Executive Director of Camp Akita
As the Executive Director of Camp Akita, Scot Nicoll provides consistent
leadership and vision to all programming and facility needs at Camp Akita. Scot
started as a first year counselor during his college years at Willamette
University and most recently spent 5 years as the Program Director.
Scot holds a masters degree in Economics from the University of Oregon and
is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. He brings a wealth of experience in outdoor
programming for young people, and this experience guides his oversight for all
of the camping opportunities at Akita.
Summer Camp Director
As the Summer Camp Director, Tim is responsible for the planning and operation of all summer programs at Akita, including Summer Camp sessions, L.I.F.E. Guard, Backcountry, and Family Camp. He also manages the summer staff of counselors and leaders and oversees the hiring and training process.
Tim holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University. He spent five summers working as a counselor and leader at Akita starting in 2003, and began his current role in 2012. Tim was a volunteer youth leader at First Community Church for eight years and has been involved in numerous groups and activities at the church and at Akita.
Andy manages the program delivery of Akita and helps facilitate
education-focused rental groups. He also oversees the development, marketing,
and delivery of outdoor programs to all other rental groups. Andy previously
served as the Middle School Program Coordinator for First Community Church.
A trained and experienced field botanist, Andy brings a passion for the
outdoors to his new role. He has completed the National Park Ranger Institute,
and his job combines his deep knowledge of outdoor education with his many
years as a leader at Camp Akita.
Assistant Camp Director, High School
Sarah first worked at Akita in 2006 and has served as a Counselor, Adventure Program Director, and Program Team Member. In 2010, Sarah became an Assistant Camp Director. Sarah's responsibilities include providing the message for the high school camp sessions, directing the L.I.F.E. Guard program, and leading the Akita Backcoutry and La Vida backpacking trips.
Sarah graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2009 with a major in English and a minor in Poverty Studies. Her noteworthy adventures include sky diving in Texas, white water rafting in Colorado, zip lining in Costa Rica, and sliding down waterfalls in the Dominican Republic.
Assistant Camp Director, Middle School
Sam first worked as a counselor at Akita in 2007 and was also a Program Team Member for three summers. This year, Sam's primary responsibility is to deliver the message during all middle school camp sessions while building relationships with middle school–aged campers.
Sam graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2011, earning a degree in Middle School Education. He brings countless hours of experience working with middle school aged youth, both in a traditional school setting and in a camp environment.
Assistant Camp Director, K–5
Dawn is serving her 13th year at Camp Akita, providing leadership for our
elementary age campers. Dawn brings a strong background of education,
experience, and passion for youth to our summer camp program. Prior to her work
at the church, Dawn spent 12 years working with inner-city youth and families
with a focus on counseling, and leading social development and camping
experiences for youth. With a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Counseling and over
20 years experience in working with children, Dawn brings the knowledge and
sensitivity to help our youngest campers feel safe, while they develop their
understanding of a loving God, an appreciation of nature, and how to live
peacefully in a community with peers within a camp environment.
Minister of Mission
Camp Akita Resource Manager
Camp Akita Administrative Coordinator
Facilities Director & Camp Administrator
Food Services Director