FAC International Pinewoods sessions, June 22-29, 2017
Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, Massachusetts
General information for campers
After you have registered for an FAC International Pinewoods session, you will be notified by email about payments due, any further forms to submit, and arrival instructions. As the camp dates get closer, you will receive information about program details such as camp tour times and after-party themes.
For each session, camp opens at 3 pm.
Getting to Pinewoods
Pinewoods Camp is on an out-of-the way dirt road between Long Pond and Round Pond, off Route 3, south of downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts. Detailed directions to camp are available for driving and public transportation. You may download the driving directions.
- Do not trust online mapping services nor your GPS to give you correct routes to Pinewoods Camp. Many of the nearby roads shown on maps do not connect to one another, and some go across private property.
- In consideration of Pinewoods' neighbors, please use the Halfway Pond Road approach to camp as described in the driving directions, not the route described in Google Maps or MapQuest.
- The last part of the route to camp is narrow, bumpy, and hidden from the world. If you have not been to Pinewoods before, it would be best to arrive before dark.
- Pinewoods is off the beaten track, and its name can be confused with that of another camp in Plymouth. If you are taking a taxi or shuttle to camp, have driving directions handy.
- Parking is limited at camp; please carpool if possible.
What to bring:
- Flashlight (the paths can be very dark at night)
- USB flash drive for downloading dance directions from our teachers
- Blankets and sheets (for single beds) or a sleeping bag
- Extra pillow (if you need more than the one provided or are attached to your own!)
- Towels: for swimming and beach activities, showers, and hand drying
- Swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat
- Comfortable clothes for dancing
- Shoes: clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing, comfortable shoes for walking around camp, flip-flops for the beach and showers
- Ethnic costumes and accessories (if you have any) for the Saturday night party
- Warm clothing (the weather gets cool sometimes, especially at night)
- Rain gear (this helps keep the rain away!)
- Insect repellent
- Alarm clock
- Medications you may need, especially a bee sting kit if you are allergic
- Special foods you may need (you may use the refrigerators in the Camphouse, Pinecones, and Hunsdon House)
- Musical instruments (if you play any)
- Liqueurs to share at Friday's Waltz Social
- Beer and nonalcoholic beverages to share at Saturday’s beer tasting
What not to bring:
- Illegal substances
- Heat-producing appliances such as hairdryers. Most of the housing at camp cannot handle the electrical requirements of hairdryers. If you must use them, when at camp ask the Grounds Crew where these appliances can be used safely.
Pinewoods Camp feeds a large number of campers with a small kitchen crew, and does not have the resources to accommodate all individual needs and preferences. The camp tries to serve a variety of foods, and may offer nondairy or other alternatives to some menu items. A vegetarian option is always provided; you must sign up for this on the Application Form when registering. The Dining Hall’s refrigerated "alternatives cart," available during mealtimes, is typically stocked with:
- Bread, rice cakes
- Peanut butter, jelly
- Sliced cheese, cottage cheese, plain yogurt
- Green salad, raw vegetables, fruit
- Plain tofu, plain tuna, hard-boiled eggs
- Sliced ham, sliced turkey, plain cooked chicken
- Condiments (tamari, ketchup, etc.)
If you require additional options, you will need to bring your own food with you. It can be stored in refrigerators at the Camphouse, Pinecones, and Hunsdon House. Please label your food clearly with your name. Pinewoods does not have food preparation or storage space for campers in the main kitchen. There are stoves in Pinecones and Hunsdon House for camper use. If you have severe food allergies, check in with one of the head cooks at the beginning of your session, and ask about specific dishes if you have any doubts. Although the cooks make an effort to have potential allergens listed on the menu board for each meal, Pinewoods Camp, Inc. cannot accept responsibility for notifying you of the presence of potential allergens in the food served.
A pay phone for camper use is located off the porch of the Program Center, near the Camphouse. Callers from the outside world may leave messages for campers at 508-224-1430. The answering machine is checked throughout the day, and an alert for any camper with a message is posted near the phone booth. If a matter is urgent, a message will be taken at the camp office phone at 508-224-4858, but neither the Pinewoods staff nor the FAC staff can search for a camper to take a call except in an extreme emergency.
Campers may use cell phones only in their cabins. Use of cell phones on the paths, in the Dining Hall or the dance pavilions, or in other common areas is not allowed.
The natural beauty of the camp’s woods and waterfronts offers a welcome respite from high-tech daily life. To help preserve the rustic ambience that is such a refreshing part of the camp experience, Wi-Fi service is available to campers on an extremely limited basis at a specific area near the Hunsdon House cabin. Further details will be supplied at camp. There is also a DSL modem cable available inside the Program Center and in the Internet booth beside the phone booth.