What Parents Are Saying
Gabriella had another amazing summer. Best ever I would say. Thank you to you and everyone for making her experience so special.
Reilly had an absolutely amazing time at Red Pine and can't stop talking about how she wishes we'd let her come for even longer next summer. It was everything we all had hoped that it would be and more, which is a testament to your hard work and that of your staff.
Emily has arrived home on August 8th. She was so excited and has been telling us all sorts of interesting things about the camp.She learned a lot, learned new skills as well as enjoying the freedom and happiness you give her friendship and care. She is also very much looking forward to the next year as she hopes she can apply for Leadership. Anyway, thank you very much for the change to Emily!
My daughter Isabella just came back from Red Pine Camp and I have to tell you ..... She is the happiest girl on this planet. There are no words to Thank You and rest off the stuff for your fantastic job. Isabella came home changed.... Not sure how to describe this but I see a changes in her as her mom. She can't stop talking about sooo many things from the camp. Thank You VERY VERY much for what you doing ....
Hannah and Kelsey had such a wonderful time at RPC this year and are already looking forward to next year!
My niece, Emma, will join this summer for her first overnight experience!!! As the mother of only boys, I am greatly anticipating this event and I can't wait to hear about her wonderful experiences! I can imagine her settling into a starlet cabin like it was yesterday that my 8-year old self arrived. We know she will have a great time and letters to her are forth coming.
I wanted you to know Kara said camp was the "best ever" this summer. She really connected with the counselors and had a blast.
Lara still misses hamburgers on Wednesday and still talks a lot about Camp.She definitely will want to go back next year, and until she becomes a Counselor!! It was a wonderful experience for her.
Kate had a great summer! Her swimming abilities have increased exponentially! I know she loved the horseback riding experience and that was wonderful.
Thank you so much...and congratulations on the wonderful staff you have there at Red Pine. It is a huge effort for us (both economically and due to the distance), but it is completely worth it !!! Warm regards from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Well, back at home in Costa Rica and Sarah is counting the days until next year's camp dates. I miss my daughter so much while she is gone for 2 months, but she comes back with new skills, new friends and new confidence that stand her in good stead throughout the rest of the year. I love how she has new goals every year, and that she has so much support in achieving them. Connie along with the counselors and instructors have been outstanding, supportive, funny and flexible. Over the years Red Pine has become a big part of Sarah's life, and has left an indelible and welcome mark. Thank you to all for a great year, and we'll see you next season!
Just to let you know Lara had an amazing time. She had a blast on Camp. I was anxious to see her again but specially worried about how she was doing. Well she had the best time and really looking forward to going next year and next and next and next!!!!!! She has decided to become a counselor, so that's more than a parent can expect of their child experience. I'm so grateful to all of you for making her time so memorable.
From all the letters I know Mackenzie has been having an awesome time. Thank you and to Connie as well. It means the world to me she loves being at Red Pine.
First and foremost thank you for an AMAZING summer for Regan. John and I almost get 'teary eyed,' we are so thrilled with the positive letters. She seems as if she really gained lots of independence. We love it. She adores her time at RPC.
Thanks for another great year at Red Pine. You run a fabulous camp! We are most appreciative of your professionalism and love for all the kids.
It always touches my heart when my granddaughters go to RPC and come back and share their wonderful times with me! I was so proud that Tessa was awarded her"Medallion Rider" this year! You realize she is the "3rd generation"to receive this! I received mine in 1956 & the last I checked my name is still on the board in the rec hall!
Grace had a blast. It was clearly difficult at first, but she got through it with some help from counselors and a secret handshake with Ally. I'm so pleased with the strength of character she has found as a result of camp. Thanks to all! She misses you (and it) dearly.
Sarah is practicing her swimming for next summer, one of her goals is to boost her skills so she can do the "50 mile swim"! I just love that she carries RPC in her heart all the time.
I wanted to commend both you and your counselors and staff for creating and providing such a super environment for our daughter. She thoroughly enjoys her 4 weeks at RPC and looks forward to returning every summer. She especially enjoyed being introduced to sailing this past summer...
From an Alumnae: I am so impressed that you seemed to have kept so much of the original traditions of the camp I remember! So often these traditions are so easily lost with trying to keep up with the times. You seem to have such a great balance of old tradition that makes Red Pine Red Pine and a subtle blend of some new changes.As alumni we all know how special Red Pine is. Thanks for helping preserve this treasure!
Maddie had a great time at camp. She had a lot of fun and speaks with enthusiasm about all things Red Pine. She says it was 100% perfect. We were impressed with her calmness and stature after her month there and she didn’t argue with her sister nearly as much- at least for a few weeks. She looks forward to the continuing on next year and progressing in sailing, swimming and horseback riding. She had a lot of fun!!
