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Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures

 820 S. Seaside Ave, Terminal Island
 San Pedro, CA 90731
[P] (310) 519-3172 x 980
[F] (866) 665-8821
www.mountainandsea.org
[email protected]
Annie MacAulay
FOUNDED: 1997
INCORPORATED: 1997
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Organization DBA MSA
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0943043 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

To teach environmental education in a manner which increases the awareness of the environment, raises the spirit of participants and builds their character.

Mission Statement

To teach environmental education in a manner which increases the awareness of the environment, raises the spirit of participants and builds their character.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Expenses $1,907,330.00
Projected Revenue $2,066,158.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Emerald Bay Marine Science Camp
  • Mountain Astronomy, Physics Science Camp
  • "Floating Laboratory"
  • Back Bay Science Center Newport Beach
  • Cabrillo Beach

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

To teach environmental education in a manner which increases the awareness of the environment, raises the spirit of participants and builds their character.


Background Statement

Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures (MSA) is an environmental education organization that teaches youth the processes of field biology as well as marine science while helping to build their character.  The venues for these programs are campsites and laboratories throughout Southern California.

What began as a small camp located at White’s Landing on Catalina Island in 1997 grew into an organization that now, years later, operates mountain and ocean camps in four different locations in Southern California. The locations include: Emerald Bay on Catalina Island, Camp Oakes Retreat Center in the San Bernardino Mountains, near Big Bear City, and the Newport Back Bay in Newport Beach.

Catalina Island provided the perfect launch site for the organization as it provides world-class marine experiences, rivaling destinations like Hawaii, which is time and cost-prohibitive.  MSA’s 17 years of success has provided the opportunity to expand to the additional locations.       

Annie MacAulay, MSA’s founder and CEO/President, shares how she: "grew up in Southern California, visiting Santa Catalina Island and the local mountains with my family. After receiving my education in Marine Biology and leadership I implemented a vision for providing outdoor education and adventure for young people on Santa Catalina Island.”

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

#1 Over 5,000 students came to MSA camps for life changing experiences that included character development, learning environmental stewardship, and outdoor science learning.

#2 The Allergan Foundation augmented our summer day camp program and equipment at the Marine Biology Center in Newport Beach Back Bay with a generous grant.

#3 Our floating ship lab takes participants out to do Channel Watch, giving them an understanding for the ocean and the negative impact of marine debris.

#4 100 kids from disadvantaged Title 1 schools received scholarships to go to a three-day camp.

#5 Starting the positions of Chief Operations Officer and Development Director to help improve organizational capacity, effectiveness and efficiency.

 

Goals:

#1 To purchase a U.S. Coast Guard-certified ship 'Floating Lab.'  The last few years we have leased such a ship to host Youth Maritime Leadership and Environmental Stewardship camps. The ship also takes students out on the ocean for environmental impact studies including future marine debris cleanup projects in the Catalina Channel. 

#2 To initiate a Youth Marine Conservation program in the greater Los Angeles watershed that partners with at least 12 Title 1 schools, environmental organizations (including Newport Beach Back Bay Science Center), and local community groups. This program will focus on debris prevention education and removal and host events and training at Cabrillo Beach, LA Harbor and Catalina Island.

#3 To bring 200 students from underprivileged Title 1 schools to attend a life changing three day camp opportunity.

#4 To send 25 scholarship kids from Orange County Title 1 schools to a fun one-week Summer Day Camp at the Back Bay Science Center at Newport Beach, which educates kids to become stewards of their environment by developing environmental consciousness.

#5 To increase the number of volunteers and students going through our camps by 30% and 10% respectively. Committed volunteers will help us increase the number of students.



Needs Statement

Needs:

#1 $250,000 deposit toward the purchase of a 112-foot long U.S. Coast Guard-certified ship 'Floating Lab.' 

#2 $50,000 for funds to initiate the Youth Marine Conservation program in Los Angeles which will partner with at least 12 Title 1 schools from the greater Los Angeles watershed, environmental organizations (including Newport Beach Back Bay Science Center), and local community groups.

#3 $40,000 for 200 scholarship students from underprivileged Title 1 schools to attend a life changing three day camp opportunity on Catalina Island. We request students pay 10% ($26) for the camp which MSA matches ($26). The scholarship money covers all direct expenses, including transportation, housing, meals, and use of lab equipment, wet-suites, snorkel gear, and kayaks.

