2018 Reunion: Best Reunion Ever!

Yesterday was AWESOME!  Dare we say it was the … BEST REUNION EVER?  A big thank you to everyone who came out to party with us on Sunday.  Campers, counselors, key staff, & more!  Busses were flooded with campers from the New York area, North Jersey, and even Maryland — we were so thrilled with the turnout.  Doesn’t it feel great to be back together again?  Yesterday was so great, we can’t even IMAGINE how great Summer 2019 will be.  We only have 229 more days to wait and see and no, it’s never to early to start counting down.  We can’t wait!

Lower Camp Takeover!

It doesn’t get much better than this for lower camp! Our older campers are officially all away on their trips. Juniors and Intermediates have the run of camp. It’s a lower camp takeover! The highlight of the day was the COLOR DAYS THROWBACK THROWDOWN.  The girls and boys recreated Color Days themes from previous years and competed against each other in decorating the bunk, making a corresponding skit, and CLEAN-UP!

Senior Trips!

It’s SENIOR TRIPS time! Our 9-11th graders look forward to this day every summer and it’s finally here! Our 9th graders are on their way to New England and our 10th graders are headed to Montreal.  Curious as to what they’ll be up to? We thought so! Below are some highlights.

9th Grade Trip to New England:
-Quincy Market and Fanieul Hall
-Boston Common
-Freedom Trail
-Old Orchard Beach and Palace Playground
-Tennis Hall of Fame
-Touro Synagogue
-Brick Market Place

10th Grade Trip to Montreal
-Laser Quest
-Jet boating on the Lachine Rapids
-La Ronde Amusement Park
-Lake Placid Olympic Sport Complex
-Catherine Street

11th Grade Trip to Boston
-Newbury Street
-Boston University Tour
-Northeastern University Tour
-Tufts University Tour and Information Session
-Quincy Market
-Dinner at Fire + Ice

Tomorrow, our 7s head to the Adirondacks and our 8s head to Vermont!

Singing in the Rain (With Lisa Fayne!)

Last night after dinner and after the boys headed back to their bunks, a short but heavy rain passed over the PFC dining room just as the girls were finishing up. The counselors passed out ponchos to all for the walk down to their bunks. But instead of heading back, Lisa Fayne, wearing a PFC bucket hat, jumped up on a chair and started an all girls camp sing-along.  Soon old timers were teaching new campers all of the great camp songs of the past. The storm broke, the sun came out, but the girls camp didn’t move. They were too busy singing at the top of their lungs! It was sheer joy!  Sometimes the best times at camp come unexpectedly. All it takes is a chance to let loose.

New Camper Weekend 2018!

This weekend!  It’s finally here! New Camper Weekend 2018!

Did you know that each June we invite all new campers and their families to spend the whole weekend at camp a few short weeks before opening day? It’s a unique opportunity for campers and their families to connect with staff, meet future bunk mates and really start to feel at home in Greeley, PA. We don’t know any other camp that opens its doors the way we do, and we’re proud of it!

Attending New Camper Weekend? Here’s what you need to know:
Please arrive at camp between 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM on Saturday, June 2nd to experience your first camp lunch!  Introductions begin around 1:00 PM.  As a reminder, nights in the mountains can be quite chilly, so bring warm and comfortable clothing for the campfire and warm PJs, too! Don’t forget warm bedding or sleeping bags, and remember toiletries and towels as well. There will be free time to explore, so if you’d like to play, boat or swim as a family, bring tennis racquets, softball gloves, and bathing suits.

Follow us on social media (@pineforestcamp) for live updates and photos from what will surely be a weekend of lifelong memories in the making!

WELCOME, NEW CAMPERS!

 

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!

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!

Let the Fun Begin!

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or how you get here. It doesn’t matter what happened all school year long.  If your destination is Pine Forest Camp in Greeley, Pennsylvania today, you are in for the summer of your life.

Our 87th consecutive summer begins today and it’s going to be the best one ever.  A little rain fell this morning but by breakfast it was all sun in the mountains. Counselorsdonned their yellow staff shirts (just like the kind we wore back in the 60’s), put on their name tags and BIG SMILES! They can’t wait to meet our 2017 PFC campers.

Leave your worries at home. When you step off of that bus or out of your car, you’re going to be stepping into a summer of Pine Forest fun.

As we sing every year on opening day, “We welcome you to Pine Forest, we’re mighty glad you’re here!”

And we are. Mighty glad.

And What a Weekend It Was!

New Family Weekend is an amazing Pine Forest Camp tradition, when all first-time campers and their families are invited up to camp to spend their first weekend at PFC together! Families stay overnight in their own bunks before camp starts, and future campers participate in activities in their age group to get to know one another. It’s a sneak preview of the fun to come this summer.

Ziplining, canoeing, gaga, arts and crafts, basketball – you name it, we did it! And the weather was perfect! The day ended in the best way possible, around a campfire! There was a fantastic talent show that included dances, jokes and gymnastics. You’d never be able to tell that these campers just met that day! Mickey led everyone in a rousing 3-part round of his famous “Fish and Chips” song.  And we ended the campfire as we always do at PFC, arm-in-arm, singing  “Taps and Friends.” After the campfire, it was s’mores for all!

The next morning, families enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the Dining Hall, complete with lox, bagels and hot chocolate with whipped cream. Every new camper left that morning looking forward to the excitement yet to come (and with an exclusive, special edition new PFC long-sleeve shirt!)

We want to extend a special thank you to our outstanding staff for making New Family Weekend 2017 the best one ever! It really is all about the people! Being at PFC with new families each year reminds us that Pine Forest campers are awesome because Pine Forest families are awesome.

“WE WELCOME YOU TO PINE FOREST, WE’RE MIGHTY GLAD YOU’RE HERE!”

And now, the big show! We can’t wait to see our new campers again in 19 DAYS!