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.
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.
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.
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.
Update on Pinewoods’ current thinking about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 9, 2020
Each spring our excitement about the upcoming camp season ramps up with each day of warm weather. This year is different. With the coronavirus on everyone’s mind, I wanted to let you know what steps we are taking to prepare for your arrival. Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us.
First, for the most accurate and up-to-date information, we are relying on only official sources. I stay informed with updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the MA Department of Health as well as the local officials in the town of Plymouth. We will default to any suggestions or mandates they make regarding travel or closing. In addition, we are listening to the professional guidance offered by the American Camp Association, who have a long history of dealing with these kinds of events. Good information allows us to make good decisions.
Second, internally, the Executive Committee of the board is in regular contact and we have a full board meeting on April 4th. I am in contact with all the program providers, many who have put out their own plans on their websites and we will work together, as we always do, to respond appropriately.
In addition, we are reviewing all of our camp protocols and this includes considering new basic hygiene procedures for staff and campers; adding additional hand washing sinks; and adding up-to-date training and orientation for our staff.
We know that this is a rapidly evolving situation and it is understandable to have concerns and questions. We will continue to keep you updated as important new information comes to our attention in the coming weeks and months prior to camp. The amazing thing about Pinewoods Camp has always been the strength and kindness of the Pinewoods’ community. Let’s work together to face this challenge.
Carl Mastandrea, Executive Director
Spring Work Weekends are right around the corner!
Help us open up camp for the season! Spend time with old and new friends while making a contribution of loving labor to Pinewoods Camp.
Spring Work Weekend I begins Friday evening and ends Monday after lunch.
May 22 – May 25: Spring Work Weekend I – Memorial Day Weekend
and Weekend II begins Friday evening and ends after lunch on Sunday.
May 29 – May 31: Spring Work Weekend II
Folks new to camp are welcome. No special skills are required and its free! Click here for more information and to register!