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Bank of America holds annual volunteer day at Pine Tree Camp October 11, 2013

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Bank of America volunteers help put the docks away at Pine Tree Camp.On October 11, Bank of America held their annual volunteer day at Pine Tree Camp. 35 employees participated, working on projects like cleaning buildings, removing and putting away docks, cutting and splitting firewood, painting and landscaping. 

Pine Tree Camp is incredibly thankful for Bank of America’s support and help every year!

In case you were wondering… October 1, 2013

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3 months until Pine Tree Camp applications are sent out! PTC 2013-168

How far will you bike for Pine Tree Camp? September 17, 2013

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Pine Tree Camper enjoys a bike ride on an adaptive bicycle.

Enjoy a bike ride to benefit Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation (MASR), Pine Tree Camp and the New England Visually Impaired Ski Festival.

Three routes designed for all riding levels are available, including 10, 25, and 60 mile rides. During the event, adaptive rides and demos will be available.

This exciting event is taking place on September 21, 2013 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine.

For more information and to register, visit New England Visually Impaired Ski Festival’s website.

What do you miss about summer? September 12, 2013

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The warm breeze off North Pond. Playing soccer on the lawn. Free swim. The sounds of Pine Tree Campers laughing.

These are some things we miss about summer. What do you miss?

Will you join us at the beach on September 21? September 10, 2013

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Beach: (aka: “sand trap” or “bunker”) Any hazard on the golf course consisting of sand. Often found near a putting green or around the landing area of the fairway. Example: “Your approach shot fell short of the green and into the beach.”

Cummins Northeast 14th annual Golf TournamentWill you be at the beach Sept. 21?

Cummins Northeast, LLC will be hosting their 14th annual charity golf tournament on Saturday, September 21 and Pine Tree Society is the benefactor.

The deadline to sign up is September 12!

The event will start at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine, at the Gorham Country Club in Gorham, ME. Registration fee is $75.00 and includes 18 Holes with cart with lunch (hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad and beverages). Various competitions for prizes throughout the course will also be available, including a 50/50 raffle, longest drive, putting competition and closest to the pin.

Register now – this tournament has sold out in years past!

For more information or to register yourself or a team, contact Jeff Barlow at jeff.barlow@cummins.com or 883-8155.

Four? September 6, 2013

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Cummins Northeast 14th annual Golf Tournament

That’s right – there’s only four more business days left to register for the 14th annual Cummins Northeast, LLC charity golf tournament to benefit Pine Tree Society. The deadline to sign up is September 12.

The event will start at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine, at the Gorham Country Club in Gorham, ME. Registration fee is $75.00 and includes 18 Holes with cart with lunch (hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad and beverages). Various competitions for prizes throughout the course will also be available, including a 50/50 raffle, longest drive, putting competition and closest to the pin.

Register now – this tournament has sold out in years past!

For more information or to register yourself or a team, contact Jeff Barlow at jeff.barlow@cummins.com or 883-8155.

There’s still time to register for the 14th annual Cummins Northeast charity golf tournament August 29, 2013

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Cummins Northeast 14th annual Golf TournamentCummins Northeast, LLC will be hosting their 14th annual charity golf tournament on Saturday, September 21. This years benefactor will be Pine Tree Society.

The deadline to sign up is September 12. Hurry – if you pay in full by Friday, Sept. 1, you can receive a free team mulligan!

The event will start at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine, at the Gorham Country Club in Gorham, ME. Registration fee is $75.00 and includes 18 Holes with cart with lunch (hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad and beverages). Various competitions for prizes throughout the course will also be available, including a 50/50 raffle, longest drive, putting competition and closest to the pin.

Register now – this tournament has sold out in years past! Don’t forget – pay in full by Friday, Sept. 1 and receive a free mulligan!

For more information or to register yourself or a team, contact Jeff Barlow at jeff.barlow@cummins.com or 883-8155.

Pine Tree camper gives back by paddling with a purpose August 27, 2013

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Paddlers returning, ready for the barbecue!

The Paddle for Pine Tree Camp Challenge took place on Saturday, August 10 at beautiful Winslow Park in Freeport. More than 60 energized paddlers, along with many Pine Tree campers, friends and family, paddled Casco Bay in support of Pine Tree Camp.

Perfect skies and calm waters welcomed participants for a two hour scenic paddle along Maine’s coast. Paddlers of all ages, skill levels and abilities joined together and paddled as a way to celebrate their fundraising efforts throughout the summer.

“What perfect weather for a paddle on Casco Bay,” said water safety leader Jeremy Lucas.

