Catalina Island is home to six camp facilities and seven programs, all independantly managed, that offer a range of organized camp and education opportunities for youth and adults.
Camp Emerald Bay
Boy Scouts of America, Western Los Angeles County Council
Emerald Bay, located on the undeveloped West End of Catalina Island, enjoys unparralleled access to the natural gems of Catalina's singular ecosystem. The secluded beaches and coves that surround us boast world-renowned snorkeling and diving, frequently counted among the top ten destinations in the world. For the terrestrial naturalists, the hiking trails that radiate from our camp provide the perfect opportunity to spot the endemic Catalina Island fox or the famously anachronistic bison. This well-conserved environment provides a uniquely accurate window into the natural history of California. Emerald Bay serves large and small organized groups including: schools, religious institutions, business and other retreats and events. Emerald Bay is more than a resort or weekend away. We work, through Environmental Education, Marine Science Initiatives, and Ethics and Leadership Training, to build good people. To make reservations: 818-933-0130 or email Jesse Wygonik
Campus by the Sea
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
Operating since 1951 at Gallagher Beach (the island camp closest to Avalon), Campus by the Sea (CBS) annually hosts thousands of college age students from campuses in the Western United States. These students gather for weekend and weeklong conferences to encourage them in their study of God’s word, exploration of prayer and development in Christian discipleship. CBS also serves as a retreat destination and rental facility for scores of churches and Christian non-profits by hosting their youth, adult and family conferences. And CBS strengthens the family through its summer programs of week-long family camps, high school, jr. high camp and other specialty conferences. These fully programmed events are open to registration by individuals or church groups. In its support of the Conservancy’s goals, CBS also partners with the Long Beach Marine Institute that brings nearly 2,000 grade school students a year to the camp on their Research Vessel, Challenger, to explore the island’s ecology and promote conservation. For more information call 310-510-0015 or contact the office.
Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures
Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures on Catalina is located in the beautiful cove of Emerald Bay which hosts the following: an invertebrate marine preserve, an offshore bird sanctuary, and a top of the line marine science center!
FOR SCHOOLS: We invite elementary to high school groups to come aboard our floating science lab - our ship, the Wilderness Explorer, as it sails to Emerald Bay on Catalina Island. Once ashore, we continue an engaging, interactive marine ecology program. All of our curriculum fulfills California Science Standards and offers a hands-on opportunity for each camper to explore, experience, and build character traits along the way!
SUMMER CAMPS: We also invite individual campers, ages 8-17, for summer camps aboard our mini-cruise ship, the Wilderness Explorer. These exciting sleep-over summer camps are packed full of stops around the perimeter of Catalina Island, providing an amazing method for expanding campers educational exposure to the island’s ecosystems! We’d love the opportunity to share more about our island camp, mountain camp, cruise opportunities, or mainland coastal day camps! For information call (310) 427-7845 or email.
Catalina Island Camps
Catalina Island Camps develops lifelong skills though fun and unique outdoor experiences in a community that cultivates respect for self, others and the environment. We are a traditional recreational co-ed summer camp with one and two week sessions for campers entering 2nd through 11th grade. Camp is like having 150 siblings! Our program builds relationships between cabin mates and then among everyone at camp. We stress the importance of being a valuable part of the community. Being located at Howlands Landing on Catalina Island, right on the ocean, gives us lots of opportunities to teach about the environment during nearly every activity at camp. For more information: 626-296-4040 visit or email.