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At Camp Pinnacle, you’ll make lifelong friends, learn from fantastic role models, and have more fun than you thought possible.

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Providing a safe, substantive, and exciting summer camp experience through personal attention to every camper, our caring, and our competence is our top priority. We’d love to speak with you today!

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The New Camp Pinnacle Dining Hall is Open!

We are so excited! We love ahead of schedule and under budget—and even better, the new dining room completely exceeds our expectations! It’s a beautiful space, and the wood floors, made from refinished wood milled more than 100 years ago from native hardwood, are absolutely gorgeous. We’ve kept the old fireplace and the old locust […]

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Meet Our 2017 Heads of Boys’ and Girls’ Camp!

Keegan and Andy are joining us again at Camp Pinnacle, this year as the Head of Girls’ and Head of Boys’ camp! We are so excited to have them back with us! Keegan Trofatter Hometown: Greenville, SC Years at Camp Pinnacle: This will be my second summer at CP! Why did you decide to come back […]

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A Word on Food from Chef Richard

By Camp Pinnacle’s chef, Richard Merritt Like all of us here at Camp Pinnacle, I hope all of our campers will find their best selves this summer. To be at their best, children need to feel safe, appreciated for who they are, and know they are wanted and needed. For many campers, this is their […]

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5 Reasons to be a Trip Leader at Camp

For years, outdoor enthusiasts around the world have been leading groups on adventures to show them fun experiences. Some of these enthusiasts have worked at summer camps, leading and inspiring young people to pursue outdoor goals. Many folks in the outdoor community directly attribute their passions to their experiences at summer camps and the role […]

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Summer Camps: A History and Why They Matter

Summer camps, like national parks, are a uniquely American idea. And it’s one of the reasons campers travel from all over the world to experience summer at American camps  At Camp Pinnacle, we typically have 16 countries represented each summer, including China, Russia, Israel, Australia, Japan, South Africa, and many countries in Europe and Latin […]

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Camp Friends are the Best Friends

Camp friendships last a lifetime. Ask anyone who has spent even one summer at camp, and they will say the same thing. I recently got married at Camp Pinnacle, and both my husband and I filled our guest list and bridal party with friends who we met over our combined 24 years at various summer […]

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Meet the Newest Member of Our Leadership Team: Emory Klesick!

After a nationwide search with nearly 150 applicants, Camp Pinnacle is proud to present the newest addition to the leadership team, program director Emory Klesick! Emory is an Appalachian State University graduate who has spent the past five summers working at Camp Highlander in Mills River, NC, as a kayak instructor and head of wilderness […]

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Camp Pinnacle in the Age of Acceleration

Thank You for Being Late by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is the most powerful book I have read this year, and it does an outstanding job of explaining the current state of the world and the “accelerators” driving the insane pace of change. Friedman’s accelerators include Moore’s Law, Big Data, the markets, population growth, […]

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There is a lot going on this winter at Camp Pinnacle!

From the end of May to mid-August, the summer is action-packed with fun activities. Come November, when camp and events are over for the year, the facility team jumps into action on projects that will help us improve camp for the next summer. Each year the list grows. Past projects have included the Arts and […]

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Why Getting Kids Outside in the Winter is Just as Important as Summer

One of our missions at Camp Pinnacle is to foster a love of the outdoors. That is why we strive to make the time our campers spend outside challenging and engaging, but, most important, fun! Ultimately, we hope spending time outdoors on a regular basis becomes a lifelong passion. Recently, we received our first snow day of […]

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We All Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

All of us at Camp Pinnacle would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Solstice, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, or whichever celebratory occasion(s) best fits your family! For our family, these two weeks are a concentrated time to relax, slow down, reflect and extract a deeper meaning for our time on earth. It’s also […]

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“What’s with that white squirrel crossing sign?”

