An exciting change to our Leadership Training Internship Program

There’s a mysterious program at Pine Island with a perfect acronym to disguise it — LTIP. Participants in the program are known simply as LTIPs. Very few know what LTIP stands for, but those who have seen LTIPs at work over the past 20 years know they’re an indispensable part of the Pine Island summer. LTIP stands for Leadership Training Internship Program — a cheeky nickname from our cheeky Executive Director, Ben Swan. The program teaches rising high school juniors and seniors the ins and outs of what makes the Pine Island engine work. It has undergone small changes from year to year, most of which go under the radar. 

LTIPs learn and practice how to drive motor boats, use power tools, work in the kitchen, and perform countless maintenance tasks around the island, most of which require ingenuity and many of which involve getting dirty. They also fill in for counselors as needed, and they learn how to lead trips and teach activities. As a result of these myriad chores and responsibilities, LTIPs are cross-trained in a variety of roles.  

We are very excited to announce a significant change to the program this year. For the first time, we will welcome women to join the ranks of LTIPs. Women have held nearly every position at Pine Island for many years now — assistant director, expedition camp leader, activity counselor, kitchen manager, driver (the hit song Women at PIC written by Corinne Alsop and Natalie Burr says it all) — but they’ve never had the opportunity to join the staff at the LTIP level. Including women as LTIPs will ensure that our new generation of women staff can take on every role at camp with confidence.  

The LTIP position includes a modest salary ($1200), three home-cooked meals a day, and lakefront accommodations that can’t be beat.  

If you know a woman who is a rising high school junior or senior who you think would be a good fit, we’d like to meet her! Our Director of Operations, Miles Frank, will run the LTIP program, and he is excited to meet any interested applicants. 

Please encourage anyone you think would be a good candidate for this position to email Miles at mfrank@pineisland.org as soon as possible. Working as an LTIP is a coveted job at PIC!

November News

Our 2022 season is coming together! As of now we still have space for more campers to join us next summer. Early registration pricing ends on November 30th, so if you’ve been on the fence about signing up, now is a good time! If you’re considering camp but you’re not yet ready to register, please join one of our upcoming Information Nights, give us a call (207-465-3031), or email us (shunter@pineisland.org) to get in touch.

It’s a busy time of year at the Pine Island office. In addition to meeting with new camp families, we’re hiring staff, collecting submissions to The Pine Needle, and embarking on our annual appeal. Learn more about all of these endeavors in our November newsletter.

Photos from our Summer

Pine Island’s long-awaited 119th season was another great one! Our campers earned ranks in their favorite activities; paddled and hiked throughout the remote north woods of New England; produced and acted in riveting Saturday Night Shows and clever Campfire skits and games; and most importantly, created a community in which each boy’s participation and energy was needed and valued.

But they weren’t always on the move. Throughout the summer, Pine Islanders spent hours of spare time engaged in a myriad of restful, soul-nurturing activities, from reading in hammocks to playing board games in the library; fishing off the docks to writing letters in their tents. It was a time to unplug, reset, and recharge, just as every summer before it, but more important than possibly any other time in our history. It was not without struggle, and it was tough to begin the season in two different locations, but despite the covid protocols, this summer felt, in a word, normal.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite moments into this 2021 photo gallery. It was an incredible (and covid-free) summer and we’re grateful to our campers, parents, staff and volunteers for making this season such a success.


The Essence of Summer: the Pine Island Skiff

Pine Island’s off-season has a predictable rhythm. The turning of the calendar triggers familiar tasks year after year – October is Registration Month, December yields The Pine Needle, and each May we pass an exciting milestone as the first docks go in the water. As alumnus Ned Bishop says, “Once the big docks are in, everything is possible.” This year putting the docks in is especially exciting because it brings us tangibly closer to our long-awaited Opening Day. Once the docks are in, the KWS – our 28-foot launch – arrives, and soon our fleet of catboats and rowboats will be moored and bobbing in the cove, awaiting beginning and experienced sailors and oarsmen alike.

Six of the boats that will be moored in the cove are Pine Island Skiffs designed specifically for Pine Island by boatbuilder David Stimson. Returning campers will remember John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Stu, but there’s a new addition this year – Pete.

Pete is the result of a small but successful fundraising campaign supported by many generations of Pine Island oarsmen as well as hundreds of hours of time donated by the talented and generous alumnus and super-volunteer Rob Whitehouse. With the original plans to our first skiffs lost, Rob re-created them using a combination of engineering skills, complicated math, and possibly some magic. This monumental project caught the attention of the folks at Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors and is featured in their May/June 2021 issue. I hope you’ll all take the time to read this excellent article by Donnie Mullen – The Essence of Summer and a Skiff Designed for Lake Use whether or not you’ve spent time in these skiffs. And I hope you’ll join me in thanking Rob Whitehouse for his tremendous work.