#4 $16,000 scholarship funds for our Back Bay Science camp so that 40 underprivileged title 1 kids can attend a fun one week day camp on environmental education at a premier location.

#5 $50,000 for a qualified person (or a qualified volunteer) to oversee volunteers and interns. This person will manage additional volunteers as Ship Maintenance Crew and Summer Camp Counselors (17 years old and older).


CEO Statement

MSA is unique in that we are not only teaching about environmental science and the wonders of nature but we are getting students out there to experience it. They are experiencing nature first-hand through site surveys done while Kayaking, snorkeling and watching birds; and they are learning in the classroom before hand about bird and fish behavior. Short lectures before and after their hands-on experience imparts a deeper understanding of the natural history being studied.

On top of this experiential learning approach what makes us so unique is our character building approach that is built into each learning module. All classes focus on developing and encouraging a specific character trait in students, such as perseverance, courage or hope. Our instructors use each of these character building exercises in the midst of the student's outdoor environmental science education, bringing deeply memorable “Aha!” moments to their learning experience.

Another thing that sets us apart is how we teach about pressing environmental issues. We teach solution based science, therefore students are encouraged to discuss creative solutions with teammates. We seek to impart hope by empowering them to be solution makers in the face of challenges.


Board Chair Statement

 Being an MSA Board member is amazing because it allows one to make a real difference in kids’ lives. Hearing about kid’s participation in the camps, learning how to swim and seeing the ocean for the first time are all motivators to give time and resources to MSA.

 

Furthermore, the fun, experientially based science activities at camp are designed to intentionally develop important character traits such as perseverance and courage. Through the exercise of scientific data collection and problem solving students are empowered to become solution makers. An important outcome of this emphasis is to impart students with real hope, even as they learn about many serious environmental challenges facing society today.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donors may contribute by:
- Sending donations by mail to the address above
- Calling in with a phone donation
- Donating on our website
- Providing volunteer hours at any of the program sites
- Provide in-kind donations of technology, marine and boat equipment, building materials, first aid kits, water sports equipment, etc.  

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
North Orange County

While the bulk of schools served by MSA originate from Orange County, there are a multitude of other counties served by the organization, with Los Angeles County and San Diego ranking high on the list. Schools come from other counties as well, from Ventura County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and as far as Northern California and Nevada.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Education
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Alliances & Advocacy

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Programs


Emerald Bay Marine Science Camp

Emerald Bay Marine Science Camp:
 
Visitors quickly discover that Emerald Bay is the most beautiful cove on the Island, and MSA has the great privilege to share it with thousands of southern California students. They can enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and one of the most beautiful interactive aquariums on the island chain. The housing consists of cabins and/or tents and can accommodate small or large groups.    
 

Classes such as “Invertebrates Lab”, “Plankton Lab”, “Fish Camp”, “Waterfowl”, and “Constellations and Celestial Navigation” imbue students with first hand knowledge on the marine world and a breathtaking encounter with the most famous of the Santa Catalina Islands.

Emerald Bay, our premier camp, highlights the mission of MSA: "To teach environmental education in a manner which increases the awareness of the environment, raises the spirit of participants while building their character."
Budget  $908,667.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
3,571 student campers came for 9,546 camp days which involved over 2,500 training classes in marine biology field training labs classes and activities. Hands on activities involved touch-tanks, aquarium visits, hiking, snorkeling, dissecting, and kayaking.
Program Long-Term Success 

In the long term we want students, informed with a deeper awareness of environmental issues, to become change agents in education, government and the marketplace so that the environment becomes positively impacted through sound marine science research.

We want their camp experience, by addressing character areas in a fun experiential way, to be one of their most memorable experiences from middle and high school so that more schools send out students to MSA camps.

Program Success Monitored By 

During the camp duration the program director meets daily with teachers and staff to help ensure the students have an exceptional camp experience. This way any discrepancies to the goals desired or challenges encountered can be rapidly addressed or corrected. We work hard to have each instructor teach at a high quality level so that all students have a similarly exceptional learning experience. At the end of the program the teachers complete an evaluation form and each student takes home a science journal filled with their marine science lessons, research and findings.

Our goal is to deliver excellence to each school in all areas of the camp experience. The above process enables us to remedy problem areas while the customer is still at camp or soon thereafter as well as find the personality of each group and serve accordingly.

