letter from director
Hello Pinemere Family! Summer 2021, our 79th season serving the Jewish community, came with very high hopes and expectations. Camp was sold out to max capacity in 2020, we had an absolutely amazing group of new and returning Staff, we completed $250,000 in capital improvements and our team was ready to take our entire program to a new level. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we suspended our summer operations and we are setting our aim at Summer 2021. We all have a lot of emotions and feelings about this decision. Whatever you feel about the summer being cancelled, well that feeling is right. I can tell you that our Staff, Leadership and Admin teams, we are all heartbroken. While this decision was difficult, it is the right call for our community. We all know how important camp is to every camper and staff member. Camp is a place of firsts. It’s a place where you get to figure out who you are and who you will become. Yes, we are mourning a summer of fun and friends. We are also mourning the loss of a summer full of amazing and potentially life changing experiences for a group of amazing campers and staff. Recently, we embarked on a new capital campaign to begin a journey of renovating the entire Pinemere property (while keeping our rustic look and feel) to set up camp for our future generations of campers and staff. With the help and support of a fantastic Board of Directors, an incredible group of donors and a skilled and dedicated full-time staff, we have raised funds and done great work around our property. 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. In May of 2019 we completed a brand new Dining Hall. Now we are pivoting to a Sustainability Campaign. As you can imagine, a lost summer creates a significant financial impact to our organization. The time to secure the future of Pinemere Camp is now! Together we will make our way through the rough waters of this pandemic and all other obstacles that come our way. Your support is an investment into the future of Pinemere Camp and the Jewish community. 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 333 E Lancaster Ave, Suite 332 Wynnewood, PA 19096 You also have the option of gifting stock! Please contact me for more information.
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 78 years. With your help, I have no doubt that we will. We look forward to connecting with you all and one day soon we'll see you all again at Pinemere Camp! Mitch Mitch Morgan, Executive Director mitch@pinemere.com