Pinemere Camp’s mission is to provide campers and staff members with a group living experience rooted in the religious and social traditions of Judaism. Pinemere defines its identity by means of group processes and opportunities for personal growth. Our goal is to provide each camper with an individualized, progressive, and diverse program designed to foster new skills and to refine old ones. Pinemere is committed to offering our approximately 250 campers and 100 staff members the opportunity to become integral members of a caring Jewish camp community. At Pinemere, each person is offered a summer of fun and a lifetime of memories.
Pinemere was established in 1942 by the Jewish Welfare Board (which subsequently became the Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA)) to provide a resident camp experience for Jewish children in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. At that time, these children were limited to few options in the summer, and Pinemere was determined to give them a chance at an extraordinary overnight experience in a majority Jewish setting.
The Board of Directors found an existing all-girls camp called Pinemere (“mirror of the pines”) and began the process of bringing together campers and families from across the area. In the beginning, most families were drawn from small suburban communities where their children had less interaction with other Jewish boys and girls. While that has changed somewhat in recent years, our camp maintains its role as a small camp community that provides a warm and caring environment to all that attend.
Today, Pinemere’s campers attend seven, four, and three-week sessions. (Pinemere also offers a 3-day SPARK program and 7-day Pioneers program for children who want a taste of summer camp.) The children, grades 2-9, are provided with a structured camp program and qualified counselors as role models. While they may come from diverse areas that span both this region and the entire country, campers will still discover their own sense of a Jewish identity amidst this beautiful setting.
Pinemere has a full program, providing exceptional supervision and instruction in a variety of areas including outdoor experience and adventure, athletics, creative and performing arts, waterfront programs and more. Pinemere’s greatest strength is its ability to create a familial environment set upon a Jewish backdrop, as campers and staff develop lifelong friendships and a lifetime of memories.