Campus by the Sea

, and has a play yard for children.

CBS hosts groups of InterVarsity college students from various campuses in Southern California during the year, primarily in fall and spring through early summer ("Fall Conference" and "Chapter Camp", respectively). Additionally, CBS hosts Long Beach Marine Institute ("LBMI") and Catalina Island Marine Institute ("CIMI"), both outdoor education institutes, during the spring and fall. During the summers, CBS hosts family camps and high school camps, monitored by Paul and Virginia Friesen.

CBS is often noted as the birthplace of "Mark Study", an in-depth inductive study of the Gospel of Mark. The originator of the inductive method (and co-founder of CBS) is Paul Byer. Paul was a graduate of the University of Southern California and served on staff with InterVarsity there for many years. His original Mark manuscripts (along with teaching notes and other documents) can now be found on display in the library of CBS' brand-new building, named the "Crow's Nest", which opened in late summer, 2006.


Campus By the Sea has gone through many stages of development since its founding. 1980 marked a major turning point in the life of the camp. After torrential downpours in the early months of 1980, the narrow valley in which the facilities are located was flooded. The swiftly moving creek which normally ran along one side of valley, overran its banks, washing eight cabins and buildings out to sea. The fresh water plumbing was destroyed, and the camp was on the edge of ruin. Some thought that the time to close it down had come.

However, those loyal to the camp rallied to see that it was cleaned up and renovated. Frantic preparations began that spring for the summer camping season. Fund raising and blueprints had already began for a new dining facility/multi-purpose building, and soon volunteer and professional construction teams arrived to make this a reality.

The new building, which would be dubbed, "The Lighthouse" upgraded the service that Campus by the Sea was able to offer. A "winterized" facility (that is, insulated), the addition of "The Lighthouse" and a few enclosed cabins enabled the camp to extend its booking dates late into the fall, and start much earlier in the spring. A core of year-round staff was hired and retained to meet the needs of this expanded camping schedule.

The rest of the '80s would be a time of continued development at Campus by the Sea. Two historic cabins, "Rock Cod" and "Sea Horse" were insulated, wired with electricity, and expanded, in order to better house the year-round staff. Electricity and telephone lines came during this time as well. A permanent pier set on pilings was installed in '86 or '87, replacing the rope-and-pulley shuttle system that had the means of bringing campers from boat to shore for over 35 years. This, along with a central bathroom-shower pavilion, prepared the camp for year-round use. (However, the camp still usually closes down for 2 months, from mid-December to mid-February. This is usually the worst weather season for Catalina due to high waves and downpours.)

that are so imperative to the camp's operation.

In May 2007, wildfires on Santa Catalina Island came dangerously close to the camp and threatened several buildings. Luckily, at seemingly the last moment, winds shifted and the camp escaped relatively unscathed.

External links

* [ Official Website - Campus by the Sea]
* [ InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA]
* [ UCLA Alumni article about Randy Wong, Head Chef at Campus by the Sea]
* [ Long Beach Marine Institute]
* [ Article about May 2007 fire, and evacuation of CBS]

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