Camp Life

Evenings & Weekends

Santa Catalina's location on the Monterey Peninsula gives you access to a wonderful array of activities not found anywhere else.

Weekday evening activities may include a bonfire at Carmel Beach, relay races, arts and crafts, a spa night, or an '80s dance party. Activities for all age groups encourage you to play together and build camp spirit, while events for individual age groups strengthen relationships and encourage individual friendships and build group character.

On Saturdays, there are all-camp field trips to places such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Raging Waters, the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, and the Great America Theme Park in Santa Clara. On Sunday afternoons, counselors lead small outings to nearby parks and beaches such as the Pacific Grove tide pools, the white sands of Carmel Beach, or majestic Point Lobos.


Checks and Stripes

Check-Stripe competitions are one of the beloved traditions at summer camp. At the beginning of each session, you will be assigned to either the Checks (who wear green) or the Stripes (who wear red). The two teams compete in games and the friendly rivalry allows you to bond and learn from each other.

Big Sister–Little Sister

The Big Sister-Little Sister tradition pairs an older girl with a younger camper. Younger girls develop friendships with their Big Sisters, and older girls, acting as leaders and mentors, build a sense of community and camp spirit.

Popsicle Break

Camp comes to a halt five days a week, Monday – Friday so that we can all stop and gather around the Popsicle Shop. Counselors and campers alike take turns passing out these frosty treats as teachers, campers, counselors, and gardeners join the fun in Sullivan Court. This is really the place to be to relax with your friends, or chat and touch base with the spirit of camp. Get there early and be a part of the conversation!

Friday Night Closing Day Celebration

This event is filled with equal parts of laughter, tears, and sharing. We put on our best camp clothes (no jeans allowed) and honor each other and our sisterhood. We have a festive dinner and awards show, highlighted by group performances to honor the summer behind us. This is a special evening and is not complete until we have traded email addresses, phone numbers, and the memories which keep camp alive until the next summer.

Fun Facts About Camp

  • 4,536 Popsicles are consumed in one camp season.
  • 500 pounds of clay are used for ceramics in one summer.
  • 12 countries have been represented at camp in the past three years.
  • 720 tennis balls were used at camp in 2011.
  • 3,024 hours of acting, singing, and dancing take place each summer.
  • 219 pairs of camper flip-flops were worn in 2011.

"Both our daughters loved the summers at Santa Catalina, where they made lifelong memories. Thank you to all who make the camp such a special, positive, fun, and safe place for the girls."

—Parent of camper

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Weekday Schedule

7:30 AM
Rise and shine
8:00 AM
9:00 AM - 9:55 AM
1st period
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
2nd period
10:50 AM
Morning snack
11:05 AM - Noon
3rd period
Lunch in the dining room
12:30 PM - 1:25 PM
Rest hour in the dorms
1:30 PM - 2:25 PM
4th period
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
5th period
3:20 PM
Popsicle break
3:35 PM - 4:30 PM
6th period
4:35 PM - 6:00 PM
Free period
6:00 PM
Dinner in the dining room
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Evening activity
9:05 PM - 10:00 PM
Lights out (time varies by age group)