Scenic view of trees at camp

Walter the Wallaby

by Evan RobertsPosted Jul 24, 2018


Pine Cove’s Outdoor Education program, called the Institute of Wilderness Studies (IWS) in Central Texas already has a great variety of reptiles and other critters to offer students during their time at camp. But recently a new creature has been added, and he hails from Down Under! His name is Walter, and he’s a 10-month-old […]

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Walk the Line

by Maggie CoffeyPosted Jul 24, 2018


You’re standing there, terrified of what people will think of you if you cross the room to “walk the line.” “What would they say if they only knew?” Then you see your friends walk and you realize that you’re not alone, and you now have the courage to take the leap of faith. At the […]

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The New HQ Office

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Jul 18, 2018


Several months ago, we mentioned that Pine Cove had purchased a new office building in Tyler, Texas, with plans to renovate it to be used as the key office space for our Headquarters. (Remember this?) It’s hard to believe, but after months of planning, designing, and a lot of construction, the new Pine Cove HQ […]

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Meet Deemer!

by Mikaleh OffermanPosted Jul 18, 2018


Rebecca “Redeemer Retriever” Smith went to Auburn University and graduated in 2011 with a degree in psychology and a minor in human development and family studies. She currently works as a regional director for Pine Cove’s Camp in the City, and loves investing in her staff and campers. As her camp name implies, her “animal […]

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Camp on July 4th!

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Jul 10, 2018


The Fourth of July is such a fun holiday, and so quintessentially summer. Also? It pairs extremely well with summer camp! For the lucky campers who come for the week of July 4th (this year it was Week 6), they are in for a treat. Each camp loves make the week extra special for everyone, […]

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Wranglers: An Inside Look

by Mikaleh OffermanPosted Jul 10, 2018


It’s 4:50 a.m. and the wranglers are already at the barn, ready to call in the horses and start the day. It’s still dark outside, but the early rays of morning sun are just starting to creep across the sky. “The barn is like our house and we’re inviting campers over everyday, so in order […]

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A Counselor’s Story

by Kathryn ShoafPosted Jul 5, 2018


It looked like something you would see in the movies. During his second week as a Camp in the City counselor last summer, Sam “The Kool-aid Slamma Jamma” Sierra stood in the backyard of his host family’s house holding a mason jar. “In New Mexico, there is no such thing as fireflies or lightning bugs,” […]

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First Half by the Numbers

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Jun 27, 2018

We are currently in the middle of Week 5, which means our first half staff are all leaving this Saturday! We do have staff that work through the entire summer, but the majority of our staff only work one half. We call this weekend “Halftime,” and all of our second half staff rejoin their camp […]

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Forge Alumni Trip 2018 Recap

by Jared SchulerPosted Jun 26, 2018


The Forge is Pine Cove’s leadership development program. Through classes, community, travel, and amazing experiences, the goal of the Forge is to produce leaders with a faith worth following. Recently, the Forge alumni took a trip to Turkey and Greece to follow in the footsteps of Paul’s missionary journeys and to consider the letters of […]

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How to Bless a Summer Staffer

by Mikaleh OffermanPosted Jun 20, 2018


Working at Pine Cove is a fun, life-changing experience. Staffers spend all week pouring their time and energy into campers. Often we get asked how to bless our hard-working staff during their summer. Here are a few suggestions for the best way to bless a summer staffer. Pray for them! Camp is fun, but it’s […]

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