Dates / Fees / FAQs

Summer 2019

Camp Begins: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Visiting Day: Saturday, July 20, 2019
Camp Ends: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Full Summer Tuition: $12,200


Tuition includes individual laundry service, all local trips and spending money for trips, transportation to and from the New York Metropolitan Area, Philadelphia, Maryland, and Newark Airport, canteen, camper photos, and counselor gratuities. An additional fee will be added for overnight trips for campers in grades 7-11.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who operates the camp and what is their background?
Pine Forest Camp has been owned and operated by the same family since 1931, making it one of America’s oldest camps under continuous family ownership. The original founders were Hughie and Selma Black, followed by their children, Marvin and Annette Black and Libby and Ted Halpern.

Today, Hughie’s grandson, Mickey Black, his wife, Barbara and their children, Lee Forest Black (named after camp!) and Anna and Eric Morin run the camp. Mickey has held several leadership roles in organized camping, including President of the Association of Independent Camps and has also served on the National Board of the American Camping Association. Barbara was an elementary school teacher prior to becoming a full-time camp director.

Lee, Anna and Eric all grew up at camp have held many camp leadership roles over the years. Anna is a former teacher at the Horace Mann School in New York and Eric is a former football player and coach and presently serves as an Assistant Dean of Student Life at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in the off-season.

How many campers attend?
There are about 400 campers, evenly divided up between boys and girls. “Divisions” are broken down every two grades, and each has about 50 children.
What is the staff/child ratio?
Overall, there is 1 staff member for every 2 children. Each cabin sleeps 3-4 counselors and 10-12 children. Specialists and support staff round out the supervision.
Is it possible to stay for less than the full season?
95% of the children stay for the full season which lasts 7 weeks. It goes by fast. However, there may be exceptions on a limited basis in certain age groups for half season. Also, half season is offered to our international campers. In addition, if you’re looking for a great half or 6-week season, check out our brother and sister camps, Lake Owego and Timber Tops, located just one mile away.
How old are the counselors? Where do they come from?
A camp is only as good as its counselors, so we make sure we hire only the best. Most staff members are child development professionals or students that we personally recruit from colleges and universities from across the country. The average age of our counselors is 21 years and about 90% come from the United States.
What is the food like?
This isn’t the camp food your parents remember! With every meal at camp there are many healthy options, satisfying even the pickiest of eaters. You aren’t a pancakes for breakfast kind of person? How about yogurt? Greek yogurt? Cottage cheese? Avocado toast? Bagels and cream cheese? Fruit salad? Granola? Oatmeal? Cold cereal? The same number of options can be found at lunch and dinner, too. Camp food at Pine Forest is among the best camp food in the county; we really feel as though the kitchen is the heart of camp and the extension of home in the mountains! Our kitchens and canteen are peanut and tree nut free, and we include gluten-free, vegetarian, and kosher options at all meals. Other allergy needs are and can be met, of course! We have a team of professionals excited about providing delicious, safe, healthful meals for your children three times a day. Call us to discuss or read more on our Health & Wellness page.
How often is laundry done?
Laundry is picked up once a week by an outside professional laundry service. Each camper’s laundry is bagged separately and returned folded in the same individual bag. We recommend that campers pack about ten days worth of clothing. Please refer to our packing list which is very helpful.
Is there a doctor or nurse in residence?
Doctors and nurses are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have one doctor and four nurses who live at the camp and work in our new, modern health center.
What should my camper bring?
Here’s our official packing list! But as we always say, most importantly bring a big smile, a sense of adventure and a willingness to make new friends.
Pine Forest is CoEd, what does that mean?
Aside from our all morning ‘open choice’ on Thursdays, all activities are offered separately to both girls and boys. Boys and girls each have their own morning and evening lineups! As campers grow in age, they’ll have more weekly CoEd evening activities.