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Camper Packing Tips!

Hi Pine Forest Moms and Dads,

It’s that time of year again! Time to think packing! This is a reminder to keep it simple! Less is more. Camp is a simpler life, so don’t overdo it. What fits into a cubby and a top shelf is all that a camper needs. Everything should be able to fit into TWO duffel bags, no more!

We know the packing list may seem overwhelming at first, especially for our newest PFC families. Here are a few outside-of-the-box tips we thought we’d share.

1) Our camp colors are BLUE AND GOLD and during our Color Days events, campers are split into teams of those colors. Pack your camper with one or two items of each color (it doesn’t have to be solid). That way, your child is prepared for membership to either team! Hey, maybe throw in a cool bandana or two.

2) Your campers are never too old for pre-addressed envelopes or postcards. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and best family friends are definitely not getting that letter you promised unless it’s over-the-top easy for your camper to send. (Pre-address envelopes home too. It’s one less step for your camper to take while he or she is running to the mailbox on the way to tennis!)

3) Don’t buy expensive clothes,  jeans or bathing suits. Don’t pack twelve throw pillows. We are limiting pillows to one regular pillow and one decorative pillow.  Don’t pack anything you don’t want going in the laundry.

4) Everything packed for camp should be able to fit in the 4 shelves of a cubby and the few feet of an overhead shelf. There are also small shelves for each camper in the bathroom for toiletries. If you’re worried that your camper may STILL need more storage space, we recommend long plastic storage containers that fit under his or her bed. There are 14.5 inches between the floor and the bottom of the bed. But these extra storage boxes are usually not necessary.

5) You’ve probably heard the term “shoe bag” thrown around. At camp, shoe bags are often used to hang up on the wall and store extra “stuff” in (think flashlight, hair brush, etc.).  No, your camper doesn’t need it. But they may want it! It’s up to you!

6) Leave the electronics at home! No matter what you hear from friends about other camps, PFC parents don’t sneak them into their campers’ bags! Our parents are rule-followers, and our campers follow their parents’ lead.

As always, feel free to call the camp office with any packing questions! We’re here for you!

Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitos: Oh my!

A Note from the Health Center to our Camp Parents:

We’d like to take a moment to share our plan of action for an increased risk associated with tick, flea and mosquito bites throughout the United States. Camp has been taking steps to minimize exposure for our campers and prevent the spread of disease. In addition to the measures outlined below, camp regularly consults with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations to update our protocols.

Prevention

  • Outside lawn chemical professionals have been hired to treat all fields and field perimeters with flea and tick control as well as areas around bunks, buildings, and activity areas with flea and tick control.
  • All trails and paths at camp are treated with flea and tick control.
  • An outside professional pest control company has been contracted to regularly treat for rodents, etc.
  • Grass is cut frequently and brush is trimmed back in regularly trafficked areas.
  • Application of CDC approved bug spray throughout the day as needed for activities in wooded areas. There are also bug spray stations throughout camp.

Education and Practice

  • All counselors have training sessions on ticks and the counselor’s roles in health care, including
    • Hygiene, shower hour self-check prompting, tick checks after hikes, walks in the woods, and campfires
    • Basic tick prevention, best practices, bug and bite identification
    • Camper clothing coverage, including long pants and sleeves on hikes
    • Avoiding brushy areas, high grass and leaf litter.  Walking in the center of trails.
  • Nurse education during training
    • Tick checks, identification, removal
  • Full body checks after all hikes and walks in wooded areas.
    • A note: Nurses and counselors prompt campers to self check in and around the bathing suit area.
  • Check clothing.

Please don’t hesitate to call us with questions or concerns. We will stay vigilant!

The Health Center

Everyday is Earth Day at Camp!

Camp is many things, like making new friends, having fun at activities and learning new skills. But at its core, going to camp is a return to nature. It is a simpler life, unplugged but connected to the wonders all around us. Smell the pines! Breathe in fresh mountain air! Listen to the sound of crickets at night! Feel the warmth of the sun on your shoulders. Happy Earth Day from Greeley, PA, “Up Where the Sky Begins.”

Here’s a short Earth Day quiz, Greeley edition!

