Helping Your Child Grow

 
Your children are in the capable hands of skilled, caring professionals who enjoy nurturing kids' development while ensuring they have fun and are safe. The key staff at Camp Twelve Trails are the same people you know from our individual JCC / YMHA agency camps and year-round programs. With a combined 300 years of experience, they lead a diverse team of highly trained professionals and specialists who ensure that each child feels comfortable and grows to their full potential.
 

Our Staff

 

Adam Benmoise

Camp Director

Continuing a Tradition of Camp Excellence

Adam Benmoise has over 15 years of experience in Jewish Communal work, starting with synagogue youth development in his native home of Toronto, Canada. There he developed a love for Judaism and Israel education, and of course maple syrup. Adam went on to work as a summer camp counselor, Specialist, Unit Head and Head Counselor at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, NY. After graduating from York University in Toronto, he continued on at Surprise Lake full time, as the Coordinator of Judaics and Off-Season Programming. After 5 years full time and 11 summers, Adam left Surprise Lake Camp to become the Executive Director of Habonim Dror Camp Na’aleh. Under Adam’s leadership, Camp Na’aleh thrived, and during his 4 years there he was honored to be selected by The Foundation for Jewish Camp for its Executive Leadership Institute. In December 2013, Adam joined the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood as Camp Director for Camp Yomawha where he has continued the long standing tradition of camp excellence at the Y. 

 

Roxanne Parets

ASSISTANT CAMP DIRECTOR

All Around Camp Expert

Roxanne has over 10 years of Camp Experience. She began as a Counselor in Training (C.I.T) and most recently Director of the Riverdale Y's Early Childhood Camp. In between, she has held many positions in camp, including Art Specialist and Division Leader. During the school year she worked as the Program Director for Kid's Space After School Program at the Riverdale Y. Her passion for camp comes from her early years as a staff member where she made many of her closest friends. Roxanne finds working with children in a camp setting to be the most impactful, knowing that it's one of those special places where kids can be their most honest selves. Her favorite things about camp is watching campers try new things and of course, the dress up days! Roxanne joined the Camp Twelve Trails team in February 2016 with the excitement of planning for our inaugural summer. 

 

Dara Garcia 

Assistant Camp Director

Dara come to Camp Twelve Trails with more than 20 years of experience as a Camp Director, Teacher and Girl Scout Leader. She has worked as Program Administrator, Unit Coordinator and Director throughout her Camp experience. Dara has also taught Social Studies at the middle school and high school levels and General Studies for 1st through 3rd grades. Since 2007, Dara has been a Jewish studies teacher at Temple Avodat Shalom, where she has integrated technology into the classroom and at home, and introduced a pen-pal program connecting American and Israeli students. Dara holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology as well as a Master's Degree in Social Studies Education both from Queens College. Dara's strong educational and professional background along with her warm and caring nature make her a perfect fit for Camp Twelve Trails. Dara's top priority for Camp Twelve Trails is to work closely with our staff to ensure our campers' experiences are positive with the comforts of feeling happy, safe and self confident.