Camp dates for 2019 are June 16–21 · June 23–28 · June 30–July 5 · July 7–12 · July 14–19.
Online registration will be available in the spring of 2019.
Dates and prices are subject to change.

Camp o' the Pines

FAQs

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Activities

What activities can my child participate in?

Camp o’ the Pines offers zip lines, swimming, water slides, archery, marksmanship, Ping-Pong, shuffleboard, tetherball, canoeing, paddleboats, fishing*, kickball, sand volleyball, and more.

*Fishing poles and other necessary equipment are provided at camp.

How many lifeguards are at the pool?

Two lifeguards and two cabin leaders are on duty at the pool at all times, including an additional lifeguard and cabin leader at the water slides. The pool area is kept locked any time lifeguards are not on site.

How are swim tests performed?

On Sunday evening and Monday morning, the aquatic instructor covers pool procedures and then conducts a swim test the width of the pool (required for all campers). Four swimmers test at a time with all three lifeguards present.

What is a typical day like at Camp o’ the Pines?

Each day’s schedule includes flag raising, breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning/evening chapel, and Surprise Hour.

The campers also swim/water slide each morning and afternoon, as well as enjoy a night swim time at least once during the week. Other daily activities are crafts, archery, marksmanship, fishing, and canoeing/paddleboats.

On an alternating basis, campers have time in the Game Zone, which includes ping-pong and shuffleboard. At the Sport Court, older campers enjoy basketball and jumping rope. Campers play kickball on certain days, and the sand volleyball court hosts daytime and evening matches. Campers also get to ride the zip lines on alternating days.

Most daily activities are thirty minutes, except for swimming times, which are longer.

What do the campers do if it is raining?

If there is no lightning in the area, the rain is light, and safety is not a concern, activities continue as normal. If there is lightning in the area, organized activities will take place indoors until the weather permits outdoor activities to begin again.

Arrival/Departure

Transportation

How do we get transportation to Camp o’ the Pines?

Children can be brought to one of four bus locations to be taken to camp. Those locations are in Pensacola, Milton, Ft. Walton Beach, and Panama City. Pick-up times and locations will be given on your confirmation. Please note that to reserve bus transportation, full payment, including spending money, must be received. (Bus seating is limited.) If you will be bringing your child by car, click here for directions.

Is there another adult on the bus watching children, besides the bus driver?

Yes, each bus driver has an assistant who helps watch campers.

Arrival

Can my child come to camp with someone other than the parents?

Yes, but the camper should have all camp fees, spending money, and supplies so as not to create a problem for the family bringing the child to camp. Prepaying all fees and spending money will help with this.

Departure

Can my child ride home with someone other than the parents?

Yes, as long as the parent contacts us no later than noon on Friday of the week the camper is attending and let us know with whom the child will be riding home on Friday afternoon, their relationship to the camper, and the best phone number to contact them.

Contact

Can I mail a letter or send a package to my child while at Camp?

Yes, you can send letters or packages to your child for free by taking them to Pensacola Christian Academy before 10 a.m. each day (no postage required), and they will be delivered to the campers during Siesta Time in the Rec Room. You can also mail letters or packages with postage to:

Postal Service
Camp o’ the Pines
Attn. Camper’s Name
P.O. Box 18500
Pensacola, FL 32523-8500

UPS, FedEx, etc.
Camp o’ the Pines
Attn. Camper’s Name
10 Brent Lane
Pensacola, FL 32503

We recommend that all mailed letters and packages be sent the week before camp starts; otherwise mail may not arrive in time for your child to receive it during the camp week. This is especially important during the July 4th week of camp since the holiday will cause mail and package delivery to be off by one day.

Am I able to send a bouquet of flowers or an edible arrangement to my campers?

Due to environmental allergies, flowers or edible arrangements may not be sent to camp.

Can my child mail a letter to me from Camp?

Yes, though we recommend sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your child. Otherwise, your child can purchase stamps at the Camp Store.

Can my child call me while he is at camp?

There has not been a phone available for campers’ use since the beginning of camp many years ago. Campers at this age tend to get homesick after talking with parents, and then the parents have to come get their children. Usually by the time the parents arrive, the children are busy and having a good time. In case of an emergency, the camp director has a phone available.

Can I visit my child during camp?

You may check in with the camp director at the Rec Room office to leave something for your child. However, we encourage parents not to visit their child during the week. Overnight camp is a unique environment where children experience a week away from home and their parents—sometimes for the first time. If you visit, you may make your child homesick. If this does happen, your child can go home with you, but you won’t be refunded for your child’s week of camp—plus they’ll miss out on the rest of the week’s fun.

Facilities

Cabins

Can my child request to share a cabin with a friend?
Yes, he may request a cabin mate who is the same age or one year difference, since cabins are assigned by age group. Both children must request each other on the space provided on their sign-up form. Only one cabin mate request per camper will be honored.

How many children are in each cabin?
The maximum limit per cabin is eighteen.

Can I see the camp before registering my child?

Sunday check-in is the only time to preview the camp. We recommend you visit during check-in of the first week, and then register your child for one of the later weeks of camp.

General

Can my child attend multiple weeks of Camp?

Yes, your child can attend multiple weeks. However, since he cannot stay over the weekend, someone should pick him/her up at the end of the first week and drop him/her off at the beginning of the second week.

Do we have to live in the Pensacola area for our child to attend?

A parent, relative, or family friend must be within a three-hour’s drive of Pensacola during the entire week of camp.

