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Choice Camps Recommendation of Camp Ocean Pines

Camp Ocean Pines is an ocean-based summer camp located on the banks of the Pacific Ocean in Cambria, California. With only 60 campers per session, the camp provides an intimate, nature-based program where children learn about their environment and leave no trace camping principles. For kids looking to connect with nature in a laid-back traditional summer camp atmosphere, Camp Ocean Pines may be the perfect fit.

Program Description

Camp Ocean Pines offers a flexible schedule that gives each camper a daily choice of several activities. Based around an ocean adventures theme where kids connect to nature, the ocean, and the arts, campers enjoy a well-rounded mix of activities.

The off-site trips program is very popular at Ocean Pines. During trip weeks campers stay in tents learning leave no trace principles. They will have fun hiking, swimming and other unique activities that differ from a week on-site. Trip destinations include Morro Bay State Park, Big Sur, and Yosemite.

Staff Overview

The Ocean Pines staff offers campers friendship, guidance, and instruction based on their field of expertise.

The staff includes lifeguards, snorkel instructors, and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Setting & Accommodations

Campers bunk in new cabins made with straw-bale construction. The cabins are located in a beautiful forested site overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Each cabin has a bathroom with shower inside and sleeps 8 campers and 2 counselors. Excellent meals are served in the historic ocean-view dining lodge

Meals feature a great variety of kid-friendly food. In addition to the main entre, additional sandwiches, fruit, chips, and juice are available.

Safety Standards

Most Camp Ocean Pines staff members are lifeguards and many are lifeguard trainers. There is always at least one counselor to every four kids at the waterfront. Camp Ocean Pines is accredited by the American Camp Association and meets more than 300 safety standards set forth by the organization.

Camp Ocean Pines Session Dates

Session Name Dates Ages Tuition Get Info
Week 1: Traditional Camp 6/20/14 - 6/25/14 8 - 15 $825 Request Info
Week 2: Big Sur Campout 6/28/14 - 7/3/14 8 - 15 $825 Request Info
Week 3: Traditional Camp 6/27/14 - 7/2/14 8 - 15 $825 Request Info
Week 4: Morrow Bay Campout 7/4/14 - 7/9/14 8 - 15 $825 Request Info
Week 5: Traditional Camp 7/11/14 - 7/16/14 8 - 15 $825 Request Info
Week 6: Yosemite Camput 7/18/14 - 7/23/14 8 - 15 $825 Request Info
Week 7: Family Camp 7/25/14 - 7/30/14 8 - 15 $825 Request Info

Camp Ocean Pines Overview

Program Overview

  • Type: Traditional, Academic, Sports
  • Specialty: Environmental Science, Surfing, Swimming and Diving
  • Religious Affiliation: none
  • Camp Gender: Co-ed
  • Campers per Session: 50
  • Camper-to-Counselor Ratio: 4:1

On-Site Activities

  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water Sports
  • Windsurfing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Camping Skills
  • Canoeing
  • Drama/Performing Arts
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Nature/Environmental Studies
  • Rafting

Off-Site Activities and Trips

  • Morro Bay National Estuary
  • Tide pooling in Cambria
  • Body boarding in Cayucos
  • Swimming at San Simeon Cove
  • Jade hunting and hiking
  • Hiking to the Elephant Seals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paso Robles Water Park
  • Hiking at Piedras Blancas

On-Site Facilities

Program Accreditations & Affiliations

  • American Camp Association (ACA)

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