Camp California’s Resident Camp

Camp California’s Resident Camp is Europe’s first International, “American style” summer camp. Since our first summer in 2003, Camp California has hosted over 7000 children from over 40 different countries around the world.

We’re located in the Eco Resort of Pine Beach, in Pakostane.  Just thirty minutes from Zadar,  two hours from Split and three hours from Zagreb, Camp California is easily accessible by car, plane and bus from all over Europe and the world. 

Our six and thirteen day sessions will allow children from around the world to learn new sports, develop strong and lasting friendships, improve their English and communication skills through our “Living Language Program” and have the best summer of their life.  All this within a safe and fun outdoor environment.

At Camp California, our campers will make friends around the world, learn new skills and gain a better appreciation for diversity. Focus will be developing a cohesive cabin group and building a sense of cooperation to live and play together. We will always encourage involvement over competition while developing respect for others.

Here are just few of the great reasons to come to Camp California this summer:

  • Have your child spend a fun, safe and educational 1 or 2 weeks on the beautiful Adriatic Sea.
  • Your child will greatly improve their English language ability by participating in Camp California’s “Living Language Program”. English is the spoken language at Camp California.
  • Give your child the opportunity to make friends from around the world.
  • Your child will learn many new activities in a structured and safe environment.
  • Campers are supervised by well trained and experienced counselors with a ratio of one counselor for each 5 children.
  • A wide variety of activities will make for a great summer!


Our campers and staff come from all over the world. Most come from Europe: France, England, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia represent the majority of the more than 35 nationalities that attend our camp each summer.  We also host many campers that come as far as Russia, Israel, the Americas and Korea.

The language spoken at camp is English, so a basic knowledge is a pre-requisite. If you are not sure your child speaks English well enough to attend the camp, your local Camp California office is happy to conduct a short interview to determine if they meet the minimum level necessary for a successful stay at camp.


A typical day at Resident Camp
Time Activity Description


Good morning

wake up, shower, get dressed, start our cabin clean up. 


Hollywood bowl

Camp assembles to begin the day



 We eat together as a cabin group each meal. 

08:45 - 9:10

Cabin clean up

Finish cleaning the cabin and dress for the next activity 

09:30 – 10:30

Activity period

Arts & Crafts  (see below our list for a more complete list of activities)

10:45 – 11:45

Activity period



Hollywood Bowl

We sing songs, make announcements and announce the winner of the “Golden Broom” the cleanest cabin in camp.   


Lunch/Cabin Hour

We eat together as a cabin group then return to our cabin to relax, read or write letters home. 


Afternoon activity period

Poi Spinning


Afternoon activity period



Afternoon activity period

High Ropes


Afternoon activity period


19:00 – 20:00

Hollywood Bowl and Dinner

 A chance to sing another song and announce the Evening Program.


Evening Program

All camp activities like “Scottie the Pirate, Safari, Disco or Lip Synch. 


Lights out

Younger campers


Lights out

Older campers


A two week Session at Resident Camp
Time Activity

Sunday - Day 1

Arrival and Opening day -  Campers arrive by bus, plane, train and ferry each session.  Many by car with Mum and Dad.  Campers arrive between 15:00 and 17:00.  Greeted by our Camp California staff and brought to your bungalow to meet your counselor and fellow campers.  From 17:00 until dinner at 19:00 you’ll take the grand tour of Camp California, play some getting acquainted games with your cabin mates and have a quick dip in the Adriatic for a quick swim evaluation.       

Monday - Day 2

Activity day  (see a typical day at Resident Camp)

Tuesday - Day 3

Activity day

Wednesday - Day 4

Activity day

Thursday - Day 5

Activity day

Friday - Day 6

Activity day

Saturday - Day 7

Late morning wakeup, breakfast and Free Choice Activity Morning.  Afternoon Olympic Day, 4th of July Celebration or International Day.  Evening Program is Movie Night

Sunday - Day 8

Late morning wakeup, breakfast and Free Choice Activity Morning.  Afternoon trip to Pakostane for Ice Cream, sightseeing, postcards and maybe a dip in the sea.  Late afternoon of Scottie the Pirate or Capture the Flag

Monday - Day 9

Activity day (first day of new activities)

Tuesday - Day 10

Activity day

Wednesday - Day 11

Activity day

Thursday - Day 12

Activity day

Friday - Day 13

Final activity day, Closing campfire and final performances for Drama, Music, Dance Poi Spinning to name a few. 

Saturday - Day 14

For campers departing by bus or plane our morning starts early with breakfast and departing no later than 9:00 am (depending on city or airport).  For campers going home with Mum and Dad departures are from 9:00 – 12:00. 

Contact a Camp California Office