We intentionally build our camp community to create opportunities for campers to try new things, build independent and creative thinking skills, gain a sense of personal and global responsibility, and learn to access their own powerful inner resources.
Summer at Santa Catalina spans five fun-filled weeks. We offer three sessions:
June 21–July 25, 2020
June 21–July 3, 2020
July 5–25, 2020
At the end of each session, we enjoy some special traditions. On the last Friday of each session, our camp community comes together for a camper-only dinner, slideshow, and awards night. At this event, each group presents a song, skit, notes, posters, or awards to represent their time at camp and the friendships they built. The evening comes to a close after we celebrate with a slideshow of our time together. The following Saturday morning, parents come to campus to watch live performances from our dancers, singers, musicians, and actors, and for an all-camp reception and class exhibition in the dining room.
At the end of our 5-week option, campers participating in our Musical Theatre Workshop and Theatre Tech Workshop show off their hard work in an amazing full-scale production. With only five weeks to produce the show, it is a true testament to the hard work and talent of the campers on stage and off.
Five-week campers have the opportunity to sign up for two sets of classes: one set for the first two weeks and another set for the final three weeks.
Beginning in Summer 2020, campers attending our 3-week session and entering ninth grade will participate in our summer leadership program! This includes a three-week leadership class, team building, and a special overnight trip. This program guides campers to navigate their inner and outer world with kindness, grace, and responsibility. Campers identify their own leadership strengths and style while building inner resources to grow from both conflict and failure. This program incorporates curriculum from Girls Leadership and The Embody Love Movement and includes mindfulness and self-compassion exercises, conflict resolution practice, and body positivity through experiential education.
We are here to build community together, redefining leadership for the modern girl where speaking up doesn’t have to be scary, mistakes are celebrated in every way, and young women know their worth from the inside out.
Day and resident campers fully participate in four communities at camp: dorms, classes, camp teams, and all campers. Each of these inclusive communities allows our campers to interact with each other in unique ways.
Campers live in dorm groups by age in a co-created communal living environment. Camp counselors live with the campers in the dorms, caring for them and guiding them in their life here at camp. Campers live with a roommate, and our day campers join the dorm community during rest hour and free time. The dorms are a place where campers learn responsibility by cleaning their rooms and making their beds daily. Campers also learn respect and awareness of others. They learn to share space, how to be inclusive, and how to work through conflict in healthy, positive ways. This community is full of opportunities for campers to make lasting memories and friendships!
From drama, dance, art, sports, science, and more, we offer nearly 50 classes that spark curiosity and build confidence and independence.
There are four class periods per day. Some classes last one period, and others are double blocked, like our off-campus classes for surfing, golf, and horseback riding. Some classes are offered for girls in grades 3-6, some for grades 7-9, and others for mixed ages. Classes are a great opportunity for campers to build community around a shared interest, teach and mentor each other, and learn from our professional summer teachers.
Checks vs. Stripes
Camp teams create yet another wonderful community where girls can learn healthy competition! Our teams are the Checks (green and white) and the Stripes (red and white)—campers find out their camp team during the first couple days of camp. Throughout camp, girls get a chance to learn team songs and participate in fun and silly team competitions like relays and scavenger hunts. Our competitions are places where girls can learn to support each other and win and lose with grace and kindness.
Our all-camp community is so important that we come together as one EVERY DAY! At meals, girls sit at table groups with mixed ages for one week at a time, so they can get to know campers outside the dorms and classes. Each evening, we come together for an activity like Spa Night, Carnival, Granny Bingo, and more—silly costumes and fun memories are definitely made on these nights! We also have weekly field trips on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays where campers get to take in local sights like the Monterey Farmers Market and Carmel Beach, and visit quintessential California summer attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.