Happy Thanksgiving from Camp Pinnacle! We hope everyone is enjoying this time with friends and family. This is a great time to focus on all for which we are grateful. All of us here at Camp Pinnacle are thankful for all of the families who are part of our camp family. We are thankful to […]

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Camp Pinnacle is Building a Brand New Dining Hall

We are building a new dining hall!  We hope you agree that a brand new dining room is exactly what Camp Pinnacle needs as we try to make camp little bit better each year!  A few campers already knew this secret because they got to meet architect, Ken Gaylord during the summer and add their […]

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What Could We Possibly Be Doing this Time of Year?

It was a great summer and we wish our campers were still here. After all, nothing is as much fun as camp. But since you all are in school we have had to make do without you. It would be a shame for a place as magical as Camp Pinnacle to lay fallow. Rest assured, […]

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2016 Camp Pinnacle Summer Memories Video

Now that School has started and summer is officially over, we thought we would share a short video filled with highlights from all four sessions of camp. Even if you don’t see yourself, we hope this video brings a smile to your face as you relive fantastic memories from a very special summer. We’d like […]

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Thank You, Parents!

It was a great summer at Camp Pinnacle and we wanted to thank our parents for trusting us with your kids and being willing to “let go” and support us in creating a memorable summer filled with fun, new friends and personal growth! Here’s our way of saying THANK YOU! A Huge Thank You to […]

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Video – We are having so much fun in Session 4

We have a fantastic group of campers in session 4! We have campers from 15 states plus China, Russia, Germany, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Venezuela, Morocco, and Nicaragua. We’ve been backpacking in Pisgah and Panthertown, day hiking in Pisgah, mountain biking at Dupont, canoeing the French Broad River, climbing at Gilbert’s and Looking Glass, and […]

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Session 3 is in Full Swing!

Session 3 at camp is going great – It’s mountain beach party tonight followed by Rainbow Tag. Today was a free choice morning with lots of activity additions to our normal program such as SUP Yoga, Improv., Ultimate Frisbee, Fishing, Tie Dye, Battleship, Square in the Air and much, much more.  Everyone is in great […]

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Scenes from Session 2

All is going well at Camp Pinnacle, Session 2 – The boys are rafting the Nantahala River today, the Girls Tomorrow and the weather is perfect!  Canoeists are on an overnight on the French Broad River, Bikers have been riding in Dupont State Forest and the new trails across the lake. Everyone is having fun. […]

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A Video Postcard from Session 1

Camp Pinnacle Session 1 is off to a great start.  We are having so much fun, we thought we would share a video postcard from camp. Postcard from Pinnacle – Session 1 – 2016 from Camp Pinnacle on Vimeo.

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Greetings from Camp Pinnacle Counselor Orientation

Camp Pinnacle counselor orientation is going extremely well, and everyone is super excited to meet the session 1 campers on Sunday! We are extremely proud of our counselor team. This year, we have 57 counselors, meaning a counselor-to-camper ratio of less than 1:3. Our counselors have traveled here from 23 states (as far away as California, […]

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A Look at our 2016 Global Community

Every year, Camp Pinnacle welcomes campers from all over the United States and even the world. So far in 2016, our camper population comes from 16 countries and 35 states! We love being able to celebrate so much diversity at camp, and we know the campers truly enjoy getting to know others from different cultures and backgrounds. Through our welcoming community […]

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How to Pack for Camp

By Jane Dockendorf, executive director It’s almost here! Camp is right around the corner, which means packing those trunks is getting closer and closer. The great thing about packing for camp is that it builds the excitement and anticipation of camp. And that is part of the fun, right? For some, this last task before camp can […]

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A Few Words from Chef Richard

Food and chef Richard are a central part of the Camp Pinnacle experience. Chef Richard is completely involved in camp. He joins cabin groups for evening circle, teaches cooking and baking classes with executive director Jane Dockendorf, and when not in the kitchen, can frequently be sighted on the disc golf course or the campfire […]

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Counselor Spotlights: Rachele Harvey & Wyatt West

Name: Rachele Harvey Where do you go to college? I graduated from University of Florida in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. Years at Camp Pinnacle: This will be my fifth, and BEST, summer at Camp Pinnacle! What is your role at Camp Pinnacle? I’m the head of girls’ camp, so […]

