letter from director
Hello Pinemere Family! My name is Mitch Morgan and I have the pleasure of being Pinemere's Executive 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 with Pinemere Camp is and has been as the 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 reading this, I'm guessing it means that 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 half century. As we move towards Summer 2020 and our 78th 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 full-time 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 2019 Pinemere Camp saw a 95% retention rate, which is 23% higher than the national average of 72%. For summer 2019 we are once again at 95%!
  • Staff – We believe that a happy (and well trained) staff is a happy camp! In 2019, 94% 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 4 summers: 92% of campers said they had an EXCELLENT summer vs 75% nationally. (FYI the other 8% rated camp as REALLY GOOD).
Over the course of the last few summers we made a number of investments into camp. These included a new swimming pool, renovated tennis and basketball courts, a new septic system, and numerous decks and roofs. We also added a new aqua summit, rope swing, and stand up paddle boards to our lake. All of these were made possible by the generous support of our alumni, Board of Directors, current families, and other donors. In May of 2019 we completed a brand new Dining Hall. While on the same footprint, this new structure is a major investment into the camp's program. We've even custom made tables to ensure that we can fit everyone in for every meal. We hope you'll come by camp to see this amazing new structure. I think you will also be impressed by our commitment to keep things rustic. There are a lot of incredible things happening at camp, but we’ll never be our best without the help of our Pinemere Family. We hope that you will consider a gift to Pinemere Camp and help us invest in the future. Whether you’re interested in providing scholarship dollars to ensure that every camper can afford camp or you’re interested in helping with capital and program projects, there are a variety of ways that you can get involved. We’re happy to speak with you on the phone or in person to find the right opportunity. To make your tax-deductible contribution, DONATE ONLINE or mail your check to: Pinemere Camp 4100 Main Street, Suite 301 Philadelphia, PA 19127 You also have the option of gifting stock! Please contact me for more information.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this letter, I love Pinemere Camp and I’m proud to be “driving the bus.” Over the next few years we hope to lay the foundation for our future generations and for Pinemere’s next 77 years. With your help, I have no doubt that we will. We look forward to seeing you all at Pinemere in Summer 2020! Mitch Mitch Morgan, Executive Director mitch@pinemere.com