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Floating Sea Camp: Taking Adventure Summer Camps To A Whole New Level!

There are no other adventure summer camps in California like MSA’s Floating Sea Camp!

With twenty years of experience running outdoor education programs on Catalina Island, San Bernardino National Forest, as well as on board our hundred and twelve foot marine research, no body does adventure summer camps like Mountain and Sea Adventures!

MSA’s Adventure Camps Summer Programs

Our adventure camps summer programs combine education with fun! Campers get the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones for a whole week and try such activities as snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, hiking and learning new skills.

Each activity is designed to be not only educational and adventurous, but to develop particular character traits such as courage and perseverance. This is what the MSA staff is most passionate about: Building character in youth!

Outdoor Adventure Camps for Youth

There is no other event more exciting during summer break than coming to outdoor adventure camp. For youth ages nine to seventeen, this program is bound to be the highlight of their summer!

Each participant gets the chance to try new things, develop various interests, hone in on particular skills, challenge themselves and walk away with a greater sense of self worth, self esteem and improved self image.

The outdoor adventure camps for youth that MSA runs structure the opportunity for each camper to face their fears and achieve new heights in their personal growth. This is the most satisfying part of what we do, seeing youth leave with their self image completely transformed, having proved to themselves that they can achieve things beyond what they previously thought possible.

Living On Board A Marine Research Vessel

There are over a dozen youth camps on Catalina Island, but this is the only program where participants get to live on board a marine research vessel as they tour around the various coves, and dive spots around the island. We even go to the backside of the island to surf and play in the waves!

The Enhydra is a US Coast Guard certified marine research vessel that sleeps over forty people. Each cabin sleeps two to three people and has it’s own toilet and shower. The accommodations on board are superb, and it feels like you are staying on board a mini cruise ship!

The ship is fully stocked and equipped with wet suits, snorkel gear, kayaks, paddleboards, surfboards, as well as all the various scientific needed to do activities such as plankton trawl and microscope lab.

Exploring Santa Catalina Island for a Week

During Floating Sea Camp on board the Enhydra, campers are not limited to just one cove like every other camp on the island, but can tour all the best highlights of what the island has to offer (which is quite a lot!).

Santa Catalina Island has the best snorkeling in California, and is among the top dive spots in the world. After living, playing and working on the island for over twenty years, we know the secret spots and the very best of the island, which only the locals know.

Campers spend time in Avalon and Two Harbors, as well as coves like White’s Landing and Emerald Bay. They get to experience Discover Scuba Diving at the dive park in Avalon, snorkel at breathtaking locations such as Italian Gardens, and journey to the backside coves of Little Harbor, and Shark Harbor.

The amount of time immersed in the matchless beauty of nature that Catalina Isalnd afford imparts a deep personal love for the ocean environment. People only protect that which they love, so imparting this personal experience to the next generation of earth stewards is of paramount importance.

Having A Blast Playing in the Turquoise Island Water

There is nothing like swimming in the ocean water of Catalina. The water is much more clean and clear than the water on the mainland of California. The algae and sunlight gives many coves a turquoise aquamarine color, reminiscent of the tropics. In fact, in recent years we have been seeing more tropical fish and even sea turtles visit the island shores.

The Benefit of Coming to Summer Camp for Kids and Teens

Whether if it is to explore a love for marine biology or just to escape for some fun in the sun and water, MSA’s Floating Sea Camp program is guaranteed to be the highlight of your summer.

The benefits of coming to summer camp include learning social skills, self development, expanding your horizons, develop a personal love and appreciation for the environment, improved self esteem and a deep life transforming level of inspiration.

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MSA’s Science Summer Camp Aboard A Marine Research Vessel

MSA’s Science Summer Camp Aboard A Marine Research Vessel!

Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA) currently offers a one-of-a-kind science summer camp onboard our hundred and twelve foot long marine research vessel, The Enhydra! Our floating sea camp gives youth the rare opportunity to explore the various coves of Catalina Island, and experience the most desired attractions of this valuable natural resource.

What Is Science Camp?

credit-AnneFMaben15Science camp is an adventure and an educational experience all wrapped up in one life transforming experience. The great value of such a program is en demonstrating to youth how much fun learning is, this is a unique aspect of science camp. What is usually only discussed in text books and discussed in lectures in experienced first hand in a hands-on approach, allowing campers to discover for themselves how fascinating the world of natural sciences truly is.

