One month after joining the team at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, Grant Fair attended his very first Ohio FFA State Convention. Surrounded by students in a sea of blue corduroy jackets gave him the feeling that he was becoming a part of something huge and camp was a key player in it — a memory he still holds close to his heart even as his time at Camp Muskingum comes to an end.
“I’m beyond thankful for my time at camp,” said Grant Fair, previous Project Reach Director at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. “Now it is time for a new adventure. We’re headed to Glen Rose, Texas.”
At the end of January, he and his wife, Kim Fair and their five-month-old daughter, Cleo Fair packed up their lives in Carrollton, Ohio to make the 1,200-mile trip halfway across the country. The reason for their big move is a new opportunity for their family.
“Kim begins a new role as the Program Director at Glen Lake Camp and Christian Retreat Center in February,” Grant said. “I’ll be taking some time to stay at home and raise our daughter while Kim starts in her new position. Eventually I’ll enroll in classes again at a university in Texas.”
As Program Director, Kim’s responsibilities at Glen Lake Camp will include hiring, supervising and leading 80 seasonal staff members throughout the summer. Additionally, she will develop Bible study curriculum for the camp’s summer programs. Prior to her new position, Kim was the Director at Camp Aldersgate (located up the road from Camp Muskingum) and worked at Camp Muskingum as the Office Administrator this past summer.
Both Grant and Kim have always shared a love for working at camps.
“I worked at my very first summer camp in 2004 at Camp Wanake in Beach City, Ohio.” Grant said. “It was a powerful summer for me. I didn’t know anything about camps before that experience and I never realized it was something I could continue to do for a living.”
It was only four years later that he found himself working at a camp again, but this time it was at a camp that would eventually become his home. He got his start working with Nature’s Classroom, the camp’s residential outdoor education program that serves elementary and middle school students during the spring and fall seasons.
“My first experience working at Camp Muskingum began in 2008 as a staff member for two seasons with Nature’s Classroom,” Grant said. “I started full-time at Camp Muskingum as Project Reach Director in 2010. I haven’t looked back since.”
As Project Reach Director, his primary responsibility was the upkeep, staffing and facilitation of the high ropes course, low ropes course and the paintball program. His secondary responsibilities included the supervising and programming of summer camp and overseeing camp’s summer staff members.
Although a big piece of his job was leading workshops and helping teach others, he saw every moment as an opportunity to never stop learning.
“I’ve taken away so much from my time spent at camp,” Grant said. “I’ve gained confidence in my ability to think on my toes and handle stressful situations and I’ve learned how to become a supervisor of people. I’ve also learned to not take myself too seriously. There are definitely things in life we need to be serious about, but for everything else — ‘man, lighten up!’”
With new changes and additions right around the corner at camp, Grant is looking forward to cheer on camp’s growth all the way from Texas.
“The introduction of the Discovery Center is such a new time in Camp Muskingum’s history,” he said. “Oh my gosh, the staff that is there now is more than capable in handling this exciting transition. They will take camp in a new direction and enhance the program.”
Grant is not only thankful to have worked with the staff at Camp Muskingum, but also the thousands of students he has interacted with over the last decade years.
“If I could leave any bit of encouragement for students who go to camp, I would tell them to be the person they want themselves to be,” he said. “At camp you don’t have to stick to the status quo or conform to be who your friends say you have to be. You are the most pure form of you when you’re at camp and there is absolutely nothing in this world that says you can’t be you anywhere you go.”
The Ohio FFA Association thanks the Fair family for their work and support at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum and wish them the best of luck as they depart on their new adventure.