How Should Summer Staff Pack for Camp?

In preparation for my first summer working at Pine Cove, I had absolutely no idea how much I needed to pack or what I needed to pack. They sent out a packing list and list of theme nights, but even then it was hard to figure out how much I should bring of each item and how I should pack it all. I had some great friends who had worked at Pine Cove before and directed me in the best way to pack for a half or a full summer at camp. There are four basics that I would like […]

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How Camp Prepared Me for Life After College

I asked my friend Luke to make a guest post one week, and since Luke and I worked at Pine Cove Shores together I asked him to share how working at summer camp prepared him for life today. Another summer is fast approaching and whether you have just come off of your last summer or are gearing up for this upcoming one, I think Luke’s words are very applicable!   Bio: Luke “Wok N Wo” Friesen first became a Pine Cover as a camper at the Ranch in 1995 and 1998. He worked at the Shores during the summers of 2001–2004 […]

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Twas the Night Before Winterfest

Twas the night before Winterfest, when all through the camp The Timbers staff was working; bumping the lamp The Christmas lights were hung on the cabins with care, In hopes that the campers soon would be there; The summer staff were driving from near and afar, Recovering from finals by blasting Tedashii in their car; And Guaps with his crew all ready to go, Trying to figure out a way to make it snow. When out on the dock there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bunk to see what was the matter. Away to the field I […]

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The Chronicles of Guapo

  I was recently asked to share some of the highlights from my time working here at Pine Cove. Her rationale for me sharing was that I am an “experienced” PC staffer. Basically, she is saying that I am old! I guess camping years are a lot like dog years. One year in the camping world is really like seven. I started working at PC as a summer staffer back in 2001 so that would make me 84 in camping years. Wow, I guess I really am “experienced”. Now I won’t mention who this person was that made that “old” […]

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C’s might get degrees, but D’s get you victory laps.

You know, a lot of people go to college for seven years. Or 6 and a summer in my case.  I finished my Bachelor’s of Science in Education in lightning fast speed.  Several contributing factors here, not the least of which was just that I didn’t like school and wasn’t very good at it.  Ironic that I studied to be a teacher? If you were to look at my transcripts, you’d see a pattern; my fall semesters had significantly lower GPA’s as I worked my way through college.  Maybe some of you are the same way.  Spring semester was spent […]

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Faith: Choosing to Believe

“[Wait] with Me for a while. I have much to tell you. You are walking along the path I have [chosen for you]. It is both a privileged and perilous way: experiencing My glorious Presence and heralding that reality to others. Sometimes you feel presumptuous to be carrying out such an assignment. Do no worry about what other people think of you. The work I am doing in you is hidden at first. But eventually blossoms will burst forth, and [abundant] fruit will be borne. Stay on the path of Life with Me. Trust Me [wholeheartedly], letting my spirit fill you with Joy and Peace.” I discovered this excerpt one fall morning in […]

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Why APPLY?

You’ve seen it on the T-shirts, on the facebook graphics, even on the website. When I first noticed our “APPLY” theme, I was a little bit confused. Shouldn’t those shirts say more about Pine Cove? Don’t we want to promote actually working at the towers/timbers/shores/outback/ranch/silverado/base camps/camp in the city… It really is a lot of staffers. What if they don’t get it? I love recruiting for Pine Cove for a lot of reasons, but one of them is because of this very philosophy:  We are about encouraging college students to apply their faith this summer. We are about the gospel. […]

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The Most Wonderful Day of the Summer

Let’s be honest, every day of camp is the “best day ever!” Still, a few days stick out more than others. We celebrated our nation’s independence day with an outdoor club and an impressive fireworks show. We dropped red white and blue balloons from the ceiling in the Rock! The 4th of July brought very welcome festivities in the midst of the routine best program ever. ((It really is hard to make the best better, but we do what we can)) Wednesday was July 25. We don’t just cheer for everything at Pine Cove, we celebrate everything too. Birthdays, for […]

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And We Love It!

Though the words to the cheer are consistently allusive, even to the seasoned staff, there’s no question: Work Crew, we love it! It’s the week where you get to hang out with Mister Biz himself, and Hiyaty! This is when stacking chairs and arranging tables becomes an art form, and the beavers of the camp rejoice. Every day brings its own unique challenge of three separate clean-up skits, plus an abundance of counting to 7, 8, and 9. Being a counselor on work crew can be comparable to being a camper headed to mystery madness. Every assigned job is a […]

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The Temperature Is Rising

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 first cabin at the Ranch this week. And let me tell you, they have done a great job! When we say that our staff is our program, we mean it. The counselors and program staff have kept the energy high, they have made each activity […]

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