Camp Ockanickon located in the New Jersey Pine Barrens is providing this year's Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill High School students with an overnight experience.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Camp Ockanickon Overnight Experience
Q: What type of facility is it?
A: The facility is an overnight camp in Medford, New Jersey; it has forests, trails, lakes, professionally built challenge courses, water inflatables, nature centers, outdoor and indoor sport courts, craft centers, spacious dining halls, and separate bathrooms and sleeping quarters for boys and girls. For more information you can visit the Camp Ockanickon web site.
Q: What type of supervision will there be?
A: During school hours, students will be supervised at Camp Ockanickon by their homeroom teacher and teaching assistant(s), the Y.A.L.E. staff of the five other homerooms attending, as well as Camp Ockanickon staff. After 3pm, ten Y.A.L.E. Cherry Hill staff members will take over and supervise the overnight portion of the trip.
Q: What expenses are there?
A: Students will need to bring money or pack a lunch for the next school day.
Q: My child has food allergies. How will meals be planned?
A: Camp Ockanickon staff cooks and provides all the meals. If your child has food allergies, they may pack food and snacks to bring if they can’t eat the food provided.
Q: I understand there is a registered nurse at the camp from 5:30–9:30 pm on Tuesday or Wednesday night to administer evening and bedtime medications. What do I need to provide Y.A.L.E. to make sure my child’s medication is given as prescribed?
A: The parent/guardian must complete the Consent for Administration of Prescribed Medication form for any medication to be given. In addition, by the Monday prior to the trip the medication must be delivered to Y.A.L.E. by the parent/guardian or mailed to the school. It must also be in the original container. Please note-student may not transport medication on the bus.
Q: Will morning medication be given too?
A: Morning medication will be given by the Y.A.L.E. school nurse upon return to the school as long as the appropriate documentation is completed by the parent/guardian and physician and the medication is provided in the original container. You may also choose to give your child his/her medication Wednesday or Thursday morning upon their return to Y.A.L.E. or opt for them not to have it that morning.
Q: What if he/she has a medical or mental health emergency?
A. Karen Huber, Y.A.L.E.’s clinical coordinator, will be on call for mental health emergencies. Medical emergencies will be transported to Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, NJ.
Q: My child has never slept away from home and may become fearful and anxious. Can he or she call me if this occurs?
A. All teaching staff is trained in crisis management, social skills and behavior management; consequently, staff will attempt to address students’ fears and anxiety. However, if a student would clearly benefit from a check-in with a parent or guardian, he or she will be allowed to call home a maximum of two times during the overnight.
Q: What does my child need to bring for the overnight?
- Suggested Packing List for October overnight stay:
- □ 1 pair of pants (or shorts, if desired)
- □ 1 shirt (long-sleeved or short-sleeved, school appropriate)
- □ 2 pairs of socks
- □ 2 pairs of underwear
- □ 1 pair of pajamas / sleepwear
- □ 1 sweatshirt or light jacket
- □ 1 heavy coat
- □ 1 rain coat or poncho (depending on weather forecast)
- □ 1 towel (and 1 washcloth, if desired)
- □ 1 sleeping bag or 1 set of twin-sized sheets and a blanket
- □ 1 pillow (in a pillow case)
- □ 1 toothbrush and 1 tube of toothpaste
- □ 1 bar of soap (in a ziplock bag or travel container)
- □ 1 bottle of shampoo (and conditioner, if desired)
- □ 1 pair of shower shoes or flip flops
- □ personal hygiene products (deodorant, lotion, sanitary supplies, etc.)
- □ 1 pair of extra closed-toed shoes or boots (may get wet and/or dirty)
- □ 1 flashlight or 1 battery-powered lantern (with extra batteries)
- □ water bottle (please mark with student’s name)
- □ playing cards, card games, or portable board games (optional)
- □ money or a packed lunch for Wednesday or Thursday at school (stored in Y.A.L.E. Cherry Hill refrigerator)
- □ change of clothes for Wednesday or Thursday school day
- □ plastic bag for dirty clothes
Camp Ockanickon has a strict policy of no electronic equipment.
- These include but are not limited to:
- CD/IPOD/MP3 Players
- Radios or T.V.’s
- Electronic Games
- Laptop or Handheld Computers
- Kindles or Electronic Reading Devices
- Hair Dryers, Hair Straighteners and Curling Irons
Please note: Cell Phones are allowed, but are only to be used by students for two, quick check-ins with parents/guardians at 5:00pm and 10:00pm.