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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.
We are a one and two-week co-ed sleepaway camp for children and teens 1st through 10th grade.
Howlands Landing is located at the west end of Santa Catalina Island, 22 miles west of Los Angeles, California.
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.
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Summer Camp Rock Climbing – A Great Confidence Booster
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10 Reasons to Become a Camp Counselor
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Lifelong Lessons Learned at Summer Camp
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Living in the Moment at Sleepaway Camp
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To Go to Camp Alone or With a Friend?
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Learn about Catalina Island at L.A. Camp Fair 2022!
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First Time Campers: A Guide to Summer Camp
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Attending Sleepaway Camp with a Friend
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At What Age Are Kids Ready for Sleepaway Camp?
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Summer Camp Goals Journal
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How to Spot the Best Summer Camps in Southern California
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Your Kid Needs Outdoor Summer Camp to Understand You and Others
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10 Fun Letters to Send Your Camp Kid
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You’ve Got Mail from Your Camper!
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Games to Bring to Sleepover Summer Camp
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The Kids That Need California Overnight Summer Camp the Most
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Sending Your Child to Sleepaway Camp? Here Are Some Good Books to Read
Summer Sleepaway Camp Books to Read Sending your kids off to a sleepaway camp in California this summer may seem like a...Read More
When is it Time for Sleepaway Summer Camp in California?
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Perks of a California Adventure Camp
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Archery For Kids at Summer Camp
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Benefits of Sending Your Kids to Overnight Camp in SoCal
There are many benefits of sending your child to an overnight camp in Southern California, but there are a few gems we hear...Read More
Prepping Your Teen for a Digital Detox at Summer Camp
A fantastic and screen-free summer can be a reality for teens who attend summer camp for teenagers But you might want to...Read More
Is Your Child Ready for a California Adventure Camp?
How do you know when your child is ready for adventure camp in California It would be incredibly convenient if there was a...Read More
What to Do While Your Child is at Overnight Camp
It’s a question for the ages: What are parents supposed to do with all that free time when their kids head off to an...Read More
What Skills Do I Need to Be a Camp Counselor?
Summer camp counselors possess a multitude of skills with real-world value A lot of the essential skills you gain as a camp...Read More
11 Tips to Prepare Anxious Kids for Summer Sleepaway Camp
Photos of smiling children engaged in sports, swimming, and just generally playing around with campers are the standard...Read More
Making New Friends at Overnight Camp
Making new friends at overnight summer camp is one of the things kids most look forward to From overnight campouts to...Read More
When Choosing a Summer Camp, Don’t Make These Mistakes
You decide to send your kid to sleepaway camp and of course, you want to make the best choice possible, right To help you...Read More
When Do I Send My Child to Kids Summer Camp?
If only there were a simple one-size-fits-all answer to the question, “When do I send my kid to go camp” The reality...Read More
Friendship Comes Naturally at Summer Camp
For a lot of people, the thought of going to a strange place where they don’t know anyone can be nerve-wracking Many...Read More
3 Tips To Help Parents With Kids At Sleepaway Camp
Move over Homesick, Make Room for ‘Kidsick’ There is absolutely no way in the world your sweet little kid is ready for...Read More
What Camp Counselors Wish Parents Knew About Overnight Camp
Many camp parents have experienced it, that “hold on a sec” moment of creeping self-doubt when you suddenly catch...Read More
Tips to Prepare Your Child and Yourself for Sleepaway Camp
For kids, going to camp for the first time conjures a mix of nervous anticipation, excitement and a flickering sense of...Read More
Finding Your Camp
We answer questions all the time from parents about summer camp In one way or another, all of the questions come down to...Read More
How Summer Camp Helps with Social Development
Summer camp brings new opportunities for kids and teens! Building friendships, becoming more independent and diving into...Read More
Why Kids Love Stand Up Paddleboarding
Swimming, kayaking and canoeing are certainly fun water activities, but there’s nothing quite like stand up...Read More
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...Read More
Reasons to Consider Sending Your Kids to Sleepaway Camp
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What Do Kids Learn about Friendship at Camp?
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How Do I Know If My Child Is Ready for Sleepaway Camp?
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How Does Summer Camp Encourage Outdoor Adventure?
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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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Exciting Summer Camp Activities for Kids of All Ages
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Important Tips To Prepare Your Child For Sleepaway Camp
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Great Questions For Dinner Table Conversations
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Summer Camp Makes Kids Capable and Independent
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You’ve decided to send your child to a sleepaway camp this summer How do you find the best camp for your camper...Read More
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Do You Speak Overnight Summer Camp?
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You made the big decision to send your kids to Summer Camp on Catalina Island Congratulations! Choosing the right kids...Read More
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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...Read More
I Heart Camp Day
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The Power of Summer Camp
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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...Read More
UNPLUG, CONNECT, DISCOVER
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...Read More
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...Read More
Summer Camp: Can it make kids more responsible?
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Your Child’s First Sleep Away Camp?
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Summer Camp Makes Kids Resilient
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Catalina Foxes at Catalina Island Camp
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