Examples of Program Success 

Over the last 17 years we have had teachers frequently tell us that students find their MSA camp experience to be their best middle or high school experience they’ve ever had.

We have had students enter the field of marine biology because of their camp experiences and we have had many testimonies from students and teachers telling us how grateful they are for the program and our instructors.

Here is one testimony from an 11 year old camper: My favorite part was the Fish Lab! I had never put on a wet suit or gone snorkeling and it was so cool that Nurdle (counselor) would dive down to the bottom to get us shells! I also learned about all the pollutions hurting the fish. Thanks for teaching me to take risks and helping me step out of my comfort zone!

Other testimonies are on our website page: http://www.mountainandsea.org/index.php/reviews/summer-camp-reviews/  

Mountain Astronomy, Physics Science Camp

The M.A.P.S camp is located at Camp OAKES - a naturalist paradise located in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest, twenty minutes away from Big Bear City. Students will learn what it means to be a real "field astrophysicist" through science workshops such as: 

Astronomy, Meterology, Physics, Orienteering, Shelter building, Environmental Stewardship.

Students get to explore space via our private observatory, fly on our zip line, conduct physics experiments, encounter ecology, learn survival skills and make tons of memories!
Budget  $89,571.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  929 camp participants equaling 2,148 camper days. Over 100 training classes in physics, astronomy, ecology, and survival skills. Hands on physics experiments, and activities such as shelter building, orienteering, and star gazing coupled with character building.
Program Long-Term Success 

In the long term we want students to develop a great appreciation and value for nature and the environment. We seek to impart students with transferable life-skills that will empower them to become environmental change agents education, government and/or the marketplace.

We want their camp experience, by addressing character areas in a fun experiential way, to be one of their most memorable experiences from middle and high school so that more schools send out students to MSA camps.

Program Success Monitored By 

During the camp duration the program director meets daily with teachers and staff to help ensure the students have an exceptional camp experience. This way any challenges encountered or discrepancies to the goals desired can be rapidly addressed or corrected.

We work hard to have each instructor teach at a high quality level so that all students have a similarly exceptional learning experience. At the end of the program the teachers complete an evaluation form and each student takes home a journal filled with their transformational environmental science leadership materials.

Our goal is to deliver excellence to each school in all areas of the camp experience. The above process enables us to remedy problem areas while the students are still at camp or soon thereafter as well as find the personality of each group and serve them accordingly.

Examples of Program Success 

 

Over the last 17 years we have had teachers frequently tell us that their students find their MSA camp experience to be their best middle or high school experience they’ve ever had.

We have had students enter environmental science related fields because of their camp experiences and we have had many testimonies from students and teachers telling us how grateful they are for the program and our instructors.

We run our Mountain camps with the same passion, energy and concern for each camper and know that lives have been changed.

Other testimonies are on our website page:http://www.mountainandsea.org/index.php/reviews/summer-camp-reviews/


"Floating Laboratory"

Our "Floating Laboratory" is 112 foot long U.S. Coast Guard-certified ship which is used to host youth group maritime leadership and environmental stewardship camps. The ship can have passengers overnight in cabins and carries up to 121 daytime passengers. It is utilized to take students out on the ocean for marine mammal tours and environmental impact studies.

The “Floating Lab" engages students in ocean-based research of the marine world using wildlife observation, plankton data collection, and dissection labs, exciting students about the outdoors and the field of marine science. This amazing outdoor learning program meets all the California next generation science standards.

Budget  $287,352.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

On an annual basis, our "Floating Lab" program wants to have 250 child participants where boat-based learning courses are taught with an overall 50% improvement in student performance on pre-post testing.

Program Long-Term Success 

In the long term we want students, informed with a deeper awareness of environmental issues, to become change agents in education, government and the marketplace so that the environment becomes positively impacted through sound marine science research.

We want their camp experience, by addressing character areas in a fun experiential way, to be one of their most memorable experiences from middle and high school so that more schools send out students to MSA camps.

Program Success Monitored By 

During the camp duration the program director meets daily with teachers and staff to ensure the students have an exceptional camp experience. This way any challenges encountered or discrepancies to the goals desired can be rapidly addressed or corrected. We work hard to have each instructor teach at a high quality level so that all students have a similarly exceptional learning experience. At the end of the program the teachers complete an evaluation form and each student takes home a science journal filled with their marine science lessons, research and findings.

