Scenic view of trees at camp

Category: Inside the Cove


Winterfest Recap

by Chelsea Connor

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Winterfest was last weekend, and it was a blast! Across all of our youth camps, we had over a thousand campers come to camp. Some were experiencing Pine Cove for the very first time, and others got to reunite with some cabin-mates and counselors from the summer. Being at camp in the winter is always […]

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‘Twas the Night Before Winterfest

by Brent Bertolio

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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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The Ministry of Work Crews

by Mikaleh Offerman

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At Pine Cove, there’s no way we could do everything for our guests alone. That’s why we rely on weekend volunteers called Work Crews! (If you’ve been here during the summer, you know we also have Work Crews in the summer, mostly from a rotation of counselors, and our staff love getting to serve campers […]

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Celebrating Christmas Twice a Year!

by Chelsea Connor

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If you’ve ever been at camp on or around July 25th, you know it’s no average summer day. It’s Christmas in July! Since this day only falls once a summer, and usually on week 8 or week 9, we know there’s quite a few of you who have never experienced it. Here’s the thing—Christmas is […]

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Our favorite Christmas songs and why we love them

by Chelsea Connor

We really love Christmas music around Pine Cove, so we wanted to share our favorite tunes with you! We asked our resident staff to tell us their favorite songs and why they love them. Then of course we made two playlists on Spotify. There’s an upbeat playlist for tree decorating, making Christmas cookies, and more, […]

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Pine Cove Glossary

by Pine Cove

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Pine Cove has a distinct lingo that leaves first-time family campers on Sunday nights staring, mouths agape, wondering what strange world they just entered. It’s true, there are some words around camp in need of definitions. Summer staffers learn the difference between a watermelon and a watermelon pretty quick during staff orientation, but for the […]

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Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

by Pine Cove

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Even if you have not been a camper or staffer at Crier Creek in Columbus, you have probably at least heard of the legendary Mama Mia’s hospitality and delicious cooking skills. Vikki “Mama Mia” George served as the Food Service Director for our Central Texas camps for several years. Her food was so good, in […]

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The New Slick Track

by Pine Cove

High school campers consistently say they love coming back to Pine Cove for a few main things: to hang out with Pine Cove counselors, to unplug from technology and peer pressure back home, to grow in their relationship with Christ, and to have FUN. We added the slick track to our high school camps for […]

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The Hub Gets a New Office

by Pine Cove

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You might be asking yourself, “Self? What’s a ‘Hub?’” Excellent question. The Hub is the office of Pine Cove’s headquarters, known in the past as “the Main Office.” So, who works at the Hub? Everyone in the Hub works hard to serve all of our camp regions. Some of the people in the Hub include […]

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Famous Pine Cove Skit Characters from the Past

by Pine Cove

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Guitarzan Then: (1975)There are surely many early Pine Covers that remember Guitarzan’s strumming antics and yodels you could hear a mile away! Now: No one is exactly sure what happened to Guitarzan, but we did uncover a huge surprise! Starting from a fluke shipment of recordings to The Netherlands in ‘79, his debut album became […]

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