Our program teaches the scientific process and imparts a deep passion for the natural sciences and inquiring more into what is. Science camp is the perfect opportunity to get out into the beauty of nature, away from the distractions of the cyber world, and enjoy a week of playing together in the sun and water!

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California Science Summer Camps for Middle and High School Students

MSA’s science summer camps for middle and high school students are currently offered for youth ages nine to seventeen. They come aboard the ship in Los Angeles Harbor and begin the voyage to Santa Catalina Island, enjoy exciting and adventurous activities day and night for six whole days!

Participants can look forward to learning about local marine life as they experience snorkeling in the most prestigious dive spots around the island. They learn about birds and then go for a kayak tour to local nesting spots. We study terrestrial flora and fauna and then hike the trails of the island. And enjoy many other exciting activities such as surfing, jumping from the top deck of the ship, exploring sea caves and remote island beaches.

The Most Fun and Educational Marine Biology Summer Camp in California

MSA’s floating sea camp is the most interactive marine biology summer camp in California, allowing youth to develop their passion for the ocean environment. MSA currently runs programs for school groups during the school year at their premier location at Emerald Bay, which gives the staff a great amount of experience both learning and teaching marine biology. Summer camps in California are a dime a dozen, but nowhere else in the world will you encounter a program with so much to offer as this one!

A Passion for Building Character in Youth!

943620_493640050713027_1497467656_nMSA is passionate about building character in youth, each camper who attends this life-changing program has the unique opportunity to develop aspects of themselves they may never even knew existed.

Simply coming to camp and being out of their daily environment and comfort zones allows for this chance to build character. Each activity has a character trait that we focus on imparting to the campers, such as courage, perseverance, and stewardship.

MSA’s marine biology science summer camp on Catalina Island is always the highlight of the summer for each person who participates. Campers make new friends, learn social skills, break their fears and inhibitions, and discover a lifelong long and appreciation for the wonderful world of natural sciences.

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Summer Programs for Kids on Catalina Island

Summer Programs for Kids on Catalina Island

When it comes to the most memorable summer programs for kids, Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA) provides a camp experience unlike any other. Your child spends six days and nights exploring the very best of Santa Catalina Island, while living aboard a fully stocked marine science research vessel, The Enhydra!

The Most Inspiring Local Summer Camps

IMG_6021Living in southern California has many benefits. There is never any shortage of resources and things to do. There is a variety of local summer camps to chose from, however, MSA’s shipboard program is one of the best kept secrets in the heartland. Not only do they get to explore one of the greatest resources in California (Catalina Island), but they get to do it all from a floating hotel fully stocked with all the gear and equipment necessary for a week of fun in the sun!

We depart from Los Angeles Harbor and set our heading directly for Catalina. Upon arriving at this ecological paradise, we immediately begin immersing ourselves in the fascinating world of marine biology and natural sciences. Activities include kayaking, snorkeling, plankton trawls, microscope labs, hiking and stargazing. There are truly no other local summer camps in the southern California area like MSA’s floating sea camp!

High Quality Summer Camps for Low Income Families

Not only does MSA’s floating sea camp have more to offer than any other summer camp around, but it is fairly priced for low income families, allowing all to attend whom have the interest to.

Just do the comparative research and you will see! We are very proud to be able to offer this life changing summer camp for low income families, and are constantly seeking ways to increase the quality of our program and decrease the costs!

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MSA’s Floating Sea Camp Program to Catalina Island

enydra-catalinaOne of the most valuable things MSA has to offer summer campers during summer floating sea camp is a program that is both fun and educational. During the school year we run outdoor education camps for schools coming to the island for their annual field trip. The MSA staff is very knowledgeable and has a tremendous amount of hands-on experience working with youth of all ages and backgrounds.

Our well-trained staff are each lifeguard certified and passionate about imparting a personal love and appreciate for the marine environment.

Floating sea camp is a unique program in that it combines adventure activities with hands-on field science. Students learn the scientific method, how to keep a field journal and how to think like scientists. An educational component before each activity enriches the camper’s experience of the environment they are about to enter into.

Each participant that attends MSA’s floating sea camp aboard the Enhydra learns new skills, develops aspects of themselves, builds character, makes new friends and report that this week was the highlight of the summer, which they will remember the rest of their lives!

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Overnight Summer Camps in California | Mountain And Sea Adventures

Mountain and Sea Adventures offers educational overnight summer camps in California, which allow students to experience the great outdoors and empowers them to develop themselves with altruistic character traits.

