Pioneer Family Connect

About What People Are Saying

Todd Pohlman

“Pioneer is a WNY gem for meetings and retreats. The lake front, gathering spaces, advanced technical equipment, activities, food service and accommodations provide an ideal environment for groups small and large. It’s the perfect place to get away, focus and re-energize.”

George Kermis, PhD, CPA

“My experience with Pioneer over the last four years has been nothing short of outstanding. To say that they exceeded expectations would be an understatement. Twice every year, I bring between 50 and 60 students down for leadership training. The team at Pioneer has been flexible in creating new experiences when I bring the same group down a second time. The events have contributed significantly to our goals of team and community building. It certainly is much more than a day in the woods.”


“Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center exceeded all of my expectations for our wedding. Not only is the site beautiful and well-maintained, the staff went above and beyond to help with planning and execution of a three day wedding, expertly handling multiple vendors and providing accommodations for 200 guests. They were professional and extremely accessible; most importantly, they lessened my stress so I could focus on simply enjoying the weekend.”

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“As we leave today, Gabe is begging and pleading his case to stay at …camp another week for the next session. Lol – I’m glad he wasn’t homesick, but sheesh, he could “pretend” to miss his mama! Thanks to all the staff for making his first camp amazing!”

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“Pioneer is great for celebrating any event or for solitude and peace. …Thank you to the staff for a memorable experience!”

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“I felt like we had our own private beach and resort. The day I had my husband’s birthday party, and granddaughters baptism, it was a lovely sunny day. Hickman Hall was very clean and neat and faced Lake Erie. Many people enjoyed sitting on the deck and looking at the scenery. Others had fun swimming, or playing football ,etc. We had a great bonfire at night. Thank you to the staff who helped me plan the party, and who took care of any concerns I may have had that day. You were all kind and helpful. My husband had a unique place to have a party, and will always remember Camp Pioneer fondly. Our granddaughter, Carissa can someday say, “I was baptized at Camp Pioneer, on Lake Erie.”

Laurel Harvey

“Camp Pioneer was the perfect setting for my daughter’s wedding July 2015.   The guests were so complimentary about their cabins, the in-house catering did a splendid job with the rehearsal welcome dinner and Sunday brunch.   The Wendt Shelter worked out splendidly as the dance and banquet buffet for our large 200 person wedding.   The chapel in the woods was serene and lovely.   The weekend surpassed all our expectations and our family has had a summer home in the near-by Grandview Bay for three generations.   Camp Pioneer, why weren’t you available for my wedding and reception 35 years ago!

While future wedding parties can inspect the facilities, the secret ingredient was the dedicated and talented supporting staff headed by Reverend Alex.”