A member of the inaugural Centennial Center for Leadership class and the creator of the new “Leaders of Tomorrow” theme house on the HWS campus, Dan De Nose ’10 has spent the past academic year studying leadership skills. This summer, he’s translated what he’s learned into a leadership curriculum he’s teaching at Lake Delaware Boys’ Camp in the Catskills. His summer experience was made possible by Trustee Stephen L. Cohen ’67 through the Steve Cohen Leadership Fund that supports a student to create a summer leadership project.
Founded in 1909 by Robert Livingston Gerry, Lake Delaware Boys’ Camp is a military academy style camp. Gerry believed in helping others, especially children, and his purpose was to “provide a summer vacation in the country for a boy who could not otherwise afford one.” Boys who attend the camp are between the ages of 9 and 16 and, ultimately, leave with the camp values of leadership, citizenship, sportsmanship, and integrity. The camp is free for all families.
Lynn Shollen, the William Smith Centennial leadership consultant, worked closely with De Nose to create the camp’s leadership curriculum. “I remember the first meeting I had with Lynn and I left with my head high and full of confidence,” says De Nose, who is working on an individual major in Rhetoric of Leadership and a Writing and Rhetoric minor. “Her energy was nothing but positive, which caused me to believe more in this vision.”
The curriculum they developed is broken into five sections: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the hearts. De Nose is teaching a section each week to older campers identified as leaders of their peers. Toward the end of the summer, participants will each be given the opportunity to lead the entire camp for a day. De Nose included this in his curriculum so that the campers will have the chance to, as he says, “apply all that they learned.”
In addition to teaching the leadership curriculum, De Nose is also a camp counselor focusing on basketball, football and Crack Platoon, a drill team that performs with rifles. Together with another counselor, he is responsible for a tent of 12 campers.
Reflecting on the often overwhelming amount of work it took to complete the curriculum, De Nose explains, “Knowing that maybe this curriculum could change or help a child’s life kept me motivated.”
On campus, De Nose is Senior Student Trustee on the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees, a Bonner Leader in the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, founder of the Leaders of Tomorrow theme house, and a member of the Leadership Certificate Program. He is a member of the Hobartones, Chorale, and Cantori singing groups. He also works as an intern in the Office of Admissions.