Packing For Family Camp

Family at Summer Camp

Editor’s Note: The following post was written by Olivia Engstrom, a longtime Pine Cove Bluffs family camper. She has some great tips on packing for camp that we think will be very helpful for anyone heading to family camp this summer! So you’re going to family camp! Lucky you. This is our family’s favorite time of the year. Whenever someone asks our kids what they are doing for the summer, they always respond with an exuberant, “PINE COVE!” This will be our fifth summer at the Bluffs, and every year we are blessed by the staff, the memories, and the […]

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Super Goal Monday = Registration Day!

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It’s time for the biggest event of the year! The moment you have been anxiously awaiting all year long… Okay, it may not quite be time for opening day of camp, but this may be the second biggest event of the year. If you haven’t caught on, we’re talking about the Super Bowl! Before you begin feeling “deflated” about it not being time for camp, we have some great news! Each year at Pine Cove, we recognize the day after the Super Bowl as Super GOAL Monday. It’s registration day! Thousands of campers from across the country will be roaring […]

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Men’s Conference 2015

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“…I believe, but help my unbelief.” Mark 9:24 There are fewer things more powerful than listening to a room of a few hundred men singing in unison and laughing together. On the weekend of January 23-25, over 400 men from multiple churches, small groups, families, and communities gathered at Pine Cove’s Shores, Bluffs, and Timbers camps. For years, several hundred men have been meeting at Men’s Conference to be encouraged and to encourage each other as they take a weekend away from their daily routine and distractions in everyday life. This year, we were blessed to have Bryan Loritts as our […]

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Commission Camping: Stories from the Field

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With 175 Pine Cove staff members 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! Camp in the City Costa Rica “One of our Tico leaders brought the evening message, which was about keeping the Lord number one in your life, above all other things! The […]

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Studying the Bible: Research

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This is the fourth post in a series of articles that outline some basic steps to practice in studying the Bible. For a list of all the posts, click here. Step 4: Research the Book After taking the time to outline the book and understand the author’s flow of thought throughout the letter, I then turn my attention to understanding the immediate context of the book. The Bible has been written over thousands of years by multiple different authors from all walks of life. It was written in three different languages and over the course of several major world events […]

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Merry Winterfest to All and to All a Good Night

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Wow! Winterfest has come and gone and God did some amazing things. This year was the largest Winterfest ever with over 1,200 campers! From the ropes courses, all camp games, dance partys, and winterized versions of classics like Pitch Black Attack and Espionage, we hope your camper had a blast and also grew in their relationship with Christ. On top of the awesome camp activities, our Ranch, Timbers, and Shores campers spent Saturday night rocking out with Family Force 5 in concert! A couple hundred students synchronize dancing to the Wobble and Chainsaw…yes please! If you weren’t able to join […]

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‘Twas the Night Before Winterfest

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We’re so excited for Winterfest, we can’t be the only ones dreaming about it! In fact, here’s the story of two campers who just can’t wait to get to camp. It’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas… Pine Cove style. We are proud to present “Twas the Night Before Winterfest”! ‘Twas the night before Winterfest, when all through the home Campers lay sleeping, as still as a gnome. Their trunks sat all packed in the light of the moon, In hopes that the night would bring morning soon. The campers were nestled all snug in their beds While visions of skit characters danced […]

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Winter Nights: Pine Cove Christmas Album

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Winter Nights is Pine Cove’s first-ever Christmas album! Our desire is that this album would invite our campers, friends, and other listeners in to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ with us in a fresh, authentic, and fun way. Come sing along with us as we proclaim the arrival of our King with such classics as “Oh Holy Night,” “The First Noel,” and “I Heard the Bells.” We invited some of our camp summer staff members to help us make this album, and it’s their voices that you hear! We hope that this will create an environment that […]

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Studying the Bible: Outline

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This is the third post in a series of articles that outline some basic steps to practice in studying the Bible. For a list of all the posts, click here. Step 3: Outline the Whole Book Once I have read the book three times, I’ll use the information I gathered while reading through the book and begin the process of discerning an outline. So, the objective here is to work in reverse. I have the written letter from Peter. If he would have used an outline, what would it have looked like? Outlining the book will help me think through […]

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Studying the Bible: Reading

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This is the second post in a series of articles that outline some basic steps to practice in studying the Bible. For a list of all the posts, click here. Step 2: Read the Whole Book In our previous post we outlined that prayer is not only the starting point but also the environment for studying the Scriptures. Once we are rightly oriented, we should first immerse ourselves in the content of the entire book before attempting to understand the meaning of one part of it. So, the next thing I do in my study is read the entire book […]

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