summer staff

Posts with the ‘summer staff’ tag

Lessons from Leadership Weekend

Being a leader can be amazingly exciting. Being a leader can also be scary. When I pulled into Tyler for Pine Cove Leadership weekend, I felt an interesting combination of both. I was excited — to see old friends, to bond with new ones, to build community, to be trained, to laugh, to talk, to pray. I was also nervous. I have to admit, as I arrived at camp, I couldn’t help but feel somewhat unqualified. Why me? I don’t think I’m cut out for this. Sure, there are some things I know I can do, but plenty I know […]

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Commission Camping: Life Moments from the Field

With 180 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! Ranch Gautemala “Our program director, Sergio, talked to me at dinner about the kids going to bed early. He thought they seemed tired and would need the extra sleep. I told […]

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Pine Cove in Latin America

I always thought that NOTHING could compare to getting to do camp with my friends and campers in Texas. But that’s where Commission Camping comes in! Commission Camping is a program that enables Pine Cove staff, both full-time and summer staff, to partner with Christian Camping International (CCI) to teach people in Latin America how to do camp. We have been partner with our friends in Latin America for the past 10 years. What I have grown to love about Commission Camping is that we get to work with believers in several different countries. As we bring our staff down […]

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Rollin’ to T-Town

The tide wasn’t the only thing rolling last weekend! Our crew rolled into Alabama Friday night to start preparing for a Saturday full of tailgating time with staff. Reunions happened, chili was eaten, and spike ball tournaments were played! Staff came from far and wide, but it seems that the Silverado staff had the biggest showing. After eating some infamous Mugshots burgers on Sunday afternoon, we left Title Town and headed to Birmingham. Because Sunday is a day of rest, we decided to do so by enjoying some healthy competition with a game of Nertz in the hotel lobby. This […]

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To Northern Louisiana, Arkansas, and Back

#itsfallyall. Which means the recruiting continues! I got to be a part of the team that traveled to Northern Louisiana. We interviewed at ULM, LA College, LA Tech and ended in University of Arkansas –Monticello. When thinking back on the trip, “loaves and fish” is what I believe best describes it. Let me explain. On the final morning of our trip, Shawn shared in our meeting how God had multiplied our efforts. He took what we brought and gave us over and beyond anything we expected just as He did when Jesus and His disciples fed the five thousand with […]

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Recruiting in the Volunteer State

Greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee! I went with these five hilarious friends to recruit in the Volunteer state: As an Oklahoma native, it’s been great to see what the Southeast is all about. And what can I tell you that I’ve learned? The Southeast REALLY is as pretty as everyone says it is. Cue pretty scenery. Part of what I love about recruiting is that we get to see and do a lot of fun things. When we arrived to Knoxville on Saturday, we got to go to what became an epic matchup between Tennessee and Georgia. What a nail-biter it […]

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A&M Recruiting: Whoop, Gig ‘Em, & Hullabaloo!

Our first big recruiting trip of the year has come and gone, and what better way to kick off our recruiting season than with the biggest tailgate in Spence Park for the Aggie game against SMU?! I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: “When it rains, it pours.” Well, let’s just say we got to experience both the literal and figurative meaning of that infamous saying during our time at A&M. Just see for yourself… A little (more like a LOT of) rain did not stop us from claiming our tailgate spot Friday morning. There was no denying Pine Cove’s presence […]

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On the Road in Arkansas

With summer wrapped up and fall beginning to find its rhythm, it can only mean one thing: recruiting season is upon us! This week, our team is recruiting throughout the great state of Arkansas. Cue excitement for fall weather, rolling hills, and leaves beginning to change color. We kicked off the week with an inaugural spikeball tournament in Wilson Park! The competition was stiff; we had seasoned players and new inductees into the sport battling for a brand new spikeball set. After a double elimination bracket and some tough rounds, we finally awarded not one but FOUR spikeball sets to […]

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Training 1,400 Summer Staff

The first two days of Pine Cove Orientation, or “The Way” as it’s more commonly referred to, are two of my favorite days of the year. An enormous amount of preparation work culminates in an explosion of lights, energy, dancing, learning, cheers, praise and worship, and all of the Pine Cove craziness you’d expect. It must be an incredibly overwhelming experience for our new staff members. They wait outside the auditorium for the doors to finally open on their first full day on staff. Then they walk into the enormous Cowan Center at the University of Texas at Tyler and […]

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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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