Leader Profile – Nick Smith


In a word, Nick Smith is intense. After his first summer leading our Northwest Explorer and Montana Service Adventure trips in 2008, Nick returned to lead our America Coast to Coast trip twice. This summer, he and his outstanding co-leader, Cait Bradley, have been tapped to lead our inaugural Tuscan Service Adventure.   In the off-season, Nick hasn’t exactly been sitting around, he served as our Assistant Director this winter while simultaneously studying for the MCAT.   In his words, he “crushed” the test!   Oh, and he also ran the Boston Marathon – for the second year in a row…   The picture above shows Nick within yards of the finish line, pausing to give a hug to his ACC ’09 pal, Jake Arthur (Jake’s dad, Jay, plays a huge part in running the Marathon and served as an inspiration for Nick when he decided to run.).

A 2009 Bowdoin College graduate, Nick majored in neuroscience.   He grew up the oldest of three in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, “on a dirt road with the state of Maine as my back yard.”   He spent his childhood hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, sea kayaking and backpacking with his family.   In high school, Nick attended St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire where he pursued his passions for soccer, lacrosse, and especially, ice hockey.   Nick’s love for hockey continued in college where he played goalie for Bowdoin.   Some of his other involvements in college included campus tour guide, Outing Club trip leader, mentor and tutor.   Nick also spent many hours volunteering at a local hospital and served as vice president of Bowdoin Men Against Sexual Violence.   With his infectious zeal for life and boundless determination, Nick is sure to inspire his Tuscan Service Adventure groups as they roll up and down the hills of Tuscany.   Nick is a Wilderness First Responder and is certified in CPR.