Scenic view of trees at camp

Category: Prep for Camp


What To Expect On Your First Day Of Camp

by Mikaleh OffermanPosted Jun 28, 2017

Young camper with silly string

Nervous about camp? Don’t be! Whether it’s your first time at youth camp, family camp, or day camp, opening day can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect. Thankfully, Pine Cove has a solution: this article! Expect… Lots of excitement. If there’s one word to describe opening day it’s “hype.” Picture lots of cheering, […]

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What You Need to Know About Registration

by Lea RittenhousePosted Aug 11, 2016

Pine Cove counselors jumping in the air

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on August 15, 2013. Did you or your camper come to Pine Cove this summer? Did you have a blast? Do you already have a countdown until next summer when you can come back to camp? Well we have a countdown, too, and we really want you to […]

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A First-Time Camper Mom’s Experience

by Valerie MorbyPosted Apr 14, 2016

Camper being greeted by counselors

Editor’s Note: The following post was written by Michelle Tanzola, a mom who sent her daughter to Pine Cove Camp in the City for the first time last summer! Check out what the experience was like for her. I am not a “hoverer” when it comes to parenting. At least, I don’t like to think […]

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Friend Requests at Pine Cove

by Lea RittenhousePosted Mar 12, 2015

Campers at the pool

We know that campers love to be in the same cabin with their friends. So here at Pine Cove, we’ve carefully (and prayerfully) created a cabin mate request system to handle this. Our intention is to create the best environment and experience possible for all campers — those coming alone or with friends. We want […]

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Packing For Family Camp

by Valerie MorbyPosted Feb 20, 2015

Family at Summer Camp

Editor’s Note: The following post was written by Olivia Engstrom, a longtime Pine Cove Bluffs family camper. She has some great tips on packing for camp that we think will be very helpful for anyone heading to family camp this summer! So you’re going to family camp! Lucky you. This is our family’s favorite time […]

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7 Secrets of Packing for Camp

by Valerie MorbyPosted May 29, 2014

Packing for camp

Editor’s Note: The following post was written by Leann Strnadel, Pine Cove camper and counselor mom. She has some great tips on packing for camp that we think will be very helpful for anyone heading to camp this summer! There is always a lot of excitement when getting ready to attend Summer Camp! My two […]

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Top 8 Questions We Get About Youth Camp

by Lea RittenhousePosted May 5, 2014

Camper arriving at Pine Cove

Here in the Pine Cove registration department, we love talking about camp! We thought it might be helpful to gather up the most common questions and list them here for you while you’re preparing your camper for summer! 1. What time do I drop off/pick up my camper? Each youth camp has unique drop-off and […]

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Why We Invite Friends to Camp

by Robbie JonesPosted Mar 13, 2014

Camper Smiling at Camp

We have two kids in public school. One of the things I love about public school is that it gives our family a chance to interact with families who may not share our faith and way of life. Since I work at a ministry full time, meeting people outside the “Christian bubble” can take a […]

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Top 8 Questions We Get About Family Camp

by Lea RittenhousePosted Feb 28, 2014

Family Hugging at Camp

We don’t know about you, but we’re getting excited about family camp this summer! The registration department is already preparing for you! For those who are getting a jumpstart, like us, on organizing your summer plans or planning your best theme night attire, we thought we’d put together a list of common questions regarding family […]

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Important Camper Forms

by Lea RittenhousePosted Jan 17, 2014

Shores girls smiling

Here at Pine Cove, there are two things that are very important during the registration process. For starters, we want to make preparing for camp a smooth process, and second, we want to be as prepared as possible for your specific camper. To accomplish these priorities, we require that you complete three mandatory forms through […]

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