The resident camper's experience at Stevenson is truly special.
Because the camp runs for a full five weeks, the resident campers and the camp counselors become a close-knit "summer family." Resident campers are always a diverse group, traveling to Pebble Beach from overseas, out of state or just across town.
So what is resident camp life at Stevenson like?
Campers share a room with one or two other campers in the Stevenson dormitories. The dorms are divided by gender and age, have spacious common areas and also house the counselors. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are organized meals served by the Stevenson's own "Cafe Louie Louie." Meal times are a great opportunity for resident campers to get to know one another even better. While the resident campers share the same experience as the day campers from 9am to 4:30pm, the Evening and Weekend Activities make camp just that much more memorable for many resident campers.
After dinner, a resident camper can expect a different activity every evening. Many evenings consist of being on campus and enjoying some free time before participating in a group activity such as a scavenger hunt, watching a movie, or playing a game of the camp classic Capture the Flag. Other nights campers leave after dinner for an off-campus destination such as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Monterey Sports Center, or the Del Monte Roller Skating Rink. Evening activities give campers the opportunity to play, socialize and generally have fun with their peers and counselors.
Weekends are a time for resident campers to explore the wonderful natural areas that surround Pebble Beach. There are four weekends during the summer camp session. Two of the weekends are spent on campus and the camper's time is filled by visiting Monterey and the surrounding local area for day hikes, picnics, urban walks, and shopping. The other two weekends are spent camping or backpacking in either the Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Cruz Mountains, or the Sierra Nevada. These hiking trips are lead by counselors and directors who are trained in Wilderness First Aid and who are experienced hiking in these local wilderness areas.
The weekend hiking program is special as it promotes self-confidence, team work and an appreciation for the natural environment. The emphasis is on developing a positive attitude toward challenging situations while teaching specific outdoor skills. Campers are invited to learn basic camping skills, accomplish collective tasks, and meet physical demands made upon them by this new environment.
California is filled with many gorgeous and unforgettable locations to seek and explore. We hope these outdoor experiences will refresh our campers and spark an interest that will remain with them throughout their lives.