Scenic view of trees at camp

Category: Camp Culture


The Gospel Cheer

by Kathryn ShoafPosted Aug 15, 2017

Worship at Camp in the City

At Pine Cove, we have a cheer for nearly everything: Bible study, lunch, free time, sitting down, club, soup, cleaning, and competition represent only a handful of our chants. We cheer because we are excited about every aspect of camp. But the most important thing that we do at Pine Cove is share God’s story […]

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Staff Feature: Jenny “Whistle Toe” Sowers

by Mikaleh OffermanPosted Jul 27, 2017

Jenny Sowers

Jenny “Whistle Toe” Sowers graduated from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 2008 with a degree in language arts education. She served as a summer staffer at the Ranch, and then transitioned into working in registration, and finally came to the Woods in 2012 as the Women’s Director. Whistle Toe guides the girls staff at […]

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Blessing Our Military Families

by Susan AndreonePosted May 3, 2017

Military camper

When Darlene, a military wife and mom from Fort Hood, Texas, learned that her husband was going to be deployed this summer, she knew it was going to be hard. It was always a challenge to parent five little ones, but when her husband was away, it was especially difficult. She longed to plan a […]

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My Child’s First Time At Overnight Youth Camp

by Valerie MorbyPosted Aug 16, 2016

Youth campers in the pool

Editor’s Note: The following post was written by Michelle Tanzola, a mom who sent her daughter to the overnight youth camp at Pine Cove for the first time this summer! Last year her daughter experienced Camp in the City for the first time. Read about that experience here. If the Olympics gave medals for summer camps, Pine […]

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Camp in the City: Day Camp in Your Neighborhood!

by Hannah CarterPosted Feb 5, 2016

Camp in the city camper on bungee trampoline

Seven years ago when we started Camp in the City, we never would have imagined taking camp to 100 different locations all over the South. We have the coolest jobs ever! We get to partner with the best churches while providing an awesome camp experience for them and the people in their communities. Nearly 450 […]

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How Pine Cove Came to Be

by Bill HendricksPosted Jul 16, 2015

Pine Cove Founder Bill McKenzie

What should I do with my life? Sooner or later, everyone asks that question. Many never come up with an answer, and far too many come up with the wrong answer. Some pursue things that don’t fit them. Some chase money instead of what matters. Some just settle for any old job that pays. Worst […]

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‘Twas the Night Before Winterfest

by Valerie MorbyPosted Dec 19, 2014

twas the night before winterfest

We’re so excited for Winterfest, we can’t be the only ones dreaming about it! In fact, here’s the story of two campers who just can’t wait to get to camp. It’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas… Pine Cove style. We are proud to present “Twas the Night Before Winterfest”! ‘Twas the night before Winterfest, when all through […]

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Winter Nights: Pine Cove Christmas Album

by Valerie MorbyPosted Dec 3, 2014

Winter Nights artwork

Winter Nights is Pine Cove’s first-ever Christmas album! Our desire is that this album would invite our campers, friends, and other listeners in to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ with us in a fresh, authentic, and fun way. Come sing along with us as we proclaim the arrival of our King with […]

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Shores Shares

by Matt LantzPosted Aug 14, 2014

Smart Bands at Pine Cove

The Pine Cove Shores offers tons of exciting activities, including warball, boats, ropes courses, theme nights, and so much more. As of last summer, The Shores is blazing new trails in connecting these activities and campers to their parents and friends without skipping a beat. Using a new technology, campers are now able to wear […]

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Why We Use Camp Names

by Meredith GunnPosted Aug 1, 2014

Pine Cove Opening Day Girls

It is plain to see that Pine Cove has some pretty wacky traditions. What would camp be without the Spirit Stick, count-ems, Christmas in July, and theme nights? Allow me to answer: boring. But my personal favorite tradition, and one that is quite specific to Pine Cove is our use of camp names. Having attended […]

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