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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.


Colorful Camp Names

by Anna BirchPosted Oct 20, 2020

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As the leaves change color and our decor goes from bright summer colors to warm fall colors, we couldn’t help wondering what camp names are about colors. Here are some that grabbed our attention and of course made us laugh! Let’s kick it off…. All the Colors of the Rainwhoa Otter-Color Broseph and the Amazing […]

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Staff profile: Taylor “Roctober” Gembol

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 24, 2020

Taylor Gembol

Taylor “Roctober” Gembol has been on full-time staff at Pine Cove since 2017 and is currently the Timbers camp director. A fan of extreme sports, spending time with his wife and puppy, and all things related to the ocean, this guy loves people and fun! Something that is evident by just meeting Taylor is that […]

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Top 10 Schools 2020

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 16, 2020

Top 10 2020

Every year we have a bit of competition to see which universities have the most staff. Even through the craziness of a pandemic and the changes that were made to make sure we could have camp, we were BLOWN AWAY by all our incredible summer staff and their dedication to working this summer! Because of […]

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Labor Day Weekend Recipes

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 1, 2020

Recipes

Nothing says the start of the school year like a three-day weekend, right? The best part of the weekend can be gathering around the table with your family, enjoying intentional time together, and chowing down on some delicious food. Here are some yummy recipe ideas from the Crier Creek cookbook that you will definitely want […]

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Forge Move-In

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 1, 2020

Forge class 2021 study

The Forge just kicked off their new year! Thirty-three students from various states, camps, and backgrounds have moved in and are ready to start the process of learning and growing as a community. Check out these photos from their first weekend at camp, and don’t forget to keep them in your prayers as they start […]

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Summer Trends for 2020

by Anna BirchPosted Aug 5, 2020

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As we wrap up the final week of camp, it’s fun to look back on what have been some of the trends this summer. Every year we notice there just seems to be a few things that are cool and we can’t quite put our finger on why, but it sure is fun to take […]

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More Camper Quotes 2020

by Anna BirchPosted Aug 4, 2020

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Every single week, our staff prepares for Bible studies, activity classes, and theme nights, but ultimately, the Holy Spirit is preparing the hearts of campers for some serious life-change. Even seeing just a glimpse of what He has done for these kids and families leaves us grateful to be a part of it all! Here […]

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Help Pine Cove’s Horse Program

by Anna BirchPosted Jul 29, 2020

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Howdy, NEIGHbor! The Pine Cove horse program could use your help! We are looking for second homes for some of our older horses during the non-summer months. Because of their age, these horses would benefit from some extra, individual care, but they do not need to be ridden. As we continue to provide safe, fun, […]

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More 2020 Camp Names We Love

by Anna BirchPosted Jul 22, 2020

Woods name game

We have so many favorite camp names from this summer, we had to make another list! Do you recognize any of your counselors or friends from this list?  To get you in the mood for Christmas in July: Wash You a Merry Slipmas Mr. Hallmark Police Navidad Do you recognize any favorite tunes or bands […]

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Chimney Point’s Cowboy Breakfast

by Anna BirchPosted Jul 15, 2020

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Staffer Leah Grace “Raffy” Wiggins shares why Chimney Point’s Cowboy Breakfast is a favorite among parents! The beauty of Cowboy Breakfast is that the very people who are always taking care of others—parents!—can be taken care of themselves. We welcome the couples inside a cabin on the edge of the lake, decorated with a Little […]

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