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THE BEST DAY EVER

A couple of people behind the scenes that make camp that make every day the the best day ever are the Head Counselors. Their main purpose is to help and support all of our counselors in the wonderful job that they do looking after all the campers. They also do some less exciting paperwork and administration type of tasks. Everything they do is to help make the best experience for all the campers. 

Now to introduce our funny head counselors who have come from afar…

Meet our Head Female Counselor, Marea and our Head Male Counselor, John

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Although Marea has spent most of her time living with butterflies in New Zealand, she recently has decided to step out of her cocoon and travel to the U.S.A for the summer. In her free time she likes to sing songs and skip around town. She has been training to be able to lick her elbow, and thinks she will be able to do it by the end of the Summer!

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Helloooooooo! My names Swan or Swanny or Swanathon or hey you. Swanny comes from a land down under…yes, you guess it, England! Hahaha He has been trying for years to become the lead juggler in the traveling circus. Although every year they tell him that he should try again next year. We all hope his dreams will come true. In the meantime he has decided to try his talents in the U.S. While here he plans to train in his free time. We really wish him the best of luck. 

If you can’t tell we love have fun and being silly. We hope you had a laugh and enjoyed the video.

WE HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!!!

How To Make A Shrinky Dink

Want to learn a new fun way to craft?  Then follow these steps to create your very own shrinky dink!

 

shrinky dinkStep 1: Get your creative juices flowing!

Draw or even trace a picture onto a shrinky dink plastic sheet! Colored pencils and markers work best as coloring tools. 

Step 2: Cut it out! 

After finishing decorating your design it is time to cut out your design. If you are planning on making jewelry or key chains out of your shrinky dink it is also a good idea to punch holes into the plastic before you shrink it.

Step 3: Bringing your shrinky dink to life!

Pre-heat the oven to about 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your design on some non-stick aluminum foil and bake your design for about 1 to 3 minutes. As they begin to bake they will begin to shrink! Once you have finished baking your design remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.

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Step 4: Enjoy! Once your shrinky dink has cooled show them off!

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ITS BRO TIME!

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GUYS are you ready for a change? Then dive on in and discover your adventurous side at Catalina Sea Camp! If you have not already signed up for Catalina Sea Camp you should do it now. We already have a waitlist in most sessions for girls.

Catalina Sea Camp • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 13

One-Week Session 1:  June 11 – June 17           $1,600 (Waitlist for Female Campers)
One-Week Session 2:  June 18 – June 24           $1,700 (Waitlist for Female Campers)
One-Week Session 3:  June 25 – July 1              $1,700 (Waitlist for Female Campers)

*Please note: Catalina Sea Camp One-Week Sessions run from Saturday to Friday

Space is limited in some sessions.  A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200.00 is required to register. Register HERE

Catalina Sea Camp • Three-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Three-Week Session 71:  July 3 – July 22          $4,400 (Waitlist for Female Campers)
Three-Week Session 72:  July 24 – August 12   $4,400 

Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE

*Please note: Catalina Sea Camp Three-Week Sessions run from Sunday to Friday

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY!   For additional information or questions, please contact us.

Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305

Snorkeling at Sea Camp!

Snorkeling at Catalina Sea Camp is one of those awesome activities that anybody can do! Grab a mask and snorkel, throw on a wetsuit, and kick around with your fins to experience the amazing underwater ecosystem Toyon Bay has to offer. Snorkeling makes it easy to see the marine life dwelling below, and some campers even challenge themselves to practice underwater photography or advance their freediving skills. But where did snorkeling even begin?!

Snorkeling is said to date back to over 5,000 years ago, when natural sponge farmers off the coast of Crete used hollow reeds to breath under water. From these simple tubes, other breathing apparatuses were developed to allow divers to stay below the water’s surface. In 900 B.C.E., Assyrian divers used animal skins filled with air, and later in 333 B.C.E. Alexander the Great encouraged the develop of the diving bell. By the mid 1500s, the diving bell was extremely advanced and allowed long, dry descents, but it did not allow for much mobility or a way to see easily into the water. Aristotle also references a snorkel-like device where divers had tubes that led to the surface for air. Leonardo da Vinci invented many breathing devices and drew up endless designs that ranged from simple snorkels to wetsuits that had self-contained P8010026breathing systems! These designs were ahead of their time but helped to inspire technology for other water activities such as SCUBA diving.

Today, snorkel equipment is very advanced, and specialized rubbers and plastics help to keep divers safe and comfortable. Hundreds of models of masks make it possible to find the perfect fit, snorkels are long lasting and resistant to ocean wear and tear, and in general it is a simple and affordable hobby. At Catalina Sea Camp you are guaranteed to have fun and see some of our favorite critters in the rocky reefs, like the California State Marine Fish, the garibaldi!

Written By: Jaclyn Lucas

Happy New Years Eve!


