Scenic view of trees at camp

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.


Staff Favorites: Family Books

by Anna BirchPosted Nov 13, 2019

Man reading Bible

Reading together as a family is a great way to make memories, learn together, and start great conversations. We often say at camp that shared experience builds trust, and what better way to share an experience than to open a book together?  We asked our full-time staff to share books that they love to read […]

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“Fall”-Themed Camp Names

by Anna BirchPosted Nov 6, 2019

Towers Name Game

Camp names are supposed to embody the staffer’s personality while typically putting a smile on the face of anyone who hears it. Some names are just so memorable, we can’t stop talking about them!  We thought since the weather is getting cooler, leaves are on the ground, and pumpkin spice everything is in the air, […]

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2019 Tailgates Recap

by Anna BirchPosted Oct 30, 2019

Camp in the City Team I at tailgate

It’s an annual tradition that never fails to draw a crowd. Every fall, Pine Cove hosts tailgates at some of our largest staff-represented universities! Each tailgate weekend is an opportunity for current staff to connect with friends at different schools, hang out around campus, and bring friends who are interested in applying for summer 2020. […]

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Crier Creek Renovations

by Anna BirchPosted Oct 16, 2019

Crier Creek dining hall construction

Crier Creek, our Central Texas family camp, is getting some major renovations that will allow us to serve even more families in the future! With a waitlist of 98 families in 2019 there’s a great need for expansion. Thanks to the generosity of our Crier Creek families and other friends of Pine Cove, the dining […]

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Theme Night In A Box: Tailgate Party

by Anna BirchPosted Oct 16, 2019

Theme Night in a Box: Tailgate Party header

It’s time for another Theme Night in a Box! It’s obvious that football season is in full swing and whether you’re the faithful fan or the “I’d rather just chat with my friends than watch the game” type, a tailgating party can be super fun! Have you wondered how to have an at-home tailgate party […]

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Stories from the Camp Nurse: Bonnie Murphy

by Anna BirchPosted Oct 2, 2019

Bonnie Murphy mud pit

Our camp nurses are incredible!  Bonnie “Nurse BOO BOO” Murphy is from Henderson, Texas and has served faithfully at the Towers every summer for the past nine years. She and her family LOVE camp, as you can tell by the fun photos! Learn more about her passion for helping kids at camp and how she […]

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A Journey Through Italy

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 25, 2019

Colosseum - Rome, Italy

What happens when you gather a group of Pine Cove people and take them through a European country full of Biblical history? An amazing journey full of digging into God’s Word, learning the culture, and who knows, maybe even a few camp cheers! (Cinque? Let’s count ’em!) This coming spring, Pine Cove is partnering with […]

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Planting for the Future

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 18, 2019

Crier Creek scenic

Our Central Texas region has been seeing a LOT of growth lately with the opening of the Ridge and many other renovations—all intended to bless thousands of campers for many years to come. As of this summer, there will now be some growth of a more leafy kind. That’s right, we’re talking about trees! Through […]

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Top 10 Schools

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 11, 2019

Top 10 Schools graphic

Our summer staff knows that being unified is a big deal. During orientation, everyone learns various schools’ cheers as a reminder that we’re all on the same team. That being said, we do LOVE a good competition, and when the annual list of top ten staff schools comes out… well, let’s just say we get […]

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Towers Construction Update

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 10, 2019

Towers cabin

Big things are happening at the Towers! We’re so excited to announce that there will be a LOT of remodeling happening in the next couple of years at our East Texas elementary camp. The project will take place in three different phases, with total completion anticipated by summer 2022.  Here is a preview of what […]

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