Jean-Michel Cousteau Family Camp

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August 18 – August 22, 2021

Registration opens February 22, 2021

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Jean Michel Cousteau Family Camp is a cooperative effort between Ocean Futures Society and Catalina Island Camps.

Each summer since 1997, (except for 2020) Jean-Michel Cousteau, Dr. Richard “Murph” Murphy, Holly Lohuis and the Ocean Futures team have come to Howlands Landing for a 5-day, 4-night family camp adventure. Jean-Michel brings the spirit and excitement of a Cousteau expedition for families to the fun and relaxed setting of Howlands Landing. Family Camp is a unique opportunity to get to know Jean-Michel personally and experience his message of inspiration and hope. Parents, children, grandkids and family members along with new and old friends spend their days and nights having fun and learning about the wonders of the ocean. Family Camp is a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy being together in a beautiful place with other active families.

JMC Family Camp is held once each summer in August after our summer camp ends. Cabins at camp are simple one-room buildings with electric lights and bunk beds for 12 people. Restrooms and hot showers are located nearby. We eat our meals outside under the shade of our dining area. The kitchen serves plenty of good food with hot entrees, children’s choices, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options and plenty of fresh fruit and salad. Camp staff leads activities throughout the day or if you prefer, you can relax in a beach chair with your favorite book.

As of April 1, 2021, we do not have state guidance to reopen camp. California Department of Public Health has said camps will be able to reopen June 1, but have not released operational guidelines for County Health Departments needed to issue Permits. Until such guidance is issued we will limit each cabin to 6 people (50% of capacity). At this time, because of the uncertainty of camp, in order to hold your spot, we ask for only a $100 non-refundable deposit. We ask for a deposit now to assist us in preparation. In the time leading up to Family Camp, we must spend to prepare, even without guidance to open.  We understand if you cannot take the chance to register now, whether for health, financial or other reasons. We hope there will be spaces for everyone who wants to return or join for the first time.

Family Camp

Dates: August 18 – 22, 2021


Beach Front – $4,400

Beach View – $4,200

Field View $4,000

The cost of each cabin includes the first six people. At this time cabins are limited to 6 people until we get updated guidance from the State Health Department.  If allowed, additional people are $650 per person up to 12 people in each cabin.

Registration opens February 22!

Jean-Michele Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau
Jean-Michele Cousteau giving a presentation in front of a projector screen

There is plenty to do for all ages at Family Camp, including sitting on the beach and doing nothing. Every cabin has a scheduled snorkel trip with Jean-Michel and his naturalists. The rest of the schedule is open to come and go throughout the day. Of course, the food at Howlands is great. Our kitchen staff has the ability to accommodate many dietary needs, including vegan, vegetarian diets as well as providing dairy and gluten-free options.

Please be aware that Family Camp fills quickly each year since there are only spaces for 20 families in camp cabins. If you have questions give us a call!

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If you have your own boat that you can live on during the camp, the cost is $650 per person for access to meals, programs, and all the camp facilities. Contact us for more information.

Sending your child to Family Camp with another family or chaperone? Be sure to fill out our Unaccompanied Minor Form.

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