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.
Kate is from the South Coast of England and is returning for her seventh summer at Camp California. Kate is one of the Program Directors for the Resident Camp, and in previous summers, she served as a cabin counselor for the Resident Camp, as well as the head of Teen Sailing. Kate brings with her years of experience from her time as a couselor at a Girl Scout camp in Rhode Island, USA, and she has also volunteered in Kenya and Thailand teaching English.
David is from Sherborne, England. This will be David’s 5th summer at Camp California and he’s looking forward to being one of our Program Directors. David has previously worked as a teaching assistant/ learning supporter at schools for children with emotional and physical needs in the UK. On his travels, David has also been an ESL teacher at language schools in Mexico and Spain and counselor/specialist at camps in the US , France and Thailand. His hobbies include travelling, music, yoga and water sports. In the UK, David worked as an outdoor instructor for three years where he taught climbing, archery, canoeing and kayaking. Since being a counsellor at Camp California, he’s also learned to teach paddleboard and POI spinning. Most recently he has been working as an online English Teacher but can’t wait to get back outdoors and sing some camp songs!
Pat is from Kelowna, British Columbia, and he is back for his sixth summer at Camp California! Pat grew up on a mountain in a small ski community, and he traveled to school by biking, sledding, or skiing. He enjoys all water activities, most especially sailing and swimming, and he also loves history and theatre. At camp, Pat is the Waterfront Director, and he spends his days making sure everyone has a fun and safe time on the Adriatic.
Joe resides on the East Coast of Australia and is thrilled to be returning to camp for his second summer on the Teen Sailing staff. At 25 years old, Joe has completed his diploma in Outdoor Recreation and has had over five years’ experience working with children and the great outdoors. When he is not working, Joe enjoys spending his days rock climbing, abseiling, playing sports, and soaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Australia. Joe is most looking forward to spending sunny summer days by the waterfront, passing on his knowledge in sailing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding.
John currently lives in Bristol in the UK, the home of the UK's music and culture! This is his first summer at Camp California and will be a counselor/activity instructor. For the last four years John has worked as an engineer, designing and supervising the construction of buildings. Last year, John backpacked from India, Maldives, Sri Lanka to large parts of South East Asia. He is ecstatic to be doing what he loves at camp in stunning Croatia. When he is not working, you can catch him watching/playing football, cricket, american football, djing and dancing to live music.
Ryan comes to us from Cornwall, England. He is returning for his third summer at Camp California. Ryan was Head of Sports in his first summer and Head of Boys in his second. He's excited to return as Head of Boys this summer! Previously, Ryan has worked in an international sports camp in America for two summers. He also completed an outdoor education course in college and continued through to complete a sport science degree at Cardiff University. For his current job back in England he works with students on a one to one basis to secure a placement back into education. Through his gap year at university he spent a year in New Zealand traveling both the north and south island. He is looking forward to another action packed summer helping campers create lifelong memories.
Stuart is from Scotland and is excited about his 1st Year at Camp California. In two previous summers, Stuart worked as an outdoor counsellor and rock climbing instructor at a summer camp in Maryland, USA. He is a recent engineering graduate and mountain bikes, climbs and hikes in the Scottish highlands in his spare time. Stuart loves to travel and meet new friends along the way.
Veronika comes from Slovenia and is super excited to spend her 4th summer as our amazing Camp Mom! In past years she worked as a couselor in a summer camp for people with special needs in Chicago. In camp she enjoys making friendship bracelets and floating around with the synchronized swimming class. When not at camp you can find her reading a book or taking a walk in nature. Veronika is currently working as a High School Counselor in her home town, and will be continuing her studies as an Inclusive Teacher.
Gemma joins us from Sydney, Australia although she has spent the past two years living in Scotland enjoying the Highlands. She loves all things travelling and always wants to spread positivity. In the past Gemma has worked as an Outdoors Specialist in a summer camp in the US and she will be returning for her second summer here at Camp California, this year as the Head Girls Counsellor. She loves spending the summer helping campers step out of their comfort zone in Wilderness Survival and on the Ropes Course as well as teaching kayaking and paddle boarding down at the waterfront. Gemma is determined to master Poi with the campers in 2020 and she can’t wait to be back on the Adriatic Sea having fun.
Louie is from Edinburgh, Scotland. This will be his 3rd year at summer camp and first time at Camp California. Louie has previously worked as a waterfront counsellor in Texas, USA for two summers. He travels frequently and enjoys learning about different cultures. His interests include surfing, sailing, Muay Thai and many more sports. At camp this summer Louie will be working at our waterfront as a sailing instructor.
