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Preschoolers try out their dance moves

By |2019-07-01T15:25:48-04:00July 1st, 2019|

Today (July 1),  our Music Director Sarah visited our preschoolers at Pomona Lodge! The energetic 3- and 4-year-olds showed off their dance moves by dancing to some music.  Everyone enjoyed dancing to “I like to Move It” from the movie, Madagascar. (If you don't know this adorable song, check it out on YouTube.) Sarah also taught our youngest campers a new camp song called Chili Chili. This catchy song had every kid singing. While the kids were singing they all showed off their own special dance moves! Our music director loved dancing with our preschoolers and she is excited to [...]

Our summer staffers travel far to work at camp

By |2019-06-27T12:48:22-04:00June 27th, 2019|

YMCA of the Pines works with multiple agencies that support the J1 working visa, allowing international staff members to work in the United States. This summer at Lake Stockwell, we have 19 staff members from places all over the globe. Pictured below are our international staff members for this summer. Seeing familiar faces? Camp made such an impact on a few last summer that they returned to camp for another great summer!   Top Row: Hannah G. – Stratford, England / Will H. – Bradford, England / Nathan H. – London, England / Emily G. – Glasgow, Scotland / Brianna [...]

Core values pay off at Lake Stockwell!

By |2019-06-26T15:28:19-04:00June 26th, 2019|

by Lynn Passarella, Director of Lake Stockwell Day Camp Sarah, the leader of our Lenape Group (5th grade), has implemented a great recognition program for her tribe, known as THE DIAMOND DONUT! The Diamond Donut has been created to award the campers for demonstrating the 6 core values of YMCA of the Pines. After each period, a new camper is awarded the donut to wear on their backpack. Campers are able to nominate one another; they determine who should receive it for the following period. Here are a few of our Diamond Donut winners today: Zach Z. for Inclusion: At [...]

A Safari through the land of Lake Stockwell!

By |2019-06-25T12:12:29-04:00June 25th, 2019|

by Jess Dicken Today at Lake Stockwell day camp, our younger campers were able to adventure through our own Stockwell safari! Campers were able to meet many interesting creatures, such as the Gallanoodles, Brontonuggets, Stare-o-dactyl, Sleeposaurus, Buddyraptors, Dodgeapods, and the classic Iwannabeinthewater Rex. Campers were intrigued by the dinosaurs' unique traits and attributes. For instance, our lovely Dodgeapods are a competitive species that solve all of their life problems through the beloved game of dodgeball. Or our Stare-o-dactyl - do they ever blink? The world may never know! Our campers thoroughly enjoyed our first ever tractor ride through the Stockwell safari [...]

Diversity in our camp kitchen

By |2019-06-18T14:30:23-04:00June 18th, 2019|

by Chef Jason Ostroski, Food Service Director Can you think of any other subject on Earth that is a better metaphor to showcase diversity than food? There is an almost infinitely broad spectrum of differences and minute subtle variances in the food of cultures all over the world… country to country … state to state … city to city … all create the broader strokes of diversity. Religious influences, local ingredient availability and even family traditions can create the more subtle differences. You can imagine that every table in the world could have a uniquely diverse arrangement of food and [...]

Ockanickon in the news!

By |2019-06-10T16:39:51-04:00June 10th, 2019|

We're always so happy to share the good news about our programs here at YMCA of the Pines. South Jersey Local News published this story about the new direction at our boys camp - Camp Ockanickon. Read on - and feel free to spread the good word to your friends, family and colleagues. http://www.southjerseylocalnews.com/news/camp-ockanickon-for-boys-at-ymca-of-the-pines/article_1656e290-8b9a-11e9-b95e-3ba9ee293f93.html

Get to know Matolly’s Marlana Moore – Parent Liaison for Summer 2019

By |2019-05-31T13:42:00-04:00May 31st, 2019|

If you’re a camper or a parent of a camper who’s been to Camp Matollionequay, you’ve surely met Marlana. She’s an amazing, hard-working, versatile leader, who’s been here practically forever so she knows our organization through and through. And she knows how to get things done!  “Marlana is awesome,” says Camp Matollionequay Director Gab Ostroski. “We’re so fortunate to have her here at camp for another summer season. She’s done just about every job there is to do here – and she has a good understanding of the different age groups and how to work with our campers. This summer, [...]

Food services at YMCA of the Pines

By |2019-05-29T13:55:10-04:00May 29th, 2019|

In the kitchens at YMCA of the Pines, it is our honor to serve delicious meals to customers of all ages who visit us for a wide variety of programs and events. From day campers and overnight campers, to Family Dinner Nights and Family Camp Weekends, to Women’s Wellness retreats or a 5th grade class trip - the types of people and styles of groups we cater to is limitless! We also run cooking classes and workshops and have special visits from Santa and the Easter Bunny! In our kitchens, teamwork is essential and as part of the kitchen staff, [...]

Our feathers are so bright … the story of Camp Bright Feathers

By |2019-05-22T11:09:06-04:00May 22nd, 2019|

By Roger Houghkirk, Director of Camp Bright Feathers The Quick History of CBF In the 80’s the world started to deal with a life changing and life destroying disease called HIV/AIDS that would affect millions of lives and families. It made people scared, intolerant, and the fear of the unknown created by myths and misinformation increased the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV and AIDS. Even as we learned more about this disease as time went by, there became a need to support children who were infected and affected by HIV. In the winter of 1992, the YMCA Camp Ockanickon Board [...]

Exciting plans for Matolly 2019! Stay tuned!

By |2019-05-15T10:30:45-04:00May 15th, 2019|

An interview with Gab Ostroski, Director of Camp Matollionequay and April Eyler, Matollionequay Program Coordinator – about the new Emblem Program at Camp Matollionequay Gab and April have been huddled together, working out the details of an exciting new empowerment program. According to Gab, pictured at right, and April, the Camp Matollionequay Emblem Program has been designed to fit into the motto of our girl’s sleepaway camp, “Empowered to be Me.” “We firmly believe in the mission of Camp Matollionequay and YMCA of the Pines, and have created an Emblem Program that enhances this mission, encourages empowerment, and incorporates the [...]

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