I Heart Camp Day

It’s finally here, Happy I❤️Camp Day!

What is I Heart Camp Day?                                                                        As “Camp People”, we are extremely passionate and proud of each of our OWN camps. That’s why every year on February 1st, the entire Camp community comes together to celebrate I Heart Camp Day! A day where everyone from campers and camp staff, to people connected to Camp in various capacities, share their love for ALL types of Camp with the world.

How do you celebrate?                                                                              It’s super simple! Take a photo, create a video, draw a picture, or write something up that includes yourself and the official I Heart Camp logo. Then, share your love across various social media platforms under the hashtag #IHeartCamp.                                                                          Of course, being that we are “Camp People” and Camp is all about the freedom to be uniquely YOU, many choose to put their individual creativity on full display through creating their own versions of the I Heart Camp logo. However you choose to celebrate, it’s all about loving camp!

Why we ❤️ Camp!


Have YOU shared your ❤️ for Camp yet?!?!


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“CIC Every Wear” is our new monthly contest that gives you a chance to be a Grand Prize Winner throughout the year! Each month, we encourage past/current CIC Campers, Families, and Staff to submit photos of themselves with CIC gear at ANY location in the world! At the end of each month, we will randomly select a Grand Prize Winner from that month’s submissions.

Here’s how to enter:
1. Take a picture with ANY of your CIC gear
2. Post that picture to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
3. Include BOTH the hashtag #CICEveryWear AND tag Catalina Island Camps

That’s it, that’s all! We can’t wait to see “wear” you all are!

“CIC Every Wear” Rules:
* Each month a photo/photos must be submitted to qualify as an entry. Submissions will ONLY count as an entry towards the month in which they are submitted.
* Monthly winners will be announced via Facebook, Instagram & Twitter no later than the 5th day following the ending of the previous month.
* Winners will be contacted through the platform in which their submissions were received. In the event that a winner cannot be reached, a new random winner will be selected.
* An entry will be deemed valid if it is submitted between 12:01 AM of the First (1st) day of the month and Midnight (11:59:59 PM) of that month’s corresponding ending date.
* The Grand Prize Winner of each month will receive varying CIC merchandise from our Camp Store. These PREDETERMINED winning items include, but are not limited to, Water Bottles, Sunglasses, Hats, Shirts, Sweatshirts, and new merchandise not yet available.
* There is NO LIMIT to the number of times that a photo/photos can qualify as a valid entry.
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How (and Why) to Choose a Summer Camp

Choosing the “right” camp for your camper can often times feel like a daunting task due to the sheer number of summer camps to choose from. Here is a short video from our friend Dr. G (Debi Gilboa, MD) to help guide your search for a summer camp that best suits your camper’s needs!

Catalina Island Camps had the pleasure of hosting Dr. G for a portion of staff training in preparation for the summer of 2014. Dr. G emphasized to our staff that summer camp helps campers become Respectful, Responsible & Resilient. Together with Dr. G’s help, our staff brainstormed and strategized how their rolls in each camper’s summer could achieve the greatest outcomes of the 3 R’s. For more on Dr. G’s time at CIC click here.

Thank you so very much Dr. G for your continued advocacy for summer camp Dr. G!

For more information from Dr. G – http://askdoctorg.com/

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The Gift of Camp

Still looking for the perfect present for the holiday season? A gift that is an experience which can’t be broken or left on a shelf, but rather has to be lived? Give the ultimate gift, the gift of Summer Camp! Click here for a quick read from the ACA, who also believes in the gift of camp.

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Catalina Island Camps 2015 Summer Camp Dates

Interested in sending your camper to camp this summer?

Catalina Island Camps would absolutely love to be apart of your summer plans! Take a peek below at our 2015 Camp Dates to find a session that best fits into your schedule.

Click here to enroll online today!

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Catalina Island Camps Early Fall Registrations Discounts

Enroll for the Summer of 2015 before December 1st, 2014 and qualify for our Early Fall Registration Discounts! If you are new to Catalina Island Camps or have missed this deadline in previous years, now’s your chance to take full advantage of these discounts.

Click here to enroll online today!

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Parenting Expert Debi Gilboa trains CIC Staff!

(this note was written shortly after staff training when the first campers were at camp)

Hi CIC Families!

My name is Debi Gilboa, and I met the entire amazing staff of CIC during their Staff Training in June. Tom and Maria invited me to their beautiful island retreat to talk about how kids and teens can use their time and fun at camp to become even more respectful, responsible and resilient.

This staff was truly the most impressive I’ve ever met, with the dedication and professionalism of seasoned adults, and the energy, creativity and enthusiasm of the most camp-loving of people! In our 3 days together, we brainstormed and solidified strategies to make this summer at camp the best any kids have ever had.

