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.
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.
Karolina Mahlerova is a 24 year old from Prague, Czech Republic and is with us for her 12th summer, first as a camper and then as a counselor. Karolina currently finishing her masters in Nature Conservation in Prague but is excited to return to Camp California in her biggest role yet!
Carly is from West Virginia and grew up in a small town called Nitro! She studied Social Work at West Virginia University. During her time at WVU she studied abroad in South Africa and found her love of traveling. Since then she traveled to the U.K., Haiti, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, and has lived in St.John, US Virgin Islands for the past 8 months!
In her spare time she loves to be outside riding her bike or going on runs. She loves all things crafty and spending time with her one and only nephew!
Carly has 7 years experience working at a summer camp in West Virginia where she started on the ropes course and finished her time there as the Girls’ Head Counselor. She loves the summer camp experience for campers and staff and believes in the power of camp! She is excited for her 1st summer at Camp California in Croatia and can’t wait to meet all the wonderful children from around the world this summer.