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Boys Camp - Zack 9781629148052 Boys Camp 2 - Nates Story 9781629148069 - NEW Boys Camp - Zee (1)

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Who We Are

The Boys Camp Team

Valerie Tripp
Editorial Director
Silver Spring, Maryland

  • • Author of 30+ award-winning plays and books of historical fiction for American Girl (tens of millions of copies sold)
  • • Author of 100+ poems, songs, skills book pages, and fiction and nonfiction stories for The Superkids Reading Program, published by the nonprofit Rowland Reading Foundation
  • • Script consultant and advisor for films based on her American Girl stories, including “Kit Kittredge, An American Girl”
  • • 1973 graduate with honors from the first co-educated class at Yale and 1981 recipient of M.Ed. from Harvard
  • • Winner, March of Dimes Mother of the Year in recognition of her support for public schools, Girl Scouts, and the Make A Wish Foundation
  • • Frequent speaker at schools, museums, and libraries, including the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian, The New York Historical Society, The Brooklyn Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, and Old Sturbridge Village
  • • Mother of a daughter who continues to promote literacy and learning


Ann Hendrix-Jenkins
Director of Partnership Development

  • • Specialist in communication for social change
  • • Expert in community-based approaches to education and health
  • • Writer/creator of educational games/books for young people addressing global health issues
  • • Founder and manager of ad hoc effort to stop stereotype-based gender-segmented toy marketing to children, which received national news coverage
  • • Received coverage from Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and feedback and promises from Toys R Us and Fox News
  • • Developed and directed licensed, fully-enrolled experiential education program for elementary school children
  • • High school teacher and Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, Africa
  • • BA in English Literature and MA in International Development
  • • Husband Steve Hendrix is a journalist with the Washington Post
  • • Mother of two daughters and one son
  • • Grandmother of seven different kinds of pets over the last few years (perhaps says yes too easily when it comes to pet requests?)


Peggy Thomas
Business Director
Wilmington, Delaware

  • • 20 years of business ownership and expertise
  • • BS in Elementary Education, Loyola University, New Orleans
  • • Taught third grade to low-income children in New Orleans, tutored a wide range of people and home-schooled children for three years
  • • Mother of a daughter and a son


Sarah Smith
Marketing Manager
New York, NY

  • • MBA from NYU Stern, specializing in Marketing and Social Enterprise
  • • Previously a lifestyle magazine editor, editing and writing articles on travel, food, style, and books
  • • Once a busy tutor assisting grade school students
  • • Georgetown University graduate with a major in American Studies and a minor in Spanish
  • • Lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two kids (Lily and Jack) and two rescue dogs