TOYON BAY marine biology camp for kids
An Amazing Summer Camp Experience on Catalina Island
Our secluded Toyon Bay summer camp facility is two and a half miles by water from the city of Avalon. It is a great place to spend the summer and enjoy your own private beach camp. Originally built in 1929 as a private boarding school turned summer camp for kids, Toyon is an ideal combination of land and sea for an amazing summer camp experience.
Toyon’s charming Spanish California architecture features comfortable dorms and fantastic indoor and outdoor dining facilities. Additionally, Toyon Bay has a private beach and pier, dive locker, state-of-the-art marine biology labs, shark petting tank, aquariums, display areas, and recreational facilities. Our camp is well integrated with the natural beauty of Catalina Island’s land and sea environments. Toyon Bay is the perfect location and is the summer camp of your dreams!
Toyon’s charming Spanish California architecture features comfortable dorms and fantastic indoor and outdoor dining facilities. Additionally, Toyon Bay has a private beach and pier, dive locker, state-of-the-art marine biology labs, shark petting tank, aquariums, display areas, and recreational facilities. Our camp is well integrated with the natural beauty of Catalina Island’s land and sea environments. Toyon Bay is the perfect location and is the summer camp of your dreams! Take a look at our 360 Tour to see what its like to live for a summer at a beach camp in California.
Summer Camp Packing List
Let’s Get Ready for Camp!
In order to prepare for camp, we suggest packing the items listed on our summer camp packing list. All items should be packed into NO MORE THAN TWO (2) DUFFEL BAGS.
PLEASE BE SURE EVERYTHING IS LABELED WITH YOUR CAMPER’S NAME!
Please make sure all luggage has visible tags with the camper’s name, address, and telephone number legibly written in ink.
Camp Dining at Toyon Bay
“This Is The Best Food Ever! Better Than At Home!”
Our Food Service staff provides delicious camp dining options, including three high-quality, well-balanced meals per day. Meals always include a variety of options, including vegetarian items and a salad bar. Campers eat buffet style in our dining hall with a counselor at the head of each table.
We also often dine in our barbecue area, where campers sit at picnic tables and eat buffet-style. Barbecues are favorites among campers and staff alike, where the food service staff freshly prepares amazing meals like grilled chicken, hamburgers, ribs, fajitas, stir fry, even eggs and pancakes at breakfast, right in front of the campers and staff!
Camper Dorms at Toyon Bay
At the end of an adventurous and enriching day at Catalina Sea Camp, your child will come back to our camper dorms.
Camper dorms are used to clean up, share their favorite experiences with their bunkmates, and get some good old-fashioned shuteye in preparation for the next action-packed day. At Catalina Sea Camp, your child’s needs are an essential aspect of our camper dorms. Details are thought out by our vast experience of managing residential life for more than forty years.
Telephone calls to or from the campers are NOT allowed due to their busy schedules and our camp philosophy of fostering camper independence. If you have any concerns about your child, our staff is available to help you. Please call camp between 7:30 am and 9:30 pm at (310) 510-1622. Calls after 9:30 pm may be answered by an answering machine. The camp office is closed on weekends. Prior to camp, you will be emailed a number to call should you need to reach someone any time of day for an emergency.
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Catalina Sea Camp believes that meeting new people is an essential part of the camp experience. We encourage you and your camper to think of camp as an opportunity to meet as many new friends as possible. Summer camp is a great way to develop life skills, especially friend-making skills.
what to bring to camp
We have provided a printable packing list. Everything on the list has a function. We suggest checking off or counting the exact number of items on this list. Please keep this form at home to ensure that all the items are accounted for upon your camper’s return from camp. PLEASE MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS WELL LABELED WITH YOUR CAMPER’S NAME.