A Day in the Life at Camp Pacific

Surfing at Camp PacificCamp Pacific is celebrating its 75th Anniversary as ANA Summer Programs’ original summer camp!! Our prime location right on Carlsbad Beach gives our campers a true Southern California experience.

Take a closer look at a typical day in our camp and you can see that it’s action-packed and full of great activities!

A Day in the Life

7:00 amWake-up:  Campers are awakened by a bugle sounded out throughout the campus. Counselors round-up their campers and head over to the Gymnasium steps. Daily news is often read, camp notifications are given, and each cabin group heads off to the Mess Hall for breakfast.

7:30 am – Breakfast: Every single morning, campers are offered choices of a hot/cold breakfast, cereals, fruits, toast, bagels, fresh juice, and iced drinks. Campers sit in their groups, socialize, discuss the day ahead, and generally finish breakfast feeling replenished and ready for a fun day!

8:30 am – Morning Activity #1:  Campers meet at their allocated spots and prepare for their chosen activity. As California weather is usually pleasingly consistent, activities can be done outdoors almost all of the time! Activities include surfing, arts and crafts, soccer, basketball, performing arts, computer web design, photography, robotics, movie creation…the list is literally limitless.

10:00 am – Morning Activity #2:  Campers now head to their second activity, where counselors are already prepped and ready to go. It is common for campers to mix up their activities in the morning; for example, soccer for the first activity, then something ‘artsy’ for their second activity. This means they get both exercise, followed by something more intricate, and also they get to socialize with other campers a lot more.

11:30am – Clean-Up:  After activities, campers return to their rooms to clean-up, perhaps get changed, give their room a quick tidy and then prepare for lunch. This is also a very popular time for counselors to get their cabin group together and discuss everybody’s morning and generally have some quiet time as a group. If campers still want to play, then sure – play on!

11:45 am – Announcements:  The gymnasium steps are once again used for announcements and general camp information, although these announcements are usually drowned out by the sound of hungry stomachs! Lunch time!

12:00 pm – Lunch:   Once again a variety of foods are available. Counselors enforce the ‘one soda, one water’ rule during all meal periods. We always keep on top of camper hydration, especially as the weather is warm and campers have been running around all morning.

12:30 pm – Afternoon Activity #1: Once again, an almost limitless choice of activities are offered to campers of all ages. The beach is a popular choice, so arts and crafts materials are transported down to our beach tables.  Sports equipment is available, and of course our surf boards are out and ready to be used!

1:30 pm – Afternoon Activity #2:  Campers move to their next choice. As mentioned, water intake is always of high importance, so counselors make sure campers make use of the water fountains and the water coolers.

2:30 pmCamp Intramurals:  Campers will be organized into small teams and will compete in different events from sports to trivia and talent shows.  Points will be awarded for each group in competition for the “Warrior Cup” which will be presented to the winning group at the end of camp.

4:00 pm – Free Time:  This is an opportunity for campers to kick back and relax, play sports, listen to music, or generally socialize and have fun with each other. Counselors are situated at specific sports on campus, giving blanket supervision. This is a perfect chance for campers to perhaps speak to others whom they haven’t shared morning activity time with.  And it isn’t uncommon to see the older campers playing sports with the youngest of our campers. Free time really is ‘camper’s time’.

5:30 pm – Dinner:  As with all meal times, both hot and cold options are offered, fruits, vegetables, etc.  Yet another chance for campers to discuss their day with others, talk about what they liked, what they are doing tomorrow and so on.

6:30 pm – Cabin Activity: This time is for each cabin group to participate in an activity designed to bring the group together. Counselors either let their group chose the activity, or they already have one planned, which is specifically designed and set out to achieve a goal once completed. This time is also used to discuss any group related issues, and a real chance for campers to let their counselors know how they are doing and what they are excited about.

7:20 pm – Evening Activity:  Whether it is ‘movie night’, capture the flag, soccer, dodge ball or sitting around one of our superb camp fires while playing the guitar, the evening activities are always excellent!  Two of our counselors have been playing music together for years, so they are usually the ‘go-to’ guys for specific song requests! Nothing is too bizarre! Having the sunset on view at almost every evening activity is just a bonus to being at Camp Pacific.

8:45 pm – Cabin Time:  Our cabin time is essential to both staff and campers. This time, just before lights out, is where the cabin gets together and discusses their day, talk about their favorite activity, and generally interacts on a nice chilled, mellow level with each other. This time of reflection is valuable, as it allows campers a chance to be heard, no matter what. Once everyone is on the verge of sleep, counselors supervise their group getting ready for bed, brushing teeth, filling water bottles etc.

10:00 pm – Lights Out: The bugle sounds once again, meaning campers must turn off their lights and get some much-needed rest. After a long energetic day, campers are usually asleep before their head hits the pillow! The Operations Staff is on duty 24/7, so they keep an eye on the entire campus throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning. One day at camp complete! Bring on the next one!

Daily access to the campus library and computer lab, with internet access, provides students with additional study time and resources in a structured educational environment.