The Pines Pandacast

Episode 14 - A New Year and Minimalism

An episode of The Pines Pandacast

By The Pines Catholic Camp
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Episode 24 - Welcome back Bridget!
Join Kenobi and Bridget "Froggy Fresh" Hanafin as they talk about her history with The Pines and her return as a full-time staff member. Then, they discuss the recent fire at the Notre Dame funeral and how God's hand can be seen even in a tragedy like that. Remember to send any prayer intentions you have to! Go trees!
April 16, 2019
Episode 23 - College Sports and Topgolf
Join Big Tuna, The Gipper, and Kenobi as we talk about some camp updates and our inaugural Topgolf tournament. Then, we touch on March Madness and learn about some of Rick's history as a college football coach as we discuss the many benefits that coaches and teams can have on a young person. Send us any prayer requests you have at Go Trees!
March 25, 2019
Episode 22 - Kickin' it with Cardio
Join Kenobi, Big Tuna, and special guest Matt "Cardio" Regitz as they talk about Alive Again as well as the experience of being part of summer camp both as a parent and as a speaker. Finally we talk about how we can reconcile our perception of unfairness with a continued trust in God.  Check us out on Facebook or YouTube to see the video version of this podcast!
January 28, 2019
Episode 21 - New Name for Swanson
Join us for the first podcast of 2018! Assistant Director Carla "Fergie" Swanson makes her Pandacast debut with Kenobi and Big Tuna as they talk about her time so far at The Pines, Alive Again, and more! If you have a topic suggestion, shoot us an email at!
January 15, 2018
Episode 20 - Advent and Superheroes
We had to get one more episode in before 2018! Join Kenobi and Big Tuna as they talk about Advent and how the longing for our Savior is represented in the popularity of superhero films. Is that a stretch? Listen in!
December 7, 2017
Episode 19 - Introducing Kyle "McCoy" Hatfield
We're back! And we're here with one of our new assistant directors Kyle "McCoy" Hatfield! Also, we discuss some first-hand experience volunteering down in Houston for Hurricane Harvey relief.
September 20, 2017
Episode 18 - Week 1 with Matt Lewis
Join Big Tuna, Kenobi, and our Week 1 special guest Matt "Snorlax" Lewis as they talk about the first week of Summer 2017. They also touch on Matt's experience at camp as well as a beautiful new song he wrote!
June 10, 2017
Episode 17 - Spring 2017 Mailbag
Big Tuna and Kenobi open up the mailbag from social media and answer your questions! Want to reach out? Send us an email at Go trees and God bless!
April 17, 2017
Episode 16 - Camp Updates and Lenten Thoughts
Join Kenobi and Big Tuna for a podcast with the BEST AUDIO QUALITY WE'VE EVER HAD! For camp, we talk about the plan for our new 2017 cabins and zip line, our weekly themes, and more! Then we dive into our thoughts on this Lenten season. Send us podcast thoughts or ideas at! As always, send your prayer requests to God bless!
March 23, 2017
Episode 15 - The Rise of Event Ministry
Join Kenobi, Big Tuna, and special guest Dave Moore (Beef Stew) as they discuss the rise of event-based ministry like Exalt and The 635! Is this the way of the future, and how does that affect Catholics in more rural areas? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Google Play, and send us any questions you have at!
February 6, 2017
Episode 14 - A New Year and Minimalism
We're back! Big Tuna and Kenobi briefly recap on the end of 2016, but then they delve into a discussion of a new documentary they just saw: Minimalism. Listen in as they discuss what they learned about a different kind of lifestyle that refocuses the importance of what is valued in the home! As always, send us any questions or suggestions at, and send us any prayer requests at
January 11, 2017
Episode 13 - Pours and S'mores 2016
Join Kenobi and Sweet Pea as they talk about the excitement of our upcoming Pours and S'mores event! Also, listen in as Sweet Pea take a crack at the ABC counselor game.  Questions? Suggestions?
October 19, 2016
Episode 12 - A Weekend With Adore
Join Tuna and Kenobi as they talk about their experience at the Encounter Houston retreat run by Adore Ministries, and how Adore's ministry blends so well with what we're trying to do at camp. Also, stay tuned long enough to check out our game segment at the end! Send us your thoughts at and we'll put your question on the next Pandacast! As always, send us your prayer requests at
October 5, 2016
August 2016 - What now?
Join Big Tuna and Kenobi as they return from summer camp and talk about events going on in Fall 2016! Be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play!
August 30, 2016
Episode 10 - Why Camp Ministry?
Join Big Tuna, Baja, and Kenobi as they talk about what The Pines has been up to in 2016 as well as their takes on why camp ministry is such a unique and special way of reaching out to young people. Thanks for bearing with the audio quality --- new mics are on their way! If you have any podcast suggestions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at God bless!
March 8, 2016
Episode 9 - Living a Missionary Life
Join Kenobi as he talks with Leap and Nard-Dog about their lives as Pines Missionaries!Got a topic you want us to talk about? Send us an email at!
January 4, 2016
Episode 8: How Big Tuna Became Big Tuna
In this episode, we touch on the construction of the gym and dining hall, talk a little about Alive Again, summer, and camper roundups, and to cap it off, Big Tuna talks about why he chose to come to camp, and what it was like during those first few years. Don't miss this one!
November 17, 2015
Episode 7: Visiting Philly, and what is Pours & S'mores?
Join Kenobi, Big Tuna, and our development director Krista "Sweet Pea" Fultz as we talk about our trip to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia as well as our new fall event, Pours and S'mores!For more information about Pours and S'mores, check out our website:
October 5, 2015
Episode 6 - Fall 2015 News & Events
Join Big Tuna & Kenobi as they recap Summer 2015, discuss our new(!!!) dining hall and activity center, as well as talk about our Fall 2015 events including North Texas Giving Day, Pours and S'mores, and Alive Again!We're looking to create a monthly podcast now --- if there's a topic you'd like to hear about, or if you'd just like a shoutout in our next podcast, shoot us an email at!
August 27, 2015
Episode 3: Summer Camp Pro-tips
Join Kenobi and Big Tuna as they return after a long podcast hiatus! In this episode, we talk about some useful planning tips for summer camp. If you have a podcast idea, shoot us an email at!
May 1, 2015
Episode 2: Enter Ennie Hickman
On today's episode, we sit down with dear friend and Teen Week special guest Ennie Hickman. Listen in as we talk about gaggles of children, fun times at camp, food, and what Ennie does those other 51 weeks of the yearCheck out Ennie on Instagram at @ennie4, and be sure to check out his company, Adore Ministries, as well at @adoreministries and want to hear from you! Shoot us an email at with any questions or topics you'd like us to talk about. Thanks again for listening!
March 3, 2015
Episode 1: Offseason Travelling and Choosing a Theme
Join us on our very first podcast! On this episode, John and Anthony talk about what the directors do to promote camp during the offseason, and then they discuss what goes into choosing a summer theme, including this summer's theme, Made to Thrive!We want to hear from you! Shoot us an email at with questions, suggestions, or any other feedback. May God bless you!
February 16, 2015
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