ISTC isn’t just a summer camp, it’s a way of thinking. Our campers leave us at the end of their stay as fun-loving, active, free-spirited, adventurous leaders-in-training with a conscience. And this doesn’t happen by coincidence…it happens because of the firmly-rooted values cherished by ISTC directors Mark Major and Kara Klaus-Major.
Mark and Kara firmly believe in being a part of the ISTC experience and are constantly involved in all camp activities. They have both been surrounded by sports and camps for the majority of their lives and have a great passion and enthusiasm for the camp experience. Mark’s aunt and uncle directed YMCA Camp Bernie and Kara’s family owns and operates International Gymnastics Camp. Mark is a former school teacher and majored in Health and Physical Education. Kara majored in public relations with a minor in sports science while competing as a Division I scholarship gymnast at the University of Maryland.
Mark and Kara are tireless in their pursuit to improve their community and industry. They’re founding members of the Greater Pocono Camp Association, serve on the American Camp Association’s Pennsylvania Keystone Board, sit on many additional local boards (including tourism, environmental and animal rescue) and Mark is a regular speaker at the American Camp Association conferences.
Bruno Klaus, the owner and founder of the world-famous International Gymnastics Camp, opened up ISTC in 1991 after so many of his gymnastic camp families kept asking him to open a sports camp for their kids that did not do gymnastics. Bruno listened, and established a premier sports camp adjacent to the gymnastics camp property. More than 25 years later, gymnastics camp siblings are still counted amongst our ISTC campers!