History

Friendly Pines Camp has been operating since 1941. That’s a long time. It was before everyone had a television. Computers? Video Games? Forget about it. When Friendly Pines started, people listened to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the radio. Most of your parents hadn’t been born. We wouldn’t even go to the moon for almost 30 years.

uncle bud and brownieFriendly Pines Camp was the dream of Uncle Bud and Brownie. They wanted to create a place where boys and girls could go to not only get “out of the summer heat” but also to just enjoy being kids. At Friendly Pines children could ride horses, hike the mountains, and sleep under the stars. Sure camp was fun, but it was also a place to learn. Uncle Bud was a longtime schoolteacher; however, he and Brownie knew that it was important that boys and girls learned outside the classroom. They needed to learn by doing. So Uncle Bud and Brownie made sure that campers had the chance to bottle-feed goats and lambs; that they learned the proper way to swing an axe and build a fire. Every camper learned to roll dough in his or her hand and produce the perfect, golden Dutch Oven Biscuit. And when the day was done the campers learned to entertain themselves by singing songs, telling stories, and playing games.entrance sign

Uncle Bud and Brownie lived long enough to see Friendly Pines grow from a tiny camp of mostly family and family friends to a camp that serves 1000 boys and girls each summer. They came to see not only the children of former campers return to Friendly Pines, but also the grandchildren of former campers. That’s pretty amazing. That’s why we say that Friendly Pines has become An Arizona Tradition.chiffon bridesmaid dresses

Uncle Bud and Brownie’s daughter, Bebe, and her husband, Jack, ran the camp since the 1960’s. Jack passed away in February of 2012; however, Jack and Bebe’s children and grandchildren are now involved in the camp.  Bebe and Jack were very careful to make sure that Friendly Pines Camp operated the way that Uncle Bud and Brownie  intended.

As a result, the things a camper does at camp today will be similar to what boys and girls did over 75 years ago. Okay, there are some differences. We have bathrooms and showers in the cabin. We have computers and fax machines. We use handheld radios to communicate with one another instead of just shouting real loudly. But we are still committed to fun and learning by doing.