Towering Pines Blog

Camp Kindness Throughout the Year

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world. -Harold Kushner With the holiday season upon us, it seems like a perfect time to reinforce the importance of choosing “kindness” as a way to help bring peace and harmony to our world.  This year in particular has brought many unique challenges to all of us that has tested our resolve in almost every area of life.  Layers of complexity have been added to completing […]

Choose Camp: Vote for Towering Pines

It goes without saying that you have seen your share of political ads over the past several weeks and months. More than likely, these ads are telling you something about the choices you should make on November 3rd.  So, instead of advising you who to vote for, we would like to give you a better choice this year. We want you to CHOOSE CAMP! Here at Camp Towering Pines, we actually care about the thing that most politicians only pretend […]

The Spooky Tale of Lost Lake

Every TP man who has ventured across the lake in a canoe has heard a ghost story or two. Towering pines is host to all manner of mythical creatures, ranging from the real to the improbable. I myself have seen Moses, the giant snapper of Turtle Bay, with my own eyes. Other beasts sound like the stuff of legends: Water Panthers, Hodags, and even rumors of Velociraptors have come echoing through the woods. When you look at each of these […]

What Towering Pines Can Do That Google Cannot

(Written by Kim Aycock) In a blog I read recently by Growing Leaders (excerpts are italicized below), Dr. Tim Elmore talks about how parenting, teaching, and coaching are different today, not because kids are different but because the culture is different. We are raising them in a society where Siri and Alexa offer quick answers, creating eight-second attention spans and expectations that solutions should be instantaneous and that life should be entertaining. It’s not our kids’ fault, but it is […]


We’d like to welcome Jonathan Shirley to our camp family!!  Jonathan is going to serve in the role of Associate Director of Towering Pines and is working in collaboration with Jeff and Will to create a terrific TP trio!!  He is also a part of the entire leadership team for both TP and Woodland.  Recently Jonathan and his wife, Taylor, as well as his family, visited and spent about ten days exploring both camps.  It was awesome to have them […]