Dave Scuccimarra was born in Bronx, New York, and raised in Brewster; a small rural town in Putnam County, New York located about 60 miles north of New York City. Dave attended Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval History, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education Curriculum and Instruction. In 1987, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Special Education Curriculum and Instruction and Administration from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. His dissertation was funded by one of four field study grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. He served as a special educator for seven years before becoming a School Administrator. For over 25 years he served as a school based Administrator, Principal, Regional Director, and Executive Director/Associate Superintendent in both Howard County and Prince George’s County Public School systems in Maryland, retiring in 2010. While working in the public school system, he was also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University for 14 years in the Special Education Department. For the past 10 years he has served as a Blue and Gold Information Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy. Dave met his wife Dorothy while in college. They have been married for 32 years, and have a yellow lab/husky mix rescue dog named Cinnamon. After retirement in 2010, Dave and Dorothy became full time residents of Rehoboth Beach. Dave’s hobbies are weightlifting, singing, cooking, theatre, art, and reading.
When did you start volunteering at CAMP Rehoboth?
I started volunteering at CAMP Rehoboth three years ago when I joined the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus. After a year I was elected to the Chorus Leadership Committee where I have served for the past two years. As part of the Leadership Committee I have been able to share my administrative skills and expertise.\
What’s your best memory volunteering here?
Some of my best memories as a volunteer are performing as a member of chorus at CHEER, assisted living facilities, and other outreach programs within the community. It is always a rewarding experience to share my love of music and song with others. Often, a song can bring a smile to someone’s face or spark a memory. When many members of the audience start to sing along, it gives you a true sense of community and belonging.
Of the many events held by CAMP Rehoboth, which is your favorite?
Of all the events that CAMP Rehoboth hosts, my favorite is the Block Party. It reminded me of the kind of community events that were held in my home town. I had so much fun strolling up and down Baltimore Avenue sampling foods, stopping at the vendors, conversing with friends and listening to the entertainers.
Favorite season here at the beach?
It is hard decision to pick one season at the beach. In the summer the beach is so beautiful and relaxing. I enjoy sitting in a chair reading a book, swimming in the surf and watching the dolphins. In the winter I always look forward to strolling on the boardwalk when it snows. It is quiet, serene, and surreal...the perfect setting for self-reflection or sorting out the events of the day.
Name a childhood mentor or someone who influenced you.
My grandfather influenced my life when I was growing up. He was an immigrant from Italy who loved life and people. Although his English was not perfect, he was outgoing, cheerful, and was always ready to help someone. My fondest memories as a child are walking with my grandpa through the neighborhood streets and stopping to talk with people along the way. He was very proud of the accomplishments of his family, children, and grandchildren. He found joy in the little details of life.
Favorite U.S. city and why?
New York City is my favorite. It is always great to travel to NYC to walk through Times Square, see a Broadway show, visit a museum, or view the holiday decorations at the stores during the Holiday season. There is an excitement about being in the Big Apple that no other city can match!
Night owl or early riser and why?
I think I have always been an early riser. I like to get a start on the day by sitting with a cup of coffee, and a good book or an article for work. Then, it is off to the gym for a workout.
Best year of your life and why?
The best year of my life was 1984. That was the year I married by best friend, Dorothy. Our wedding took place on June 30, 1984. Most of the day it rained and it was dreary. We worried about our outdoor ceremony that was to take place at dusk. But, just before the ceremony started the sun appeared. The rest of the year was full of surprises and adjustments. That was the same year we bought our first home, where we spent most of our married life.
Favorite holiday and why?
My favorite holiday is Christmas. My parents always told me that as a child I did not sleep Christmas Eve in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. My parents took my sister and me to the North Pole when I was five years old. Each time my parents lost sight of me, they always found me in Santa’s lap. I still have a picture of me sitting on Santa’s lap on the desk in my living room. Although that was about 60 years ago, I still feel the same way about the holiday. I get excited when the Christmas season approaches. I think it’s because it is a season filled with love, family, and friends. My wife and I have an Open House each holiday season so we can share our joy, our tree, some food, cheer, and camaraderie with our friends and family.
How long have you been coming to Rehoboth?
I have been coming to Rehoboth Beach for over 25 years. Each summer I would come to the beach with my best friend to enjoy the sun and surf. When my wife came down with me to visit Rehoboth Beach, she loved the community. We bought a home here two weeks later.
Since you began coming to Rehoboth, name the biggest change you’ve seen?
On the good side, the large gay community that has retired here, and the expansion of programs and services offered by CAMP Rehoboth. On the not so good side, the over development with little or no attention paid to infrastructure needs!
What are you most thankful for?
I am most thankful for a supportive family, and the many friends I have made at CAMP Rehoboth and in the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus.
Name three events that have shaped your life to where it is today.
Being awarded a four year academic scholarship to Catholic University of America. It enabled me to leave a small rural area and experience life on a larger scale.
Marrying my best friend Dorothy in 1984. My wife has been my greatest advocate, confidant, and supporter.
Earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, and Administration in Special Education. It brought to fruition a lifelong dream and goal to earn a doctorate and serve individuals with special needs.
Thank you for all of the work you do as part of the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus Leadership Committee to make the Chorus a successful CAMP Rehoboth program. We look forward to seeing you and Dot at the next CAMP Rehoboth event.
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