Camp del Corazon is held at Catalina Island Camps located at Howland’s Landing, a private cove on the leeward side of beautiful Catalina Island. Just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Howland’s Landing is surrounded by magnificent ocean views and breezes. Our cove is approximately three miles, by boat, west of Two Harbors, a small boating community located at the Isthmus of Catalina Island. We are approximately 20 miles west of Avalon, the main "city" on the Island.
Within our sheltered cove, our pier extends into the bay providing the focal point for swimming, boating and other water activities. On shore, our main lodge contains the camp food service center which faces the shaded Dining Terrace. Rustic bunkhouses and open-sided chalets are located on each side of the Dining Terrace and along the shore. Complete bathroom and shower facilities are adjacent to each living area. Tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, tetherballs and playing fields are located between the Dining Terrace and the beach.
Camp Del Corazon provides a variety of fun and exciting activities for campers of all ages. All of the activities are lead by trained Activity Counselors and supervised by one of our Med Nurses. Our on site physicians not only oversee all medical needs of our campers but are known to jump in and play and/or teach some of the activities as well. At Camp Del Corazon all volunteer staff members attend staff training prior to working with our children. Each day the campers attend 5 to 6 activity periods accompanied by their cabin counselors.
The Morning Hike
There’s nothing better than starting out the morning with a short hike with Xena (our CEO and Executive Director), unless it’s attending “Wake & Win” where raffle tickets are given out for correct trivia answers and card games, with prize drawings during breakfast. Both activities are designed to get the campers up and ready for the day.
The Climbing Wall
Campers are encouraged to safely climb to the top of the wall with the help of their leaders, and the cheers of their cabin mates. The Ropes Course is at the Catalina Camp for teens only and offers three courses for campers to push their own limits and abilities, all the while being harnessed in and monitored by trained belay experts.
These games are designed help build team power! All games encourage listening and cooperation skills as well promote self-esteem.
All campers have the opportunity to kayak, swim, play inner tube water polo and go down the giant slide. Older campers also have the option of snorkeling and participating in powerboat fun, including tubing. Trained lifeguards oversee each activity in addition to one or two counselors at all times!
Campers shoot at the bull's-eye targets at the archery field after learning all the safety rules. Some become as good as William Tell!
Arts and Crafts
Every year brings new and different arts and crafts projects including friendship bracelets, tie-dye shirts and pillowcases, mosaic tiles and leather tooling. It is also at this activity that campers are encouraged to write notes of thanks to be distributed to the donors who make camp possible.
An absolute favorite! The game is similar like softball, but the bat is actually huge water cooler bottle. The BOOM can be heard all over camp!
Campers have the option of court or field game to play. Options include basketball, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, or just throwing a football or dancing. Full cabin participation is encouraged, but also allows for campers to build bonds with other peers.
At Camp del Corazon, volleyball is a little different… the ball is 20 times the size of a real volleyball, and is filled with helium and air. The campers have a crazy, fun time playing with one of the camp doctors.
Each night of camp the Camp Director and Unit Directors put on a wonderful program for the campers never to be forgotten. You never know what will happen next.
One night of each camp session everyone meets in the Air-Stream Theater (Catalina) or the Amphitheater (Malibu) where campers and staff put on crazy shows and skits. Songs are led by the Directors, and then as the fire slowly burns down, we tell quiet stories and gaze at the stars. It is at the campfire that s’mores are made and stories of the day’s activities are shared.
This is one of the all-time favorite evening programs. Everyone comes dressed in disco clothes - the crazier the better. An All-Camp Bingo game is played each time someone yells, “Bingo!” the whole camp gets up and dances to a popular disco song. Great prizes are handed out and memories are made with each game!
The Beach BBQ
What a night! Our volunteer BBQ team and serves up a delicious buffet for the whole camp!