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Divisional News – Week 2

Senior Boys

The second week was as enjoyable as the first! July 4th was a booming success. The kids loved the fireworks, inflatables, and delicious holiday-themed menu. The intermediates also stole the fourth of July talent show with some incredible acts. The best part of their day is still evening activity. The highlight of the week was the “Auction” where some great prizes were awarded thanks to the cleanliness of all the bunks (they truly do a great job cleaning). Some prizes include getting ice cream sandwiches with Hal or getting a golf cart ride down the looooong lake trail. Can’t wait for all the great days ahead!

Senior Girls

Week 2 began with fun July 4th celebrations! The day started with a lake luau! The afternoon included a carnival, pool time, and inflatable slides! The day ended with an outstanding talent show and a beautiful fireworks show! During the week, our senior 8 girls started planning the Pine Forest Banquet! They even picked a theme! The favorite evening activity this week was capture the flag! The 7s were in blue and the 8s were in black! It was a capture the flag game across all of camp! See the pictures below! They had the best spirit! The days are filled with football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball leagues. Most days include choice! Cooking, dance, spin, and gymnastics are among the favorites! On Friday night, we had an all girls campfire with delicious s’mores!

Friday Night Feels

The stars shine bright here at PFC but not as bright as the people. And you can see and feel it at our weekly all girls’ camp campfires.

You can hear the singing throughout camp , all the way up to Lauri field and down to Milligan Trail. “High in the Mountains” sends a special sense of peace and calmness to all who listen.

The first Friday night we placed the 2021 log in the 2022 fire and we will do say again next year, keeping the flame burning from one season to the next, from campfires way back and into the future. Campers young and old talked about what makes a good friend. Camp friends truly are special.

From the edge of Mitchell Field, under the stars and the pines, we send the warmth and glow of our campfire out into the world and to you.

Red, White, Blue and Gold!

July 4th is one of the best days at camp, so we woke up to pure excitement today! Our 10s came through each bunk decked out in red, white and blue and they paraded around camp with whistles and bullhorns in their decorated golf carts!

We walked into the dining room to find the entire place decorated with red, white and blue balloons and streamers. For breakfast, we had french toast with strawberries (red), whipped cream (white), and blueberries (blue) and fresh, camp-made doughnuts – a true PFC tradition!

We did lunch the only way we know how to on the 4th: a special meal complete with foot-long hot dogs!

This afternoon, we had an awesome carnival come to camp! It was complete with an inflatable obstacle course and massive inflatable waterslides!

The highlight of 4th of July at camp are the best fireworks display in Pike County over Mitchell Field. We always hear from alumni that July 4th reminds them of their cherished time in Greeley. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy birthday, America!

Divisional News – Week 1

Junior Boys

Junior Boys in the past week have been exploring a whole new world of activities. From climbing on the ropes tower to building fires at outdoor rec. At night we had an auction where the bunks won a variety of prizes from a golf cart ride to the lake, to a party in bunk apple. It’s been an amazing adventure the last week with many more adventures to come.
Junior Girls

Junior girls had a fantastic start to camp! We are quick to make new friends and find our way around camp. Discovering our colorful bunks and areas in the bunk is super exciting. We are busy from morning to night with sports, art, swim, and evening activities. Our favorite things to do when we have free time are to write letters, trade sticker beans, and go to the ‘spa’.

We were so excited to meet our big sisters! Each junior girl is paired with a senior girl as a big sister. The sent us anonymous letters giving us clues. At the big reveal we created an art project, took matching outfit photographs, and got to know each other over a special treat. Junior girls are learning how to be team players and showcase sportsmanship during our league games and athletic clinics. Tennis is also a big hit!!

We can’t wait to see what next week brings! J-U-N-I-O-R-S juniors juniors we’re the best!

Inter Boys

After this first week, it is abundantly clear that the intermediate boys are having a special summer. The positive attitude and copious amounts of energy that they bring to each activity makes each one awesome; some of their favorite activities include ropes, going down to the lake, and basketball leagues. The boys ordinarily find that evening activity is the best part of the day. Whether they are playing classics like “Statues”, or even “Bingo” on rainy days, their positivity makes each activity great. Leagues officially started and camp has really gotten into the swing of things. We’re all looking forward to continuing this already amazing summer! 

Inter Girls

On Saturday we arrived with a big smile,

Knowing we hadn’t seen our summer sisters for a while.

Bags unpacked and beds all made,

Our fidgets and tattoos were quickly displayed.

We enjoyed trying something new

Like cooking, ropes, or dancing with our crew.

For evening activity, we played statues, capture the flag, singdown, and BINGO.

Than it’s off to canteen for a treat through the window.

Working together to clean up our towels and shoes

Daisy winning the golden dustpan is the best news.

New and old friends were united in a blink

The counselors are yelling, don’t forget water to drink.

Anonymous letters were left on our bed,

Big sisters revealed with love that was spread.

The start of the summer was full of lots of fun

We can’t wait for see what has yet to come.

 

Senior Boys

Hello from the Senior Boys! The first two weeks of camp have been off to a great start – all of our leagues are underway and campers have been having a blast at their activities! The Senior Boys have been working extra hard to keep their bunks clean, as the cleanest bunk each week gets a chance to spin the Wheel of Winners to get an awesome prize. This week, Bunk Maple got to spin the wheel and won a golf cart ride to and from the lake! The Senior 8’s also began to plan the annual banquet with the girls, and decided upon their theme for this year (you’ll just have to wait and find out what it is!). With awesome only-at-PFC activities, such as Counselor Hunt, coming up in the next week, the Senior Boys are off to a great start, and it’s only just the beginning!