Shipboard Camp to Catalina Island!

13680583_1064422693634757_7283978627596290946_nThere is no other program like this one in the world! Your child or teen gets the opportunity to spend an entire week exploring various coves, reefs and other world-class attractions on Catalina Island. Campers enjoy such activities as snorkeling, kayaking, swimming and playing in the water with each other and exploring the majestic beauty of the island.

We spend the nights on the ship and explore the island and various marine ecosystems during the day. Campers during an overnight summer camp are taught marine biology and natural sciences, which enrich their experience during the activities. Before snorkeling, for example, they are given a brief lecture about the various species of fish, rays, invertebrates, marine mammals and any other creatures they may encounter.

The ship, named ‘The Enyhdra’, is fully stocked with surfboards, paddleboards, wetsuits, snorkeling gear, kayaks, floatable islands and other toys for swim recreation time, as well as scientific equipment for conducting actual field biology research.

First Time Away From Home

13690585_1069605329783160_7464570014140360363_nFor many campers, this overnight summer camp program is the first time they have been separated from their homes and families. Although this may cause some initial nervousness and anxiety for both parents and camper, it is an immensely important step in self-development. Your child quickly makes friends and learns just how much fun it is to explore the island and ocean with each other.

Developing a sense of self-achievement and personal pride is one of the most unique benefits about coming to overnight summer camps. California has many beautiful resources, but the ocean is by far the greatest. The chance to get away from their computers, phones and games and simply enjoy being a kid in the great outdoors is an experience every child deserves. This is precisely why our shipboard summer camp program is often said to be the highlight of each camper’s entire year.

Building Self Confidence and Social Skills

13669638_1062928803784146_930617708597381719_nLife begins where our comfort zones end. When youth come to an overnight summer camp program with MSA, in such an exotic location as Catalina Island, they are immediately placed outside their comfort zones, which allows them to develop parts of themselves they may not have had the chance to exercise in their every day domestic environments.

Campers must learn to communicate with each other without a screen interfacing them. They learn how to hold conversations longer, without being distracted with their smart phones and social media status. A week without electronics is often reported as being one of the best things that ever happened to them, and provides an important skill set for real life socializing.

Developing The Untapped Potential In Youth

The various activities at camp push campers to the boundary of what they think they are capable of. Activities like snorkeling through sea caves, or surfing on the back side of the island can be intimidating to many youth. With the encouragement of their peers and counselors, they are able to overcome all self imposed limitations and achieve what they previously believed they could not. This is an extremely empowering breakthrough in the life of an individual, and inspires them to continue setting their sights high and aiming for the stars.

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The Most Life Changing Summer Programs for Kids in California

13770477_1069249726485387_2400846582112116259_nMountain and Sea Adventures (MSA) has been running the most life changing summer programs for kids in California since 1998. The specialize in imparting a personal passion for the marine environment through deep immersion and personal hands-on experience.

During their time at camp, each participant is effectively a field biologist as we conduct actual on-going scientific data from our experiments and activities, and analyze the results. Learning to view the world as a scientist has a life changing effect, and often sparks a life long love and appreciation for the wonderful world of natural sciences.

A Week Aboard A Ship Exploring Catalina Island

enydra-catalinaMSA is currently offering the most unique summer program for kids in California. Campers come and stay for an entire week aboard a one-hundred and twelve foot long marine research vessel, fully stocked and staffed for the best time of your life! The friendships developed during this incredible adventure remain long after the journey, as we explore some one of the natural greatest resources in North America all together.

Cruising around the island allows campers to see all the very best that Catalina has to offer, while having all the comfort and luxury necessary without getting too distracted. There is no Wi-Fi while underway on the ship! So campers are forced to exercise alternative means of communicating and interacting with each other, old school style! This is one of the most valuable and important aspects of what this one-of-a-kind summer program has to offer, as students develop interpersonal communication skills and healthy means of self-expression.

Life Aboard A Fully Equipped and Crewed Marine Research Vessel

The Enhydra can comfortable house, feed and entertain forty-five people in dignified class and style. With all the water toys and gear you can ever imagine, as well as a fully stocked and catered galley, dining area, multiple congregation areas and decks, and private cabins for snug sleeping – campers are supplied with everything they need to enjoy the island and ocean.

