March Update
 
Ministry Moment
Stefan Fritz, Former Ministry and Summer Staff, Part of the Family
 
Pilgrim Pines has always been a special place to me both geographically and spiritually. The brief rundown of my experience at camp begins with my infant baptism in the Strand Chapel, and from 1987 until 2014, there had not been one summer when I couldn't bear the title of camper, summer staffer, camp director, or volunteer. As a child, staying two weeks at family camp and a week at Squanto defined my summer. When school would let out I could not wait until we went to Pilgrim Pines, and when we got home the countdown to next summer would begin.
 
Seven months ago I became a father, and ever since, my perspective on just about everything has changed. The concept of time and experiences now span beyond my own perspective but now from a generational one. I've begun to see my relationship with Pilgrim Pines is not just my own but is a piece of my past, present, and future family's history with camp.

My Mother grew up in Chicago and had not heard of Pilgrim Pines at all until she went away to Camp Squanto at a young age. Her stepmother grew up in Orange, Massachusetts and had a connection to Pilgrim Pines. And so, a Midwestern girl without any prior knowledge of the East Coast or New England came to have some formational time at Camp Squanto. She has recalled to me fondly of her watching the lunar Landing in 1969 when they wheeled in a television set into the old dining hall.

As life would have it my mom would end up in New York and start a family with my dad. When they were deciding where to take family vacations my mother remembered the place where she spent her Summers as a kid. To think that those experience she had when she was much younger would have such an amazing impact on my life is incredible to think about. When she was sent to Camp as a young girl she had no idea that she would be discovering a special place that would nourish the spiritual well-being of her and her lineage.

Having gone to Pilgrim Pines for just about every summer of my life, I have had numerous spiritual experiences on its sacred grounds. When I was in times of doubt and trouble, the Pines would become my spiritual well from which I may take a drink and encounter Jesus when it seemed like it had been awhile. When I have been at my closest with Jesus, I've returned to camp and have been able to be the servant rather than the one being served.
 
Pilgrim Pines is a living place for a variety of reasons. Through nature I can experience the revelation of God, the Holy Spirit speaks to me through the smells of pine and the gentle breeze and even the smell of frying oil from The Snack Shack. Jesus sits down with me at a bench as we look out at the water together and he shows me how much he loves me. Camp gives to others through its holy ground, and it is such a blessing for me to be able to say that I have been able to serve as part of Summer Staff and full-time staff. At Pilgrim Pines I've met my closest friends, fell in love with my wife, laughed the hardest, cried the hardest, and most importantly, most tangibly felt the love of Christ.

My daughter, Eliana, will someday be a camper at Camp Squanto. My wife, Kiera, and I cannot wait until we spend our first week at Family Camp and get to see Eliana encounter Jesus in the ways that we both did when we were young. Pilgrim Pines will always be in my heart because of my past experiences there, but there is a new way in which I love camp. I not only love camp for what it's been in the past or what it is presently for me, but I also love the future of Camp and the ways it will bless my children and my children's children.
 
The best part about all of this is is that my story is not unique. Pilgrim Pines has been such a sanctuary for so many generations of families that continue to retreat in Swanzey, New Hampshire. Maybe someday my daughter Eliana will get to watch the Mars Landing in the new dining hall. And so the cycle continues.
 
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Thank you Peder Hedberg Foundation
Pilgrim Pines would like to take this opportunity to recognize and honor the incredible work of the Peder Hedberg Foundation over the past six years. 

 
Upcoming Events
Women's Weekend
April 21-23, 2017
May 26-29, 2017
 
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Pilgrim Pines was featured in the latest Covenant Companion. Camp matters! 
 
Summer 2017

Camp Squanto is a great opportunity for grades 2-12 to develop skills and build relationships. Get in on the fun today!
 
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Be on the lookout for our Scholarship appeal in your mailbox. We want everyone to be given the opportunity to attend camp, but sometimes it's not financially feasible.  Our Scholarship fund directly impacts how many kids are given the opportunity to go to camp.  While you wait, consider what impact your donation could make. Camp matters! Your contribution matters!



Many families say that their week at Mayflower Family Camp is a hybrid between a traditional New England summer camp and a fun filled, memory making family vacation. Mayflower Family Camp creates a unique oasis for adults and children alike. Parents can choose to participate in morning Christian education time with outstanding speakers from across the country while their kids learn new skills, discover Biblical lessons and share new experiences with their new friends. Everyone has the chance to develop an appreciation for new friendships and God's creation. 

Family Camp Availability
Looking for a specific unit for a specific week, view our  current availability.

There are also campsites available. Call the office for availability. 
603.352.0443


  
Camping at Pilgrim Pines provides a fantastic environment for families needing a place to get away in God's creation. Our camping area is full of wonderful families who create real community while enjoying a safe and caring environment.  Open Memorial Weekend-Columbus Day Weekend, camping families are encouraged to participate in the 7 weeks of Mayflower Family Christian programming.
  • RV or Tent campsites with electric and water hookups
  • Bath Houses with hot showers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Swimming and Recreation areas
  • Picnic Pavilion
You are invited to join us in the Camping Area for the entire season, for just a week, or simply for a night. 
Call us today to make a reservation! 

or email us at erik@pilgrimpines.org 


Mayflower Family Ministry and Camp Squanto hire over 70 young adults and college students each summer. 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 20 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.

 
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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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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. Or feel free to make a direct donation by clicking the DONATE button below.
 
 

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 church is interested in volunteering or the Adopt-a-Cabin program.

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220 West Shore Road   | Swanzey NH  |  03446

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