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.
Max is from the United States, and loves that he’s able to call Croatia home in the summer. This will be Max’s 4th summer as Director of Camp California. He has worked as a Counselor, Assistant Director, Founder and Director at some of the premier camps in the United States. He has over 20 years of experience working with and running children’s summer camps. Max loves being able to work with campers and staff from all over the world at Camp California. When he’s not at camp, Max enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and daughter. Max’s goal every summer is to create a safe, friendly, and fun environment where campers and counselors from around the world can thrive.
Tina is from Croatia, moving to Camp every summer from Rijeka. She fell in love with Camp California as a Teen Adventure counselor back in 2004 and returned as an Administrator in 2019. This will be her 6th summer in Camp helping the Camp run smoothly and making sure everyone is in for the greatest experience. When not at Camp, Tina loves exploring the outdoors with her dog Lucky or spends her time being creative. She considers Camp California to be her happy place!
David is from Sherborne, England. This will be David’s 6th 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!
Ryan comes to us from Cornwall, England. He is returning for his fourth 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 one of our Program Directors for the second time 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.
Veronika comes from Slovenia and is super excited to spend her 5th 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.
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 third summer at Camp Cal!
Chiara is from Rijeka, Croatia, but considers the world her home. As a passionate traveller who visited over 40 countries, on 5 different continents, Chiara likes to say there is no place like home and that is why she decided to spend her second summer in a piece of paradise called Camp California! During her college studies Chiara was gaining work experience in the US and Croatia and nowadays she is working as a camp administrator, making sure Camp Cal runs safe and smoothly for everyone. When not working, Chiara enjoys to spend her time learning new languages, swimming, sailing and being outdoors. Chiara can't wait to see old friends and meet new faces and spend another magical summer in the most exciting Camp of them all!
Emily is returning for her third summer at Camp Cal. She is from England and is currently completing her Master's degree. In her free time, she loves to travel and stay active. Em is really looking forward to the variety of activities at camp and is particularly proud when watching her campers perform gymnastics routines on stage. She cannot wait to meet the campers and have another fantastic summer on the Adriatic!
Neamh is joining us from Galway in Ireland. She will be back at Camp California for a third summer! She is heading into her final year at University, since spending various summers at camp she hopes to become a teacher. Neamh loves all forms of outdoor activities and is excited to be back teaching wind surfing, kayaking and high ropes. Neamh loves helping campers have lots of fun and gain confidence in various activities at camp. She is so excited to spend another summer in paradise and meet all the campers.
Shannon is from a small town in the heart of Ireland and is delighted to be returning for her 3rd summer at Camp Cal. She loves to travel and is happiest when outdoors and at Sea. Having recently graduated as a Primary School Teacher from the University of Limerick, Shannon aims to teach around the world. She has previously worked as a water sports instructor in Ireland and in Connecticut, USA. At camp, Shannon loves to spend time Sailing as well as participating in a variety of other activities. She is so excited to meet the returning and new campers!!
Niall is joining us for a second summer at Camp Cal. He is from Dublin and is currently in University studying Finance. Niall has a passion for all activities outdoors, from Gaelic football and Hurling, to water sports such as windsurfing and paddle boarding. He has experience working at water sports camps in Ireland and also tutors many students in Maths, Irish and French. Niall can’t wait to welcome all campers and have an amazing summer!
Éabha is from a small coastal village in the south east of Ireland. This will be Éabha's second summer at Camp California. She is currently studying zoology but has plenty of experience working in this environment as she spent the 5 summers working in one of the best outdoor pursuits centers in Ireland. Growing up she was a competitive swimmer and surf lifesaver. Now as a lifeguard, she uses these skills to encourage campers to be confident and safe in all water-based activities. The best summer ever is pending and Éabha is so excited to meet all the campers and get involved.
Nika is returning to Camp California for her second summer. She works in the office as an administrator and deals with delivering letters from campers and parents. She loves a good challenge, and that is why she decided to move to England on her own to pursue higher education. Nika is finishing her undergraduate degree in Business Psychology at the University of Worcester. When she is not studying or working, she likes to spend her time learning new skills, walking in nature or reading. She could not be more excited to come back to Pakoštane and begin another adventure!
Harvey will be joining us for the first time this summer. He comes to us from Leeds, where he is in university studying neuroscience. Harvey loves being outdoors and enjoys keeping active by running and playing cricket. He can’t wait to make memories with the campers and have the summer of a lifetime!
Sophie is from New Brunswick, Canada! This is her first summer at Camp California, but 4th summer working as a camp counsellor! She is a university student athlete going into her final year of study while playing basketball for her school. She has a love for being active, playing sports and the outdoors. Sophie is stoked to experience the magic that Camp California has to offer!
Born to parents of Jamaican heritage and raised in Nottingham, England, Mikey is a camp enthusiast with an abundance of counsellor experience - having worked at summer camps in America, China, Canada and the U.K. Mikey graduated from Liverpool John Moores’ University and currently works in a primary school. When he’s not in the classroom teaching children how to read and write, you’ll find Mikey letting the punches fly in the boxing ring or setting off on his next adventure. Making his Camp California debut, Mikey is looking forward to using his passion and zest for all things camp to help make the summer of “22 an amazing experience for everyone involved.
Natalie is from Denver, Colorado, and is looking forward to her first summer at Camp Cal! She is currently finishing her degree in Spanish and Music in Washington DC. Playing in bands, swimming, and video production are some of her favorite hobbies and she can't wait to share them with the campers this summer.
