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Pine Cove’s In-Depth Guide to Closing Celebration and Pre-Registration at Youth Camp

by Pine CovePosted May 14, 2019

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Updates for Summer 2021

  • Closing times are the same as 2020 but different from 2019! See below for closing times.
  • No large group indoor gatherings for closing this summer, but instead smaller outdoor gatherings by cabin throughout the camp property.
  • Continued from last summer! Contactless automatic pre-registration. Less to handle on property. Details will be sent to your email.

We hope you had a great week! We are excited to see you back for closing. Upon arrival, we know you will be looking forward to seeing your camper and hearing about their experience.

Closing celebration will look different enough that we’re actually not calling it “closing celebration,” but “camper pick-up” instead. However, we left “closing celebration” in the article title to avoid confusion for returning families.

The CampLife app may also have a post with more details for your specific camp(s) closer to camper pick-up on Saturday, but here are a few general things to know. 

Entering Camp

In order to ensure smaller groups on property at a time, we’ve staggered pick-up times for each region’s camps. This way, if you have kids at multiple camps, you can go to more than one closing.

Rolling Pick Up Times

Central Texas

  • Silverado: 9:30-11am
  • Outback: 9:30-11:30am
  • Ridge: 9am-10:30am

East Texas

  • Towers: 9-10:30am
  • Ranch: 10-11:30am
  • Timbers: 9-10:30am
  • Shores: 10-11:30am

Closing will be more like drop-off. Instead of everyone being there at one set time, parents can come and go within the pick-up hour. If you have more than one camper at camps with the same closing time, you can either divide and conquer with another adult, or go to one and then the other. 

Picking Up On Property

Once you park, you’ll be directed to your meeting place. Instead of a large group gathering, you’ll head to your camper’s cabin where we’ll present their CQ and provide you with other closing information. CQ time is a time where counselors talk about character qualities they’ve seen in their campers during the week—and don’t worry, CQs aren’t going away! They will be done as parents arrive and pick up, rather than everyone all together watching the presentations.

There will be a place to pick up meds (Please take them back! We don’t need them.) and to get luggage. Check lost and found in case your camper’s Crocs somehow didn’t make it into their luggage. The camp store will be open as well. 

Simplified Automatic Pre-Registration

In an effort to serve our families well and prevent you from having to handle printouts, pens, and clipboards when you pick up your camper, we have made some changes! NEW this year: we’re guaranteeing another seriously fun summer by automatically pre-registering your camper for summer 2021. You will receive an email with more details. There will also be staff to answer any pre-registration questions on property during pick-up.


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