21 Aug · Tom Horner · No Comments

Parenting Expert Debi Gilboa trains CIC Staff!

(this note was written shortly after staff training when the first campers were at camp) Hi CIC Families! My name is Debi Gilboa, and I met the entire amazing staff of CIC during their Staff Training in June. Tom and Maria invited me to their beautiful island retreat to talk about how kids and teens …


21 Mar · Tom Horner · No Comments

From Camp to IKOS!

Mina is a Park City High School Senior. She was a CIC camper for nine years, including two-weeks as a Camper in Leadership Training in 2012. In 2013 she was a Counselor in Training. She is returning in 2014 as a Counselor in Training II. Today, she shares with us a story we find fascinating and …


11 Mar · Tom Horner · No Comments

Learn about CIC At Meet and Greets

Come learn about Catalina Island Camps from Tom and Maria Horner and the CIC staff on March 11 or March 27 at 7 pm at the CIC offices 707 W. Woodbury Rd Unit F Altadena CA 91001. We’ll show camp videos, talk about the benefits of camp and answer questions. Parents are welcome to bring …


7 Mar · Tom Horner · No Comments

#CampChat March 6 CONNECT Transcript

Our #CampChat on Twitter last night was full of great insights about how kids CONNECT at camp. Travis Allison of CamperHacker.tv  was our guest expert and he brought along with him many of the camp directors from the Facebook group CampPros. Here’s the full transcript of the night. Here are some highlights from Travis. Join us next …


5 Mar · Tom Horner · No Comments

Catalina Island Camps hosts #CampChat on Twitter during March

#CampChat is a one hour weekly Twitter gathering of parents, camps and youth development experts to discuss summer camp. #CampChat topics address the benefits of camp and practical preparations for camp. This year’s topics are; “The Benefit of Camp”, “Unplugging Kids at Camp”, “Making Connections at Camp”, “Discovery at Camp”, “Preparing Yourself and your Child …


19 Feb · Tom Horner · No Comments


I’ve been thinking about my first years as a camper. I first went to camp when I was seven. I was a handful. My energy was boundless. My attention span was fleeting. At home, my parents always found me by the trail of chaos I left behind me. No one really ever knew exactly what …


24 Jul · Tom Horner · 2 Comments

What campers tell each other about the camp experience

Sunday night, we invited our older campers to stay after closing campfire to share about their CIC experiences. It’s impressive when a teenager will stand in front of their peers and talk about the feelings they experienced during camp. They stood in the dying light of the campfire, in front of the campers and counselors …


20 Nov · Tom Horner · No Comments

Play or Internship?

Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, ponders on the value of play and a counselor’s role. Is it play or is it an internship? I think it’s both. What do you think? http://www.acacamps.org/blog/word-peg/it-play-or-internship Tom

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707 W Woodbury Rd Unit F Altadena CA 91001