Scenic view of trees at camp

‘Twas the Night Before Winterfest

by Brent BertolioPosted Dec 12, 2017


We’re so excited for Winterfest, we can’t be the only ones dreaming about it! In fact, here’s the story of two campers who just can’t wait to get to camp. It’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas… Pine Cove style. We are proud to present “Twas the Night Before Winterfest”! ‘Twas the night before Winterfest, when all through […]

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The Ministry of Work Crews

by Mikaleh OffermanPosted Dec 4, 2017


At Pine Cove, there’s no way we could do everything for our guests alone. That’s why we rely on weekend volunteers called Work Crews! (If you’ve been here during the summer, you know we also have Work Crews in the summer, mostly from a rotation of counselors, and our staff love getting to serve campers […]

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Celebrating Christmas Twice a Year!

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Dec 4, 2017


If you’ve ever been at camp on or around July 25th, you know it’s no average summer day. It’s Christmas in July! Since this day only falls once a summer, and usually on week 8 or week 9, we know there’s quite a few of you who have never experienced it. Here’s the thing—Christmas is […]

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Our favorite Christmas songs and why we love them

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Nov 28, 2017

We really love Christmas music around Pine Cove, so we wanted to share our favorite tunes with you! We asked our resident staff to tell us their favorite songs and why they love them. Then of course we made two playlists on Spotify. There’s an upbeat playlist for tree decorating, making Christmas cookies, and more, […]

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Advent Resources from Dutch

by Craig LangemeierPosted Nov 28, 2017


I love Christmas.  All the holidays are fun to celebrate, but I really get excited about Christmas. I love the lights and decorations, the music, the time with family, and fires in the fireplace (even if you have to turn down the air conditioning just to make it feel like you need a fire). But […]

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Pine Cove Glossary

by Pine CovePosted Nov 16, 2017


Pine Cove has a distinct lingo that leaves first-time family campers on Sunday nights staring, mouths agape, wondering what strange world they just entered. It’s true, there are some words around camp in need of definitions. Summer staffers learn the difference between a watermelon and a watermelon pretty quick during staff orientation, but for the […]

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Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

by Pine CovePosted Nov 14, 2017


Even if you have not been a camper or staffer at Crier Creek in Columbus, you have probably at least heard of the legendary Mama Mia’s hospitality and delicious cooking skills. Vikki “Mama Mia” George served as the Food Service Director for our Central Texas camps for several years. Her food was so good, in […]

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The New Slick Track

by Pine CovePosted Nov 14, 2017

High school campers consistently say they love coming back to Pine Cove for a few main things: to hang out with Pine Cove counselors, to unplug from technology and peer pressure back home, to grow in their relationship with Christ, and to have FUN. We added the slick track to our high school camps for […]

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A Heart for Service

by Valerie MorbyPosted Nov 8, 2017

Group of Pine Cove Shores campers

High schooler Ellis Sharpe sported a very special t-shirt at the Shores this summer. It didn’t feature the logo of a favorite college or sports team. It wasn’t something she purchased in a trendy store. Instead, Ellis’s shirt displayed the name of a special non-profit organization—one founded by Ellis herself. “I have always had a […]

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The Hub Gets a New Office

by Pine CovePosted Nov 7, 2017


You might be asking yourself, “Self? What’s a ‘Hub?’” Excellent question. The Hub is the office of Pine Cove’s headquarters, known in the past as “the Main Office.” So, who works at the Hub? Everyone in the Hub works hard to serve all of our camp regions. Some of the people in the Hub include […]

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