Jared Griffin came to Camp Knutson in 2015 as part of the transition team when long-time camp director Rob Larson retired. Jared brought years of camp leadership experience with him and a passion for serving children with identified needs. He worked for 15 years as a camp program director in Northern Minnesota serving youth with social skill and academic needs. Prior to his involvement with camps, he taught special education and worked in youth shelters, day treatment centers and residential treatment facilities for children and adolescents.
Jared holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa with an emphasis in helping children with learning disabilities and emotional and behavioral needs. He also holds a Master’s degree in Youth Leadership and Development from the University of Minnesota with a focus on program development and nonprofit management.
Jared grew up on a farm in Iowa and met his wife, Jo, an occupational therapist, while working at a summer camp. They are thrilled to be raising their three young daughters at Camp Knutson. Part of what attracted them to Camp Knutson was the strong community and supportive culture at camp.
Jared says this about Camp Knutson:
“The community and culture of Camp Knutson offer something special to each person's life. Camp is a place where all are welcome and each and every life is celebrated. Every person who comes to camp, in any capacity, has the opportunity to share their gifts, realize their strengths, and make life-long friendships. It is a community like Camp Knutson that helps us bring out the best in each other. I'm honored to have the privilege to serve as a leader in a community that cares so deeply about our mission. I look forward to continuing Camp Knutson's strong tradition of excellent service and I'm excited to welcome more new friends into our loving community.”