Pinewoods is a special place – a rustic oasis in a pristine environment, bringing us back to another time, and creating a magical escape from our current technological lives.
Many of Pinewoods’ structures date back to their original 1930s construction, with a few modest renovations. In the last three decades, several buildings have been added and a few enlarged – cautiously and sensitively – to maintain the character that so uniquely expresses Pinewoods. Because of the care we’ve given to our site, we are very proud to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Close by are the Program Center, which is the office used by the Program Providers during most sessions; the Executive Director’s (Manager’s) Office; the Campstore for snacks; the Changing-rooms for swimming; and the Bookstore, where you can buy music and other items offered by the Program Providers. Broad steps lead down from the Program Center and act as an amphitheater for a sandy square – formed on one side by the Camphouse, on the opposite side by the dance pavilion Ampleforth, and, across from the steps, the pond peeking through the trees. This open spot is often used for afternoon teas or performances – a natural gathering place for many community events.
The fourth pavilion, Newbiggin, is near Round Pond. Also on Round Pond are the two houses as well as numerous cabins in an area called The Highlands. Other cabins are scattered around camp in loose groupings, some of them bearing the names of an English ritual tradition or a dance. Paths through the woods connect them all, often with music and laughter filtering through the trees.