Emerald Bay currently serves over 4500 Boy Scout Campers per summer.
With such a large property and many exploration sites on Catalina's West
End, the possibilities for activity and growth are limitless. Your
week-long stay will be broken into five periods each day, during which
you may take part in a number of merit badges and rank advancement
Emerald Bay also offers a wide variety of Troop bonding activities
such as kayaking, mountain biking, and snorkeling. You will also take
part in the traditional Emerald Bay War Canoe, where you will join your
troop for an incredible team building overnight experience on secluded
Parson's Beach, just an hour's canoe ride away.
In addition to the many merit badge programs detailed in the 2016
merit badge packet (available in the Spring of 2016) and numerous troop
activities, Camp Emerald Bay has a number of programs to offer you
during your free time during the rest of the day. Be prepared:
One thing you can truly count on is keeping very busy during your week
long stay here. The following is a list of our various program areas, as
well as a few additional programs you can sign up for while at camp.
• Waterfront: Come down to Doctor’s Cove to snorkel with a buddy and you might spot a Giant Black Sea Bass or Bat Ray!
• Handicraft: Join
our creative Handicraft staff during an open session and sculpt a
masterpiece, stamp a leather belt, or carve an original neckerchief
slide. Purchase your item at the Ship's Store across the way and we'll
show you how to make it your own.
• Nature: Meet
with our Nature Staff on the Dining Hall Porch after dark and learn
about the stars like you never could in a planetarium. The plethora of
shining stars in our sky isn't veiled by city light or air pollution.
Who knows? You may just catch a meteor shower while you're gazing.
• Marine Center:Explore the aquarium. See and touch a live Leopard Shark!
• Field Sports: Looking
to improve your skills as a marksman? Come on over to our
state-of-the-art Archery, Rifle, and Shotgun ranges for some
• Scoutcraft: When
you come up to our Scout-craft pirate ship during your free time, let
loose and play some volleyball on a net that you wove together, or
contribute your own structural masterpiece to the area for future Scouts
• Aquacade: Try Aqua-madness!
Head to the waterfront for fun with your troop and compete in our
camp-wide games. Help your troop win the coveted Aquacade trophy!
• Silver Peak Sunrise Hike: See
the sunrise like you never will again. The West End of Catalina is home
to the third largest peak on the Island. This four-hour round trip hike
is not for the faint of heart, but your toils will be rewarded with a
stunning 360 degree sunrise panorama.
• Pirate Award Program: Have you been to Emerald Bay before? Are you coming back this summer? If so, download this form to
check out the requirements of our exclusive Pirate Award Program.
Complete the requirements during your free time and earn a cool patch to
put on your uniform!
Top Left: A patrol of boys hikes to Arrow Point to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
Middle Right: Scouts practice a cross-canoe rescue on the Waterfront.
Bottom Left: A Scout aims for a bull's eye on the Archery Range.