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Category: Camp Culture


Here Am I: Send Me

by Valerie Morby

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How the Springs Assembled its Inaugural Summer Team You can’t open a summer camp without a few invaluable ingredients. A large enough property, for one. The buildings that will feed, house, and entertain your campers, for another. But most importantly—especially if your constant refrain is “Our Staff Is Our Program”—you need the counselors, health assistants, […]

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Summer Recap 2022

by Pine Cove

Summer Recap 2022

“Pine Cove set the table for intentional conversations with my kids that I don’t usually get to have.” — Bluffs family camper “This is my first year at Pine Cove. I did not think I could ever be saved, it wasn’t in the cards for me. But now I realize that sin doesn’t define me […]

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Pop’s Cabin: Helping Us Remember

by Jenny Lay

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Pause for a moment and think back to your days at Pine Cove – the sights, the sounds, the smells. Remember the way the reflection of the sun sparkles on the lake? Can you hear the locusts and tree frogs start their evening song as the cheers and laughter give way to sleep? Even better, […]

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A Pine Cove-Themed Birthday

by Valerie Morby

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Some of us grew up with Batman or Strawberry Shortcake or Aladdin-themed birthday parties. But the phrase “Bump the Lamp” was written for moms like Darcie “iMac” Lantz, who recently went way above and beyond for her daughter Heidi’s 13th birthday party. A longtime camper and a big-time Pine Cove fan, Heidi requested… a Pine […]

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Summer Recap 2021

by Kristen Murphy

Summer Recap 2021

“I learned to trust Jesus and the Lord. Before this week I had accepted the Lord but didn’t know how to really trust Him. I finally found out this week what it looks like to really trust Him and accept Him.” — Outback camper “Getting to connect with so many like minded people has been […]

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Pine Cove City: On the Road Again!

by Valerie Morby

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After a summer 2020 hiatus, Pine Cove City is BACK! Summer’s only just begun, but we’ve already taken day camp to over 25 different churches! The Lord is clearly at work, and we’ve heard many incredible stories from our teams on the road. We’ve already been so blessed by our campers and church partners. Check […]

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6 Things To Know About Theme Nights

by Valerie Morby

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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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25 Core Values for Your Family

by Pine Cove

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Christ-centered. Others-focused. Seriously fun. These are Pine Cove’s core values. From crazy skits to deep conversations to high energy times of worship, everything we do gets filtered through those three principles. They help to ensure that Pine Cove stays true to who God has created us to be, so that no matter the changes we […]

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“Fall”-Themed Camp Names

by Anna Birch

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Camp names are supposed to embody the staffer’s personality while typically putting a smile on the face of anyone who hears it. Some names are just so memorable, we can’t stop talking about them!  We thought since the weather is getting cooler, leaves are on the ground, and pumpkin spice everything is in the air, […]

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Our Favorite Camp Names From 2018 (So Far!)

by Chelsea Connor

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For anyone who has ever been on Pine Cove staff, even thinking about the classic “Name Game Song” will bring up a familiar feeling of excitement, anticipation, and creative juices flowing. It’s a feeling that never quite goes away. We like to call it serious fun. The Name Game started this week at Training Week, […]

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