Senior Girls

The senior girls had the best first week at Pine Forest!! The girls spent the first day unpacking their things, setting up their area, and getting to know their amazing counselors! The senior bunks are cozy, fun, and inviting! They are full of stuffed animals, photos from home, and LED or fairy lights! The first night was an all time favorite evening activity of The Mostest! Other popular evening activities the first week of camp included a photo scavenger hunt, Jukebox with the high senior girls, Name that Tune, and my personal favorite, Lip Sync Battle! Although the senior girls had a blast at all of our senior girl evening activities, I believe their favorite was the famous big and little sister reveal! All week, the senior girls wrote letters and made bracelets for their new camp little sisters. They secretly left their letters and bracelets on their little sister’s bed! The big reveal included big and littles in matching outfits, a photo session, art activity, ice cream, and more. During the day, the girls were having fun all across camp playing volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis, football, and more! The girls explored different choice period options such as dance, drama, STEM, pickleball, beach volleyball and so much more! Friday night services were led by our very own bunk Laurel!

Hi-Senior Girls

The hi-senior girls had an incredible past week. The 10s started the week off strong on July 4th by waking up the entire camp in their red, white and blue spirit. They ran an amazing carnival and had so much fun. The “pie a friend” station was definitely a big hit. The hi-senior girls have been enjoying all of the evening activities. The top evening activity so far was when the 9s and 10s played knee hockey. They had the best time playing against each other and got super competitive. We can’t wait for all the fun things planned this summer!

Good Morning, Pine Forest Camp

Good morning, Pine Forest Camp!

Maybe it’s the new smell of pines trees or the first bird you hear, but when you wake up at camp it’s awesome. Look to your left, look to your right and there are camp friends right next to you. Can life get any better?

Okay, the bad news is that you still have to brush your teeth, but it’s gonna be a day like no other. You’re at camp! You’ve made it through your first night, the clouds part, the sun shines , the worries disappear, the fun starts!

Let the Fun Begin!

Our 91st summer begins NOW and it’s going to be the best one ever.  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, “Up where the sky begins.”

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.

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.

Top Ten Tips for New Families!

Calling All New Camper Parents! 

April showers will bring May flowers, and do you know what May flowers bring? CAMP, of course! We know that the change in weather has all of us thinking SUMMER, and we hope that these tips will be helpful to you during the excitement of the final countdown. Even if you’ve sent an older child off to camp before, these TOP TEN TIPS for NEW CAMPERS might be worth a refresher!

1. Communicate with the directors about any and all family, social or medication issues or changes during the year and in the summer. Nothing is too small! A meaningful camp/parent partnership benefits your camper. Call or email us anytime! We are here for you!

2. Stay positive about separating from home! Don’t focus on what your camper will be missing (vacation, trips to a favorite ice cream shop), rather discuss what he or she has to look forward to at camp! (The same goes for what you write about in your letters once the time comes!)

3. If your camper asks about homesickness, normalize it! “Of course you’ll miss things about home every now and again, because you have a wonderful home and family! It would be unusual for you not to miss home!” Also, in the same spirit, try to minimize your own feelings of child-sickness! “Of course we’ll miss you, but we’ll be fine! The summer will fly by and we’re so excited for you. You’re going to have an awesome time!”

4. If your camper has specific needs (in the cabin, in the health center, in the dining hall), make sure to call or email us,  and make sure to write about it in your confidential forms (or as an addendum to the form) before camp– those confidential forms are our bible!

5. Discuss different activities your camper might enjoy and also talk about trying new ones, keeping an open mind! Camp is a great, safe place to go outside of one’s comfort zone!

6. Take advantage of New Camper Weekend on June 5th and 6th at camp, either for the day or stay overnight! It’s a great opportunity to meet other first-time campers, see camp, get to know staff, and have positive camp experiences together as a family.

7. Keep all “camp talk” light! In letters, in person, keep it upbeat!

8. Now is when your camper may start asking you about what he or she will bring. Make sure to send your camper’s stuffed animal, a favorite book or two, and any other item that makes them feel at home; if there’s something your camper sleeps with every night, please make sure to send it! Believe us when we say that most campers bring a security object of some sort. You’re never too old!

9. If panic sets in, call us. We’ll talk you through it, but when speaking to your camper NEVER promise to PICK UP YOUR CHILD. He or she might ask in the time between now and camp! It’s normal to get cold feet in the spring! Remind your camper that you’ve made a commitment as a family, that  camp is only for a short amount of time, and that you know he or she is in the right place, that they can do it! They are in a safe place. CAMP IS WHERE CHILDREN LEARN INDEPENDENCE! By giving your camper the gift of camp, you’re giving them independence, resilience, and the ability to adapt to and thrive in new environments! If your children know that they’re definitely going to camp and definitely staying at camp for the summer, they’ll allow themselves to relax and let go. Squash the “what if!”

10. If there’s anything (big or small!) you’re worried about before, during, or after the summer, call or email any time: 267-639-2488, .

We’re here for you, always, so keep in touch!
We can’t wait to get started!