Dear Camp Families,
We hope this email finds you happy, healthy and enjoying the change of seasons. The countdown to camp is on!
We are thrilled that the FDA has now authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include all camp-age children. It is our policy that all counselors, staff and campers must be fully vaccinated before camp.
In order to accommodate the ever-changing needs of our campers and staff and in response to requests, Summer 2022 ends on a Friday instead of Saturday. The last day of camp this year is Friday, August 12th, 2022. This allows staff and campers to travel home for critical back-to-school responsibilities. It also gives families the entire weekend together. Thank you for encouraging this change and for your support.
New Camper Events
Here are other dates to put on your calendar for our NEW CAMPER events :
– Philadelphia, April 2nd: Elmwood Park Zoo
– NYC Metro-area, April 3rd: Turtle Back Zoo
– Maryland, April 24th: South Germantown Recreational Park
– Florida, March 13th: Markham Park
Early Bird tuition registrations have been entered to win our lottery prize of camp tuition at its original rate ($800)! We’ll be announcing the winners around Thanksgiving. We are thankful for each and every one of you.
Warmest wishes from the mountains,
The Camp Office
Dear PFC Families,
The trouble with camp is that camp ends. Tomorrow night is the candle-lighting ceremony. Songs will be sung, good-byes will be said, and tears will be shed.
It’s hard to leave Pine Forest.
Tonight is also a time to reflect on camp friendships, fun and an unusually memorable season. And for us, it’s a time to express special gratitude to every family who shared their children’s safety and well-being with us. We hope that your children come back to you a little more independent, confident and a little happier than when they left.
On behalf of all 5 generations of our family, thank you for being a part of our 90th summer, one of the most monumental in our history. We look forward to seeing you back “Up Where the Sky Begins” in 2022 and for many years thereafter.
With heartfelt appreciation and warmest wishes from us all for a happy, healthy school year ahead.
The Black/Morin Family
Color Days 2021 has begun!
And the teams are…
Gold Autumn vs. Blue Spring
What was the surprise, or “break” to start it all?
Quiet came over the crowd at our counselor basketball game, galloping was heard in the distance. Two riders on horseback with torches trotted up girls’ loop, pointed their torches toward the upper field…then, “Cue the Music!” Two amazing floats traveled down, one with springtime flowers, the other with bales of hay and autumn leaves. In each float were counselors dressed up as baseball and football players, butterflies and scarecrows. Next stop, Mitchell Field, where a huge bonfire ignited for our 90th summer, and then a grand finale of fireworks. Awesome!
But it wasn’t over! Back at the bunk on every camper’s bed was their own team’s knee-high socks and wristbands.
Color Days lasts for 4 full days of competition with games, skits and songs all culminating in “The Sing.”
To follow every score, game, and exciting moment, we have a special page designed just for PFC’s Color Days. Keep checking it for the latest news!
Reminder: Please no visitors at camp for any reason.
P.T.B. Protect The Bubble!
Let the fun and competition begin!
Eric Morin talks flashlights with Bunk Birch!
As their auction prize award Bunk Birch chose to take some quality time in their bunk with director Eric Morin as he showed them his famous flashlight collection. Turn off the lights, get out your notebooks and pens, because it’s all you need to know about flashlights.You got your Archer 2A v3, compact, small but mighty. The Manker E12 as sleek as a stiletto and of course the rechargeable TC15. Campers were mesmerized. And intertwined with the tech talk was Eric’s story telling and jokes all about his wilderness adventures. Come back Eric! And bring the Super Mag light next time!
Junior Girls had a fun-filled week!
We are all about the lake. Canoeing, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, swimming, and climbing on the Wibits are among just a few things we enjoy. On our walk down the lake trail, we are sure to pick up a rock, spin three times, make a wish and throw it over our shoulder into Lisa’s heart-shaped pond!
Our evening activities are HUGE hit! Junior Girls joined Jaime at art for a special night making bunk plaques. Each bunk collaborated, shared ideas, and sketched plaques to represent them! We cannot wait to hang the finished products in our bunk! We also joined our Big Sisters for a fun night together singing, playing the Mostest, and making picture frames for our portraits.
This week we also took a trip to three different waterfalls! The Junior Girls hiked and enjoyed the views of the roaring waters. On the way home, we enjoyed a special treat!
We cannot wait to see what adventures are in store for our next week at camp!!!
What a week it has been, running on the field and court,
The rain came in but the fun was not cut short.
Little and big sisters gathered as one,
Making picture frames and dancing we sure did have fun.
The photo scavenger hunt had us on the run through camp,
A human pyramid led the judges to a champ.
During swim, we did relays and diving for rings,
In art, we are decorating our initial letters with strings.
Canteen is a hit after evening activity,
In STEM and music, we share our creativity.
Olympic Day is quickly approaching,
Swimming, running and jumping our counselors can’t wait to be coaching.
Our wrists feel heavy with bracelets by the ton,
So much to come with the fun in the sun.
Another great week is in the books for the senior girls! It started off strong with several girls participating in the 4th of July talent show and everyone having a blast at the carnival. Through all of this week’s rainy days, the girls had extra time to continue bonding with one another and enjoyed dodgeball, gymnastics, and crafts. One rainy night, the girls even dressed up their counselors as “dynamic duos” and made up backstories for their counselors as the counselors modeled their new hair, makeup, and wardrobe. It was awesome! Another huge evening activity hit this week was Guest Your Best where we found out some girls’ hidden talents. The senior girls are SO amazing and I can’t wait for another week of fun together!
High Senior Girls
The last 2 weeks have been AMAZING up where the sky begins for the hi-senior girls. It started with the 4th of July. Everyone got all dressed up in red, white, and blue and in full spirit for the events. The 10s woke the whole camp up with music and a golf cart and the 11s planned an amazing carnival with games and activities for the rest of camp to enjoy.
Camp is in full swing now. Hi senior girls are rocking out in their leagues, preparing for their MTV night mixes, enjoying coed lake and helping out with activities all over camp. The 10s did an amazing job last Friday night leading the campfire by singing songs and talking about camp. We can’t wait for the rest of the summer!
Bunk Cherry had a party in Bunk Apple for having the cleanest bunk in the Junior Division. Leagues are off and running and the boys’ competitive juices are flowing.
Monday Night Flag Football evening activity has proven to be a highlight each week. The boys are thoroughly enjoying the lake and are starting to explore all the opportunities to explore the water.
Upper Camp Boys:
Senior and High Senior boys are enjoying week 3 of camp here at PFC. Leagues are in full swing, cookies are being made at Cooking, trips to Blueberry island at the lake, and we had our second social of the season. Everyone is excited for Olympics starting up and the anticipation of who will be victorious is mounting. Will it be Senegal 🇸🇳, Greece 🇬🇷, Japan 🇯🇵, or New Zealand 🇳🇿?