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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.


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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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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