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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.


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. Skip the line, shop online! We offer online ordering from the camp store delivered straight to your camper’s bunk! […]

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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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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 got a fresh coat of paint and will […]

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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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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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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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Let’s Get You To Winterfest

by Jesse Garner

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Updates for 2021 We are continually evaluating our procedures to protect the health of campers, staff, and parents. Go here to see our latest health policies. Drop off is earlier: 3pm at all camps! We will be serving dinner to campers on Friday night. The Winterfest shirt is back! Details below. Want to get eight […]

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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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The Skinny on Overnight Youth Camp Theme Nights

by Jesse Garner

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At Pine Cove we are all about being seriously fun. Themed dinners and events (theme nights) are just one of the many ways that we have fun at camp. When else do you get to pretend to be a superhero and run around playing a superhero game? Or cheer for your made-up country for the […]

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