We can’t believe it’s spring and the 2017 camping season will be here before we know it! We want you and your child to be as comfortable and as prepared as possible in the days leading up to camp. We thought it would be fun and helpful to share some fun facts about us so everyone is “in the know.”
Pine Forest is full of tradition, rituals and special names. Each one is so meaningful to both the campers and staff.
“Up Where the Sky Begins” – Pine Forest Camp slogan/philosophy
“When Lights Are Low” and “High In The Mountains” – PFC’s camp songs. among many others.
Blue and Gold– Camp colors.
Many of camp’s fields, courts and venues are named after camp’s founders Hughie and Selma Black, descendants as well as many old-timers.
“Hughie Hall”- Indoor venue that houses many camp activities, including basketball, broadcasting, yoga, fitness center and much more.
“Libby courts”- One of camps three sets of tennis courts.
“Netsy Playhouse”– Outdoor amphitheater where camps shows and services are held.
“Marvin Hall”- Outdoor gymnastics pavilion.
“Mitchell Field”– Large field near entrance for sports and campfires.
“Barbie’s Bar-B-Que”/AKA “The Grove”– Outdoor picnic area where campers are served a weekly cookout.
“Lauri Field”– Another large field at the top of camp that hosts various sports, including track and field. Great for star-gazing too!
“Lee’s Rink”- Hockey pavilion by Hughie Hall.
“Eric’s Fitness Center”– State-of-the-art fitness facility.
“Ruby’s Canteen”– Named after Uncle Hughie’s great-great granddaughter. Various times a week, campers look forward to special treats.
“Chadwin Court- AKA “Main Court”- Popular basketball court in the center of camp, with lights and stadium seating all around. Named after long-time athletic director Steve “Chad” Chadwin.
Lake Greeley – The walk to our beautiful lake is always a special one. Stroll down “Milligan’s Trail” and throw a stone to make a wish into “Lisa’s Heart-Shaped Pond.”
Blueberry Island– Camp’s private island by the lake where campers canoe to and explore.
The “Friendship” Tree – It used to be a sprawling spruce tree in the center of camp, but over the 87 years, it’s been reduced to more of a “beautiful” stump. With a white bench all around, it’s the main meeting place for campers and counselors in the center of camp, perfect for brothers and sisters to meet after dinner.
Bunk Names – The boys bunks are names after tree and the girls bunks are named after flowers.
The Old-Timers Tree – This old tree proudly displays plaques of the names of all campers and staff throughout our 84 years that have gone to camp for 10 years or more. It’s very exciting for old-timers to have their names permanently added for all time. There are almost 400 names now on the tree!
Hopefully this list will help you and your child feel even more a part of our camp family as we countdown to welcome you this summer. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have and we can’t wait to see your campers in less than 100 days!