Family Camp, Catalina Island, California

Family Camp, Catalina Island, California

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Snorkeling: Guests join Jean-Michel Cousteau and Dr. Richard Murphy for a special guided tour of the underwater world off the coast of Howlands Landing.

Kayaking: Camp staff guide kayaking trips along the west end of Catalina Island, giving guests a chance to see kelp forests from above, spot occasional sea lions passing by, and observe the beautiful rugged coastline.

Sailing: Camp staff give sailing instruction in Catalina Capri 14.2 keeled day sailors and Optimist dinghies. 

Terrestrial and Marine study Hikes among Catalina’s rolling hills and mountains give naturalists a chance to educate guests about Catalina’s unique terrestrial inhabitants, such as the Catalina Island fox and buffalo, which we introduced to the island in 1924. Marine ecology activities include, snorkeling, laboratory microscope exploration, and tidepooling that show the many wonders of Catalina’s marine life.

Gardening: Guests get a chance to explore the Camp’s beautiful organic garden and even make a little snack from what they find.

Composting: After each meal, guests separate their leftovers into trash and compost. The compost is added to the camp’s compost system, to be used later in the organic garden!

Swimming: The camp has a designated swimming area with a floating trampoline.

Archery: Instruction is provided for guests interested in archery.

Climbing wall and high ropes course: These challenge activities give the adventurous a chance to reach new heights above the Camp!

Arts & Crafts: Join in tie-dye, candle making and other crafts.


Ocean presentations from Jean-Michel Cousteau and Dr. Richard Murphy: These audio-visual lectures enhance guest’s experiences with an inside view of Jean-Michel’s latest adventures and projects from around the world.

Night snorkels: Night snorkels reveal the nocturnal creatures of the sea, including bioluminescent plankton!

Campfires: Guests join camp staff for nights of fun skits, songs, and stories.

Night hikes: Hiking by night reveals the nocturnal creatures on Catalina and the various adaptations they use to survive in darkness.

Stargazing: Guests learn about the constellations and their stories, myths, and legends from various cultures.

The famous Family Camp Talent Show: On the last night of camp, guests get the chance to perform in a talent show!