Scenic view of trees at camp

Category: Inside the Cove

Staff Favorites: Book Recommendations

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Aug 10, 2018


It’s always fun to have a new book to read, right? We asked our full-time staff for their top reading recommendations, and they gave us a great list! Theology Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary by J.D. Greear – “This is one of my favorites because it speaks the truths of the gospel […]

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Summer 2018 Recap: Camper Edition

by Kristen MurphyPosted Aug 9, 2018

We can talk about what happened this summer for days on end, but instead of just writing about it, we thought we’d show you some of our favorite things from this summer, from a camper perspective!

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Celebrating Christmas—in July!

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Aug 1, 2018


Things that don’t usually go together: Santa Claus and waterskiing. But this is camp! Christmas in July is one of our favorite traditions to celebrate. Campers who happen to be at camp on July 25th (this year it was during Week 9) get the special treat of celebrating Christmas for a whole day during one […]

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Walter the Wallaby

by Evan RobertsPosted Jul 24, 2018


Pine Cove’s Outdoor Education program, called the Institute of Wilderness Studies (IWS) in Central Texas already has a great variety of reptiles and other critters to offer students during their time at camp. But recently a new creature has been added, and he hails from Down Under! His name is Walter, and he’s a 10-month-old […]

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Walk the Line

by Maggie CoffeyPosted Jul 24, 2018


You’re standing there, terrified of what people will think of you if you cross the room to “walk the line.” “What would they say if they only knew?” Then you see your friends walk and you realize that you’re not alone, and you now have the courage to take the leap of faith. At the […]

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The New HQ Office

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Jul 18, 2018


Several months ago, we mentioned that Pine Cove had purchased a new office building in Tyler, Texas, with plans to renovate it to be used as the key office space for our Headquarters. (Remember this?) It’s hard to believe, but after months of planning, designing, and a lot of construction, the new Pine Cove HQ […]

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Meet Deemer!

by Mikaleh OffermanPosted Jul 18, 2018


Rebecca “Redeemer Retriever” Smith went to Auburn University and graduated in 2011 with a degree in psychology and a minor in human development and family studies. She currently works as a regional director for Pine Cove’s Camp in the City, and loves investing in her staff and campers. As her camp name implies, her “animal […]

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Camp on July 4th!

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Jul 10, 2018


The Fourth of July is such a fun holiday, and so quintessentially summer. Also? It pairs extremely well with summer camp! For the lucky campers who come for the week of July 4th (this year it was Week 6), they are in for a treat. Each camp loves make the week extra special for everyone, […]

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Wranglers: An Inside Look

by Mikaleh OffermanPosted Jul 10, 2018


It’s 4:50 a.m. and the wranglers are already at the barn, ready to call in the horses and start the day. It’s still dark outside, but the early rays of morning sun are just starting to creep across the sky. “The barn is like our house and we’re inviting campers over everyday, so in order […]

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A Counselor’s Story

by Kathryn ShoafPosted Jul 5, 2018


It looked like something you would see in the movies. During his second week as a Camp in the City counselor last summer, Sam “The Kool-aid Slamma Jamma” Sierra stood in the backyard of his host family’s house holding a mason jar. “In New Mexico, there is no such thing as fireflies or lightning bugs,” […]

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