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CCUSA: It’s Camp Counselors USA and We Love It!

Hey SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD it’s me, Dori! I am the social media coordinator at Catalina Sea Camp this summer!


I thought I was going to be the weirdo all the way from the other side of the country. After all, I endured a five-hour plane ride all the way from Atlanta, Georgia, to be here. Then I found out that some people here had a five-hour layover on their 15 HOURS flight across nations and oceans—suddenly Georgia seemed just a hop and a skip away from here.

My slight southern accent fades to irrelevance in the wake of the Australian and New Zealand accents here. Is Catalina Sea Camp just that famous? Is it known all over the Earth? Do people from the far reaches of the planet clamor for the opportunity to work here?

Maybe or maybe not.

Catalina Sea Camp is a sponsor for an organization called CCUSA— Camp Counselors USA. This program works with the US Department of State to facilitate international opportunities for young people to work at camps all over the globe. Catalina Sea camp hosts 6 of these adventurers. Let’s meet these incredible people!



You’ll see her cooking up some shrimp or bicycling her way to ice cream this summer.

Hometown: Sydney, Australia

Plans for after camp: Exploring the west coast for two months, making her way to Canada and eventually to Hawaii.

“Most of this stuff here have been firsts for me—this whole environmental and things I’ve been doing. It’s cool to just take it on and go headfirst into it all and know people that are returners, but also knowing that there are new people here too. It’s teamwork on a different level, and everyone offers a hand or does what they can to help.”




Even though he’s an avid surfer outside of camp, he’ll be filling his time with skit performances, crazy costumes, and camp songs this summer instead.

Hometown: Kaiapoi, New Zealand

Plans for after camp: Visiting family in Seattle, traveling the west coast of America. Planning to visit San Francisco because of the city’s aesthetics and film history.

“This place has similar traits to my favorite place in the world—Malborough Sounds. It’s disconnected from the rest of the world.”


Pursuing his masters in education, Brian is taking the summer off to experience education in a different environment.

Hometown: Sydney, Australia

Plans for after camp: Traveling for six weeks through America and Canada, specifically the Grand Canyon and Texas.

“My field is youth, and my friend did a program in Canada, and he loved it. This is my chance to see America and also have a break from university.”



Working as the surf instructor, Anna gets the chance to shred the gnar with some first time surfers this summer.

Hometown: Tuross Head, Australia

Plans for after camp: To Indiana to visit a friend she met last year at Catalina Sea Camp, and then wherever she wants for the next month.

“I loved it—the island, the people I worked with. I made lots of new friends and did lots of things outside my comfort zone.”

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She may be missing whale season to work here, but she’d rather be here, spending time teaching kids about the ocean.

Hometown: Sydney, Australia

Plans for after camp: Working on the Great Barrier Reef on Lady Elliot Island

“This place has such good community. We’re one big family. And I have the best boss in the whole world, Jeff.”



Already having spent two summers here, he was appointed Crew Chief for this third summer at Catalina Sea Camp.

Hometown: Dunedin, New Zealand

Plans for after camp: Traveling the United States and the world

“Being able to be Crew Chief this year has allowed me to be challenged in new ways, that’s why I came back.”


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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

Don’t Miss this Summer FUN!

You could be having all this fun!

Registration is Still Open! Hurry before we are full! 

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 (Limited Availability for Female Campers)
Three-Week Session 72:  July 24 – August 12   $4,400 

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 

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)

Michael Muller Comes to Sea Camp!

This summer the amazing Michael Muller visited us at Catalina Sea Camp. Over the years Michael has traveled all over the world and has captured some pretty spectacular images. Whether it’s shooting movie posters, famous celebrities, or epic ocean creatures Michael has lived quite the adventurous life. Recently Michael has been using his photography to show people the amazing creatures that live in our oceans, in particular sharks.

IMG_8987Over the years sharks have not developed the best reputation. You never hear them described as cute and adorable, more like dangerous man-eaters. But did you know that only about 6 people are killed by sharks every year? And in the United States only about 1 person every other year will be killed by a shark? Compared to the billions of people that live on our planet is that number really that big? No! But sharks continue to be viewed as the bad guys.

