Why Work at PIC?
Inspire the Next Generation
Join a Community That Needs You
Hone Your Soft Skills
Live Simply in a Rustic and Beautiful Lakefront Setting
Unplug Your Life
Make Life-Long Friends from Around the World
Hike, Fish, and Paddle New England's Iconic Wilderness
Earn National Certifications
Set Yourself Up for Success After College
“Pine Island is the best job I’ve ever had. It taught me leadership skills I use every day. It was where I formed some of my closest friendships that I still keep close to my heart. As I look back, I treasure the opportunity to mentor young men and have an impact on their lives.”
“My experiences as a staff member at Pine Island Camp were foundational to who I am today in every aspect of my life. From the lifelong friends I made to the skills I developed, living and working on Pine Island provided a truly unique experience. Every challenge and its solution seamlessly translated into my college readiness, my post-college job search, and all my personal relationships.”
“The time I spent at Pine Island Camp was never just a summer job; it was a life-changing experience that equipped me with the tools to excel as a leader, a team member, a confident communicator, and a lifelong adventurer.”
This person works with the head cook to produce three delicious meals a day. Strong organizational skills are required for this position. Although having a background in the food industry is not necessary, this is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in culinary arts.
The Pine Island kitchen crew comprises a rotating cast of counselors and LTIPs (counselors in training). The kitchen manager is responsible for scheduling the kitchen crew, arranging the dining hall set up and break down, and managing the cleanliness of the kitchen and dining hall at all times. This is the perfect job for someone looking for a management role who displays leadership skills and is willing to get their hands dirty to motivate their crew.
LTIP (Leadership Training Internship Program)
After teaching fly-fishing, Sumner became one of Pine Island’s Expedition Camp directors and then served as assistant director from 2014 through 2018. In 2019, Sumner transitioned into the role of Director. He is Pine Island’s sixth director in nearly 120 years. Sumner brings much to this role: a deep love of camping and the outdoors, seemingly endless patience with boys and staff, proven leadership skills, a lively and slightly mischievous sense of humor, a love of reading and ideas, and a deep appreciation of all the traditions and quirks that make Pine Island unique and so valuable. In short, Pine Island is lucky to have handed the helm to such an able and thoughtful person.
Sumner studied at St. Lawrence University, earning his B.S. in Environmental Geology and serving as a leader of the outing club. He currently resides in Burlington, Vermont during the off-season.
Ben’s family’s involvement with Pine Island Camp dates to 1908, when his grandfather purchased the fledgling institution, and he was the third generation of his family to serve as Pine Island’s director. Ben has a B.A. in English from Washington & Lee University and an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia. He was a teacher at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia for several years before returning to Maine to work for Pine Island.
Director of Operations
Director of Whitehead Island Program
Following his graduation from St. Lawrence and inspiration from Sumner, Sam spent his first summer at Pine Island in 2016. He returned in 2018 as the assistant director of Pine Island’s program at Whitehead Island. There he worked alongside 22-year veteran director Anne Stires, learning the details of the Whitehead program and skills of an outdoor educator. The winds and water of the Maine coast pulled Sam back to Whitehead in 2021, where he worked directly with Anne as the co-director of the program. That summer marked the transfer of decades of Whitehead knowledge and directorship from Anne to Sam.
During the rest of the year, Sam works as a place-based educator in Richmond, Vermont, where he spreads PIC values by imparting students with the importance of independence coupled with a concern for others, honesty, generosity, a sense of humor, and the ability to find all the joy life has to offer. His free time is spent recreating and traveling among the mountains, rivers, and lakes of the Northeast.
Board of Directors