Resilience, our main theme, is the ability to overcome adversity. These counselors are ready to help campers navigate any difficulty with one eye on the situation itself, and the other on the children involved. In this way, kids will be a part of solving a challenge they face and also learn skills for overcoming future obstacles.

Responsibility is a wonderful by-product of camp life. The campers have obligations about safety, health, friendships and fun and this will be a great chance for you to get a child home who is even better able to take on new tasks with confidence and competence.

Respect, crucial to any relationship, will be purposefully built at camp. The counselors prepared to engage with each camper and to monitor the social dynamics in each group in order to ensure that each child experiences respect while learning to treat others in the same way.

As I said, this is a truly amazing staff. I’m a mom of four boys from Pennsylvania, and I’m ready to send my kids all the way to CIC next year! I’m also a family doctor and parenting author, “Get the Behavior You Want … Without Being the Parent You Hate!”  I hope you’ll be in touch through my website if you have any questions or feedback for me, or would like to discuss a different parenting issue. Also, please feel free to download the handouts from the workshops I did at CIC.

Have a wonderful summer!

Dr. G

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What are your kids doing this Summer?

With summer quickly approaching, what are your kids going to be doing this summer? Many kids across the country have already or will soon be enrolled into a variety of summer camps. Summer camps provide a vast array of benefits for your child that aren’t just limited to the physical activities, but are also able to provide unique situations that boost their confidence. Many camps offer activities that kids don’t typically get to experience on a daily basis at home. Having the opportunity to master some of these activities such as water skiing, archery or climbing on high ropes courses allows them to gain independence, discover new talents and work together as part of a team. To discover more about the benefits of sending your kids to a summer camp, click on and read our infographic below!


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The Power of Summer Camp

Did you know that camp has more of an impact on children than just as a fun escape for the summer? Here’s a short video on the benefits of sending your child to summer camp from Madeline Levine, Ph.D., who delivered this keynote speech at the 2014 annual Western Association of Independent Camps conference.

As both a member of the Western Association of Independent Camps and an ACA accredited camp, we believe in the positive power that camp has on children. We buy into this belief at Catalina Island Camps, to ensure that we cultivate an environment that provides our campers with the opportunities to grow in immeasurable ways.

Thank you to Madeline Lavine, Pd.D. and the Western Association of Independent Camps for providing this material.

Learn more at www.waic.org

Madeline Levine, Ph.D. is a psychologist, educator and co-founder of Challenge Success, a project birthed at Stanford’s School of Education. A New York Times bestselling author, she is a frequent keynote speaker for schools, parents and business leaders. Books include: Teach Your Children Well, The Price of Privilege, and more.

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From Camp to IKOS!


Mina is a Park City High School Senior. She was a CIC camper for nine years, including two-weeks as a Camper in Leadership Training in 2012. In 2013 she was a Counselor in Training. She is returning in 2014 as a Counselor in Training II. Today, she shares with us a story we find fascinating and think that you will also. IKOS is an engineering project. The project is now raising money through Kickstarter to go into production. You’ll find the link at the bottom of the page to learn more. Congatulations Mina!

I was eight years old my first year at Catalina Island Camps. As a young camper, I was afraid to experience new things like snorkeling, rock climbing, and simply being away from my parents for two weeks. Camp placed me in a new environment and offered countless opportunities to go outside my comfort zone in a safe but challenging way.

IKOS pieces

Taking those experiences into my educational life, as senior year was approaching I was having a very hard time choosing what courses to take. A new engineering program at the Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS) was being offered. I had the choice to either play it safe or take a chance and participate in this new program.

After choosing PCCAPS, I met Mike Wong, the mentor and head engineer behind IKOS. Our IKOS team consisted of myself and two other high school students and we were challenged to invent something new and creative. And that’s how IKOS came to be.

IKOS Sphere

Put simply, IKOS are a modular, spherical construction toy for inventors of all ages. They are named IKOS because of their geometry: icosahedrons on spheres. With one standard shape, users can create everything from a full sphere to abstract curved creations. When you want to enhance your creation, snap pieces together vertically to create anything you wish. You can design anything you can dream up by adding other items or painting the sphere to create a unique and customizable 3D puzzle.

IKOS Desk Lamp

Each day at IKOS I work to incorporate the principles I learned at CIC. Principles like respect for environment: because we are dedicated to making IKOS from 100% recycled HDPE, we are turning milk jugs and other plastic containers into the toy of the 22nd century. Principles like it’s important to think and venture into new experiences: IKOS are more than a building toy; they are a revolutionary way of thinking.

IKOS are perfect for any age or background because you can expand on your designs when you are ready and when you feel confortable. IKOS have no instruction manual or suggested creations.  A set of IKOS and an imagination can take you as far as you wish!

IKOS Animal

For a detailed presentation about IKOS check out our Kickstarter page. You can fund the project for as little as $1. Please support the spherical revolution by pledging or sharing this page with friends! Thank you!

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