Hey there! It’s been a while! Our family just returned from a week one of our favorite places on earth…Pine Cove Family Camp, so I took a small break from blogging.
Pine Cove Family Camp
July 27, 2012 · by ·
Family Camp. I love just saying the words. I only wish you and I could talk face to face about this amazing place called Pine Cove…
Many of you are new to the blog and may have questions when you hear the words “Family Camp.” Here are a few questions we’ve gotten over the years…
“Is there air conditioning? Where do you sleep? What do you eat? Isn’t it hot? You are vacationing…in Tyler, Texas? You leave your kids with strangers all day? It’s so expensive! Your kids prefer family camp over Disney?”
I routinely tell people that I am convinced that Family Camp was created for tired mamas. It truly is a vacation like no other, in that, I do not cook, clean, entertain children, or lift a finger. We do not unload (or load) our luggage, cut kids’ meat or fill a sippy cup at the table, take kids to the bathroom during dinner, or ever hear the words “what are we going to do today?” All because of these amazing people…
So, here is a little about Pine Cove in answer to the above questions…
We eat delicious food that we did not think about, shop for, or prepare. Bliss. Three meals a day, plus freshly-baked cookies and snacks every night. I get depressed when arriving home to an empty fridge and hungry people.
Speaking of Pine Cove food…later this week I’ll share the recipe for this bacon served exclusively at the “Trailride Breakfast.” It will change your life.
Isn’t it hot at Pine Cove? Yes. But it’s just as hot in Little Rock, and I’d rather be hot at Pine Cove. And you can tuck away into the AC any ole’ time you please.
You’d never know you are in Tyler, Texas. The Woods Family Camp is an oasis where you leave the chaos of daily life behind. If you feel deprived without Starbucks, there is one not too far:)
Photo Courtesy Isabel Goodman
We leave our kids with counselors who are the most amazing, precious, college students around, many of whom we see year after year. We feel completely safe entrusting the care of our children to them during the day. Pine Cove’s counselor interview process and safety measures are stringent, and they recruit the best of the best.
Yes, it is a significant financial investment, but the return on our investment has been greater than I can sufficiently describe.
Practically speaking, the cost is congruent with what we receive. Three kids go to summer camp…nearly six hours a day with counselors, a group of peers, and age-appropriate activities. (For us to send three kids to a week of kid camp of equal quality costs the same as a week at Pine Cove as a family of five). Three meals a day and unparalleled service. A mini-marriage conference or Christian retreat for the adults. Plenty of free time to spend as a couple, a family, and with new and old friends we’ve had the privilege of meeting at Pine Cove Week 7 each year!
10 times out of 10, my children, if given the choice, will choose Pine Cove over Disney. So will their mama. Don’t throw eggs at me if you love Disney;)
Stay tuned for more on our week at Pine Cove! In the meantime, click HERE to read about our time there last summer.