How do I get my child’s lost item from Camp o’ the Pines?

Lost and found items are taken to Pensacola Christian Academy. You may stop by the front desk there to inquire about the lost item, or call the Academy at (850) 478-8496, ext. 5001, to make arrangements for having the item mailed to you.

What are the age requirements for my child to attend camp?

How YOUNG can my child be to attend camp?
Your child must be at least eight years old when he comes to camp. If your child turns eight on the Sunday check-in day for his desired week of camp, he may attend. If your child does not turn eight until the Monday of his desired week of camp, then he is too young to attend that week.

How OLD can my child be to attend camp?
Your child must be twelve years old or younger to attend camp. If he is twelve on the Sunday check-in day for his desired week of camp but turns thirteen later in the week, he may attend that particular week of camp.

What does my child need to bring?

You can check the complete list of what to bring. Once the sign-up process is complete, you will receive a confirmation letter that also includes a checklist of things to bring.

Enough Play Clothes
Since there are no laundry facilities at camp, children should bring enough clothing for the entire week.

Medicine
A Medical Release form needs to be completed by both you and your healthcare professional and submitted prior to camp. All routine or as-needed prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins/supplements, and essential oils brought to camp must be listed on this form.

Snacks
Snacks from home are permitted but must be in sealed packages/containers.

Spending Money
We recommend $20–$30, since campers can buy snacks, camp T-shirts, craft projects, and souvenir items. Instead of carrying cash, each camper will receive an electronic money card with his name on it on the first day of camp. Spending money can then be loaded onto the card to make purchases.

If you have prepaid for your child’s money card, the amount will already be on the card and ready to use. If you want to take advantage of express check-in or your child is riding the bus to camp, his money card and remaining camp balance must be paid in full by the Tuesday of the week before he is attending. Otherwise, you may pay the amount when dropping off your child, and the money will be added then.

Can I send food to camp to be shared with other campers (including birthday cakes, cookies, etc.)?

Due to food allergies, food may not be sent to camp to share with other campers.

What happens if my camper is placed on a waiting list?

Should an opening become available, we will contact the waiting list applicant prior to charging their card to verify they still want to attend camp (if bus transportation was chosen on registration, we will confirm availability at that time).

Medical

Is the Medical Release form required if my camper is bringing medication to camp?

Yes, the form is required for all campers bringing routine or as-needed prescription medication, over-the-counter (OTC) medication, vitamins/supplements, or essential oils.

Does my camper keep medications in the cabin?

No, the camper’s medication is kept in the nurse’s cabin. No medication will be kept in the cabins except for emergency epi-pens, inhalers, etc.

When does the Medical Release form need to be turned in?

The Medical Release form must be received in office prior to attending camp. Registrations will be finalized, payment processed, and a confirmation sent once the Medical Release form has been received and reviewed to determine if reasonable accommodation can be made for the camper.

How do I send my camper’s medication to camp?

Please have the camper’s medications in the original containers, place the containers in a clear, resealable bag with the camper’s name clearly noted, and hand the medication to the camp nurse, who will be stationed in the Rec Room during camp check-in.

Can my camper take his medications on the bus?

If your camper is registered to ride a bus, please have their medications in the original containers, place the containers in a clear, resealable bag with the camper’s name clearly noted, and hand the medication to the bus helper before your camper gets onto the bus.

Will my camper’s emergency Epi-pen or rescue inhaler be kept with him at all times?

Yes, emergency Epi-pens and rescue inhalers will be carried by the cabin leaders and are kept with the camper at all times.

My camper has to take food with their medication. Can I send yogurt or other refrigerated items with him?

Because there are not refrigerators in the cabins, we recommend sending non-refrigerated items with your camper (e.g. pudding) if they need to mix their medication with food before taking it.

My camper has medication that needs to be refrigerated. Where will it be kept?

The camp nurse has a small refrigerator specifically for storing medication that needs to remain cold.

My camper has to take medication or have a blood sugar check in the middle of the night or very early morning. Is the camp able to accommodate this need?

The camp nurse administers medication in The Skillet at each meal. Any other time the camper needs medication they must walk to the nurse’s cabin. The camp nurse is not able to administer medicine in the middle of the night or before campers head to The Skillet for breakfast.

How far is Camp o’ the Pines from the nearest hospital?

The camp facilities are approximately 45 minutes from the nearest hospital.

My camper has a medical condition but doesn’t take prescription meds over the summer. Do I still need to fill out a Medical Release form?

Yes, a Medical Release signed by a healthcare professional is required for a medical condition whether or not your camper is currently taking medication.

Is Camp o’ the Pines a nut/peanut-free camp?

Camp o’ the Pines is not a nut/peanut-free camp. Campers must know what foods they need to avoid and be able to read labels to know what they can and cannot eat.

Is Camp o’ the Pines a gluten-free camp?

Camp o’ the Pines is not a gluten-free camp. However, because hamburgers/hotdogs do not come preassembled, the meat does not typically touch the bread until the campers put the bun on it themselves.

Is Camp o’ the Pines a dye-free camp?

Camp o’ the Pines is not a dye-free camp.

Will I be contacted if my camper has to use his Epi-pen/inhaler or has an allergic reaction, etc.?

Yes, you will be contacted if there is any type of medical situation involving your camper.

What is done with medication that is left at camp?

If a camper’s medication is left at camp, it will be held for one week and then disposed of if not claimed. To check if your camper’s medication was left at camp, please call 850-479-6555.