Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the CIC campers?
Where do they come from?
How long do they stay?
How do they get there?
What about campers from outside the Los Angeles Area?
What if my child wants to attend camp with a friend?
Camp food has such a bad reputation …how does yours compare?
This sounds great! How do we sign up?
How soon do we need to sign up?
What happens if the session we have selected is already full?
How does the waiting list work?
How does the camp program differ for the various age groups?
Can my child choose his own schedule?
Does my child have to participate in all of the activities?

Who are the CIC campers? Our campers are entering 3rd through 10th grades. Campers entering 2nd grade may enroll in either of our one week sessions in August. The Camper in Leadership Training program is open to campers entering 10th and 11thgrades.  See the CIC News for detailed info about the CILT program.  Our campers come prepared to make friends while participating in vigorous, exciting activities.
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Where do they come from? All over the United States! While the majority of our campers are from Southern California, we have many campers from Arizona and Nevada. We even have campers who come from other countries!
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How long do they stay? We have one, two and four week sessions. Most campers come for two weeks. The two-week sessions include an out-of-camp overnight for campers entering 6thgrade and older and an in-camp overnight for younger campers.  All two-week campers participate in our Badgework program that encourages campers to build skills in activities of their choice. Four-week sessions include a day trip to Avalon.
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How do they get there? Catalina Island Camps arranges transportation from San Pedro to our camp at Howlands Landing. The fee for this transportation is included in your tuition. We depart from San Pedro during the afternoon and return in the late morning. Specific information about departure and arrival will be sent at a later date.
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Campers From Outside the Los Angeles Area:We have several campers each session from other parts of the United States who arrive in Los Angeles via airplane.  Campers are met at the airport by our staff members and escorted to the boat on a charter bus.  On the return from camp, our staff members accompany campers from the boat back to the airport and ensure they safely board the appropriate flight. In order to facilitate the safe arrival and departure of these campers, we require that flight arrangements be made through our travel agent. The fee for this service is $75.00 per camper and includes the travel agent’s fee. More information about making flight plans will be sent in March.
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What if my child wants to attend camp with a friend? Campers are placed into cabin groups according to the grade they will be entering in the fall. If you wish to have your child placed in a cabin with a friend, please indicate this on your enrollment form. Both campers should be within a year of the same age. If both campers are not entering the same grade, they will be placed according to the grade of the younger child. Cabin requests must be made by all families involved to guarantee that the request will be honored. We cannot guarantee that groups of more then four campers will be placed together.
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Camp food has such a bad reputation …how does yours compare?
We are fortunate to have an excellent Food Service Manager and staff, and they receive rave reviews each year from our campers! Breakfast each day consists of a hot entrée as well as a fresh fruit and dry cereal bar. At both lunch and dinner there is a salad bar in addition to the entrée. We have many campers and staff who are vegetarians, so most of our meals are prepared as meat “add-ins.” For example, when we have pasta, it is served dry, and the campers can choose between a marinara sauce, a cream sauce and a meat sauce. In the event that an entrée includes meat, a vegetarian option is available. Other special dietary needs can be accommodated as well; please call our office for more information.
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This sounds great! How do we sign up? To enroll your child in camp for this summer, click on the button in the right hand column that says Sign up for Camp Online.   All balances are due by May 1. All enrollments after May 1 must be accompanied by full payment. The camper medical form and store deposit are also due by May 1.
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How soon do we need to sign up? The sooner you enroll, the better your chances of getting into the session of your choice. Generally speaking, we start waiting lists in February for the more popular ages and sessions. By April, we have waiting lists established for many ages in just about every session. You can always call our office to see what’s available before sending in your form and deposit.
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What happens if the session we have selected is already full? When we receive an enrollment form for a session that is already full, we call you immediately. At that time, we’ll let you know what is available in your age group and give you the option of switching sessions. You can also choose to be on the waiting list.
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How does the waiting list work? We cannot put any name on the waiting list without a completed enrollment form and a deposit. If you choose to place your child on the waiting list, we will not deposit your check (or charge your credit card).  If a space becomes available, we will call you first to verify that you are still interested in enrolling your camper before processing the application and deposit.
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How does the camp program differ for the various age groups? The majority of our camp activities are available to all of our campers. Some exceptions: the high ropes course (entering 5th grade and above); day trips (entering 8th grade and above); and water skiing or wakeboarding (entering 5th grade and above). All campers participate in Power Boat activities (i.e. tubing or knee boarding) but the youngest campers usually do not try water skiing or wakeboarding. Please call our office for more information.
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Can my child choose his own schedule? We are a group-centered camp. Our campers are placed into cabin groups according to the grade they are entering in the fall, and are scheduled to do activities as a cabin group. During a two-week program, Wednesday through Saturday of the second week is set aside for badgework, where campers can choose the activities they want to spend more time in.
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Does my child have to participate in all of the activities?When a cabin is scheduled for an activity, all members of that cabin are required to go to that activity. Campers are encouraged, never forced, to try each activity. A minimum level of participation is expected at each activity. For example, a child who did not want to climb the climbing wall would be expected to put on a harness and helmet and clip into the rope before unclipping and sitting down.  If you have concerns about a particular activity (there is a list on the back of the enrollment form), please call our office.
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