Camp food. Stereotypically programmed to be subpar throughout summer camps everywhere. Luckily Pine Cove has shut down that stereotype by serving delicious food all week long! Mini corndogs, pizza sticks, and steamy, morning oatmeal has never tasted better, and I mean NEVER! In order to give you a better idea of how your kids are getting all the food they need, we thought you’d like to meet Outback’s Work Crew Director for 2016.

This is West Tide Story’s fourth summer to be at the Outback. He has served as a counselor and senior counselor in previous summers and now as the Work Crew Director, which gives him a uniquely comprehensive understanding of camp. His role this summer includes making sure quality food gets to every camper when it is supposed to, holding the kitchen accountable to all current health code standards, overseeing other projects around camp, and leading and directing non-counselor staff throughout the summer.  So, you know, just a few things on his daily to-do list.

We asked West Tide a few questions in order to get to know him and better understand his heart behind being here this summer. First and most importantly: his favorite food served during the week is a tie between breakfast tacos and mini corndogs. Something he is excited about for the summer is getting to pour into college staff members while serving campers in a different way than he’s done in previous summers. One thing West Tide has learned about God in this new role is His constancy. God is the only thing in the universe that doesn’t change. How comforting it is to know that no matter how crazy life is or what we go through, God is in control and He is never caught off guard or flustered. West Tide has already gotten to see this in the kitchen during the first week of camp and it has challenged him to be more like Christ as he leads and serves at camp. What a cool reminder of the God we serve!

Finally, we had to ask for a funny story from the kitchen. West Tide told me about a time when a staffer was trying to transport a very tall stack of bowls from one side of the kitchen to the other. Unfortunately he bit off a little more than he could chew (no pun intended) and the bowls went everywhere. Everyone who saw it happened immediately thought of the scene from Cinderella where Gus Gus makes a similar mistake…


West Tide has helped to create an environment where staff can find joy and fellowship even when things don’t go according to plan.  He is a valuable addition to the Outback 2016 family and you can rest easy tonight knowing your child has been well fed and served with the joy that we get from knowing Jesus!