What are PINE camps all about?

“Isn’t being outside ALL THE TIME dangerous?”

Not at all. But one has to be prepared! We believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing! We’re outside in it all year round, so we think we’ve got a pretty good amount of experience backing this up.

We use high level of skill and knowledge, teamwork and positive attitudes to stay safe, have fun, and keep learning at all times, regardless of the weather. Remember that our ancestors used to live outside all of the time, long before the Environment became an “issue”!

Self care is an important skill and a part of these camps, just the same as knowing how to find shelter, or create one in a flash.

Do you remember running through the rain as a kid? We want your kids to remember that too. And we also want them to know how to take care of themselves, and how to watch out for the welfare of others in the group. We’ve found that Nature facilitates this better than a climate controlled room.

But most important is that we stay safe, and have fun!

The P.I.N.E. Project makes a living running outdoor programming with kids year round. We’re outside every day, all day, Spring, Summer, Fall, and yes… WINTER TOO! This is what we do, and we’re pretty good at it. Our staff are highly trained wilderness adventure guides that have tons of experience with youth in the most rugged conditions.

So why are we in the city?!? We believe that kids need an opportunity to connect with the environment where they live! That’s our mission. Local, place-based mentoring supporting long term connections and relationships between individuals, communities, and nature.

Your kids are going to LOVE it! You will too.

Each program involves parents in a variety of ways to make sure camp is coming back home with the kids, and to share some of our tricks with you too. We also encourage parents to be involved at the beginning and end of each day when we meet and when we say goodbye. Our staff are all highly trained, certified and competent wilderness guides and outdoor leaders, mentors and teachers. They’ve made a living making wise decisions in the most remote and dangerous areas that exist, with no hospitals, phones or help available. All P.I.N.E Instructors have up to date vulnerable sectors checks. Staff to camper ratio in groups are 1:6. These camps are a walk in the park (no pun intended) in comparison!