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SUMMER CAMP

SUMMER CAMP

Campfire 2019 on the Island

Each summer, campers enjoy adventure, independence, strong mentors, a Christ-centered community, and all the fun you can possibly pack into a week. This summer will be no different! Kids need the freedom of camp more than ever. From the moment they wake up (just 2 feet away from the great outdoors) to evening campfire, every day is tailored to what kids need, how they learn, and how they have fun! Vetted, trained staff shepherd campers through a myriad of activities that engage, nurture, and grow campers, whether the campers realize it or not!

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YOUNG ADULT RETREAT

Young Adult Retreat

Ready for a weekend of rest and fun?

Step away from your obligations for a few days! Young Adult Retreat is a time for all young adults (graduating high school seniors to 30 year olds) to find renewal of spirit and fellowship with other young adults in the presence of God’s creation.

Expect good food, a relaxed schedule with lots of free time, and other young adults looking to hang out and have fun. Lawn games, hiking trails, boats, and board games, are always on hand, but if you feel like sitting in a rocking chair and enjoying the beautiful setting, we’ve got that too.

REGISTER FOR YOUNG ADULT RETREAT

Pricing:

$50.00/person + lodging:

Lodging Options

  • Commute from Home: $0
  • Onsite Lodging (shared rooms): $30
  • Onsite Lodging (private room): $80

What’s Included?

  • Meals, activities, spiritual input

Sample Young Adult Retreat Schedule

Friday
  • 7p-8p Arrival/Registration
  • 8:00 Welcome!
  • 9:00 Homemade Ice Cream
  • Free Time- Board Games and beyond!
  • Sleep!
Saturday
  • 8:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 Session #1
  • 11:15 Field Games or other fun
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 Horizontal (Nap Time!)
  • 3:30 Optional Activities
  • 6:30 Supper
  • 8:00 Session #2 Campfire!
  • 9:00 Night Ultimate
  • Time for Sleep or Board Games
Sunday
  • 9:00 Sunday Service/Wrap Up Session
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:15 Clean up and Good byes

 

Schedule subject to change

Summer Camp Open House

S'mores at Open House

NEW TO PINE LAKE?  OPEN HOUSE IS FOR YOU!

Get a taste of why campers and parents love Pine Lake. At Open House, families explore camp, meet the staff, and enjoy classic camp fun!  This is a great way to preview the culture of Pine Lake and learn more about what makes camp the best week of the summer.  The Pine Lake community is always growing; we can’t wait to meet you!

 

Explore!

Meet the Staff!

Have Fun!

See the summer camp cabins. Get to know summer counselors. Boat with a friend, a staff, or on your own.
Peek in the Pavilion, the cafeteria. Talk one-on-one with the directors. Play field games led by staff.
Scope out the Shelter, or chapel. Visit with veteran volunteers. Roast a hotdog over the campfire.
Walk the trails. Hear firsthand stories from former campers. Learn to play gaga ball.
Enjoy the beautiful lakefront. Connect with camper parents. Hangout at the playground.

ALREADY PART OF THE PINE LAKE COMMUNITY?

Join in the fun!  Community is what makes camp so special, and we are glad you are part of our family. Truly, we love when campers say, “We couldn’t wait til the summer! We had to come to Open House!” Open House is meant to be a fun, free day for everyone, including new families, old friends, volunteers, and staff!  Also, every camper registered at Open House receives a free t-shirt! Don’t miss out on this!

 

REGISTER AT OPEN HOUSE FOR A FREE T-SHIRT

That’s right, every camper registered at Open House can choose a t-shirt from our current stock OR get the 2021 t-shirt at their week of camp! **Deposit and completed registration form are required to qualify.

 

OPEN HOUSE FAQ’s

Friends in a canoe at Open House (2019)

Friends in a canoe at Open House (2019)

Cost?

FREE!

Where do I RSVP for Open House?

This event is spacious and well-staffed, so no need to RSVP! Just come! (If you want though, you can RSVP, and share the event on Facebook!)

How much time will this take?

