The Gospel Cheer

At Pine Cove, we have a cheer for nearly everything: Bible study, lunch, free time, sitting down, club, soup, cleaning, and competition represent only a handful of our chants. We cheer because we are excited about every aspect of camp. But the most important thing that we do at Pine Cove is share God’s story of redemption with campers. Thus, it only makes sense that we should cheer about the Gospel.   In 2013, former Camp in the City Southeast Regional Director, Hannah “Patilla Piñata” Carter, challenged the Camp in the City staff to put the Gospel in a cheer. […]

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Staff Feature: Jenny “Whistle Toe” Sowers

Jenny “Whistle Toe” Sowers graduated from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 2008 with a degree in language arts education. She served as a summer staffer at the Ranch, and then transitioned into working in registration, and finally came to the Woods in 2012 as the Women’s Director. Whistle Toe guides the girls staff at the Woods and enjoys commentating the game Turkish Delight every Friday night during the summer. What did you want to be when you grew up? Once upon a time, I thought I would be a teacher. That quickly changed when I did student teaching, and […]

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MomCamp 2017

A conference just for MOMS?! Yep, MomCamp is all about moms and their relationship with the Lord… while getting to enjoy the best parts of camp! We had more than 250 moms at the Shores and Bluffs this past April for a jam-packed weekend! The best part about the weekend was the life-change that we got to witness. Six women said they put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior! Praise the Lord for His work in their lives! Each year we are blown away by what God does in and through this weekend event. Our emcees were Tracey […]

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When You Don’t See the Fruit

If you’ve worked at Pine Cove this summer, you are likely heading back to college soon. For the past several weeks and months, you jumped as high as twelve phonebooks. You clapped to countless Birthday Raps. You strove to win Pit-n-Palace on a daily basis, and you mastered a dance to every song on the Pine Cove playlist. But soon your luggage will be in the trunk of your car and it will be time to head back to the “real world” that exists beyond the Pine Cove gates. Perhaps when you look back at your summer as a counselor, you’ll be able see the […]

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What To Expect On Your First Day Of Camp

Nervous about camp? Don’t be! Whether it’s your first time at youth camp, family camp, or day camp, opening day can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect. Thankfully, Pine Cove has a solution: this article! Expect… Lots of excitement. If there’s one word to describe opening day it’s “hype.” Picture lots of cheering, smiling, and jumping as you drive up. We are as excited (likely more so) as you are to arrive. We just show it by going crazy (in a good way) when we see you! To be served. Pine Cove strives to be others-focused, which is […]

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Weather Update

With a significant amount of rain in the forecast, we want to reassure parents that camper and staff safety is our top priority, and we will never take chances with the weather. Pine Cove trains resident and summer staff to recognize inclement weather situations and to adequately protect the lives of our campers and staff. We are constantly monitoring the weather and use a great weather service that utilizes a team of meteorologists to notify us in the event inclement weather is approaching. We also have the ability to notify all Pine Cove staff of any need to take shelter, […]

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One of Those Moments

I hope I don’t get in trouble. During a Bible study today I quit reading my Bible, quit paying attention, and did something I normally would never do: I pulled out my phone and snapped a picture when I should have been dialed in. It was a powerful moment. It was a moment I wanted to savor by capturing it. Do you ever have those moments? Times you want to record in order to relive in the future? Bill McKenzie, the founder of Pine Cove, met with our leadership team to encourage us from the book of Nehemiah. It was […]

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Women’s Conference 2017

What a blessing it was to have so many women come to the Shores March 3-5 for our annual Women’s Conference! It was an incredible weekend getting to see ladies laugh together, worship together, and rest together. Carrie Langemeier, wife of our Chief Ministry Officer Craig “Dutch” Langemeier, was our speaker for the weekend. Carrie encouraged us through stories and scripture to “live loved”. She also gave a powerful message on forgiveness and what it looks like to fall forward in to the arms of Jesus in the midst of failure. Please enjoy these audio recordings from the conference: Carrie […]

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Men’s Conference 2017

On the weekend of January 27-29, over 500 men from multiple churches, small groups, families, and communities gathered at Pine Cove’s Shores and Timbers camps. Getting to be a part of this weekend is one of the greatest joys in my job. There is nothing in the world like 500 plus men singing to our great God! Pete Briscoe, from Bent Tree Bible Church in Dallas, Texas, was our speaker this year. Pete did an incredible job communicating and pushing our attendees to be better husbands, fathers, and men of God. (Download Pete Briscoe Audio). Saturday night, mentalist Grant Price […]

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A Letter to Moms with Tween Girls

I still remember the day. It was Tuesday, January 25, 2012, and my 12-year-old daughter left me a love note. YES! In a world where tweens are often characterized as moody and aloof, my girl showed evidence of actual connection. Entering the realm of tween parenting, I felt a little like Katniss in “The Hunger Games.” We’re locked in this space together until the tween reaches adulthood. Who will come out alive? Will it be a fight to the death? Navigating adolescence can be like teaching a child to ride a bike. The child is excited and anxious. The parent […]

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