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Musings from a Soccer Dad

By John Dockendorf, executive director I never thought I’d be a soccer dad. I always envisioned that weekends with my four kids would be spent hiking in the woods or mountain biking. Instead, Jane and I spend spring, fall, and even winter weekends dividing and conquering as we figure out how to get our kids […]

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Reflections From a Camp Pinnacle Alumni

By Fayssoux Evans, assistant director and camper from 1998–2002 Growing up, my favorite part of summer was always Opening Day at Camp Pinnacle. As a child I attended Pinnacle for five summers. Every year, my mom would drive my sisters and me to camp, and without fail, I would get sick on Little River Road. […]

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Oh, the Places We Go!

By Ben Lea, director One of our favorite parts of the fall and spring is when we travel to some of our Camp Pinnacle families homes to share the camp experience with prospective families. A great part of hosting these sessions is hearing how camp has positively affected our campers and how it fits into […]

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2016 Counselor Spotlight

Name: Jeffrey Krasnow Hometown: Vero Beach, FL Years at Camp Pinnacle: First! I attended Adventure Treks for three summers. Why did you decide to work at Camp Pinnacle? It offers me the best experience possible this summer. To give back to an amazing group of kids and to spend the summer outside with them is […]

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Video Games: Our Real Competition

When people ask me what other programs we compete with, I don’t first think of other outdoor or youth development companies—our competition is actually video games and technology. Twenty years ago, most kids spent their summer outdoors—it was what kids did. Now programs like ours are reserved for the adventurous few as people move away […]

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Second Thoughts Can Be a Natural and Healthy Part of the Camp Experience

We can’t wait for the summer of 2016 because so many of our beloved campers and counselors will be back to share it with us! We are currently traveling, doing presentations in places like Charlotte, Raleigh – Durham, Florida, Knoxville, Chicago, Savannah to name a few and it’s exciting to meet many new campers with […]

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An Experience is often the Best Gift

Every year, I begin searching for the “perfect gift” for my four kids. There are things that they want or “need,” but many of those things are not what I am excited about giving them. The marketing aimed toward consumers, especially during the holidays, tries to erase the line between “want” and “need.” We are […]

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Happy Halloween and some thoughts

We wish our Camp Pinnacle family a Happy Halloween. Halloween is easily one of the the three favorite holidays for the Dockendorf family.  I’m going to use pumpkin carving as a metaphor for how high the bar is being raised in our  globalized world. When I was a kid, back in the dark ages, my […]

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2015 Summer Memories Video

We miss our Pinnacle campers. So we made you a video that shares scenes from last summer at camp. We want to give you a reminder of  some of the fun, adventure and great friendships we all shared. Great news! Everyone who has already signed up for summer 2016 will get an Under Armour brand […]

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Thank You for a Great Summer 2015

Camp ended too quickly this year! We had a fabulous group of kids in each of our four sessions and we really didn’t want the magic of summer to end! We made many new friends and the countless smiles from our campers kept us going strong all summer long. I can’t remember a stronger team […]

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Postcard from Camp Pinnacle

Session 1 is off to a great start.  We love this incredibly kind and considerate group of campers! We thought we would share via video how much fun we’ve all had at Camp so far – and there is much more ahead!  We are very proud of our fantastic team of counselors. Postcard from Pinnacle […]

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Video: 2015 Camp Pinnacle Orientation

Camp Pinnacle is open and off to a tremendous start! We love this group of Session 1 campers, and everyone is having lots of fun, taking “reasonable risks” as they try new activities and accept small challenges on personal frontiers. With only two weeks to create incredible experiences, campers were out climbing rocks, summiting mountains, and camping out […]

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Video: Meet Camp Pinnacle’s 2015 Counselors

The caliber, commitment, and accomplishments of our counselors is impressive. After two weeks of orientation, which has included dozens of training blocks like first aid, a parent panel, a child psychologist, how to develop a “Growth Mindset,” and even a discussion on how to make camp more fun than video games, we are finally ready. Our […]

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A Look at Our Global Camp Pinnacle Community

Every year, Camp Pinnacle welcomes campers from all over the United States and even the world. Our goal is to be a national and even a global camp, rather than a regional one.  So far in 2015, our camper population comes from a whopping 33 states and 15 countries! We love having so much diversity at camp, and we know […]

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Character and the Essence of the Camp Pinnacle Experience

Thirty-seven years ago, as a high school senior with three years of world history under my belt, I took an Advanced Placement test. History was my favorite subject, and back in my day, only the top kids in each subject would take the AP test. Last week, I dropped off my 14-year-old, 9th-grade daughter to […]

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Video – New for Summer 2015!