 

Only hours until those transitional 10 seconds that lead us into the New Year. What have you done differently this year compared to the last? Did you uphold your end of the deal to practice a consistent workout routine, to eat healthier, or to spend more time outdoors? Or did new resolutions arise as this year began to age? Lets take a minute to think back on this year and reflect on all that we have accomplished.NYResolutions

It’s tradition to set goals with a new coming year in order to make change and to better ourselves as individuals. A fresh start is what most interpret the New Year to be, and many take advantage of setting up check points in order to steer ourselves towards success. As human beings, we only want to enhance ourselves so that we can embrace the maximum that life can give each of us individually and simply enjoy it with peace. This whole resolution phenomenon is said to have began back with the ancient Babylonians. It was believed among the people that in order to have a good year and be in good status with the gods that they would make promises that needed to be fulfilled in order to pay respects to those above them.

As you are looking back on 2015 and all the doors that you have walked through, focus on the growth you’ve succeeded within yourself. The goals you’ve reached. The transitions you’ve made. Focus on the people and the experiences that have taken you from the moment that glass, shimmering ball hit zero seconds on January 1st to the person you are right now in the present, both good and bad. Don’t reject the bad, but accept it and learn for growth is a natural process that shouldn’t be fought. Whether you know it or now, you’re a different person from once this year began. Use all that you have gained to help you make new resolutions for the upcoming year.

Here at CIMI and Catalina Sea Camp, we all make resolutions in order to make our time here the best that it can be, whether it’s related to making ourselves better educators or conservationists on this island, or even to make us better hosts for the students and campers who visit us.

The most important message to take this is to set yourself up for success. Make goals that will optimize your happiness and experiences in life. If you’re aware of things that need change, make goals that will help you find resolution and lead you towards feeling ultimate in the end. We hope to see you soon next year in 2016!!!

Written by: John Cornett

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years
Photo Credits – http://thecenterforfamilies.com/keeping-your-new-years-resolutions/

Halloween: 9 Steps to Zombie Apocalypse

Are you ready for Halloween because we are at Sea Camp? We have overrun by Zombies for the Night of the Living Dead dance party. Part of the basketball court got closed off and converted into a hazard zone emulating everything zombie. The campers then got transformed into their undead selves and spent the evening eating snacks, playing games, and dancing away. What kind of zombie would you be? Now you can find out how we did it.

Here are the 9 Steps to create your very own Zombie Apocalypse.

Materials to turn undead:
Liquid Latex
Makeup sponges
Single-ply toilet paper (or double-ply split apart)
Fake blood
Black face paint (to really add that sense of decay)
Hair dryer or safe heat source for drying (optional)

9 Steps to Zombie Apocalypse:
1. Apply layer of liquid latex to desired part of face with makeup sponge. Let dry until nearly clear.
2. Repeat step one, two or three times. Let each layer dry.
3. Apply layer of liquid latex to same part of face, pat toilet paper onto wet latex. Let dry.
4. Remove excess toilet paper around edges. Apply latex over toilet paper.
5. Repeat steps three and four, two or three times. Let dry.
6. Pull and tug at raised parts of latex to create skin lesions and tears.
7. Shadow the latex, and inside edges of lesions with black face paint.
8. Apply fake blood to desired result.
9. Enjoy Sea Camp zombie night.

Early Bird Incentive Ends SOON!

Don’t Miss Out on All this FUN!

Sign up before December 31st, 2015 and SAVE $$$$!

Register HERE

Catalina Sea Camp • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 13

One-Week Session 1:  June 11 – June 17           $1,450 ($1,600 after 12/31/15)
One-Week Session 2:  June 18 – June 24           $1,550 ($1,700 after 12/31/15)
One-Week Session 3:  June 25 – July 1               $1,550 ($1,700 after 12/31/15)

*Please note: Catalina Sea Camp One-Week Sessions run from Saturday to Friday

Space is limited in some sessions.  A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200.00 is required to register. Register HERE

Catalina Sea Camp • Three-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Three-Week Session 71:  July 3 – July 22          $4,150 ($4,400 after 12/31/15)
Three-Week Session 72:  July 24 – August 12   $4,150 ($4,400 after 12/31/15)

Space is limited in some sessions. NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE

*Please note: Catalina Sea Camp Three-Week Sessions run from Sunday to Friday

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY!   For additional information or questions, please contact us.

Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
Catalina Sea Camp • P. O. Box 1360 • Claremont, CA 91711
Email: Sea Camp Registrar
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)

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Camp = Adventures in Growing up

In the summer of 1987 a lot was going on. Astronomers at University of California discovered the of birth of a galaxy, Stars camp; Stripes brought the America’s Cup back to home to the US, and I was going to Catalina Sea Camp at Toyon Bay. My main ambition to go to camp was to get my junior certification in SCUBA, the rest was trivial in my young mind. Nevertheless, I was pretty apprehensive about the camp experience, let alone being away from my family. Who knew what to expect? I had friends back home, I was already a big fish in a small pond, and now I had to swim in the open waters of meeting new people? Ugh!

