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 Profile: Pat “Michaelangelo” Preston

by Anna BirchPosted Apr 19, 2021

Pat Preson

Pat “Michaelangelo” Preston is currently serving as Southeast Senior Director of Ministries and Camp Director of Chimney Point, but he has held quite a few other titles in his time at Pine Cove!  As a father of five and former youth camp director, Pat has lots of experience ministering to kids and college students, and […]

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Staff Profile: Kristen “Good Sherpa” Ray

by Anna BirchPosted Mar 2, 2021

Kristen Ray

Kristen “Good Sherpa” Ray may not have worked at camp during her college days, but she has made quite the impact while she has been on Pine Cove’s full-time staff the past few years! From working with retreats, leading a Pine Cove City team, and now pouring into the women in the Forge, Pine Cove’s […]

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Movie-Themed Camp Names

by Anna BirchPosted Feb 17, 2021

Captain America costumes

From Disney cartoons to action flicks, movies are common themes behind some of the best camp names. We gathered up a few of our favorites (sorted by genre) and would love to know if you can guess the titles behind a few of the more obscure references!  Cartoons/Family: Dinglehopper Princess Pee-a Therpopolis Princess and the […]

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Snow Day at Camp

by Anna BirchPosted Jan 20, 2021

snowy dock

There’s something extra special about camp covered in fluffy, white snow! Here are a few of our favorite photos from ETX camps when several inches of snow fell in early January.

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A Look Into the Forge

by Anna BirchPosted Jan 20, 2021

Forge laughter

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a part of the Forge? We asked four current “Forgies”—Ferrin Gillespie, Austin Lim, Mattie Stewart, and Mark Garwood—to share their experience so far in Pine Cove’s leadership development ministry. Take a little behind-the-scenes look (without any spoilers!) at lessons learned and the benefits of the program. […]

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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


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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