Sep
5
Sat
Labor Day Family Camp Weekend @ YMCA of the Pines
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – Sep 7 @ 12:00 pm

Spend the end of your summer here with camp’s family and friends. Make s’mores by a campfire, enjoy comfortable cabins, have fun in the great outdoors and disconnect from interruptions! Family Camp is a great way to participate in overnight fun.

If you are interested in only attending for the day(s) (without lodging), you can register using the Single Day Registration Form below. Please print out, complete and return to our office with payment.

Family Camp for 2020 is officially… ON! However, as you may have expected, it will look a little different.

Dates & Check-In

To allow our property to be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for Family Camp Weekend following the end of our summer camp program, Family Camp Weekend will check-in Saturday September 5 rather than the typical Friday evening. Check-in will be from 9 – 11:30 AM Saturday, and Saturday lunch will be the first meal offered. Family Camp Weekend will close with a waterfront picnic on Monday September 7 at 3 PM, although families must vacate housing units by 12 noon on Monday September 7.

Families will be required to check-in outside of the Ockanickon Dining Hall and submit to a brief health screening upon arrival. During the health screening, a staff member will conduct a temperature check of all participants, and ask health questions related to out-of-state travel, exposure to folks with COVID-19, and whether anyone in the household is displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19. After the initial screening, participants will be screened daily at breakfast on Sunday and Monday as well. Further, participants shall self-monitor for the duration of the weekend and report any symptoms and/or fever, and vacate the property immediately should symptoms develop.

Accommodations

In an effort to maintain social distancing guidelines, we will only be using half of our cabins on the Ockanickon side of camp. Only one family may be assigned per cabin, and there is a minimum charge of $500 for a cabin rental. Three cabins in each village will be used, and families will be assigned a specific bathroom/shower house that will be used by a limited number of families.

Lodges will be restricted to single-family group usage: LODGE ACCOMODATIONS ARE FULL

Meals

Much like we are doing with summer camp, meals will be served family style outdoors at and around the Ockanickon Dining Hall. Families staying in a lodge will eat on the front/side porches of the Dining Hall, and families staying in cabins will eat at picnic tables setup around the bowl area in shade spots. Tables will be sanitized between meals consistent with our summer camp cleaning and operating procedures.

Saturday lunch, dinner, and evening s’mores will be provided. On Sunday, we will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening sundaes. On Monday, we will serve breakfast and a Labor Day barbeque picnic for lunch.

Program

A number of self-guided programs will be offered to allow families to access our beautiful property while having the opportunity to bond and spend some quality time together. Families will have access to our hiking trails, disc golf course ‘Ocky Acres’, fishing, outdoor basketball courts, field sports, and gaga pits. Note, due to stringent cleaning requirements, families should bring their own athletic and/or fishing gear for self-guided activities (basketball, football, soccer ball, baseball equipment, fishing poles, etc…). YMCA of the Pines will provide equipment for all activities our staff are leading.

Further, we will operate select programming daily with families being given the opportunity to schedule times to participate in offerings such as archery, hatchet throwing, arts and crafts, the climbing wall, the swamp challenge, the giant swing, and more! Finally, we will offer open boating several times during the weekend, and open swimming in the afternoons as well.

Note, the YMCA-run program activities other than the “open” periods must be scheduled in advance, and are limited to a single family group at a time to allow for proper cleaning and sanitizing of program materials and seating areas between groups.

COVID Talk & Financial Policies

As we have communicated with our summer camp families, we cannot stop COVID-19 from coming to YMCA of the Pines. Rather, we can merely implement protocols in an effort to mitigate against the spread of the virus if a carrier does come to YMCA of the Pines with it.

With that said, during these uncertain times in which things change frequently, you may register with confidence knowing that YMCA of the Pines will grant a full refund in the event you have to cancel your registration due to a confirmed or possible COVID-19 exposure, or if you or anyone in your family is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, body aches, chills, sore throat, etc…).

Should I Wear a Mask for Family Camp Weekend?

Regarding masks, please note that participants will be required to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Please bring a fitted mask (not a bandana) for each person in your family. All activities will be conducted outside such that social distancing will be possible for much of the weekend. However, when groups are interacting around the dining hall at mealtimes, during check-in, or passing by one-another on a nature hike, masks shall be donned for the safety of all participants and staff.

Registration

Registration is open at www.ycamp.org (click ‘Register’ on the top right, and then select the “Year Round Camp and Family Programs” for Family Camp Weekend). Due to the limited capacity, registrations will be accept on a first-come, first-served basis. Further, due to limited cabin availability, cabin requests will be difficult to accommodate, but we will try our best.

 

 

 

 

Sep
18
Fri
Father/Child Weekend @ YMCA of the Pines
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm

Celebrate the unique connection between father and child during an action-packed weekend at camp. Imagine the hours of canoeing, hiking, archery and climbing, capped off by an evening campfire and settling in for the night in rustic cabins. There’s no better place to connect with the great outdoors, while instilling a sense of adventure in your children. they remember this special time spend with Dad forever!

