June 29, 2009

Reunion Wrap-up

The 1st Annual "P" Dunes Reunion is in the record books! Thank you to everyone who came out! About 40 alumni and another 40 of their husbands, wives, kids and friends came for some beautiful weather. Most folks took a stroll down memory lane as soon as they arrived. Our 2009 Staff held down some activities...canoe, kayak, swimming, soccer, volleyball, basketball, frisbee, art and archery. Around noon Chef Jeremy offered us all a nice summer BBQ...burgers and dogs, watermelon, fruit salad and chips. After lunch it was more activities.

P Barton Erickson, Pinecrest Dunes Alum 1949 - 1957, has generously scanned his entire photo album and sent them to us on CD. Many of the photos were on display around the campus. We'd like to collect photos from every era of "P" Dunes. We're also embarking on a video story project, collecting camp memories from alums. About 10 people volunteered to sit in front of the camera and shared their stories. I hope for those to be available soon...

Some awards...

Most Way Back: Bill Scott, '63 - '65, Northport, NY

Camp Couple who got married: Justin & Janet Pagano, '89 - '90

Furthest Traveled: Janet Ray, '91 - '93, Orlando, FL

Biggest Summer to Turnout: 1990 had 7 folks...Sue (Cucci) Geary, Janet & Justin Pagano, William Cahill, Jennifer Sullivan, Paul Casey, Terry Numbers

Expect an announcement in the coming weeks for next year's reunion dates. Also...there were a few requests for a regularly scheduled winter gathering...I'm thinking the Cornell Club in Manhattan. More info coming soon...

Click here for more Reunion photos

And as always...

You can register here for camp!
(Still room for boys for all sessions and girls for week 8)

June 21, 2009

REUNION...June 27, 11am - 5pm

Since W. Tom Ward (Derbo) founded Pinecrest Dunes Camp 78 years ago, and began a camping tradition...

...through the past 39 years of Peconic Dunes Camp, boys have become men, girls have become women, legends were made, and their stories were passed down...

...P Dunes has been home to tens of thousands of campers, staffers, and community volunteers from near and far...

...And as our community plans for the next 78 years, we hope that all members, past and present, will come back to camp this Saturday for a day of rekindled friendships, family activities, story telling, and strategic planning...

...Because if we don't take the time to celebrate, we won't appreciate what we have.

June 11, 2009


This past weekend, June 5-7, Peconic Dunes hosted its 2nd Annual Rookie Camp!

For the 2nd year in a row, 18 brave boys and girls tried overnight camp for the first time. For many, this was a first experience away from home, or the "Comfort Zone" as we like to call it. Preferring the "Challenge Zone", 12 Rookie campers joined the Polar Bear Club!

Everyone tried archery, fishing, soccer, basketball, canoeing, and building sand sculptures on the beach. My personal favorites were the jellyfish and the turtle (see right). For most campers, they were casting lines and paddling boats for the first time in their lives!

More importantly, all the Rookie Campers seemed to embrace the spirit of the P. Dunes Community and made new friends.



WHERE: Peconic Dunes County Park
TIME: 10am - 2pm

  • Tour the Campus
  • Meet the Director
  • Hot Chocolate & Snacks

And as always, you can...