A Letter to Moms with Tween Girls

Tween Girl Camper

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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Falling For Pine Cove’s Couples Weekend

Couples Conference Group

Editor’s Note: The following post was written by Adrianne “Snicks” Miller, a former Pine Cove Summer and Full-Time Staffer. Read about Adrianne and her husband’s experience at their first Pine Cove couples conference! One year ago, my husband and I sat in our church community group discussing how things were going with each of the couples. One gal threw out an idea: “What if we all went to Pine Cove’s Romance Me Conference next year?” Her idea was met with some silence, mostly from the guys. I could see their wheels turning. “Romance Me? Sounds cheesy… And don’t the staff jump and cheer all […]

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Commission Camping: Trip Stories

Camp in the City Panama

With 162 Pine Cove staff members currently serving the Lord at camps throughout Latin America, there is no shortage of awesome stories to share! Thankfully we are able to keep up with all of these mission trips on each of their blogs, and you can follow along too! Here is just a taste of some of the fun and life-change that is going on across eight different countries right now! Towers Nicaragua “After bible study the Nicaraguans had a surprise for us! When they saw pictures on our Facebook page last summer of the buffalo hunt (our giant mud fight) […]

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Life Transformation On The Road

Two Women Praying

Editor’s Note: At Pine Cove we pray big prayers, and often the Lord reveals himself in the most unexpected way. Read this incredible story of what happened while we were on the road recruiting prospective summer staff this fall. One of my favorite parts of recruiting is getting to minister to college students. For some, this is more than just an interview; it could be a life-changing moment for them. Many students have never thought through the issues we ask them about and others have never been asked to explain the Gospel. Often the challenge that we give them at the end […]

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My Child’s First Time At Overnight Youth Camp

Silverado Campers

Editor’s Note: The following post was written by Michelle Tanzola, a mom who sent her daughter to overnight youth camp at Pine Cove for the first time this summer! Last year her daughter experienced Camp in the City for the first time. Read about that experience here. If the Olympics gave medals for summer camps, Pine Cove would definitely win the gold! My 9-year-old just returned from her first week at overnight camp (Silverado) and now, having been through that whirlwind as a first-timer, I now consider myself to be no better prepared a seasoned professional camp mom, and feel it is […]

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What You Need to Know About Registration

Pine Cove Staff Jumping

Did you or your camper come to Pine Cove this summer? Did you have a blast? Do you already have a countdown until next summer when you can come back to camp? Well we have a countdown, too, and we really want you to come back to Pine Cove next summer! We are so serious about having you back at camp that we’ve made it easy and rewarding to register for 2017. Around here we call it “pre-registration” — a privilege available to those who attended this summer. The greatest benefit to pre-registering your family or your camper is securing […]

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Pine Cove CampLife App: Better Than Ever

Pine Cove CampLife App

Imagine this: in one hand you have sleek, exciting technology. In the other, the entire camp experience, from skits and games to counselors and activities. Put your hands together, friends. Because it’s happening! With the CampLife App, you’ll have a window into a week of camp at Pine Cove that will blow your socks off! And you can download it right now for free on the App Store or Google Play. Technology and camp have joined together to create the most exhilarating app you’ve ever experienced! What’s so cool about it? Well, for starters… We’ll be taking photos and tagging campers in photos […]

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Weather Update

Rainy Day At Camp

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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Blessing Our Military Families

Military Camper

When Darlene, a military wife and mom from Fort Hood, Texas, learned that her husband was going to be deployed this summer, she knew it was going to be hard. It was always a challenge to parent five little ones, but when her husband was away, it was especially difficult. She longed to plan a vacation or go somewhere fun with the kids, but could never see it happening. Additionally, this was going to be the second deployment in a year’s time, which would be especially hard for the kids. It is estimated that nearly two million children have parents […]

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Shores Bible Study Theme: FAITHWORKS

Pine Cove Camper Reading Bible

You’ve probably heard the saying “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” Of course, this saying goes beyond just fishing. I think there’s a problem in our Christian culture. Young believers aren’t spending time with Jesus in their daily lives. Whether it’s because we’re lazy and just don’t care, or we’re intimidated by the Bible and how to pray – we aren’t growing in our relationship with Jesus after professing our faith in him. We even use the excuse that we just can’t “find time” to read […]

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