The Kids Camp Staff
Day, Wrangler/Equestrian, Aerial Arts & Skateboard Camps!
Experience, Experience and more Experience.
Behind every Cali Camp staff member is decades of proven experience in camp. Our counselors are frequently Cali Campers who have left for university but continue to return to share the Cali Camp experience and "pay it forward". Each is carefully chosen and screened. We are as serious about their pre-camp orientation and training as we are about ongoing counselor guidance during the course of each summer camp day. Our experienced Leadership Team begins indepth training in late April and keeps an eye out for campers and staff. They support each other. Yet – as clear as they are about safety nurturing the social, emotional and psychological growth in each camper – in the end, each works at Cali Camp to participate in the joy of PLAY and to celebrate the joys of just being a kid. They’re here to smile and have Fun, too.
Pam Hawley, Director
Pam Hawley has guided Cali Camp from many key positions since 1976, and was chosen by her professional peers as President, American Camp Association, Southern California Section – a distinct 7 year honor for Pam and this Southern California summer camp. She has also served for many years as a member of the American Camp Association’s National Standards Board and currently serves as the PR/Technology Chair of the Western Association of Independent Camps. Pam graduated from California State University, Northridge magna cum laude, taught elementary physical education and coached high school level tennis and basketball.
Kassandra 'K.C.' Wilsey, Assistant Director
'K.C.' returns to Big Rock Ranch for her 11th summer at Cali Camp. She graduated top of her class with a Masters Degree in Recreation Management from California State University Northridge. While not at camp K.C. continues the education of students at Cal State Northridge as a part-time professor in the Recreation Department teaching outdoor education, and environmental sustainability. Her energy and enthusiasm for children to learn through PLAY makes her a wonderful addition to the administrative team.
Ariel Rowin, Operations Director
Ariel first fell in love with Cali Camp as a camper when she was five years old. She loved it so much that she is currently in her 10th summer working at Camp. She has held many positions here including Counselor, Program and Staff Team Leader, and Transportation Director. She graduated from University of California, Irvine with degrees in Education and Political Science. She believes in the positive impact that Cali Camp has on children's lives, and enjoys, above all else, joining in and playing with the kids.