8 Years Later... Lucky is a Junior Counselor!

8 Years Later... Lucky is a Junior Counselor!

It feels like yesterday when I first arrived at Camp Ocean Pines when an open house was held for the camp.  The camp wasn’t very big at the time, and they wanted to let people know about the great fun kids can have here.  I remember going on a tour of the entire camp, and I was given a choice of what week I wanted to attend in the summer.  Being the outgoing child I was, I didn’t sign up for one week, but for FOUR weeks!  My mom told me that once we got back into the car to go home, I said “I want to be a counselor one day here!”

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Hershey's Experience as a CIT!

Hershey's Experience as a CIT!

Camp Ocean Pines means family. The main reason I continue to return every year is because when I do, I feel like I am home. When I first discovered Camp Ocean Pines I was living in Carmel, California. My family was on sabbatical from State College, Pennsylvania after initially moving there from Davis, California. I had missed the state where I had lived for 12 years and so I wanted to do a camp that was unique to the area, and to California. I saw the website, and the smiles on the kids faces, and immediately, I was hooked. That summer we drove down Highway 1 to the small town of Cambria.

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Counselor in Training: Bugsy!

Counselor in Training: Bugsy!

When I was 8 years old, I was riding in the car with my mom and brother. She was telling him about this really cool camp she had read about online. As I listened, I became increasingly more fascinated with this camp, so I asked if I could go too. I had always been interested in archery, and throwing tomahawks sounded pretty cool too. That week was so much better than I ever could have imagined. I met so many new friends and tried so many things that I never thought I'd do. It's difficult to explain how time seems to pass so slowly, but too fast at the same time. The days were so busy and exciting, they seemed to last a week on their own, but then the session was over way too soon, and the next thing you know, it's time to go home.

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Found the real me at camp. Blog by Junior Counselor: Noah Galpert (Squirrel)

Found the real me at camp.  Blog by Junior Counselor: Noah Galpert (Squirrel)

In 2010,  ten-year-old me took my first of seven forty-two minute trips to Camp Ocean Pines from San Luis Obispo. My first year, I was signed up for two weeks, but only ended up going for one because I was so nervous, that the first week I was to go to camp, I had a terrible stomach ache and would not go. Then the next week, when I finally arrived at camp, I realized that it was dumb to have been nervous about coming to camp, and had missed out on a fantastic week. In my first week of being there, what would have been my second, I met some awesome people who made me have a great experience.

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Nala’s experience as a camp counselor!

Nala’s experience as a camp counselor!

Throughout the seven weeks of summer, I am lucky enough to be working with hundreds of children and young adults from a variety of different backgrounds.  Some of these kids have been to Ocean Pines before and some are newcomers and are experiencing a totally new environment.  So with this in mind it is my number one goal to connect with every camper and find a passion or interest of theirs to ensure that they are comfortable.

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My Camp Experience  By Ainsley Lonsbrough

My Camp Experience  By Ainsley Lonsbrough

Growing up in San Luis Obispo is a very lovely experience.  All the community projects, the downtown area, it’s all a teen could ask for.  But as we all know, moving into middle school and high-school can usually be a bit rough.  I went in with a positive attitude though!    That next fall, as I just changed schools, my mom had stumbled upon this summer program called Camp Ocean Pines.  I saw kids laughing and singing and being silly.  I had just wanted to jump in and join them!

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