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More About California Coast Music Camp

Our Mission Statement

CCMC inspires people to bring music and creativity into their lives and communities through educational and related activities.

CCMC Values and Ideals
  • A safe and supportive community

  • Stretch creative limits

  • A value to beginners as well as professionals

  • Inspire to integrate artistic and creative endeavors into daily lives

  • Meet others to make music with at home

  • Take musical risks, such as singing or playing music in public

  • Expanded musical offerings beyond what is typically available in commercial venues

  • Accessible to a wide audience of participants with differing abilities

  • Tuition costs as low as possible with scholarship opportunities for eligible individuals

Our Vision Statement

CCMC envisions a world that treasures and supports people of all ages making music.

Our Community

Campers can stay in touch with their newfound friends in a variety of ways:

Goals and Objectives
  1. To provide opportunities that stimulate the development of each camper’s self-confidence.

    • Each camper will participate in at least one activity that s/he felt suited their level and/or interest.

    • Staff and instructors will provide campers with positive comments and encouragement throughout their stay and campers will report at least one experience of feeling supported by others (other campers, instructors and/or staff) in their time at camp.

    • Each camper is provided the opportunity to evaluate each class they took and identify their own level of confidence growth in the skill.

  2. To provide opportunities for each camper to set goals and challenge themselves while discovering his or her own musical skills and abilities.

    • Campers will have multiple opportunities to jam/play in small or large groups or at least with one other camper.

    • Campers will learn at least one new musical skill while at camp.

    • Each camper will be provided the opportunity to perform at least once at the coffeehouse, dance, or student concert.

  3. To provide each camper an satisfactory camp living experience.

    • At least 80% of campers will report satisfaction camp living facilities (cabins, tent area, bathrooms, etc.).

    • At least 80% of campers will report satisfaction with class locations.

    • At least 75% of campers will report satisfaction with food service.

    • At least 80% of campers will indicate their desire to return to CCMC.

People Powered

CCMC has relied on volunteer people power for many years. Since 2009 we’ve been able to hire a site director to help us with the business of planning for and running camp. Dedicated folks have served on the Board of Directors or as key volunteers helping to coordinate with the CCMC site director for activities in preparation for or at camp. But there’s more to CCMC than just summer camp.

There are many other opportunities and projects that welcome some helpful hands throughout the year:

  • Serving on the Board of Directors

  • Preparing the camp site by participating in the spring work weekend

  • Helping with the CCMC-sponsored music stage at the Palo Alto Art & Wine Festival

  • Helping with set up and clean up at the Annual Meeting & Jam

  • Organizing dances and student concerts

  • Helping CCMC be a part of other community music events

And as is the way with us, each activity is likely to include lots of opportunities to play music together!

If you have a special talent, interest and time to share please send us a note, we’d love to hear from you! Visit our Volunteer page for details.

A Safe and Supportive Community

CCMC is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination, and prohibits harassment of all participants and staff, including sexual harassment.


Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome or unwanted sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature from someone in the camp that creates discomfort and/or interferes with camp activities.


CCMC strives to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all who attend our camp and our other activities. We have a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment and ask that all participants in CCMC activities be sensitive to any discomfort their behavior may be causing others.


Harassment due to race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, political orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status will not be tolerated at any CCMC event.


Any participant or staff member who believes he or she is a victim of sexual harassment is asked to report immediately to the person in charge of the event.


CCMC will not tolerate retaliation against any participant/staff person who complains of sexual harassment or who provides information in connection with any such complaint.


If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Janet Peterson either at camp or at 360.224.8007.

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