A Reunion To Remember!

Wow! What an awesome 2014 reunion. Thanks to everyone who came out. With buses from Westchester, Livingston and Maryland PFC was well-represented from all over. Camp friends are the best friends!!!

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Stay Active, Campers!

Hi Camp Parents!

I can’t wait to see everyone at the reunion on Sunday!! It always reminds me about the power of camp in a child’s life even when we’re far from summer and Greeley, Pa.

If you haven’t read it, I  wanted to share the article “ A Brain Tonic for Children” by Gretchen Reynolds, that appeared in the New York Times recently.  http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/how-exercise-can-boost-the-childs-brain/?_r=0

In September in “Pediatrics”,  researchers at the University of Illinois published findings that proved that organized physical activity in 8 and 9 year olds improved their mental skills.

Camp does many things. In addition to the fun of high energy activity, the friends that come with improving social skills, I believe that a well-organized and supervised camp experience like ours can develops a child’s good judgment, problem s-solving  skills and mental acuity.

The positive impact of camp can last for an instant, a season and for a lifetime.

– Mickey

2014 Camp Reunion Reminders!

Summer 2014 Camp Reunion Reminders!

This Sunday, November 2, 2014
10:00AM-12:00PM

***REMEMBER: FALL BACK!***
***Daylight Savings Time ends in the early morning on the day of the reunion, so set your clock back!

The Funplex
3320-24 Route 38
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054

Though parents are welcome, of course, they do not need to stay!
Looking forward to seeing your happy campers soon!

***Camp provides buses from Westchester, Livingston and MD! Call the camp office for more info! First come, first served!

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A Reunion History!

Here are some fun facts about the Pine Forest Camp reunion over the years…

– In addition to parent drop-off, campers are coming by bus from: Maryland, Livingston and Westchester. Do you know of another camp that does that!?

– One year, we had a camper come all the way from Caracas, Venezuela (Note: camp did not provide the plane…).

– Over the years we’ve had our reunion at some pretty interesting locations: The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, The Marriot Hotel (on City Line Ave.), Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, WXPN World Cafe Live and even at camp!

– The reunion was once at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel, featured in the movie, Silver Lining Playbook.

– Reunions used to be 5 hours long. What were they thinking!?

– Over the years, our reunion gifts have been: frisbees, yo-yos, book covers, flashlights, rulers. What will is be this year!?! Let’s just say, we’re keeping the ‘door open’…

– There used to be a lot speeches. Like, too many. Now it’s just fun & friends.

– We’re changing the location next year! This will be our last reunion at the Funplex! It’s crazy, noisy and fun! Any suggestions for next year!?

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(80th reunion at camp).

Pre-Reunion Reunions!

This is the magic of camp. Of all the activities, the smells, the tastes…The best part of camp is the friends. Memories that last well beyond the summer. All over the east coast this past weekend, just coincidentally, camp friends gathered together simply because they missed each other. At suburban homes, city street festivals, college campuses…All over! This is why we go to camp.

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PFC Fall Happenings, Open Houses and more!

NOVEMBER

Camp Reunion/Get Together

Sunday, November 9, 2014 11:00AM-1:00PM
Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
128 S. Federal Hwy
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Open House – Armonk, NY
Sunday, November 16, 2014 5:00PM-7:00PM
Call the office for more information!

 

Open House – Short Hills, NJ

Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:00PM-5:00PM

2 Fairfeld Terrace Dr.

Short Hills, NJ 07078

 

DECEMBER

Open House – North Potomac, MD
Sunday, December 7, 2014 5:00PM-7:00PM
Call the office for more information!

 

JANUARY
Bowling in Philadelphia – New and Prospective Camper Party!
Saturday, January 10, 2015 1:00PM-3:00PM
The Playdrome in Devon
300 West Lancaster Ave.
Devon, PA 19333

 

Chelsea Piers Fun – New and Prospective Camper Party!
Sunday, January 11, 2015 1:30PM-3:30PM
The Field House at Chelsea Piers: Pier 62
New York, NY

Maryland Pool Party
Saturday, January 31, 2015 7:15PM-9:00PM
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
18000 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841
New, Prospective, and Current Camper Party! 

 

FEBRUARY

Ski Day

Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Greeley, PA

New, Prospective, and Alumni Families!

Call the office for more information!

