Scenic view of trees at camp

Advent Resources from Dutch

by Craig LangemeierPosted Nov 28, 2017


I love Christmas.  All the holidays are fun to celebrate, but I really get excited about Christmas. I love the lights and decorations, the music, the time with family, and fires in the fireplace (even if you have to turn down the air conditioning just to make it feel like you need a fire). But […]

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Pine Cove Glossary

by Pine CovePosted Nov 16, 2017


Pine Cove has a distinct lingo that leaves first-time family campers on Sunday nights staring, mouths agape, wondering what strange world they just entered. It’s true, there are some words around camp in need of definitions. Summer staffers learn the difference between a watermelon and a watermelon pretty quick during staff orientation, but for the […]

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Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

by Pine CovePosted Nov 14, 2017


Even if you have not been a camper or staffer at Crier Creek in Columbus, you have probably at least heard of the legendary Mama Mia’s hospitality and delicious cooking skills. Vikki “Mama Mia” George served as the Food Service Director for our Central Texas camps for several years. Her food was so good, in […]

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The New Slick Track

by Pine CovePosted Nov 14, 2017

High school campers consistently say they love coming back to Pine Cove for a few main things: to hang out with Pine Cove counselors, to unplug from technology and peer pressure back home, to grow in their relationship with Christ, and to have FUN. We added the slick track to our high school camps for […]

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A Heart for Service

by Valerie MorbyPosted Nov 8, 2017

Group of Pine Cove Shores campers

High schooler Ellis Sharpe sported a very special t-shirt at the Shores this summer. It didn’t feature the logo of a favorite college or sports team. It wasn’t something she purchased in a trendy store. Instead, Ellis’s shirt displayed the name of a special non-profit organization—one founded by Ellis herself. “I have always had a […]

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The Hub Gets a New Office

by Pine CovePosted Nov 7, 2017


You might be asking yourself, “Self? What’s a ‘Hub?’” Excellent question. The Hub is the office of Pine Cove’s headquarters, known in the past as “the Main Office.” So, who works at the Hub? Everyone in the Hub works hard to serve all of our camp regions. Some of the people in the Hub include […]

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Famous Pine Cove Skit Characters from the Past

by Pine CovePosted Oct 24, 2017


Guitarzan Then: (1975)There are surely many early Pine Covers that remember Guitarzan’s strumming antics and yodels you could hear a mile away! Now: No one is exactly sure what happened to Guitarzan, but we did uncover a huge surprise! Starting from a fluke shipment of recordings to The Netherlands in ‘79, his debut album became […]

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Pine Cove’s Trail Ride Bacon Recipe

by Pine CovePosted Oct 24, 2017


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?

Posted Oct 23, 2017


“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 CovePosted Oct 23, 2017

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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