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Arrival & Departure Info

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Travel Information

Please read this information thoroughly and contact our office (626-296-4040) with any questions.

Camper Departure Procedures

The camp experience for most campers begins on the boat ride to Catalina Island. For our campers flying in from other areas, please see your Summer Camp Handbook for more information on traveling to Los Angeles.

Schedule of Events

  • 3:00 PM Arrive at Catalina Express terminal in San Pedro (map is in the Summer Camp Handbook)
  • 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!

 

Baggage Procedure

When you arrive at the terminal, pull up to the curb 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.

Camper Check-In

There are two stations at the check-in area:

  •  Registration: Check-in with our office staff 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.

The Terminal

Parking at the terminal is free for the first hour, $2.00 for each hour after the first and $19.00 maximum per day. There is a small snack bar in the terminal as well as restrooms, and tourist information on Catalina Island.

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. On your right will be a large, roped-off area. There will be two separate lines to gain access to the area.

 

The Quick Way

To be admitted to the roped-off area, you must have photo identification and the emailed Fast Pass. A staff member at the check-in table will check your photo ID against your Fast Pass (on your phone or a printed copy) and will admit you into the waiting area. The Fast Pass will be sent to you a week before your child comes to camp.

The Not-So-Quick Way

If you don’t have your “Fast Pass”, you will be asked to go to a separate line to show photo identification to another staff member. They will then check your child’s enrollment form to make sure that you are authorized to pick up your child before admitting you to the waiting area.

Another Not-So-Quick Way

If someone other than you will be picking up your child, you must call our mainland office (626-296-4040) and notify them by the Friday before your camper’s return. The person picking up your child will need to show their photo ID to the staff at the check-in table, who will check the ID against the name previously provided by you.

Campers will return to the Catalina Express Terminal in San Pedro at approximately 12:00 noon on the date indicated on your child’s enrollment form. 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 150+ campers greeting their 200+ 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.

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