In case you missed our recent Open House, we thought we would share via video several of the great new additions our campers can expect to enjoy this summer at Camp Pinnacle. We are incredibly proud of our facilities team; Tom, George, Steve, James and Alaska for all of their hard work and many accomplishments […]

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Camp Pinnacle has hired an impressive team of role models!

One of the greatest gifts of the summer camp experience is the opportunity for children to form relationships with impressive role models who will be remembered forever. This summer, we are bringing together some of the best young leaders from around the country to be exceptional role models for your children. We’ll have close to […]

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Join Us! – Saturday, May 2 – Camp Pinnacle Open House

There is so much that is new and exciting this year at Camp Pinnacle. We can’t wait to show it off! Please Join us! Visit with our Directors, meet other Camp Pinnacle families and, see what’s new at Camp. Open House Details: Saturday, May 2 10 AM – 2PM 1 Wolfe Lake Dr.  Hendersonville, NC […]

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Camper Spotlight: Madilynn from Florida

The five R’s (respect, resilience, responsibility, reaching out, and reasonable risk) are the foundation of our philosophy at Camp Pinnacle. We want our campers and counselors to use these five words as guidelines for being their best selves. It’s great when we hear how our campers embody these concepts when they’re back at home and […]

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How Do We ‘Auto-Correct’ Our Kids?

Not only do our Camp Pinnacle campers spend two weeks in nature, surrounded by surreal beauty and involved in action-packed camp activities, but they have the time of their lives without video games or technology. That’s one of Camp Pinnacle’s principles: unplugging from technology to reconnect with our natural surroundings and each other. Living in […]

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How the Disruption of the Camp Experience Enhances Learning Objectives

Recent advances in brain science support the concept that “disruption” can make the brain more receptive to learning. What do we mean? We all go through life in some sense of routine in which our brain operates on a type of “autopilot.” When we have a dramatic break from our routine (or a cognitive dissonance), […]

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What Could People Who Run a Summer Camp Possibly Do in the Winter?

“You run a summer camp?  What could you possibly do during the winter?”  This is a question we hear frequently! Although winter is slower than summer, our “To Do List” continues to expand as we assiduously prepare for summer 2015. Here’s a breakdown of what winter looks like at Camp Pinnacle: Sharing Camp with Families […]

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A Glimpse of Fall at Camp Pinnacle

Were it not for the slowly changing leaves, and failing light, one would think it was still summer at Camp Pinnacle. Today the water slide was humming, kids were canoeing on the lake, Mike and Richard were cooking in the Kitchen and evening activity was Rainbow Tag. In fact, there were only 6 days in […]

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Thank You for Sharing your Kids with Camp Pinnacle!

As School starts across the country signaling the end of summer, our Camp Pinnacle Counselor Team wanted to say “thank you” to parents for sharing your wonderful children with us. Enjoy the short video tribute below: Thank You! from Camp Pinnacle on Vimeo. Even though our summer campers have left us, we are only halfway […]

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Camp Pinnacle Counselor Orientation and What We are Reading 2014

Camp Pinnacle Counselor Orientation is in full swing. Beginning May 31, Our counselors converged from around the country and the globe for two weeks of counselor training. Orientation is as long as a camp session and it needs to be! Even though our counselors arrived with a lot of ability and talent and many have […]

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Meet Our 2014 Camp Pinnacle Counselor Team

Our two- week Camp Pinnacle counselor training officially begins with lifeguard training on Saturday, May 31. Several of our counselors are already here, helping get the camp facility ready for summer. Our entire staff comes together on June 3, and we are excited for these incredible role models to begin preparing in earnest for our […]

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Welcome to the Enchanted Forest!

