Some experiences come once in a lifetime and sometimes those experiences are to open your mind to the possibilities of life. Yes, some of those possibilities can be incorporated into your life regularly, if you want. The Boy Scouts of America are one of those experiences. They have been around since the early 1900s and have grown to have millions of members as of today. The mission of the Boy Scouts is to teach boys or young men basic first aid and survival in the outdoors. This would also come to include a type of fellowship as some of the relationships forged in the Boy Scouts lead to being life long friendships as well helping to develop character.
We were recently hosted by Single Mom’s Planet with The Boys Scouts of America to experience a weekend at Camp Emerald Bay on the island of Catalina here in California. I really felt that Camp Emerald Bay was a bonus incentive to being a part of the Boy Scouts. Now don’t get me wrong, our visit to Camp Emerald Bay will forever be in my heart and memories, but that is an annual experience. The real experience comes from joining and being active in your local Boy Scout troop. While at Camp Emerald Bay our host and veteran Boy Scout Camp Leader James Graham informed us of four key elements that everyone should get from beings a Boy Scout. A fun and safe environment, meaning boys will be amongst peers that are their ages and share similar interest. Also if you have access to the boys, background screenings are run annually as a precautionary measure.
Next are character building and development. When I was a new mom, I was unaware and not exactly sure of what it really meant to have a village help in raising our sons. My understanding is clear now and I can relate to how the Boy Scouts pledge to help in character building and development, centered around good morals and values would be beneficial to my family as well as my son’s futures. The next pros are to learn life skills that will carry on into adulthood. I’m sure you can remember learning skills that you had no idea would still be remembered and even used today. And lastly, in the age of technology, this is almost a rare one, the great outdoors. Your son(s) will enjoy the great outdoors through hiking, camping and more. Please visit TheBoyScoutsofAmeriaca for more information and to find your local chapter.
Harbor Breeze Cruises are very well known throughout Los Angeles and were our transportation to Catalina Island. We were at their port at 6:00 am for a 6:30 am departure. To my surprise, we had this beautiful boat all to ourselves.
Two sets of brothers on our boat ride to Camp Emerald Bay. Cub Scouts are for Boys ages 7-10 years old or Grades 1-5. ( To participate in this trip it was requested that all children be 8-12 years old.) Camp Emerald Bay is for Boy Scouts that are ages 11-17. The Cub Scouts are tailored to match each young boy’s life. The Boy Scouts can learn archery, the Art to Welding to Wilderness Survival. Boy Scout’s have access to more as they are older and are a bit more mature, allowing them to have a better understanding of their experience.
For the majority of the ride to Catalina Island, my boys stayed on the outside deck. It was a thrilling ride to the island. Our boat rode the waves and we loved every minute of it. Some of us experienced motion/sea sickness, but that’s all part of the experience. It wasn’t life threatening and didn’t distract anyone from the fun that was on its way!
This was our first glimpse of Camp Emerald Bay. We had no idea of the experiecnces that lie ahead.
Each camping section had a name. Ours was Camp Malibu.
These guys, Henry and Thomas, were both recent high school graduates and of course Boy Scouts. I was so thankful to have them because they had the energy to deal with the over abundance of energy that all of the kids had and they were able to answer our questions about the island and the many adventures of being a Boy Scout.
This video gives a glimpse into us getting settled into our sleeping or camping quarters. We didn’t spend a lot of time here because we were entirely to busy with activities.
Roommates. Both of them are ten years old and eager to learn about the Boy Scouts and Camp Emerald Bay.
I’m not even sure of the elevation. I just know that it was very high. I’m thinking that this was the highest that I’ve ever hiked. We didn’t complete the entire hike due to the ages of the boys participating. The Boy Scouts took full repsonsibility and made sure we didn’t get into a situation that we were not prepared for.
Absolutely breaktakig view on our afternoon hike. I trailed behind due to me taking so many photos.
Safety was never compromised! Here many of our children taking a swim test in the ocean. As a Boy Scout at Emerald Bay, it is expected that you are able to swim in the ocean. It was explained that this was different than swimming in a pool. The water is cold and salty and you are swimming with and possibly against waves.
Onsite is the Pennington Marine Science Center. There were lots of sea life animals on display for both observation and touching. The recreated ecosystem features over 150 different species of animals collected in our local California/Pacific Ocean waters.
The boys are shown experiencing the shark tank. They touched actual sharks, sting rays, and starfish.
He dared me that he’d eat fresh kelp! I won, lol!
Counselors were onboard to show campers how to properly handle the bow and arrows. It is a bit trickier than it looks.
All smiles because I had beginners luck and hit a bullseye!!
Kayaking was available and was one of the highlights of the trip.
There were numerous opportunities for the kids to burn off energy running through the open camp grounds.
The kids took time to get the sillies out!!
Nature gave us the perfect setting for the end of our active schedule for the day. It was just before dusk and a nice breeze was setting in on the island. A camp fire was the best way to conclude our experience on the island. Our host James, lead us through songs and of course a ghost story. We will forever remember “bloody finger!” That was the subject of the ghost story that he told us. The setting was so perfect for this experience.
The cafeteria was clean and easy to navigate around. The food was cooked fresh daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There were options for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets as well. This may give parents a peace of mind knowing that their child can continue their diet even while at Camp Emerald Bay.
This rock has a new home with us. He kept saying that he wanted to take back a little piece of the island.
We will never forget our experience at Camp Emerald Bay on the Catalina Island. My boys are very interested in joining the Boy Scouts of America and of course looking forward to being 11 and able to revisit Camp Emerald Bay for the week long stay.
The Foundation of Scouting by Boy Scouts of America
Scout Oath On my honor I will do my best to do my duty To God and my country and to obey the Scout Law,
To help other people at all times,
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight
Scout Law A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Scout Mission The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.