Let’s step back to where it all began. In 1985, my father owned an airplane, a Cessena 182 based out of Oceanside, CA and Ross needed a ride to Mexico. Permission slip in hand, and homework in flight, we took Ross Turner, founder of CIMI camp down to the Sea of Cortez to supervise a 7/8th grade school trip in a small town called Bahia de Los Angeles (unfortunately Guided Discoveries no longer offers this program). Arturo, our guide and owner of the Ridley’s and Leatherback Turtle farm Sanctuary took us by the hand for a tour of night snorkeling and daily nearby island tours. The school kids stayed in a large hostel bunk style. Each kid learned the rudimentary means to hoof 5 gallon buckets of sea water from the ocean to the toilets a 100 yards away, gross. Once, a strong girl came up behind a struggling boy and ripped that bucket from his hands, “woman-handling” 5 gallons to the toilet. Ok.

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We explored multiple islands with marine ecology and inter-tidal zones, along with night dives right off our porch. That particular night snorkeling adventure, we came across a Tiger Eel and various marine species. Arturo, our guide, shared his turtle sanctuary and turtle hatchlings from would be poachers. For a kid, this was unimaginable. We were inundated with knowledge and inspiration. Of course, I was two years younger, while these kids were in 8th grade. I had a few years of growing up before I was old enough to go to sea camp.

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We returned from that trip with a short flight stop to Toyon Bay on Catalina Island’s famous steep runway. Not for the faint hearted! There we met Jean-Michel Cousteau and his wind turbine boat, the Alcyone. We also met Environmental that was there to re-introduce the Bald Eagle to Catalina Island. What an experience! Shark cages on the Alcyone and baby Bald Eagles flying over Catalina. Several months later we were “channel surfing” as we do at home on the tube. National Geographic on assignment was featured on TV and there was the story of Jean-Michel Cousteau and the Bald Eagles, not to mention Kristy’s bright face with Ross and CIMI camp in tow.  They filmed CIMI camp with kids working their masks and snorkles, and I distinctly remember a beautiful arial shot of Toyon Bay and Catalina Island. After an adventure like this, who could resist going to Sea Camp, right?

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At 12 years old, I could barely fit into the scuba equipment, let alone my wetsuit. I was a small guy with big ambitions. Catalina Sea Camp at Toyon Bay was such a big place for my little body. We were engulfed by a small canyon, filled with roaming Buffalo on the soccer field, along with housing, class buildings, and administration around the campus. The place was buzzing with tons of new exploring. We developed a routine, much like school, but it was fun. Eating, classes, and fun campfire story telling filled the voids. The girls were looking pretty- we had a dance night and made best friends forever. The 4th of July we hiked to the side of the hill to watch the fireworks as far as the eye could see on the mainland. One night there was a campfire with a story of E-ot-tsu. Later on in life I only remember that it became later morphed to that with Harry the Killer whale. My least favorite experience turned out to be the nurse. She was the sweetest person, but she ultimately crushed my dreams. My first try at diving I was totally geared up, and Nurse Rachet stopped me cold feet. I had asthma. Although I had a permission slip from my doctor, it didn’t help and they were not about to take the risk. I was told I could not SCUBA at the camp, but I could be in sailing class. My eyes wet and red, I couldn’t believe it. There was nothing worse that someone tearing away at your dreams, at least from my perspective. But, even the worst experiences turn out to be the best stories. It wasn’t until later at camp I became best friends with her daughter that attended the camp at the same time. Today, we are all still very good friends, even nurse Rachet!

Sailing into the Sea Camp Family

I joined the Sea Camp sail staff in 2012 after USC’s School of Cinematic Arts accepted me into their Film and Television Production program. Before coming to Catalina, I worked for ten years as the Assistant Sail Director for a day camp in Coconut Grove, Florida for children ages 7-13. I also sailed competitively throughout high school, traveling around the country to various regattas.

My first summer on the island was filled with new experiences, exciting adventures, and lifelong friendships. I earned the sail name Ripple Dill my very first week at camp after reading a label on a bucket and it immediately became part of my identity. Check these camper sail names: What would your sail be?

It has been an incredible privilege to be part of the sail staff and we have created our own little family. We collaborate to create the safest and most enjoyable program possible for our campers, we plan trips together for our days off, and reunite regularly when we are off the island. In particular, the Tubbs family, who have had all three of their children work at Toyon Bay, have welcomed me into their family, which is a great resource for someone from the east coast.

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I have also enjoyed watching our campers share my passion for sailing and grow from children into young adults. This past spring, one of my favorite sailors was accepted to my alma mater, Bowdoin College, and will be attending in the fall. When I return to Los Angeles at the end of the summer, I will graduate from my masters program and plan to pursue a career at a talent agency. I know that the lessons that I have learned here will serve me well for the rest of my life and Toyon Bay will always be a place that I call home.

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WELCOME TO THE SEA CAMPER BLOG

We would like to thank you for visiting our blog. Catalina Sea Camp is a hands-on marine science program with an emphasis on ocean exploration. Our classes and activities are designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits. This blog is intended to provide you with up-to-date news and information about our camp programs, as well as current science and ocean happenings. This blog has been created by our staff who have at minimum a Bachelors Degree in Marine Science or related subject. We encourage you to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Vine to see even more of our interesting science and ocean information. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or share our blog with others. Please visit www.catalinaseacamp.org for additional information. Happy Reading!

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