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Ancient Prime Time Television

By |2013-04-16T10:07:40-04:00April 16th, 2013|

In the 21st century, it is safe to say that when most people look at the stars, they think of science. Perhaps they are reminded of lessons that they learned in school about what causes the motion of celestial objects, or perhaps they are looking for something they heard about in the news. What we often forget; however, is that before we were able to scientifically explain astronomy, the stars were more of a cultural phenomenon than a scientific one. Before television, electricity, the printing press, or even a written language, parents of ancient times had the same monumental task [...]

April Is Here!

By |2013-04-09T10:01:34-04:00April 9th, 2013|

Last week was very exciting for all of us here at camp. We hosted the Northeast YMCA Outdoor Education Affinity Group Retreat, Spring Break Day Camp, Learn to Climb, the Moorestown Friends School Fourth Grade, and the South Jersey Law Enforcement Outdoor Challenge. We found ourselves in many different settings learning, instructing, and playing. Some things that really flapped my shutters; -          Watching so many campers get to the top of the wall when they thought they couldn’t. -          The exciting new games I learned from my friends at The New York YMCA Camps like Sonic the Hedgehog and Super [...]

A thought on summer …

By |2013-04-02T12:15:54-04:00April 2nd, 2013|

"Nobody changes at summer camp. They merly find out who they are and become it more." - Wichita (Brad Renfro), Happy Campers

All Play and No Work …

By |2013-03-19T09:16:57-04:00March 19th, 2013|

Working at camp all year, I have the privilege of saying that I play for a living. Yes, I do spend time in an office, and the work here at camp has a farther reaching and deeper impact than simply being fun. However, fun is the primary vehicle for the impact that we make, and as a result I am evaluated on my ability to have fun. This past week, many of us here at camp attended the American Camping Association Tri-State Camping Conference in Atlantic City. The convention provides three full days of workshops geared to all levels of [...]

Spring Clean-Up…

By |2013-03-12T13:28:06-04:00March 12th, 2013|

Earlier today (Monday) a large gathering of force came together at Matolly to make their way through two seasons worth of dropped needles and falling leaves. We also put a good shine to the Matolly Dining Hall, all in in preparation for the first Open House of 2013 - less than 2 weeks away. Big thanks to all of the staff and volunteers that made their way out today to help with what amounted to an incredible amount of work in just a short span of time. Happy Spring! Dave

Coach Carter

By |2013-03-05T11:42:04-05:00March 5th, 2013|

Last night while watching one of my favorite movies “Coach Carter”, with Samuel L Jackson, a quote caught my attention. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be... Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children [...]

Camp Kesem

By |2013-02-26T10:59:10-05:00February 26th, 2013|

Nearly three million children live with a parent who has cancer and many more have lost a parent to cancer. This summer, Camp Kesem will provide life-changing summer camp experiences for over 2,000 children by empowering 1,500 college student leaders at 41 chapters across the country. We are proud to announce that YMCA Camp Ockanickon has partnered with the Camp Kesem – Columbia University chapter to provide 50 children whose parents have or have had cancer with a summer camp experience. This experience is provided for children at no cost to individual families and provides children affected by a parent’s [...]


By |2013-02-19T12:17:19-05:00February 19th, 2013|

Philadelphia often feels like the farthest place one can be from camp. With the lack of trees, the tall buildings, and the millions of people that swallow one up; it does not radiate the feeling of a welcoming tight-knit community that one feels out among the trees at camp. “The outside world,” can be a place where we are not as comfortable expressing ourselves in the way we do at camp for fear of negative judgment. However,  for those of us who often lament that we are unable to be our  camp-selves outside of camp, hopefully this story provides encouragement [...]

Opportunities …

By |2013-02-12T11:12:54-05:00February 12th, 2013|

This past Saturday I took advantage of the snowy weather and took the dog for a walk around camp. Every so often I'd catch a glimpse ski tracks here or there. Now, we got some snow, as Joe's post pointed out a couple days ago - but only barely skiing weather. We still had plenty of rocks, roots, and other fun things poking up at us all along the trails. As we rounded the bend by Blueberry Hill, we found the lone skier - smiles ear to ear making his way through camp. I regret to say that I did not get his name [...]

A dirty four letter word …

By |2013-02-05T09:45:55-05:00February 5th, 2013|

A lot of times at camp as in life we're faced with challenges; new, exciting, or different. Our own self perception can dictate how we handle those challenges and whether or not we overcome them. "Whether you think you can or your can't, you're right." - Henry Ford Having a consistent, vocal support group encouraging us to face challenges and overcome adversity is important to dealing with life's challenges. However, in the end, all of our challenges come down to the way we perceive them.  I had the opportunity the hear a very intelligent, promising young instructor speak about the importance of failure and it's [...]

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