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  • Camp Type: Overnight, Day
  • Age of Campers: 6 - 17
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Year Established: 1996
  • Accreditations: 1

Tall Ship Island Adventure Sea Camp


Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Spend the summer on the beautiful Southern California coast in a way that most people never experience.  Youth ages 11-17 join as a crew on a working tall ship with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute Summer Adventure Camps. Younger students will enjoy day camp activities as part of the Explorer Camp, designed to encourage growing minds to appreciate and explore nature. After a week of fun at the dock, explorers sail away for a fun overnight sleepover on the water and then a day sail for parents and guardians. Older Students join us for an exciting 5-day or 12-day voyage to the Islands of California. While at sea or on land, Voyager Camp will explore topics in marine biology, maritime history, island ecology and have some fun with traditional Maritime arts!  Learn the ropes as you challenge yourself with exciting new opportunities: leaving the dock, setting and adjusting sails, keeping a ship on course, setting the anchor, and living aboard a ship for a week. Make new friends, listen to the sound of the sea, and gaze at the stars at night. Then hit the island for some unforgettable fun! Beautiful and scenic hikes on the island, warm sandy beaches with the cool ocean water nearby, and picnics in just the right spot await the kids off the boat. Both 5 day and 12 day voyages, Adventure Camp and Voyager Camp, end with a victory sail where campers get to show off their new skills to family and friends.

Explorer Camp: Day Camp with an option overnight at anchor- Description/Themes TBD

July 13-July 17

July 20-July 24

July 27-July 31

August 3-August 7


August 10-August 14

Adventure Camp: 

June 22-June 26: Land, Sea, and Sky


  • From the smallest microorganism to the continents to the clouds in the sky, all are connected on this beautiful blue marble. Discover the links between the spheres as well as between you and your crewmates on this voyage.


June 29-July 3: Years of Adventure 

  • People have been enchanted by the ocean ever since they first laid eyes on it. Explore the intertwined history of people and water, participate in historical navigation techniques, and learn historic sailor arts such as storytelling, sail handling, and marlin spike seamanship.

July 6-July 10: Myths and Legends

  • Be inspired by the tales of the ages. Learn about the stories people used to explain phenomena and create your own. Attempt the feats of heroes and heroines of the past to become a champion of the modern-day.

July 13-July 17: Come Sail Away

  • Our art appreciation week where campers can learn sea shanties and dances, create art and make music. Let the ocean inspire you to create poems and artwork to bring home to cherish forever.

July 20-July 24: Drifters

  • Let’s talk about what’s floating in the water! Microscopic organisms that everything else relies on, animals, and US! We will think about why things float, build boats and sail them! We will have plenty of time to drift in the water- while snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming around the islands.

July 27-July 31: Find Finny Friends

  • Campers are in for a whale of a time as we learn all about the big animals of the ocean! Let’s talk about dolphins, sharks, seals, sea lions and whales.  Spend the day on and in the water trying to catch sight of some of our local gentle giants.

August 3-August 7: Salty Scientists

  • Be a saltwater scientist! Campers will be encouraged to be scientists and create their own experiments to conduct onboard. The manta trawl and trips to remote beaches will allow us to investigate plastic pollution. We will also explore water chemistry as we collect data from places only reachable by ship.


August 10-August 14: Highlights

  • Join us on the last week of camp for a week of highlights. This week will be a mixed bag of the most popular themes and activities from the previous seven weeks of camp.

Voyager Camp: 

July 6-July 17: Land, Sea, and Sky

  • From the smallest to microorganism to the continents to the clouds in the sky, all are connected on this beautiful blue marble. Discover the links between the spheres as well as between you and your crewmates on this voyage.

July 20-July 31: Fear Factor

  • For the adventurous spirit and not the faint of heart. During these twelve days, we will push comfort levels. Climb as high as you can into the rigging. Get up close with some underwater aliens, try eating strange food, or attempt the polar bear plunge.


Parents- please supervise your child’s packing, all too often we have campers who have forgotten items that are necessary for their comfort and enjoyment.

Things to bring:

  • Sleeping bag/pillow/blanket
  • Jacket (warm)
  • Long pants and shorts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Rubber-soled shoes extra pair, close-toed recommended
  • Water shoes/strap on sandals
  • Swimsuit/towel/soap
  • Hat with brim and chin tie or “keeper”
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Personal toiletries
  • Reading material
  • Digital camera
  • Snorkel/Fins/Mask/Spring Suit if you wish to bring your own
  • Flashlight or Headlamp, with a red light for night anchor watch
  • Day pack with reusable water bottle
  • Fishing pole and tackle (depending on anchorage)
  • Anti-sea sickness medicine (Ginger candies, Bonine or Non-drowsy Dramamine, start the night before)
  • Prescription medicines (if any)
  • Quarters for showers on shore (not all anchorages have shower facilities)

You may not bring:
Gum, electronics (except cameras), anything in glass, excessive jewelry or other valuables, or knives/weapons.

Please note! We do not provide bedding and you must bring your own. You must bring gear aboard in a soft Duffel or similar bag – hard luggage is unmanageable aboard a tall ship.
Remember to label clearly your personal items!


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