A New Worldview

Sometimes, with all that is going on in our lives, it is too easy to feel like the world is made up of just our friends, family and the people we see (whether in person or on social media) on a regular basis. We might gravitate toward and spend time with people from the same places, same culture and similar backgrounds and can often forget that the world is so much bigger with so much more to offer than we realize.

The great thing about an experience at camp is that whether you are a camper or a staff member, being at camp will definitely make you view the world differently! We are so excited to hire extraordinary, skilled counselors from all around the world. We have staff recruiting trips to London, Manchester, Budapest, Czech Republic, as well as Oregon, Ohio and Kansas. We have campers that represent 15 states and 3 countries. Camp gives you the benefit of coming into contact with people from many different schools, communities, countries and cultures.

Diversity brings so much to the camp experience and helps us see the world differently, but we also come to realize that we’re not that different from one another. These relationships help us to grow and teach us about getting along with others, and not just the people we see as similar to us. It’s just one more thing that proves how much camp can teach you.

It’s amazing to realize that there is so much more out there, and spending a summer at camp, with people from all over, gives us a greater understanding of ourselves, other people, our country, and the world!

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Gaga in NYC: POSTPONED!

Thank you for your excitement surrounding our camp GAGA event!

We’re disappointed to postpone due to impending weather conditions but look forward to making it happen on Sunday, February 21st, 4:30-6:00PM. We hope you can join us! Please RSVP to lee@pineforestcamp.com.

In the meantime, here are our TOP TEN REASONS why CAMP RULES!

10. You’ll make the best friends of your life!
9. You’ll learn new skills!
8. You’ll experience adventure!
7. You’ll meet amazing counselors!
6. You’ll eat the most delicious s’mores!
5. You’ll laugh harder than you knew you could!
4. You’ll find a second home in Greeley, PA!
3. You’ll become more independent!
2. You’ll learn how make a great campfire!
1. You’ll never have ANYTHING snowed out. Ever!

Stay warm! Stay safe! Be cool! Have fun!

Character

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

We can give our children many things, send them to excellent schools, take them on trips around the world, buy them books to read. But, as parents, we cannot give them character. Independence, grit, empathy, self-control, optimism, enthusiasm – these are qualities that children have to discover or develop on their own. And that, is the true gift of camp. It provides a safe environment to find adventure, friendship and ultimately to find oneself, to find one’s true character.

And that can make all the difference in the world.

New Camper Events: Check!

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What an eventful weekend! We now have two successful new camper events under our belt and we couldn’t be more excited for summer 2016. Our new campers got to meet some of their future bunkmates and counselors as they bowled, tumbled, climbed, and ate lots of pizza! Their parents had the opportunity to connect with other new parents, too.

We are so lucky to have so many nice new families and can’t wait to see them in Greeley at NEW CAMPER WEEKEND on June 4-5th! We also hope to see many new faces at our FAMILY SKI DAY on February 27th. Oh, and did we mention that there are only 165 days until the buses make their way down Pine Forest Road?! That’s less than 6 months!

For more information on our upcoming events, check out our website, email , or call the winter office at (267) 639-2488. We’re here to answer any and all questions!


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Best. Job. Ever.

Whether 2016 is the first time you’re considering a summer camp job or this is your 14th year, now is a great time to start securing the “best job ever” for the summer. So much more than what you think, being a camp counselor is beyond fun but a lot of work. What other job allows you to “play” all day while also building valuable skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life?!  As you think about this upcoming season, consider these reasons why being a counselor is the best job ever.

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The people you meet, the friends you make: You will form lifelong friendships at camp. Although 8 weeks may not seem like a long time, when you are living and working in a group setting and in close proximity to others, you create bonds that normally could take years to form. Many of your co-workers will be from other parts of the country or other parts of the world. The takeaway is learning about different cultures, having new and exciting places to visit, and realizing we all have a lot to offer as our world becomes a lot smaller.

Expense-free living: Camp provides food and housing and for some, a travel allowance. As a camp counselor, you’ll find yourself spending most of your time walking around camp with smiling campers, doing the activity you love, or singing songs around a campfire thinking, “I’m getting paid to do this?!”

Being outdoors: While many of your friends are behind a desk or making copies, you are spending every day (and most evenings!) outside. You can jump right in and learn a new activity with your campers, or help teach a sport you are passionate about all in the fresh air and sunshine. Have a period off? Why not jump in the lake?

The kids: They are the reason why you are here in the first place. Having the rare opportunity to make a major impact on a group of kids is probably what you’ll love most about your job. Being a role model and being looked up to by your campers is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have and it will have a long lasting impact on both you and your campers – probably more of an impact than you’ll even realize.

It’s a resume builder: Camp is the perfect place to gain experience in a lot of areas and looks very impressive on your resume. Being a camp counselor requires a lot of multitasking, responsibility, flexibility, adaptability, teamwork and many other challenges and surprises. You learn to live and work with a variety of personalities and that is a skill that you can bring to any workplace.

Learn about yourself: The opportunity to learn and grow from a camp experience is limitless. At the end of the summer, you will realize things about yourself that you never knew before. You’ll reflect upon all of your new strengths, which you’ll find could be anything from social skills to caretaking, to coaching skills and multitasking. Pat yourself on the back! You deserve it.

Those who know and love camp and whose lives have been impacted by their summer days working at camp cannot think of a better way to spend their summers. Sound good to you? Apply here today!