Between hurricanes, wildfires, and unsettling international and domestic events, our world seems to be turning upside down. Our hearts go out to our Camp Pinnacle families in the Houston area. Fortunately, we have heard from many, and all seem to be doing OK. While the most recent Irma forecast for our families in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico seems to be improving slightly, it’s with nervous anticipation that we fear for our Florida and coastal Georgia families. Meanwhile, we have families in Oregon packing up in case they need to evacuate from rapidly approaching wildfires.
We hope everyone comes through these challenges safely and without disrupted lives. We know you are resilient and that if and when you can, you will be reaching out and helping others less fortunate than yourselves. When we face challenges together, it unites us and helps us focus on friendships, community, and being part of something bigger than ourselves. It reminds us how unimportant material possessions can be in the scheme of things.
We expect Camp Pinnacle to take a bit of a hit from Irma on Tuesday, and we feel almost guilty sharing an update on Pinnacle, when others will be dealing with much bigger challenges. But we also believe that knowing Camp Pinnacle will be there, waiting for you next summer, can provide a bit of solace in the middle of a storm.
With Labor Day behind us, summer vacation sadly officially over, and school back in session, we wanted to thank Pinnacle parents for allowing our campers to join us this summer. We hope the video reminds you of some of the people and adventures that made the summer special.
Though the camp season is over, life at camp remains very active. After session 4 concluded, we operated a one-week camp called Camplify for local kids who wouldn’t normally be able to attend camp. Then, every weekend until mid-November, we host weddings. (We were recently featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.) And on weekdays through late October, you will find school groups from as far away as Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee at Pinnacle attending our outdoor education programs. It’s great to still have kids here at Pinnacle, and Richard loves cooking for them! After all, camp was built to be filled with the laughter and curiosity of children, though we certainly miss all of you, our summer campers.
Please stay safe in the challenging weather events ahead; our thoughts are with all of you, our Camp Pinnacle family!