December Update
Pilgrim Pines Calls New Executive Director

Jim Condap elected to serve by unanimous decision

Cromwell, CT, December 20, 2017:  The Chair of the Board of Directors of Pilgrim Pines Conference Center announced today the appointment and Call of Rev. Jim Condap as Executive Director. In announcing the decision, Kimberly Mann said, "Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors of Pilgrim Pines, I want to welcome Jim Condap to his new role as Executive Director. Through hard work, dedication and relationship-building, Jim has served faithfully for many years, seeking first God's will for the Pines.  I eagerly look forward to collaborating with Jim in this new role and offer sincere congratulations. Looking forward to the New Year I am reminded of what a gift we have in the ministry of Pilgrim Pines. We enthusiastically look ahead to the camping and conference opportunities planned for 2018. We are refreshed as we observe all the good work being accomplished, both to the grounds and buildings and in the hearts of the people we serve. Humbly, we acknowledge there is much more work to be done.  Be comforted in knowing the work is underway and is now in the very capable hands of someone who is passionate to serve, and has been for many years."  

The Call comes with the concurrence of the East Coast Conference Board, approved at a special session held on Saturday, December 9. According to Rev. Eugene Kim, Chair of the East Coast Conference Board: "The East Coast Conference has been blessed to have the ministry of Pilgrim Pines bearing spiritual fruit in people's lives for decades. For many years, Jim Condap has been there faithfully serving and helping make the Pines the special place that it is. And now, we're thrilled to have Jim lead the Pines into our future as Executive Director! I whole-heartedly congratulate Jim on his appointment and look forward to even greater vision and deeper missional partnership with our Conference churches."

The Call successfully concludes a search begun last Spring by a joint committee representing both boards, led by Bruce Bergstrom and including six other members. The committee welcomed applicants and nominations from across the ECC and within broader Christian camping networks. The process led the Search Committee to advance the nomination to the Pines full board, and then on to the Conference Board for their concurrence in keeping with the Bylaws under which the Pines operates and the East Coast Conference holds the agency as one of their ministries. In commenting on the decision, Bruce Bergstrom commented: "Jim has a strong track record of leadership both inside and outside of camp. This combined with his deep industry knowledge, institutional tenure, along with his various leadership roles within our conference churches, Pilgrim Pines and the greater Covenant makes Jim uniquely qualified to lead camp.  After a national search, the Search Committee is excited that Jim has accepted the call as Executive Director of Pilgrim Pines.  We look forward to seeing how God continues to work through him as he leads this vital ministry into the future." 

"I have known Jim Condap since childhood as we both grew up in the Covenant Church in Riverside, RI" comments Howard Burgoyne, Conference Superintendent. "It has been wonderful to work with Jim as our Ministry Director, and as Acting Director in the last two years. Jim is a great supporter of our Pines ministry, and a believer in Christian camping. I look forward to working closely with Jim and the Pines team under his leadership in the days to come."

Jim, a graduate of Keene State College, and a Commissioned Staff Minister in the ECC, has served the Pines in several roles over many years. From 1993-1998 he served at Camp Squanto, directing the camp from 1996 - 1998. After serving in pastoral ministry in two churches he returned to the Pines in 2006 to serve as Ministry Director. In 2015 and again in 2017 Jim has stepped into transitions to serve as Acting Director. Jim has served broadly in the ECC in ministry leadership and on several CHIC teams as Main Stage Operations Director. He serves currently as the President of the Association of Covenant Camps and Conference Centers. He and his wife Erin, and three daughters live in Swanzey, NH. They are members of Monadnock Covenant Church, Keene, NH. Plans to recognize this Call and to host an installation service will be announced after the holidays.

Pilgrim Pines Conference Center and Camp Squanto are a ministry of the East Coast Conference ( of the Evangelical Covenant Church. 2018 will be the 60th anniversary of ministry programming on Swanzey Lake, and a series of special events and activities are being planned to mark this significant milestone. For more information on the Pines and opportunities to participate, go to our Website,

Help us Finish Strong!

