What are the sleeping arrangements at The Coastal Institute?
Our site at Camp Ocean Pines can accommodate up to 100 guests at one time. We have ten straw-bale construction cabins named for different scientists, artists, and environmentalists and painted with beautiful murals. Each cabin sleeps ten people, is equipped with a heater, and includes both an indoor bathroom and indoor shower. Your child will be sleeping in one of these cabins with at least one volunteer parent chaperone and up to nine other students.
Do you provide linens?
We do not provide linens. Each student will need to bring a pillow and sleeping bag.
What type of meals are provided?
Our chef plans out balanced and nutritious kid-friendly meals with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Guests consistently rave about our food. Just check out our Yelp reviews!
Do you serve vegetarian or vegan options?
We ask that teachers notify us of any vegetarians in your group at least two weeks prior to the start of your program, which allows the kitchen to plan out vegetarian options for these individuals. If your child is a vegetarian, please be sure to let their teacher know. We are not able to accommodate vegan diets but encourage vegans to bring their own supplemental food. (If your child is enrolled in one of our special science camps and is not coming to camp with a teacher, the program director will email you regarding dietary allergies and needs.)
Are you able to accommodate my child's food allergies?
We are happy to accommodate medical food allergies as long as we are notified at least two weeks in advance. Please pass this information on to your child's teacher so that they can compile them and send them to the program director. (If your child is enrolled in one of our special science camps and is not coming to camp with a teacher, the program director will email you regarding dietary allergies and needs.)
Do you have a nurse onsite?
We do not employ a nurse onsite during the school year. The school is responsible for medical care during your child's stay at camp. All of our staff members are First Aid/CPR certified and camp is kept fully stocked with general first aid equipment (band-aids, alcohol wipes, anti-bacterial ointment, gauze, etc.) We are happy to provide first-aid for general cuts, scrapes, and bruises but any medical treatment beyond that, including the handing out of prescription and over-the-counter medications, is the responsibility of the school.
Can my child bring a cell phone to camp to call/text me?
Students are expected to leave their cell phones at home. If there is an emergency of any kind while your child is at camp, his/her teacher will notify you.
What is the weather like at The Coastal Institute?
Weather in Cambria can be very unpredictable. Some days are chilly and foggy, some are warm and sunny, and often we get both of those in one day! Temperatures also drop into the 50s at night, so students should be prepared with clothes for warm weather, cold weather, rain, and everything in between.
What should my child bring to camp?
Your child's teacher will provide a packing list along with all other forms and information. (If your child is enrolled in one of our special science camps and is not coming to camp with a teacher, the program director will email you a packing list.)
Where can I read testimonials about The Coastal Institute/Camp Ocean Pines?
Do you have questions about our outdoor education/science camp program that weren’t answered here? Email the program director, Kat Montgomery, at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 805-924-4015. We’re here to help!