Register online at ycamp.org. Select “Individual and Family Programs”

Sep
25
Fri
Mother/Child Weekend @ YMCA of the Pines
Sep 25 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm

Here is your chance to spend true quality time in a beautiful Pine Barrens setting. Experience an adventurous weekend in the woods with your treasured child (or children) by your side. Weekend activities include hiking, boating, archery, arts & crafts, challenge course and campfires at night. Give your children the gift of time spent with Mom, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Register online at ycamp.org. Select “Individual and Family Programs”

Oct
2
Fri
Women’s Wellness Weekend @ YMCA of the Pines
Oct 2 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm

A retreat designed to help you relax, rejuvenate and restore at our beautiful 800-acre paradise in the Pines. This affordable getaway offers the chance to focus on matters of the mind, body and spirit, without the distraction of home, work and school. Enjoy traditional camp fun like hiking, boating, archery, climbing walls and ropes course along with health and wellness-focused activities such as yoga, fitness, dance and meditation. We’ll provide delicious meals, comfortable housing and enjoyable pastimes. You simply need to register, pack a bag and join us! Ages 18 and up. Check-in for dinner on Friday and check-out after breakfast on Sunday.

Register online at ycamp.org. Select “Individual and Family Programs”

Oct
5
Mon
Golf Outing @ Medford Lakes Country Club
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Our 33rd annual Golf Event is one of the major fundraisers for YMCA of the Pines. It will once again take place at the Medford Lakes Country Club. Proceeds provide scholarships to young people who normally wouldn’t be able to attend summer camp because of financial hardships. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Suzette Belz at 609-654-8225, ext. 1509 or suzette@ycamp.org for more information.

Registration at 11 am, Lunch at 11:30 am, Shotgun at 12:30 pm and Dinner at 6 pm

Contests: Hole In One ($10,000), Hole for Cash or Vacation, Closest to the Pin and Putting Contest.

 

Oct
6
Tue
Campaign Kick-Off Dinner @ Ockanickon Dining Hall, YMCA of the Pines
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us for dinner at the Ockanickon Dining Hall on October 6 at 6:00 pm as we kick off our Annual Campaign.

The Annual Campaign ensures that children, teens and families have access to our wide array of programs including summer camp, quality before- and after-school care and environmental education.

Nov
13
Fri
Coach Bingo & Auction for YMCA of the Pines @ Ocky Dining Hall
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm

Get your friends together now for this fun night!

All proceeds benefit our Summer Camp Scholarship Fund!

Doors open at 6:00 pm for the Auction Bingo starts at 7:00 pm

ADVANCE SALES ONLY
• Registration will not be taken at the door
• Tickets are only $35 pp and include 10 games of bingo (4 bingo squares per game), soda, water, coffee, and tea.
• Extra bingo cards will be available for purchase for $5 per pack of 10 cards.
• All guests must be 18 years or older.
• There are only 200 tickets available. Get your friends together now for this fun night!
• Tiebreaker: Multiple winners within the same game will have a choice of a Coach clutch/wristlet or paid price of the purse (divided by the number of winners).

For more information, please contact Suzette Belz at suzette@ycamp.org

Nov
22
Sun
Thanksgiving Pie Workshop @ YMCA of the Pines, Ocky Dining Hall
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

One of our professional chefs will teach you and your child how to make a perfect pie crust from scratch and create fresh fruit fillings. Camp will provide all ingredients and each family will leave with two delicious pies. Ages 8 and over. This is a child-friendly event, but parents are welcome to join in the fun!

Dec
5
Sat
Breakfast with Santa @ YMCA of the Pines, Ocky Dining Hall
Dec 5 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Celebrate the holiday season at YMCA of the Pines with a hearty breakfast alongside Santa and his elves and take a family photo with Santa on a rustic log bench in front of a roaring fire. Space is limited.

Register online at ycamp.org. Select “Individual and Family Programs”

 

Breakfast with Santa @ YMCA of the Pines, Ocky Dining Hall
Dec 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Celebrate the holiday season at YMCA of the Pines with a hearty breakfast alongside Santa and his elves and take a family photo with Santa on a rustic log bench in front of a roaring fire. Space is limited.

Register online at ycamp.org. Select “Individual and Family Programs”

Dec
6
Sun
Holiday Cookie Workshop @ YMCA of the Pines, Ocky Dining Hall
Dec 6 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Swapping cookies during the holiday season is an age-old tradition. Join our professional chefs and learn how to make a variety of delicious cookies that will leave your friends and family asking for more. We’ll provide all ingredients, and families will leave with about 3 dozen cookies – just in time for the holiday season! Ages 8 and over. This is a child-friendly event, but parents are welcome to join in the fun!

Register online at ycamp.org. Select “Individual and Family Programs”