Pinemere is a dynamic Jewish overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. We are a unique community made up of campers, families, staff, and alumni from around the world. We set ourselves apart with our fun and welcoming environment, rustic setting, innovative programs, inclusive Jewish programming, and by hiring and developing the best staff in camping. Our goal is to assist campers in building friendships, acquiring new skills, fostering their Jewish identity, and to have the BEST SUMMER, EVERY SUMMER!
Our amazing community offers boys and girls entering grades 2-11 the choice of 7, 4, and 3-week camp sessions. Younger campers trying out camp can also attend our 3-day SPARK weekend or 7-day PIONEERS week.
Pinemere was established in 1942 by the Jewish Welfare Board (which subsequently became the Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA)) to provide a resident camp experience for Jewish children in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. At that time, these children were limited to few options in the summer, and Pinemere was determined to give them a chance at an extraordinary overnight experience in a majority Jewish setting.
The Board of Directors found an existing all-girls camp called Pinemere (“mirror of the pines”) and began the process of bringing together campers and families from across the area. In the beginning, most families were drawn from small suburban communities where their children had less interaction with other Jewish boys and girls. While that has changed somewhat in recent years, our camp maintains its role as a small camp community that provides a warm and caring environment to all that attend.
Today, Pinemere’s campers attend seven, four, and three-week sessions. (Pinemere also offers a 3-day SPARK program and 7-day Pioneers program for children who want a taste of summer camp.) The children, grades 2-9, are provided with a structured camp program and qualified counselors as role models. While they may come from diverse areas that span both this region and the entire country, campers will still discover their own sense of a Jewish identity amidst this beautiful setting.
Pinemere has a full program, providing exceptional supervision and instruction in a variety of areas including outdoor experience and adventure, athletics, creative and performing arts, waterfront programs and more. Maybe more important than ever, Pinemere creates an oasis for children, where they can escape the hectic pace, pressure and technology of the “real world” and just be kids!