Classes

There is so much to do at Summer at Santa Catalina. We offer nearly 50 classes that spark curiosity and build confidence and independence.

There are six class periods per day. Some classes last one period, and others are two or three periods.

  • Half-day options include Math, Musical Theatre Workshop, Riding/Horsemanship, and Surfing.
  • Advanced Black-and-White Photography, Golf, and Earth to Sea are two-period classes.
  • All other classes are a single period of learning and laughter.

Join us and build a summer of fun!

2017 Classes:

Grades 7-9

Download full class list for grades 7-9

COOKING

Master Chefs

Whether you’ve never held a knife before or you are an old pro, this class will give you a chance to brush up on your skills. Learn how to read recipes, measure, and assemble mis en place. Campers prepare delicious and nourishing food, while learning how to taste and adjust for flavor. In this class, we work on our palates and learn how flavor works to create a delicious dish each and every time! Seeking the joy of cooking, sharing, and eating.

DANCE

Ballet - Performance Class

Pirouette into class, or begin learning the basics of the beautiful art of ballet. Campers will feel a sense of ease as they enter the dance studio, and experience the excitement of learning a dance to be performed on stage at the closing day event.

Hip-Hop - Performance Class

Have a blast in hip-hop class! Campers learn a selection of dance moves and hip-hop styles and then put the moves together in a dance to be performed on stage at the close of camp.

Jazz Dance - Performance Class

Jump into jazz! Learn the basics of jazz dance, including leaps, turns, and a whole lot of moving around. Perfect for anyone who likes music, from beginner to experienced dancers. Campers learn and perform together at the closing day event.

MATH

Count Me In! — NEW!

Make math your path and learn to love Algebra! Group learning includes cooperation, fun activities, and projects that make math interesting, exciting, and accessible. In this class, you use technology (graphing calculator, computer, and iPad are provided) as well as “old school” pencil and paper to get you ready for Algebra 1 or to reinforce those Algebra 1 skills you may already possess. This class is three periods and all work and learning is done in the classroom. Let math inspire you and multiply your opportunities at school next year!

MOVIE MAKING

Story Beats — NEW!

Have you ever wanted to write your own Hollywood movie? Learn how to create compelling characters, awesome action, and super stories! This isn’t your typical classroom writing. Here, the blank page is the most exciting paper of all. Using your imagination, you create a script that delivers memorable movie moments. Bring your creativity and vision!

PHOTOGRAPHY

Black-and-White Photography: Open Darkroom

A 50-minute period for budding photographers in the style of Weston, Steichen, and Cunningham, gives campers an additional opportunity to finish up their black and white photo projects with more dark room time. For the camper who has taken a black and white photography class and can use a dark room independently, this class provides time to print personal work. Please note this is not an instructional class, although the teacher is near by to cheer on campers.

Black-and-White Photography: On the Road

Get ready for the best summer as you field trip around the peninsula and capture the beauty and unexpected world around you on film! This is a two-period class where campers learn advanced skills about composition, design, and how to use “their creative voice.” Bring a 35mm film camera and a binder. Binders can be purchased at the camp store. Digital cameras cannot be used.

Digital Photography

Love taking pictures? Is it a favorite thing to do? If yes, then this is the class to take! Spend summer exploring the beautiful gardens on campus taking photographs of flowers, trees, and architecture. Learn how to use the computer to enhance, manipulate, and print your pictures. The possibilities are limitless! Bring a point-and-shoot digital camera and 16GB thumb drive.

SCIENCE

Marine Biology

Ready to dive into the world of marine habitats and explore the creatures that live there? Campers will embark on field trips to the rocky shores and tide pools of the Pacific Ocean to observe and learn about animal and plant life. They study the coastal giant kelp on a kayaking trip during which they encounter nature at its best: seals, sea lions, otters, and birds. Campers also have the opportunity to integrate the class with field study and an afternoon of snorkeling.

THEATRE ARTS & MUSIC

Act, Improv, Perform - Performance Class

Taught by a professional actor and theatrical performer, this exciting and interactive class builds on the storytelling skills of the young actor. Using improvisation techniques, students exercise and use their imagination. Campers perform scene work in class while learning how to take stage direction and work collaboratively with others.

Glee Club / Show Choir - Performance Class

Glee clubs have been around forever! Come sing and dance to exciting contemporary pop songs as well as the golden oldies. In this ensemble class, the focus is on group harmonization and the marriage of voice and movement in joyful and exuberant club performances.

