Megan May is the director of Friendly Pines Camp (FPC) in Prescott. “Friendly Pines Camp was founded by my great-grandparents back in 1941, and our camp has become a much-loved summer tradition for generations of Arizona families.” (Sessions this summer will run from May 28 through July 23.) Learn about Megan May…
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
First job: Camp counselor at FPC!
Favorite ways to spend your free time in AZ: Cliff jumping in Sycamore Canyon, trying new restaurants in Scottsdale, or riding my bike and looking at the pretty houses in Arcadia.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: I walked 400 miles by myself across Spain on El Camino de Santiago de Compostela when I was 22.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: Handling the COVID pandemic and having zero cases of COVID at camp in 2021.
Someone who inspires you and why: My grandmother and our camp’s late owner, Bebe; she was kindness incarnate, a shrewd businesswoman and just an overall wonderful person. You’ve never met a nicer, more genuine lady, and I hope to be half the woman she was.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Remember why you’re doing it: it’s for the kids! It will be the hardest job you’ll ever love.
Favorite quote: “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” –Oscar Wilde
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I actually don’t like s’mores, [which] could be considered by some as downright blasphemy in the summer camp world!
What makes someone fabulous: Being unapologetically kind and living their life with integrity.
On May 21, Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott hosts a free open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the family for an exciting day of camp tours, wagon rides, toasting marshmallows, zip line rides, prizes and more. A complimentary buffet lunch will also be served. All your questions about the summer sleepaway camp experience will be answered.