Pinewoods Work Day on June 5th

May 24, 2021

Rain date is June 6th

Come to Pinewoods for the day and help us open up camp. We will mostly be working on opening cabins and opening dance pavilions, with some help also needed to get the kitchen ready. We will NOT be putting in docks, as that is being handled separately. Full vaccination required.

Please follow the link to the form below to register if you plan to attend.

Pinewoods June 5th Work Day Registration Form

Pinewoods Camp Announces New Executive Director

May 19, 2021

The Board of Pinewoods Camp, Inc is excited to announce that Chris Jacobs will be our new Executive Director. We are proud and pleased to introduce her to the community. She will start working for PCI in mid June.

Chris Jacobs is an executive director, science educator, and facilities and personnel manager, with professional experience working for non-profit organizations and in the restaurant and hospitality sector. A longtime Plymouth resident, she is dedicated to preserving Pinewoods Camp’s natural environment and historic facilities for music, dance, and song communities.

A trained biologist from her undergraduate studies, Chris spent many years working as an environmental educator at the South Shore Natural Science Center (SSNSC) in Norwell, MA. In her time as a naturalist at the SSNSC, she developed environmental education programs for school groups, teacher workshops, scout programs, and public audiences. While working as an environmental educator, Chris also worked for twelve years for the Outback Steakhouse franchise working her way up to manager, regional coordinator, and restaurant proprietor. After several years of full-time hospitality management, Chris’s dedication to serving communities and the environment brought her back to the South Shore Natural Science Center. She returned to them in 2009 first as a naturalist and volunteer coordinator, then development director, and ultimately the organization’s executive director. SSNSC merged with the South Shore YMCA in 2011, and, following the merger, Chris played an integral role in bridging the internal and external members of the two organizations.  She served as SSNSC’s Executive Director from 2015 until 2021.

Chris is a dedicated community builder and has a passion for volunteerism and inspiring others. In addition to her years of professional work, she has also volunteered as a member of various local and state councils and boards including Appalachian Mountain Club, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marine Educators, and Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. She currently serves as co-president of Wild Ones, South Shore Ma Chapter.

While growing up, Chris spent summers away at a variety of camps and recalls many wonderful memories. These adventures strengthened her love of bonding with others through shared experiences, and it was these memorable events that inspired and shaped who she is today.

Chris credits her success in her endeavors to being passionate and dedicated, and by creating a culture of caring and respect. She is excited to bring the same dedication and passion to the Pinewoods Camp community.

Chris Jacobs

Chris Jacobs, incoming Pinewoods Camp, Inc. Executive Director

Good news about Pinewoods Camp Summer 2021

April 30, 2021

Pinewoods is happy to announce that we are preparing to open this summer. Our camp season will begin on Friday, June 25, and conclude on Tuesday, September 7. We have negotiated an abbreviated summer schedule with our Program Providers. Please check with Program Providers about their dates and what programming they will offer given the uncertainty of changing regulations. Our PCI crew is hired; they all will be fully vaccinated by the time they come to camp.

The health and safety of Pinewoods staff and crew, campers, and the residents of the Six Ponds community are a primary concern. PCI will require that all campers and program staff be vaccinated. PCI’s operation of Camp and the camp sessions run by the Program Providers will comply with the requirements of public health orders issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Town of Plymouth Board of Health. These mandatory safety standards will, of course, apply to program activities and PCI accommodations. The guidelines are subject to change; PCI will be monitoring the national, state, and local guidelines and health conditions closely. We have asked that our Program Providers do the same prior to the start of their respective sessions.

We are excited to safely welcome people back to Camp this summer, and appreciate everyone’s patience and support as we work out the details!

The PCI Board

The path from Ampleforth down to the Long Pond dock.

Photo by David Cornelius, 2013.

[Image description: The path from Ampleforth down to the Long Pond dock. The trees and leaves are brightly lit with sun, and there is an aluminum rowboat resting on the shore. The water on the pond is still.]

2021 Summer Season Update

March 10, 2021

The PCI Board of Directors held its spring meeting on Sunday, March 7th. Chief among our concerns, of course, is making plans for the 2021 summer season. Every week there is more good news about the rate and efficacy of vaccinations. However, there are still local, state, and federal mandates that would greatly curtail possible activities if camp were to open today. The Board has decided to move forward on hiring a crew for the summer so that Camp can support and maintain its devoted community of workers, complete much-needed maintenance on the camp facilities, and be prepared to open camp July 1st if we can. We hope to make a final decision in mid-April about what sort of programs and how many attendees Camp can safely host. The Board is in close contact with all of our program providers.

We hope to see you at Camp this summer.
Sincerely, The PCI Board

Round Pond from the Pinecones porch. Photo by Natty Smith, April 13, 2018.

Executive Director Position Available

January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

As we move into the new year, the Pinewoods Camp, Inc. Board of Directors is excited to announce the posting of the PCI Executive Director position. Pinewoods is seeking an experienced professional with nonprofit and facilities administration and management experience. This is a full-time, year-round position with many unique responsibilities and possibilities. Applications must be received by March 1st, 2021.

