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Camp Life

Camp Life at Pinecliffe is about learning to live with others, being part of a community, discovering more about ourselves, and enjoying all that Camp Pinecliffe has to offer.

I wish camp was 9 months and school 7 weeks!

Rebecca, Camper

A Camper’s Daily Schedule

7:30 – Reveille A typical day at Camp Pinecliffe begins at 7:30 when our bugle plays Reveille, waking the camp.
8:00 – Breakfast Breakfast, like all of our meals, is served family style. We have a different breakfast every day (eggs, pancakes, bagels, etc.). Campers are always provided the option of our breakfast bar, which includes fresh fruit and yogurt daily, as well as a variety of hot and cold cereals.
8:30 – Bunk Ordering After breakfast, campers return to their bunks to clean and prepare for morning activities.
9:10 – Morning Assembly The entire camp gathers for a daily assembly, where we sing camp songs and make important announcements.
9:30 – 12:40 – 4 Activity Periods Pinecliffe has 4 activity periods in the morning, each 40 minutes in length, with ten minutes between, providing plenty of time for campers to get from one activity to the next without missing instructional time.
1:00 – Lunch
1:45 – 2:45 – Rest Hour All campers spend rest hour in their bunks, supervised by a counselor. This provides our campers an opportunity to write letters home, read a book, or play a game with their bunkmates.
2:50 – 5:20 – 3 Activity Periods We run three activity periods in the afternoon, each 50 minutes in length, providing an opportunity for extra instruction and fun time in our departments. Our three oldest age groups use a structured choice program in the afternoon; they are given the opportunity to choose which activities they will attend, giving our older campers the ability to focus more on areas that really interest them.
5:20 – 6:00 This is a structured free time for all of our campers. Many of our departments, including tennis, boot camp, landsports, and swim, are open for campers to have additional instruction in areas of their choice. We use this time for all of our competitive inter-camp teams to practice for upcoming games and focus on advance skill development.
6:15 – Dinner
7:15 – Evening Program The entire camp comes together as a large family where we all play organized activities.
8:30 – Milk & Cookies Junior campers line-up at the Main Bunk in their pajamas for Milk and Cookies. Camp “big” Sisters spend time with their Camp “little sisters.” Seniors eat milk and cookies in their bunks.
9:00 – Taps The day ends with Lights Out at Taps (9:00p.m.), followed by flashlight time where campers can read or write letters quietly on their bed before falling asleep.