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Category: Inside the Cove


A Glimpse of the 2024 Forge Turkey Trip

by Karissa Pitaniello

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This year, our Forge students had the chance to experience parts of what they’ve been learning throughout the year in Turkey! Every stop throughout their trip was an experience—through hiking, teaching, and visuals, the group got a hands-on lesson at each location.  We love hearing what the Forge students learn from their trip each year, […]

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Staff Favorites: Hobbies

by Karissa Pitaniello

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Have you ever wondered to yourself, “Self, I wonder what the Pine Cove staffers like to do during their free time?” Well, wonder no more! We’ve compiled our staff’s favorite hobbies, and some of their responses might just surprise you! “My favorite hobby is creative writing! Since before I can remember, I have loved stories […]

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Pine Cove Origins: The Blue Store

by Karissa Pitaniello

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If you’ve ever been to one of our Tyler camps, you’ve likely experienced the acclaimed Blue Store! The Blue Store, otherwise known as Pic-N-Pac, has been where countless Pine Cove meetings have been held, where counselors have picked up lunch before an opening day, or might even be your family’s traditional go-to stop after a […]

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2024 Program Staff Retreat Recap!

by Karissa Pitaniello

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The full-time Pine Cove program staff recently enjoyed retreating together in Central Texas at the Ridge! This is always something they look forward to since they get to be reconnected with camp staff from every region! The team was encouraged by amazing speakers, spent quality time together, and were recharged to prepare for an amazing […]

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March Madness Camp Names

by Karissa Pitaniello

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March is finally here! This means vacations, sunny weather, Easter, and… March Madness! At Pine Cove, we’re all about friendly competitions, so March Madness is right up our alley. Take a look at these camp names from last summer as you write our your bracket!  LeBarf Rains “My most embarrassing story is from when I […]

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Staff Favorites: Tourist Attractions

by Pine Cove

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Spring Break is coming up! To help you day dream about resting on the beach or hitting the slopes,  we gathered our staff’s favorite tourist attractions. Get the inside scoop on their most-loved spots, and then get to packing!  “The best tourist attraction on the planet is La King’s Confectionery on the Strand in Galveston, […]

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Where Are They Now: Chris “Hip Shot” Sherrod

by Karissa Pitaniello

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Catch up with Pine Cove’s long-time friend and previous director of the Bluffs, Chris “Hip Shot” Sherrod! Chris faithfully served the Bluffs for 10 years, and the impact he had on family camp, our summer staffers, and Pine Cove as a whole still resonates today! Read about his current season of life, be encouraged through […]

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Staff Profile: Remedy “Bo-V” Applegate

by Karissa Pitaniello

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Get to know the Ranch women’s director as she lets us in on the best spots in Tyler, what’s it like being an evil spaghetti noodle, and her upcoming podcast!  Tell us about yourself! I’m from Denton, Texas and I went to college at Dallas Baptist University. I graduated with a degree in Christian Studies […]

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Loving Thy Neighbor: Lessons from Camp

by Karissa Pitaniello

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As believers, we’re told in Matthew 22 and John 13 to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to make Christ known through the way we love each other. But in a world of self love, social media, and ever-growing to-do lists, we can easily drift away from keeping this a priority. So what’s the best […]

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4 Steps to Writing the Best Encouragement Note

by Karissa Pitaniello

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When reflecting on days spent at camp, plenty of seriously fun things come to mind—theme nights, dance parties, the blob! But something that also brings up memories from camp are encouraging notes from counselors or cabin mates that you might have in a shoebox or hanging on your wall right now! These notes bring back […]

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