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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A Story of a Shy Camper

A Story of a Shy Camper

Camp played an  instrumental part of her being able to open up and make friends.  I know that camp has had an impact on many kids at camp.  I’ve seen the shyest of kids blossom at camp.  Camp is the place where the shy, awkward, and the over obsessed with caterpillars kid get to be accepted.  Camp is the place where campers, counselors, and staff meet kids where they are at, and help them connect to our Camp Ocean Pines family.

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Grow: Because the greatest lessons in life aren’t learned in a classroom

Grow: Because the greatest lessons in life aren’t learned in a classroom

Think about the most important thing you’ve ever learned. Seriously, stop for a moment, and think about something you’ve learned that has truly affected your life. Whatever your particular lesson might be, I can almost guarantee one thing - you didn’t learn it in school.   You learned it in a social setting, or out in nature, maybe on a road trip or some fun adventure, because the most important lessons are the ones we learn while simply living our lives. Life lessons, as they are often called, are the lessons that most deeply help us grow.

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Explore. Learning to be courageous and trying new things.

Explore.  Learning to be courageous and trying new things.

Camp Ocean Pines is a magical place where kids are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and try new and exciting things.  Everything we do is “challenge by choice”, so campers only try the activities that they want to.  You’d be surprised by how many activities they end up wanting to try by the end of the week!  Without further ado, here is a list of the top 10 things to explore at Camp Ocean Pines.

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