Cate Summer Outdoors

Welcome to Cate Summer Outdoors (CSO), featuring Outdoor Adventure, Urban Hiking, and Backpacking Adventure!

Outdoor Adventure is an unforgettable weeklong experience that develops leadership skills and builds confidence. Campers will enjoy all the natural beauty Santa Barbara County has to offer while challenging themselves with activities such as stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), ocean kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, surfing and our ropes course.

Campers currently in grades 6th through 10th grade will have a blast during this week-long residential program that runs Monday through Friday.

Dates Offered: July 22 – 26 or July 29 – August 2

Overnight Tuition: $995

Get ready to hit the streets and explore some pretty cool local towns! Campers enrolled in urban hiking will learn about urban planning, route mapping, street art, geocaching, and the flâneur lifestyle. As we explore each new neighborhood, we will learn about what defines a city and find creative ways to build trust and kindness within the community. Depending on the day, we will walk anywhere from 4-8 miles in the following locations: Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Ojai, Solvang. Lace up!

A week long residential program for campers in grades 6 through 10.

Date Offered: July 22-26


Goals of Program

  1. Enjoy the outdoors
  2. Learn about city planning and art/architecture
  3. Have fun

Tuition – $795

Program Details:

9:00am – 10:00am: Registration
10:00am – 10:30am: Camper Meeting with Instructors & Counselors
10:30am – 11:00pm: Camper Orientation
11:00am: Depart Cate
11:00am – 5:30pm: Urban Hiking: Santa Barbara (packed lunch on location)
5:30pm: Return to Cate
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Dinner
6:30pm – 7:00pm: Unstructured Free Time
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Evening Activities
       9:00pm – 10:00pm: Prepare for Bedtime
       10:00pm: Lights Out
Tuesday – Thursday:
8:00am – 8:45am: Breakfast
9:00am: Depart Cate
       9:00am – 5:00pm: Urban Hiking (packed lunch on location)
                                     Tuesday: Solvang
                                     Wednesday: Ojai
                                     Thursday: Santa Barbara
5:00pm: Return to Cate
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Dinner
6:30pm – 7:00pm: Unstructured Free Time
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Evening Activities
       9:00pm – 10:00pm: Prepare for Bedtime
       10:00pm: Lights Out
        8:00am – 8:45am: Breakfast
        9:00am: Depart Cate
        9:00am – 11:00am: Urban Hiking:  Carpinteria
       11:30am – 12:00pm:  ALL Camper Check-Out

Cate’s outdoor instructors will take students into the heart of the beautiful Los Padres National Park, providing the opportunity to enjoy overnight backpacking from start to finish. Prior to departure, campers learn what it takes to prepare for a safe and fun experience by spending time at Cate planning for their trip: gear planning and packing, food provisioning, route mapping and safety tips. When everyone sets off on the trail for a three day excursion, campers will have confidence knowing they prepared for an incredible experience in the back country.

Current 6th and 7th graders. Must be able to hike 10-15 miles over three days with a 20-30 pound pack.

Date Offered: July 29 – August 3

Tuition: $1795

Program Details:

8:00am – 8:30am: Registration
8:30am – 9:30am: Move into dorm room and say goodbye to parents
9:30am – 12:00pm: Meet in gear room and begin to go through gear, shopping list, etc
12pm – 1pm: Lunch in dining hall
1pm – 3:30pm: Trip to Carpinteria. Do the shopping & enjoy the beach
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Prep food
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Free time
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Dinner
6:30pm – 9:00pm: Route Planning/evening activity
8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast
9:00am: Leave for trailhead
Wednesday – Thursday:
All day: Hiking, Camping, and having a blast!
10:00am: Hike back to Trailhead and drive back to Cate
2:00pm: Unpack and unwind
3:00pm: Bus to the beach
5:30pm: Dinner at Cate
6:30pm: Movie Night & Final Night at Cate
Saturday morning:
8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast and Pack Up
9:00am: Parent Pick Up