Dave Parent - Baseball General Manager - Operations

My Summer Trails story began in 2008 after previously working at Camp Southwoods (Summer Trails' sister sleep-away camp). I started out with bookkeeping, and in recent years, have taken on managing all operations, as well as our Baseball Camp. What I love about Baseball Camp is watching kids truly enjoy the game, while improving their baseball skills. Watching a camper get the game winning hit or make the game saving play is always a highlight for me! Because of the camp experience, I was introduced to my wife Sandy and we now have two daughters who also get to enjoy Summer Trails. My older daughter Danica has learned to swim, play Gaga, scale the climbing wall, and hit bulls eyes in archery. My younger daughter Delaney is following in her big sister's footsteps and loves camp! I know they will both have an amazing time here, and it is so special to watch them grow each summer.

Debi Kelly - Associate Director

My Summer Trails story started when I was a camper all the way back in Nursery Girls. From the very first summer I was at camp, it always felt like home. Although some of the girls in my group and counselors changed year to year, the feeling of belonging was constant. With all the remarkable years as a camper, I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to work at camp. While working at camp I had the privilege of watching campers not only learn to swim, but grow up at camp, and often come back to work with us at camp and the pool. I love that we are able to grow our aquatics staff from our “pool” of counselors. In 2006 I became the Camp Aquatics Director following in the footsteps of a lot of great people before me. In the Fall of 2008, when I was offered a year round position at camp, it was the perfect fit for me. In 2018 I was honored to move into the position of Associate Director. While in the office, I have had the opportunity to connect with so many wonderful campers, families and staff members.

Adam Massi - Baseball Camp Director

My Summer Trails story began in 2007 years ago when I became a Summer Trails Baseball Coach. I always look forward to summer because it means the start of camp! Last summer camp got even better for me because my son attended Summer Trails for his first of many summers. Currently I am physical education teacher at a middle school in the Bronx and have been for the past eleven years. After school I coach the varsity baseball program at Blind Brook High School. I am looking forward to another great year here at Summer Trails as Baseball Director. I am super excited for the opportunity to work with kids of all ages to improve their baseball skills on the field and to build character off the field. It doesn’t get better than baseball all day everyday.

What’s the name of the game? BASEBALL

Joy Benfante - Aquatics Director

My Summer Trails story began many summers ago when my kids attended Summer Trails. I have spent the majority of my life in and around pools as a competitive high school and collegiate swimmer, club and college level swim coach, instructor and lifeguard. I am so excited to take on the role of Camp Aquatics Director in 2020.

Jeremy Rodriguez - LIT and Intern Director

My Summer Trails story began in 1997 as a Lower Grove Camper and I have been at camp for every summer since! Prior to taking on my new role of LIT and Intern Director, I was a group counselor, lifeguard and part time maintenance. In between camp seasons, I work in the Sleepy Hollow School District as a Social Studies teacher.

Danny Good - Athletic Director

My Summer Trails story began in 2014 as a coach in Baseball Camp. I have enjoyed watching so many campers grow their skilld and love of the game of baseball. I have also had the honor of working as a lifeguard and a member of our Extended Day staff. This summer, I am thrilled to join the Leadership Team as the Athletic Director. When not at camp, I am a teaching assitant and assistant varsity football coach in Mahopac.

Cindy Yaegar - Little Grove Group Leader (PreK and Kindergarten)

My Summer Trails story began over a decade ago when my kids were little and we were at Summer Trails. In recent years, we attended sleepaway camp but are super excited to be back at Summer Trails. I have worked with children of all ages, but can't wait to get to know my Little Grove Campers and their families this summer!

Kelly Amendola - Lower Grove Group Leader (1st and 2nd Grade)

My Summer Trails story began in 2005 when I joined the Summer Trails Family as a group counselor. Over the next several years, I enjoyed working in the lower and upper groves and heading up the Southwoods Tip. I am over the moon excited to be back at camp this summer as the Lower Grove Group Leader. When not at camp, I teach in da Bronx and act as my schools Athletic Director and coach a variety of sports, including softball, soccer, volleyboall and basketball.

Haley Cloughessy - Upper Grove Group Leader (3rd and 4th Grade)

My Summer Trails story began in 2010 when I moved to New York. I taught nature for three summers and loved hanging out with Jaws the Turtle. I had never gone to camp as a child and was amazed at quality of the Summer Trails experience. I loved that the adult staff came back to work year after year and send their children to Summer Trails. I had to leave camp as a new stay at home mom to twins but jumped at the chance to come back when they were old enough. I returned to camp as the Project Adventure and Fitness specialist and was excited to join the Leadership Team in 2019 as an Upper Grove Group Leader.

Victoria Dosso - Upper Grove Group Leader (5th grade & Up)

My Summer Trails story began in 1995 as a camper in the Lower Grove. From my initial summer I felt connected with Summer Trails. I loved the variety of activities, the super special events and most of all the people. I also appreciate the little details; I look forward to sitting with my friends everyday at lunch and opening my brown sack lunch with my mother’s hand drawn daily art work (even now as an adult!). I love the energy of team week—Go Blue, Go Gold, Go Little Grove Green, and especially the camaraderie of our community at the end. I love the mess of puff eating—and the accomplishment that each individual feels as they participate. From camper to counselor to Leadership Team Member, these moments, among a long list of others, when shared with people you care about are what make Summer Trails special. In 2005 I joined the Summer Trails staff as a Lower Grove Group Counselor. From there I have had the honor of holding many positions including Lower Grove Assistant Group Leader, Athletic Director, Southwoods Trip Leader and Upper Grove Group Leader. Each summer I look forward to working with an amazing group of campers and staff!

Jaws - Summer Trails Mascot

My Summer Trails story began in 1974- the very first summer of Summer Trails. I am privileged to be a part of every single Summer Trails season. I live in the beautiful willow tree shaded pond and spend my days sunbathing on logs, swimming amongst my friends the fish and the otters, and enjoying regular visits from beautiful birds (I especially love when the herring birds visit). I love listening to the sounds of summer; children laughing, camp songs echoing, the splish and splash of kids in the pools, and the bouncing of balls at the courts. My favorite Summer Trails activity is when campers participating in nature activities visit me at the pond. They spoil me with treats. Can you guess what I like to eat?