Shipboard Catalina Island Summer Camp is the highlight of every participant’s summer! The staff looks forward to greeting returning campers year after year to play in the sun and sea, and begin another series of adventures together!

How Hands-On Field Science Changes Lives

13692517_1062928617117498_275454059398750455_nAll the summer program for kids and teens include a brief lecture to introduce them to the various elements of the habitat they are about to enter, as well as time after each activity to journal and develop their field research projects. Campers quickly discover that science allows them to go deeper into the natural world and notice various patterns and relationships with increasingly greater acuity.

The discovery for the potential of science structures the opportunity for campers to allow their senses to blossom, as they use their own eyes, ears and other faculties as instruments in their scientific observations and investigations. The camp counselors encourage each student to write a conclusion after each session, as well as develop a hypothesis about what ever they have chosen to research.

Summer Day Camps in Southern California

MSA also offers two different locations of day camp summer programs for kids in California.

Newport Beach Summer Day Camp for Kids

MSA is proud to present the Newport Beach community and residents of surrounding cities with the valuable opportunity to send their children to summer day camp at the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s facility in the Newport Back Bay. This facility has everything from salt water aquariums and touch tanks, to high-tech classrooms and labs. This is the ideal location for teaching environmental awareness!

The Newport Back Bay has many other amazing resources, which the staff guide the campers through on kayaks, canoes and outriggers. They also frequently visit the Newport Dunes where they have beach play time, and a barbeque every Friday afternoon.

Cabrillo Beach Summer Day Camp for Kids

The summer day camp program for kids at Cabrillo Beach services residents of San Pedro, Long Beach and the surrounding communities. Programs are held at the prestigious Cabrillo Youth Center; which has a swimming pool, large waterfront and pier, multiple classrooms and lot more!

This summer program for kids in California focuses on environmental stewardship and imparting virtuous character traits such as courage, inspiration and social skills.

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Educational and Inspiring Summer Camp Activities On Catalina Island

13631544_1062929037117456_7422598147543401713_nThe best summer camp activities are both educational and inspiring, uplifting the spirits of all who participate, and creating an atmosphere where campers discover that learning is not only fun, but the most interesting thing they could be doing!

There is something magical about Catalina Island that allows all who visit the opportunity to make contact with the primal elements of nature in one of the most pristing and beautiful natural settings in the world.

Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA) has been running programs on Catalina for over 20 years, and has developed many of their own popular and exciting science camp and summer camp activities.

Summer Camp Activities on Catalina:

  • Swimming in the ocean.
  • Snorkeling.
  • Kayaking.
  • Surfing, boogie boarding, body surfing!

Summer Camp Activities That Build Character

Summer camp puts youth outside of their comfort zones and in direct contact with each other and the great outdoors. With the creativity of the campers, it doesn’t take much to transform anything in to the greatest adventure of your life! Here are a few things that are among our favorite summer camp activities:

Swimming in the Ocean

13654414_1064422630301430_2036238527660791800_nSounds innocent enough, right? Of course! Unless, that is, you have an imagination that runs wild! The ocean is indeed tremendous, and reminds even the most experienced sea-faring voyagers how small they are in comparison, from time to time.

Swimming in the ocean is a perfectly safe summer camp activity that MSA constantly does throughout the day, especially since their program is based off a fully equipped marine research vessel! This activity gives campers the chance to overcome any self-imposed limitations and irrational fears, while structuring the opportunity for them to enjoy one of California’s greatest of resources.

Snorkeling

13707726_1062928870450806_8114898664202536338_nSomething amazing happens when a first time snorkeler puts their face in the water and opens their eyes, suddenly they see this entire new world before them. The marine world is one of majestic beauty and hidden wonders of every kind. The more you look, the harder it becomes to turn away. That which before seemed mysterious and potentially frightful has now become real and open to further investigation.

The snorkel tours MSA leads as one of their summer camp activities often allows participants to experience more than four marine ecosystems in one session. Campers also get the rare opportunity to snorkel in the oldest protective cove on the island, seeing a plethora of marine life such as bat rays, leopard sharks, Garibaldi, kelp bass and plenty others!

Kayaking

13891944_1080978441979182_2184367501234704489_nExploring Catalina Island on a small one or two man craft is a real joy for everyone, the freedom allows for you to explore and experience the wonder of the island on your own. The MSA instructors often have the campers bring their snorkel gear and a chaser boat with packed lunch as they head off an a kayak adventure to a hidden cove or remote island beach. After beaching the kayaks, the campers have time to snorkel, swim and enjoy some leisure time on the beach.

