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Tag: stories


Favorite Camper Quotes So Far

by Anna BirchPosted Jul 2, 2020

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A week (or two!) of camp can be the catalyst for major life change in a camper. God uses everything from Bible study to songs at Club to activity classes and more to soften hearts. One of our favorite things is getting to hear from campers and parents about what they learned during their stay. […]

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My Biggest Prayer: Blake’s Story

by Anna BirchPosted Jun 3, 2020

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Blake had wanted to be a counselor at Pine Cove since she was in fifth grade. When she got the chance to work at the Shores, she never could’ve imagined the impact that one week would have on one particular camper in her life—her little brother! See how God answered Blake’s prayers to soften and […]

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We Are Willing — An Adoption Story

by Elizabeth MoorePosted May 5, 2020

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When Megan Bates Hunt was fourteen years old, she wrote a prayer on a post-it note: “Lord, let me be a foster parent.” Little did she know, God would abundantly fulfill this desire and give her a family that would mirror His heart.  Megan, also known as “Victory,” was a Pine Cove staffer for years. […]

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Interrupted but Intentional

by Miranda LehmanPosted Apr 29, 2020

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There’s never a dull moment when you live in a house of 16 people and next door to 14 more. At the Forge, we have the opportunity to live in a close-knit community for eight months as we learn more about who God is and who He has made us to be. It is incredible […]

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Behind the Scenes with Worship Leaders

by Katelyn SullinsPosted Jan 22, 2020

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I can recall, as a high school camper at the Shores, watching the worship leader up on stage and thinking they must be the coolest person at camp.  This past summer, we got together with a couple of staffers who have had the privilege of being worship leaders to see what the job was really […]

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Stories from the Camp Nurse: Whitney Cox

by Anna BirchPosted Jan 22, 2020

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We couldn’t do camp without our nurses! Whitney Cox has been serving as a camp nurse at the Shores for the past three summers. She and her husband, Rusty, have five kids: Paxton (14), Mackey (13), Kirby (10), Shepherd (9), and Neeley (7). They’re all BIG fans of Pine Cove! Read on to learn more […]

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Wrangling For Jesus

by Katelyn SullinsPosted Oct 16, 2019

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Their alarm clocks often buzz at 4 am, there’s more dirt under their fingernails than you’d find in a sandbox, and their jeans may or may not be stuck on because of the 100-degree heat, but you’ll rarely find one without a big smile on their face. They’re the Pine Cove wranglers, and they really […]

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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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Staff Stories of Impact

by Anna BirchPosted Sep 4, 2019

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We. Love. Our. Staff! God uses them every summer to help transform the lives of thousands of campers each year. It also pumps us up to hear how, in the process of pouring out their lives at camp, they are impacted as well!  For countless college staff, their experience over the summer is life-changing. They […]

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