Catalina Island Camps Blog

Take a Tour of Catalina Island Camps: A Summer Camp in California

Take a Tour of Catalina Island Camps Summer Camp in California   It can be hard to picture your kid away from home at overnight summer camp in California. Catalina Island Camps has made it a lot easier for parents with our virtual tour of our camp located at Howlands Landing on Catalina Island, California. ...

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Do You Speak Overnight Summer Camp?

Your kids are off to California overnight summer camp at Catalina Island Camps. Their world, and their vocabulary is about to change! Forget about LOL and BRB. Camp lingo is all about real life experiences. Learn to speak overnight summer camp! Here’s just a few of the terms you’ll hear your kid talk about after coming ...

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10 Essential Items for Summer Camp by the Ocean

What do you need to pack for summer camp by the ocean? Here’s our go to list!   Lots and lots of sunscreen. The best type of sunscreen to buy is the type your child will use, and can use independently. Spray on, long lasting sunscreen are a parent/kid favorite. Look for non-sticky, sand and ...

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5 Reasons Kids Thank You for Summer Camp on Catalina Island

You made the big decision to send your kids to Summer Camp on Catalina Island. Congratulations! Choosing the right kids summer camp can seem like an overwhelming task! There’s such a variety of camp types out there. There’s no one “perfect” camp for every single kid but Catalina Island Camps give kids (and parents) a ...

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10 Amazing Ways Kids Benefit from Summer Camp by the Ocean

The opportunity to attend summer camp is awesome, but not all summer camps are created equal. Summer camp by the ocean have an edge! Kids can naturally learn so much from attending a camp in an ocean environment, and grow in ways that simply cannot be experienced in a land locked camp. Here are some ...

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Surprise! Overnight Summer Camp is Good for Parents Too!

Dozens of papers have been written about the benefits of overnight summer camp for kids. You’re probably looking forward to your kids acquiring important life & leadership skills like problem solving, out of the box creativity and teamwork. Maybe you are looking forward to them having a little screen-time detox too. It can be difficult ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 Camp Staff Training in June. Tom and Maria invited me to their beautiful island retreat to talk about how kids and ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Learn about CIC At Meet and Greets

Come learn about Catalina Island Camps from Tom and Maria Horner and the CIC staff on March 11 or March 27 at 7 pm at the CIC offices 707 W. Woodbury Rd Unit F Altadena CA 91001. We’ll show camp videos, talk about the benefits of camp and answer questions. Parents are welcome to bring ...

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#CampChat March 6 CONNECT Transcript

Our #CampChat on Twitter last night was full of great insights about how kids CONNECT at camp. Travis Allison of CamperHacker.tv  was our guest expert and he brought along with him many of the camp directors from the Facebook group CampPros. Here’s the full transcript of the night. Here are some highlights from Travis. Join us next ...

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Catalina Island Camps hosts #CampChat on Twitter during March

#CampChat is a one hour weekly Twitter gathering of parents, camps and youth development experts to discuss summer camp. #CampChat topics address the benefits of camp and practical preparations for camp. This year’s topics are; “The Benefit of Camp”, “Unplugging Kids at Camp”, “Making Connections at Camp”, “Discovery at Camp”, “Preparing Yourself and your Child ...

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UNPLUG, CONNECT, DISCOVER

I’ve been thinking about my first years as a camper. I first went to camp when I was seven. I was a handful. My energy was boundless. My attention span was fleeting. At home, my parents always found me by the trail of chaos I left behind me. No one really ever knew exactly what ...

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What campers tell each other about the camp experience

Sunday night, we invited our older campers to stay after closing campfire to share about their CIC experiences. It’s impressive when a teenager will stand in front of their peers and talk about the feelings they experienced during camp. They stood in the dying light of the campfire, in front of the campers and counselors ...

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Play or Internship?

Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, ponders on the value of play and a counselor’s role. Is it play or is it an internship? I think it’s both. What do you think? http://www.acacamps.org/blog/word-peg/it-play-or-internship Tom

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Summer Camp: Can it make kids more responsible?

Summer Camp: Can it make kids more responsible? Summer Camp Jobs for teens and college students are a great way to develop 21st century skills. I’d argue that camp jobs train young people in a way that brings about incredible learning in a very short period of time. Take a read and let us know ...

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Catalina Island Conservancy visits CIC

 Conservancy visits CIC Visit the Catalina Island Conservancy Newsletter for an article about their visit to Howlands Landing during Jean-Michel Cousteau Family Camp in August.

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Upcoming CIC Twitter Chats

Catalina Island Camps and Momfluential are hosting 3 twitter events over the next few weeks. Here’s the post from her blog . Are you sending your kids to camp this summer? Are you considering camp for you kids? Hop on Twitter and let’s talk! Catalina Island Camp & I invite you to join us for ...