Jackie hails from Chicago, USA, and she is thrilled to be returning for her second summer at Camp California. She's excited to be spending her days cruising on the Adriatic with Teen Sailing. While not at camp, Jackie works as a flower farmer. In her free time, Jackie’s favorite activities include snorkelling, spending time with friends and family, and eating chocolate. Jackie is so excited to spend another amazing summer at camp!
Ellen is a from England and is joining Camp Cal for her 1st summer. She loves sports; cross country running, triathlon and waterpolo! She has worked at a camp in America for 2 years as a lifeguard. Ellen is so excited to meet all the campers and spend her summer having fun at Camp California!
Jess is from Yorkshire, England. For the past year Jess has been working and traveling around Australia in a campervan! Jess has previously worked at a summer camp in the United States for 3 years teaching soccer and also enjoys mountain biking, windsurfing and scuba diving. When not working Jess loves all things outdoors whether it’s hiking the highest mountains to kayaking rapid rivers! Jess is super excited for her first summer at Camp California.
Odhran is from a small seaside town on the west coast of Ireland. This will be Odhran’s 2nd summer working at a summer camp and his 1st year at Camp California. He is currently studying to become a Science teacher. Over his years of schooling he has raced competitively on both track and cross country, whilst also tackling the elements of nature from rock climbing to surfing and kayaking. Odhran is an enthusiastic and energetic character, who is excited to meet the campers and get immersed into camp life. This summer Odhran will work passionately in the sports department with an emphasis on the outdoor adventure aspects of camp.
Marco is from Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire, England and is returning for a sixth summer at Camp Cal and another leading the Teen Adventure program. In previous summers, Marco has also been a cabin counselor; older boys unit leader; head boys counselor; and head of sports and ropes. He is happiest when spending time outdoors and especially loves mountain biking, hiking, wild camping and football (soccer). He is also a British Cycling mountain bike guide; former learning support assistant, for secondary school children with special educational needs; and a graduate of Leeds Beckett University, where he studied Physical and Outdoor Education. Marco has worked and travelled around Europe, as well as in China and the US, but nowhere compares to Croatia and Camp California, and he cannot wait to spend another amazing summer with you all!
Emily joins us from England for her second summer at Camp Cal! She loves to travel and creates positive, high energy environments at camp! Emily is a recent graduate, excited to begin pursuing her PhD. She loves the variety of activities at camp and is particularly proud when watching her campers perform gymnastics routines on stage. She can't wait to spend another adventure-filled summer in paradise!
Jenny is joining Camp California for her first summer as camp photographer. She is from Cavan in Ireland and is super excited to spend her summer making new friends and snapping lots of fun shots by the Adriatic Sea. Jenny is currently going into her final year of studying Graphic Design. In her free time, she loves arts and crafts, playing Gaelic football and spending time with friends. She has 3 years of experience working at summer camps in Ireland and feels this summer at Camp California will definitely be one to remember!
Charlie is a Master’s student in Leeds, England. He loves staying active at camp, whether it’s leading activities, preparing skits or playing games with his cabin. Charlie loves to see his campers gain confidence whilst at camp. He can’t wait to return for his second summer at Camp Cal!
Annie comes from Chicago in the United States and is so excited to return to Camp California for her second summer. She is a graduate from the University of Illinois and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in school counseling. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time outdoors. Annie is looking forward to spending her time at camp teaching paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, and playing sports. She cannot wait to meet the campers have another fantastic summer on the Adriatic!
Katee comes to us from North Carolina, USA. Being a multi-passionate, lifelong learner, she has had a wide variety of education. She has degrees in Marketing and Spanish and is an experienced Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor. She’s also TEFL-certified, and while she wears many hats, her favorite one is working as an online children's ESL teacher. When she's not teaching, traveling is her passion. She has explored 45/50 U.S. states and has immersed herself in the cultures of 15 countries and counting. Her preferred way to travel is either camping or backpacking. She is beyond excited for her first summer at Camp Cal!
Caillin is from Georgia in the USA and is returning as a cabin counselor for her second summer. She is most happy when she is sailing or playing some fun music. Caillin has sailed around the US, Europe, and Caribbean Islands and loves sharing her passion for the activity. She graduated from Belmont University, where she studied Music and has loved teaching music around the US and Southeast Asia. She cannot wait to spend another summer making memories in paradise!
Julia comes to us from Poland and is excited to spend her first summer at Camp California. She is currently studying Mathematics at University of Bath. In her free time, Julia focuses on her biggest passion which is jazz dance. She's looking forward to spending time at our waterfront teaching windsurfing, sailing, and lots more. Julia can't wait to meet all of the campers and spend an amazing summer in Croatia!