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Author: Jesse Garner

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Jesse Garner

Director of Camper Engagement

Jesse Garner has been at Pine Cove since the fall of 2007 in various roles: Bluffs Guest Services, HR Generalist, Executive Assistant, and now as the Director of Camper Engagement. He is a proud graduate of Louisiana State University, Pine Cove's Forge program, and the University of Texas at Tyler with a masters in Human Resource Development. He loves throwing parties, being married, and singing at his church.

Staff Profile: Austin “Homestar” Langemeier

by Jesse GarnerPosted Sep 22, 2020


Austin “Homestar Runner” Langemeier is no stranger to camp life! As the son of Chief Ministry Officer Craig “Dutch” Langemeier, Austin spent his formative years growing up at Pine Cove. Now the director of Silverado, our Central Texas elementary camp, Austin and his family spend their days investing in the campers and staff that come […]

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Looking Ahead – Podcast Season 1, Episode 12

by Jesse GarnerPosted May 15, 2020

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“So you just experienced this awesome week of camp. Now what?”

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What Every Parent Needs to Know About Care Packages and Camper Mail

by Jesse GarnerPosted May 12, 2020


Updates for Summer 2021 Due to increased time spent disinfecting, we cannot sort and deliver camper mail this year. All camper mail must be packed into the camper’s trunk before arrival, including packages Digital mail through the CampLife app is still available on Tuesday and Thursday Any items sent via USPS, UPS, or FedEx must […]

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Let’s Get You To Camp – Overnight Youth Camp Edition

by Jesse GarnerPosted May 12, 2020

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Updates for Summer 2021 To help campers stay physically distant, campers will be part of a small group, called a cohort. A cohort consists of two or three “buddy cabins,” with whom campers will do all their indoor activities, including club, meals, and some theme nights. Because of increased time spent disinfecting, we will not […]

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Cue the Entrance Music – Podcast Season 1, Episode 11

by Jesse GarnerPosted May 12, 2020

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Using music to signal something is about to begin happens a lot, but for Pine Cove, our staff is the best way we signal something good is about to begin. In this episode, we look at how our staff is our program. We try to make sure everyone who comes to Pine Cove feels cared […]

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Success and Failure – Podcast Season 1, Episode 10

by Jesse GarnerPosted May 8, 2020

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“Failing forward” is a way to focus on viewing our failures as steps toward success in our futures.

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So There’s This Guy – Podcast Season 1, Episode 9

by Jesse GarnerPosted May 5, 2020

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It’s the typical story: boy meets girl, girl meets boy, and they fall in love… well not always, but camp crushes CAN lead to happily-ever-afters.

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Behind the Scenes – Podcast Season 1, Episode 8

by Jesse GarnerPosted May 1, 2020

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Our hosts are BACK and King A La Carte is history! Today we’re pulling back the curtain and shining a light on some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of camp. Craig explains the importance of the phrase “It’s not about me,” and a former summer staffer tells us the story of how the dish room at […]

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Bad Guys Take Over the Podcast – Podcast Season 1, Episode 7

by Jesse GarnerPosted Apr 28, 2020

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Things get a little strange today on the podcast. We didn’t think it could happen to us, but the bad guys of Evil Inc. showed up, and well… Not subscribed yet? That’s a bummer. Fix that by subscribing on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or search for us in your favorite podcast player. Episode Sponsors […]

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Encouragement Wednesday – Podcast Season 1, Episode 6

by Jesse GarnerPosted Apr 24, 2020

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We don’t just encourage on Wednesday, we actually encourage every day, all the time! And that’s what this whole episode is about. How to encourage, how to be encouraged, and we hope that it encourages YOU! Not subscribed yet? That’s a bummer. Fix that by subscribing on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or search for […]

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