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Category: Inside the Cove


Staff Profile: TJ “Philly” Connor

by Evan RobertsPosted Oct 30, 2018

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We sat down with Timbers camp director TJ “Philly” Connor this summer to get to know him a little bit better, and his stories had us laughing in no time. How did you end up at Pine Cove? My Pine Cove story is different than most. I grew up in Philadelphia, and for college I […]

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What Would Your Camp Name Be?

by Jenny SowersPosted Oct 30, 2018

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The questions range from silly to serious. Past to present to future. Sports to books. Favorite moments to least favorites. And pretty much anything else. And the thing about it? Whomever is being asked has absolutely no control. The audience does the asking and the naming. How it goes down: The Name Game song is […]

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Favorite Theme Night Costumes

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Oct 23, 2018

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At camp, we love costumes. Give us any excuse to dress up, and we are all in! Whether we are dressing up to be in a skit, to perform a birthday rap, or to participate in a theme night, we love going all out in the costume department. This summer, we had some hilarious theme […]

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Tailgates with Pine Cove

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Oct 23, 2018

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If we had to choose a favorite season of the year, it would 100% be summer, for obvious reasons! But fall comes in a close second place. There’s a lot to love about the lower temperatures, the changing leaves, and of course, the football. Our camp teams spend a lot of the fall out on […]

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Azalea Updates

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Oct 16, 2018

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The Azalea cabins have been a fixture at the Woods since 1968. We love them, and lots of campers love them. People tell us all the time about how they have “stayed in Azalea 202 every summer from the time their kids were babies ‘til they became counselors,” and that is definitely a lot of […]

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For Your Next Game Night…

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Oct 16, 2018

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It probably won’t surprise you to find out that staff meetings at Pine Cove typically include some sort of “seriously fun” element. For example, Chapel in East Texas always starts out with some friendly competition, that usually borders on ridiculous. “A game with a twist,” they often say. Some of you may have seen examples […]

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20 Years of Family Camp

by Maggie CoffeyPosted Oct 9, 2018

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It’s week 2 during the summer of 1999, and the Wiesen family has just rolled into their first week at the Woods. Jumping and screaming counselors overwhelmed them, and Mrs. Julie Wiesen looked over and thought, “I don’t know if this is our place.” Little did they know that this would be their reality for […]

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Top 10 Schools

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Oct 9, 2018

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For summer 2018, we hired around 1,800 summer staff across all of our camps and regions. They come from colleges all over the nation, and though they’re all here for the same thing—to serve the Lord and to serve campers—we often talk about the schools with the most representatives in a bit of friendly competition. […]

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Staff Retreats

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Oct 2, 2018

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At Pine Cove, we are literally in the ministry of retreats. We encourage everyone to come and get away from their normal everyday lives, and spend some time with the Lord in the great outdoors. We believe in this so strongly that we even practice retreating ourselves! Over the past month, all of our regions […]

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The History of Pine Cove in Central Texas

by Susan AndreonePosted Oct 2, 2018

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Twenty some-odd years ago, sitting on a six-foot cedar log deep in the midst of the cattle ranch in Columbus, Texas, Rudy Galindo, a trusted employee, friend and ranch manager of land owner Sid Terry, prayed a simple but powerful prayer with Sid’s wife, Dawn. Their desire and prayer was that the 720-acre ranch, currently […]

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