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Staff Profile: Remedy “Bo-V” Applegate

by Karissa Pitaniello

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Get to know the Ranch women’s director as she lets us in on the best spots in Tyler, what’s it like being an evil spaghetti noodle, and her upcoming podcast!  Tell us about yourself! I’m from Denton, Texas and I went to college at Dallas Baptist University. I graduated with a degree in Christian Studies […]

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Bible Study Previews 2020

by Anna Birch

boys studying the Bible

Camp is seriously fun, but more than that, it is all about Jesus, and the best part of each day is Bible study time! Here is a look at what our youth camps will be learning in their individual Bible studies this summer. We can’t wait for campers to dive into these! Towers: Total transformation! […]

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Bible Study Theme: Blueprint

by Matt Murphy

Ranch Girl Quiet Time

A blueprint is an outline or plan of action. Most of the time, it is used as the starting point for building a house. Before you ever grab a shovel or a bulldozer or whatever else you use to start building a house, you need a plan. Without a plan, even the most skilled construction […]

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Ranch Renovation: We Made it!

by Mario Zandstra

Ranch Cabins with girl campers jumping

It’s a time for celebration! Through God’s faithfulness and the generous donations of so many, we made it! We exceeded the minimum requirement of $1,940,000 in gifts and pledges raised, and the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation has given Pine Cove $485,000 for the Ranch project, and we plan to have 18 new cabins ready […]

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Gingerbread Houses: Guys Versus Girls

by Jon Davidson

Boys Gingerbread House

Winterfest was a blast! Maybe by now all of our campers have finally caught up on rest, because they were having so much fun over the weekend! There are several highlights that we could talk about, but let’s be honest: we know everyone just wants to know about the the Ranch Gingerbread Launch. We’ve known […]

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Gettin’ Jiggsy With It

by Jon Davidson

Jiggs n Jon

Most people have a ‘go-to.’ You might have a go-to movie, TV show, or even a book. But almost everybody has that thing that is a total comfort zone, something that you don’t mind repeating time after time. Every few years it seems like I pick up “The Hobbit” and give it another read. The […]

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Pro-Wakeboarders at Pine Cove

by Valerie Morby

Shaun Murray Wakeboarding for Campers

Campers at the Ranch and Timbers experienced a thrill when professional wakeboarders Shaun Murray and Emily Copeland-Durham performed tricks and stunts on Pine Cove’s new wake park on Lake Lackawanna Monday afternoon. The Ranch’s own Jiggs Gaffney kicked off the festivities by singing the national anthem before Emily and Shaun got out on the water and […]

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Wakeboarding Without a Boat

by Matt Murphy

Camper wakeboarding with a boat

True or false. 1. Wakeboarding is awesome… TRUE. 2. If you don’t have a boat to pull you, then you are out of luck… FALSE! Last summer, we installed our very own Wake Park at Pine Cove, shared between campers at Crier Creek and Outback, and it was a huge hit! Campers can grab a […]

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The Temperature Is Rising

by Matt Murphy

Camper going down waterslide

This is a guest post by one of our summer staff, “Thunder Showers”. So, it is week 7 here at the Ranch and things are going great! The sun has been out all week and the kids are loving each activity class and theme night. We have a lot of counselors who have had their […]

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