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Author: Karissa Pitaniello

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Karissa Pitaniello

Content Coordinator


Where Are They Now: Chris “Hip Shot” Sherrod

by Karissa Pitaniello

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Catch up with Pine Cove’s long-time friend and previous director of the Bluffs, Chris “Hip Shot” Sherrod! Chris faithfully served the Bluffs for 10 years, and the impact he had on family camp, our summer staffers, and Pine Cove as a whole still resonates today! Read about his current season of life, be encouraged through […]

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Staff Profile: Remedy “Bo-V” Applegate

by Karissa Pitaniello

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Get to know the Ranch women’s director as she lets us in on the best spots in Tyler, what’s it like being an evil spaghetti noodle, and her upcoming podcast!  Tell us about yourself! I’m from Denton, Texas and I went to college at Dallas Baptist University. I graduated with a degree in Christian Studies […]

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Loving Thy Neighbor: Lessons from Camp

by Karissa Pitaniello

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As believers, we’re told in Matthew 22 and John 13 to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to make Christ known through the way we love each other. But in a world of self love, social media, and ever-growing to-do lists, we can easily drift away from keeping this a priority. So what’s the best […]

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4 Steps to Writing the Best Encouragement Note

by Karissa Pitaniello

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When reflecting on days spent at camp, plenty of seriously fun things come to mind—theme nights, dance parties, the blob! But something that also brings up memories from camp are encouraging notes from counselors or cabin mates that you might have in a shoebox or hanging on your wall right now! These notes bring back […]

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Staff Profile: Marshall “Swole City” Wallace

by Karissa Pitaniello

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Get to know the director of Crier Creek as he lets us in on what it’s like to be a non-Aggie living in Aggieland, tells us about what the Lord is teaching him, and shares some seriously hilarious camp stories (swamps, falling on skates, and blind dates involved)!  Tell us about yourself! Born and raised […]

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Pine Cove Origins: Birthday Rap

by Karissa Pitaniello

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We take birthdays pretty seriously here! If you’re at camp on your birthday, you always need to keep an eye out for skit characters and alternate dimensions! The Birthday Rap is a beloved and crazy fun tradition that causes some campers to even plan their week of camp around their birthday so they can get […]

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Staff Profile: Stacy “Cha-Ching” Colvin

by Karissa Pitaniello

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Meet Stacy, a Louisiana native with a heart as warm as her Southern roots. Born and raised in the charming town of Ruston, she’s a hometown enthusiast with a deep love for family and a passion for creating lasting connections. As you dive into Stacy’s story, you’ll discover not only her knack for turning test […]

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2023 Christmas Camp Names!

by Karissa Pitaniello

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Some of our staffers must be extra excited for Christmas… because their names are all about the holiday season! Check out this holly-arious list of names as you enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. Sing it if you know it! All I Want 4 Rizzmas is Fruit My all time favorite scent is […]

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Staff Favorites: Advent Resources

by Karissa Pitaniello

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We’re gearing up for the most magical time of the year, and Advent is calling us to embrace its unique beauty. Advent isn’t just any holiday—it’s a time for hope, reflection, and excitement. We asked our awesome staff to share their go-to Advent resources and Bible studies. Join us on this journey as we unwrap […]

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Staff Profile: Ben “Digs” Gasaway

by Karissa Pitaniello

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Ever met someone who can juggle and unicycle?! Just not at the same time… yet. Get to know Ben “Digs” Gasaway as he lets you in on some hilarious stories (tarantulas and food-themed skit characters included!) from his years at Pine Cove and gives you the inside scoop on life in Georgia! If you were […]

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