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 [...]

Why sleepaway summer camp is important

By |2018-10-09T14:22:46-04:00October 9th, 2018|

There are so many reasons why an overnight summer camp experience is beneficial in the life of a child! Author Michael Thompson even wrote a book about it - Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow. Read this interesting interview to learn about Thompson's insights into the wonders of camp. And don't forget - Early Registration for summer sleepaway camp in 2019 is open. And keep in mind - if you sign up by Oct. 31, you'll  save 5% on camps Ockanickon for boys and Matollionequay for girls.    

Make plans now for summer 2019 – (We’re already getting ready!)

By |2018-09-20T13:40:54-04:00September 20th, 2018|

  (Register early! You’ll save money, and ensure a positive, life-enhancing experience for your child) By Susan Miller When I was first hired as Director of Marketing/Communications of YMCA Camp Ockanickon back in 2015, I wondered what the full-time staff did here after summer camp ended in August. After all, the campers are gone, the counselors have returned to their non-summer lives …. what was there to do? Boy, was I in for a surprise! Not long after we wave goodbye to the last of the summer campers and staff, we dig right into planning for a whole host of [...]

Outdoor enthusiast joins year-round team at Camp!

By |2018-09-14T10:41:50-04:00September 14th, 2018|

YMCA Camp Ockanickon recently welcomed Carol Yard as the organization’s new Outdoor Center Director. She comes to the Medford camp from Asheville, NC, where she worked as the Program Director for YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. “I’ve been working and learning and growing in the outdoor education field for most of the last 20 years or so,” said Carol, who will be residing on the camp property. “I got involved with the YMCA through working at the Seattle Y’s BOLD & GOLD (Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) wilderness trips program.”  In her previous position, Carol oversaw programming, on and off-site, [...]

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