Frequently Asked Questions About Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy

  • How many students can I bring?

    We ask for a minimum of 20 students and 2 chaperones. We have cabin space for 160 or tents for 400. Cabins are 8-person shared and tents are 2-person shared.

  • Do you handle the transportation?

    We will book your boat transportation to and from Catalina Island and that is included in the price per person. You are responsible for arranging transportation to the boat terminal.

  • How long are trips?

    We offer 3-day/2-night, 4-day/3-night, and 5-day/4-night options. If you would like a program of a different length, please contact us and we will see what we can arrange.

  • Do you offer summer trips?

    Unfortunately, we are not able to offer summer trips because the camp is used for Boy Scout summer camp.

  • How far in advanced can I book my trip?

    We work on a rolling 12-month calendar, so if it is spring and you would like to book for the following spring, we are able to help you out. Otherwise, please reach out to us and we will try to work with you as best we can.

  • What will my students do?

    You get to customize your trip from our selection of offered classes. Classes are in 2-hour long blocks, which allows our instructors to provide safety information, demonstrate a new activity such as kayaking, provide class instruction and discussion, and clean up. See our class description page for more information. Don’t see something you are interested in? Contact us and we will try to arrange it.

  • What is the weather like?

    In general, the weather on Catalina Island is favorable. However, in the fall months and late winter/early spring months, rainstorms are possible. We recommend everyone pack clothing for all types of weather and take the season of their trip into consideration.

  • Can you accommodate special dietary needs or allergies?

    When notified in advanced, we do our best to accommodate any special dietary needs. Our kitchen is able to regularly accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free, or dairy-free needs. Please let us know of any additional needs and we will work with you to find an accommodation that best suits your needs.