As little as 15 minutes to as long as 3 hours, depending on what you want to do! A full tour is about 30 minutes, not including boating or roasting a snack over the fire.

Directions?

Use the address below, and once you hit Pine Lake Road, follow the signs!

Can I register for summer camp while I’m there?

Yes, but only if you want a free t-shirt!

I’m booked this Saturday.  Can I tour another time?

Definitely! Call or email the office to schedule a tour with us! Our staff are knowledgeable about what to expect this summer, and we love sharing camp with others! (It’s why we work here.)

 

 

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Questions? Call the Camp Office: (601) 483-2267 or email us at info@pinelakecamp.com

 

MARRIAGE RETREAT

Butch and Charlene Clay, leaders for Marriage Retreat

Celebrate and Strengthen!

Your marriage is important, wonderful, and precious. Your spouse is all of these things to you and more! By getting away for a weekend together, you can celebrate what you have, renew your dedication to one another, and maybe even pick up a few new communication tools! Even the strongest marriages benefit from a change of pace and place. Pine Lake’s retreat provides a beautiful, comfortable environment to do just that.

Expect good food, a schedule balanced with content and free time, and other Christian couples to connect with. Whether you want to hike and explore, fish at the lake, play board games with others, or cozy up by the fire together, your weekend away awaits you!

Marriage Retreat is not for marriages in crisis. If you and/or your spouse feel your marriage is in jeopardy, this retreat may not be for you. Consider seeking out a licensed marriage counselor or intensive marriage counseling retreat.

REGISTER FOR MARRIAGE RETREAT

Weekend Facilitators

Butch and Charlene Clay

Butch and Charlene Clay hail from Luling, Louisiana. They love to laugh together over stories from their many years of marriage, and they look forward to sharing with and learning from other couples during this fun (no kidding, they’re a hoot) weekend! 

Pricing:

$95.00/couple + lodging:

Lodging Options

  • Commute from Home: $0
  • RV Site: $30
  • Onsite Lodging (private room): $80

What’s Included?

  • Meals, activities, speaker input, curriculum materials (A Lifelong Love by Gary Thomas)

Sample Marriage Retreat Schedule

Friday

  • 7:00  – Registration
  • 7:30  – Introductions
  • Session 1

Saturday

  • 8:00 – Breakfast
  • 8:45  – Session 2
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 2:30  – Session 3
  • 5:30  – Date Night—on your own

Sunday

  • 8:15  – Coffee & Donuts
  • Session 4
  • 10:00 – Brunch
  • Departure

Schedule subject to change

7 Reasons Campers Need Summer Camp Right Now

Campers working as a team.

Campers working as a team.

Our world has been upside down for almost a year now. Hard to believe, right?! Weirdly enough, upside down has almost started to feel normal.  (Quick reminder: It won’t be like this forever. Also, God made humans to be incredibly resilient, especially when we turn to Him.)  Still, we feel the effects of everything that has changed, and it’s not all new puppies and quality family time. Each family’s experience is a little different, of course. Across our nation, though, kids are more isolated, more anxious, and on their screens more.  It’s reality for many, but it’s not how any of us want it to be.

I’m a little (or a lot) biased, but the needs of kids today (community, social interaction, security, reassurance, fresh air, hands-on experience, and guidance) shout SUMMER CAMP to me!  These are the exact things summer camp specializes in. Let me explain:

Camper making a silly face

Camper making a silly face

Interaction with peers!

At camp, kids are moving through their entire day surrounded by friends their own age! Bonding through new adventures, shared experiences, and unstructured play times, campers strengthen new and old friendships.  With their counselor’s help, they navigate conflict in healthy ways and learn to get along with people who are different from them. Camp is a supportive environment where social skills grow!

Campers playing a game on the rec field

Campers playing a game on the rec field

Outdoor time!