Did you now that vending machines are more dangerous than sharks?! Yes its true, in the United States vending machines kill an average of 12 people every single year. That’s insane! Want to now something that’s even crazier? Selfies have killed more people this year than sharks. You should be more afraid of taking a selfie than you should be of a shark. But because the media continues to portray sharks as evil, man eating monsters sharks continue to have a horrible reputation.


As a result Michael has been on a mission to use his photography in hopes of promoting shark conservation and changing peoples perceptions about sharks. After spending time documenting sharks both in and out of the cage Michael has successfully captured and shared the beauty of sharks.

Author: Alex Feltes

Art Shack DIY

Running a summer art program for kids can be a challenging balance game. Keeping campers entertained and interested while keeping projects simple and relatively mess free is the ultimate goal, and I always try to mix things up so our returning campers aren’t doing the same projects year after year! I’ve done tie-dye and bleach out shirts, tiles, clay, watercolor, shrinky-dinks, silk painting and more, but I’ve always wanted to do a batik project.

Batik is the process of dying intricate designs on fabric using hot wax to block out shapes while dying the fabric with various colors. Hot wax is a tricky thing to use and keep track of when working with kids, and the materials can be expensive though, so I have strayed away from it in the past. This year however I have tried a different version of batik that is simple and kid friendly! We made a batik design on bandanas and they turned out great!


  • plain white bandana
  • bottle of washable Elmer’s Glue
  • Acrylic paint, paint brushes, and water

That’s it!

Step One: On scratch paper, lay out a design for your batik. It could be words, images, or just a cool line design. Sky’s the limit! Just think about how you want to add color and what your design will look like in the end. Once you’ve perfected your design on paper, you’re ready for the real thing!

Step Two: Using the bottle of Elmer’s glue, draw out your design on your bandana. Be careful not to make thick lines of glue or heavy dots. You want your lines to be thin and steady across the surface of the fabric.


Step Three: Let the glue dry in the sun and work on something else!


Backup projects are a huge part of the Art Shack at camp. Things like jewelry or friendship bracelets, lanyards, coloring book pages, etc. are important to have ready while projects dry or if a camper isn’t particularly involved in the project you are doing. Check out this video of another simple project that we do at camp.

Step Four: Now that the glue is dry (about 30 minutes or so of drying time), it’s time to paint! Using acrylic paint, add water to the palette to really water the paint down a bit. This makes it much easier to spread across the fabric and gives the finished project a cool, lighter effect. Cover the entire face of the fabric in paint putting colors wherever you’d like, and there’s no need to avoid the glue lines- you can paint right over the top of them! Again, reminder that you do not need heavy paint on the bandana- the lighter the layer, the better it will look and the easier it will dry.

You may want to cover your surface with paper for the paint portion, since the fabric is thin and tends to soak through onto your working surface. (You don’t want to put paper underneath for the wet glue portion however, as the glue will soak through and dry to the paper, eventually taking the paper with it when you pick up the bandana. It is easier to pull the fabric off of the table surface and wipe it down after you are finished to get rid of any glue that may have stuck to the table.)

Step Five: Let the paint dry (acrylic dries rather quickly). Once it is completely dry, throw your bandana in a wash cycle with cold water and tumble dry on low. This sets the paint in, washes the glue off of the bandana and leaves thin white lines wherever your glue was, exposing the original design you made! It also softens the fabric so now you are ready to use your bandana or display it somewhere for it to be admired!  Voila!


Archery, Skills & Imagination

Take a moment out of your crazy day, close your eyes, clear your mind, and picture yourself or your child at our archery range. What are the first thoughts that come to mind? Possibly…dread of never hitting the target, or feelings of joy and excitement or maybe all you image is Katniss Everdeen. Now remove all your preconceived notions from your mind and remember this fact.