Eden will be joining us from England for her first summer at Camp California. She completed her degree in Criminology with Psychology last year. Growing up, Eden swam competitively so cannot wait to be on the waterfront this summer as well as getting stuck in with the variety of activities Camp Cal has to offer. Having travelled previously throughout Southeast Asia, Eden loves meeting new people from all over the world. She cannot wait to bring the fun, laughter, and energy, making it the best summer for the campers at Camp Cal!
Livvy joins us from Oxford, England, and this will be her first summer at Camp Cal! She enjoys all sports, especially any water-based activities. In her free time, Livvy likes going to the gym, meeting her friends, and travelling to new places. Currently, Livvy is studying Sport Coaching and Physical Education at university, alongside being a sports coach for primary age children. She is excited for what this summer is going to being and can’t wait to meet everyone!
Simon is joining us for his first summer at Camp California. He is a history graduate from Dublin, Ireland and can't wait to get away and have a fantastic summer in Croatia. As a child, Simon was a competitive swimmer before getting involved in beach lifeguarding and water polo. He hopes to put these skills to good use while in Croatia and spend plenty of time near the sea! Simon is sure that a fantastic experience awaits at Camp California and is looking forward to meeting everyone!
Mariel joins us from California in the USA and is so excited for her first summer at Camp California. She graduated from the University of San Francisco and loves all things art-related, especially film and photography. She currently works as a substitute teacher at a school for kids with disabilities. She recently received her TEFL Certification and hopes to teach English to kids abroad someday. Mariel can’t wait to meet everyone at Camp this summer and make some amazing memories!
Alana is from Connecticut in the United States and is finishing her degree in Graphic Design. This will be her first summer in Croatia and she is so excited to spend it on the Adriatic! She grew up going to camp every summer and can't wait to relive the fun and share the excitement of new friends and activities. Alana loves traveling, reading, arts, and anything water sports related. She can’t wait to enjoy time in the sun this summer!
Liz is from Florida in the United States and is so excited for her first summer at Camp California! She is currently in her last year of college studying Commercial Entrepreneurship and likes to spend her time swimming, bouldering, and doing anything outdoors. Last summer, Liz worked at a camp on a ranch in the US where she was a counselor and led backpacking trips. She has experience working as a beach lifeguard and hopes to work on the waterfront this summer. She is ready to bring the camp spirit and make this the best summer yet!
Carolyn joins us from Nebraska in the United States and is in her third year of studying nursing and Spanish. This will be her first summer at camp and she's excited to join the team as a Camp Mom. Carolyn has previous camp experience as a counselor and has worked with kids of all ages. She loves hiking, kayaking, traveling, and is always up for an adventure. She is ready for a fantastic summer at camp!
Cody joins us from Birmingham, England for first year at Camp California. Specialising in football, Cody brings his experience of working with kids to the Croatian coast this summer, and is looking forward to helping provide the best summer possible!
Payton is from New Zealand and this will be her first time joining Camp California. Payton graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Contemporary Dance and has taught dance for over 10 years. She loves working alongside children and has nannied for 3 years including au-pairing in France. The beach is her happy place and travelling is a huge passion with 18 countries ticked off and a lot more to go!
Eve is from the Gold Coast, Australia. This will be Eve’s second time working on the waterfront at a summer camp, but first summer with Camp California! Between studing a Bachelor of Education and Business, Eve works as a zipline tourguide. She loves all things outdoors, travel, adventure, spending time in the ocean, reading and getting creative! Eve can’t wait to meet all the campers and make some unforgettable memories by the beautiful Adriatic Sea.
Chris grew up in South Carolina, United States. He spent the last few years in Nashville getting his degree in Computer Science and Math from Vanderbilt University, and could not be more excited for his first summer at camp! Chris grew up spending most of his time on the water and loves sailing, wake boarding, swimming, and anything else he can dive into. Chris can't wait to teach sailing on the Adriatic this summer!
Sam joins us from Ohio in the United States and is very excited for his first summer at Camp California. In the past, Sam has has had a great time volunteering at summer camps and and working as a lifeguard. He is currently studying to become a Mechanical Engineer and loves to rock climb, kayak, and swim in his free time. Sam is looking forward to an awesome summer and helping campers create great memories!
Connor comes to us from California, USA. Connor has worked at camps in the US for the last 3 years. He runs athletic programs and loves to promote good health to every child. Connor has traveled all over America, visiting places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and the beaches in San Diego, and he's thrilled to be spending his first summer in Europe this summer. He loves all things outdoors including hiking, biking, and playing sports. Connor is so excited to bring the California vibe to Croatia and plans to spread peace, love and positivity to everyone he meets.
Linnea is from Minnesota in the United States. She recently finished her undergraduate degree in psychology with desires to become a teacher. Linnea has been a camp counselor for five years, and this will be her first summer at Camp California. She has also been an assistant art teacher, adventure trip leader, ski instructor, and worked at a rock climbing wall. Linnea is stoked for a great summer at Camp California!
Jackson is from the United States and is looking forward to his first summer at Camp Cal! He just graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in International Relations, and loves all things outdoors, traveling, music, and basketball. Jackson can’t wait to get started at Camp Cal and help campers make the most of an amazing summer!
Libby is from the Southeast of Ireland – a small county called Waterford. This will be Libby’s first year at Camp California and she is super excited to see what the camp life has to offer. Libby loves anything outdoors and enjoys playing sports in her free time in particular Gaelic football. Growing up, Libby played a number of sports including basketball, camogie, soccer and swam competitively for a number of years. As well as playing these sports, Libby has also coached under aged teams and she can’t wait to bring some of these skills to camp. Libby is excited to get started and to have a summer of a lifetime with fellow camp counsellors and campers.