Leadership & History

Hidden Valley Camp has been owned and operated by Bob and Nan McKinlay since 1973. Bob has spent his entire career in organized youth camping (over 60 years) starting with YMCA camps in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Washington State (Camp Orkila) and Pennsylvania and was very involved with the American Camp Association over this time as past Minnesota Section President, board member, camp standards visitor, program chairman of a mid-Atlantic states convention, past President of the Evergreen Section, chairman of the Western Region A.C.A. including all states west of the Rockies, member of the National Board of A.C.A. and General Chair of the 1989 National A.C.A. Conference in Seattle. Bob received a National Honor Award given at the A.C.A. National Conference in 2003.

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Nan, Bob, Todd and Jen

Todd, Jen, Ryan and Kristen


Todd McKinlay is the resident Camp Director and supervises all staff and camp program activities. A graduate in Education from Washington State University, Todd taught school for 10 years and has been involved with Hidden Valley Camp each summer since 1973. Todd has spent each summer of his life (except 2) at a summer camp and has been the full time Director at HVC since 1992. He is an active member of the American Camp Association and has been an Evergreen Section Board Member, member of the Nominating Committee, Chaired the Public Relations and Education Committees and has been a camp standards visitor for over 20 years. Todd manages the year round administrative responsibilities of camp and is responsible for staff hiring/training and provides leadership for camp programming based on years of outdoor living experiences. Todd's wife Jennifer has been involved with HVC for over 25 years, is a Registered Nurse and is also the Camp Registrar. Todd and Jen's kids (Kristen and Ryan) have been involved with camp each summer of their lives and are now both on the HVC staff during the summer.

Hidden Valley Camp was established in 1947 by Harry and Imogene Truman and it is one of the finest camps in the Northwest and in the country.

Thank you for giving my son pretty much the same fabulous camp experience
I had at HVC many years ago!
— HVC Parent