Last year we embellished our waterfront with a new waterslide and bouncer. This year the activity we have been enhancing most is mountain biking. We like biking because one can build skills quickly, these skills are easily transferable to home and biking is an easy and exciting way to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. […]

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Becoming a Global Summer Camp

It is our intent that Camp Pinnacle is a place where campers from across the country and even around the world come together for an incredible summer experience. Our aim is that the Camp Pinnacle experience will be so unique and valuable that campers will be willing to travel great distances to experience Camp Pinnacle. […]

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We Are Getting Ready for You! – May Camp Pinnacle Update.

We are getting ready for you! We’ve already held our May Open House and hosted the “GNAR,” (an Adventure Race for over 200 kids.) Several Camp Pinnacle kids participated which made the race all the more fun! (11 of 36 medals went to Pinnacle or Adventure Treks kids) Triangle Day School is currently at camp […]

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Visit US – Camp Pinnacle Open House – Saturday, May 3

Join us! Visit with our Directors and see all that is new and exciting at Camp Pinnacle. We are getting very excited about summer and can’t wait to show you around Camp. Open House Hours: 10 AM – 3PM 1 Wolfe Lake Dr.  Hendersonville, NC 28739 Light refreshments will be served Please RSVP to Info@CampPinnacle.com […]

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Manifesto of a Soccer Dad – Camp vs. Organized Sports

I never thought I’d be a soccer Dad… I always envisioned that weekends with my four kids would be spent hiking in the woods or mountain biking. Instead, Jane and I spend spring and fall weekends dividing and conquering as we figure out how to get our four kids to different soccer games in multiple […]

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An Exciting Preview of Camp Pinnacle Summer 2014

We can’t thank our maintenance team enough. Through their hard work and dedication they are transforming Camp Pinnacle. If you haven’t been here since last summer, we think you will be truly amazed! Since last summer, we have built a new biking flow trail and the new Lakeside Amphitheater. The Amphitheater will now be the […]

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The XXII Olympics sent the right message – Hard Work and Resilience

For two weeks every four years my TV viewing spikes. I’m enthralled with the Winter Olympics. Though I am confronted by the fact that my best athletic days are long behind me (No moves like Ligety in my future), I love watching the Olympics. It was great for my kids to get a break from […]

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Why Our Kid’s Can’t Communicate…

At a break at a camp conference in Boulder last month, I looked out from the second floor at over 100 camp directors in the lobby below. Virtually everyone was gazing into their smart phones completely disengaged from their peers.  It wasn’t that way even three years ago…And this was right after a session where […]

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Welcome Fayssoux – We Thank You, Maggie

Maggie Allen has been the unsung hero of Camp Pinnacle’s resurgence of innovative and exciting programming.  Maggie has worked tirelessly creating programs and schedules and managing many of the details of Camp behind the scenes.  She has been the source of countless creative ideas that have added fun and excitement to our program. She has […]

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The Google Car and Camp Pinnacle

As the pace of change continues at epic speed, I have realized that I may not have the opportunity to teach my 7 year old to drive when he turns 16.  Sure I am jumping the gun a bit …but with the  Google autonomous (driverless car) on the horizon, it looks like the computer will […]

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Camp Pinnacle at the Summit on 21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills has been a buzzword circulating the educator community for over ten years.  In 2011 bipartisan legislation, the 21st Century Readiness Act, was introduced to Congress to support state and local innovation around 21st century readiness initiatives.  More and more, schools are reflecting the need for 21st Century Skills in their school missions.  Last […]

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Camp Pinnacle October update

Greetings from Camp Pinnacle!  The leaves are beginning to change and camp is beautiful.  We have another school group at Camp Pinnacle this week, The Galloway School from Atlanta, GA.  Last week, St. John’s Country Day school  from Jacksonville, FL joined us and we will have The Brookstone School from Columbus, GA next week. This […]

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Camp Pinnacle is Busy Preparing for Summer 2014

There is a lot going on at Camp Pinnacle! Between weddings and school programs, Camp has been busy, but it’s not the same without our campers and counselors. We miss you all! We are hard at work getting ready for next summer and we wanted to update you with some of the many things we […]

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Camp Pinnacle Summer Memories Video. Thank You for a Great Summer!

