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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10 things that camp has taught me… that I use every day!

10 things that camp has taught me… that I use every day!

Camp is all about trying new things. At camp I was inspired to try tons of new activities for the very first time! This past summer I learned so much about myself just by stepping outside my comfort zone and doing something that I had never done before. Sometimes I found that I had a skill I never even knew about and sometimes I wasn’t so great at that new skill. But this taught me something too…

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Teen Trips!

Teen Trips!

When I made the decision to work at Camp Ocean Pines year-round as the Assistant Outdoor Education Director, I was a little worried that my time of going on adventures had passed but then I was given the opportunity to co-lead (with Kat, a.k.a. “Coral”) the summer Teen Adventure Trips. Now I get to explore my new backyard on the Great California Road Trip and the Santa Cruz Island Camping Trip, and immerse myself in the beauty and culture of Hawaii on the Hawaiian Adventure Trip.

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