Camp Emerald Bay
Gem of Catalina Island
BSA West Los Angeles Council

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    - Marine Science Center
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    Arguably the premier boy scout camp in Southern California, each year over 4500 scouters spend a week long tour at this Catalina Island scouting retreat. They have an exceptional Traditional Summer Camp and High Adventure Program for the entire troop or a lone adventurer.

    Fall and Spring programs are exceptionally diverse, providing opportunities for YMCA groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs, club fundraisers, family get-togethers, and even the occasional wedding!

    Committed to providing experiences that build character, foster citizenship, and provide for personal growth through challenging and stimulating programs.

    Camp Emerald Bay California Tour Emerald Bay, located on the undeveloped West End of Catalina Island, enjoys unparralleled access to the natural gems of Catalina's singular ecosystem. The secluded beaches and coves that surround us boast world-renowned snorkeling and diving, frequently counted among the top ten destinations in the world. For the terrestrial naturalists, the hiking trails that radiate from our camp provide the perfect opportunty to spot the endemic Catalina Island Fox or the famously anachronistic Bison.

    Camp Emerald Bay
    Address: 1 Cove Rd, Avalon CA 90704;
    Contact: 310-510-1795;
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    Camp Emerald Bay California Tour Pennington Marine Science Center

    The marine animals, collected and cared for by the aquarium's staff, are held in three main areas at the center, the wet lab, habitat room and the outdoor shark tank. The plankton lab and the open ocean hall are two additional rooms to aid in marine education and the accomplishment of the center's mission.

    Aquarist interns assists the Marine Science Director in giving instructional tours to guests at camp, aquarium maintenance and operations, development of current and future educational curriculum, and all aspects of maintaining a healthy, diverse aquarium.


    Camp Emerald Bay California Tour Emerald Bay Eco-Center

    Emerald Bay continues to set a superb example by conserving water, energy, and other resources. With the advantage of such a stunning location, their Nature staff offers courses in Astronomy, Mammal Study, Nature, Environmental Science, Soil and Water Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Management, and Geology.

    Clear skies, unique flora and fauna, and astonishing oceanic biology allow campers to explore a natural world unlike anyplace else in Southern California.

    Emerald Bay's brand new Eco Cabin was highlighted in the January 2010 issue of Metropolis magazine and the February 2010 issue of Fast Company.

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    Explore the Island

    Rugged Adventures is a high-adventure program that will take older scouts 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 Explorers: 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.
    • 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.
    • Scuba Merit Badge: 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.
    • Rugged Oceanographers: 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!
    • Rugged Rescue: n 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.

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    Camping Merit Badge BSA Merit Badge Program

    This facility features resources for a great number of Boy Scout Merit Badge outdoor activity programs and high adventure campouts. A quality merit badge program is important for building character and valuable life skills.

    Off-Season Availability: - Families, scout troops and other youth groups may inquire about openings to camp during the off-season and use these facilities.

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    Camp Emerald Bay California Tour Catalina Island Ferry

    A big challenge and expense is transporting your troop and gear to the island. But not to worry, the several island ferry companies have had lots of experience moving boy scout troops and other big customers.



    BSA Hi-Adventure Tours

    Explore big outdoor challenges in a wide variety of California Hi Adventure Tours.

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    Camp Fee Waiver / Credits

    Many BSA Camp Facilities will waiver the camping fee for each participant in the group that completes a four-hour service project for the camp. [Need Ideas: Trail Repair / Camp Signage / Info Kiosk / Tent Repair / Painting and Maintenance / Weed Control / Road Repair / Donate Supplies]

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