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Darin Holden

Darin Holden

New Executive Director

Darin comes into the role of Executive Director after 27 years as the Program 

Director at Camp Anokijig.  Throughout his years as Program Director, Darin touched nearly every aspect of Camp.  He was in charge of summer staff recruitment and training, planning and supervision of rental groups, summer camp program development, marketing, and so much more.  Wearing his jack-of-all-trades hat, Darin can jump into any program area with ease, teaching campers skills ranging from horseback riding to sailing to archery.  Campers know, love, and respect him for his directional and organizational ability, as well as his unflagging positivity and strength of character.  Darin has been a solid member of the team through the ups and downs, a role model for staff and campers alike.  His years of experience at Anokijig and allegiance to the staff and campers make him uniquely qualified to take the helm of a ship he has dedicated his life to. 

This lifelong journey at Anokijig began far before Darin’s time as Program Director.  His love for Camp and the people started in 1978 as a staff aide, working in the dish room, and he never left.  He became a Junior Staff member, working in everything from Trail Crafts to Canoeing.  As Senior staff, he became the ski boat driver, and then Waterfront Director before starting as Program Director.  If asked what he loves about Anokijig, Darin would tell you he marvels at the strength of the passion for our mission that a visit to Camp invokes in people.  That and the pickles at the Trading Post.

Darin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a B.S. in Allied Health with a Community Recreation emphasis.  He is certified in CPR & AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguarding.  Darin is also certified as an EMT Basic (First Responder), a Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and an avid horseback rider.

We at Anokijig are proud and excited to welcome Darin in his new role.  We are confident in his leadership and know that we are very lucky to have him as our new Executive Director.  With Darin in the lead, we will continue to change the lives of children for generations!