Our daughter had a great time at camp. She enjoyed every minute of it and she dearly brings up different stories about camp on daily basis. I have noticed that she has opened up a little bit more since her camp. She was/is a very shy and closed girl but I think this summers experience at your camp will change that for good. She loved all her counselors (we are planning on writing them an email as well), she loved all her cabin friends as well as other girls at camp, she loved the activities, the songs, the cookouts, the food... She keeps singing camp songs to us and her friends, she teaches everyone new games she has learned at camp. Anyway, it was an experience for my daughter that will never be forgotten and hopefully she will join you in the future to learn more while having the time of her life!! Thank you for taking wonderful care of my daughter for 4 weeks this summer and for giving her such a wonderful experience!!
Kate LOVES RPC. It is her favorite place. She again had a fantastic summer with amazing opportunities-sailing, water skiing, the lead in the play and wonderful friends. The counselors at RPC are absolutely AMAZING. Connie you are to be commended for the staff you bring back each year and new ladies you include to the counselor group. Kate looks up to each of these girls and longs to be a RPC counselor herself one day.
Our daughter returned to us having shed the “it’s all about me” attitude that we had been struggling with prior to her departure. She was happy, full of fun stories (that are still emerging and being told with laughter and enthusiasm). I was most impressed by the friendships that she made with the older girls. They were so sweet to her and were obviously lovely role models for her. We were concerned when we sent her up to you that this experience could go either way and we were so elated to hear her say that she can’t wait to go back next year and eventually be a counselor! Everything we hoped for happened. Thank you to you and your staff for an amazing experience! See you next summer!
Hannah & Amelia both enjoyed camp tremendously! Their counselors were incredible role models. Their fellow cabin mates were fun and diverse. Honestly, the skills and experiences they receive at RPC go with them throughout the entire year. We have now purchased bows, arrows and targets for archery practice for both girls so they can pick up where they left off next summer! Amelia’s love of swimming has led her to try out for the New Trier Swim Club and Hannah has actually decided to try out various sports this year. It is a joy to hear about the varied activities they participate in while at camp and even more exciting to watch those experiences continue to shape them at home. We truly cannot thank RPC enough for everything they provide our children.
Gabriella had a great time at Red Pine. She was nervous but excited before she went and came home so excited about her experience. She is trying to convince her younger sister to come next summer. She loved the activities she did. We have been singing camp songs all summer. I expect you will be seeing her next summer.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful RPC experience that Sarah had this summer (not to mention her past 2 summers). I was a little worried about her being gone all summer but she just took advantage of every minute. She is looking forward to being at camp...well pretty basically forever now=) She has her future mapped out through being a counselor! I am so thrilled with her progress. She is much more sociable, and she is excited to try new things. She is also much less self conscious and her confidence level has soared. Sarah loved spending time with the Starlets as well, and it was great for me to see the bonds she had forged with not only her cabin mates and counselors, but with other campers as well.
I just want to thank you for the absolutely wonderful summer my daughter Tessa experienced on the shores of Clear Lake this summer. Her first time away from home was perfect, with a ton of growing and learning. I couldn't be happier with our decision to send her to RPC, and couldn't be
more proud of her! For these things, I thank each and every one of you!!!!!!
From a camper: I just did the most upsetting thing in the world; I unpacked my trunk. It smells just like camp it reminds me of all of the amazing things I have done, accomplished, and learned at camp. An I thank you for that. This summer has been the best and it will be one I will never forget.
THANK YOU for creating a most amazing experience for our daughter this summer. Sydney had an incredible time and is looking forward to next year.
We are so lucky we found Red Pine Camp. Grace had a wonderful experience as a first time sleep away camper. She is eager to return next summer and misses the many friends she made there. Grace loved her counselors and enjoyed staying super busy with a variety of fun activities, some of which she tried for the first time at camp. Her positive camp experience has had a certain degree of spill over effect on Grace’s maturity, confidence and respect for others. We thank you and your staff for doing a terrific job with Grace and her fellow campers. We were hesitant to have Grace go away to camp given her life-threatening peanut allergy. We are particularly grateful that your staff was sensitive and attentive to this. We look forward to having Grace return next year! Camp Mom
Thank you so much and thank you to your wonderful staff for providing such a fun and rewarding experience for our daughter. She loved camp and is hooked for next year.
