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Catalina Island Camps develops life-long skills through fun and unique outdoor experiences in a community that cultivates respect for self, others and the environment. At CIC​, our programs are built around our mission and the unique marine and land environments of Howlands Landing.

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CIC Programs

Summer Camp

We are a one and two-week co-ed sleepaway camp for children and teens 1st through 10th grade.

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Howlands Retreats

Small, safe group retreats for Spring 2021. Your nearby getaway for two or four nights this spring.


Our Location

​Howlands Landing is located at the west end of Santa Catalina Island, 22 miles west of Los Angeles, California.

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Meet Our Team

​We’re proud to be family operated since 1995 by Tom and Maria Horner, which allows us to create a strong community here on the island.

Tom and Maria Horner, owners of Catalina Island Camps
Tom & Maria Horner Executive Directors
Tom and Holly Kern Camp site managers
Amelia Nadilo, CELP Director
Amelia Nadilo CELP Director

News & Blog

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How Summer Camp Helps with Social Development

Summer camp brings new opportunities for kids and teens! Building friendships, becoming more independent and diving into...

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Why Kids Love Stand Up Paddleboarding

Swimming, kayaking and canoeing are certainly fun water activities, but there’s nothing quite like stand up...

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7 Tips to Finding the Right Sleepaway Camp

Looking for the right sleepaway camp for your child takes thorough research and patience If you’re currently searching...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Sending Your Kids to Sleepaway Camp

Sleepaway camp is an excellent way to get kids to unplug for the summer Taking time to unwind, get in touch with nature and...

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What Do Kids Learn about Friendship at Camp?

Summer camp is an important part of childhood development Whether it’s building confidence, engaging in new activities or...

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How Do I Know If My Child Is Ready for Sleepaway Camp?

Sleepaway camp in Southern California is an experience like no other With the sun shining nearly every day of the year,...

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How Does Summer Camp Encourage Outdoor Adventure? 

Unplugging at Summer Camp Do you want your child to have more adventures in the great outdoors than in the virtual...

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The Benefits Of Coloring

Coloring is fun, and it turns out it’s actually beneficial to your health Coloring is not just for...

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Why Catalina is the Perfect Location for Snorkeling

Catalina has been a sought after destination for families and individuals for years, and for good reason Filled with...

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Howlands at Home

Camp is a special place built by special people, camp people Our staff embodies what it means to be camp people In this...

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Exciting Summer Camp Activities for Kids of All Ages

Whether it’s your child’s first time at summer camp or they’ve been attending for many years, there’s something...

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Important Tips To Prepare Your Child For Sleepaway Camp

After you’ve found a summer camp that’s right for your child, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare them...

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Great Questions For Dinner Table Conversations

What did you do in school today Do you get blank stares or one-word answers when you ask your kids this question Here’s...

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Summer Camp Makes Kids Capable and Independent

Sleepaway camp provides kids with opportunities to take on responsibilities and learn new skills on their own,...

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How To Find The Best Sleepaway Camp For Your Child

You’ve decided to send your child to a sleepaway camp this summer  How do you find the best camp for your camper...

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3 Reasons Kids Thank You for Summer Camp

The opportunity to attend summer camp is awesome, but not all summer camps are created equal Summer camp by the ocean have...

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Taking the First Step

Participating in a sleepaway camp can provide your child with cognitive thinking skills and can boost their confidence in...

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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...

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Do You Speak Overnight Summer Camp?

Do You Speak Overnight Summer Camp Your kids are off to California overnight summer camp at Catalina Island Camps Their...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Surprise! Overnight Summer Camp is Good for Parents Too!

Dozens of papers have  written about the benefits of overnight summer camp for kids You’re probably looking forward to...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Summer Camp: Can it make kids more responsible?

Summer Camp Jobs for College Students: Can it Make Kids More Responsible Summer Camp: Can it make kids more...

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Your Child’s First Sleep Away Camp?

Your Child's First Overnight Camp Your Child's First Sleep Away Camp The first time your child heads off for sleep-away...

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Summer Camp Makes Kids Resilient

How Summer Camps Makes Kids Resilient Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient How can summer camp improve your child’s...

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Catalina Foxes at Catalina Island Camp

Catalina Foxes at Catalina Island Camp! Catalina Island Fox Thrives after a Battle with Extinction Anyone who has visited...

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