Many of you are back in school.  We wanted to say THANK YOU for a great summer and tell our campers, We Miss You! We made a short video to share some memories from Camp Pinnacle summer 2013. We hope this puts a smile on your face as a reminder of fun, friends, great counselors, […]

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Camp Pinnacle is one Special Camp, By Steve Baskin

This is one special camp. Before I share any more observations, please allow me to introduce myself.  I am Steve Baskin.  My wife Susie and I are the owner/directors of Camp Champions in Marble Falls, TX.  We are also partners with Jane and John Dockendorf in Camp Pinnacle, a project that is creating great excitement […]

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Camp Pinnacle – Helping Build the Skills Which Lead to Adult Success.

We just finished our second session and we hated for these wonderful campers to leave us.  Despite the wettest July in recorded weather history, we have been having a lot of fun.  Every camper has rock climbed, summited a mountain, white water rafted, and camped out. What is apparent to me is how much our […]

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July Update from Camp Pinnacle

Parents of currently enrolled students are viewing photos and getting news updates through their own accounts.  We thought we would take a moment to share with our broader community (and our session 3 parents), how things are going at Camp Pinnacle. First off: Everyone is having a lot of fun! The arrival of our amazing […]

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Opening Day 2013!

Opening Day! We are excited to meet many of you today as Camp Pinnacle officially opens for its 84th summer! We are incredibly proud of our counselor team.  It’s a wonderful group of role models and they have formed a super close community over their two-week orientation.  The kindness and inclusive nature of their community  […]

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Smart vs. Good – Our Philosophy

One of our themes for counselor orientation this year is Smart vs. Good. If you as a parent actually had to choose, would you choose for your child to be a smart kid or a good one?  Of course, it’s a ridiculous question; we want both for our child! But if we had to make an […]

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What We Are Reading in 2013

The Mountain Laurel is in full bloom around Wolfe Lake as our summer staff arrives!  We have started Lifeguard training for our new counselors, and  Senior counselors have arrived for a special leadership orientation.   All staff will be here on June 9th when orientation officially begins.  We are so excited for summer, and camp preparations […]

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Ready for Summer at Camp Pinnacle

Summer is here –  Wolfe Lake has finally warmed up – all water slide testers under the age of 14 have given the new slide rave reviews!  It’s not slow! “It’s the most awesome thing ever!” said 8 year old Thomas Rundell.  “It’s Totally Epic”, said 6 year old, Charlie! We just hosted a fabulous […]

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Forming a Camp Community from Around the World

One of our five R’s at Camp Pinnacle is “reaching out.” We know our campers are excited to make great new friends this summer with folks from across the country and around the world. We strive to form a global camp community and are excited that this summer we will have students from more than […]

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May Update: Announcing our 2013 Counselor Team

Thanks to the more than 50+ folks who came to our Open House on May 4.  It was great meeting many campers who will be new to us this summer and to see returners eager to view the many improvements.  Several new campers arrived at camp nervous and uncertain and left counting the days until […]

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Join US! Camp Pinnacle Open House Saturday May 4, 10 AM – 3PM

We are excited to meet several of our new campers this Saturday, May 4 between 10 and 3 for our annual Spring Open House at Camp Pinnacle. We aren’t quite ready for summer, but we are eager to show off all of the multiple camp improvements this winter and to point out the many new […]

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22 Degrees, Geographical Determinism, Resilience and Camp Pinnacle

I just read a fascinating book by Robert Kaplan, The Revenge of Geography. It posits that though technology is making the world “flatter, much of Geopolitics and macro human behavior can still be defined by Geography. One of his points, one also made more subtly by Jared Diamond in Guns, Germs and Steel, is that […]

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“My Parents Aren’t Cool!” – Liam Baskin

