Year after year, campers and families return to Catalina Sea Camp. Here's why they say it's worth it!

Every time I set foot on the Toyon Bay pier, I feel like I have just arrived home after years away, even though in truth it hasn’t been long at all. The people at Sea Camp are truly the most wonderful, caring people I have ever met, and you just can’t replicate an atmosphere like that. I start counting down the days to the next summer the day I arrive on the mainland, and don’t stop until I’m on that pier again.

15-year-old Camper

Somehow, every single year the camp exceeds my expectations. I have very high expectations because I know it is an excellent camp, but every year amazes me with the new things he has learned.

Parent of a 15-year-old Camper

Sea Camp is one of my favorite places on Earth. I have made some of my best friends there and have broken out of my shell because of it. It is the one thing I look forward to every year. It don’t suck here!

16-year-old Camper

This was my daughter’s first year at Sea Camp, so I was not really sure what she would get out of the experience. She had a blast and more to the point, she came home a more confident and outgoing child.

Parent of a 13-year-old Camper

I love this place, after every session I feel like I have grown so much as a person and it is an overall rewarding experience. I meet some of the most unique and special people here and learn so much from their experiences and travels and it is just so great.

16-year-old Camper

Sam looked so alive when he got off the boat to come home. He was radiating excitement, happiness, achievement. It was a wonderful experience for him.

Parent of a 11-year-old Camper

I’d love to come back to Sea Camp, it’s one of the most entertaining, friendly, opportunity-filled places I’ve ever been to. It helps shy people come out of their shells, allows people to develop new friends, and also gives people new opportunities to discover talents, and experience different activities and such that you wouldn’t be able to do anywhere else.

16-year-old Camper

[My daughter] was scared and unsure going in and everyone right away made her feel like she was truly part of something. You all helped her step out of comfort zone and prove to herself all she is capable of. She came back with such high confidence and self-esteem. You all made the learning process exciting enough she has finally made the decision to pursue her dream of becoming a marine biologist.

Parent of an 11-year-old Camper

Camp was a financial stretch for me this summer, especially as a single mom. But I feel, bottom line, Sea Camp is the kind of experience you can’t put a price on. [My son] is as grateful as a kid possibly can be, considering he is 16. It’s hard for him to really understand how lucky he is, but I think he gets it. He comes back a deeper thinker, a “cooler” kid, and more appreciative of bonds with friends every summer. As a parent, the counselors at Sea Camp blow me away, every summer. Bright, perceptive, supportive and great young adults. As a parent, I was extremely grateful.

Parent of a 16-year-old Camper
Toyon Bay sunset.

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