We Love Our Explorers!

A little rain never stops us! We just had our last Explorer weekend of the summer and boy was it a fun one! We had an amazing group of families with future campers going into 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. They got to play in the lake (which is extra fun in the rain, by the way!), go on the giant swing at adventure, make projects in arts and crafts and play games with Chad. They were even able to have a campfire despite the weather, by bringing it indoors! They slept in real bunks with real counselors and bunkmates who will soon be their lifelong camp friends. We look forward to seeing them back next summer as PFC campers!

If you are or know anyone thinking about camp, we still have a Play Day on August 6th and would love to share Pine Forest with you! Call the office for more information or register online!

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Kindness Day

This #flashbackfriday, we’re reflecting on how awesome Kindness Day was on Wednesday. The highlight of the day was our 1st Annual Pay It Forward Scavenger Hunt! Our campers worked together doing different team-building activities at all 28 stations of the scavenger hunt. Each station had a clue to the next. See below for an example!

Station #1
OBJECTIVE:  Work together and use the bed sheet to shoot the basketball and make a basket. Have each person in your group grab an end of the bed sheet and hold it with BOTH hands.

  1. Everyone needs to hold the bedsheet with 2 hands.
  2. Place the basketball in the middle.
  3. Now shoot.
  4. You can stand from anywhere.
  5. You have about 3-4 mins to make a basket.
  6. Start your timer NOW!
  8. But if you don’t make a basket with the sheet, no worries. Have your coach make a shot on the way out and cheer them on!

Some examples of acts of kindness are the creation of a banner for our kitchen staff that has messages of thanks written all over it, picking up trash around camp, taking a moment to appreciate the nature around us by hugging a tree, cheering on other campers, and hand-delivering flowers made out of pipe cleaners to our amazing office staff. Our campers are the BEST!

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Coming Soon to PFC!

The trips are back and we are so excited to have a full camp again! Our Junior boys and Inter girls went on a hiking trip and Upper Camp is at Hughie Hall at our 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

While the countdown to breakout is on, we have SO many other things to look forward to!

Survivor Day
Battle of the Bands
PFC Musical Medley
Old Timers Club
Pike County Idol
Girls Gymnastics Competition
Marvin Black Tennis Tournament
5K Camper Scamper
Ok, we’ll say it again: COLOR WAR!

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Lower Camp Takeover!

It doesn’t get much better than this for lower camp! Our older campers are officially all away on their trips. Juniors and Intermediates have the run of camp. It’s a lower camp takeover! It was the perfect opportunity to have BACKWARDS DAY! We’re talking backwards hats, backwards clothes and even backwards flag raising! The highlight of the day was one of our all-time favorites: GOLD RUSH. There were hidden pieces of gold throughout camp and the campers had to run around and find them. We think the below photo says a lot. And tonight? A lower camp social! They could get used to this…

Meanwhile, in the Adirondacks:
-Six Flags Great Escape
-Dinner cruise on Lake George
-Howe Caverns
-Baseball Hall of Fame

And in Vermont:
-Shelburne Farms
-Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
-Boat ride on Lake Champlain
-Church Street Marketplace
-Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour
-Bromley Mountain Adventure Park
-Dinosaur BBQ

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see the latest photos from the trips!



It’s Senior trips time! Our 9-11th graders look forward to this week every summer and it’s finally here! Our 9th graders are in New England (currently at the Red Sox game!) and our 10th graders seamlessly crossed the border into Montreal. Curious as to what they’re up to? We thought so! Below are some highlights.

9th Grade Trip to New England:
-Quincy Market and Fanieul Hall
-New England Aquarium
-Freedom Trail
-Red Sox game at Fenway Park
-Old Orchard Beach and Palace Playground
-Tennis Hall of Fame
-Touro Synagogue
-Brick Market Place

10th Grade Trip to Montreal
-Laser Quest
-Jet boating on the Lachine Rapids
-La Ronde Amusement Park
-Lake Placid Olympic Sport Complex
-Catherine Street

11th Grade Trip to Boston
-Newbury Street
-Boston University Tour
-Northeastern University Tour
-Boston University Tour
-Tufts University Tour and Information Session
-Quincy Market
-Dinner at Fire + Ice

Tomorrow, our 7s head to the Adirondacks and our 8s head to Vermont!

