Camp Matolly, YMCA of the Pines, Rt 541 Medford, NJ
SPRING HAS COME! We welcome all to our family-friendly events! Pray to the Old Gods and Party in the Pines with wonderful Wiccans, Dancing Druids, Happy Heathens and other beautiful, Earth-centered, spiritual folk! Sit by our fire and be surrounded by the glory of Nature! Enjoy a weekend of Fellowship, Spirituality, and Laughter! There will be Cabin Camping, Workshops, Community Bonding Ritual, Music, All Meals Provided, and of course a Dance ’round the Maypole during our Main Ritual!
Experience all of this and more for as low as the great price of $50 for the WHOLE weekend, meals included, when you pre-register!
That’s $10 off the at-the-door price of $60!
But, to get that price, you MUST pre-register
and pay by May 4th
Youth 10-17 accompanied by an adult are $40 for the weekend!
Children 9 and under are always free!
Day-Only Saturday $25 for non-members
(At-the-gate Day Pass is $30)
Special ROG Member Prices
Day Pass Saturday Only: $20
NON-Members: Please go here to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCVlM0zcpRHhj6-CObGsBiI12MyvVnMT6XNmOrOCLlcF9epQ/viewform?formkey=dHRoZnFHWTU1eGJTNFF2eUxSenROZFE6MA&pli=1#gid=0
ROG Members: Please go here to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrtS_4oed4cmdCUkFciRvarMCgF7D2E-UD9Jxs3WhO6js0rA/viewform?formkey=dF9JVjZnay1iRkh2eC1GZ2pjMHlzbFE6MQ#gid=0https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dF9JVjZnay1iRkh2eC1GZ2pjMHlzbFE6MQ%23gid=0
Here’s what we have in store for our long-awaited Calan Mai weekend:
Community Bonding Ritual:
Like the Norse sumbel, but Welsh-style! The “Defod Cymuned” is Red Oak Grove’s new community ritual where we celebrate the Kindred and each other by sharing our recent accomplishments, honoring the Gods or loved ones in our lives, and perhaps even making an oath over the sacred Community Cup! Bring your favorite beverage as we toast to each other, our Ancestors, the Nature Spirits, and the Shining Gods and Goddesses!
Do you (or a friend of yours) brew Mead, Beer or Ale? Enter it in our Brew Competition and maybe take home a prize! Please bring a minimum of 3 pints of each brew to be judged. Brews will be in several categories – and then Best of Show.
Our May Day Ritual is one of the most anticipated of the year! Spring has arrived, and we welcome the return of the warm weather in this joyful ritual! Expect loud singing, dancing, and a traditional May Pole ceremony that’s a little different than you’d expect. You’ll be part of the ceremony re-enacting the why and what of the May Pole, which you’re sure to find very meaningful and incredibly fun!
We will provide all meals, including a Feast on Saturday evening. To cut down on waste and dish-washing, we request everyone to bring their own plate, bowl, cup & utensils, and wash your own stuff after meals. Thank you!
Calan Mai Cupcake Contest:
Time to welcome in the spring with whimsical, colorful, flavorful cupcakes! Show us your most adorable, most delightful, most delectable petite pastries to compete for the prize and honor of being our resident Champion Cupcake Conjurer! To enter, you MUST pre-register for the weekend, and let us know that you wish to enter the contest.
If you want to contribute food:
Aside from our cooking competitions, please remember that we will be preparing enough food to feed everyone. So if you want to bring some food to share, please remember that we hate wasting food, and we have very limited space in our coolers, so if you do bring food, make sure you bring your own way to store it. Little things like non-perishable snacks and goodies and any kind of beverages to share in-between meals are always welcomed and enjoyed!
Music around the Fire:
It’s one of our traditions to keep the energy going late into the evening with an awesome drum circle around a roaring fire! But why stop there? If you’ve got another instrument you’d like to play, please bring it along! Time to get Bardic! Let’s play, sing, dance, and maybe tell a story or two!
How we help our Nature-kin:
2020 is ROG Summer of the Bee! Starting at Calan Mai, we will be fundraising for the Honey Bee Conservancy through our next three events in honor of the nature spirits that help us make our mead! This fundraiser will wrap up right before National Bee Day on 8/18/20!
Check out the Honey Bee Conservancy here: https://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/
You can learn about the Conservancy, sign up for their newsletter, follow them on social media, and more.