Theatre Tech Workshop (3-Week Program Only)

What happens behind the scenes of a musical production before the show can go on? In this fun and interactive morning workshop, campers learn about set design, props, sound, and lighting on the set of a 500-seat theater. They then put their knowledge and skills to work in providing the technical assistance during the musical production of Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. Here’s a great opportunity to be a techie!

VISUAL ARTS

Art on Paper — NEW!

Tap into your inner artist! Always accessible, there is a world to explore with art on paper! During this series, you begin with a close look at the tools and practices of drawing, including perspective, shading, and other ways artists have used drawing to express both the outer and inner life. Budding and experienced artists learn to apply drawing skills and bring the “still” to life. You explore a variety of methods to create colorful pieces such as pastels, watercolors, and collage.

Natural Materials — NEW!

Connect with nature! Get your hands dirty in a variety of ways: building your own quick-dry sculptures from self-hardening clay; carving your own woodblock for printing; discovering the potency of plant dyes to create dynamic cotton tapestries. While learning these different ways of working, you explore the roots of each method used and look at the ways they are still being utilized by contemporary artists. Get messy, make mistakes, and create art!

Spatial Sculpture — NEW!

Simple to complex, this class dabbles in spatial relationships and materials that evolve from 2D to 3D. Take your drawing and transform it into a 3D object. Figure out how materials relate to each other and how you can use that relationship to test the limits of your creativity. Jumpstart the process with wire, then design and build mobiles, and finally put it all together as an original “assemblage” sculpture from recycled materials. Space is the final frontier!

Sew You — New Projects!

In this class, explore the art of sewing and all its creative aspects, using handwork and the machine. From custom wearables to boho embroidery, you design and sew clothing projects that are tailor made to your taste and for every occasion. Projects, including skirts, pillows, and embroidered, and pencil bags, are inspiration to look at fashion with a fresh perspective.

We Ceramics

Get messy, get creative, and learn the ancient art of ceramics! Working with clay, campers make wall planters, pebble pots, wind chimes and more. Add exciting texture to pieces with tools, twigs, and nature. Then, glaze the projects and give wild personality to the creations.

YOGA

Yoga

Learn poses that can help develop a strong and healthy body, relax and cope with the stress of life, increase concentration and attention span, have greater self-confidence, and have fun—all at the same time? Whether you already practice yoga or are eager to find out what it is all about, this class is the perfect choice. Yoga is a method of exercising the body, mind, and soul. Campers learn breathing techniques and practice movements that help them achieve a lifelong foundation of well-being.

Grades 3-6

Download full class list for grades 3-6

COOKING

Petite Chefs

Let’s get cooking! In this class campers learn how to read recipes, measure, assemble mis en place and prepare delicious food while learning how to taste and adjust for flavor. Campers learn basic knife skills to make cooking safe and easy. They also explore herbs and spices to create new and exciting flavors. Most importantly, there is much fun learning the joy of cooking, sharing, and eating!

DANCE

Ballet - Performance Class

Beautiful ballet is a core foundation for all dancers. Join us to learn the fundamentals such as barre work, across the floor, and ballet vocabulary, or improve the ballet background you already have! Students will learn a full dance to perform at the end of their session to show off their accomplishments.

Hip-Hop - Performance Class

Have a blast in hip-hop class! Campers learn a selection of dance moves and hip-hop styles and then put the moves together in a dance to be performed on stage at the close of camp.

Jazz - Performance Class

Ready for some high energy dancing? Whether campers bring their jazz shoes or jazz hands you will kick off the summer with fun music and great choreography. A lively and vigorous dance performance is the end project, performed at closing day. Expect finger snapping and plenty of toe tapping from the audience.

MOVIE MAKING

Movie Makers — NEW!

Make your very own movies by learning how to shoot and edit your own high-definition videos! In this class, you use film to tell your story. Learn how to best shoot video, and how to use iMovie to edit those videos. Cameras and computers are provided for you to use. The only limit will be your own imagination!

PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital Photography

Do you love taking pictures? Is it a favorite thing to do? If yes, then this is the class to take! Spend summer exploring the beautiful gardens on campus, taking photographs of flowers, trees, and architecture. Learn how to use the computer to enhance, manipulate, and print pictures. The possibilities are endless! Bring a point-and-shoot digital camera and a 16GB thumb drive.

OUTDOOR EXPLORATION

Earth to Sea

Explore the beautiful Monterey Peninsula from the mighty redwood to the ocean shoreline when marine biology meets outdoor explorer in this two-period class. This is a fun and fantastic class that entertains and teaches at the tide pool and the flower field. Classroom days are spent with activities, crafts, and nature games as a way to introduce not only the flora and fauna that share our coastal home but the beasties, including the outrageous otter and the creepy crab. Bring sunscreen and a day pack because this is “surf-to-turf” field studies.