We’ll post photos on our Facebook and Instagram accounts as we get them, but all of the trip leaders have been checking in and everything is going great!


The Tent Has Arrived!


The tent is officially going up which means Visiting Day is just days away! We can’t wait to see everyone! A few reminders as you prepare for your favorite day of summer:

Campers will be waiting for you on the porch of their cabin with their counselors. Parents, walk…don’t run!  The Hi-Senior girls (grades 9-10) will be at Netsy Playhouse. If you’re late, don’t worry, the counselors will stay with their campers until every family arrives.

Once again, we’d like to remind you that we do not allow food containing nuts into camp, and our policy is to dispose of all Visiting Day treats on Monday, so don’t overdo the food!  Camp will provide a delicious lunch for all!

Please keep in mind that only Counselor Assistants, “CAs” (11th Graders) are permitted out of camp on Visiting Day, and they must sign out and back into camp at the front office.  CAs are allowed out no earlier than 12:30PM and must be back in camp by 5:00PM.

Visiting Day Activities
11:30-3:00PM Courts & Fields Open
1:00PM – 2:30PM Ropes Open
12:00PM-2:30PM Boys & Girls Pool Open

Featured Activities
1:00PM Basketball Clinic on Chadwin Court with Chad
1:00PM Gymnastics Showcase
1:30PM Beauty and the Beast Review at Netsy Playhouse
2:00PM 10 Year Tree Ceremony

One more reminder: Cell phones will be returned on the last day of camp, August 13th, not on Visiting Day.

Get ready for a fabulous, fun day!

Today’s Line-Up Announcements!


Good morning, PFC! We have perfect weather and a lot of exciting things happening around camp today. We have a basketball “Hoops” clinic with Chad during 6th period, rock band practice at the new performance stage with Aiden, a water polo game at general swim, a fitness class with Remi, dance practice and a swim team competition.

Today is also Halloween at camp (because why not?!), so feel free to dress in a costume! Oh, and beware: we have a skunk alert! One was spotted outside of bunk Hickory last night. Visiting Day is coming up! Be sure to save a clean official.

(We then closed with our joke of the day.)

It’s a great day at Pine Forest! Have fun and wear sunscreen!

Colombia and Sweden

What do these two countries have in common? They BOTH won Olympics 2016 at PFC. It was Colombia for the boys and Sweden for the girls. And it all came down to the Steeple Chase, that race that goes all throughout camp, from Lauri Field to Lake Greeley and back and involves almost every activity in camp. In fact, it was so close that by the time both teams got to archery, it was one missed arrow that made the difference. That’s where boys‘ Colombia pulled ahead of Japan.

Thank you Chad and Tully for an awesome 2 days of fun and excitement for both the campers and counselors.

Rio’s got nothing on Greeley!!

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Bring on Olympics!

Hello, Olympics! Tonight is our opening ceremony and our campers are decked out in their teams’ colors. They look awesome! This year’s teams are Japan, Colombia, Senegal and Sweden.

After Chad recites the Olympic oath and we witness some impressive interpretive dancing by our division leaders, each division will be competing in an egg toss, freeze dance, a watermelon eating contest, a 3-point shootout, tug of war, and of course, a cheer-off. May the loudest and proudest team win! After our ceremony, we’ll head to Mitchell Field for the rope burn. Stay tuned for more exciting Olympic updates throughout the day tomorrow!


A Flying Saucer!

Happy Saturday! We don’t know about your day, but the highlight of our day was our new “flying saucer” inflatable in the lake! Campers were spotted on it all day and it looked like they were having a blast. We also welcomed a great group of Explorers! Our campers have been making it known that they are excited to have them here. Other highlights: a swim meet, brother-sister visitation, a Krav Maga self-defense workshop and Taco Saturday!

Tonight, girls camp has a very special campfire during which Mickey will play his guitar and lead the girls in singing Brown Eyed Girl, I Can See Clearly, Stand by Me and Sweet Caroline. Parents, we think this is a set list you can get behind!