What does a typical week look like?

How do I get to Cate School?

What should I pack?

How do I sign up?

How is rooming determined?

The majority of the dorm rooms at Cate School are doubles. Participants will be placed in gender and age appropriate dorms. We do our very best to accommodate every roommate request. If you have such a request, please e-mail catesummerprograms@cate.org.

What are the size of the beds in the dorms?

Beds are Twin Extra Long. Regular twin fitted sheets will not fit on the mattress. We offer linen rental for $50 per week. Set includes: flat sheet, fitted sheet, pillow, pillow case, blanket and bath towel. You may add linens to your child's account by emailing catesummerprograms@cate.org

What is the technology policy?

NEW for 2020! We are no longer permitting phones, iPads, laptops, video games, etc. at Cate Summer Outdoors. We believe Camp provides participants a unique opportunity to make friends with other kids from all over the world. By eliminating electronic consumption during camp, campers are able to focus on the program and create relationships and memories that will last a lifetime! The Camp Cell Phone # will be given out to all parents should they need to contact their child. The camp cell is available for parents 24/7 in case of an emergency. 

How can we send mail?

Due to our rural location, mail can take longer than usually to arrive. 


To send mail: 
Camper's Name
Cate Summer Outdoors
1960 Cate Mesa Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013

How is laundry handled?

Campers are responsible for their own laundry and may purchase a laundry card in the Blue Ewe for $5. There are washers and dryers available in all dorms. Counselors are available to help if necessary. Detergent is available in each dorms laundry room.

What do campers do after outdoors?

After dinner, all sleepover campers will gather for our evening activities with counselors. Each night offers something new for everyone to enjoy!

Monday - Icebreakers

Tuesday - Dodgeball, Kickball or Capture the Flag

Wednesday - Carpinteria Beach Trip

Thursday - Movie Night on Campus

How do you handle homesickness?

We understand that homesickness is normal for kids, especially for young children and those new to sleepover programs. We educate and train our staff on how to manage homesickness. Homesickness is most common in the first few days of the week. During this time, our directors and head counselors monitor all campers closely. We believe in open and honest communication with parents if your child is homesick. We will call you, discuss the situation, and create an action plan.

Will my child need money while at CSO?

We recommend approximately $50 per week. This can be used for evening snacks, drinks, or souvenirs from our Cate student store, the Blue Ewe. Residential campers also have the opportunity to purchase items on Wednesday evenings during the chaperoned visit to downtown Carpinteria. In order to keep money safe, we suggest sending your child to camp with a Visa or MasterCard gift card. 

How does the school store (Blue Ewe) work?

The Blue Ewe is open on Opening and Closing Days of each camp session, from 12pm – 1pm Monday through Friday, and 4pm – 8pm Tuesday and Thursday. The store carries emergency toiletries, limited items for class use, snacks, and a broad selection of Cate School clothing. The Blue Ewe gives campers the opportunity to budget and plan for their purchases. We encourage each family to talk realistically with their camper(s) about their expectations for camp store usage.

What is the food like?

Starting this summer, Cate's brand spanking new dining hall will be managed by Flik Independent School Dining. The objectives of our food program at Cate: local and organic, reducing waste and recycling, inclusive menu to satisfy our campers coming from around the world.  Lunch and dinner comes with a choice of two hot dishes with sides, and we also have a well-stocked salad and sandwich bar with numerous toppings and condiments. Breakfast always features cold and hot cereal, egg dishes, fruit yogurt, and something from the griddle. We have fresh whole and sliced fruit at every meal, and our beverage bar is soda-free. If your child has a food allergy, please let us know so that we may alert the dining staff by e-mailing catesummerprograms@cate.org.