meet our camp directors
Having assumed the reins of Walden from Liz’s parents, Larry and Ina Stevens, Scott and Liz came to the camping business with an insider’s grasp of its challenges and rewards. Since 2006, they have sought to nourish cherished camp values and traditions while “modernizing” Walden’s program for 21st-century parents and kids.
Scott and Liz take great pride in running a camp that instills and celebrates and kindness, empathy and respect for differences. During the “off-season,” the couple live in Fort Worth, Texas, with camp dogs Laika and Hudson. Their son Max, a former camper, is a student at the University of Texas. During “normal” times, Liz and Scott travel throughout the school year, meeting with prospective Walden families in their homes and at group events. For summer 2021, they’ll be offering those same presentations as “virtual” information sessions. Sign up for one: HERE for rising 2nd-6th graders. HERE for rising 7th graders and up.
A little background… Liz spent her first 22 summers at Walden as camper and staff. After graduating from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, she embarked on a 16-year journalism career and was a staff writer for both the Detroit News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She previously held a Texas teaching certificate in 4th-8th grade English/Language Arts (which she needs to renew!).
Scott, a native Texan who mysteriously lacks an accent, spent much of his young-adulthood pursuing a “professional student” career, which gained him a a BA and MA in English. After teaching for several years and realizing he wasn’t going to be the next Faulkner, he earned his Masters Degree in Social Work. For the six years prior to joining Walden, Scott wrote and managed federal grants for human services, homelessness in particular.