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, Executive 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 recently served 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. This year he is also serving on the Board of Directors for Global Camps Africa and the ACA Advisory Committee on Program Quality Assessment. When Don and his family are not at camp, they live in Oakland and you’ll find them outside exploring the beautiful Bay Area.

Andy Hancock

Andy Hancock, Summer 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, Camp 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 became a program director in 2002. 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 8 years.

Dave Brown

Dave Brown, LCSW, Camp 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.

Adam Yardley

Adam Yardley, Waterfront Director

Adam started working at Mountain Camp in 2010 and has been bouncing back and forth between Australia and the US ever since. During the off season he lives in Adelaide, South Australia where he teaches school students about water safety. He enjoys surfing, playing and listening to music, watching sport and breaking things so he can attempt to fix them.

Madeline McClelland, Program Director

Madeline grew up in Seattle and has slowly been making her way down the coast ever since! After graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Madeline came to Mountain Camp for her first summer in 2016. Camp has pulled her back every summer since, and she became a director in 2018. Madeline loves playing in the mountains and petting every dog she sees on the trail!

Jody Peterman

Jody Peterman, Summer Director and Parent Liaison

Jody was born and raised in Northern Minnesota, near the shores of Lake Superior. For the past 11 years she’s been helping to provide free, overnightcamps for students who don’t otherwise get the opportunity with Vida Verde Nature Education, but before that she was working right here at Mountain Camp. Jody loves sleeping outside, riding her bike, swimming, knitting, cooking, baking and spending time with loved ones. As a kid, Jody loved canoe trips, reading, and playing in the woods. (She still does!) Jody’s favorite part of Mountain Camp is watching the campers learn, grow, and form life-long friendships during their time at camp.

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)