My son's time at Camp Pinnacle was a remarkable, experience, providing him with a rare opportunity to experience a culture that champions kindness, cooperation, respect and camaraderie. It was life-changing.
Welcome to Camp Pinnacle
It was a sad day when Camp Pinnacle closed its doors in January 2010 after an 83 year run. A place that had resonated so strongly with thousands of youth would no longer be inspiring the next generation. The surrounding community expected (and feared) that this storied camp would soon be just another housing development. As I drove by the shuttered camp on my daily commute, I wondered who, if anyone, would rise to the challenge of rejuvenating the special and magnificently scenic camp before it was too late.
After months of discussion, my wife Jane and I decided that we were not only up for the challenge, but also uniquely qualified to facilitate the camp’s comeback. We believed we could bring our 20 years of experience in youth development from our adventure camp for teenagers, Adventure Treks, and modify it to be suited for elementary and middle school children at Camp Pinnacle. We felt that introducing a new approach to traditional summer camp would make camp even more relevant and fun for today’s families.
So in 2011, we jumped in with both feet and haven’t looked back. We have never worked so hard, nor enjoyed our work more! We enlisted our friend Steve Baskin, Director of Camp Champions and National Board Member of the American Camping Association, to help us envision the perfect camp for 21st century kids. In the spirit of preserving existing Camp Pinnacle traditions, we hand-picked our Assistant Director, Fayssoux Evans, from Camp Pinnacle’s impressive alumni. After a national search, we found our Director, Ben Lea. He brings a wealth of experience from reputable North Carolina camps. This leadership team truly breathes fresh, new life into Camp Pinnacle. Renovating a classic summer camp and bringing together a counselor team to share our love for Pinnacle has been the opportunity of our lives. It’s the best gift we could have asked for, because Camp Pinnacle is truly the perfect place to raise our own four children. Knowing how important role models - who aren’t their parents - are to developing youth, we love being able to choose the young adults who will not only inspire your children, but also our own.
We are eager to welcome you to the Camp Pinnacle family and are
excited to treat your kids as if they were our own!
John & Jane Dockendorf,