Lantern Review of Pine Forest Camp
The stories within a multi-generational, family-run camp like Pine Forest Camp tend to be the glue that binds a camp together. They form a kind of intricate network of experience, dedication and loyalty that evokes memories of past summers and seasons. It may be difficult to articulate, but camps with a single family ownership since its founding are somehow more grounded and confident in what they deliver.
Indeed, Pine Forest seems genuine and authentic. They know how important their work is in developing and nurturing their campers, yet they don’t seem to take themselves too seriously. It’s camp after all, and it should be fun! This isn’t a pretentious camp, in fact it’s playful.
Pine Forest has some seriously high quality programming, however, particularly in sports. The camp isn’t just about sports, though, since it offers a nice range of waterfront and traditional camp activities. The standout tennis program is USTA accredited, and the basketball program has its roots in the camp’s owner and founder Hughie Black, who was a longtime basketball player and coach. A league system is built within the camp program for most activities, which encourages participation and skill development. No doubt part of the many outcomes of the league design is to foster good sportsmanship while also revealing the joys of friendly competition. This, along with their Color War tradition, creates a lively spirit of camaraderie among the campers. It can be easy for sports programs to succumb to a ferocious atmosphere of competition, but Pine Forest Camp offers a better approach. It’s friendly, inclusive and instructive of lifelong values.
There’s an unseen power to the history of Pine Forest. With facilities named after family members and the supportive guidance of this experienced family, campers and staff are wrapped into a nurturing environment that they get to call their own. The constant supervision of the counselors reinforces the priorities here: the campers’ well-being and happiness, along with a desire for service to others. Look no further than their amazing Costa Rican camp program that brings together the oldest campers from Pine Forest and its two brother and sister camps, Timber Tops and Lake Owego, to imagine, develop and create a camp in Costa Rica each year. It’s remarkable, and this kind of innovative program helps campers embrace creativity, work ethic and service to others.
- 400 Campers per Session
- Founded in 1931
Hi, from PFC! Pine Forest was started by my grandfather in 1931, and it's impossible to count the lifelong friendships made, adventures found and challenges met at camp. As parents, there are a lot of things that we can give our children. But some things we can't. Independence. Self-esteem. Character. These are things that children have to earn on their own. And that truly is the gift of Pine Forest. We can't wait to get to know your family and introduce you to ours!
- 45 Activities
- Team Sports
- Arts & Crafts
- Individual Activities
Top 5 Activities
- Arts & Crafts
Buses provided in NY, NJ, PA, MD. Airport pickup at Newark Airport.
Pine Forest Camp
Anna Black Morin