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Membership Cherokee Beach Update

By |2024-04-23T10:54:55-04:00April 17th, 2024|

Dear Members, I am excited to announce that Cherokee Beach will be open on select dates for members during the 2024 summer! Please see details on operating dates and hours, below. For members who have not experienced Cherokee Beach before, it is the waterfront on camp used by Lake Stockwell Day Camp (upper camp) during the summer and is the closest waterfront to the Stokes Road entrance with a large picnic area and bathroom facilities adjacent to the waterfront. Cherokee Beach will be open for members of YMCA of the Pines at no additional cost, and guest passes may be [...]

An Announcement from YMCA of the Pines

By |2024-01-12T13:01:14-05:00January 12th, 2024|

Dear YMCA of the Pines Community, We hope this message finds you well and enjoying the anticipation of the upcoming summer season! As we prepare for another enriching and exciting experience, we would like to share some important changes that have been carefully considered and discussed by our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) committee, which includes members of our Board, Staff, and Alum. Over the years, our camp has embraced and celebrated a variety of cultural traditions, including elements inspired by Indigenous Peoples and their many rich varied cultures. We understand and appreciate the passion and connection many campers [...]

Our COO, Greg Keresztury, becomes a CPG through Praesidium

By |2023-09-21T14:23:31-04:00September 21st, 2023|

Medford, NJ, September 21, 2023 – YMCA of the Pines announced today that Greg Keresztury has been deemed a Certified Praesidium Guardian (CPG) by Praesidium, a national leader in risk management of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations. He joins a community of professionals who have demonstrated that they are committed to creating a culture of safety through risk management and best practices in sexual abuse prevention. The CPG certification was created to recognize individuals who are dedicated to the prevention of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations. To attain certification, Greg successfully completed a robust certification process, where he became proficient [...]

How I was able to Explore, Grow and Thrive…

By |2023-08-31T10:51:29-04:00August 31st, 2023|

My name is John Henry McNamara Yonce but I like to go by ‘JH’ and I am a rising senior at Rutgers University New Brunswick. My major is political science and my dream is to someday become a politician of some sort so that I would be able to help people on a large scale. That is why I am so happy of what I was allowed to do this summer. This Summer I was given the opportunity of becoming a Business Intern at YMCA of the Pines. As someone who is an alumni from both the day camp and [...]

My Summer as the Operations Intern

By |2023-08-25T16:33:40-04:00August 25th, 2023|

By Reese Taylor This summer I was especially fortunate to gain meaningful experience working as an Operations Intern at YMCA of the Pines. Throughout my ten weeks, I had the opportunity to learn about the business management, compliance standards, and procedural systems integral to the successful operations of camp. I enjoyed helping gather applications for the Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education (SCOPE) program. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to gain practical work experience in such a positive environment.

Summer Intern & School’s Out Counselor

By |2023-03-30T12:52:35-04:00March 30th, 2023|

  By Betsy Lockett, Summer 2022 Communication Intern. From playing in an elementary school and watching little smiles grow, to bleaching toys and monitoring temperatures, to now, taking phone calls, filing papers, and writing this blog from the Welcome Center, my time spent at the YMCA of the Pines has been extraordinarily fruitful in reward, knowledge, and experience. Beginning in 2019, I worked for the Y’s School’s Out program at Cranberry Pines here in Medford. Still a kid myself, I had the chance to grow alongside my students, as they taught me patience, responsibility, adventure, creativity, and how to make [...]

Summer Camp 2022 Blog

By |2022-09-20T15:57:17-04:00September 20th, 2022|

This summer at Camp Matollionequay, we took the time to think about ways in our life that we needed to Explore and Grow, and how to Thrive in those areas. We use what we call our 6 Green Feather Qualities: Ascender, Elder, Spirit, Stargazer, Storm, and Monk. Each of these qualities represent a character value and a way to grow in life. At the beginning of each session, we introduced to the campers the qualities and their importance to camp and life outside of camp. The camper could choose either a quality that they most identify with, or one that [...]

Happy Retirement to Cindy Culotta…The Legend has Retired

By |2022-09-16T15:47:40-04:00September 16th, 2022|

How does an organization say goodbye to a part of its soul? This question may seem saccharine or hyperbolic when used in the context of an individual’s retirement, but I think it is entirely appropriate in this case. Cindy Culotta has worked here for over 23 years. And though our name and her title have both changed in the intervening years, her role did not. During those years she was always our most senior finance employee. But she has also been our cheerleader, our friend, our head of HR (much to her consternation), our most persnickety proofreader (sometimes to our [...]

My Y Story

By |2022-06-08T14:17:19-04:00June 8th, 2022|

By Kaitlyn Kennedy, Housekeeping Supervisor The YMCA of the Pines to me is a 2nd home. A place I always wanted to be and always wanted to work. The YMCA has an environment of acceptance, inclusion and the freedom to be who you are or who you want to be.  You're creative like I was? Express yourself at arts and ceramics! You're athletic and love to compete? Gaga is for you! You enjoy the calm beauty of the Pine Barrens? Fishing and nature is where you can see the environment up close and slow down. I always came back to [...]

Recent Camp News…

By |2021-11-18T18:10:32-05:00November 18th, 2021|

YMCA of the Pines Families, Because you are important to us, we want to share some recent camp news! Our Camp Ockanickon Director, Matt Foran, will be leaving our organization to take on the next step in his career. Today is Matt’s last day, as he will be moving on to work with youth from lower-income households. Matt has been a key member of our leadership team for 5 years, and was instrumental in developing the Ockanickon Character Universe (the “OCU”), our remarkable character-development program.  We recognize that many of you have formed wonderful relationships with Matt through the years. [...]

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