Welcome from the Director of Camp Matollionequay for Girls!
Hello Matolly Parents!
My name is Gabrielle Ostroski and I am the Camp Matollionequay Director. If this is your first camping experience with us this summer, welcome to the Camp Matollionequay family! If you are joining us again, welcome back! I am so incredibly thankful for our community.
I wanted to introduce myself and share my own story with you, as you are entrusting me and my staff with your precious child. I am so grateful and appreciative of this honor.
Originally from Australia, my journey to Camp Ockanickon began in the year 2000 when I decided that I wanted to experience summer camp in America. After seeing many advertisements in newspapers and on bulletin boards at my university, I decided that 2000 would be the year that I was actually going to the U.S.A.! After a very tedious application and interview process back home, I got the call from the agency one day while at work saying, “You are going to YMCA Camp Ockanickon in Medford, N.J.!” I was so excited that my dream of going to America to experience summer camp was about to become a reality. That summer, I was a counselor in Oneida Village and worked with the boating staff. I had an amazing experience and was sad to leave. I went back home and in January the following year I received a phone call from the camp asking if I was interested in returning to spend another summer there. I knew I just had to come back! Since then I have held many positions such as a Village Chief, CIT/LIT Director, Assistant Director and in 2004 became the Matollionequay Director. Needless to say, what was supposed to be a one-time experience, continued on – leading eventually to a proposal in a canoe, a wedding on the property, a beautiful daughter and a journey that continues all these years later.
One of the things that I loved about camp initially was the invitation to just be yourself and accepted for who you are. Walking into an environment, not knowing a single person but immediately feeling at home was a great feeling. Being able to embrace and nourish all the different qualities in each other was so empowering. I knew the world needed more of that and I wanted to be a part of it. Becoming a parent and watching my daughter grow up at camp has also given me a new perspective. It’s important for children to have role models in their life and feel like they are a part of a community. What I knew to be true before, I believe even more now. Kids need camp. A safe environment away from home, in a supervised setting, where children can learn how to interact and live with others their own age. They get to learn about themselves and push their own personal limits. There is no technology, it’s all about being outside and playing together. Building friendships and making memories and most importantly, being encouraged to be YOU. I believe that learning to love our true selves and feeling good about who we are empowers us as individuals. And when we are our true selves, there is a happiness that shines through that is more often than not, contagious. How awesome is that?! So here I am, very thankful and blessed to have met so many amazing campers and staff who have not only impacted my life, but also each other’s. I want to continue to help others see their beauty inside and embrace their imperfectly perfect selves. To know and feel that YOU ARE ENOUGH.
As the countdown to summer has begun, we are working hard to make sure we give your child the best possible experience. At Camp Matollionequay, community and values are important. We strive for Courage, Love, Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility, Peace, Perseverance, Empathy and Wonder.
If there is anything that you feel we need to know about your daughter prior to her arrival that would help to set her up for success while she is with us, please feel free to reach out to me by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, 609-654-8225 ext. 1523.
See you this summer!
Camp Matollionequay Director
Parents Say Hello to Confidence
Thank you for your interest in Camp Ockanickon for Boys and Camp Matollionequay for Girls. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to partner with parents to inspire kids to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 609-654-8225 or email at email@example.com if you need additional information.
“My daughter feels a sense of belonging and care at Matolly that is rare. She calls it her second home and thrives while in camp. Her self-confidence and independence is increased every year she attends!”
- Parent of Matollionequay camper
Our Open Houses for 2019 Summer Camp are scheduled (see our homepage for dates) and we are excited. Please contact one of our camp directors for more information about anything involving summer camp. Open Houses are great opportunities to meet our staff, tour our facility and enjoy some of our activities. As an added bonus, if you are a first-time camper with us, you receive a $50 discount per camper for registering at any of the Open Houses.
Your child’s safety and health is our primary concern. We have on-staff nurses who reside on the property and an on-call doctor. We have lifeguards on duty for all aquatic activities and staff members trained in CPR/First Aid. In the unlikely event of an emergency, we are located a short distance from major hospitals.
We believe it is important for you to share in your child’s experiences so we have many ways to keep in touch with camp. We maintain a summer blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, a daily email service and we post camp pictures every day to Bunk1.
Facilities and Lodging
Campers are separated into two camps by gender, Camp Ockanickon for Boys and Camp Matollionequay for Girls. We believe the single gender nature of our camps is vitally important and enhances the experience for boys and girls alike. Each camp has its own facilities, including program areas, trails, lake, dining hall, meeting places, nature center, challenge courses and cabins. In keeping with the natural beauty of our area, our cabins are rustic, wooden buildings, served by centrally located modern bathrooms. Each camp is located on approximately 400 acres in the beautiful Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey.
Traditional camp cuisine is served family style in our dining halls. We believe that eating as a family group is beneficial to youngsters as they learn to share, learn to communicate and everyone participates in helping either serve the meal or assists in cleaning up. Our healthy and delicious menu includes a main entrée plus cereal, fruit and yogurt selections in the morning and a salad bar at lunch and dinner to complement the main course, as well as vegetarian options at every meal. Our friendly, professional food service staff will work to accommodate special dietary needs as well.
American Camp Association Accreditation
We are proud to have our camps accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). This means that we care enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of our operation- from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.
YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. strives to serve all people, regardless of their ability to pay. Our camps have a tiered pricing system designed to make camp affordable and accessible. You may choose from any tier of pricing for camp. All children will receive the same camp experience and your chosen level will remain confidential. In the event you need additional assistance, scholarships are available.