Arrival & Departure Info
Updated March 2, 2023
On the Monday that your child travels to camp, please be at the Catalina Express terminal in San Pedro at 3:00 PM.
On the Monday that your child returns from camp, please plan to be in the same spot no later than 12 pm.
Health & Safety at the Boat Terminal
Keeping campers and staff healthy and safe is our top priority. Limiting the number of people at the boat terminal will help us to achieve this goal.
Please do not bring extra adults or children who are not enrolled in camp to either drop-off or pick-up. We’d appreciate having only one adult per camper or group of campers. No siblings, neighbors, grandparents, friends, etc.
Please do not bring any pets to the boat terminal.
Parents will be asked to leave the boat terminal after their camper is checked in. We are not able to invite parents into the area where campers are waiting with their counselors and cabinmates. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide a safe experience for all of our campers.
Please read this information thoroughly and contact Maria (626-296-4040) with any questions.
Camper Drop Off Procedures
The camp experience for most campers begins on the boat ride to Catalina Island.
Schedule of Events
- 3:00 PM Arrive at Catalina Express terminal in San Pedro. Please see the map for directions
- 3:00 PM Begin check-in procedure
- 3:15 PM Campers begin forming cabin groups, meet counselors
- 3:45 PM Begin loading the boat
- 4:00 PM Boat departs for Catalina!
When you arrive at the terminal, pull up to the Catalina Island Camps Sign and unload your luggage. Staff members and CITs (Counselors in Training) will be there to assist you. Park in the adjacent lot and follow the signs to the registration area with your camper.
There are two stations at the check-in area:
- Registration: Check-in with Maria to get your cabin assignment and a name tag.
- Medications: Go to this station only if your child is bringing medications to camp. Any medication being sent to camp must be turned in at this station. We will only accept medications in the original container with the camper’s name on it. Please do not allow your child to carry any medication in their luggage.
**Important note regarding medications: Please do not send vitamins or over-the-counter drugs with your child. We have an infirmary already stocked with the most commonly used over-the-counter medication and our doctors and nurses will prescribe these as needed. Vitamins will be dispensed as prescription medications.
Parking at the terminal is free for the first hour, $2.00 for each hour after the first and $20.00 maximum per day.
Camper Pick-Up Procedures
These procedures are to ensure the safety of your children. Please read them carefully!
When you arrive at the boat terminal in San Pedro, please park your car and make your way to the entrance of the terminal. Do not enter the terminal. You will find our check in table to the right between the tents. CIC has a secure waiting area on the artificial turf for greeting campers when they return. Visit our staff person at the table to get entrance to this area.
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Campers will return to the Catalina Express Terminal in San Pedro at approximately 12:00 noon on Monday. A reminder email will be sent prior to the end of the session. Please plan to be on time to greet your returning camper…they will be excited to see you!
For safety reasons, you will not be allowed to wait on the dock. When the boat arrives, the campers will disembark into the waiting area. To help with the overall flow of many campers greeting their very excited parents, once you find your camper, please move outside the waiting area. Our staff needs the waiting area clear to unload the luggage. Once all of the luggage has been unloaded, the area will be opened to pick it up. You can not begin to pick up luggage until it has all been off-loaded. Please double-check the tags on your camper’s luggage – many bags look alike. Double-check to make sure you get all of it! Lost and found items will be stored until the end of September and then donated to a local charity.