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Meet the Camp Director: Doc of Camp Maripai


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Did you know? Camp Maripai was the first Girl Scout Camp in Arizona! It has a long history of offering girls and families a traditional camping experience with an emphasis on horsemanship programs. So, who is the camp director at our beloved Maripai? Born and raised in Alaska, Annie Warner “Doc” has 16 years of camp experience—four years as a camper, and 11 years in leadership roles. We’re excited to have her here!

Favorite thing about the outdoors and nature?
Sunrise. I love the sights and sounds as the world begins to wake up.

Favorite camp song?
Old Lady Leary

Favorite camp activity?
Campfires

Most unique SWAP you’ve seen?
Camper Nights – it’s a small bag filled with glitter and stars. So when you’re missing your nights of camping, you can look down and remember a camper’s star-filled sky.

Best Camp Memory?
One of my favorite memories is leading a group of first-time campers on an overnight canoe trip. It was such an amazing experience. We spent the first day canoeing, then cooked out and camped on a sandbar that night under the stars. The next morning we got up and canoed the rest of the trip.  I loved seeing the girls so excited about this adventure and their feelings of accomplishment when the trip was done. 

Your go-to camp food?
Chicken Fingers

Best part of the s’more?
The toasted marshmallow!

Best advice for first time campers?
Help pack your stuff for camp. You’ll feel more prepared and you’ll know where everything is when you get to camp because you put it there.

Best advice for long-time campers?
Come to camp ready to learn or try something new. Camp is one of the few places in the world where it’s not only encouraged, but expected, that you will have new experiences.

Best thing about your job?
Witnessing the transformation that occurs when young women are able to genuinely connect with others in a positive and meaningful way.

Outer space or underground?
Outer space! The possibilities are endless.

Invisibility or ability to fly?
Definitely the ability to fly! I think having the ability to see the world from a totally different perspective would be amazing.

Fun fact:
I’ve traveled to 49 of the 50 states and to13 foreign countries. 

Learn more about camp at an Open House! Meet the staff and check out the property. No registration is required, just show up and have fun!