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Author: Anna Birch

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Anna Birch

Inside the Cove Coordinator

Anna grew up in northwest Arkansas, graduating from John Brown University in 2012 with a BS in Broadcasting. She has worked at Pine Cove in many capacities: at the Bluffs while she was in college, later serving full time as an Institute of Wilderness Studies Instructor, IWS Site Coordinator, Towers Castle Rock Director, and Bluffs Women's Director. God changed her life while working at camp, and she also met her husband Jerad "Pile Driver" Birch at camp too. Anna is passionate about sharing the Gospel, coffee, books, movies, and Christian rap.


Stories From the 2020 Forge Israel Trip

by Anna BirchPosted Mar 24, 2020

Forge class of 2020

Each spring, Pine Cove’s leadership development program, The Forge, takes a trip to Israel! Often others get to join along as they tour the Holy Land. Every stop is an experience! Through hiking, teaching, and visuals, the group gets a hands-on lesson at each location. Those that have gone on the trip say that it […]

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Two-Week Programs: Double the Impact

by Anna BirchPosted Mar 10, 2020

3 high school guy campers

What’s better than one week of camp? Well, TWO weeks of camp, of course! Several of our youth camps offer two-week programs for campers who want to stay a little longer. But why send your camper to a two-week program? Let us tell you… there are great benefits in the extra week! We all know […]

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New 2020 Full-Time Camp Staff

by Anna BirchPosted Feb 19, 2020

four full time staff compilation

Throughout this spring, we will be introducing a few of our brand-new full-time staff members! Find out where they come from, some of their favorite things, and what about their roles has them most excited. And make sure to say “hi” when you see them at camp this summer!  Leah “Smax” Crum: If you’ve been […]

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Date Night Tips from Camp

by Anna BirchPosted Feb 5, 2020

man and woman sitting together

Family camp Date Night is an incredible thing—a nice, private dinner for mom and dad while the kids are having a blast with their counselors! Those nights allow couples to take a deep breath and enjoy some intentional time together. Even though we ALL wish camp was every week of the year (I mean, the […]

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Full-Time Staff: What Are You Learning Right Now?

by Anna BirchPosted Feb 5, 2020

two men praying

Hearing what other believers are learning can be such an encouragement to our faith! It can challenge us to dive deeper into the Word of God, inspire us to not settle for shallow faith, and remind us of Truth in the midst of trials. In light of that, we asked some of our full-time staff […]

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Staff Trips 2020 Recap

by Anna BirchPosted Jan 28, 2020

staff on top of a mountain

Every winter, camp teams get their staff together for a trip to reconnect at a fun location. These trips allow the group to relax and play together, as well as serve and have intentional time. This year, staff went to Colorado, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and even the Caribbean, among other places. Here is a quick […]

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Stories from the Camp Nurse: Whitney Cox

by Anna BirchPosted Jan 22, 2020

Whitney Cox and family

We couldn’t do camp without our nurses! Whitney Cox has been serving as a camp nurse at the Shores for the past three summers. She and her husband, Rusty, have five kids: Paxton (14), Mackey (13), Kirby (10), Shepherd (9), and Neeley (7). They’re all BIG fans of Pine Cove! Read on to learn more […]

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Timbers Renovations

by Anna BirchPosted Jan 15, 2020

new paved road

Have you heard that the Timbers has gotten some helpful renovations? A few ditches were filled in to level out the middle of camp, a whole lot of sod was laid over camp, and a brand-new, wider road was paved to help with vehicles coming through camp, which will also help direct rainwater into the […]

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Passion for Prayer: Behind the Scenes of Our Board

by Anna BirchPosted Jan 8, 2020

man reading

Did you know Pine Cove has a Board of Directors? It is made up of 16 men and women who love Jesus and want to be involved in how He is working through camp! There are attorneys, pastors, CEOs, doctors, homemakers, and more—many have taken their families to family camp, spoken at camp, or have […]

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2020 Staff New Year’s Resolutions

by Anna BirchPosted Dec 30, 2019

Staff New Years Resolutions header

When you read “New Year’s resolutions,” do you get excited thinking about the potential or start feeling guilty remembering last year’s not-so-great attempt? We all know resolutions might be forgotten around mid-February, but they can be a great way to kick-start your year, set goals, and create prayers for the upcoming months!  We asked some […]

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