I just wanted to take the time to thank you for all you do to make camp such an amazing experience for our girls. I cannot tell you how much it means to share this tradtion with my girls and have them love it the same way i did -- and that is because of you and your fantastic staff. Our house has been filled with songs and stories ever since last Saturday's pickup (and many, many tears) and Paul and I could not be any more thrilled.
4 more weeks have flown by, I've wanted to write to you since the first session ended but I've been very busy. We wanted to thank you for the great time our 3 girls had! They're keeping contact with all their friends from camp! They're accumulating weeks for their blanket from camp!
Kate has returned to us with a smile, hugs, pleases and thank you's, wonderful stories and most of all requests to return next year! Thank you to you and your staff for a great summer.
Keeping all those RPC ladies happy and healthy is such a big job! Never once have I wondered about her well-being!
Our heartfelt thanks for a wonderful afternoon meeting the Red Pine community yesterday!
Catherine and I had the pleasure of meeting so many campers, parents and your wonderful counselors. She is more excited than ever to get to camp and proudly brought her new red RPC sack to school today! I can't tell you how how impressed I was by Annie Henry, Annie Zwick and ALL your counselors and CITs - they were a polite, mature, respectful and HAPPY group of young ladies. I'm absolutely certain Catherine will be in good hands.
Catherine can't wait for summer to get here - I know that Red Pine will give her the gift of life-long friendships and treasured summer memories.
Bethany and I enjoyed the meeting yesterday. It sounds like such a wonderful experience. It was clear to me how important Red Pine is to so many families.
Thank you for the opportunity to meet you all and for helping shape the lives of so many girls. We will anxiously await the summer
Lilly Kate is so excited about camp and she wore her new RP sweatshirt to school today
Callie talks about Red Pine all the time. It is such a part of who she is! She is going through the process of applying to independent middle schools and her father and I credit her camp experience as she navigates the school visits and interviews with confidence and poise, something that we think would have daunted her a year ago.
Ever since Hailey returned from RPC she has shown us what a wonderful experience being a camper has done for her. We are already looking forward to new experiences next summer!
Our girls keep missing camp! , they really enjoyed this summer! Sofía and Fer keep receiving letters and sending letters to their friends! Thanks again for the great summer.
Maggie really loved Red Pine second session. She had great role models and enjoyed her cabin. She did not want to leave.
Esther loved Red Pine. Thank you for providing a wonderful opportunity.
They say as a parent, that the best things you can give your children are roots and wings. … you have helped me to give her some solid roots at Red Pine. I know we often wonder if we make a difference in the lives of others. There is no question that you and Irene have made a difference for Rosi! If all goes according to plan, we'll be first in line to sign up for the 2013 RPC season!
We would like to congratulate you and your staff! Our daughters had a wonderful summer! We're traveling and each dinner they sing camp songs and every day they tell us about a new experience at Red Pine! Please congratulate and say thanks to all of their counselors. Thanks for everthing!
Let me thank you all for another great year at Red Pine for Grace. She had a wonderful time, thunderstorms and all! We returned to find three letters from one of her camp friends. They are already planning their RPC schedules for next year - WOW! You guys are amazing. We appreciate all you do for so many young girls.
I got my first letter from Regan yesterday. She thanked me in BIG THANKS for sending her to "This amazing place."
We just heard from our 3 daughters and we want to thank you because they're
having a great summer at camp! The one that's homesick (or more exactly daughter sick) is me because I miss them so much!
I want to thank you and the staff at Red Pine Camp on behalf of our daughter and our family for her wonderful experience at Red Pine. Her stories are never ending. It's evident she grew emotionally while at camp and exuded remarkable pride in her experience. I really appreciated her comments about how kind the girls were regardless of how long a camper had been going to camp.
Thank you SO much for the opportunity for Sarah to go to camp this summer. She loved every minute of it. We are so proud of her and all she accomplished at camp. Red Pine is wonderful place and so glad Sarah was able to be a part of it.
Our daughter came back from camp a delightful, happy wonderful girl and thank you so much! She absolutely loved it.
We have greatly enjoyed receiving the wonderful letters from the girls' counselors describing (in greater detail than our girls have written) the great fun they have been having at Red Pine.
Her first letter to us one day 1 read "Dear Family, Do not EVER make me come home!" Thanks for being SO good to all the girls!
Thanks again for a amazing two weeks at Red Pine! I loved it soo much!
This is what our 2011 parents said...
Michelle is very excited to attend your camp again and since you and all your staff make everything an unforgettable experience, you stole Michelle’s heart and ours and she will be attending as long as it is possible.
Rebecca absolutely loved camp last year (every night she sleeps on her pillow case that everyone in her cabin signed) and can't wait for next summer.
