Camp Oak Hallows is the mindmeld of Montessori education, Pacific Coast Academy (see: Zoey 101,) the summer camp from Parent Trap, and Hogwarts. Blending the nerdiness and love of Harry Potter with desire to create an educational haven, COH is a unique opportunity school providing the option to create your own schedule, course guidelines, and flexible deadlines. Short-term and Residential programs are available, COH is dedicated to offering diverse plans for success.
After over a decade of Girl Scout camp as both guest and staff, VL Gaffney has knowledge and skills tailored to the creation of the optimal program opportunity for kids like her – nerds. Side by side with AA Meador, there is no Camp Management team quite like this geeky pair. Passion for education and defending FAPE/ADA and otherwise challenged students brings together every ingredient for success.
Creating the houses for Oak Hallows was a whirlwind of brainstorming that ultimately gave us the houses we have today. They each have different principles and aesthetics, and are very unique.
How we imagine Serenity House:
Maroon walls with delicate silver detailing. Velvet and leather couches and deep armchairs, blankets and pillows everywhere, dim lighting, bookshelves everywhere they fit, hardwood floors with plush rugs. This house values individual time and space, calm and quiet, reliable peace. Serenities can often be found working solo on sketches, their own novels, or a brilliant idea they’ve been daydreaming. Mugs of nice smelling hot things are common. Somewhere, someone is watching a ten hour vine compilation.
How we imagine Alacrity House:
Lavender painted walls with dried flowers neatly secured to them. Beanbags and round tables with rolling chairs. Windows let the sun pour in, music is playing or being strummed and hummed. Alacrities are social and value closeness with their camp family. Sharing is caring! The Snapchat story for Alacrity House never disappears, but the snacks always do. This house is alive with energy.
How we imagine Sagacity House:
Gray-stained wood paneling on the walls is adorned with dry-erase and chalkboards galore. Rolling desks and chairs can be found in clumps or apart. Navy couches are arranged in circles to facilitate excited discussion of projects. Sagacities are driven by discovery and imagination. Water and caffeine are consumed in equal, yet ever-competing, amounts. Pencil cups and drinking cups have all become clearly labeled, and not mixed up nearly as much anymore. Debates over which video game score is the best study music never end. No one wants them to.
How we imagine Vitality House:
Pale, not-quite-mint walls are contrasted by the rich greens of hanging plants and vines spilling out of their pots. Comfortably low couches and chairs are draped in what may be blankets, but may also be a prefect’s sweater. Someone was kind enough to leave out their glasses cleaner and a sticky note with a smiley face. Vitalities are found laughing together and definitely not procrastinating their homework! No way! The laws of fashion don’t exist here, but spirits do. The secrets of Vitality are tucked snugly into painted glass cabinets.
Together, they are the Hallows, and the Hallows are alive. When we talk about Houses, COH or Hogwarts or Ilvermorny, it’s important to never get caught up in the stereotypes. Superficial traits like intelligence being made to define an entire personality is something none of us like. By now, it should be obvious to everyone that people don’t fit cleanly into nice little boxes of red, blue, yellow, and green. Feel free to take the sorting quiz over and over again, because it’s okay to be a blend or a borderline. You’re a whole person, and your house is just the place you sleep!
In summer of 2025, we will be inviting artists, nerds, and campers to come decorate camp and leave their mark on our home. From painting murals on cabin walls to hanging pictures in the Rec Hall, even to planting the first gardens, we want you and your creative passion!
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