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Category: Inside the Cove


Funny Camper Mail

by Chelsea Connor

We love the CampLife app. Like, we really, really love it. The photo galleries are amazing and the counselor bios are awesome, but arguably our favorite part is the letter-writing feature for overnight youth campers. When parents get to write their camper a letter, and receive one back before the week is over, it’s such […]

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Birthday Celebrations at Pine Cove

by Kathryn Shoaf

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“Aaaaaaah! You’re never going to believe what just happened!” Startled by yelling voices, you look up to see two strange characters on stage in ridiculous outfits. Several people around you stand to their feet and shout, “What happened?” While using one hand to keep obnoxious wigs on their heads and the other hand to hold […]

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Youth Camp Bible Study Preview

by Chelsea Connor

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One of our favorite parts of the day at overnight youth camp is cabin Bible study time. The time of day this happens varies from camp to camp, but the idea remains consistent. Every camper gets a Bible study booklet written by camp staff, and the cabin discusses the day’s passage and group questions together. […]

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Leadership Weekend 2018

by Chelsea Connor

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If you’ve ever dropped your kids off at camp, or if you’ve stayed at family camp, you know it takes a lot of staff to make camp happen with excellence every summer. Besides the directors, all those college students might look the same, but some do more behind-the-scenes work than others. Every camp has a […]

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Our Favorite Theme Nights

by Chelsea Connor

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Theme nights are a Pine Cove staple. Just like you can’t go a week at the Towers without a good corn dog plus mac ‘n’ cheese, can you even have a week at the Towers without Pitch Black Attack? Or better yet, can you actually have a youth camp experience without at least one theme […]

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Easter Reflections

by Craig Langemeier

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Do you ever get confused reading Scripture? Do you find yourself wondering why God put certain verses in the Bible?  During this time when we remember and celebrate Easter, I have been reading through the story of the crucifixion of Jesus. In the midst of that story there is a verse that has confused me […]

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Stories From The Forge Israel Trip

by Chelsea Connor

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Every March, Pine Cove’s 8-month discipleship program takes a trip to Israel. It is always a huge highlight of the program for the students, and there is always extra space for a handful of non-Forge students to join them too. This year’s group got back a couple weeks ago, and if you haven’t had a […]

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Staff Profile: Brandon “Bomb Squawks” Gray

by Pine Cove

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Brandon “Bomb Squawks” Gray is the Outback Men’s director. He graduated in 2016 from Wheaton College with a degree in interpersonal communication and Christian education. He worked at camp for five summers before joining resident staff, originally as a Camp in the City site director (now called Pine Cove City). His college roommate and best […]

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April Fools Pranks of Pine Cove Past

by Chelsea Connor

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It’s no secret we like to have fun around Pine Cove. We love skit characters, competitions, cheering for the Spirit Stick, and occasionally, we love a good April Fools prank. This year, we don’t have any pranks planned, but we thought it would be fun to walk down memory lane and remember a couple of […]

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Construction Updates Around Pine Cove

by Chelsea Connor

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Since last summer, Pine Cove has been busy. Very busy. We have been building a brand-new camp (The Ridge), adding cabins in South Carolina (Chimney Point), renovating cabins at another beloved family camp (The Bluffs), and adding more castles (also known as Towers cabins). First, here’s some awesome drone video footage of the Ridge, because […]

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