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Author: Valerie Morby

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Valerie Morby

Social Media and Copy Manager

Valerie is the Social Media and Copy Manager for Pine Cove, where she has served full time since 2008. She is a graduate of Abilene Christian University where she majored in Integrated Marketing and Communications. She loves social media, the Academy Awards, and musicals. Valerie accepted Jesus as her Savior at a young age, had that relationship strengthened as a camper at the Shores, and is now passionate about seeing others come to Pine Cove to learn more about Christ.


Why We Should Love—And Why We Don’t

by Valerie MorbyPosted Feb 10, 2021

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They say “love is all around.” At this time of year, that’s especially true. At least, the reminders of love—and hearts, and Valentines, and romantic songs—are all around! If only loving others was as easy as buying a heart balloon at the grocery store or splitting a container of conversation hearts with them. (Although let […]

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Camp Quarantino: Doing It To The Full

by Valerie MorbyPosted Jan 25, 2021

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Just like the rest of the world, Mindy Van Andel watched the pandemic news closely this past spring. Early on, she had an idea that the coronavirus would somehow impact camp. Her kids weren’t scheduled to attend youth camp for four more months, but the Lord was already stirring something inside her, whispering for her […]

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Staff Profile: Taylor “Fish Face” Jervis

by Valerie MorbyPosted Sep 24, 2020

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If you’ve spent any time around Pine Cove, it’s likely you’ve met—or heard about—Taylor “Fish Face” Jervis! After serving at the Ranch and Bluffs, he’s now the director of the Pine Cove Shores, a co-host of the Pine Cove podcast, a frequent staff orientation emcee, and so much more. So if you haven’t met him […]

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Campers, Counselors, and Friend Groups at Pine Cove

by Valerie MorbyPosted Sep 22, 2020

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Coming to camp for the first time can be full of questions for kids (and their parents!). What kind of food will I eat? Really, really good, food with lots of options. Will the cabin I’m sleeping in be air conditioned? Oh, absolutely. Will I make any friends? Again: ABSOLUTELY. When kids come to camp, […]

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6 Things To Know About Theme Nights

by Valerie MorbyPosted Sep 11, 2020

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One of our favorite parts of camp: theme nights! Each night at camp, everyone gathers to play a fun game, go on a scavenger hunt, or dance the night away. It usually involves costumes, and it ALWAYS involves fun! Check out the top six things you need to know about Pine Cove theme nights. 1. […]

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Important 2020 Registration Dates

by Valerie MorbyPosted Aug 5, 2020

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The end of summer means exactly three things: 1. Camp is over (no, we’re not ready to talk about it yet), 2. School is around the corner (or maybe “distance learning” in the case of 2020!), and 3. There are lots of important dates coming up in the world of Pine Cove registration! We know […]

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It’s Not About Me: Pine Cove Acts of Kindness

by Valerie MorbyPosted Feb 11, 2020

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In Matthew 25, Jesus spoke to His followers about looking out for the people around them, saying, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” For Pine Cove, this translates to being “others-focused.” In fact, we encourage our staff to remember: it’s not about […]

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Our 6 Favorite Ways to Memorize Scripture

by Valerie MorbyPosted Jan 22, 2020

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I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then […]

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How to Bump the Lamp in Everyday Life

by Valerie MorbyPosted Jan 8, 2020

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One of the cornerstones of the training that every Pine Cove staff member receives is the phrase “Bump the Lamp.” It’s repeated constantly at camp—and has even appeared on t-shirts—but what does it mean? The short version is “going the extra mile.” The medium version is “going above and beyond, especially in areas that most […]

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A Better Way to Break the Ice: The Five H’s

by Valerie MorbyPosted Nov 12, 2019

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“Okay, everyone! We’re going to all go around the circle and share our name and a fun fact about ourselves!” Fun fact… fun fact… uhh, that time I broke my arm? Is that fun? The fact that I like to dip Oreos in peanut butter? I’m so stressed. Is it my turn yet? PLEASE LET […]

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