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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.


Staff Training Week Recap 2021

by Valerie MorbyPosted May 25, 2021

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We’re always excited to see our summer staffers return to camp—but especially this year! Suddenly camp is full again, people are getting named, new staffers are learning cheers, and everyone’s doing their best to stay dry (thank you, Spring rainstorms!). But the main reason they’re here? To get trained! Our first group of staffers to […]

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How You Can Pray for Pine Cove

by Valerie MorbyPosted May 18, 2021

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As we get ready to open the gates and welcome campers for our 54th summer, there is much to be thankful for—and also a ton to pray for! We invite you to join us in covering Pine Cove, our campers, and our staff in prayer as we embark on another summer of being used by […]

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New Pine Cove Gear 2021

by Valerie MorbyPosted Apr 7, 2021

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Signs that it’s spring: the azaleas begin blooming, bright green pollen dusts every car in sight, and Pine Cove pulls back the curtain to give you a sneak peek at some of our favorite new items you’ll be seeing in the camp store during the summer! And this year is no exception. From brand-new sweatshirts […]

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Full-Time Staff Retreat Recap

by Valerie MorbyPosted Mar 30, 2021

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The full-time Pine Cove staff recently had the immense pleasure of retreating together at Allaso Ranch in Hawkins, Texas. We rarely get the opportunity to fellowship with staffers from all of our regions, so it was truly a gift to get to see everyone join together from all corners of Pine Cove: programming, registration, accounting, […]

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It All Points Back To Him

by Valerie MorbyPosted Mar 19, 2021

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There are Pine Cove families, and then there are PINE COVE families. If you were born into the latter, you’ll undoubtedly relate to the Ummels: Shannon and her husband David met while working at Pine Cove in the 1980s. Their children have grown up attending summer camp at Pine Cove. Their oldest daughter, Lauren, just […]

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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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