Teen and Youth Experiences!
TCX seeks to build in youth appreciation for nature and the outdoors and enthusiastic support for its care and preservation by organizing and conducting a fun, challenging and informative experience on Catalina Island. The “Junior Camp Castaway” program is an outdoor educational and recreational experience for children ages 9-12. The program is designed to better acquaint participating youth with local history (including European explorers, smugglers, pirates, and the history of the native Tongva people), marine natural history, island ecology, geology and wilderness survival. Each subject of study is integrated into activity sessions crafted to engage young minds and encourage participation. The “castaway” theme threads its way through everything –sports, challenges, crafts, waterfront activities, exploratory hiking, even meal service – giving campers a sense of fabled adventure while they build a lasting relationship with Catalina Island, its history and its remarkable ecosystem.
Camp Castaway Teen Experience
TCX seeks to use a teen’s natural affinity for beaches, the marine environment and outdoor adventure to create in them appreciable awareness of nature and environmental challenges, confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference and the mutual benefits associated with working as a team. “Camp Castaway” is an extraordinary opportunity for teens to escape the every day pressures and temptation of urban life to discover an island paradise. Catalina Island offers infinite avenues of exploration, personal challenge and intellectual growth. While at Camp Castaway, teens will participate in sophisticated workshop sessions that take full advantage of everything Catalina Island has to offer. For example, they may be exploring remote coves with a kayak in the morning, and snorkeling through a giant kelp forest in the afternoon. They will work as a team to build functioning rafts, negotiate obstacle courses, find their way to buried treasure and much, much more – all while celebrating the castaway tradition! Workshops include projects and activities in local history (including native peoples), survival, orienteering, oceanography, marine biology, island ecology and much more. Each session is unique, and a combined (two-week) session includes a complete Camp Castaway adventure.