“I know that everyone that has gone to Matolly will get what I am about to say. 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 from the 8 years I’ve been here. From the people to the activities, to self-esteem nights, to challenge course, to the two trips I have participated in, camp had helped me to discover who I am at this moment and what kind of person I want to be.”
From a Matollionequay Ranger camper
"From my experience, Stockwell offers the basic "camp" activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, archery, etc., but also so much more. Stockwell is a place where children can be outside all day having fun and where they can truly be themselves. No matter what their interests are, they find common ground among the other campers as well as the enthusiastic staff members. Tribe skits at the end of each week allow campers to express themselves in a unique way that isn't available at other places. Camp teaches people how to better connect with each other and does so in an open, safe environment, which I believe is one of the most important aspects. All the while, Stockwell is a place where every child gets to participate in an awesome camp community that is bigger than any one age group! Our Challenge Course and similar activities provide campers with the opportunity to learn and develop the problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork skills that are used in everyday life, not just at Stockwell. Camp is a great place to interact and socialize with other children in an organized, but fun setting when for a lot of age groups (especially our older campers) school may not be the easiest place to do that."
"A Stockwell experience is so much more than the basic camp activities that you see on a brochure. It gives you an incredible environment to have fun, be yourself, and learn valuable skills that transcend the borders of camp itself. A Stockwell experience means coming home exhausted at the end of the day, but unbelievably excited to go back and do even more tomorrow. I've met most of my best friends at camp, both as a camper and a staff member, and I'll always be grateful to Stockwell for giving me a place to learn and grow in a non-traditional setting while also having fun!"
-Logan Khelil, Lake Stockwell Camp Counselor