Scenic view of trees at camp

Category: Inside the Cove


More Than Survive: Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

by Valerie MorbyPosted Dec 11, 2018

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December can be difficult, filled to the brim with to-do lists and busy schedules—not to mention finals if you’re attempting to finish up your semester! We understand that no matter where you are in life, you may find this time of year overwhelming. With that in mind, we wanted to offer you some tangible tips […]

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2018 Pine Cove Gift Guide

by Pine CovePosted Dec 5, 2018

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Let’s be honest: Christmas shopping can be difficult, and sometimes coming up with an idea is half the battle! To help you out, we put together a list of suggestions that includes camp counselor favorites, full-time staff recommendations—and some local picks from one of our regions too, because we couldn’t leave our favorite cookies off […]

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Thanksgiving Luncheon

by Andrew RogersPosted Dec 5, 2018

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On November 8 Pine Cove hosted a first ThanksGiving benefit luncheon in Houston to publicly thank the Elkins family for their gift and celebrate the years of ministry that have happened in our Central Texas region. We’ve shared before the story of the Elkins family, their vision for a camp and retreat facility to be used […]

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Holiday Recipes

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Nov 16, 2018

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‘Tis the season for hospitality and delicious food! It’s a subject we could go on and on about, so we decided to take a look through the cookbook Crier Creek put out a few years ago, called Crier Creek’s Elk-cellent Cookbook, to get inspired for holiday cooking. We think any of these would be perfect […]

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Finding Community After Camp

by Elizabeth MoorePosted Nov 13, 2018

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Staff often walk away from their summer at Pine Cove and wonder, “How do I get community like that in real life?” Because one of the most valuable, lasting treasures from a summer at Pine Cove is the community. Relationships are built with people who uphold you when you’re weak, challenge you when you’re coasting, […]

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Staff Favorites: Board Game Recommendations

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Nov 13, 2018

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We love a good game night any day of the year, but the holiday season definitely brings out some of the best nights for board games. After feasting with your family and friends—and after the football games—nothing quite brings the group together (or shows everyone’s true colors) like a competitive game of Catch Phrase. Maybe […]

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Staff Alumni: Where Are They Now?

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Nov 6, 2018

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We search high and low every year to find the best college students to work on Pine Cove summer staff. Our camp teams travel to universities all over the nation to interview thousands of applicants each year. In 2018, we hired 1800 college students to work at camp, and we’ve grown every year since Pine […]

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From Cove Kids to Cove Kids Staff

by Maggie CoffeyPosted Nov 6, 2018

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For the Steeves family, rolling into the Bluffs family camp in 2003 was a first-time family camp vacation. Little did they know, as they entered the gates, that their daughter would eventually make the transition from camper to counselor, and from being served to serving others. Kat “Drops” Steeves (far left) was one of the […]

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Staff Profile: TJ “Philly” Connor

by Evan RobertsPosted Oct 30, 2018

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We sat down with Timbers camp director TJ “Philly” Connor this summer to get to know him a little bit better, and his stories had us laughing in no time. How did you end up at Pine Cove? My Pine Cove story is different than most. I grew up in Philadelphia, and for college I […]

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What Would Your Camp Name Be?

by Jenny SowersPosted Oct 30, 2018

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The questions range from silly to serious. Past to present to future. Sports to books. Favorite moments to least favorites. And pretty much anything else. And the thing about it? Whomever is being asked has absolutely no control. The audience does the asking and the naming. How it goes down: The Name Game song is […]

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