The mission is alive, the need is real, and your choice to support Pilgrim Pines with a cash or stock donation will go directly to programs that change lives for Christ. Please join us in giving back financially this year to a ministry that has given so very much to so many. 
We are open all year!
Pilgrim Pines offers a variety of retreat opportunities for people of all ages throughout the year. Each of our retreats are designed to help you relax in God's creation, retreat in a faith community, and find restoration in Jesus. 
2018 Retreats
Click the links below to find out more information about each of our retreats on our website. 
January 5-7, 2018
January 26-28, 2018
January 19-21, 2018
February 9-11,2018

February 16-19, 2018
April 20-22, 2018
May 25-28, 2018
Celebrating 60 Years
We are celebrating 60 years of ministry in 2018! 

Do you have any old photos? We want to hear from you!  Send any photos you may have to
Spring 2018
Save the Date for the Spring Fling 2018! Get ready for a night celebrating the ministry of Pilgrim Pines. More details will be coming your way soon. 

We are seeking items for the raffle and silent auction such as sports tickets, gift baskets, art, quality craft items, new sporting or camping equipment, gift certificates, etc. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Kayla O'Donnell at 603.352.0443 or
Summer 2018
Camp Squanto 2018
Be on the look out for the 2018 Camp Squanto Brochure in your mailbox for all things Squanto. 

Registration is now open! Camp Squanto is a great opportunity for grades 2-12. It makes a great Christmas present too! 

Family Camp
Discover real family closeness as you look forward to a whole week of fun and growing closer together. At Mayflower Family Camp you'll be encouraged with reminders of God's love and affection and invigorated with a fresh love for your family. You'll enjoy quality time together in an inspiring, family-oriented environment. A Christian vacation for the whole family. 
Elm Bunkhouse Lottery

The new Bunkhouse - named Elm - will be ready for Summer 2018! Reservations will be made through a lottery process.  We will accept requests through December 31st.  In January, we will "draw a name" for each week and we will let you know if your name was chosen.  At that time, we will ask for deposits. 

We will not accept deposits until after the lottery process is complete. (If you have an existing reservation, we will transfer your deposit to the new reservation if applicable.)

Full Week: $985   (Week 7 $845)
Sleeps: 6
Join the 2018 Summer Staff
We hire over 70 young adults and college students each summer to serve at Mayflower Family Camp and Camp Squanto. Applications are being accepted now. Information can be found on our  website.  
Road Scholar
Did you know that Pilgrim Pines has been hosting Road Scholar (formerly called Elderhostel) programs for over 29 years?  Road Scholars provide educational classes for adults on a wide range of subjects.  Pilgrim Pines hosts close to 20 courses during the school year.   The few examples of topics show how wide ranging the courses are:  "The Films of Ken Burns", "Celebrating the Autumn Tapestry and History of New Hampshire", "Greek Dramas", "The Great Depression".
For more information, 
Registration is processed directly through  Road Scholars.

Recipe of the Month
Kale Coleslaw Salad

Salad Ingredients:
Shredded Cabbage
Shredded Red Cabbage
Shredded Carrots
Shredded Kale

Dressing Ingredients:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
White Vinegar

Something Extra:
Dried Cranberries

Mix well together and enjoy!
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Product and Service Donation
Imagine owning a home with hundreds of beds, 96 toilets, multiple electronics, multiple wifi locations, a fleet of vehicles, power equipment, etc.
As you can imagine it takes lots to keep the place going.
Pilgrim Pines is always looking for more partners in its ministry.  If you are interested in partnering with us, there are several ways you can contribute. Take a look at our product & services page  for ways you can help.   

Our hope is that you will continue to faithfully walk with us as you have in the past.  So, we are asking you to please consider joining us on this journey with your gifts of talent, time, and treasure.
Volunteer Opportunities
Pilgrim Pines welcomes volunteers all year long
Whether you come by yourself, with your family or through a church group. We are blessed by volunteers who help in the kitchen, serve as weekend hosts, assist in the Mayflower office and work on maintenance projects.
We can really use some volunteer help now and into the fall as we are clearing some areas of overgrowth in the camping area.
Your church may even be interested in our " Adopt-a-Cabin" program. When a church adopts a cabin they commit to an annual donation toward its maintenance and often send a volunteer group to specifically tend to their cabin's needs.  Contact  Jim Condap  if your or your church are interested in volunteering or the Adopt-a-Cabin program.

If you shop on-line through Amazon, please sign up for  Amazon Smile and choose Pilgrim Pines as your charity.  Amazon Smile is a non-profit arm of Amazon in which 0.5% of all purchase prices are donated to the charity of your choice.  So you can shop like normal and support Pilgrim Pines in the process.

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