Our goal is to deliver excellence to each school in all areas of the camp experience. The above process enables us to remedy problem areas while the students are still at camp, or soon thereafter, as well as find the personality of each group, and serve them accordingly.

Examples of Program Success 

Over the last 18 years we have had teachers frequently tell us that students find their MSA camp experience to be their best middle or high school experience they’ve ever had.

We have had students enter the field of marine biology because of their camp experiences and we have had many testimonies from students and teachers telling us how grateful they are for the program and our instructors.

The ship camp environment provides opportunities for similar experiences to other MSA Camps. However the six days on board ship has the advantage of being significantly longer than most other camps. This allows students the opportunity to understand, experience and appreciate marine science and environmental issues at a deeper level.  It also allows students to experience more fun activities with a smaller group, creating more opportunity for additional memories and new friendships.

One teacher's testimony from an MSA camp was: "The instructors provided the kids with a positive, educational, informative, fun experience. The kids were enthusiastic and thrilled by the material and positive attitude of their instructors and lifeguards. It was an amazing camp none of us will forget. Thank you!"

We run our "Floating Lab" ship camps with the same passion, energy and concern for each camper and know that lives have been changed. 

Other student and teacher testimonies can be found on our website page: http://www.mountainandsea.org/index.php/reviews/summer-camp-reviews/

Back Bay Science Center Newport Beach

Nestled in the amazing refuge of Back Bay Science Center Newport Beach, this state-of-the-art facility has large aquariums, a wet lab and videoscope observation lab. Kayaking and outrigging safaris venture to the Nautical Museum and Newport Dunes through the Back Bay waterways.

K-8th graders encounter exciting marine life, learning environmental stewardship, ecology, sustainability and marine science while having hands-on adventures! Counselor / camper ratio is 1 to 9 or better. All staff are lifeguard/ first aid/ CPR certified.

Unique marine science curriculum and fun activities change weekly so your child can have fun and be intrigued all summer long. Age appropriate break- out groups are formed based on camper age distribution. Full day or half day enrollments available.

Budget  $13,514.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Children doing scientific studies to research the health of the Back Bay. Equipment is to used to determine such items as the water’s pH level, oxygen content, etc. This data forms the basis of a base line study for the region, which can be updated by other groups and later monitored online by the students. Over time comparative data studies can then be made.

Program Long-Term Success 

In the long term we want students, informed with a deeper awareness of environmental issues, to become change agents in education, government and the marketplace so that the environment becomes positively impacted through sound marine science research.

We want their camp experience, by teaching in a fun experiential way, to be one of their most memorable summer experiences.

Program Success Monitored By 

During the summer camp duration the program director meets daily with staff to help ensure the students have an exceptional camp experience. This way any discrepancies to the goals desired or challenges encountered can be rapidly addressed or corrected.

We work hard to have each instructor teach at a high quality level so that all students have a similarly exceptional learning experience. At the end of the program parents are asked to complete an evaluation form and each student takes home a science journal filled with their marine science lessons, research and findings. 

Our goal is to deliver excellence to students in all areas of the camp experience. The above process enables us to remedy problem areas so that challenges can be immediately addressed.

Examples of Program Success 

Over the last 17 years we have had teachers frequently tell us that their students find their MSA camp experience to be their best middle or high school experience they’ve ever had.

We have had students enter the field of marine biology because of their camp experiences and we have had many testimonies from students and teachers telling us how grateful they are for the program and our instructors.

One teacher's testimony: "The instructors provided the kids with a positive, educational, informative, fun experience.  The kids were enthusiastic and thrilled by the material and positive attitude of their instructors and lifeguards.  It was an amazing camp none of us will forget. Thank you!"

We run the summer camp at Newport Beach Back Bay Science Center with the same passion, energy and concern for each camper and know that lives have been changed.

Other testimonies can be found on our website page: http://www.mountainandsea.org/index.php/reviews/summer-camp-reviews/

Cabrillo Beach

Cabrillo Beach is an amazing 18-acre Ocean front preserve set in the Los Angeles Harbor, close to Los Angeles International Airport and both Long Beach and San Pedro piers. This location hosts MSA’s Camp Extension Program and offers day workshops and overnight camping experiences in marine ecology and biology. Cabrillo Beach is also a great and affordable alternative for long travel days and/or higher cost accommodations when traveling to one of our other camp locations.

