Scenic view of trees at camp

Let’s Get You To Winterfest

by Jesse GarnerPosted Oct 10, 2018


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!). Drop off / Directions Drop […]

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20 Years of Family Camp

by Maggie CoffeyPosted Oct 9, 2018


It’s week 2 during the summer of 1999, and the Wiesen family has just rolled into their first week at the Woods. Jumping and screaming counselors overwhelmed them, and Mrs. Julie Wiesen looked over and thought, “I don’t know if this is our place.” Little did they know that this would be their reality for […]

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Top 10 Schools

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Oct 9, 2018


For summer 2018, we hired around 1,800 summer staff across all of our camps and regions. They come from colleges all over the nation, and though they’re all here for the same thing—to serve the Lord and to serve campers—we often talk about the schools with the most representatives in a bit of friendly competition. […]

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Staff Retreats

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Oct 2, 2018


At Pine Cove, we are literally in the ministry of retreats. We encourage everyone to come and get away from their normal everyday lives, and spend some time with the Lord in the great outdoors. We believe in this so strongly that we even practice retreating ourselves! Over the past month, all of our regions […]

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The History of Pine Cove in Central Texas

by Susan AndreonePosted Oct 2, 2018


Twenty some-odd years ago, sitting on a six-foot cedar log deep in the midst of the cattle ranch in Columbus, Texas, Rudy Galindo, a trusted employee, friend and ranch manager of land owner Sid Terry, prayed a simple but powerful prayer with Sid’s wife, Dawn. Their desire and prayer was that the 720-acre ranch, currently […]

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IWS: In Their Own Words

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Sep 17, 2018


Pine Cove’s Outdoor Education program, the Institute of Wilderness Studies (IWS) quickly becomes an annual favorite for teachers who bring their schools out for overnight field trips. The hands-on science classes (TEKS-based) are top notch, the staff is excellent (and seriously fun!), and the facilities are fabulous. We gathered some of our favorite quotes from […]

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Opening Summer at the Ridge

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Sep 17, 2018


Summer 2018 marked the first summer we officially had a just-for-high-schoolers camp in Central Texas, and what a summer it was! Our Central Texas teams worked crazy hard to finish all the final details to make this camp excellent and (of course) seriously fun! We had a Ridge dedication ceremony during staff orientation, and we […]

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Recruiting: Above and Beyond

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Sep 11, 2018


It’s the time of year when our camp teams are all out on the road, recruiting next summer’s awesome Pine Cove staff. While many college students are familiar with Pine Cove from either being a camper themselves or hearing about it while growing up, the vast majority of our staff are encouraged to apply from […]

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How To Plan A Retreat

by Valerie MorbyPosted Sep 10, 2018


Planning a retreat for your group can be a big challenge. Whether you’re organizing an event for your church, school, office, or any other type of group, there are a lot of questions to keep in mind! And many of those questions should be posed to the retreat facility you’re considering using. Here are a […]

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Fun(ny) Consequences

by Chelsea ConnorPosted Aug 29, 2018


We do a lot of things to keep things seriously fun around Pine Cove, but one favorite among staff has been inspired by a little healthy competition. We’ve all played games where the winner gets a prize. But what about games where the loser has to do a consequence? That’s when things can really get […]

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