Kayaking pushes youth to their limits, as it is a lot more work than it looks! It is easy for our arms to get tired easily, and to want to stop paddling – but the camp counselors continually encourage the campers to persevere and keep on going!

Surfing, Boogie Boarding and Body Surfing.

13669627_1062928770450816_2591901303547224579_nVisiting the backside of the island is one of the highlights of the MSA summer camp experience, which has a beautiful oasis like campground called Little Harbor. Beside Little Harbor is Shark Harbor, which is a popular surfing beach for locals and adventure seekers alike. The MSA staff teach the summer campers how to surf first on the beach and then in the water!

Some prefer to boogie board or body surf, which never gets old! I don’t care how you do it, riding a wave is one of the best feelings in the world.

It is always interesting to see how many teens and kids are intimidated by surfing and see it as being outside their skill range. This is the perfect opportunity to show them that they are greater than their fears and limitations, and that each person sets their own boundaries in life!

Summer Camp Activities That Promote Environmental Awareness

Being surrounded by the beauty of immense beauty of nature, such as that experienced on Santa Catalina Island, fosters a deep personal love for the marine and island environment. If it is true that we protect what we love, then a week exploring the numerous adventures and precious resources available on Catalina is one of the most valuable educational experiences a child can have.

Immersing youth in the raw beauty of nature allows them to begin thinking like a scientist.

All of MSA’s summer camp activities have a brief fifteen-minute lecture phase to introduce the campers to any various animals, plants or other habitat factors they may encounter. When they see these creatures in their natural habitat during the activity, knowing some facts about it already drastically enriches the experience.

Keeping a field journal

credit-AnneFMaben8An integral part of the MSA program is keeping a field journal. This allows students to have their own personal research project to develop during their camp experience. They are led to utilize the scientific method as they gather and organize notes and data gathered during the various activities.

Keeping a field journal augments all of the MSA summer camp activities; as the more each student delves into the world of natural science, the more they are able to notice patterns and relationships that inspire further investigation.

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The Most Fun and Educational Science Summer Camps for Kids

A Summer Camp for Kids Unlike Any Other

13680553_1064422520301441_3779876573892777909_nSummer camp is the highlight of the year for many kids whom look forward to this chance to get out into the great outdoors and spend a week exploring, discovering and creating adventures with both old and new friends. Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA) has been hosting the most fun and educational summer camp for kids in the southern California area for nearly twenty years, and specializes in building character and increasing awareness of the ocean environment.

MSA’s programs are very well balanced between academic learning and exciting outdoor activities, which both reinforce and compliment each other. Campers quickly discover that the learning time before each activity enriches their overall experience, allowing them to appreciate their surroundings even more!

Summer Day Camps for Kids in California

1098447_512041845539514_1001796856_nMSA has multiple day camp locations for southern California residents, including beachfront facilities at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, as well as the Back Bay in Newport Beach. These programs teach students how to think like marine biologists as they immerse themselves in field research, water sports and games, beach fun time and environmental activities to increase awareness and foster a love and appreciation for the environmental stewardship.

Both of MSA’s summer day camp locations include estuaries with an abundance of sea birds, invertebrates, fish, marine mammals and lots of other marine life. Summer day camp for kids is always such a great opportunity to expand the horizons of youth, and expose them to the exciting world of natural sciences.

Overnight Summer Sleepaway Camps

One of the biggest highlights for MSA’s campers is the overnight summer sleepaway camp onboard their marine research vessel, which explores the various coves of Santa Catalina Island for a full week! Living onboard an actual US Coast Guard certified research vessel while touring Catalina offers youth the chance to experience the marine environment in all it’s splendor and beauty, sparking a lifelong love and appreciation for the ocean and marine biology.

13659051_1062928500450843_8382838857298042155_nDuring their overnight summer sleepaway camp students enjoy such activities as snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, swimming in breathtakingly beautiful island coves, hiking, exploring remote beaches, surfing, camping under the stars and lots more! During this time each camper conducts actual hands-on field science research activities, learns how to keep a field journal as well as how to implement the scientific method towards developing their own hypothesis and theories.

Summer Camp Educational Activities

Before each activity, students are given a brief lecture introducing them to the habitats they are about to go explore and experience. This pre-activity lecture is short but provides students with a wealth of information that allows them to enjoy the activity so much more when they see the various animals they just learned about.