A bird estuary, calm harbor water for kayaking and the Cabrillo Beach Marine Aquarium are a few of the highlights here. Our exciting physics program takes place aboard a 50 foot sailing vessel. Workshops can be tailored to your groups needs. Activities include snorkeling, marine mammals, swimming, campfires, kayak tours, plankton lab, aquarium tours, mud lab, tidal lab, and inspirations.

Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Children encountering the wild marine environment through engaging curriculum, hands on activities, aquarium and tide pool explorations, coupled with character building and lots of fun.

Program Long-Term Success 

In the long term we want students, informed with a deeper awareness of environmental issues, to become change agents in education, government and the marketplace so that the environment becomes positively impacted through sound marine science research.  

We want their camp experience, by teaching in a fun experiential way, to be one of their most memorable experiences.

Program Success Monitored By 

During the summer camp duration the program director meets daily with staff to help ensure the students have an exceptional camp experience. This way any discrepancies to the goals desired or challenges encountered can be rapidly addressed or corrected.

We work hard to have each instructor teach at a high quality level so that all students have a similarly exceptional learning experience. At the end of the program parents are asked to complete an evaluation form and each student takes home a science journal filled with their marine science lessons, research and findings.

Our goal is to deliver excellence to students in all areas of the camp experience. The above process enables us to remedy problem areas so that challenges can be immediately addressed.

Examples of Program Success 

Over the last 17 years we have had teachers frequently tell us that their students find their MSA camp experience to be their best middle or high school experience they’ve ever had.

We have had students enter the field of marine biology because of their camp experiences and we have had many testimonies from students and teachers telling us how grateful they are for the program and our instructors.

We run the summer camp at The Cabrillo Beach Youth Aquatic Center with the same passion, energy and concern for each camper and know that lives have been changed.

Other testimonies are on our website page: http://www.mountainandsea.org/index.php/reviews/summer-camp-reviews/


Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Annie MacAulay
CEO Term Start Jan 1997
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Annie MacAulay (Founder and CEO/President) holds a BS from Azusa Pacific in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University with a minor in Marine Biology. In 1993, Annie joined Long Beach Marine Institute, which provided land and shipboard education for middle and high school students. First serving as an environmental education teacher, her position grew to developing new programs and curriculum. Annie created an inter-tidal program at Little Corona Marine Preserve as well as a coastal bird estuary survey at Bolsa Marine Preserve. In addition to running educational sea trawling programs in conjunction with the Department of Fish and Game, she also worked on the research vessel Conqueror, teaching marine mammal and whale watching programs. In 1997, she started Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures (MSA), which has grown tremendously as she reached out to schools and organizations throughout the southland. MSA has experienced yearly growth and now serves over five thousand students yearly.    

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Paul Dawson VP of Operations

Paul Dawson(VP of Operations) has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal State University Northridge. He manages the accounting and human resource departments. Paul has been a full time employee since 2009. He brings several years of business leadership experience to the organization and has been active with Youth With a Mission in several countries. 

Ms Dawniel Richards Chief Operations Officer --
Mr. Francisco Tablas Co-Founder/Vice President Francisco Tablas(Co-Founder and Vice President) has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry from Cal State University of Long Beach. He is a licensed Captain and a First Aid, CPR and Lifeguard trainer. His experience as a sailing commodore brings vital skills to the organization. In addition, he holds certification in open water scuba diving. Francisco brings decades of seamanship experience to the organization. Francisco has been a full time employee for MSA since 1998, writing curriculum and designing programs for MSA, as well as ensuring that the curriculum is in current alignment with California State Science standards
Mr. Chad Wycoff Executive Program Director Chad Wycoff(Executive Program Director) has a Bachelors of Science in Economics with financial applications from Southern Methodist University. He also has a Masters of Pastoral Studies from the International School of Theology. Chad has worked with youth for over 15 years and has been with MSA since 2010. Chad oversees the site directors at the various MSA locations and assures programs are running smoothly.  Chad is the overseer for all of MSA's programs and staff, including scheduling and hiring. He also serves as the liaison between visiting groups and MSA.    

