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Thankful for so much … including the opportunity to be part of Lake Stockwell Day Camp

By |2019-11-25T11:11:22-05:00November 25th, 2019|

By Lynn Passarella, Lake Stockwell Day Camp Director   As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s nice to reflect on what we are grateful for this year. After 10 summers here at camp, I am still thankful for Lake Stockwell Day Camp. Camp has brought me a variety of “things” that I will be forever grateful for – meeting my husband through friendships, watching my daughter grow up in the camp environment, seeing campers year after year, relationships with staff members, and everlasting summer memories.   This year I have asked Stockwell staff members, “Why are you grateful for being part of Lake [...]

When schools are closed, camp is in session! Find out about School’s Out at Camp!

By |2019-11-19T09:49:07-05:00November 19th, 2019|

By Becca Gutwirth, School Age Child Care Director When schools are closed, there’s something for everyone at School’s Out at Camp. On November 7 and 8, we welcomed 45 students, ages 5-12, from Medford, Medford Lakes, Tabernacle, Shamong, and Mount Laurel. Students started Day 1 at the Ockanickon Dining Hall with board and card games, Legos, loom bands, coloring and more. After a hearty breakfast of pancakes, potato coins, cereal, yogurt and fruit, our School’s Out staff was joined by staff from the YMCA of the Pines Outdoor Center. Before and after lunch, students rotated through three stations, getting to [...]

Don’t believe the hype … True adventure isn’t found on a comfy couch!

By |2019-11-06T16:12:28-05:00November 6th, 2019|

By Matt Foran, Director of Camp Ockanickon  A Popular Video Game Ad Entitled, “Journey Ahead” “Wake Up … Wake Up,” begins the ad for a very popular video game this season. A young male with a serious case of bed hair awakens and wanders off into a new world. The protagonist encounters challenges and trials, makes his way into a deep cave with a glinting treasure before a dragon emerges from the depths. The narrator makes a call to action – to come together, to overcome fears. It sells the idea of a journey into a new place away from [...]

At camp, developing leaders is our specialty!

By |2019-10-09T14:13:09-04:00October 9th, 2019|

by April Eyler, Matollionequay Program Coordinator Leadership. That’s a big word. Character. Another big word. At Camp Matollionequay, we instill the core values each and every day through our character and leadership development initiatives. This begins the moment a camper of any age in any village steps foot on camp. It extends to our Leadership Development Program, also known as LIT/CIT. This program introduces, develops, and fosters leadership and character development through observation, discussion, and hands-on experience with campers of all ages and has increasing responsibility throughout three summers. Within this program, the Counselors in Training learn to be high [...]

What’s behind “The Hero Is You”?

By |2019-10-02T12:05:09-04:00October 2nd, 2019|

by Matt Foran, Director of Camp Ockanickon for boys We tell Ockanickon campers, “The Hero Is You.” Why? Think about the heroes of stories. When you read or hear a story, there’s something you’re meant to understand. In fact, we believe it’s the main reason we tell stories.  You’re meant to understand that the hero is you. In your own life, it’s you who is at the center of the story.  It’s you who encounters fear and failure.  It’s you who meets allies and mentors.  It’s you who could explore, grow, and discover new potential. It’s you who could use [...]

A Top 10 list from Lake Stockwell Day Camp – 2019

By |2019-09-25T10:09:13-04:00September 25th, 2019|

By Lynn Passarella, Director of Lake Stockwell Day Camp And in the blink of an eye, 10 weeks of simple joy has come to an end. I cannot believe how fast summer 2019 came and went. I am so thankful that your camper was able to be part of Lake Stockwell Day Camp this summer. Many new friends were made and countless smiles were seen throughout each day. It is my hope that your camper completed their final session happy, more confident and independent, and full of great stories. I hope it will take a long time for the smiles [...]

A thank you to parents of Matolly campers!

By |2019-09-19T11:39:49-04:00September 19th, 2019|

Dear Camp Matollionequay Parents! As the 2019 summer has come to an end and the school year has begun, I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU.  Thank you for sharing your summer with us and for sharing your greatest gift of all – your daughter.  It is truly an honor to be a part of this wonderful community and without you, there would be no Matolly.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Throughout this summer we have shared some really special moments as a community – whether it was a musical lunch, the array of activities, the [...]

We miss our campers!

By |2019-09-18T11:14:16-04:00September 18th, 2019|

Dear Ockanickon Families,   Your sons are magical. Camp is merely a pleasant place without them. With them, it’s an arena of awesome. They leave the comforts of their couches and choose to come sleep in a 90 year-old cabin on a 4-inch mattress. Then they have the time of their lives. They turn woods into wonder and lulls into laughter. They create chants about seven-legged spiders they meet at early morning lake swims. They sing with all of their bodies and all of their voices. They expertly move objects through space. They direct a twirling tomahawk to stick in [...]

Camp has shaped me into the person I am today

By |2019-08-15T17:13:05-04:00August 15th, 2019|

By Liv Joselle Grant, Village Chief, Camp Matollionequay I am the youngest of three and I was raised by a single mother. My mother couldn’t afford much for us, but thanks to the scholarship opportunities that camp has to offer, I was able to attend Camp Matollionequay(Matolly) - the place I now call home - for many years. Growing up, I struggled with making friends at school. As a loud and energetic child, I was always told to not talk so much and sit down, but at camp, I can be myself. At camp, I learned how to develop meaningful and [...]

Let’s catch up with Chef Jason about our camp kitchens!

By |2019-08-12T14:16:05-04:00August 12th, 2019|

Greetings from the Kitchens at the YMCA of the Pines!! It’s been a while since I put the proverbial pen to paper and sent a blog post out into the world for all of our campers, friends and families to read and I thought a message was about due! I wanted to take this opportunity to catch everyone up on a few things… most of all, some of the positive and well received changes and new offerings and options coming out of our kitchens this season! Starting this summer, we have made cereal available at every meal! In addition to [...]

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