David Porter, EB Staff 1987 – 1996
Nature/Nature Director, Ranger Director, Program Director
Growing up, I could see Catalina from my church on a clear day. My troop attended Emerald Bay every summer I was hired off the porch in 1987. During my time on Staff, we faced the drama of the camp’s pending sale to the Cousteau Society. Fortunately, public pressure helped save the camp. I worked alongside Camp Director Toby Sharp for two years as Program Director before spending my final two years at camp as Ranger Director. I’m particularly proud of the great “Natureman Cast” of David Smith, Andrew Wilder, Bryan Silver, Sean Gardinier, and Jeff Smith.
After finishing my Master’s degree in History at Pepperdine University I moved to the East Coast to attend George Washington University, where I earned my Ph. D. in US History. My work was on regions of the nation that sought to declare their independence from the rest of the country. My dissertation was on the nearly successful efforts of Kentucky to become an independent nation in the mid-1790s, and the one (highly corrupt) individual that nearly made that a reality.
I am now a full Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College where I have been teaching since 2000.
I met and married my wife Audra in Washington DC and our two boys (Luke and Will) are each Life Scouts (though the final part of Luke’s project is set for March 26th). After ten years as a Cubmaster, I am now our Troop Committee Chair and an assistant Crew leader. In 2021 Luke and I hiked in Philmont and last summer Will and I whitewater rafted at Summit Bechtel Scout Reservation.
Camp Emerald Bay was a big part of my life growing up. All through high school and college I spent my summer on the island. I have fun memories and I can still remember when Lee Harrison and I canoed the “baby white” to blue caverns and then ridiculously high waves got us a tow back to camp. I was fortunate that I had such a great formative experience and made good friends, learned many useful skills and had such incredible opportunities. I was blessed to be able to have Emerald Bay in my life and hope that it continues to offer all youth such opportunities for another 100.
Scott Porter, EB Staff 1991-1995
Emerald Bay has been, and will continue to be a large part of my life. I have shared Emerald Bay with my friends, my father, my wife, my daughters, my troop members, and especially my brother since I first visited as a camper in 1986. I served on staff starting at the end of 1991, through 1995.
I too, remember spending my youth looking at my home in Catalina across the channel. I also remember spending my youth looking at my home in Palos Verdes back across that same channel.
I now live one mile from my childhood home in Rancho Palos Verdes, with my wife (Stacey), and my two daughters (Naomi (18) and Sarah (15)). Stacey is a school teacher. Naomi and Sarah are in high school. Each has earned their Eagle Scout ranks and their Girl Scout Gold Awards. I am now an attorney in private practice and primarily represent cities private parties interacting with local government.
It was just a few weeks back when our family was talking about our “happy place.” Both of my daughters listed Emerald Bay. Clearly, they have been raised right. 🙂