Ocean Futures Society and Catalina Island Camp have been partners since 1997 to bring a unique opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an educational five-day ocean adventure. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Family Camp is hosted by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Dr. Richard Murphy and Ocean Futures Society naturalists. Family Camp is a unique opportunity to get to know Jean-Michel personally and to experience his message of inspiration and hope. Family Camp is a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the ocean environment together in a beautiful place with other active families. It is also a perfect place to introduce people to the rich kelp beds that surround Catalina Island, California. In addition to snorkeling, participants hike, challenge themselves on a climbing wall and high ropes course, participate in organic gardening and cooking, and become involved in a wide variety of other camp activities designed for the young of all ages.
Family Camp is only offered once a year in August, when 20 to 25 families come together to have fun and learn about the wonders of the ocean on Catalina Island. Cabins are simple one-room buildings with electric lights and bunk beds for 12 people. Restrooms and hot showers are located nearby. Meals are eaten outside under the shade of the dining area. Camp serves plenty of good food with hot entrees, children’s choices, vegetarian options and fresh fruit and salad. Camp staff lead activities throughout the day with ample opportunities to relax or take a self-guided tour.
Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP)
The Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) is a residential environmental and outdoor education program for students in grades four through twelve. The pristine natural environment of Catalina Island is a living classroom for teaching subjects in biological science, environmental science and resource management. The kelp beds of Catalina Island are an ideal setting for hands-on outdoor education opportunities. All our programs on Catalina explore how we can live more sustainably on this planet and what this generation of young people can do to make a difference.