As I stare at the vast blue Pacific Ocean that stretches out in front of me I reflect on the many seasons that have come and gone during my stint at Camp Ocean Pines. Summers come and go just like campers. Friendships and memories are kindled like campfires that burn into the night. Being the Facility Manager, I usually don’t spend a lot of quality time with our guests, however, I do have the pleasure of meeting many interesting people that grace our campus.
From Summer Camp Counselors and Naturalists to seasonal kitchen help and volunteers to group leaders and campers, I have been able to make a lot of friends here. People come to camp and think we have it “made” because we work here….and guess what, we do! I often say that my toughest day here could very well be someone’s easiest day elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, we work hard. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to promote such a wonderful place, but at the end of the day, I get to be right where I want to be, on the coast, in the pines looking out over the ocean.
That’s just it. Everyone that works here or comes to stay here does so for the very same core reasons and so we all share a common bond. We love the coast, we love nature and we love people. Some days we will see a family of whales breaching and spouting off the coast. Some days we see Bald Eagles soaring over the Monterrey Pines. Some days we see fog creep through the trees and drip down through the canopy onto the forest floor. Camp Ocean Pines is truly a magical place that captures your soul and begs you to return. I am one of the lucky ones. I get to return here daily.
So, when you come to camp and get settled in, you might see me working behind the scenes on a new project, rebuilding a worn out piece of camp or even repairing something that has broken, come over and say hi, I am never too busy to meet new friend.
Dan “Bobcat” Waters