Liza told me today - out of the blue - that she just loves RPC. I am sure you hear this frequently, but I can't tell you the enough the impact RPC has had on her. While I knew it would be a great experience, I am amazed on how much it has positively affected her!
My daughter attended Red Pine this summer. She loved it so much! I can't believe how much she learned in just 4 weeks. I've seen a huge improvement in her confidence. Laurel has been elected to student council this year. I don't think she would have been brave enough to run without the self-assurance she gained at Red Pine.
Wanted to let you know Abby had a wonderful time as usual this summer. She cried for days after leaving. She has such a bond with Red Pine.
Isabel has said that next time she wants to stay for 8 weeks... Can you imagine how worried I was about her?... and she wants to repeat FOR EIGHT WEEKS. Incredible.
Thanks for all you do to make Red Pine the place it is.
It has been over a week since she came home and Morgan is still talking about camp every day. She can't wait to go next year and she is already making her plans to come back. We even over heard her talking with her older cousin this past weekend about camp. The two of them were making plans to convince her parents to let her go to camp next year too! Thank you to you and all the Red Pine staff for making Morgans first year at camp a wonderful experience.
Thank you for the incredible experience our daughter had this summer in the Red Pine leadership program. Every time she wrote, she told us she was "having the time of her life." She enjoyed getting to know the girls in the first session and was so happy to see all the second session girls. She is drawn to Red Pine. She loves the setting, being on the water, working with the younger girls and being with all the friends she has made over the years.
Next year I am sending the girls for 6 weeks! It's their 'motivation' to have a great academic year in school. They live for RPC.
Nikelle had another wonderful time at camp again this year. She’s looking forward to having her little sister join her next year.
Thanks for providing such a great camp and leadership experience for our daughter -- after 8 years it never ceases to amaze me how her confidence grows each year. It is always nice to see it first hand.
I am very impressed with how willing Sarah is to try new things now, and how encouraging her environment must have been. She has regaled us with songs and stories, and is very much looking forward to the 2012 season. I missed her while she was at camp, but I also knew that she was well cared for and treasured at RPC and I hope that she can participate for many years. Thank you so much.
I wanted to tell you what a wonderful time Grace had at camp. She will definitely be back next summer for four weeks. Her Mom and Dad were thrilled with the marked improvement in table manners and her sweetness to her little sister! For all you did for Grace and do for all the campers, I thank you deeply.
...so grateful for RPC! Hannah had a great time and is already talking about next year! So thanks so much for all you do and your leadership of the camp!!
Thank you so much for the wonderful summer that Sofia and Fer had at Red Pine. They don't stop talking about camp! All day they speak about their adventures at camp! Thank you so much for everything.
We are so pleased with your camp and marvel at how well you run the place. From what I can tell, the girls really love it and they thrive on it. From my view, they also learn very good habits and life lessons, which is, in my book, fantastic. Thanks again. Oh, she sheepishly told me about her award and she was brimming with pride.
...our heartfelts thanks to you, Connie. Ron and I are so grateful for Red Pine and for the principles and disciplines it sets forth for young girls. More than the anything, the atmosphere you have so meticulously developed is so nurturing and embracing and allows young girls to explore new things without fear of rejection or embarrassment. We truly appreciate everything you put into Red Pine. It's a very special place.
...enjoyed hearing about Red Pine all weekend and look forward to hearing more stories from our very happy camper. Lulu had such a wonderful experience! The counselors were outstanding role models and she felt very close to them. She thoroughly enjoyed her activities and tried all kinds of new adventures. We appreciated the attention to manners, kindness and responsibility (cleaning the bathroom no less!).
Many thanks to you and your team for such a positive introduction to Red Pine and camp life!
Amelia had such a great time at camp. She particularly loved riding. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for taking such good care of our Gracie. She has loved every minute of her experience at Red Pine. We have felt so fortunate to have been able to visit Red Pine over parents visitation. We were so impressed with the grounds of the camp and the overall kindness of all the counselors and staff. Thank you for being everything you said you would be.
Once again, Taylor had an amazing experience! We hope to see you next year. Thanks again!
Thank you for giving Paula such a perfect summer experience.
We got the greatest letter from Celia telling us that "camp is awesome....and I am not homesick." How thrilling!
How could one NOT have a fun time at beautiful Red Pine Camp?! We've already gotten a letter, and she was so excited about everything! Thanks for making camp such a special place for the girls!!!
Fer loves camp, this is her 3rd summer at Red Pine and 4th at a summer camp! She really enjoys it and waits all school year for it.
