Scenic view of trees at camp

Let’s Get You To Winterfest

by Jesse Garner


Updates for 2022

Major updates are summarized below.

  • We’ve made a few updates to our medical policies in the areas of meds, so we strongly encourage you to read over our medication guide! We also have our updated health policies here.
  • The biggest change that might impact parents is if you must pack an OTC medication, like a preferred allergy pill, then they must be in blister packs processed and filled by a certified pharmacist.

We can hear the Christmas carols in the distance and staff are starting to string up lights and put up decorations – Winterfest is almost here! Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your camper is totally ready for Winterfest weekend at Pine Cove (and you are too!). Questions about our health policies? We’ve got you covered here.

Drop off / Directions

Drop off campers at their camp on Friday at 3:00 pm in Central Texas and East Texas and at 5:00 pm at the Springs. We will serve dinner to all campers on Friday night! Need directions? Find them here. Our staff can’t wait to welcome everyone and help them get moved into their cabins.

Pick Up

Pick up starts at 11:30 am on Sunday. If you have campers at more than one camp, just pick them up in the order you choose.

Update or Fill Out Forms

We need you to review your summer health forms or provide medical information for each brand new camper to make sure we can take the best care of them. Log in to your account to see these forms. These forms are due the Sunday before Winterfest.


Packing List

Since it’s a short stay, this is a short list! You can probably fit everything into a large backpack. Since this is the South, make sure to check the weather before you pack. Some years we do Winterfest in shorts; other years we’re wearing puffy jackets and gloves!

  • twin bedding / sleeping bag
  • pillow
  • towel
  • toiletries
  • pajamas or sleeping clothes
  • weather-appropriate clothes that are easy to move in (and can come home a little dirty)
  • festive Christmas attire
  • camo night attire (at Towers, Ranch, Timbers, Shores, Springs)
  • closed-toe shoes
  • water bottle
  • Bible
  • journal
  • pen
  • flashlight (optional)
  • any prescription meds in their original packaging (see more info on medication below)

Want a printable version? See the packing list here.

Medication Things

Medication can bring up a lot of questions and we strongly encourage you to read our meds guide for all the details and answers to your questions.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Please leave all non-prescription medications (over-the-counter, vitamins, essential oils, supplements, etc) at home for the weekend. Pine Cove stocks many over-the-counter medications that we can administer to campers as needed. You can read the list of what we stock at the bottom of our guide.
  • New this year! If you must pack an OTC medication, like a preferred allergy pill, then they must be in blister packs processed and filled by a certified pharmacist.
  • State law mandates that all medication be kept in the health center, so do not put meds in your camper’s luggage. Turn them into the nurse on arrival.
  • By law, we cannot administer prescription meds that are expired, prescribed to other people, compounded or mixed at home, or broken in half.

Medication is given out at bedtime Friday night through Saturday bedtime. Please give your campers any dinner meds they need at drop off. If your camper takes medication daily at breakfast you can give them that medication when you pick them up. If you need a med to be given with food or at a specific time during dinner, contact and they’ll set that up with you.

Any other questions? Email and they’ll get you answers.

Winterfest Shirt & Camp Store


The winter shirt is back! Order your winter shirt by logging into your camp account. Want one for yourself or want to have it before Winterfest? Grab one in our store and get it shipped to you!

Want to create your own camper pack for Winterfest? Order a bunk box! Starting December 1, use the code “winter22” for free shipping on your order in our online store straight to your camper’s bunk! Sweatshirts, t-shirts, water bottles, Bibles, and more are available for order. When you order, put their name and their camp in the special notes and we’ll take care of the rest.

You can add money to a camper account by logging in and adding as much or as little as you want. Our recommendation is $75, but totally up to you! We are not accepting cash in our stores at this time, so put money in your camper’s account or bring a card. The store will be open for everyone on Friday at drop-off, Saturday for campers and for everyone Sunday during pick-up.

Friend Requests

Do you want to come with a friend? If the genders and grades fit, we can help make sure up to four friends are in the same cabin together. For more info on how to do this, see our guide to friend requests. It’s written for summer, but all the information is the same for Winterfest.

Friend requests must be completed (generated and accepted) by midnight on the Monday before Winterfest starts.

Camp for Even Longer

We’re so excited about the Winterfest experience, but don’t forget we also have even longer experiences in the summer, for both one and two weeks. Want to sign up? Log in and add a new session for summer, or call us at 877-474-6326.

Posted Nov 29, 2022

Jesse Garner

Sr. Director of Camper Engagement

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