Campus by the Sea is one of three camping ministries owned and operated by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, an organization committed to establishing and advancing witnessing communities of students and faculty on college and university campuses across the nation.
Operating on Catalina since 1951, CBS promotes this mission by annually hosting nearly 2,000 InterVarsity college age students from over 40 different secular campuses in the Western United States from all over California to Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas and even Idaho. These ethnically diverse students gather at camp for weekend and weeklong conferences to encourage them in their study of God’s word, exploration of prayer and development in discipleship.
CBS also serves as a retreat destination and rental facility for scores of churches and Christian non-profits by hosting their youth, adult and family conferences. Additionally, CBS provides summer programs that include vacation weeks for all ages, high school/jr. high combo camps and other specialty conferences.
Campus by the Sea leases it's property from the Catalina Island Conservancy, an organization that holds 88% of the island's land in trust, preserving it's natural beauty for generations to come. The cove’s unique, wild, remote setting is also the perfect outdoor classroom for the Long Beach Marine Institute that brings nearly 2000 grade school students a year to the camp on their Research Vessel Challenger to explore the island’s ecology and promote conservation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Want to know more about our history? Campus by the Sea has stories that tell the tale.
What do I need to pack? Here's what to bring with you when you visit Campus by the Sea.
How do I get there? We provide directions that will help you find the boat that will take you to CBS.
How do I contact camp? We would love for you to contact us.
How can I join the CBS staff and do you hire summer staff? See this section about employment.
Can I give to your important ministry? We welcome your donations. This page will give you numerous options for ways to contribute.
What is IVCF? Learn more about InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the parent organization of Campus by the Sea.
What are the founding principals of IVCF and CBS? Find out what we believe as outlined in InterVarsity's Our Doctrinal Basis.
Does IVCF run other camps? InterVarsity owns two other retreat and training centers.