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Pine Island Camp campers and counselors are part of a large network of alumni that spans far and wide, young and old. As you take Pine Island with you, please check in now and then to stay in touch!



“Coming back to Pine Island was an extremely powerful experience for me – to share such a wonderful experience with one’s son, a whole generation apart, is truly a gift. It almost felt like I had never left. My kudos to all the people who have maintained this place and its traditions for so many years.”

The Pine Needle


The Pine Needle, published every winter, is the annual newsletter of Pine Island Camp whose origins go back to the camp’s earliest days. Since 2007, we have also been producing an on-line Mid-Summer Pine Needle. Produced entirely by Pine Island Campers in the middle of the camp season, it offers a wonderful glimpse into the spirit and activities of each Pine Island summer while it is in progress.

The following issues of the Pine Needle are available to download as Adobe PDFs. To receive the Pine Needle by mail, please contact us.

The Pine Needle February 2024
The Mid-Summer Pine Needle 2023

Some back issues of the Pine Needle and Mid-Summer Pine Needle are available as Adobe PDFs in the Pine Needle Archive below.

“It was here that I learned independence, improvisation in difficult or unexpected circumstances, and how to apply and value the eccentricity in myself and others. This is a rare experience that is hard to find.”

Campfire: The Album!


Album of Classic Campfire Songs for Sale to Benefit the Lovett Scholarship Fund!

At last, you can enjoy the fun of a Pine Island Campfire all year round! Campfire: The Album includes 12 great songs performed by Pine Islanders and professionally produced. This album was recorded, mixed and mastered at The Brickyard Studio (except for “I’m a Camper at PIC” and “Women at PIC”) and produced by camp parent Johnny Bregar, who donated dozens of hours of his time to make this possible. Johnny’s extraordinary expertise and talent were surpassed only by his patience. He and his wife Maura Ahearne and their two sons Toby and Jameson welcomed five of us to their home on Bainbridge Island, WA in October 2019, fed us all and made us feel at home. Many thanks also to Tom Yoder and John Alsop whose financial support made it possible for The Henchmen to come to Bainbridge Island.

ALL funds generated from album sales will go to the A. Sidney Lovett Memorial Scholarship Fund for Pine Island Camp. While the minimum price for the collection is $15, we hope that you will pay more in order to help more great families afford Pine Island for their sons.


  • Mark Pierce: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Sam Chester: Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Bass
  • Johnny Bregar: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Hammond B3 Organ, Drums, Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Pope Ward: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
  • Robert Brent: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
  • Ben Swan: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Toby Bregar: Lead Vocals, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Nicky Isles: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
  • Maura Ahearne: Backing Vocals
  • Edwin McCain: Lead Vocals (recorded in Greenville, SC)
  • Matt Morgan: Slide Guitar (recorded in Greenville, SC)
  • Corinne Alsop: Lead Vocals (recorded in New York City)
  • Natalie Burr: Backing Vocals (recorded in New York City)
  • The Henchmen: Pope Ward, Ben Swan, Johnny Bregar, Maura Ahearne, Jameson Bregar, Toby Bregar, Robert Brent, Nicky Isles, Mark Pierce

Song Titles

  • The Titanic
  • I’m a Camper at PIC
  • A Camper Named Sue
  • On the Cover of the Pine Needle
  • Tangled Up in Blues
  • Please Don’t Bury Me
  • Should I Sail or Should I Row
  • Mountain Dew
  • We’re Women at PC
  • Keep on Ridin’ on the Tilt-a-Whirl
  • My Sweet Pine Island
  • Chicken Train

“He returned from each of the summers at Pine Island a more thoughtful, mature, and compassionate soul than when he arrived. There is no higher praise that I can offer than to share that result.”

Send us your Life Updates and PIC Stories

Needlenews the Needlenosed Newshound wants to hear from you! Submit your life update or PIC story so that we can celebrate everything from new babies to professional achievements. These events may be shared in the next edition of The Pine Needle and/or on social media.