What is the Pennsylvania state flower that can be found throughout our beautiful camp, just beginning to bud during this time of year?
Answer: The Mountain Laurel

What environmentally important site is located in Milford, Pennsylvania, one of the closest towns to camp?
Answer: Grey Towers in Milford is the original 1900 site of the Yale School of Forestry Summer Camp!

Who lived at Grey Towers, Milford and is known as the “Father of American Conservation”?
Answer: Gifford Pinchot

Every summer, campers canoe the Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers. The two rivers converge in Lackawaxen Pennsylvania, a beautiful spot very close to camp. What famous American bird do campers frequently see there, soaring high above them?
Answer: The American Bald Eagle. Lackawaxen is home to 200 bald eagles!

Camp is located in Pike County, named after Zebulon Motgomery Pike. What famous mountain did he discover and where is it located?
Answer: Pike’s Peak, Colorado

Bonus Question!
Our camp was one of the first camps in American to win the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Award. Which of these things didn’t we do to earn it?
1) Change all light bulbs to LED
2) Cover the pools with special pool covers to preserve heat and lower use of energy
3) Recycle waste
4) Change from disposable dishes to reusable dishware
5) Hang underwear from the flagpole

Eighty-Eight Great Years!

1931: Herbert Hoover was President. The Empire State Building was completed. The gangster Al Capone was convicted.  Gas cost 10 cents. A brand new car sold for $640.00.

And Hughie & Selma Black started Pine Forest Camp.

This summer Pine Forest will celebrate it’s 88th consecutive season, owned and operated by Uncle Hughie and Aunt Selma’s direct descendants. Four generations of happy campers have thrived on the lakes and fields of Pine Forest.

Much has changed in that time, the styles,  the music, the technology and much more. But the most important elements of a great PFC summer stay the same, friendship, fun and adventure.

Get ready for lots of new and exciting things in 2018. And whether you are a camper, counselor or alumni, be proud of your camping heritage. 88 great years are all because of YOU!

PA and NY New Camper Weekend was AWESOME!

Bowling together at Devon Lanes outside of Philadelphia, rock climbing at Chelsea Piers in New York, it was all about making future camp friends and meeting future bunkmates! And it was awesome! What a fabulous turnout! This summer there will be plenty of first–time campers in Greeley, PA, so it’s an especially great time to start camp. In addition to campers, the weekend was a chance for some of our young counselors and veteran camp leaders to say hello and welcome. As we sing to you at camp “we’re mighty glad you’re here!”

Remember: June2-3 weekend is our overnight New Camper Weekend! Stay overnight in a bunk! Enjoy camp activities! Sit around the campfire! Make real s’mores at camp! There will be many more new friends to meet. Please call the office for more information or to RSVP.

Also coming up…

Ski Day in the Pocono on February 10th

Maryland Pool party on March 10th

Florida event coming soon!

Spoiler alert: new campers, it’s going to be the best summer ever!

Camp + Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

We can give our children many things, but as parents, we cannot give them character, independence, optimism, and enthusiasm – these are qualities that children have to discover and develop on their own. And that is the true gift of camp. Camp is a place that provides a safe environment to find adventure, friendship and ultimately to find one’s self, to find one’s true character.

At camp we often call ourselves a camp “family,” and for those summer months we really are. We are one community, relying on each other and looking out for one another. It feels like family. And at its heart, that is how Martin Luther King Jr. wanted us to look at the world around us: one family, each of us treated with respect and compassion. May the strength and love that we feel at camp send ripples to the world around us. For those of us lucky enough to go to camp, it’s our obligation to make it so.

Let us know what your kids are doing out in the world for Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Upcoming Events: Spring 2018!

Philadelphia Bowling Party!
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Devon Lanes
Devon, PA
New and prospective camper party!

Chelsea Piers Fun!
Sunday, January 21st, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Pier 62
New York, NY
New and prospective camper party!

Ski Day!
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Ski Big Bear
Lackawaxen, PA

Maryland Pool Party!
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Germantown Swim Center
Boyds, MD

New Camper Weekend!
Saturday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 3rd
at CAMP in
Greeley, PA
All new campers and their families are welcome!