I love working with kids! By Junior Counselor: Calamity

I love working with kids!  By Junior Counselor: Calamity

Camp Ocean Pines (C.O.P.) has three very esteemed goals: Connect, Grow, and Explore. These three words go far beneath the initial implications of simply “meeting new friends,” “learning a new activity” or “taking a walk in nature.” They are lessons and opportunities. Lessons for life and facing the challenges presented by future endeavors, and perhaps most importantly, opportunity to discover one’s true, uninhibited self. These ambitions are more than achiev

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Chancellor's time at Camp Ocean Pines.

Chancellor's time at Camp Ocean Pines.

I first arrived at Camp Ocean Pines late in the afternoon, having spent the last two days in 3 different flights and 5 different airports. I was 9 hours behind time zones, I had never met any of the people I knew I would be working with for almost 2 months asides from short skype conversations, and I had the vague feeling that I’d left something important behind at home. I was out of my comfort zone. But, the second I got a bit of time to myself to get everything in order, having finished the introductions and tour that all shot by in a hazy blur, I began to get comfortable. Looking out at the sun setting over the ocean, with the forest all around us and the clouds slowly drifting by, the reality of the situation hit. I was in an absolutely incredible place, working a job that I was so excited to get started. This was the moment of something that I had spent so long working for and worrying about being recognised. And there really wasn’t anything that could take away from that feeling.

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Growing from a Camper to a CIT. Sky!!!

Growing from a Camper to a CIT. Sky!!!

Camp Ocean Pines is more than just a camp. It is a family. Whether it is a child’s first year or their seventh year at camp, they instantly feel invited into the family.

In my first session at camp, I was 15 years old. I came to camp feeling nervous that I would be left out because everyone already knew each other. By the second day, those fears disappeared. I not only  made friends with everyone in my cabin, but with campers from other cabins. Even though it was my first year at camp, I felt included.

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Great Experience. By Counselor in Training: Maui

Great Experience.  By Counselor in Training: Maui

2017 was my last year of being a camper and my first year of taking up the responsibilities of a CIT(Counselor In Training). But this blog isn’t about my time as a CIT; it’s about the main reason I keep coming back to camp, other than the great time, the counselors, the food, and the activities. The main reason I come back to camp is to see my best friends, Jellyfish (Elena), Malicai, and Linda. Malicai and Linda aged out and weren’t able to join us this year, which saddened me and Jellyfish. We still had a great time at camp, though. I met and made friends with this group 5 years ago during arts and crafts. We were making salt crystal designs. Malicai was right next to me so we started talking. During that same activity, I met Linda and Jellyfish. We became quick friends and it’s lasted ever since.

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Junior Counselor: TAFFY!!

Junior Counselor: TAFFY!!

The summer before my first year of high school, I realized that I had never gone to a summer sleep-away camp. I asked my mom if I could still go and we researched away and got the help of a company that aids people in finding a summer camp perfect for the child’s needs and interests. Camp Ocean Pines came into my radar of search and I held interest the second I read the name. Being from Las Vegas, Nevada, I wanted a camp near the ocean for sure. The woman helping me in my search said I might not enjoy this particular camp because everyone going has already been going for several years and are like a close nit family. I decided I didn’t care about that and went anyway.

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Jabberwakky: Growing up as a camper, now a counselor!

Jabberwakky:  Growing up as a camper, now a counselor!

They say seven is the luckiest number and I would agree. Not only is seven the age when you can first come to camp, seven is the number of years that I have had the privilege to attend camp ocean pines. From camper to teen leadership to counselor, every year has been new, exciting and different from the last. In all seven years there has rarely been dull moment. The reason why is simple: camp is not stagnant. The staff change. The food changes. The activities change. So even when at the end of your session and feel as though you know the whole camp like the back of your hand, the next year the whole camp changes with whimsical, wonderful and "wakky" surprises.

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My First Summer as a Counselor in Training. Juno!!

My First Summer as a Counselor in Training.  Juno!!

I can still remember the smell of the ocean when I first stepped out of the car on my first day at camp. The air was chilly, and as  I reached back into my car to grab a sweater I didn’t think I would need. It was a camp by the ocean, after all, it should be hot, right? I was wrong. Camp Ocean Pines is unique in that way. One of the many, many, many ways this camp is special; to me and to everyone involved.

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