W.I.L.D. Semester Director
Faculty, Recreation and Leisure Studies
B.A. Wheaton College
M.A. Wheaton College
Ph.D. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Scott has been hiking and camping all his life. He grew up roaming in the bush as a missionary kid in Kenya, hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim with his family and climbing mountains in Colorado. Summers were spent at Deerfoot Lodge in the Adirondacks. At Wheaton College he was a Christian Education major with an emphasis in camp ministry. He also completed his Masters degree at Wheaton including the Wilderness Leadership Practicum at Wheaton's Honey Rock Camp. Scott went on to lead wilderness trips and train staff at Honey Rock for several summers before eventually coordinating the Masters program in Leadership and Camp Ministry. He completed his Ph.D. in Education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School focusing his dissertation on the aspects of camp ministry that facilitate spiritual growth.
One of Scott's passions is training people in how to use outdoor experiential education to facilitate spiritual growth. He has worked with camp programs in Kenya, South Africa, Russia, Siberia, Honduras, Venezuela and Kosovo. He is excited about the opportunities that W.I.L.D. affords to disciple college students and equip them for future ministry.
Valerie J. Gin
Recreation & Leisure Studies
B.S. Greenville College
M.S. Eastern Illinois University
Ed.D. Boston University
After coaching collegiate volleyball and softball for thirteen years, Dr. Gin continues her love and interest in sport through researching and writing in sport ethics. She enjoys researching with students and creating engaging interactive class projects. Dr. Gin is an active member of the International Sport Coalition and a lecturer at the International Sport Leadership Schools in Stellenbosch South Africa and Chennai India. She, along with Recreation and Leisure Studies alumni, are contributors to www.wired4sport.com, a website community promoting the value of, integrity in, and love of sport. Dr. Gin has played an integral role in the development and success of the W.I.L.D. Semester. She posesses the unique ability to engage and inspire students while utilizing highly effective experiential pedagogy in the classroom.
Adirondack Expeditions Director
Faculty, Recreation & Leisure Studies
B.A. Gordon College
M.A. Wheaton College
Camp Ministry and Leadership Certificate
Nate has ten years of experience in the wilderness education field and has been involved with the W.I.L.D. Semester for the last 5 years. He looks forward to spending each summer in the Adirondack Mountains of New York working with the La Vida staff and his black lab, Colden. He is certified as a Wilderness Education Association National Standards Program Certifying Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator and WMA Wilderness First Responder.