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.
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.
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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.
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(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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 their children as well.
The first 20 people to RSVP will also receive a free copy Of Tina Payne Bryson’s book The Whole Brain Child. Tina Bryson was a keynote speaker at the American Camp Association Conference this year.
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.
Join us next week on Wednesday March 12 as we talk abuout the things kids DISCOVER at camp.
#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 for Camp” and “Packing for Camp”.
#CampChat experts include Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, Dr. Chris Thurber, Chicka Elloy, and Travis Allison. Our moderator is Ciaran Blumenfeld whose blog is read across the internet by thousands of readers. She poses questions to Catalina Island Camps and our experts. Learn more on her blog about #campchat.
Future #CampChat Dates are March 6, March 12, March 19 and March 26. All Chats are at 7 PM Pacific Time.
To join us, log into to www.twitter.com and search for the hashtag #CampChat at 7 PM Pacific time. You can follow along or join the conversation.
You can also review past #CampChat transcripts here: