Staff Announcement #1: Nate Boekman

 After a long autumn of planning, talking, and hoping, Camp Pinebrook is proud to announce that Nate Boekman will be returning for the 2020 season, his second with us! From Scarsdale, you might remember Nate from last summers Lod Lions, or as one of our amazing bus captains! Nate is currently attending school up at Buffalo University, and said the weather at school makes him miss camp even more!

Throughout 2019 Nate consistently lived the values of Camp Pinebrook. He was compassionate, kind, caring, fun and patient, taking a personal interest in every camper. He took pride in their growth and did everything he could to facilitate it. We couldn’t be happier to have him back. When asked about his 2019 Staff Experience and what he would like future Pinebrook staff members to know, Nate had this to say.

“I would tell new staff that this camp will give them so much more than a summer job! The kids at Camp Pinebrook are so much fun to work with and at the same that you teach the campers, they can teach you a lot too! Also you get so much satisfaction and gratification from working with these amazing, funny, and genuine kids…….and an excellent staff to worth with!!”

Columbus Day Camp!

On October 14th, when schools closed and the leaves were beginning to fall, Camp Pinebrook opened its door for the first of our Holiday Camps. We welcomed some familiar faces andsome new ones for a day of fun in the fall – and what a day it was!

Campers started the day with nature walks where we learned about the world that we live in from the wonderful Rabbi Ilyse Glickman, and collected things we found for a creature themed collage in art! After art we took the campers outside for some pillow polo and gaga rotations to take advantage of the beautiful weather. It may not have been summer but the sun was shining in full force!

We were lucky enough this year to have Columbus Day fall during Sukkot, so rather than eating in the lunch room campers enjoyed pizza in the Sukkah with Rabbi Jesse. After lunch campers made edible Sukkahs as a desert and finished up the day with some dance, science, and soccer!

Don’t worry if you missed out on the fun this time, Camp Pinebrook is hosting another Holiday Camp on Veterans’ Day (Monday, November 11th). Register now at or contact for more details!


Ryan Lipton and Team Israel’s Mitzvah

A few weeks ago one of our incredible lifeguards left us for two weeks to compete in the U19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships in Peterborough, Ontario. Ryan represented Team Israel in the competition, but it was what her and her teammates did off the field that truly stood out.

After playing Team Kenya in the torrential rain and winning 13-4, some members of team Israel noticed that Team Kenya were slipping and falling because they didn’t have cleats, and felt they had to do something. “We felt as if these girls deserved the same opportunities as we did both on and off the field, and decided to take action.”

The team all pitched in to get the girls from Kenya brand new cleats from a local sports shop. The difference it made was noticeable immediately, when Team Israel played Team Kenya in a rematch and won by just one goal. Both teams came together afterward to celebrate, as Ryan put it “it was just really heartwarming to make a difference in these girls lives, put a smile on their face, and make lasting friendships that span over continents – we still whatsapp!”