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Fall & Spring Programs

During the Fall and Spring seasons, Emerald Bay is open to many diverse groups. We currently offer special programs for YMCA and Cub Scout groups, and offer a "design your own adventure" option for those interested in developing an additional program.

Program Areas 

Pennington Marine Science Center

The Pennington Marine Science Center contains recreated ecosystems that feature over 150 different species of animals collected in our local waters.  Pennington Center exhibits include a kelp forest tank, rocky reef exhibit, surge tank, shark tank, moray eel tank, octopus habitat, invertebrate touch tank, and a plankton lab.  All marine science curriculum is supported by the full-time resident marine biologist.


Solursh Field Sports Ranges

NRA-certified ranges and rangemaster staff offer Archery and BB Guns shooting. Our staff will man the ranges in the morning and afternoon to teach guests how to shoot even if they have no experience.


Landon Trading Post (Ship's Store)

At our ship's store you can purchase camp memorabilia such as bottles, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and lock back knives to take home and remind you of your stay on Catalina Island. Our Ship's Store also has a variety of tasty treats for you purchase and enjoy and will be open throughout your stay.


Mike Lanning Waterfront

The first impression that any camper has of camp is invariably the waterfront. Staff will be available to teach you how to use and check out kayaks and canoes or to rent snorkel equipment for exploring the world class kelp forests and rock reefs just off Doctor's point.  In addition, our new Gregory Schem and Lee Harrison Piers outline a fantastic swim area, lifeguarded by our trained staff.


Oltman Training Center (The Helm)

The Helm is a great center for leadership conferences, lectures, and presentations. With the projector and DVD player, instructional videos and presentations are easily run, and yes, there is an internet hook up for your laptop!


Sustainable Garden

The garden at Emerald Bay is on a corralled hill overlooking the camp. Emerald Bay composts and re-uses much of its food waste in the garden to transform its dry clay soils into fertile plots where tomatoes, peppers, and plants native to the California chaparral can thrive. Visual aides in the garden illustrate the carbon cycle and how composting works, and the classroom is a perfect setting for lessons on environmental science or ecology.


Campfire Circle

The large ampitheater-style campfire circle contains two raised iron fire rings, peripherial torches, and seating for up to 800 people. With a direct overlook of the entire bay, the campfiore circle is an excellent meeting place for large groups or the setting for evening campfires, skits, and s'mores.


Dining Hall

The Emerald Bay Dining Hall feeds and seats up to 800 people at one time, with seating both inside and out. The newly remodeled facility has additional outdoor seating on our Pavilion and Veranda can seat large groups with a direct view of the Bay. The coffee station on the Veranda has coffee and tea available all day, making it s great location for meeting, socializing, or workshops.




Tent Housing

For larger groups, we have accomodations in two-person army style wall tents for up to 400 people. Each tent is secured onto a wooden platform and contains two cots and two mattresses. The tents are divided into campsites, and will be inspected for cleanliness and damages at the end of your stay. 


Cabin Housing

Cabins on the North, South, and West Hills of Emerald Bay have bunk sleeping for eight people, electronic outlets, overhead lighting, and storage lockers and drawers for your belongings. Your cabin will be inspected at the end of your stay for damages and cleanliness.


Bathrooms and Showers

Access to clean facilities and running water are necessities. Emerald Bay has flush toilets and separate bathroom and shower units for adults, youth, and females, near each cabin, tent, or other facility.


For more information on our fall and spring weekend event opportunities, please contact