What is Summer Camp?
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In the middle of all the fun we have at camp, we sprinkle different spiritual activities in throughout the day. Our age-specific spiritual programming includes morning prayer, a Bible study with skits and games called “Power Club”, great talks by special guests, mens’ and womens’ sessions, opportunities for confession, adoration and praise & worship in our chapel, and to top it off, “Winners’ Circle” in the cabins at night (heart-to-heart talks about life and faith with the counselors and campers in the cabin).
Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our ministry. Campers have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Jesus every day through . The experience of Mass, Reconciliation, adoration, and praise & worship at camp helps to make an impact that will stay with them for a lifetime. Our goal is to give youth the confidence and the strength they need to continue their faith journey and to help them foster healthy vocations. We are excited to share the teachings of the Catholic Church with all who come and experience The Pines in a refreshing and welcoming way in the beautiful outdoors!
The Pines is a traditional summer camp, and that means tons of fun activities! A list of what we offer can be found on our activities page. Each day, campers will be able to participate in 3-4 activities in addition to the other fun staples of camp that include a night game (capture the flag, the “Animal Game”, “Grannie’s Candies”, the “Spy Game”, and more), an all-camp Wednesday night dance, and a Friday full of messy activities with water balloons, shaving cream, and slime! You can see a lot of our activities in motion on our Sample Daily Video Update and our Promotional Video.
New, fulfilling, lasting friendships. We see these friendships form week after week between campers with different backgrounds, interests, and even different languages! The fun of camp and the shared faith & values help to break down walls and create these meaningful connections between campers. Camp is a place where kids and teens put down their technology, enjoy the beauty of God’s creation outside, and have real conversations with others as they wait their turn on the zip line or walk to their next activity. The friendships fostered at camp are friendships built upon trust and love, and they often extend well past the shared week of camp that the campers attend.
"My girls had an amazing time. Each of them enjoyed everything they did and can't stop talking about it. They are already asking what week they get to go back next year. I can see the growth in them after just one week at The Pines!"
"My boys come home sharing stories of not only the fun they have at camp, but talking about growing closer to God and finding a richer, more full understanding of the Catholic faith. These beautiful spiritual experiences are the ones that are helping to shape the young men that they're becoming."
"I was so worried about homesickness and that my kids would be mad that they went. However, they had an amazing time. They grew spiritually and emotionally during the week. I can see a change in their confidence and their independence. They are also continually talking about all the great things the counselors said and did. I am so grateful they spent the week with these awesome college students who love their faith."
"The Catholic spiritual foundation that seems to be an integral part of the camp would be the main reason I would recommend The Pines. Not just the programs/themes, but the staff represent and display so openly their Catholic faith. Something that is so essential in today's society."
"We are a Catholic family. When considering a summer camp for our children, we not only wanted a place that was fun with many activities, we wanted a place where they could grow in their faith. We love that at The Pines, the campers are taught to see God in all things. They talk about honesty, trust, morals, values, and God in addition to all the cool camp experiences they have."
"The enthusiasm of the counselors and staff and the Christian example that they set for the campers. The love that they have for our children and our Lord. I loved the pictures, video, and newsletters online and the emails that we were able to send!!! This helped us feel like we were still connected to our children."
"My daughter went because a friend recommended it. When she got there, she ended up in a different cabin than her friend. She started out a little tentative, but opened up to the experience and even admitted it ended up being for the best because it forced her to meet new people. When I picked her up, I have never in her 13 years heard her talk so much and so highly about anything. When we got home we even printed out some prayers for so that she would not forget them. She admitted that she had not been getting much out of Mass before camp, but now understands more about what is going on and plans to more actively participate. What parent could ask for anything more! Thanks for the great experience...she plans to come again next summer."