Catalina Island Family Camp

The Only California Family Camp That's On The Beach

We invite you and your loved ones to experience the rest, peace and restoration that is Campus by the Sea Family Camp. This is a chance for guests to unplug (literally) and get away to take full advantage of the rest and relaxation that awaits all in our private cove. Our desire is to honor the long history and legacy of family oriented camps at CBS by continuing to provide a life-changing event for families.

The Big Reveal

The hidden mysteries of the universe and beyond exposed at CBS Family Camp!


One of the unique elements of camp is to be away from the distraction of everyday life to encounter God. The reality of this statement is not found in the 26-mile passage to Catalina, the rustic charm of Campus by the Sea, nor the authentic program and fantastic recreation of a retreat on Catalina Island. The big reveal is the nature of God is all about revelation. God reveals himself in Creation, in Community, in the Scripture and his Son, Jesus. It is no mistake that all of these are what draw families back to Family Camp year after year. That is why the 2020 CBS Family Camp theme is the BIG REVEAL!

As the plans come together for SUMMER 2020, the focus in everything we do will be about this great God of revelation how his heart’s desire is to make himself known to people. In our two sessions of Family Camp, we will worship his glory and beauty in Creation, find peace in his love and the love of Community around us, go deep into his Word, and grow close to his Son, Jesus. Built on the tradition of excellent teaching and heartful worship, programs that reach to youngest to the oldest camper and the fun and refreshment of camping next to the pacific, Family Camp 2020 promises to be a historical pivot point.

Two Sessions to Choose From

  • CBS 4 Day Family Camp - Session 1 - July 1-4, 2020 (Session suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19)
  • CBS 4 Day Family Camp - Session 2 - September 4-7, 2020 (Session suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19)

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Program Elements

This 4-day, 3-night island adventure will have programming specific for adults and children. We will have a daily speaker, discussion sessions and time in the Word for adults.

Childrens Program

Grade/Age appropriate groups 
(broken down according to number of participants)
  • Infants/Toddlers
  • Elementary
  • Jr. High 
  • High School

Teaching time based on the same theme and focus verse as the adults.

Small group discussion following teaching for Elementary through High School.

Activity time to engage
  • Crowd Breakers
  • Games
  • Art/Crafts
  • Nature Enrichment

Other Activities

Our schedule will allow enough flexibility for guests to build their own adventure, selecting from a myriad of self-service activities available in camp:

  • Ping pong
  • Horseshoes
  • Shuffle board
  • Frisbee golf
  • Miles of hiking trails 

You'll also have the option to partake in afternoon waterfront activities:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Tubing behind power boat (by sign up at camp)

If you love to fish, don't forget to bring your own pole and tackle and camp will provide frozen squid for bait.

Nightly beachside campfires will give guests a chance to unwind, relish the amazing ocean view and share s'mores, impromptu songs, and stories.


Each family will be assigned a cabin unit or tent, which provide a simple yet comfortable camping experience. There is no electricity or plumbing in the cabins; however, they are centrally located with easy access to dining room, meeting spaces and bath pavillion which is equipped with hot showers, flush toilets and electricity. See our accommodations page and camp map for further details.

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This is a Time for Everybody

  • Singles who just want to get away for some quiet reflection and opportunities to make new friends.
  • Couples who need a peaceful get-away to spend time together.
  • Families so parents and kids can focus on creating special memories. 
  • Single parents who need to be surrounded by those who understand  their unique challenges.
  • Grandparents who want to expose their grandchildren to the truth of the gospel.
  • Multi-generational families looking for a special environment to invest in their relationships.

Discover how energizing and refreshing time away on the island can be with the extended family of God, fellowshipping together and deepening your personal relationship with the Lord!

Have further questions? Give our Family Camp Registrar a call at (310)-510-0015 on weekdays between 9am and 4:30pm PST.

Your Hosts - Curt & Rhonda Hamner

Curt and Rhonda started Between Two Trees Ministries to specifically help marriages succeed in a culture that has become increasingly destructive, neglectful and hostile to the institution. With over thirty years as Marriage and Family Educators and Pastoral Counselors, Curt and Rhonda Hamner offer wise, biblical and practical relationship coaching. Professionally trained in a unique set of leadership skills as coaches, they have helped scores of families identify important goals and priorities. This dynamic couple will be your guide through the session, acting as emcees, leading discussions, engaging hard topics and setting the table for transformative change in your life, marriage and family interactions.

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