Seeing a cormorant in the wild is a lot more interesting after learning that they can dive down nearly two hundred feet to search for fish. Seeing a brown pelican soar by is always more fun after learning they were nearly extinct only thirty years ago. Seeing a Sheepshead fish while snorkeling is a lot more exciting when you know this fish can change genders from female to male after reaching a certain age. These are just a few examples of how the lecture phase of each activity enriches each campers experience.

Other summer camp educational activities include squid dissections, plankton trawls, observing plankton under microscopes, tide pool explorations, visiting marine bird estuaries and nesting grounds, and more.

Summer Camp Builds Confidence and Self Esteem

10522448_682630775147286_5213538904043867819_nOne of the greatest advantages of sending your child to summer camp is how it builds confidence and self esteem as they step out of their comfort zones, prove to themselves they can break their fears and accomplish great things, and make valuable friendships that last years and even decades.

The central core theme at MSA is ‘break your fears’! Counselors are constantly modeling and structuring the opportunity for youth to develop the courage to push themselves past their own self imposed limitations and inhibitions. By the end of the week each camper has built up so much confidence, their self image is renewed and their belief in themselves empower them to know they can achieve greatness in any area of their life.

Summer Camp Teaches Social Skills

In modern times many people have lost the ability to communicate with each other and make new friends. Kids are constantly distracted from the outer world by their smart phones and tablets, which create an artificial world where interpersonal communications are stifled and people have forgotten how to interact with each other.

Even just a week at camp can do wonders for improving each child’s social skills and ability to make new friends and enjoy each others company. Campers are taught how to work together as a team, encourage each other to break their fears, and enjoy the best summer of their lives together.

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How Summer Camp Builds Character And Improves Self Esteem

Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zones

13754241_1064422800301413_8910543785500335833_nLife begins where your comfort zones end, and coming to camp for seven days structures the opportunity for youth to break the mold of what they are used to and enjoy the chance to develop a side of themselves they may have never known even existed. When youth prove to themselves that they can achieve excellence in a new field, it reminds them of their own inner greatness and that they truly can achieve anything they put their minds toward.

By the end of the school year many times youth are feeling vexed and frustrated by how rigid life has become. The same daily schedule week after week can cause some kids to forget how exciting and spontaneous life can be. Fortunately, this is the time for summer camp!

Achieving Success In Trying New Things

It is human nature to get into a rut with your habitual mode of living, keeping to what you’re used to and clinging to what is familiar. Many times we see others do extraordinary things and falsely believe that they have something special, foreign and alien to ourselves. Just a single week at summer camp is all it takes to remind youth that they too are capable to greatness and achieving success in the pursuits.

When kids and teens come to camp with Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA), they are immediately placed into a new exciting environment where they can try on a new way of being and interacting with the world around them. It usually takes just one day before they have cast off the cloak of resistance and are willing to try out new things and develop new skills.

Upon proving to themselves that they are not only able to perform in new arenas, but can excel and achieve greatness, their sense of self is revitalized and given great momentum, which they bring back to their lives and worlds back home.

Making And Building New Friendships

13729166_1063128577097502_4791515940079251212_nMany kids and teens enjoy coming back together every summer to meet up with friends they only see during the adventures of summer camp, as well as to meet new friends and develop the ability for interpersonal relationships. Living without their smart phones and tablets for a week may be painful at first, but soon allows each participant to enjoy themselves and each other infinitely more.

The opportunity to just be kids enjoying the great outdoors together reignites their passion for life, and reminds them that they are liked and loved by their peers.

During the activities at camp, students are put face to face against their own fears and inhibitions. It is something different for each child, but everyone faces their challenges at a certain point. One of the core themes at MSA camp is teamwork and uplifting encouragement. When youth receive such empowering support from their peers it motivates them to reach for the stars and dream big, reinforcing the fact that the people around them love, appreciate and deeply care for them.

Learning To Set Goals And Persevere

The MSA staff is constantly encouraging campers to ‘persevere’ and ‘never give up’! Counselors encourage each child to set attainable and realistic goals, and then chose a pace they can maintain, allowing them to achieve the results they are seeking. So often times we start off our endeavors with great enthusiasm and courage, but how often do we finish on the same high note? Learning to properly set goals and push them selves past any resistance along the way imparts a very valuable understanding. Rather than seeing obstacles as detrimental, campers are encouraged to see the hurdles and challenges they face along the journey as being instrumental in the personal success they have achieved for themselves.

