...
- History You can’t go too many places in South Jersey without running into someone who attended one of our camps in their youth. YMCA of the Pines (once known as YMCA Camp Ockanickon) was established in 1906 by the YMCAs of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Monmouth counties as a place for young men to spend their summers, and in the process, strengthen their characters.
- In The News – YMCA of the Pines (formerly known as YMCA Camp Ockanickon) News articles showcasing YMCA of the Pines (once known as YMCA Camp Ockanickon), its programs and people.
- Book A Tour Come see for yourself why so many people call YMCA of the Pines in Medford their summer home away from home!