Meet Our Directors

Scott & Sally Whipple, Camp Owners

Scott started with Mountain Camp in 1993. He directs the marketing, new program development, and the overall administration of the camp. Scott is a graduate of Baylor University and has served as the Western Association of Independent Camps Vice-President and President of the Northern California Section. Additionally, he is an American Camping Association accredited Camp Director. Scott is committed to advancing Mountain Camp’s excellent reputation and programs.

Sally began working for Mountain Camp in 1994 as a counselor and activity leader. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and holds a teaching credential in Biology. Throughout her many years with the Mountain Camp program Sally has taken on a large number of diverse jobs and responsibilities – perhaps her most noble and courageous act occurred in 2003 when Sally married Scott.

Don Whipple, Camp Director

Don first began working for Mountain Camp in 1993 and now oversees all year-round operations. He is a proud graduate of UCLA and formerly directed Bruin Woods, the UCLA Alumni Family Camp on Lake Arrowhead. Don is very active in the camp profession and currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Camp Association and is the Past President and Vice President of the Western Association of Independent Camps.  Don and his wife Cara welcomed their first child, Ellie, in November and are extremely excited to be starting their parenting journey.  When they are not at camp, they live in San Francisco and you’ll find them outside with their dog Bo running at Ocean Beach, hiking around Marin, surfing wherever the waves are small and exploring our beautiful Bay Area.

Andy Hancock

Andy Hancock, Camp Director

Andy joined the Mountain Camp family in 1993. He graduated from Salisbury College with a concentration in Recreation Education, and has been employed by the South Australian Education Department as an aquatics and swimming instructor since 1981. Currently, he is the Manager at the Port Noarlunga Primary School and Aquatics center in South Australia.

Kamren Johnson

Kamren Johnson, Administration Director

Kamren grew up in sunny Southern California, but currently hangs her many hats in Santa Cruz. She came to Mountain Camp as a counselor in 2000 and we just can’t seem to get rid of her. Kamren has been a program director since 2002 and currently oversees all of the administrative workings of the camp year round. Unbeknownst to most, Kamren has a wicked arm and is the captain of the Mountain Camp dodgeball team, volleyball team, soccer team, and basketball team. She hasn’t lost a game of CAT in 4 years.

Dave Brown

Dave Brown, LCSW, Program Director

Dave first attended Mountain Camp when he was ten years old and would kick and scream like a toddler when he had to leave for the winters. He grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Dave received his MSW from Cal in 2007, and worked in public schools as a social worker before joining the Mountain Camp staff as a year round director in 2010. He enjoys playing guitar and mandolin, singing off key, playing sports, being outdoors, and getting teased for his lack of fashion sense.

Brett Botens

Brett Botens, Program Director

Brett has been with Mountain Camp since 2009 and was hired as a year round director in 2012. He hails from Cuba, New York, and graduated from Selkirk College in British Columbia in 2007 and then the University of West Virginia in 2009. Brett grew up as a competitive skier and spends 90% of his free time either skiing or dreaming about skiing. Brett also loves surfing and fruit, and holds the office record for push-ups in a minute with 64.

Adam Yardley

Adam Yardley, Waterfront Director

Adam first worked at mountain camp in 2010 and has been chasing the endless summer ever since! Hailing from little old Adelaide, South Australia, he has developed a love for his 2nd home in California as well as for the San Francisco Giants! Adam is an aquatics instructor for the South Australian education system. He teaches activities such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and surfing to school children at West Lakes Aquatic Centre.

Natalie Medcalf, Program Director

Nat is the Australian accent on the other end of the phone! She grew up in the world’s most liveable city – Melbourne, Australia. After starting at Mountain Camp in the summer of 2013, she couldn’t resist making the move to San Francisco a little more permanent in 2015 and has been working year round for Mountain Camp ever since.

Michelle Tripp, Program Director

Michelle first fell in love with Mountain Camp when she worked as a cabin counselor in 2010. She soon took on the role of Program Director at Mountain Camp’s sister camp Mountain Camp Woodside for two summers before heading back to the land down under – Sydney, Australia. There she worked as the Director of an Aussie based day and residential camp. However, she left her heart on Ice House Lake and she can’t wait to head back for the summer to see everyone’s smiling faces!

Lua Pabon

Lua Pabon, Food Service Director

Lua hails from Colombia but lives full time in the United States these days.  This will be Lua’s 12th summer at Mountain Camp! A licensed nutritionist, Lua has a passion for food and is always experimenting with new and tasty dishes.

 

"It was their first sleep away camp experience, and the staff and counselors could not have been more accommodating, kind, or fun." - Katie & Spencer F (Parents)