When paddlers returned, they enjoyed a celebratory lobster bake and root beer float stand at Winslow Park, thanks to Gifford’s Ice Cream and Capt’n Eli’s Soda. Throughout the day, paddlers and spectators had the opportunity to get to know campers who attend Pine Tree Camp, gaining a greater perspective on the impact that this special place has in the lives of Maine children and adults with disabilities and their families. One camper who participated was Anastasia Paradis a 17-year-old Pine Tree camper who was born with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Pine Tree camper Anastasia enjoy the paddle.Anastasia told WCSH 6, “I’ve gotten so much out of camp; it seems like a great way to give back. When I went to camp there’s a whole lot of people there who had the same experiences and they didn’t judge.”

This year’s event was made possible because of the tremendous support from our sponsors. Title Sponsor Gifford’s Ice Cream provided tremendous support leading up to the event, including bringing ice cream to Pine Tree Camp for campers. In addition, they brought a team of 13 people to paddle on event day.

New this year, a raffle took place to help further support Pine Tree Camp’s Campership Fund. Shipyard Brewing Company donated a gift certificate for Free Shipyard Beer for a Year. The raffle leveraged an additional $1,222 for Pine Tree Camp.

Ready for the root beer floats!The Paddle for Pine Tree Camp Challenge raised more than $23,000. It is because of the generous support of both paddlers and sponsors that Pine Tree Camp ended the 2013 summer season welcoming all Maine children and adults with disabilities who could benefit, regardless of their family’s ability to pay the $1,900 tuition. In fact, over 99% of campers received tuition assistance. This Open Door Policy has been in place since 1945, and because of our supporters, it remains firm today.

Click here to see photos from the day on Pine Tree Camp’s Facebook page.

Click here to watch the WCSH 6 news story on the event.

Former camper becomes counselor – bringing impact full circle August 20, 2013

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Floyd walks with a camper to breakfast.When Kingsley Floyd, who has Merosin Deficient Muscular Dystrophy, came to Pine Tree Camp for the first time in 2011 as a camper, she was scared and embarrassed.

“I was so nervous arriving,” said Floyd, who is now 19 years old. “Then they announce your name and cheer. Wow –I’d never had that sort of ‘rock star’ treatment before. It was an experience I wasn’t ready for and was instantly embarrassed.”

When Floyd’s session was over, she couldn’t imagine not coming back. Floyd had completely changed.

“I saw campers go swimming for the first time, tears of joy streaming down their face,” Floyd smiled. “I knew I wanted to be a part of making moments like that. I wanted to help make firsts.”

Floyd connected with Pine Tree Camp director Dawn Willard-Robinson during the winter and after some interviews and paperwork, was officially a Pine Tree Camp counselor.

Floyd chats with campers at the overnight location.“I remember my counselors vividly from Cabin 4 my first summer,” Floyd said. “It was so powerful to me to spend six days with these extremely committed people. I left my session jealous that they got to stay and have more of camp, meet more people, help more campers have firsts.”

Floyd spent the summer of 2012 learning the ropes as a counselor at Pine Tree Camp.

“In the beginning, campers would see it as, ‘oh, she used to be a camper,” so they thought they could get away with things,” Floyd laughed. “I had to learn to transition into a role where I could assert myself and balance that with compassion towards the campers, letting them know I understood exactly how they felt adjusting to camp life and in everyday life for that matter.”

As her second summer as a counselor ends, Floyd is more committed than ever.

“I have learned so much,” Floyd said. “I feel like I’m able to connect to campers on a deeper level. I truly ‘get’ them. I relate if they’re having a bad day, or a good day. More importantly, I get to learn their ways of adapting and share what’s worked for me. It’s an incredible privilege.”

 

Worth the wait July 23, 2013

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Camper Nicholas Alexander visits his friends at Pine Cone on Monday as he anxiously awaits Session 5 to begin.12-year-old Nicholas Alexander has been anxiously awaiting this week all year – his first week of overnight camp at Pine Tree Camp.

“I’m so excited to be able to stay over every night with my friends,” Alexander said.

Alexander has been coming to Pine Tree Camp since he was five, attending Camp Pine Cone, Pine Tree Camp’s day program. As last year’s session was wrapping up, Alexander knew he was ready for overnight camp.

“I wanted to stay over in the cabins so bad last year,” Alexander said. “I was sad to have to go home each night. Now, I don’t have to be sad. Now I can spend the whole week having fun at Pine Tree Camp!”

Alexander stopped in to say hi to his Camp Pine Cone friends on Monday, before his session officially started.

“I had to say hello,” Alexander smiled. “Pine Cone is fun. I’m just ready for the big kid stuff.”

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