Pine Cove started as nothing more than just a dream of four men sitting on a boat in 1964. The first Pine Cove summer camp was in 1968, started by Bill McKenzie. Over 800,000 people have gone through the Pine Cove camps. Pine Cove has six different locations that camps are held at; Towers, Ranch, Timbers, Shores, Woods, and Bluffs.
These summer camps are much more than just a group of kids sitting around a fire and singing and telling ghost’s stories. The camps inspire kids to dig deep into God’s Word. Pine Cove has camps for youth, young kids, adults and families. For kids and youth Pine Cove inspires to kids to focus on God and His will in there life. They will enjoy the adventures and excitement everyday. For family and the adult camps, Pine Cove tries to make an environment to allow a great away from your everyday life. Families will be able to reconnect and build stronger relationships.
Pine Cove is founded on the scripture verse, Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” Pine Cove sends out groups of youth and adults every year to different places around the world to spread the Word of God. These trips are called “One:8 Trips” and last about one to two weeks during the spring and summer breaks. Many more trips are available for summer and year-round staff.
There is always a need for summer staff. They offer positions as musicians, counselors, lifeguards and so much more. Other positions are available through the year, in the kitchen, and serving meals during conferences and retreats, and much more.
Pine Cove puts on many conferences. Some of the conferences that are put on are Scrapbooking, “dads and dudes” (dads and sons in grades K-6), father/son (junior high boys and their dads), mother daughter retreats, Men’s conferences, women’s conferences, and conferences for each holiday; “New Years Family” and “Valentines Couples”/ “Romance Me”. Each conference has a special speaker, either a known speaker or a member of the Pine Cove staff. Check out their website for times and information on retreats and speakers.
There are four different retreat centers in the Tyler area. They are great places to get away from the chaos and busyness of everyday life. The four center, Towers, Ranch, Timbers, and shores, all have newly built bunk bed cabins. If you enjoy the relaxing sunset over the lake or the excitement of zip lines and adventure, each facility has what you need according to the ages and size of your group.
Pine Cove offers an outdoor education programs. These programs are opened for group events and school field trips. Also allow your students corporate in the “Team Building” activities. Let your junior high and high school students enjoy the zip lines, high rope elements and much more.
Come make memories that you and your family will not soon forget. Build up old relationships and make new ones. And most importantly learn more together about the great love of the Lord through camps and fellowship.