Oceanside shares its northern border with Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. L ocated approximately 38 miles from downtown San Diego and 82 miles south of Los Angeles, it's the Corps' largest West Coast expeditionary training facility, encompassing more than 125,000 acres of Southern California terrain.
Camp Pendleton is a training ground for various tactical forces across all the armed forces, with a particular focus on infantry and amphibious sea-to-shore training.
Visit Oceanside has created this resource guide for visitors interested in visiting Camp Pendleton and those interested in learning more.
Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) programs are vital to mission accomplishment and form an integral part of the non-pay compensation system. These programs encourage positive individual values, personal development, and aid in recruitment and retention of personnel. The MCCS programs provide for the physical, cultural, service and social needs of Marines and other members of the Marine Corps family. They also provide community support systems that make Marine Corps bases/stations temporary hometowns for this mobile population.
The MCCS Mission is to make significant lasting contributions to combat readiness through the personal and family readiness of our Marines and their families. MCCS maintains mission readiness and productivity through programs that promote the physical and mental well being of all members of the Marine Corps including active duty, reserve, retired and civilian.
MCCS is comprised of exchange activities, recreation programs and family services activities. The term MCCS includes all programs/activities under these areas unless stated otherwise. Since there are funding restrictions that apply through both policy and public law for certain programs/activities, a distinction must be made. There are those activities that are totally supported by appropriated funds (APF) and those that are authorized support from both APF and non-appropriated funds (NAF).
Components of MCCS include: Marine and Family Programs, Semper Fit, Business Operations and Retail
Why Spend Money with MCCS?
Without patron buying power, it becomes a challenge to set aside the necessary monies to build, buy or enhance programs, events or construction projects. For MCCS to be an effective and efficient entity in providing outstanding QOL programs for service members and their families, continued patronage is vital.
How It Works
Our counselors will partner with you to listen to your concerns and assess your needs. Together, you will develop goals for your counseling sessions. They will also link you to other M&FP Partner Programs so that you are supported through the entire process. Our team are subject matter experts in the following areas and can offer counseling designed to meet your specific needs.
- Parent-Child Relationships
- Partner and Sibling Issues
- Occupational Problems
- Anger and Anxiety Issues
- Stress and Adjustment Issues
- Grief and Loss
Benefits of Counseling
Increased self-confidence, better family communication, improved well-being and overall mission readiness.
All counselors are experienced working with service members and military families. They are licensed and credentialed to practice mental health counseling within the USMC.
The Single Marine Program (SMP) at Camp Pendleton enhances the quality of life for single active duty personnel by providing positive and rewarding outlets through recreation, community involvement, and dynamic facilities.
Activities and Community Service
- Base-wide meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 1:30pm at various locations. Contact (760) 725-6288 for monthly locations.
- Three program components for activities: quality of life advocacy, recreation and community involvement.
- Volunteer opportunities include: Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Adopt a School, beach cleanups, veterans and retirement homes. For other volunteer opportunities on Camp Pendleton, click here .
Trips depart Friday mornings and return Sunday evenings. Costs vary. The number of trips scheduled is based on funding.
SMP Recreation Centers
The Single Marine Program Recreation Centers are a unique place for active duty personnel only to relax and enjoy.
- Multiple computer internet cafe (18-28 computers)
- Mini-movie theaters
- Pool and foosball tables
- Table tennis
- XBOX 360, XBOX1, PlayStation 3 and 4
- Big screen TV's
- Large Patio areas with outdoor TVS, pool tables, and gas grills.
Centered primarily on the formal training required for the Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program, classes are available for family members interested in becoming more involved in their unit's program as a volunteer and for active duty members serving in a supporting role of their unit's program. Additionally a workshop is held on a bi-annual basis for the spouses of O-3/E-8's and above, which is constantly evolving and offers participants a chance to learn from each other, share great ideas, and discover where they fit into their unit's program.
Additionally we facilitate the formalized training for all of the Family Readiness Officers aboard Camp Pendleton, be it their role-specific certification or the unit website administrator's workshops. These two courses are ONLY open to MCCS employees hired as Family Readiness Officers and Command Appointed Active Duty Members.
Classes & Workshops
Want dates, times and locations for any of the classes? Check out the Calendar of Events!