Meet Our Team

Tom and Maria Horner, Owners/Directors

Tom and Maria Horner became Executive Directors of Catalina Island Camps in February of 1995 and owners in 2013. Together, they manage the camp program, staff, facilities and administration. CIC is a family owned and operated summer camp. Our values include treating our guests and staff as members of the CIC family and sustaining Catalina Island as our home for generations to come.

Tom and Maria come from a lifetime of summer camp. Maria worked for the Girl Scout Council of Orange County through college as a counselor and later as the Director of Camp Joe Scherman. Tom was a camper, counselor and Director at Tom Sawyer Camps in Pasadena from 1967 to 1993.

Tom and Maria are actively involved in the American Camp Association, and as volunteers, have held numerous positions in the Southern California section and National organization. Tom is currently the chair of the Southern California/Hawaii Local Council of Leaders.

Maria is also an ACA Standards Visitor, assisting in the evaluation of camps wishing to hold ACA accreditation and a trainer of ACA Standards Visitors and camp directors applying for accreditation. Maria is a volunteer youth leader at Saint Mark’s Church and serves on the Saint Mark’s School Board of Trustees.

Tom previously volunteered as a member of the ACA National Education Committee as the coordinator of the Basic Camp Director Course, a training program for camp directors. Tom served on the ACA National Board of Directors from 2000-2002 and the Education and Accreditation Task Force from 2008-2010.

Both Tom and Maria have received the Outstanding Service Award from the American Camp Association Southern California/Hawaii Section. Tom has also received the American Camp Association National Service Award.

The next generation of the Horner family includes Tom and Maria’s son, Nick. Born in July 1996, Nick has spent every summer on the Island with his parents. He was a camper for eight summers before entering the leadership program at CIC. He is now a member of the summer staff, while attending college at Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Our Golden Retriever, Nikolai Khabibulin or “Boo” came to our family from a rescue organization in October 2007. Boo loves being at camp!

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Mainland Office for all programs

  Phone: 626-296-4040

  Fax: 626-794-1401

  Catalina Island Camps
707 W Woodbury Rd Unit F Altadena CA 91001


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