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Meet Our Lead Camp Nurse, Paul!

By |2019-04-03T14:13:44-04:00April 3rd, 2019|

Welcome Paul Stewart - the new Lead Nurse for YMCA of the Pines! Paul is originally from Medford, and has lived in Marlton for the past 5 years. He has many years of experience right here at our camps. He is well known to the camp community as “Nurse Paul," having worked at many of our summer and year-round programs. In addition to being a nurse, he has been a camper, counselor, School's Out site supervisor and nature director. Paul has also been working in the Virtua Emergency Departments locally since 2007 and has formed a relationship with Virtua for [...]

I Want To Linger…

By |2019-02-15T16:51:34-04:00February 15th, 2019|

By MaryAnn Birchler, School Age Child Care Director Mmmm I want to linger. Mmmm a little longer. Mmmm a little longer with you. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. It’s such a perfect night. Mmmm it doesn’t see quite right. Mmmm that it should be my last with you. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. And come September, mmmm, I will remember, mmmm, Matollionequay so true. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. And as the years go by, mmmm, I’ll think of you and sigh, mmmm, this is goodnight but not goodbye. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. I want to linger, mmmm, a little longer, mmmm, a little longer with you. [...]

Good stewards of the Pines

By |2019-02-06T16:21:47-04:00February 6th, 2019|

by Greg Keresztury, Director of Operations Stewardship at YMCA of the Pines I wanted to update those who follow the happenings at YMCA of the Pines on a large project that we undertook over a year and a half ago that came to fruition this past August.  As an organization, we have a duty not only to the thousands of campers and families whom we serve each year, but also to the grounds upon which our organization sits.  As you know, YMCA of the Pines’ physical location sits upon 800 acres of forest in Medford and Shamong Townships here in [...]

The historical and operational perspective behind our name

By |2018-12-13T14:56:11-04:00December 13th, 2018|

By Greg Keresztury, Director of Operations Over the next few months you’ll learn more about our organization and our umbrella name change.  Our CEO gave some of his thoughts on Tuesday, which you can read about here. Below, I’ve shared my thoughts on both the historical and operational perspective behind the change. When you’re standing in the parking lot outside the “Ockanick-Inn” Dining Hall at the property located at 1303 Stokes Road, Medford, where are you?  We have been wrestling with this question for some time now, as the parent name of our organization appears on the property in zero [...]

Introducing our new name …. YMCA of the Pines!

By |2018-12-11T17:04:02-04:00December 11th, 2018|

By Mark Dibble, CEO – YMCA of the Pines "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." ~Juliet to Romeo It is just as true today as when Shakespeare penned it 400 years ago. Our name is not what defines us. The character of our organization defines us. Our name has changed but our people have not, our ideals have not, our history has not. On December 12, 2018, we start operating as YMCA of the Pines. On December 13, 2018 we are not one day old, we are 112 [...]

A Thanksgiving message – with family in mind

By |2018-11-20T11:52:36-04:00November 20th, 2018|

By Lynn Passarella, Director of Lake Stockwell Day Camp Family – a simple word that has so much meaning behind it. When thinking about Lake Stockwell Day Camp, I think about the bond that is created each summer. Whether it is camper to camper, camper to staff member or staff member to staff member, we all value the relationships we have built. Camp is truly my home-away-from-home. It’s a place where I don’t have to “try” and fit in because I am already accepted for who I am. It’s a place where I can laugh and be silly. It’s a [...]

Daily reflection around a candle

By |2018-11-19T13:24:22-04:00November 19th, 2018|

By Gabrielle Ostroski, Director of Camp Matollionequay It’s 7:45 pm on a Monday night and the day is winding down.  It’s time to put PJ’s on, brush teeth and get ready for bed. We sit down in a circle with a candle in the middle. Tonight’s topic is “What is your rose and thorn of the day?” We go around the circle and as each person is speaking, everyone else is present. Still. Listening. Giving that person their full attention. It’s an opportunity to share and be vulnerable. To hear how that person’s day was. It just so happened that [...]

GOLD Trip is a life-changer for camper Ke’Shauna

By |2018-11-15T16:21:01-04:00November 15th, 2018|

by Susan Miller, Director of Marketing We say it a lot - and we really mean it .... camp changes lives for the better. There are so many examples we could share, and the article below highlights a great one. It all came about when Kelsey Henry, our Teen Program Coordinator, was interviewed by the YMCA of the Rockies about her work with the BOLD & GOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) program, and she shared a story from this past summer. The timing of this article is poignantly bittersweet. as Kelsey is set to leave [...]

How a counselor made a difference in the lives of his campers

By |2018-10-16T09:59:55-04:00October 16th, 2018|

by Cate Wobbe, Assistant Director, Lake Stockwell Day Camp I have been a member of the Stockwell family since 2012. In all of this time, I have seen firsthand that part of what makes camp so special is the relationships that people form while they are here. Everyone finds a connection with someone while they are at camp. I especially observe how strong these relationships are during the last few weeks of camp. I see tears as campers say goodbye to their new friends, as staff says goodbye to each other, and as staff members say goodbye to the campers [...]

The things we tell ourselves…

By |2018-10-10T13:34:24-04:00October 10th, 2018|

by Gabrielle Ostroski, Director, Camp Matollionequay “How can I write a blog when I’m not a writer?” I ask myself.  “Who wants to hear what I have to say?”  Sometimes we convince ourselves that we are not good enough.  Which got me thinking …  “Maybe I am a writer. I do have a message to share.”  I have been pondering a lot lately about the things we choose to tell ourselves. Not too long ago, before the summer, my daughter was tasked with learning to tie her shoe laces for school. She had been avoiding this for a while now [...]

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