Summer Camp 2019
We’re Camp Ocean Pines on the central coast of California and we love awkward kids. We also love hyper kids and shy kids. We love creative kids and athletic kids - kids who ask too many questions and kids who are nervous about being away from home. We love the messy kids, the movie quoting kids, the kids who would rather be wearing a cape, and of course the kids who always want to be outside.
Summer Camp with a purpose
At Camp Ocean Pines we believe that Summer Camp can be more than just a vacation. We've designed a new kind of program that still feels like the traditional camp experience of an American summer. Our summer program is technology free and based on 3 main goals for every camper:
- Connect: Growing up is challenging and so is making friends and learning how to navigate the social world. Camp Ocean Pines provides a safe and inclusive environment where campers can learn how to make new friends and how to be a part of a group. Our staff are highly trained in helping kids work through social challenges and we create a culture where every single child is accepted, included, and able to grow in social confidence.
- Explore: The only way a new generation will care about nature and the environment is if they experience it in a fun and positive way. In short, we aim to show kids how cool nature can be! Whether it's kayaking in morro bay, meeting our raptors up close, or just sitting under the stars, we give kids the nature experience that last a lifetime.
- Grow: Our daily activities and trips are all intentionally designed to help kids feel challenged and ultimately to experience success. We praise campers for their process - for their hard work and effort - and they leave with confidence and a greater sense of self. We believe that confidence is built from within and we strive to give the opportunities for that during every day of camp.
Rates and Dates 2019
All Summer Camps are ages 7-15
*Combo sessions are priced less than individual sessions
If your camper's age/gender group is listed as "Waitlist" please contact camp to find out about availability - firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-927-0254
What's happening at camp?
As a few of you know, this was my first summer at Camp Ocean Pines. I have been working in the camping industry since 2010 and this summer was one for the books, it was sooooo much fun! I felt that I was a part of the Camp Ocean Pines family from the first day. I am filled with so much happiness and gratitude when I reflect on this summer. As I wrap up Summer 2018, I want to give some ‘thank you’s’ to a few groups of people that made this summer amazing….
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
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.
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.
This year I am fifteen, and I chose to be both a camper and a counselor-in-training at Camp Ocean Pines. I have been going to camp for nine years, so I was a little worried about the transition, but it couldn’t have gone smoother. This is what it’s like.
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.
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.
We believe deeply in creating a completely accepting environment, and that every single kid who comes to our camp is unique and awesome in their own way. We teach our staff about the difference between tolerance and acceptance, and we work hard to make our camp a place where we all learn about each other and from each other.
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.
Hey I’m Crash! I’m am international counselor from Manchester (UK). I’m a loud, positive and flexible fella who loves kids. Working as the male floater this summer has allowed me to work with all the boys of every age group, and I have loved it!