SCIENCE

Mad Scientists — NEW!

Who says exploration isn’t fun? Wacky and unexpected experiments open your eyes to the mysterious world around you. Experience science while doing experiments with everyday objects. Have surprising encounters with physics, biology, chemistry, and astronomy. Science is more than just reading—it’s what we do! Calling all mad scientists!

THEATRE ARTS & MUSIC

Glee Club / Show Choir

Calling all young performers to sing and dance with friends old and new! In this class, campers learn the fundamentals of ensemble performance. Give life and expression to favorite songs while moving around the stage to entertain friends and family at the closing performance.

Ready, Set, Act! - Performance Class

What does it take to act? Body exercises, games, voice projection, and improvisation are used to challenge the imagination and focus observation. Being on stage is all about teamwork and overcoming inhibition. Taught by a professional actor and theatrical performer, this class is a young actress’s best choice!

VISUAL ARTS

Art on Paper — NEW!

Tap into your inner artist! Always accessible, there is a world to explore with art on paper! During this series, you begin with a close look at the tools and practices of drawing, including perspective, shading, and other ways artists have used drawing to express both the outer and inner life. Budding and experienced artists learn to apply drawing skills and bring the “still” to life. You explore a variety of methods to create colorful pieces such as pastels, watercolors, and collage.

Natural Materials — NEW!

Connect with nature! Get your hands dirty in a variety of ways: building your own quick-dry sculptures from self-hardening clay; carving your own woodblock for printing; discovering the potency of plant dyes to create dynamic cotton tapestries. While learning these different ways of working, you explore the roots of each method used and look at the ways they are still being utilized by contemporary artists. Get messy, make mistakes, and create art!

Spatial Sculpture — NEW!

Simple to complex, this class dabbles in spatial relationships and materials that evolve from 2D to 3D. Take your drawing and transform it into a 3D object. Figure out how materials relate to each other and how you can use that relationship to test the limits of your creativity. Jumpstart the process with wire, then design and build mobiles, and finally put it all together as an original “assemblage” sculpture from recycled materials. Space is the final frontier!

We Ceramics — New projects!

Get messy, get creative, and learn the ancient art of ceramics! Working with clay, campers make wall planters, pebble pots, wind chimes and more. Add exciting texture to pieces with tools, twigs, and nature. Then, glaze the projects and give wild personality to the creations.

YOGA

Yoga

Learn poses that can help develop a strong and healthy body, relax and cope with the stress of life, increase concentration and attention span, have greater self-confidence, and have fun—all at the same time? Whether you already practice yoga or are eager to find out what it is all about, this class is the perfect choice. Yoga is a method of exercising the body, mind, and soul. Campers learn breathing techniques and practice movements that help them achieve a lifelong foundation of well-being.


All Campers

Download a full class list for classes available to all campers

AQUATICS

Dive into Summer

Whether campers have no diving experience or are an accomplished diver, it’s an opportunity to enjoy improving their skills on the three boards. The experienced diving staff will work with each camper so that she learns and practices new skills at her own pace. Divers support one another in an environment that is both exciting and rewarding.

Pool Games — New games!

Our state-of-the-art pool is the venue for a wide variety of aquatic games for campers of all ages. Activities will include inner-tube water polo and underwater hockey, crazy relays, noodle freeze-tag, and individual and group challenges. What could be better than afternoons with camp friends in the pool?

Swim Like a Fish!

This fun class is all about being more like a fish and a dolphin in the aquatic environment. The goal for swimmers is to improve mobility and comfort in the water. It is rewarding to learn and practice drills that improve comfort, balance, and efficiency in moving through the water. Games will be used to practice and reinforce new skills. Limited availability.

EQUESTRIAN

Riding / Horsemanship

Campers are instructed in all phases of horsemanship, including practical stable management and grooming, vaulting, and jumping at the newly renovated Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. The instructors strive to teach each girl to ride with safety, skill, and control. This program meets for 2 ½ hours each day, either morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday. All riders participate in a horse show for family and friends on the Friday before their camp session ends.

SCIENCE

Miss Roboto — NEW!

Using LEGO Mindstorms and VEX technology, design and build a robot! In this class, you learn basic electrical skills, applied physics, and programming as you design and build a working robot. Starting with goal-setting and a preliminary design phase, teams work through the challenges of construction, trial and error, reinvention, and teamwork. Honing the skills of innovation, creativity, critical thinking, patience, perseverance, and cooperation, you finish the summer with the mind of an emerging engineer and the camaraderie of your team!

