Scenic view of trees at camp

Dear First Half Staff,

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Jul 2, 2012

Campers leaning on a rail

Can you believe it’s Week 5? Did you ever think this day would come? Opening day of Week 1, we said “no really- jump at least three phone books high! And smile!” You didn’t think it was possible. After all, every parent seemed to make the same joke, about it being “way too hot to […]

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Rock the Castle!

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Jun 28, 2012

Campers praying in the mud

Being assigned a Castle Rock cabin could mean many things. You could have first graders, and their backpacks are probably going to be bigger than they are. You could also have sixth grade girls, and they might pull your hair out in buffalo hunt on Thursday. You will be an expert at every.single.cheer. Castle Rock […]

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Soldier Dad Surprises Family at Camp

by Pine CovePosted Jun 21, 2012

Bluffs father surprise military

The Set Up A few weeks ago we carried out a top secret mission. A family was here and for the first time in eight years without their dad. This happens often when you have a dad who is in the military. The week was going well and the family felt loved and taken care […]

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Lessons Learned

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Jun 15, 2012

Boy camper swinging a bat

Towers campers are silly. They say funny things, and sometimes it can be hard to tell if they are even listening to the serious stuff. After all, the question “when’s free time?!” comes up at least 5 times a day (per camper), and no matter how many times we answer, it still seems to be […]

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Having Fun Is My Job

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Jun 15, 2012

Towers opening day staff

This is a guest post by on of our summer staff, “Thunder Showers”. It has been an exciting start to camp for the 2012 summer! Week 1 was probably the most eventful first week of camp that I have seen in the four years that I have been working at camp. As we opened the […]

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Who you gonna call? BOAT DRIVERS!

by Makayla HipkePosted Jun 13, 2012

boy campers on a boat

The Shores is positioned on the banks of Lake Palestine, giving us both a beautiful view and a unique opportunity to minister to campers through some seriously cool waterfront activities. What we do at this camp would simply not be complete without our boats and boat drivers! Each week, campers are able to wakeboard, tube, […]

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Last minute packing advice

by Jarratt CalvertPosted May 10, 2012

Well everyone, summer is right around the corner and that means a few things: the temperature is getting warmer, exams are quickly approaching (or completely done!), and in only a few short days you will be heading down to Pine Cove to begin summer 2012!  You’ve already received all the information about job description, packing […]

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Our Facilities Are Our Program

by Brett BrewerPosted May 8, 2012

Pine Cove Staff

If you have been around Pine Cove for any amount of time, you have already corrected the mistake in the title of this post.  You have heard Opee say countless times, Our staff is our program. If you are new to staff this summer, you will soon understand the expectation we have for our staff […]

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Leadership Quotes

by Shawn WelchPosted Feb 10, 2012

anonymous leadership

It’s no secret that I love quotes, especially ones on leadership! I strategically pick, place, and rotate them all over my office walls. The reason is that quotes have an ability to motivate, refocus, comfort, and serve as a battle cry. At times they can lift me out of the mundane, give perspective on a […]

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In Memory of Dr. Phil “Captain” Hook

by Pine CovePosted Jun 20, 2011

Phil Hook

Executive Director of Pine Cove, 1973-1983 On June 10, 2011, Phil went to be with his Heavenly Father, the One who he loved to teach about, whether in the classroom, here at Pine Cove, or in missions around the world. Dr. Phil “Captain” Hook, whose camp name needs no explanation, came to Pine Cove on […]

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