Friday, February 12, 2010

2nd Annual Reunion...June 19, 2010

Mark your calendars for another day of rekindled friendships, family activities, story telling, and strategic planning!

WHEN: JUNE 19, 2010
TIME: 10am - 3pm
WHERE: 6375 Soundview Ave., Southold, NY 11971
(aka Pinecrest Dunes Camp)
WHO: The Pinecrest and Peconic Dunes Community, past and present

Last year Bill Scott ('63-'65) and his wife, Alberta, returned to camp. Bill was kind enough to sit and share some Pinecrest stories. Here's a little bit of what he said:

Q: Can you tell me about yourself?
A: I was the Indian Crafts Counselor. I was never a camper at Pinecrest, but my dad knew Derbo, Mr. Ward. Tom liked to hire counselors who had been campers, and kids in college training to be teachers. I was studying to be a teacher. I taught math, social studies and computer science at Bethpage High School. That's where I met my wife. I have 3 kids and they attended camp here in the 80s.

Q: Can you tell me about the friendships you made?
A: It's like the conversation has been paused a bit. Barbara Libath started the Facepook's wonderful. Chris Sallo, my CIT, wrote the book on how to be a counselor...we're still in touch...he was my role model...he was 17 and the CIT but he knew how to run the cabin.

Q: Did camp have any long-term affect on you?
A: That's like asking what impact college had on you. Huge. Think about how much you matured [in college]. Some of the schools in the country could have learned from us how to treat everyone well.

Q: Do you have any hopes for future of Peconic Dunes?
A: It offered so many things to the people when it was Pinecrest Dunes. I hope that continues. There's so many things you can do here you can't do at home.

Thank you Bill! Hope to see everyone there!

Monday, June 22, 2009

REUNION...June 27, 11am - 5pm

Since W. Tom Ward (Derbo) founded Pinecrest Dunes Camp 78 years ago, and began a Long Island camping tradition...

...through the past 39 years of Peconic Dunes Camp, boys have become men, girls have become women, legends were made, and their stories were passed down...

...P Dunes has been home to thousands of campers, staffers, and community volunteers from near and far...

...And as our community plans for the next 78 years, we hope that all members, past and present, will come back to camp this Saturday for a day of rekindled friendships, family activities, story telling, and strategic planning...

...Because if we don't take the time to celebrate, we won't appreciate what we have.

For more information click here

After the reunion the Southold Historical Society will be hosting a wine and cheese reception for Pinecrest Dunes alumni. Please RSVP at for this post-reunion event.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Southold Historical Society Exhibit

WHEN: April 14 - June 7, 2009
TIME: Saturday & Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
WHERE: Southold Historical Society
CONTACT: (631) 765 - 5500, (631) 765 - 5551

The Southold Historical Society is currently displaying photographs and artifacts from Pinecrest Dunes Camp's early history. A wonderful 16-page brochure is available, replete with photos, maps, and the history of Pinecrest Dunes Camp. You can also explore the many treasures in the Society's archives by scheduling an appointment with the director, Geoff Fleming (

DIRECTIONS to exhibit from LIE heading East:
1. Take Exit 73 for Old Country Rd toward Orient/County Hwy 58/Greenport (0.8 mi)
2. Slight left at County Rte 58/Old County Rd/Rte 58 (2.3 mi)
3. At Roanoke Ave, take the 2nd exit and stay on the County Rte 58/Old County Rd/Rte 58 (1.3 mi)
4. Slight left at Main Rd/NY-25 (15.8 mi)
5. Turn right at Maple Ln (161 feet)
6. Exhibit is in red building on left