Our Program

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 community responsibility, and learn to access their own powerful inner resources.

Summer 2022 features six weeks of camp, with three two-week sessions and one option to attend all six weeks of camp to be a part of our summer musical.

Each session has day and resident options, with all of our campers participating in exciting classes, community building, and fun-filled all-camp activities!


Four Communities

Day and resident campers fully participate in four communities at camp: with their camper groups, in classes, on camp teams, and with all campers together. Each of these inclusive communities allows our campers to interact with each other in unique ways.
 


Camper Groups

Campers are grouped by grade in a co-created communal environment led by camp counselors. Each group has a unique name, and campers enjoy bonding with other campers their age over meals, silly competitions, and other fun activities. Both our resident and day campers learn respect and awareness of others as they fully participate in daily camp life in their camper groups. 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!

Learn more about dorm life!


All Camp

Our all-camp community is important, and we get creative in finding ways for our campers to experience the fun, connection, and excitement of coming together as a whole camp community. Campers join together for meals, songs, evening activities, field trips, and spiritual life at camp.

Day campers are invited to join resident campers for several all-camp traditions and games like Granny Bingo, Checks vs. Stripes, and Closing Campfire. Our all-camp activities are a chance for campers to meet girls outside their age group and classes.


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), and 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.

Girls painting ceramics


Classes

Choosing their own schedule is an awesome opportunity for our campers! Campers select class preferences from a wide variety of classes ranging from STEM, arts, and crafts to sports, cooking, and more! Classes are a great opportunity for campers to build community around a shared interest, teach and mentor each other, and learn new skills!

Learn more about our class offerings and daily schedule.



Leadership at Camp

Summer at Santa Catalina campers talking through a bullhorn

We strongly believe in the power of girls and young women—we know they are leaders and we strive to give our campers many leadership opportunities at every age. Our oldest camper group, the Monarchs (campers entering 9th grade), participate in various leadership and team-building activities designed to guide them in navigating their inner and outer worlds with kindness, grace, and responsibility. Campers identify their own leadership strengths and style while building inner resources to grow from both conflict and failure. These activities incorporate curriculum from Girls Leadership and The Embody Love Movement and include 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.

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Summer at Santa Catalina continues to follow health and safety guidelines set forth by state and local health departments as well as the CDC, including recommendations for vaccinations. We anticipate running our full program making adjustments to meet health and safety protocols as needed.