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Category: Inside the Cove


Leading Through A Pandemic: Perspectives from 4 Camp Directors

by Pine Cove

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Pine Cove saw some tough changes and disruptions this summer—but the Gospel was still proclaimed! We asked a few of our directors about the challenges they faced, so read on to hear some honest thoughts and words of wisdom from Caleb “Wheelin’” Carter (Ranch), Taylor “Fish Face” Jervis (Shores), Austin “Homestar” Langemeier (Silverado), and Rebecca […]

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Snow Day at Camp

by Anna Birch

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There’s something extra special about camp covered in fluffy, white snow! Here are a few of our favorite photos from ETX camps when several inches of snow fell in early January.

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A Look Into the Forge

by Anna Birch

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a part of the Forge? We asked four current “Forgies”—Ferrin Gillespie, Austin Lim, Mattie Stewart, and Mark Garwood—to share their experience so far in Pine Cove’s leadership development ministry. Take a little behind-the-scenes look (without any spoilers!) at lessons learned and the benefits of the program. […]

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Bible Reading Plan Recommendations

by Anna Birch

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January often means the start of New Year’s resolutions, and many of us resolve to begin a new Bible reading plan or devotional. If you’re still on the hunt for resources to bolster your time in the Word, we put together a short list of studies, reading plans, and books that we are raving about!  […]

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A Guide to Processing 2020

by Pine Cove

2020 Processing Guide

Prefer a printable version? We’ve got that for you right here.  Unexpected. Unpredictable. Uncertain and downright unbelievable. These are a few words to attempt to capture what 2020 has been so far.   For most of us, we started this year with a renewed list of goals and dreams and that expectant feeling that comes from […]

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Christmas-Themed Camp Names

by Anna Birch

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These staffers must be extra excited for Christmas… because their names are about the holiday season! Give a shout-out if you know one of these staffers (or tell us if it’s you!). As one camp name suggests, “Let’s Get Down To Christmas”!  Whether you’re decorating, hosting, or wrapping gifts, you can’t forget these essential items… […]

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Staff Favorites: Christmas Books for Kids

by Anna Birch

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There’s just something so cozy about gathering as a family around a fire or the Christmas tree and reading a book together. We asked some of our staff, family members, and friends of Pine Cove to share which books are current and perennial favorites in their homes during Christmas. We hope these inspire you to […]

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2020 Pine Cove Gift Guide

by Pine Cove

Christmas Tree

Let’s face it: this has been a crazy year, and gift-giving can be stressful. Let us take some stress off your plate and share our third annual Gift Guide with you! This list is filled with tons of recommendations from our summer and full-time staff. Whether you’re shopping for your teenage daughter or father-in-law, we’ve […]

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Relational Recruiting

by Anna Birch

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Have you ever wondered what our full-time camp teams do during the other nine months of the year? Much of it is spent preparing for the next summer, pouring into current college staff, and recruiting new staff. Since recruiting makes up a substantial part of the year, it begs the question: HOW do we find […]

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An Interview with Reed

by Pine Cove

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Summer 2020 was undoubtedly one of our most unusual summers, not only for us but also for the families we serve. We sat down with Reed Livesay, Pine Cove’s President and CEO, to get his thoughts about how camp went this past summer in the midst of a most unusual and tumultuous season for our […]

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