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The Skinny on Overnight Youth Camp Theme Nights

by Jesse GarnerPosted Apr 11, 2018

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At Pine Cove we are all about being seriously fun. Themed dinners and events (theme nights) are just one of the many ways that we have fun at camp. When else do you get to pretend to be a superhero and run around playing a superhero game? Or cheer for your made-up country for the […]

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Leadership Weekend

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Apr 11, 2018

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If you’ve ever dropped your kids off at camp, or if you’ve stayed at family camp, you know it takes a lot of staff to make camp happen with excellence every summer. Besides the directors, all those college students might look the same, but some do more behind-the-scenes work than others. Every camp has a […]

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Women’s Conference Recap 2018

by Kayla SimsPosted Apr 6, 2018

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All my ladies say, “yeah”…”YEAH”! At the beginning of March, we had an incredible weekend of just women at the Pine Cove Shores. Our cabins are usually full of high school students, but over 200 women came out to brave the bunk beds, enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Palestine, and spend time with the […]

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Our Favorite Theme Nights

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Apr 4, 2018

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Theme nights are a Pine Cove staple. Just like you can’t go a week at the Towers without a good corn dog plus mac ‘n’ cheese, can you even have a week at the Towers without Pitch Black Attack? Or better yet, can you actually have a youth camp experience without at least one theme […]

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Pine Cove’s In-Depth Guide to Packing For Overnight Youth Camp

by Jesse GarnerPosted Mar 29, 2018

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Alright, moms. We know that packing can be difficult. Should you send your camper with the blue tennis shoes or the red ones? What should you avoid packing? Are eight shirts enough? Too much? These are just a few of the questions that are likely running through your mind. That’s why we’ve made you a […]

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What Every Parent Needs to Know About Care Packages and Camper Mail

by Jesse GarnerPosted Mar 27, 2018

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Like nap schedules, discipline, school choices, or pretty much anything in the parenting world, care packages are a topic that generate a diversity of opinions. Some parents fall into the “I already spend a lot of money on camp why in the world would I send you anything else” side of things. Others are in […]

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Easter Reflections

by Craig LangemeierPosted Mar 27, 2018

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Do you ever get confused reading Scripture? Do you find yourself wondering why God put certain verses in the Bible?  During this time when we remember and celebrate Easter, I have been reading through the story of the crucifixion of Jesus. In the midst of that story there is a verse that has confused me […]

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Stories From The Forge Israel Trip

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Mar 27, 2018

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Every March, Pine Cove’s 8-month discipleship program takes a trip to Israel. It is always a huge highlight of the program for the students, and there is always extra space for a handful of non-Forge students to join them too. This year’s group got back a couple weeks ago, and if you haven’t had a […]

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Staff Profile: Brandon “Bomb Squawks” Gray

by Mikaleh OffermanPosted Mar 20, 2018

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Brandon “Bomb Squawks” Gray is the Outback Men’s director. He graduated in 2016 from Wheaton College with a degree in interpersonal communication and Christian education. He worked at camp for five summers before joining resident staff, originally as a Camp in the City site director. His college roommate and best friend is Austin Langemeier, the […]

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April Fools Pranks of Pine Cove Past

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Mar 20, 2018

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It’s no secret we like to have fun around Pine Cove. We love skit characters, competitions, cheering for the Spirit Stick, and occasionally, we love a good April Fools prank. This year, we don’t have any pranks planned, but we thought it would be fun to walk down memory lane and remember a couple of […]

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