The heart of the image is the simplified pine tree at the center of the image. This is the image on the camper and staff crosses. Our summer staff receive their cross with this pine tree branded on it at the bonfire on last night of training as they are given their camp names. Each camper receives the gift of this cross on the final night of summer camp as a remembrance of their experience of faith, fun, and friendship at The Pines.
As your eye draws up on the image you notice the cross that hints at the roof line of our chapel of St. Francis of The Pines. Since 2010, campers have gathered in this holy building to worship, hear His Word proclaimed, and create peaceful moments of wonder and awe in our Creator. The chapel was built in juxtaposition to the adjacent sports field, where we have countless games, messy wars and camp fun. The location was chosen to be a visual where our Lord is present in the midst of our joy, and we gather in the shadow of His home.
Finally, the circle surrounding the pine tree and cross represents the Eucharist. At camp, the desire to be wrapped in the arms of our Lord is at the core of everything we do. Simply put, we're building the Kingdom of God for an eternity in the lives of everyone who experiences camp. We are so incredibly blessed to have the Lord here in the Blessed Sacrament, allowing us to build friendships with our peers as well as moments of impact in His presence.
We thank the countless families, staff, and benefactors that have been a part of the Mystical Body of Christ that is lived out at The Pines Catholic Camp. May God bless you, and Go Trees!