Towering Pines Blog

Modern Camper: Some Things Never Change

Here we are! Today is the first performance of the annual CoEd Show. One of the most anticipated days of the entire summer. The CIT’s will move up the ladder of awesomeness in the eyes of the campers. This is THE story of the summer. Every cabin is mentioned in the script and every camper and staff member will be included in the slide show finale. Inside jokes are revealed. The unique personality of each cabin group is celebrated. We […]

The Ties That Bind Us

I recently had the opportunity to be a fly on the wall for a social with the 15-yr olds from both camps. It was interesting to see the two groups come together for the 2nd time this summer. The gals from Driftwood and the guys from Cabin 11, along with their counselors, spent an hour or so of hanging out in the lodge at Woodland. While I’m pretty sure teenagers around the world normally don’t congregate to play “get-to-know-you” games […]

The Gift of Time

Time is such an interesting phenomenon. Young kids, especially, often have a distorted view of time and can have no concept and/or easily lose track of it (both good things!). They generally know that a few minutes is shorter than a few hours or days, but that is about the extent of it. You might be familiar with the quote, “the days are long, but the years are short”. Sometimes we feel that way about camp; the days are long, […]

Always Trust Your Cape

Wow. It’s the end of the 4th week of camp. Today is TP Fair. How that happened, I’m not exactly sure. Sometimes you just blink your eyes and “poof”. There it goes. A lot has happened in this past week, and yet when I slow down and take time to reflect, I am reminded of one of our favorite Jeff and Jon (originally by Guy Clark) guitar songs, “Always Trust Your Cape”. We sometimes sing it at a campfire, and […]

No Such Deficit

One inescapable fact about life at Towering Pines is its immersive outdoor quality. Around here the complex forces of nature, the rich textures and tones of natural beauty, are our daily companion. In every direction, there is something wonderful, something that can fill you with wonder, waiting to be noticed. Lakes glistening from the sun’s rays, angular rocks covered with moss, tiny insects scurrying across the ground, ancient pine trees towering above— we are surrounded by the mysteries of the […]