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Diving into Summer

July 20, 2011

A diver prepares to hit the waterDiving is one of the most empowering classes we offer. It’s a chance to fly and soar through the air and then hit the water with a smack and a splash.

When I was but a wee lass, I spent many hours at the local pool learning that there’s nothing better than hitting the board and launching into the air, almost like being a bird able to fly.

I encourage all willing campers to sign up for diving, this most interesting marriage between air and water. It’s athletic but artistic. It also takes a lot of body control and practice. It feels good to hit water with a splash.

Diving a skill that has to be taught, truly, and camp is somewhere to take time to really learn. We have great teachers who can really take the time to teach you, one on one.

Splish splash,

Julie Forrest,
Camp Director

One-on-one instruction on the diving board
A summer camper launches into the air


We’re Blanketing Monterey for Project Linus

July 19, 2011

Campers with blankets for Project LinusCampers became blanketeers for a day when they came together to create blankets for Project Linus during a recent weekend.

Named for the adorable Peanuts character who was never seen too from his blankie, Project Linus is a nation-wide effort to deliver handmade blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need of some snuggles.

Our dynamite activities coordinator Laura initiated the project. She worked with our counselors to distribute felt and teach campers how to create the blankets. Once that was done, she led the girls in making cards to be delivered alongside the fuzzy new blankies.

“Since they’re the same age as a lot of the kids who will be getting the blankets, it’s something the campers can understand,” Laura says.

“And some of them are far away from home, too. I think they understand the concept of needing something to help them feel the comfort of home.”

The blankets will be delivered to children currently undergoing long-term stays in local hospitals.

We’re so excited about this beautiful service project and sincerely hope our blankets spread comfort across Monterey County!

Surf All Day, Music All Night

July 17, 2011

Our campers have talent! And to prove it, here are a few clips from Friday night’s Camper Talent Show to get your Sunday off to a groovy start… Enjoy!

Live aloha,
Julie Forrest
Camp Director


Summer Camp Gets Sew Glamorous

July 15, 2011

Julie Forrest sports a scarf created by the girls at Summer at Santa Catalina

Today I have the pleasure of wearing a très chic scarf created by our campers.

I’ve gotten tons of compliments from friends so far, and it’s not even lunchtime yet!

The girls who made it are in our Sew Glamorous class, a new offering this year.  The class gives girls a chance to reinterpret previously used materials into creative and fashionable garments and accessories. Campers are wildly taking bicycle tires and making rubber bracelets and hair ornaments. They’re making rosettes out of zippers. They’re flattening bottle caps and repurposing them into bespoke necklaces.

Campers at Summer at Santa Catalina exercise creativity in Sew Glamorous classWe hope they’re enjoying the opportunity to look at the world and the things we throw away in a different light. Sew, Sew, Sew fun!

And they’re learning practical life skills: how to do cross-stitch embroidery, how to cut patterns, how to edge and make seams, how to add zippers to garments, and how to take things like ties and make coin pursues out of them.

Taking the boring and mundane and making it fresh is a skill we always hope kids will take into their adult lives.

– Julie Forrest
Camp Director

Sewing Machines inspire Creativity at Summer Camp
Summer at Santa Catalina gets fashionable

Granny BINGO

July 13, 2011

A counselor gets into the Granny Bingo groove

They come as fast as they could with their walking sticks, rockers, canes, walkers and wheelchairs … But come our campers did to one of the most loved and laughed-about camp traditions: Granny Bingo!

Granny Bingo is a long-standing evening tradition at Summer at Santa Catalina, an evening which all campers look forward to each year… Some have even tried to reserve our camp Nurse Katie’s wheelchair weeks in advance!
A camper is all dolled up for a night out at Granny Bingo

Campers use eyeliner to draw in wrinkles, and the placement of said love-lines are often quite hysterical. Shower caps and talcum powder are applied liberally. Campers also love using pillows fore and aft to acheive that well-rounded granny figure!

The funny thing is that I know a lot of our campers’ grandmothers and I have no idea where they get some of these zany costume ideas!

As you can see, some grannies are quite tuckered out by the end of our evening!

This camper granny is all tuckered out after an evening of raucus Granny Bingo!

Update: Checks and Stripes

July 12, 2011

We held our third and penultimate Checks/Stripes competition Monday, and boy – I mean, GIRL! – was it intense!

Checks/Stripes is an annual camp-long competition held each session of camp. With intense relay races, spirited dodge-ball competitions and epic ultimate Frisbee games, Checks/Stripes competitions pit the green Checks against red Stripes.

The entire camp is divided between checks and stripes. Bright bandannas and the campers’ own goofy makeup and getups can be found everywhere on Checks/Stripes days. Girls of all ages play together on the same team; the teams become just another way for us to integrate camp and ensure that girls of all ages have a chance to interact and get to know each other.

Monday was ultimate Frisbee night, leaving just one more chance for competition to continue this summer. And we are assured things will be positively spirited on the 18th, when we will try out a new Checks/Stripes competition: Quidditch!

Our Quidditch match will be a sort of honorarium for the final Harry Potter movie, which — as nearly all our campers can tell you — debuts on the 15th.

We can’t wait to see all you Check/Stripe Muggles back on the field next week!

Rockstars Come to Camp

July 7, 2011

Katy Perry Comes to Summer at Santa Catalina

Only at Summer at Santa Catalina can you have breakfast with Justin Beiber before hanging out with Katy Perry during Glee Club!

July 6 was Rockstar Day at camp, and musicians aplenty were nice enough to take time off from their summer touring schedules to hang out with us here in Monterey.

Counselors and campers were encouraged to warm up for the evening’s Reverb concert by dressing as their favorite rock stars.

Click here to see a short YouTube video clip from the concert.