Scenic view of trees at camp

Five Summers on Staff

by Valerie MorbyPosted Oct 14, 2019

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It’s not uncommon for some of our staffers to serve for two, three, or even four summers. Slightly less common? Coming back to serve for a fifth summer! We got in touch with six staffers who came back to serve for a “victory lap,” and asked them to share what they learned during their many […]

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Outdoor Educators

by Valerie MorbyPosted Oct 9, 2019

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Have you wondered what happens at Pine Cove during the rest of the year? Great question. Camp certainly doesn’t stay empty! On the weekends, you’ll find lots of retreats groups enjoying our facilities and activities. During the week, however, it’s all about outdoor education! Pine Cove’s Institute of Wilderness Studies, or IWS, hosts and teaches […]

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How to Have a Hangtime with Your Kids

by Jenny LayPosted Oct 9, 2019

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Skits, camp names, and counselors jumping upon your arrival… all things that are an integral part of just about any Pine Cove camp experience. Another important  experience for youth campers (and children at family camp) is something called a hangtime. In Pine Cove’s staff handbook, a hangtime is defined as “an intentional time with just […]

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Stories from the Camp Nurse: Bonnie Murphy

by Anna BirchPosted Oct 2, 2019

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Our camp nurses are incredible!  Bonnie “Nurse BOO BOO” Murphy is from Henderson, Texas and has served faithfully at the Towers every summer for the past nine years. She and her family LOVE camp, as you can tell by the fun photos! Learn more about her passion for helping kids at camp and how she […]

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Staff Profile: Luke “Patches” Cummings

by Tiffany GilliamPosted Oct 2, 2019

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Luke “Patches” Cummings was a good ol’ Georgia boy who wanted to be a blue, crime-fighting Power Ranger… but he battled consistently terrible vision incidents. This young man dreamed of fighting for the good guys. He never gave up, even for a time when he sported double eyepatches! Eventually, Luke healed and didn’t need eyepatches […]

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Join the (Work) Crew

by Lisa ArchinalPosted Sep 25, 2019

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You’ve heard it said that as Christians, we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Pine Cove Work Crews are to Pine Cove’s ministry as the hands and feet are to the body. Volunteers who selflessly serve on Work Crew provide the support and structure needed for our ministry to be effective.  Work […]

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A Journey Through Italy

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 25, 2019

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What happens when you gather a group of Pine Cove people and take them through a European country full of Biblical history? An amazing journey full of digging into God’s Word, learning the culture, and who knows, maybe even a few camp cheers! (Cinque? Let’s count ’em!) This coming spring, Pine Cove is partnering with […]

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Planting for the Future

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 18, 2019

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Our Central Texas region has been seeing a LOT of growth lately with the opening of the Ridge and many other renovations—all intended to bless thousands of campers for many years to come. As of this summer, there will now be some growth of a more leafy kind. That’s right, we’re talking about trees! Through […]

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Top 10 Schools

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 11, 2019

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Our summer staff knows that being unified is a big deal. During orientation, everyone learns various schools’ cheers as a reminder that we’re all on the same team. That being said, we do LOVE a good competition, and when the annual list of top ten staff schools comes out… well, let’s just say we get […]

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My Heart Was Set On Fire For Christ

by Jesse GarnerPosted Sep 10, 2019

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After Joshua finished his final summer at the Shores, he was inspired to write a letter to us about his experiences! We loved it so much we wanted to share it with you in video form. Want to read Joshua’s letter instead? Check it out below! Dear Pine Cove, I started coming to Pine Cove […]

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