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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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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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Camp in the City: Day Camp in Your Neighborhood!

Camper on Bungee Trampoline

Seven years ago when we started Camp in the City, we never would have imagined taking camp to 100 different locations all over the South. We have the coolest jobs ever! We get to partner with the best churches while providing an awesome camp experience for them and the people in their communities. Nearly 450 college summer staff will join us as we hit the road in May who are pumped to share the love of Jesus with 1st through 6th graders across nine states. Along the way, our staff will also get the incredible opportunity of staying with families at […]

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How Pine Cove Came to Be

Bill McKenzie

What should I do with my life? Sooner or later, everyone asks that question. Many never come up with an answer, and far too many come up with the wrong answer. Some pursue things that don’t fit them. Some chase money instead of what matters. Some just settle for any old job that pays. Worst of all, millions buy into the lie that says their life is “my life,” to do with as they please. Bill McKenzie followed a different path. By grace, he realized early on that his life was a gift from a good God who had a […]

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‘Twas the Night Before Winterfest

Twas the Night Before Winterfest Title

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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Why We Use Camp Names

Shores Counselors on Opening Day

It is plain to see that Pine Cove has some pretty wacky traditions. What would camp be without the Spirit Stick, count-ems, Christmas in July, and theme nights? Allow me to answer: boring. But my personal favorite tradition, and one that is quite specific to Pine Cove, is our use of camp names. Having attended Pine Cove youth camps from elementary school to graduation, I have quite the list of counselor names associated with some of my sweetest memories. From “Sacagawendy” to “Tot Tonka” and “Surf and Turf,” these names have stuck in my mind for years. But it wasn’t […]

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Travis’s Prayer

Shores Guy Cabin

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 Ask any counselor, and they will tell you just how nerve-wracking stepping into your cabin on Sunday afternoon for the first time that week can be. Questions like “what if I don’t get along with the kids”, “what if we have different interests”, and “what if they don’t listen to me” can quickly take over and consume those final steps up from the gauntlet. The devil loves to fling lies of inadequacy, doubt, and insecurity towards our sweaty, sunburned faces. […]

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Camp In OUR City

Camp in the City Counselor with Campers

Editor’s Note: This following post was written by Rebecca Ross, Children’s Pastor of North Metro Church in Marietta, Georgia, where our Camp in the City team set up camp for Week 3. East of the Mississippi River, Marietta, Georgia is a suburb of the city of Atlanta. It was here that we first experienced the arrival of a Pine Cove trailer and a rock climbing wall. It was love at first sight. 32 college students unloaded onto the campus of North Metro Church to leave the handprint of God on the lives of host families and campers. They sprawled out about the campus […]

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