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Since 1927 Pinecrest has been gathering young adults of the ELCA in a summer camp setting, providing them with access to a strong faith community and an opportunity to develop their strengths as leaders in the church. This exciting and interactive camp has been a life changing experience for generations of campers.
The Pinecrest program is led by a volunteer staff of adult leaders, many of whom developed their own skills as Pinecrest campers. Pinecrest meets annually in August for a one-week session, currently being held at Camp Louemma in Sussex, New Jersey. An annual theme guides the program throughout the week in group competition, athletic contests, and individual talent opportunities.
Video Credit: Tiffany Chao
The Pinecrest community resides in cabin villages, one for the girls, one for the boys. Each cabin is under the guidance of a veteran camper/cabin leader, who has demonstrated his or her leadership skills in previous sessions.
Worship and classes are an integral part of the Pinecrest experience. Morning Worship, Vespers after dinner, "Spiritual Horizons" at the close of evening programs,
plus nightly Devotions by cabins form the daily worship experiences. A Candlelight Service is conducted on the final evening of camp, and Pinecresters join in a Communion Service on the closing day.
Classes are held each morning, and campers select one "General" and one Bible course, or, if eligible, may choose
to enroll in the Seminar Course, which meets daily for both class periods.The faculty is composed of Lutheran pastors and other leaders who volunteer their time and talents to this important training program by instructing all classes, leading Vesper services, and participating in informal discussions as well as interacting with the campers.
Scholarships are available to ensure that no young people are denied this opportunity due to financial need. Many congregations offer assistance. Consult your pastor regarding local programs. Partial, and in some cases, full scholarships are available from Pinecrest through the support of alumni and others. To request a scholarship, please fill out this Scholarship Form and follow the directions given.