SPORTS

Bump, Set, Spike!

That’s the way we like it! Campers not only learn the fundamentals of passing, setting and hitting, but get to put their hard work to the test! Whether they are new to volleyball or are a seasoned veteran, this is about growing team work, communication, and leadership skills while getting to play this fun sport!

Dribble, Drive, Shoot!

Basketball has never been so fun! Campers engage in basketball drills throughout the 2-, 3- and 5-week sessions to work on their hand-eye coordination, dribbling skills, shooting, and teamwork.

Field Day with Coach J! — NEW!

Tap into play and exercise with your new friends on the field this summer. Every day is a good day to play games like water balloon toss, giant tic-tac-toe, tug-o-war, to name a few! Build camaraderie, run around, and enjoy the outdoors, while competing and having fun!

Fit, Fab, Fun!

Throughout the course, campers are introduced to new and exciting forms of fitness activities. Girls will get to find the kind of fitness that inspires them to build healthy habits and continue to grow into strong young women. Each session builds motor skills, encourages physical activity, touches on healthy nutrition, and culminates in a group outing to a challenge course where campers are able to get out and get fit!

Golf

Golf is that much better with world-renown instruction at a world-renown location—Pebble Beach Golf Academy. What a great opportunity to learn from a golf professional! Lessons are for all levels of golfers. Topics covered are long game, short game, course management, rules, and golf etiquette. With access to a personalized video analysis of the camper’s golf swing, they’ll go home with more than the swing of a fantastic sport. This same system is used by the PGA.

Surfing...Beyond the Board

Jump freely into the surfing culture of respect, integrity, and confidence in the surfing clinic led by The Wahine Project. Learn to navigate the waves and conquer inhibition in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Boogie board, surf, and learn to call the ocean and your camp mates, “Sister!”

Please read the following descriptions carefully to determine the appropriate placement of your camper in the tennis program.

Tennis: Beginner

This class is perfect for campers new to the sport or for those who have had some tennis classes or tennis camp exposure. Most campers are still learning how to hit the ball, judge the bounce of the ball, or need to be closer to the net than the baseline in order to get the ball over the net. This player hasn’t had the opportunity to have lessons or be in tennis classes during the year and may still have a hard time making contact with the ball.

Tennis: Intermediate/Advanced

This is ideal for campers who can rally and adjust to different heights, speeds, and placements of balls but have trouble being consistent and have weakness in some of the strokes, such as serves, forehands or backhands. These players should be involved in tennis practice or tennis classes somewhat regularly during the year or in the past.

THEATRE ARTS & MUSIC

Musical Theatre Workshop — New production!

(5-Week Program Only)

Calling all 5-week campers! Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. finds a home at summer camp. Every weekday morning, 9 a.m. to noon, students rehearse on stage. Director Roger Thompson is joined by a professional choreographer to stage this favorite musical. Together they provide instruction on the techniques of stage presence, acting, singing, and dancing. Join us on Closing Day for Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. as we walk, sing, and dance into the exciting world of Aladdin and his magical adventures!

Ukulele: Beginner — NEW!

There is nothing like singing and playing with friends. This summer, learn about the great ukulele and take up the little instrument with the big voice. This introductory class gives you a chance to experience the aloha culture and to learn about chords, melody, and strumming. This is a performance class and you must be present to perform at the Closing Day show. Aloha!

Ukulele: Intermediate — NEW!

Sing, perform, and explore the islands of Hawaii through music and the ukulele. This class is for the intermediate ukulele player who is already comfortable with the instrument—and may even have their own. Strumming, music notation, rhythm, melody, and chords pour from this small but powerful instrument and help create our very own camp soundtrack. This is a performance class and you must be present to perform at the Closing Day show. Aloha!

VISUAL ARTS

The Art of Giving — New projects!

Receiving a present is fun but giving a gift is an art. Presents made by hand are magical and have a secret ingredient called love. Create one-of-a-kind gifts from funky to unique. Copper enameling, custom buttons, jewelry, and fun spa products are some of the projects on the table and in the heart.

String it Together — New projects!

This class is a wild whirl of color, pattern, texture, and friendship. Learn techniques to make fun friendship bracelets, lively lanyards, and macramé. Campers use simple and intricate designs including knots, patterns, and color weaving. The focus and mission is to give you the skills and time to make lasting reminders of the beautiful days of summer, friendship, and fun.

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