When Scott Grant first stepped into a wakeboard as an eight-year-old camper at Camp Koinonia in Northern California, he knew that he wanted to share his joy for the sport with others. What he didn’t realize was how close he would follow in his father’s footsteps, as the Director of Camp Koinonia for the past 40 years, a small retreat center in the Santa Cruz Mountains offering camps for kids, and how it would afford him the opportunity to realize his goal of running his own program.
Armed with a passion for the sport of wakeboarding and a determination to succeed, Scott spent his summers growing up at the camp riding as much as possible and doing his best to act as a counselor, although being too young to actually wear the label. As a teenager he also loved to surf and enjoyed being on or around the water as much as possible. As a 14-year-old he was still to young for a job as a counselor, so he convinced the camp kitchen manager to give him a job as a dishwasher and server, where he got his first real work experience and learned to enjoy hard work and being part of a team.
Over time, Scott worked his way up to becoming part of the team-building staff at the center before accepting his first job as counselor at a kids day-camp in Santa Cruz that offered sports camps and field trips. He fell in love with working with kids and longed for a way to combine the work with his passion for watersports. After moving to San Diego to attend school Scott saw a job posting for Wakeboarding Instructors at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center and knew he had found it. Over the next several years Scott taught hundreds of kids and adults the sport of wakeboarding as an instructor, and also worked as a camp counselor before accepting a seasonal appointment as the MBAC Camp Supervisor for The Watersports Camp.
This Fall, the MBAC Camp Supervisor position was reclassified as a year-round, full-time position and expanded to include Special Events in it’s responsibilities. Scott eagerly applied for the position and was selected for the position.
“I never thought I would wind up following in my dad’s footsteps. Camp has always been a part of my life, and naturally draws me in. I have always loved the environment of camp, and getting to build into the lives of campers and staff. Anything else, just feels like work.” -Scott Grant
Scott has already been hard at work preparing for the next season starting this spring and has made many positive changes, such as developing small birthday party package events and creating the new Intro to Watersports Camp for Grom campers ages 6-8 (read more about this camp and what a Grom is in our February newsletter).
Please join us in welcoming Scott in his new position. Scott can be reached at [email protected]u.edu or by phone at (858)488-1000×230.