CAMP CALIFORNIA TEAM

Each summer Camp California brings together a wonderful team of counselors and staff to give your child the best possible summer camp experience. The majority of our cabin counselors are Native English Speaking from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Many of our counselors and staff are also fluent in: Croatian, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Our counselors are also highly skilled and experienced in the many activities we offer at Camp California as well as previous experience in youth development and supervision.

Maja Antonic

Maja Antonic

Croatia
Anita Torbarina

Anita Torbarina

Croatia
Conor Caheny

Conor Caheny

Ireland
Greta McCluskey

Greta McCluskey

United Kingdom
Kate Willis

Kate Willis

United Kingdom
Katie O’Dea

Katie O’Dea

Australia
Marco White

Marco White

United Kingdom
Pat Mooney

Pat Mooney

Canada
Sam Vrhovec

Sam Vrhovec

Slovenia
Niamh Hickey

Niamh Hickey

Ireland
Peta Visser

Peta Visser

South Africa
Rachael Briggs

Rachael Briggs

Ireland
Mykala Way

Mykala Way

Canada
Krista Cooper

Krista Cooper

Australia
Anna Parker

Anna Parker

United Kingdom
Darren McGrath

Darren McGrath

Ireland
Gemma Burns

Gemma Burns

Australia
Emma Neal

Emma Neal

Ireland
Eliza Trigger

Eliza Trigger

Australia
Eimear Johnston

Eimear Johnston

United Kingdom
Ed Heelas

Ed Heelas

United Kingdom
Damian McGrath

Damian McGrath

Ireland
Kimberley Forbes

Kimberley Forbes

New Zealand
Ciara Mash

Ciara Mash

South Africa
Madeleine Allen

Madeleine Allen

New Zealand
Angela Bacic

Angela Bacic

Croatia
Bella Plumbly

Bella Plumbly

United Kingdom
Alexander Haechler

Alexander Haechler

South Africa
Jess Rodler

Jess Rodler

New Zealand
Joe Dawes

Joe Dawes

Australia

Program leaders

Mike “Higgy” Higginbotham

Mike “Higgy” Higginbotham

Mike “Higgy” Higginbotham is originally from Santa Cruz, California has been a part of the traditional “American Style” summer camping experience since the age of 5 as a camper, counselor, Head Counselor, Program Director and Director.  In 1992 Mike’s experiences in the summer camp industry expanded to the international recruitment arena.  Mike spent the next 15 years as International Country Director in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa recruiting young men and women to travel to the United States each summer to experience being a camp counselor at one of the over 10,000 summer camps in the United States.  In 2003 “Camp California in Croatia” was to be the first American Style summer camp in Europe and Mike or “Higgy” as thousands of children from around the world know him, has had the privilege of being the Director of Camp California since its first summer.  Since 2003, Camp California has hosted over 8000 children from over 60 countries around the world to experience what Mike believes is one of the best opportunities a child can have growing up. Mike spends a part of his year catching waves in South Africa and California and his summers at Camp California in Croatia.


Krista Cooper

Krista Cooper

Krista is 30 years old, but age is just a number right? She is currently completing a degree that majors in Early Childhood Education and has worked with children in many different settings over the past 10 years. She is from Sydney Australia, but has spent the last few years living and traveling throughout Europe. Three things that she absolutely cannot live without are laughter, Harry Potter and a water bottle. Krista loves having fun and being active, so cannot wait for the excitement of camp and getting to know all of her new friends along the way.