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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.


Bible Reading Plan Recommendations

by Anna BirchPosted Jan 5, 2021

Bible reading notes

January often means the start of New Year’s resolutions, and many of us resolve to begin a new Bible reading plan or devotional. If you’re still on the hunt for resources to bolster your time in the Word, we put together a short list of studies, reading plans, and books that we are raving about!  […]

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Christmas-Themed Camp Names

by Anna BirchPosted Dec 16, 2020

Christmas stage

These staffers must be extra excited for Christmas… because their names are about the holiday season! Give a shout-out if you know one of these staffers (or tell us if it’s you!). As one camp name suggests, “Let’s Get Down To Christmas”!  Whether you’re decorating, hosting, or wrapping gifts, you can’t forget these essential items… […]

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Staff Favorites: Christmas Books for Kids

by Anna BirchPosted Dec 16, 2020

girl staff reading

There’s just something so cozy about gathering as a family around a fire or the Christmas tree and reading a book together. We asked some of our staff, family members, and friends of Pine Cove to share which books are current and perennial favorites in their homes during Christmas. We hope these inspire you to […]

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Relational Recruiting

by Anna BirchPosted Nov 11, 2020

summer staff circle

Have you ever wondered what our full-time camp teams do during the other nine months of the year? Much of it is spent preparing for the next summer, pouring into current college staff, and recruiting new staff. Since recruiting makes up a substantial part of the year, it begs the question: HOW do we find […]

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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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