Exciting Additions to the Mondamin Leadership Team

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You may have seen on Facebook the news that Robert Danos recently mentioned his excitement at turning camp over to new leadership, and that new leadership is here! It is with immense pleasure that David and Gordon can announce today that we have hired a new Assistant Director and a new Program Director at Mondamin! Teddy Corwin and Aiden Shaw (see bios below) have recently joined the 2nd Century Team and will be working with us in Tuxedo. David continues to be the overall Director, and Gordon will remain as a second, interim Assistant Director.

Teddy and Aiden have proven credentials as strong, inspiring leaders to both campers and fellow staff members at Mondamin and Green Cove in the past. Both bring with them incredible experiences from other institutions and adventures: Teddy taught in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar and has also completed a NOLS course in New Zealand; Aiden has coached lacrosse in both Utah and North Carolina.

Both will be heavily involved in staff hiring, communications, and program development. We’re confident that they’ll bring a much needed injection of fun and innovation to the program, and we’re honored to have them as part of our community. Welcome, Teddy and Aiden!

Teddy Corwin (Assistant Director)

I spent my first summer at Mondamin as a counselor on mountaineering staff. I’d just finished my freshman year at Colorado College and was not yet old enough to go instruct for Outward Bound, so camp seemed like the perfect place to hone my outdoor skills. I had no idea that I would be walking into a community the likes of which I’d never seen. I instantly fell in love with Mondamin, and even after instructing for Voyageur Outward Bound School the next year, felt called back to camp to serve as head of mountaineering for two more years. In my most recent summer there, my wife Isabelle joined the camp community, working at the barn at Mondamin and leading bike trips. Since those early camp years (and thanks to a connection I formed while leading a Mondo father-son trip) I have spent six years in corporate strategic finance, first in healthcare and then in the ski industry. I’m thrilled to be teaming up with David, Gordon, and Aiden to lead Mondamin into its next hundred years, and to ensure that the next generation of boys and young men get to experience the same incredible community that I was so lucky to find here.

Aiden Shaw (Program Director)

I was raised in Northern Utah, and was a Boy Scout for the majority of my childhood. Growing up, I spent a lot of time backpacking in the Wasatch mountains and whitewater rafting on the Colorado river. Being a part of Boy Scouts helped me foster a love for the outdoors and taught me meaningful leadership skills. I was able to apply and hone these leadership skills through many years of playing and coaching youth and high school lacrosse. My passion for lacrosse is what brought me to the Southeast where I am currently a senior attending Belmont Abbey College. I played collegiate lacrosse for three years and am completing a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I have had the opportunity to spend my past two summers working at Camps Mondamin and Green Cove in various positions including Nature, ACA, Tennis head, and Swim staff. I couldn’t be more excited about becoming a part of something that holds so much meaning to our youth and alumni. I look forward to working alongside all of you to help Mondamin build and progress for years to come!

About David Bell

I grew up at Camp Mondamin paddling the rivers, hiking and riding the trails, and climbing the peaks of Western North Carolina. In the wilderness and on Lake Summit, my counselors encouraged me to explore the world, but more importantly, myself. As I later pursued graduate school in history and a career in teaching, camp continued to be my homebase. I have spent many summers on the paddling staffs of both Mondamin and Green Cove, headed paddling, and served as a line head and assistant director at Mondamin. Adventures took me around the world; for 25 years, I have taught youth and adults at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NC), Friends Seminary (NYC), National Taiwan University, and Kang Chiao International School (Taiwan).

My wonderful wife Yijun, a Waldorf-trained teacher and counselor herself at Green Cove for several years, has inspired and encouraged me to continue to grow as an educator. Our daughter Emery will be at Green Cove this summer for her second year, and our son Benjamin plans to be back at Mondamin in 2024. Gordon Grant, one of my mentors in education, and I are working together this year to lead Mondamin into its next, great chapter. We sincerely hope you will join us on the journey!

David Bell