Every now and then, you get a comment from your children than makes you think you are doing something right. At first glance, the title above does not seem to fall into this category, but it does when you hear the rest of the quote. He was talking to a woman from California who had […]

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Ben Tries out the New Water Slide

Camp Director Ben Lea Tests the New Water Slide from Camp Pinnacle on Vimeo. We hope you have had a great Spring Break! We are working hard getting camp ready for you!  Here is Ben on the inaugural run down the slide. We still have some more work to do to make it operational for […]

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New Things for Spring at Camp Pinnacle

It’s supposed to be Spring… It still feels like January, but with less than 3 months until Camp Pinnacle opens for the summer, we are picking up our already speedy pace! Wow! There is a lot going on.  Summer registration already exceeds all of last summer by 25%!  We still have space in every session […]

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Camp Pinnacle Can Provide Kids With A New Perspective on Their Technology

We are not among the legions that see technology as an evil to be feared.  (We love our I-phones). However, we do believe we should think through the ramifications of how technological changes affect our children before we automatically embrace the next and newest gadgets. To our knowledge no one has yet written a parenting […]

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Winter Improvements at Camp Pinnacle

Despite over 10 inches of rain this year (and no snow yet,)  we are continuing to make all kinds of improvements to Camp Pinnacle. Below are pictures of the new walkway along the lake which replaces the old sea wall.  The new fishing pier is beautiful. Thanks Tom, Nick, Alaska and Joe! Construction on the […]

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Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside

As the parent of four children, I witness an improvement in family dynamics whenever we are able to spend time outside together as a family.  Whether it’s just playing games or better still going on a family hike or bike ride, we just seem to get along better outside.   Conversations come more easily and we […]

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Happy New Year

We just wanted to say Hi and Happy 2013!  This weekend  Ben will be in Atlanta with the Mohler family and Dock will be in DC with the Norry family.  Ella and Ava are going with Dock to visit with Will and Emily Norry and Kate Lamkin.   Next weekend Dock and Ella will be in […]

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December Camp Pinnacle Improvement update!

There is so much going on at Camp. We’re screaming into the Christmas Holidays with lots of projects.  We are taking advantage of a warm fall to get a jump on our huge To Do list before next summer. We’ve finished a new copper roof on the Gym! The waterslide is making huge progress.  We […]

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What do Playgrounds, Camp Pinnacle and Character have in Common?

I’m serving on an exploratory committee for our municipality, Flat Rock, NC that is studying the feasibility of converting an unsuccessful 55 acre golf course into a public park. If the park becomes a reality I foresee differences in opinion over what the playground “should” look like. Having already heard public comment in which well-intentioned […]

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A word from a Camp Pinnacle camper about the excitement building for summer 2013

My family did something different on Thanksgiving morning. We went to a “Turkey Trot” at Camp Pinnacle. We ran/walked fast for 3.1 miles (5K) through Camp Pinnacle’s trails and saw many friends. Camp looks different this time of year. I saw that many things had changed since I had been there this past summer. I […]

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Looking forward to 2013 – There is lot’s happening at CP!

The last group has left, leaves have been raked, re raked and raked again. The roofs have been cleaned off and the water has been turned off in preparation for winter. It’s been a busy fall. We’ve hosted weddings, fund raisers, a sorority gathering, a retirement party, a rehearsal dinner, and several school groups. A […]

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Happy Halloween

I’m going to use pumpkin carving as a metaphor for how ridiculously high the bar is getting set in our global and digitized world. Long ago, my parents would present me my annual pumpkin just before Halloween. I would take my knife, hack out a couple triangles for eyes and a nose, try to cut […]

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Camp Pinnacle Summer 2012 Memories Video

We sure had fun in 2012! Hopefully this video will bring back many great memories from this fantastic summer! The video is a great way to share the many amazing things you did at camp with parents, grandparents and friends! …And the good news? Summer 2013 is going to be even better! We are already […]

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Fall Update from Pinnacle

The sounds of laughter and outdoor play are still echoing at Camp Pinnacle as we work with schools from across the Southeast this fall.  Great food is still being served in the dining room and Tom and Nick are hard at work building decks, upgrading cabins and making improvements.  A movie is being filmed here […]

