Environmental Literacy at the Gem of Catalina

Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy is a top-notch science, conservation, and research outdoor education camp located on Catalina Island in California. We offer a curriculum focused on leadership, character development, marine and earth sciences. Students that visit Emerald Bay are never ready to go home!

Who We Are

The Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy is a youth science education program based on Catalina Island and operated by the Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America. Our mission is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards through overnight science programs and Educational Outreach Partnerships.

Set Your Course for Catalina Today

With the help of our knowledgeable staff, you can plan a fun, educational, and memorable trip for your students to Emerald Bay on Catalina Island.


  • Loved it! Emerald Bay had everything from snorkeling to archery. Everyone was SUPER helpful and polite! If you ever have a chance to spend the weekend here, I highly recommend you do!!

    -Katherine G. Girl Scout/Scout BSA
  • Spending the weekend away at Emerald Bay was a parent’s delight. The youngsters were taken care of extremely well. There was plenty of qualified adult supervision in the water with the kayaks and paddle boards. Being able to watch some of them scuba dive was also quite amazing. I loved the competition on Saturday where the girls were able to put teams together in different age groups and participate in swimming, kayaking, and running. The cabins were great! The food was awesome! I cannot wait to come back!

    Rene G. Girl Scout Leader/Educator
  • “A lot of the students have been stepping out of the box to challenge themselves. We asked them to say yes to things they would normally say no to. I’ve been hearing them say ‘I’m having more than that I thought’ or ‘I’m having a great time.”

  • “I was most looking forward to kayaking and archery, because they are things that you just don’t really get to do anywhere else”

    8th Grade Student
  • “Emerald Bay took learning and made it fun!”

    7th Grade Student
  • “I’ve been coming for 5 years and it’s been amazing. Every single year I’m really looking forward to coming back. I look forward to the fact that I can take kids and experience a lot of their firsts here at Emerald Bay. It’s the first time they are going to ride a boat, their first time they are going to snorkel, the first they time are going to kayak, and for a lot their first time they are going to be away from home.”