If you are interested in this position, please review the materials on the Executive Director job posting page.

Round Pond Dock.

Inclusion & Antiracism

November 9, 2020

The Board of Pinewoods Camp is committed to antiracist beliefs and practices. White supremacy and white nationalism have no place at Pinewoods. Black lives matter.

 

Racism in our region began over 400 years ago when Europeans first came to Wampanoag territory, and systemic racism continues to negatively impact Black, Indigenous, and other people of color in the local Plymouth community and across the country. Pinewoods Camp, Inc. serves the physical place and environment on which our facilities sit, but Pinewoods is also part of the larger complex cultural history. We commit to study that history and acknowledge systemic bias in our business practices and our relationship to traditional music and dance. It is our intent to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

PCI is taking these initial steps to combat systemic bias. Please visit the new “Inclusion & Antiracism” page on the website for an up-to-date list of PCI’s actions.

  • This summer of 2020 we worked with our investment adviser to ensure that the funds we have in reserve are held in fiscally sound investments with companies with a strong commitment to diversity, antiracism and environmental protection. 
  • We are expanding our network of professional service providers, vendors and contractors to include additional minority owned businesses. 
  • The Board is learning about the Wampanoag Native People, past and present. An article will be in the Fall 2020 Pinewoods Post with an invitation to our entire Pinewoods community to join us. 
  • We will provide ongoing implicit bias training for our staff and crew.
  • Pinewoods Camp, Inc. acknowledges that some important historical figures impacting our community, like Cecil Sharp, held racist and sexist views. We will educate our community about that history. To avoid idealizing such a figure, the PCI Board is reconsidering the names of C# and C# Minor Pavilions.
  • We support our Program Providers in the self-reflection and reckoning in which they, too, are engaged.

Interim Executive Director

October 19, 2020

The Pinewoods Camp, Inc. Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Warren Anderson, former PCI board president and longtime camper, has graciously offered to serve as Camp’s interim executive director during this time of transition. The job responsibilities of the interim executive director will include financial planning and maintenance, management of Camp operations, facilities maintenance and development, planning with our program providers, and communicating with the extended Pinewoods community. In addition to his fourteen years on the PCI board of directors, five of which he served as president, Warren’s professional experience as a partner in an architectural practice in Baltimore will be invaluable for PCI at this moment of transition. He is retired, and is willing and excited to live on the premises and care for Camp until he is able to help a new executive director get started. Warren’s deep knowledge of and love for Camp and its communities make him uniquely suited to help right now, and we are lucky to have him.

Thank you all for your support and patience during this time of transition and this difficult year. Please be in touch with Warren at or any of the current board members with thoughts or questions.

Executive Director

September 29, 2020

The Pinewoods Camp Board of Directors regrets to inform the entire Pinewoods community that Carl Mastandrea, Executive Director, has left Pinewoods effective today. The Board will be initiating the search process for a new Executive Director. Until a new leader is in place Martin Barbour, Board President, and other Board members will assume the duties of the Executive Director.

A Virtual J4 Celebration!!!!

July 2, 2020

The July 4 Session at Pinewoods is always a mix of scheduled events and casual, impromptu music and fun. This year will be no different! Have an idea for something to do, just like at Pinewoods, that requires technology, imagination, or both? Let us know, and we’ll help make it happen! And we can add it to the schedule.

 

Join us!

https://cds-boston-j4weekend.weebly.com/virtual-j4.html

Summer 2020 Closing Announcement

April 5, 2020

Dear Pinewoods Community,

It is with sadness that Pinewoods Camp, along with our five program
providers, Country Dance and Song Society, Country Dance
Society-Boston Centre, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Folk Arts
Center of New England, and the Folk Music Society of New York announce
the cancellation of the 2020 summer season. Your health and well-being
are of the utmost concern to us, and it is with that in mind that we
all feel that it is safer to wait until next year to resume dancing
and singing under the pines.

After careful deliberations by our entire board and looking at various
scenarios including postponing the opening date, we have decided that
the safest scenario is to close Camp for the season. Camp takes at
least two weeks to open, and so any date we thought might be safe to
open would need to be proceeded by getting crew here two weeks
earlier—when it wouldn’t be safe.  In addition, the fact that our
pastime is social dancing, which involves touching hands with everyone
in the room, is a recipe for disaster. There are also economic
considerations to consider, as even the partial opening of Camp
requires a significant investment with the looming possibility that we
would have to close a short time later, if we experienced any outbreak.

It is therefore time, dear Campers, to sit this dance out and come
back stronger than ever in 2021.

If you have questions or concerns, please email them to me at . The board and I will answer them. I will post the questions and answers on the Pinewoods’ website (www.pinewoods.org) in a FAQ’s section.

Be safe, my friends.

Carl

Carl Mastandrea

Executive Director

Pinewoods Camp