Highlight Reel: Week II

Our second week at Camp Pinebrook was jam-packed with excitement!  From celebrating July 4th with firework art (read: glitter), sprinklers and tumbling, to an extended free swim on an extra hot day, to a joyous song session with Temple Israel of New Rochelle Cantor Schloss, to discovering that that their beans had sprouted, our campers had a truly fantastic week.

Our values theme this week was “compassion” — and our campers have been engaging in acts of kindness throughout their days as they giggle, explore, and enjoy with their new friends.  Campers also created their own tzedakah boxes and will take them home to continue practicing compassion for the world around them.

Stay tuned: next week our campers will participate in circus themed activities.  Watch out for some adorable campers turned ferocious wildlife with the help of newly created animal masks!


Five Core Values

One of the special things that distinguishes Camp Pinebrook are our five core values that are reinforced and emphasized in all we do.  We understand respect, community, encouragement, teamwork, and compassion to be fundamental cornerstones to creating a safe and meaningful camp experience where our children will not only have a blast, but they will also develop their social and emotional intelligences.

One of the ways in which we teach our campers these values is by creating a corresponding theme for each weekly Shabbat.  Last week’s community theme was explored through a number of activities. Campers had a ball dressing up their counselors in costumes representing different members of our own communities, from fire fighters to medical professionals to rabbis.

Additionally campers worked together to create colorful collages in beautiful artistic representations for community. Finally, our Camp Pinebrook community came together in our newly constructed amphitheater to welcome the Sabbath with songs and snacks along with the Temple Israel of New Rochelle clergy.

This week’s theme is “compassion” — check back tomorrow to see how our campers explored this value together in the Value Olympics!

Faces at Camp Pinebrook Feature: Introducing Sabrina

Swim Director Sabrina is thrilled to be a part of the Camp Pinebrook team!  Hopefully your families received a letter from her yesterday including information from the American Red Cross about what to expect at the various different levels of swim as well as a personalized note about your own child(ren)’s progress.  Always smiling and eager to work with our campers in and out of the water, here are five fun facts to know about Sabrina:


  1. Mazal tov!  Sabrina celebrated her wedding just one month ago.

  2. A true New Rochellean, Sabrina was born and raised here and lives in New Ro now with her husband.

  3. When Camp Pinebrook is not in session, Sabrina can be found teaching Hebrew at the JCC in Harrison

  4. In addition to teaching, swimming, and working with children, Sabrina loves baking.  One of her weekly traditions is to bake challah for her family.

  5. Sabrina was in the water since she was a baby!  In her own words; “my father put me in the pool before I could walk and I’ve been swimming ever since!”