- About CBS
Not Your Typical Church Retreat
Campus by the Sea is like no other Christian Camp and Conference Center you have ever visited. Even getting here is an adventure! Large groups come directly to our pier on a privately chartered Catalina Express from San Pedro, Long Beach or Dana Point terminals. With these departure options, we are an ideal choice for Christian church groups, other non-profit organizations, and public or private schools from all over Southern California. These ports are less than a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties. We even serve groups from the Inland Empire, Nevada and Arizona that desire our unique location: a secluded, private cove just three miles west of Avalon on wild and beautiful Santa Catalina Island CA.
Our accommodations are simple: modest structures that do not have electricity or attached bathrooms. Our centrally located Bathroom Pavilion is state-of-the-art: complete with lights, electrical outlets, flush toilets and hot showers.
Meals are served in a modern, spacious and beautiful dining hall with the option of dining inside or on an expansive, covered veranda with incredible views of the ocean. Our chefs prepare fantastic home-made cuisine, avoiding pre-packaged entrees by making delicious meals from fresh ingredients. We are particularly known for our fresh baked goods, desserts and breads.
Meeting spaces are included with group rental facilities and feature multi-channel sound systems and video projection. Plenty of extra rooms for break-out sessions and our largest meeting space, the Main Deck, seats up to 240 people. For all guest group camps as well as CBS program camps, guests are expected to participate in scheduled sessions and activities. Guest groups in developing their program should include regularly scheduled, instructional meetings with qualified instructor. A copy of your program schedule will be needed by the date of your conference.
Recreation opportunities abound to all rental groups, from our self-serve options like volleyball and basketball to our supervised, lifeguarded waterfront activities like kayaking and snorkeling. Activities are included in our per person rates.
Explore our website and discover why many guest groups make Campus by the Sea their annual tradition for: church camp, youth retreat, men’s group getaway, elementary school outdoor education, public school class trip, private school orientation week, NPO conference center site, even women’s conference retreat facility (for the adventure-minded female). CBS is ready to serve you as the most unique Christian retreat center in Southern California.