letter from director
Many of you know that I did not grow up at Pinemere Camp. I wasn’t a CIT or a staff member at Pinemere. My one and only role is and has been as the Pinemere Executive Director. I grew up at a Jewish overnight camp in the Mid-West. While it is miles away, it’s really pretty similar. I’m proud to be part of the Pinemere Family and I truly love the place. If you’re on this email it means you probably do too. Like me, you know that Pinemere isn’t just another camp and it isn’t just a special place, it’s sacred ground. Multiple generations have spent their summers here and many of our traditions go back at least a half century. As we move towards Summer 2018 and our 76th season serving the Jewish community, I want to take a few minutes to update you on how things are progressing. I’m happy to report that with the help of a fantastic Board of Directors, a skilled and dedicated fulltime staff, and an absolutely incredible summer team, Pinemere Camp is proving to be among the best Jewish overnight camps in the country. Here is a little national data to back up that statement:
- Retention – During the summer of 2017 Pinemere Camp saw a 93% retention rate, which is 21% higher than the national average of 72%. For summer 2018 we are at almost 95%!
- Staff – We believe that a happy (and well trained) staff is a happy camp! In 2017, 96% of our Staff said that Pinemere had a great work environment and 98% said we have great leadership and professionalism. That is compared nationally to 73% and 79% respectively.
- Excellence – While we have a lot of data from the most important people, our campers, one piece of information sticks out and has been consistent for 3 summers: 92% of campers said they had an EXCELLENT summer vs 75% nationally. (FYI the other 8% rated camp as REALLY GOOD).