Towering Pines Blog

Parents and Campers Share “Soaring Free” Moments

A HUGE thank you to our camp families for taking the time to respond to our end-of-the-season survey and for giving valuable feedback about the recent summer.  We will continue to strive to improve as we plan for 2024! Our theme this summer was “Soaring Free in ’23,” and from the comments we received from parents about the transformations noticed at home after spending time with us at camp, it’s obvious that your camper(s) soared quite high! PARENT PERSPECTIVE Our […]

Addition Through Subtraction

Some of you know that I have taught and tutored math over the years at various levels. Don’t worry – this is not a blog about the quadratic formula or any other math memory that you might have suppressed at some point in your school career!  My mathematical brain takes over at times when I least expect it, and so it occurred to me that there are opposing terms at work during the camp season that are worth diving into. […]

Couldn’t Do It Without Them!!

Meet the All-Star Support Staff This blog is dedicated to the faces of those whom we could not do without at camp, yet who often go without mention. The Towering Pines Support Staff are “behind the scenes” magicians. They support EVERYTHING we do!!  From fixing anything and everything around camp, to cracking enough eggs to feed 100 people, caring for the health needs of all our camp family and making sure the very littlest ones are engaged in camp life.  […]

Behind the Scenes to Building Future Leaders

Campfires, cabin nights, evening workshops, vespers and Sunday special events are a key part of the fabric of the weekly programming we have at camp. At surface level, these activities could have the appearance of nothing more than the opportunity to wear crazy costumes and play a bunch of games or sit in a circle singing songs and sharing thoughts around a particular theme. Some might even say their purpose on the camp calendar is to keep campers entertained and […]

Simple vs. Easy

Posted by on July 3, 2023

A blog I recently read by Growing Leaders really grabbed me because “simple” vs “easy” is something that I think so many people struggle with (myself included). Author Dr Tim Elmore points out that “it’s important to recognize the psychological difference between simplifying life and making life easier. Nearly every student (and adult, for that matter) should work to simplify their busy and complicated lives today. But nobody becomes the best version of themselves when life is easy. We don’t […]