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!


Our survey responses come together for both Woodland and Towering Pines, and because many camp families have children at both, they are co-mingled here:

Our daughter has become more adventurous with her food choices which is great! They are both learning to be more independent and try new things.

As every summer, the kids have come home more independent and mature. This year, they also seem closer to each other since they were both in coed show and got to share that experience.

Our son seems a lot more mature; we can tell that he’s gained life perspective and is not as addicted to devices which is great. He’s been much more talkative with all of us and he’s gained significant skills in meeting new people on his own and talking with them.

**I see them more talkative and they both seem really happy with their experiences. **Maturing and willingness to work hard on goals. **More confident, social, self confident, mature. Growth. ** Both kids are more capable, independent, and embracing of challenges. Also, they seem to have a more mature attitude about life. ** Confident (!) and able to walk into situations with unknown kids/adults and not feel overwhelmed! **

** Independence in our daughter. Compassion and inclusion in our son. **Increased confidence, independence, and adventurousness. ** Increased confidence, trying new things. ** More confidence around tennis. ** She is now officially a camp kid! Loved it! **Self esteem, open to try new things. ** He’s become more active and is eating better. **

** Better sense of self. ** She is more of a leader and doing things outside her comfort level. ** He is more confident, has more independence, smiles more and more often. ** I can see that he is more open, he gained self confidence, and made new friends. ** Confident, healthy, happy, and I can’t wait for her to go back so she gets a break from her phone obsession (ha!). **


Toward the end of the summer, each camper had the opportunity to share his thoughts on what “Soaring Free in ’23” looked like to him (All campers whose form we received are included here.):

Cabin 4, Huron:

Rodrigo G.:  happy; Ryan:  being a 2nd year; Miles:  happy; Warner:  fun, caring, kind and just the best; Guy:  a free place that we can talk to everyone; Lorenzo:  freedom and be yourself

Cabin 5, Mohawk:

Ben:  special; Devin:  cool and detailed. It was a good idea, and I liked the art style; Chris:  I did activities that I wanted to do.  Roark:  trying new things and trying to be more open to new things and making new friends; Will G.:  paradise; Matt: a new year for fun new adventures

Cabin 6, Cheyenne:

Javier F.:  like being free and happy; Emiliano:  crazy and fun; Diego:  incredible, exciting, relaxed; Bosco:  special, new, fun, incredible, and welcoming; Jose Pablo B.:  a really fun summer!Forrest:  fun; Charlie: awesome; Thomas:  expert!!

Cabin 7, Iroquois

Ro G.:  fun; Andres A.:  fun, good; Juan Pablo:  good; Miguel:  good; Reid:  fun and relaxing; Jacob:  fun, creative; Will S.:  awesome and cool; Johnny P.:  being relaxed at camp, making new friends and feeling free at camp without parents and school because you still have a schedule, but you can pick what you want to do

Cabin 8, Winnebago

Sebas: awesome; Rodrigo F.:  incredible :  Emeric:  Camp is all about the friends we make along the way.; Lucas:  Camp is fun : ) Conor:  “The real camp is the friends that we make along the way.”; Lucio:  fun; Aiden:  fun and very inspired to try new things; Henry:  freedom!;  Thomas S.:   connecting more with my friends and advancing in my activities

Cabin 11, Seneca

Johnny E.:  freely hanging out in the cabin; William R.:  seeing the sunset; Nathan:  fun; William L.:  Everyone is helping each other out.; Ricardo:  summer!; Pato E.:  good; Alvaro A.:  smile : ) Patricio R.:  I enjoyed myself and making new friends and getting to make new awesome memories.  I’ll come back!

Cabin 12, Apache

Julian:  amazing! Eli:  amazing! Colin:  having a great time at camp; Ercole:  very nice! Sam S.:  pictures of fun : )


While feelings are at an all time high from the summer, now is a GREAT time to enroll your son(s) for 2024 and reserve your spot(s) before we open registration to new campers. The early bird discount ($750 deposit, 5% off 2024 rate) for all returning campers has been extended through 9/8/23 when registering for 6 weeks:

Angie Ziller

  • Camp Mom at TP
  • Leadership Staff at TP/Office Manager
  • Marketing TP/Woodland
  • Leadership Team TP/Woodland
  • Assistant Waterfront Director at Woodland
  • Counselor at Woodland
  • “Building in our hearts fond memories, Towering Pines for you.”