It just seems like yesterday that Liza got off that bus all smiles from her wonderful RPC experience. We love hearing her stories about camp, the friends she met, her counselors and the goals she has already set for herself next year. She has her awards proudly displayed on her bulletin board.
I loved seeing Red Pine again! The place looks fabulous, and the counselors were most polite and friendly. The place is physically better than I had remembered. Maddie had stars in her eyes, as did her mother reliving her own memories after 26 years! Even Jack (6) announced he wants to go next summer!!!!
Lily had a wonderful summer at Red Pine, she said her best by far! She always returns to us from her midwest camp experience much calmer and more grown-up, and this year grew 3/4 an inch!
Meghan had a fantastic time at Red Pine this summer. She LOVES spending time with her friends and cherishes the relationships she has
made. Many of the girls in her cabin are like sisters to her and she is very close to them. Earning "best overall" for airband was like an Academy Award... Red Pine is so important to Meghan. Thank you for all the wonderful experiences.
The girls arrived home yesterday. I want to thank you for all you did for them. They had a wonderful time, and I think the girls had one of the best experiences they will have in life. (travelling, meeting other people, introducing themselves in other culture.. doing
sports,..everything´s been great).
Nora couldn’t stop talking about all the wonderful things she did this summer including waterskiing (thank you!). She had so many favorite activities, campers and counselors. Thanks for providing such growth experience that is also lots of fun.
Can't believe the 6 weeks are over! I have had dozen+ amazing letters from Katie- I've never heard her so happy!
Meghan is having a fantastic summer at Red Pine. Thank you to all of you who have made it so memorable!
Wow !!! We continue to be impressed with Red Pine! We miss Cece, but are thrilled that she is having the time of her life!
Grace's experience at Red Pine Camp far exceeded our expectations and hers. We are thrilled with all of her takeaways and look forward to a 2011 session. Thanks so much for a most rewarding camp experience and our very best to all!
W e are thankful that Red Pine is still running and has maintained its traditions. My girls have learned so many valuable life lessons and have created strong, lasting friendships from summers at camp.
I´ve received letters from the girls and I spoke with them last Sunday. I find them so well that I have to tell you. I feel so happy. It´s worth all the anxious momentsI had before sending them so far from Spain. I think you have made the place nice for them. Thank you.
Thank you for all you do for the girls. From the letters we have received we know they are having another great summer!
I have received absolutely hilarious letters from her - she is having a wonderful time ! She will be back next year and we'll plan so there are no conflicts.
Jacqui wrote today that she is loving the food!
It was so great to see Ellie Saturday as she got off the Bus from camp. I couldn't keep my hands off of her and notice how happy she was. She looked fantastic and had so many stories to tell. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience, and everything we were looking for in a camp for our daughter.
I wanted to thank all of the staff at Red Pine Camp for making the month-long Red Pine Camp experience an absolute joy for my granddaughters. They were all full of wonderful camp stories when they got home! What a wonderful opportunity this was...The staff members were as genuinely kind, generous with praise, and as helpful as any person I’ve ever encountered. I don’t know where you get all these Counselor Angels but I sincerely hope my granddaughters grow up to be half as fine as the Angels are!
I know they have been having a blast! I told Hannah next year she will plan ahead to stay for 6!
I have received uplifting letters from Anna about camp. She seems to be having a great time, and even gives us beautiful descriptions of the lake, sunsets and eagles.
Just a note to let you know that Maura had a wonderful time on the over-night canoe trip that she took at camp. I don't know if time would allow, but if it would, I think that she would love to do another trip. The challenges presented by the over-night trips create a lot of fun for the older girls. Thank you for all that you do for our girls. We really appreciate it.
My parents dropped Olivia off and as usual were so impressed with Red Pine and how organized you all are and how beautiful the camp looks.
I think the new approach of having visitations on Saturday afternoons worked beautifully when I was there. She was SO happy (no surprise!) and she told me over and over again how great a time she was having with everyone in her cabin. Red Pine is so fabulous.
We received your wonderful newsletter tonight describing all of the incredibly fun things the kids have been doing this week..... Is there Red Pine for grown-ups? It was great to hear from you, and we really appreciate the energy and care you put into
this amazing experience...
Thanks for keeping us informed. I miss Ally and Christy so much, but it has always been Christy's dream to be at Red Pine for eight weeks, and Ally really thrives having friends/peers to share her days, and loves the work challenges presented to her. As much as camp costs, as much as each one leaving causes a shift in our family, I am so grateful that a friend told me about this "great overnight camp" in Minocqua, WI many years ago. Thank you for giving my girls such a gift, each and every year.