Scott McGuirt has been working on an amazing entomology project for Family Camp! We caught up with Scott to learn more about his camp history and, well, insects!
Scott, how many summers have you spent at camp?
Eleven Summers: 6 as a Camper; 5 as a counselor.
Not often enough, but occasionally, we attend Family Camp or a weekend retreat at the
What do you miss most about summers at camp?
Daily Church. The community of people living, playing, working together and for each
other in the presence of the Lord. Daily. A simply remarkable experience.
Cabin Times, Round-Up, Meal Prayers, Laughter, Play Time. Daily.
What are you up to these days?
Raising a family with my wife Karel. We have a son George who is 11, and daughter
Hanna who is 9. During the day, I spend my time running my business Square One
Design. I am a residential landscape designer and general contractor in Austin, TX.
How did you get the idea for the LLFC Entomology Project?
I took Entomology in college and fell in love with it. It fascinated me and I was good at it.
I fit it like a glove. From Collecting, to Pinning, Identifying & Storage, I understood and
liked every bit of it.
Since then, I’d always wanted to put together an exhaustive, university-quality, insect
collection solely based on one property. I knew I would learn something by doing so,
though I wasn’t sure what. And then, I could share that with others and hopefully enrich
their experience as well.
While we are just in the very beginning stages of this project, I can tell you the project
will provide more than I imagined. It is very exciting. I believe we will find insects from
all 28 orders, collected from different life stages. Let’s imagine we collect 1,000 different
species. That is not 1,000 bugs. That is 1,000 different COMMUNITIES! Each
community is doing its role in the environment and interacting with 999 other
communities. That is crazy! And we barely even see it happen.
For me the collection is like a book and the specimens are the words of the book. It
provides substance for passing along a story. As in most good stories, it will be used in
many different ways by different people over time. And it will last a very long time.
Tell us about your experience with the process.
I wanted to glorify God in a way I didn’t see being done. We all enjoy the canyons, the
river, the springs. It’s easy to cherish the cliffs and the trails. But I felt like God went to a
lot of trouble to create the enormous diversity of insect communities in that place, that
work in harmony and in conflict, which shouldn’t be ignored.
There is a richness in the details – a multitude of lessons to be gained about relationships,
purpose, development, approach to life. I am greatful for the opportunity to shed some
light on God’s smaller creations. My hope is to further honor the richness of the world He
I also wanted to contribute something to the Foundation for providing me and my family
so much for so many years. Emotionally. Spiritually. I wanted to thank them for their
continued efforts in providing this experience for others. But being a man of awkward
resources, I had to get creative.
The collection is one thing I can do well. While I have a lot to learn, I enjoy it and believe
it will benefit others. In order for the collection to be a contribution, I feel like it should
be funded independently. So, it is by the donations of others this collection continues to
grow. Click here to help fund this project.
Aside from this project, how else does camp still impact your life today?
It is base camp. A place I know where the Daily Church still takes place; where I can go
if I find myself weary and be in the refreshment and company of others who share a
common love of the Lord and thankfulness for each other.
It is a training camp. A place I can send my kids for an opportunity to gain the spiritual
and personal relationships that are so important to me.