Whether hammocking on the Cove or competing in a high stakes canoe race, campers experience the benefits of nature all day. What benefits, you say? (Has it been that long?) Fresh air, sunshine, and movement improve health and mood, and even lower stress! The Bible also tells us God’s character is revealed in His creation (Rom 1:20): His majesty in the heavens, his beauty in the details… Have you seen a mature Big Leaf Magnolia tree or eaten a mayberry off the bush? God’s creation is amazing and sometimes delicious!

Campfire

Campfire on the island.

Learning more about Jesus Christ!

It’s true for adults and kids: Through prayer, praise, bible study, and Christian community, we come to a better understanding of even His most simple truths. Take for example, God’s promise to be with us always (Matthew 28:20), His power (Luke 1:37), and His attention to detail (Matthew 6:26), and His love for each of us (Romans 5:8). This season seems to hold a lot more problems for everyone, so we practice taking our problems to the one who has the power to do something about ‘em!

A camper and her counselor

A camper and her counselor

Amazing Christian role models!

Mom, Dad, you are definitely still cool, and your kids certainly take all your advice and apply it immediately. Hear me out, though. What if a whole team of very cool teens and young adults were also investing in the growth and success of your children, and also speaking truth and encouragement to them? They could teach them fun games and keep them safe all at the same time, too. Sound to good to be true? Well, it’s not. It’s every single day of camp!

A counselor’s words and actions carry a lot of weight, and at camp your child is surrounded by an array of great role models, ready to share about their walk with Christ and encourage your child in their own relationship.

A camper learns archery for the first time.

A camper learns archery for the first time.

Doing new things!

Unless you have a 250 foot zip line, a five-sided treehouse, and a selection of canoes, funyaks, paddleboats, and paddleboards for your 7 acre lake, and more (umm, can we come over?), we guarantee there’s a fresh new adventure for your camper. This year, we’re adding a few new experiences for even more fun! Kids draw confidence from trying new things and experiencing real success. No one is amazing at everything (volleyball will never be my sport, and that’s okay). However, with so many different activities and coaching from a watchful counselor, each camper finds something they love (even if it’s not on the schedule.).

Campers with the shelter they built

Campers with the shelter they built

Kid-centered fun!

Campers are our priority! Everything is designed for the camper: fun games and activities for their age group, songs only an elementary schooler would love, appropriate bedtimes, and kid friendly delicious food. Counselors focus on the camper’s experience the entire time they are here, even praying for campers on their way to camp.

Campers at a supper cookout

Campers at a supper cookout

Unplugged!

Camp is a screen-free environment, and campers are too busy having fun to miss their devices! We all know the blue glow of the screen is a little rough on the eyes. The constant attention-grabbing is exhausting. At camp, campers live their own story instead of watching others’ stories through a 5-inch rectangle. Real life is so much bigger.

Whew! Thinking about all of this makes me ready for camp right now!  You too? ;) Even as the world changes, kids continue to need the unique qualities of summer camp, and this summer, it feels especially urgent.

Now, we know this list is incomplete (can the whole of camp ever really be captured in words?) so help us out. What does your camper need right now? What can camp offer your family?

How Deep the Father’s Love

Dads & Kids Weekend brought families closer together at Pine Lake.

As an exhausted group of dads and their somewhat tired children huddled in the cozy glow of the Shelter to escape the rain after a day of activity & time together, Derek Yoder shared from 1 Corinthians 13 and a message from his heart. He tried to explain the overwhelming new, protective love he felt the first moment he saw his daughter, the pain he experienced when seeing her injured, and the joy in spending time with her and watching her grow. This is nothing, he reminded the group, compared to God’s love for each of us.  Then, the Shelter filled with 28 voices singing a beautifully improvised rendition of “How Deep the Father’s Love,” led by Ruskin, with children worshipping alongside their fathers, in the midst of their Father.

Nine families gathered for Dads & Kids Weekend in October and made the weekend a fun, memorable bonding experience! The adventurous group braved a night hike, canoed in the fall morning mist, and dueled at the ping pong table. During a break in the rain, a clatter of hammers, wire nails, pine boards, and little voices echoed from the Shelter Campsites as the group assembled birdhouses to take home, a memento from a  weekend spent building something much bigger.​

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