Rising Above Self-Imposed Limitations, Inhibitions And Aversions

After stepping out of their comfort zones, receiving encouragement for their counselors and peers, and proving to themselves again and again that they are capable of greatness, participants at MSA’s summer camp programs receive a powerful boost of self-esteem and confidence. Their whole self-image is greatly improved.

Before they may have understood that they can achieve what ever they set their minds to, but the experiences they gain at camp prove to themselves once and for all this fact, which becomes a game-changing realization that allows them to transcend their previous self imposed limitations and live life to its fullest each and ever day!

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How MSA’s Summer Camp Program Changes Lives

Building Character

13567426_1312684095412668_5215966057688580732_nThe process of building character begins the very moment you agree to come to camp, determined to step outside of your comfort zones and being open to experiencing something totally new. This initial act of courage is the primer for propelling you into an environment where you are given the opportunity for self-development every moment throughout the day.

Can you remember the last time you were hesitant towards do something fun and exciting, for whatever reason? Maybe you were afraid, or maybe you were just averse towards the temporary inconvenience of being outside your comfort zone. Perhaps you can remember how great you felt once you pushed past that initial threshold of resistance, and were able to really enjoy yourself in your environment. Do you remember how self-assured and confident you felt afterwards? There’s nothing quite like proving to your self that you can do something you previously tried to talk your self out of!

This is an every day occurrence out at Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA) environmental science camps, where we create the opportunity for youth to build character and develop altruistic and self-empowering personality traits during their time at camp.

Transforming Fear Into Courage

10325561_675128789230818_8066473375443033514_nMost of the time the fear we experience towards a certain activity is not logical at all, but highly emotional and erratic. The first character trait that is taught is courage, as it is what allows all the other virtues to be enacted. Courage means to be afraid, but to be willing to face your fears and not allow fear to dominate you. Just the simple act of facing your fears is a tremendous achievement and a necessary step towards living the amazing lives we have the potential of.

The MSA staff is specially trained to professionally handle the resistance and hesitation campers often have towards various activities, and to gently inspire them to face their fears and transcend their limitations.

Improving The Self Image Of Each Camper

An interesting thing happens at the end of every week at MSA science camp, the campers have a renewed sense of self and a belief in themselves that they were not aware of before. The bring this new healthy self image with them back into their homes, schools and communities; where they continue to make steady progress towards self actualization and inspiring others to live the lives of their dreams, as well.

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The Best Overnight Summer Camps in Southern California

There is no other overnight summer camp in southern California like MSA’s program on Santa Catalina Island. Campers enjoy a full week of such incredibly fun activities as boating, paddleboarding, exploring sea caves and hidden coves, swimming at remote beaches, kayaking, snorkeling and building new friendships that often last a life time.

Summer Away Camps

206034_155784591165243_7352899_nThe chance to spend a week away at camp is the highlight of the summer for many kids and teens, which get to enjoy making new friends, exploring nature, and playing in the great outdoors together.

Summer away camps in southern California are the perfect opportunity to impart social skills, build high self-esteem and give your child real life experiences that build character and improve their self-image.

Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA) has been running the best overnight summer camps in southern California for nearly 20 years, with their premiere location at Catalina Island offering California residents the chance to enjoy and immerse themselves in one of their most precious and valuable natural resources.

MSA’s Catalina summer camps are both very exciting and highly educational, imparting a love for the ocean through hands-on field biology activates, water games and lots of marine science activities.

Elite Summer Camps in California

993605_490675834342782_407757881_nWhen your student comes to Catalina summer camp, they get to enjoy visiting the most beautiful and desirable locations on the island by kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking the various trails and coves.

This program is a truly an elite summer camp experience, offering a wide range of activities and experiences. The fact that the program is help aboard a marine research vessel allows your child the chance to comfortably travel around and visit the very best that Catalina Island has to offer.

From the quaint island villages of Avalon and Two Harbors, to the remote paradise coves on the backside such as Little Harbor, your child can see and experience more of Catalina Island with MSA than any other program.

During our two-week teen camp on Catalina, your teenager can hike some of the most beautiful parts of the Trans Catalina Trails, even trekking up to the highest mountain on the island, and spending a night at the incredibly breathtaking scenic viewpoint of Black Jack campground.

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