Scenic view of trees at camp

Category: Inside the Cove

Pine Cove’s Trail Ride Bacon Recipe

by Pine Cove


Pine Cove’s famous “Trail Ride Bacon” became a staple of the family camp Trail Ride Breakfast in the mid-1970s when Kathy Arnold, the wife of Head Wrangler Dan Arnold, brought this recipe with her from California. It is still a time-honored tradition and a staple of the breakfast trail ride. Now it can be a staple in […]

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Am I Good Enough?


“What if I am not everything that they want in a counselor?” This is the question that Shelby “BruiZinga” Story asked himself before his fourth week as a counselor at the Shores this summer. Because the campers in his cabin were entering their senior year of high school, this would be their last week as Pine […]

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Critter Room Spotlight

by Pine Cove


Does Pine Cove have a zoo? Not exactly. But, we do have an Institute of Wilderness Studies (IWS)! There are two locations, one in East Texas and another in Central Texas. At both locations, there are several different types of animals which are cared for and used to teach students more about God’s creation. Get […]

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From Camper to Staff


The night before camp begins, campers are too excited to sleep. The anticipation of riding water rockets, jumping off the blob, and reconnecting with old friends overrides any desire for rest. At least, that was the case for Whitney Young who attended Pine Cove as a youth camper every summer from 2005 to 2014. She […]

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Staff Feature: Colton “Toad” Venner


What are the personalities behind Pine Cove? There are the head honchos that everyone is familiar with. There’s the directors of camps who lead the charge. Then, there’s the lesser-known program directors and resident staffers. Who are they? What are they like? This article is the first in a series to help you get to know […]

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Summer Trends

by Pine Cove


Over the years, Pine Cove has seen all manner of trends come through the gates and take over the camp. For example, in 2010, silly bandz were a thing. It’s 2017, and we want to share a few of this summer’s trends. Overall, the biggest summer 2017 trend is… fidget spinners! Campers and staffers brought […]

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Time To Unplug


The start of a new semester brings out a lot: excitement, new clothes, stuffed backpacks, 543 papers for parents to sign off on every night, sports practices, new music lessons, homework assignments, and, more than likely, stress. Most of what comes with a new semester is fun and good, but all those “fun and good” […]

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A Horse Ministry

by Susan Andreone

Pine Cove Horse Ministry

As the group of family campers approached the barn, the wranglers began sizing up the new riders almost immediately, assessing their personalities, temperaments and other qualities important for an enjoyable trail ride for both horse and rider. Matching campers’ and horses’ personalities doesn’t always play out like you would imagine though. For example, this particular […]

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