Not only is archery fun but it also teach useful life skills so it doesn’t matter if the target it missed. There are numerous important skills that can be learned from archery however we are going to discuss three of them.

1. Creativity and Imagination – Our archery range isn’t any ordinary place. It is a place where heroes live, where the helpless receive aid, and where dinosaurs roam. Be on the look out for Raptors and if any are seen scaling the 10,000 watt electric fence then use the jeep as a get away or use archery to save yourself. This place where dinosaurs roam is called Jurassic Island and is modeled after the story of Jurassic Park. The story can get as elaborate or as simple as the participants want. The sky and the imaginations of the participants are the only limits.

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2. Concentrations or Focused Attention – Pretend the arrow is already loaded on the bow.  Although most of the time that process only takes a few seconds it also takes concentration. Loaded bow is ready to fire however there are more steps that take concentration. Breath in, breath out, aim and if luck is with you, you can fire. It sounds simple enough however there are several factors that take complete attention. Such as keeping both the bow and arrow steady, aiming, and firing without being distracted by any elements (aka other people, the wind, your arrow slipping from the bow) around you. It is much more difficult than it sounds.

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3. Determination and patience – Archery is a sport that takes time and practice. The more practice given to this sport the better and more accurate the arrows fly. Determination and patience are needed to make successful improvements.


At the end of the day participants leave the archery range with more refined skills, a feeling of accomplishment, and wonderful memories of a great time at Catalina Sea Camp.


5 Must Haves When Packing for Camp

The first day of camp is almost here! Now, of course that means packing for your child. This can be a stressful and overwhelming process. We want to give you a heads up as to what is really important for your child to bring with them to camp. Here are the 5 simple things your child MUST HAVE.

1. Good Pair of Shoes
Every camper needs a good pair of shoes. It doesn’t matter what color, brand, or how long they have had them. The purpose of a good pair of shoes is to get your child moving, participating, and ready for any adventure that awaits them. Camp is a place where your child can try new things in an environment where they are safe and supported.

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Good shoes have them jumping for joy!

2. Cap – Thinking Cap
A thinking cap isn’t an actual tangible item however it is important to the experience your child will have at camp. Trust me, their thinking cap will get used. Your child isn’t in school, yet there are so many opportunities to learn about the ocean, Catalina Island, and even about themselves. Some of the activities are designed to be fun and entertaining and engage your child’s critical thinking skills in order to accomplish tasks. Not only does your child’s thinking cap help with problem solving, it is also critical in having a positive attitude. No matter what camp your child attends, there is always something that doesn’t go as planned. The weather is bad for a hike or the waves are not big enough to stand up in surf class. Whatever the case may be that things didn’t go as planned; a positive attitude can completely change the experience from so-so to spectacular!

Casi has her thinking cap and she is thinking this is a great place for a nap.

3. Suit – Silly Suit
Camp is the place where you can wear your silly suit the entire time. Wearing your silly suit means singing at random times. It means not being afraid to be yourself. It also means you can actually wear the silliest things you can find and no one will think twice about what you have on. So bring your costumes, wigs, funny hats, and gorilla suits…they will get worn. Oh and since we are surrounded by ocean, bringing an actual swimming suit is a good thing, too.

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4. Goggles – Friendship Goggles or Mask
At camp your child will put their goggles on and open their eyes to all the possibilities of friendship. There will be children at camp from all over the world, so your child has the opportunity to make friends with kids from all backgrounds and walks of life. Differences are a place for common ground at camp and these friendships form quickly. Many of the friendships made as 8-year-olds last a lifetime. The friendship goggles will help them to open their eyes and their heart.

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5. Toothbrush
A toothbrush because everyone needs one or that would be gross.

All kidding aside, this list will ensure your child has a memorable experience this summer. While packing clothes and everything else on the packing list is important, do not panic if something is forgotten. Being willing to try new things (good pair of shoes), having a positive thinking (thinking cap), being silly (Silly suit), and opening your heart (Friendship goggles) to new people is what camp is really all about.


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!