Mark Benerofe Joins NYC Firm Schools Blog as a Contributor

by NYC Firm Schools on March 4, 2010

Mark BenerofeWe are excited to announce that Mark B. Benerofe, Director of Camp Winadu and President of the CampGroup Family of Camps, will join us as a regular blog contributor in the areas of outdoor education and children’s development through athletics.

Shortly after graduating Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Mark served as a social studies teacher in the New York City public school system. Most of his ten year teaching career was spent at the High School for Health Professions and Human Services. There he founded and coached the girls varsity basketball team and was the athletic director. During his time as a teacher Mark also earned a Masters Degree in Anthropology from Hunter College and a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Baruch College.

While teaching, Mark developed a passion for working with children. In particular he was impressed with the power of athletics as a tool for promoting personal growth in students. This experience has provided a strong foundation for his current work with children’s summer camps.

In 2004, Mark joined the CampGroup family of summer camps as an owner, board member, and Vice President of Business Development. In 2009 Mark became President of CampGroup and Co-Director of Camp Winadu, America’s premier traditional boys sports camp.

CampGroup’s mission is to provide superior summer camp experiences. CampGroup’s camps provide supportive well-supervised environments where children forge meaningful friendships, develop self-confidence, and have fun. CampGroup strives to build community by instilling compassion and a cooperative spirit in its campers and staff members. Mark and his colleagues view camp as part of children’s education where the life skills they learn empower them throughout their lives. The company currently owns and operates 15 camps throughout the Northeast and in Michigan.

Students from the following tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) Firm Schools have attend a CampGroup camp: Browning, Brunswick, Chapin, Claremont, Collegiate, Columbia Grammar, Dalton, Delbarton, Dwight Englewood, Ethical Culture, Fieldston, Friends, Hackley, Harvey, Little Red School House, Lycee Francais de New York, Mead, Morristown Beard, Nightingale-Bamford, Poly Prep, Rippowam Cisqua, Riverdale, Rodeph Shalom, St. Luke’s, Town, Trinity.

Camp Winadu’s motto is “Building Character Through Sports.” The camp’s leadership team works tirelessly to see that their campers get high quality athletic instruction while learning important life lessons of teamwork, dedication, and self confidence.

Mark also serves a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban Dove, a nonprofit organization serving at-risk youth in New York City.

Mark lives in Armonk, NY with his wife Helena and his son Javier.

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