California Excursion

The saying goes that California is the only place in the world where you can surf in the morning, skate to lunch, and ski in the afternoon. In Los Angeles especially, there is  a concentration of ecosystems and natural resources that allow us to participate in almost every kind of outdoor activity that has yet been invented, which is probably why California remains a Mecca for adventure travel and outdoor sports.

The Western Los Angeles County Council has introduced California Excursions, a two week excursion that takes participants from the heights of the Sierra Nevada to the depths of the Pacific Ocean in a two week trip that takes advantage of the unique faucets of California that we enjoy at all three of our camps.

Starting at Camp Emerald Bay, campers explore the rustic backcountry of Catalina Island by canoe, mountain bike, and on foot. This week-long high adventure trek  infuses adrenaline-pumping high adventure with leadership training—scouts function as an independent crew, working together to create menus, navigate the island, and solve problems. Scouts will also get an introduction to the stunning underwater kelp forests that have made Catalina Island one of the most famous and sought-after diving locations in the world during a half-day introduction to SCUBA Diving.

After six days of adventure in the costal chaparral of Catalina Island, Scouts take off for Camp Whitsett, in the Sequoia National Forest. There, they will spend four days rock-climbing, whitewater rafting, and walking among the “100 Giants” old-growth sequoias in the unique old-growth forests of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Camp Whitsett’s idyll location at the foot of Sentinel Peak beside Lake Ida makes it a perfect home base for mountain adventure, and though it is only three hour north of L.A., it inhabits a different world entirely.

Participants end their week back in L.A., where they explore the sights and sounds of Tinseltown from our home base in the Santa Monica Mountains just off Sunset Boulevard. Camp Josepho sits in a wooded arroyo in the Pacific Palisades just minutes from Hollywood and the beaches of Malibu. Participants will tour Hollywood Boulevard and Venice Beach, visit Gruman’s Chinese Theater, Griffith Observatory, and Zuma Beach, capping off an all-inclusive California Whirlwind that hits all the bases.

Base Cost $1200 for 2 Week Excursion

14 Day Excursion Includes:

  • All Boat and Van Travel once arrived in Los Angeles.
  • Optional Pick-Up from the Airport
  • Accommodations and meals at all three camps
  • PADI Discover SCUBA Diving Course
  • Whitewater rafting on the Kern River
  • Project C.O.P.E.
  • Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, and camping at all three camps.
  • Upgrade opportunities for Sailing, Horsebackriding, additional SCUBA Diving, Universal Studios, Disneyland or any other activities or sights that you want included in your customizable package.

For questions or registration information, please call the WLACC Camping Department at (818)933-0130 or email camping@bsa-la.org.