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Rugged Adventurers Program

Rugged Registration: Click the link for the appropriate Rugged Expirience below to register!


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Rugged Adventures will take you to remote corners of Catalina, to breathtaking locations where the only footprints in the sand will be your own. Whether you prefer to be on land, on water, or underwater, we have a program for you.  With incredible sights, leadership challenges, and thought-provoking discussions, each adventure is guaranteed to

be an unforgettable experience.


                       Rugged Scuba

Rugged ‘E’: As Rugged Explorers, you are challenged to experience a little bit of everything.  You will lead your crew up one of the highest peaks on Catalina Island, soar down hills on a unique mountain biking endeavor, cruise through crystal waters in a canoe, and spend many starlit nights on beaches around the island. REGISTER HERE!

Rugged ‘C’: As Rugged Canoers you will navigate an eight-person war canoe through ocean swells and breaking surf on a canoeing expedition around the island. You will explore some of Catalina's hidden snorkeling spots and lead your team past magnificent palisades for stunning panoramic views. REGISTER HERE!

Rugged ‘S’ and Scuba Merit Badge: Looking for a new merit badge that will reward you with a lifetime of opportunity? The Boy Scouts have introduced a program for Scuba that will allow Scouts aged 12 and up to earn their PADI open water certification and the brand new Scuba merit badge. Spend the week exploring one of the world's top diving spots and learning a skill that will last a lifetime. REGISTER HERE!

Rugged ‘O’: As Rugged Oceanographers, you will learn and practice advanced dive techniques including search and recovery dives, while completing your PADI Advanced Open Water Certification. Combining the resources of the Pennington Marine Science Center and the vast Pacific Ocean surrounding the Island, you will study the complex underwater ecosystems up close and personal! REGISTER HERE!

Rugged ‘R’: If you are an experienced diver looking for the next step in your diving evolution, Rugged Rescue is the perfect program for you. This PADI Rescue Diver Certification will sharpen your comfort and ability in the water as you design and implement an Emeragency Action Plan, practice the basics of dive medicine and advanced diver-specific first aid, and coordinate team rescue drills in a popular diving environment. Call us to register for Rugged Rescue, 818 933-0130.



Catalina Island naturally lends itself to adventure.  In fact, the history of Catalina is a history of human adventure.  The Native American Pimu, Spanish pirates, ranchers, filmmakers, and the United States Navy have all called Catalina Island home at one time.  Now you will explore this incredible island.  Scouting has deep roots at Emerald Bay, the home of Rugged Adventurers.  Camp Emerald Bay first gave Scouts an opportunity for adventure in 1925 and has been in continuous use ever since, except for when the U.S. Navy took over the site during World War II.  The Navy returned to Emerald Bay by way of Dick Rice, who served as Camp Director of Emerald Bay in 1950.  Just prior to serving as a staff member at Emerald Bay, Dick served with the Navy's elite Underwater Demolition Teams, which are now known as U.S. Navy SEALs.  Drawing on his experience as a commando, Dick helped to design a program involving beach reconnaissance, patrolling, and teamwork for older boys known as Rugged E.  Over the years, the program elements have evolved, but the spirit of adventure remains.   Today there are five exciting programs in Rugged Adventurers.  How many will you complete?


Rugged Leader Guide- Is available on the Forms and Packets page. This guide will answer most, if not all your questions about the Rugged Programs. If you have further questions, please email the Camping Registrar at

BSA Medical Form- All Participants must have this form completed prior to coming to camp. The PADI questionnaire for participants in either of our dive programs is included in this packet.