 

JUNE

New Camper Weekend at Camp!
Saturday, June 6 – Sunday, June 7, Greeley, PA
Call the office for more information!

The Importance of Socks: And a few other things…

In somewhat of a list format. In no particular order of importance. An ongoing list…

– Clean socks and maintaining pairs. Mesh sock bag, clothes pins, endless bags of cheap socks. Whatever you gotta do. Socks matter! To me, at least.

– Try something new. Not easy, but worth it. An activity, a food, a friend. It doesn’t matter. Try it. It’s safe to try at camp.

– GaGa is a sport…

– Battery Ball.

– You can be ‘camp good’ at something. You know what I’m talking about.

– To this day, when traveling with a friend, I always assume I can just use someone else’s toothpaste. Not true. If you’re traveling with a friend from camp, you’re likely out of luck…And toothpaste.

– Music.  Summer songs for me included: Too Sexy, Under The Bridge, I’ll Be Missing You (Puff Daddy Version), Can’t Touch This, Informer, Summer Girls, Waterfalls, Two Princes, This Is How We Do it, American Pie  —— I’m not saying these songs represent my taste in music. I’m just saying that, when I hear them…I know the lyrics. Like, ALL the lyrics.

– If someone has a guitar at a campfire, you can’t NOT sing The Weight.

– Finding the perfect s’mores stick is a talent unto itself. Not to mention the actual s’more.

– No matter how old you get, no matter where life takes you, when you’re with your camp friends it’s as if no time has passed. Those same silly jokes are just as funny. If not, funnier.

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I’m seated on the ground, in the navy shirt, holding the sign. Likely in between scratching bugbites. One of my many summers in Bunk Banana over my tenure as a camper at PFC.

PFC FALL HAPPENINGS, OPEN HOUSES AND MORE!

For more information contact us at the camp office! 267-639-2488

Mark your calendars!

NOVEMBER

Camp Reunion/Get Together

Sunday, November 9, 2014 11:00AM-1:00PM

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
128 S. Federal Hwy
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Open House – Armonk, NY

Sunday, November 16, 2014 5:00PM-7:00PM
Armonk, NY
Call the office for more information!

Open House – Short Hills, NJ
Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:00PM-5:00PM
2 Fairfeld Terrace Dr.
Short Hills, NJ 07078

 

DECEMBER

Open House
Sunday, December 7, 2014 5:00PM-7:00PM
North Potomac, MD
Call the office for more information!

JANUARY

Bowling in Philadelphia – New and Prospective Camper Party!
Saturday, January 10, 2015 1:00PM-3:00PM
The Playdrome in Devon
300 West Lancaster Ave.
Devon, PA 19333

Chelsea Piers Fun –  New and Prospective Camper Party!
Sunday, January 11, 2015 1:30PM-3:30PM
The Field House at Chelsea Piers: Pier 62
New York, NY

FEBRUARY

Ski Day
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Greeley, PA
New, Prospective, and Alumni Families!
Call the office for more info!

 

JUNE

New Camper Weekend at Camp!
Saturday, June 6 – Sunday, June 7, Greeley, PA
Call the office for more information!

Lee’s List: Favorite Evening Activities!

#10 – Blanket Basketball. It is what it is.

#9 – Social. Right? Who’s with me!?

#8 – Capture the Flag: Because to this day, I still do not fully understand Capture the Asagi.

#7 – Basketball Leagues. Under the lights. Lace ’em up!

#6 – Stealth Marble Band: Takes place on the nature trail involving marbles and rubber bands, oh my!

#5 – Escape from PFC: Costa’s ice cream? Yes, please.

#4 – Counselor Hunt: They’re not as fast as they look.

#3 – Luau: Always pack a Hawaiian shirt. ALWAYS! (In 2000, my entire bunk, Bunk Fir, wore Hawaiian shirts for our bunk picture. Our parents were less than thrilled).

#2 – GOLD RUSH: A multilayered event with costumes, real gold, fools gold, a general store…To this day, I think my backpack still has gold paint on the inside.

#1 – Campfire. Call me old-fashioned but to me, there’s nothing better than hanging with your buddies around the fire. Not necessarily a ‘kumbaya’ campfire. I’m talking jokes, songs, s’mores, more jokes and DEFINITELY more s’mores. And, if it’s a boys campfire, the fire has gotta be BIG. Right? Men?