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Author: Jesse Garner

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Jesse Garner

Sr. 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. Jesse and his wife Lacey have two children, Keldon and Rose.


Let’s Get You To Winterfest

by Jesse Garner

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We can hear the Christmas carols in the distance and staff are starting to string up lights and put up decorations – Winterfest is almost here! Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your camper is totally ready for Winterfest weekend at Pine Cove (and you are too!). Questions about our health policies? […]

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How We Do Family Camp With Little Kids

by Jesse Garner

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When we first attended family camp, we had a one-year-old and an almost five-year-old. It was such a blessing of a week and desperately needed for our family, but it also included some challenges with kids that little! Since then, we’ve learned a few things about doing family camp with little kids, which at the […]

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Pine Cove’s In-Depth Guide to Packing For Overnight Youth Camp

by Jesse Garner

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Alright, parents. We know that packing can be difficult. Should you send your camper with the blue tennis shoes or the red ones? What should you avoid packing? Are eight shirts enough? Too much? These are just a few of the questions that are likely running through your mind. That’s why we’ve made you a […]

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Everything You Need to Know About the Camp Store at Youth Camp

by Jesse Garner

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The camp store is a pretty cool place, both literally (tons of AC!) and figuratively (so much neat stuff!). We regularly get questions about the camp store, so here’s the one-stop-shop for all your information needs. Send a Bunkbox Even if we’re sold out of camper packs, you can still send stuff through the camp […]

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Let’s Get You To Camp – Day Camp Edition

by Jesse Garner

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Updates for Summer 2022 We are continually evaluating the latest state and church recommendations for our procedures to protect the health of campers, staff, and parents. Day camp is just around the corner, and we’re here to help! Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your camper is totally ready for their week […]

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The In-Depth Guide to Friend Groups at Day Camp

by Jesse Garner

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What’s just as fun as coming to Pine Cove City? Coming to City with a friend! Sometimes the easiest way to convince a camper who might be a little hesitant to come by themselves is to make sure they are in the same group as someone they already know. Understand the why already and just […]

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The In-Depth Guide to Friend Groups at Overnight Youth Camp

by Jesse Garner

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What’s just as fun as coming to overnight youth camp? Coming to camp with a friend! Sometimes the easiest way to convince a camper who might be a little hesitant to come by themselves is to make sure they are in the same cabin as someone they already know. Understand the why already and just […]

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

by Jesse Garner

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Like nap schedules, discipline, school choices, or pretty much anything in the parenting world, care packages are a topic that generate a diversity of opinions. Some parents fall into the “I already spend a lot of money on camp why in the world would I send you anything else” side of things. Others are in […]

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

by Jesse Garner

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Updates for Summer 2022 We are continually evaluating the latest state and church recommendations for our procedures to protect the health of campers, staff, and parents. Any major updates for 2022 will be summarized below. See our opening day guide for current drop-off procedures.  The CampLife app may require you to log in, even if […]

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Staff Profile: Valerie “Ouch Potato” Morby

by Jesse Garner

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Valerie “Ouch Potato” Morby is just straight up fun. You probably don’t know it, but you’ve been reading her writing for years on our Pine Cove social media channels, websites, and emails. She’s a celebrator, has the best party decorations, surprises her team with doughnuts, and has been around Pine Cove since 2008 in marketing, […]

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