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How to Choose a Great Summer Camp

If you are still thinking about signing up for camp this summer, here is an article with some suggestions on how to select a great camp. How to Choose a Great Summer Camp Enjoy! Tom

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Stuck at Home Generation

Are we raising kids who won’t leave the nest? This article, The Stuck at Home Generation, at the Greater Good website was posted that addressed that question and had some practical answers for parents. Tom

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New Discovery of Catalina Archaeology Records

Detailed records and photographs of artifacts and bones from Catalina were discovered recently. These records will help the Catalina Island Museum catalog items they hold in storage from the collection of controversial collector Ralph Glidden. The LA Times published a great article about the discovery. It’s a fascinating look at understanding the history of Catalina. ...

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American Camp Association Tips for Parents

Catalina Island Camps is a accredited by the American Camp Association. Every three years we are visited by two camp professionals for a thorough review of our operation. ACA also partners with parents to help them make decisions about selecting a camp for their children. You can read more about ACA’s efforts in this article; ...

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Value, Value, Value

In her latest blog, Value, Value, Value, Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, discusses the latest book she is reading, Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner. Peg outlines how camp prepares children with each of the Five Minds from the book. I may need to go out and get this book ...

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Replacing Screen Time with Green Time is Good for Kids

We got this article from our friends at Cheley Colorado Camps on their facebook page. Camp is a great place for kids to disconnect from all the screen time in their life. Check out this informative blog, Replacing Screen Time with Green Time is Good for Kids. Tom

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CIC’s Mara Lague featured in The Magazine in LA Times!

Most days, Mara is in our office helping to make sure all the details of camp are taken care of so everyone and everything gets to where is is supposed be when is is supposed to be there. In her “free time”, Mara has volunteered as long as we have known her. Now she is ...

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To Push or Not to Push…. That is the Question

There is another great blog on the Bunk1 Buzz Blog today that I thought you might enjoy. It’s about knowing when your child is ready for the next challenge. Read To Push or not to Push… That is the Question to learn what Carolyn Meyer-Wartels has to say. Tom

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Zip Line Video

Here is our 2012 video of the new CIC Zip Line. The platform is about 28′ off the ground. If I had to guess, I’d say the ride is longer than the length of a football field. I will tell you it was very exciting sitting on the edge of the platfrom geting ready to ...

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Your Child’s First Sleep Away Camp?

I found this article online and thought many parents would be interested in the thoughts this parent shared about sending a child away to camp for the first time. Tom

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Your Child’s First Teacher

Parent’s are a child’s first teacher. Camp is also full of positive teachers for children. The counselors who live with them. The instructors at sailing, snorkeling, arts and crafts and every activity in camp. At CIC there are leadership staff who lead all of camp at meals, evening programs and special events. Maria and I ...

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E(xcellent) Mail

We saw this blog over at bunk1buzz.com E(xcellent) Mail and thought it would be a great story to share with CIC camp parents. While it is great to send a handwritten letter, the mail takes 3-4 extra dadays to reach campers. We use bunk1.com one way email so you can send email to your camper. ...

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Summer Camp Makes Kids Resilient

New research on summer camps shows that camps are a powerful way to teach children resilency. “Summer camps are places where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies.” The article is compelling and we hope you enjoy Summer Camp Makes Kids Resilient. Tom and Maria

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Camp and 21st Century Skills: Oxymoron or Ideal?

As parents, we often wonder if the skills we learned as children and young adults are the same skills our son needs to learn as he starts high school. The world is a different place today than it was 30 years ago. Technology and information have exploded. One thing we know as camp directors is ...

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The Case For Camp

Summer camp contributes to the development of young people. The American Camp Association believes camp experiences are more important today than ever. “A quality camp experience provides our children and youth with the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living.” That sounds like a summer at Catalina Island Camps ...

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The Search for Summer Camp is On!

American Camp Association CEO, Peg Smith recently wrote in USA Today The Search for Summer Camp Is On. At Catalina Island Camps we are in full swing registering campers. Summer may seem a long way off, but the time to research summer camp is now!

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Catalina Fox Thrives after a Battle with Extinction

Anyone who has visited Catalina Island in the past few years knows that the number of Catalina Fox has grown substantially just by seeing the scat around camp every morning. Many of us will even see a Fox exploring around camp after dark. This link is to an article in the Los Angeles Times about ...

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Danny and Becky ride 100 miles for MS

Danny Sudman is a full time employee at Catalina Island Camps. He is the Outback Director for summer camp and an Catalina Environmental Leadership Program Assistant Director during the school year. Danny writes about his experience in October riding in the Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour 2011. On the morning of October 22nd, 2011 ...

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Sustainable Living Bike Tour

The Sustainable Living Bike Tour gives volunteer educators the opportunity to visit students in their home communities and continue the education process where they left off at Howland’s Landing. Many of these educators work the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP), Catalina Island Camp’s Fall and Spring environmental education program. The message of sustainability and practices ...

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Slater’s European Adventure

Slater McArdle is a Sailing Instructor at CIC. He’s from Oceanside, California. He writes about his recent European adventures. In April of 2010 my aunt was a contender in a national book writing competition called the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. She made me a promise at the time that if she won, she would take ...

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Mainland Office for all programs

  Phone: 626-296-4040

  Fax: 626-794-1401

  Catalina Island Camps
707 W Woodbury Rd Unit F Altadena CA 91001


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