About Us

We are a curriculum-based program of the not-for-profit organization, Boy Scouts of America. We strive to provide high quality, experiential outdoor learning that is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), while providing opportunities for character development and personal growth. We work with schools to bring students in grades 5th through 12th out for overnight, immersive camp experiences.


Camp Emerald Bay is located on the undeveloped, West End of Catalina Island. First opened in 1925 as a Boy Scout camp, Emerald Bay has been serving youth for almost 100 years. For decades, young men and women have visited Emerald Bay to participate in programs that challenge them physically and mentally, while providing them with an unforgettable experience in an unparalleled setting. Through this legacy of Scouting, we bring character development and leadership training to schools and students whom would otherwise not have access to these important life skills.


Founded in 2018 the Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy is committed through our environmental education, marine science initiatives, ethics and leadership training to create a future full of young adults that are thoughtful stewards for the environment.

Students at Emerald Bay Sign


  • 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.”