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On Counselor Orientation

  To say we are excited is an understatement. It’s already day nine of twelve days of staff training and it’s going extremely well.  Counselors have taken an intensive lifeguarding course, gone on a hiking overnight, freshened their teaching and activity skills, and painted, cleaned and organized.  Trisha Miller a noted area psychologist has taught […]

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30 Days and Counting Plus 8 things You Can’t Give Your Kids

We are getting ready! All kinds of new toys are arriving at camp. We are building decks on the girl’s cabins and hope to move the carpentry crew over to “Boy’s Land” soon. The new bathhouses are finished. We are feverishly planning activities and the details for our off campus “Ventures”.  A second new mountain […]

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What We are Reading: 2012

Memorial Day weekend conjures up vision of a beach, a lounge chair and  a slew of summer reading opportunities. As the Executive Director of Camp Pinnacle, one of my many jobs is to stay in touch with trends affecting kids, the environment, education and the outdoor industry. Though none of these books would qualify as […]

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Camp, More Valuable Now than Ever!

For the past 20 years, Dock and I have enthusiastically endorsed summer camp as a great growth experience for children.   Every year we become more passionate about the benefits. At times, we wondered if we might be overstating our case. We are now convinced that we have been understating both the power and the importance […]

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Thanks for a Great Open House!

Thank you to the many of you who attended our Open House last Saturday.   We were gratified that close to 50 folks streamed in to see the many improvements at Camp Pinnacle, meet Ben, Cait, Dock and Jane and begin making friends for the incredible summer ahead.  Campers came from Virginia, Georgia, and North and […]

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Open House This Weekend!

We are excited to meet several of our new campers this Saturday, May 5 between 10 and 2 for an Open House at Camp Pinnacle.   We aren’t quite ready for summer, yet but we are eager to show off all of our hard work this winter and to point out the many new improvements still […]

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1 C and 4 P’s – The Magic Behind Camp Pinnacle (CP)

The magic of Camp Pinnacle can be summed up with 1 C and 4P’s •    Place •    Philosophy •    Program •    People •    Culture Less important than the others is PLACE. We believe that you could give us your camper and we could not leave a grassy field for14 days, and parents and campers would […]

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If it’s Friday, I am interviewing counselors

Fridays are the most important day of my week.  It’s the day I interview potential Camp Pinnacle counselors. If a candidate makes it to my interview, (their third interview) they have already been carefully screened and there is a high likelihood they will be hired.  I feel the weight of responsibility. This year our hiring […]

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Congratulations Jervey DuPre – Our first Camper – on your 100th birthday!

Someone has to be first! In 1928, it was Jervey DuPre who signed up to be Camp Pinnacle’s first camper.  He is still alive today and 3 generations and countless members of the extended DuPre family have attended Pinnacle over the years! Jervey would see many changes at Camp Pinnacle if he visited today but […]

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Electronics and Nature

A prevailing theme in American life today is that the more digitally connected we are, the better off we are “supposed” to be.  We all generally accept the rush to new and better digital technology and the pace of change is so fast, there is no framework to judge if ultimately our digital world is […]

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Reflecting on the Gift of Camp

Relaxing after a Sunday dinner, my wife Margo and I engaged in a lively conversation about camp with my visiting parents.  I asked what it was 31 years ago that inspired my parents, who had never been to an overnight camp themselves, to make a huge financial stretch and send their 8 year old son […]

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Reopening Camp Pinnacle

How much fun is this? Bringing this great camp back to life is so much more fun than if we were starting our own. It’s an absolute joy to see the smiles on alumnae’s faces and hear the laughs in their voices when they discover that the institution that meant so much to them and […]

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Improvements from Summer 2012

6/1/2012 – Camp is still abuzz with construction crews and our maintenance staff working hard to complete pre-season projects.  A crew is building a new novice mountain bike trail through the north woods, the remodeled bathrooms look fantastic, and the new staircase leading to the infirmary is an attractive, albeit small, new detail to main […]

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