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

The Southern California Marine Institute, LA County Boy Scouts Of America, Western Los Angeles County Council, YMCA Camp Oakes , YMCA Greater Long Beach, Department Of Fish and Wildlife and the City of Newport Beach at the Back Bay Science Center, Santa Catalina Marine Institute, USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, the Catalina Conservancy and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % 88%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 100
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 50
Male: 50
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

With our organization having camps in several premier locations such as Emerald Bay on Catalina Island,  Back Bay Science Center of Newport Beach, Camp Oakes near Big Bear City and on board our ship, we have tremendous opportunity for program growth.

We are seeking additional funds from new donors to grow the size of our programs in each of our camps. Scholarship money for Title 1 schools will help us do this and will also give each child a life transforming experience at camp.

The upkeep of out-door equipment due to continual use and exposure to the sun and elements poses an ongoing challenge. There is always ongoing deterioration occurring and so new donations for equipment upgrades in the form of wetsuits, fins, snorkels, goggles and Kayaks are being sought. Astroturf to help students across rocky terrain into the ocean is something we also hope to have donated.

Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Annie MacAulay
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Bob Boldig Business Owner Voting
Ms. Faith Fields Real Estate Broker Voting
Mrs. Annie MacAulay President, MSA Voting
Mr. John Santon Engineer/Business Owner Voting
Ms. Kate Santon Attorney at Law Voting
Ms. Faith Seymour Teacher/Business Owner Voting
Mr. Francisco Tablas Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures Voting
Mr. Jan Wilson Business Owner Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 15%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

A challenge in any organization, particularly a non-profit camp ministry that is seasonal, is resources being spread so thin and a greater work load being carried by management.  Our "Floating Lab" vessel helps to offset this seasonal challenge by doing "off-season" activities such private events and taking scientific research teams to different locations.

Furthermore, funds donated specifically for underprivileged students coming to camp allows the participation of Title 1 school students in a truly life changing camp experience. In addition to being a profoundly transformational and empowering experience for children, it also helps MSA retain seasonal staff for longer periods by stabilizing our student quotas on slower weeks.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Finance

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $2,066,158.00
Projected Expenses $1,907,330.00
Form 990s

2014 2014 MSA 990 Form

2013 2013 MSA 990 Form

2012 2012 MSA 990 Form

2011 2011 MSA 990 Form

Audit Documents

2015 MSA Financial Audit

2014 MSA 2014 FS-Audit.pdf

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,521,823 $1,702,522 $1,671,072
Total Expenses $1,655,868 $1,740,464 $1,574,668

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$67,254 $47,617 $32,782
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 -- --
Earned Revenue $1,439,038 $1,657,903 $1,637,782
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,324 $2,664 $508
Membership Dues $0 -- --
Special Events $0 -- --
Revenue In-Kind $4,000 -- --
Other $0 $-5,662 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,387,979 $1,497,529 $1,364,325
Administration Expense $206,692 $176,010 $190,268
Fundraising Expense $61,197 $66,925 $20,075
Payments to Affiliates $0 -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.92 0.98 1.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses 84% 86% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 91% 141% 61%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $126,199 $107,203 $133,246
Current Assets $37,143 $18,298 $54,711
Long-Term Liabilities $192,692 $49,637 $31,196
Current Liabilities $16,212 $6,226 $12,768
Total Net Assets $-82,705 $51,340 $89,282

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.29 2.94 4.29

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 153% 46% 23%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

Our primary challenge as non-profit organization is limited resources caused in large part by our seasonal camps.  Our department heads and Executive team are consequently stretched very thin by the varied and many work demands required to run safe and fun educational camps in different locations. Additional skilled volunteers and staff to help lessen the work load of senior leadership helps significantly.

Our primary camp on Catalina Island also has its own unique work challenges because it can be difficult to get quality staff and volunteers to come and work seasonally at camp. On the other hand there is also a great opportunity because a many people love to come to Catalina Island. The Island still has 90% of its original fauna, native animals and plants. Very few places in California have the pristine 'freshness' of Catalina Island and its ecosystems.

We are currently seeking to build a larger financial donor base that will provide camp scholarships for kids from Title 1 schools and provide funding for our other programs. Additional scholarship students will help to positively impact the lives of many children and will bring our enrollment figures up, allowing us to hire more staff. Furthermore, additional donations will also allow us to improve/replace existing equipment such as wetsuits, goggles and kayaks; all which deteriorate in the sea and sun.  Lastly, additional funding will allow us to hire a Volunteer Coordinator for volunteer recruiting and training at our camps.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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