The Highest Level of Overnight Camp Care
At Walden, we provide exceptional care because we genuinely care about the experience of each camper. Our experienced Directors are devoted to meeting the needs of every child. Through their attentive and skilled leadership they create a safe, positive environment where campers thrive. Walden’s extremely low camper-to-staff ratio also ensures that each camper receives individualized attention.
A Commitment to Children
At Camp Walden we consider ourselves partners in your child’s development. Our leadership team members are professional educators and coaches who work with children all year long. All of our highly trained staff members are dedicated to keeping campers safe, active, and happy throughout each day. Walden staff members serve as strong role models who provide high quality instruction, instill self-confidence, and guide campers to challenge themselves and support each other. Many of our valued staff members return year after year.
Caring Counselors and Skilled Specialists
Our cabin counselors are warm, loving individuals bursting with energy and enthusiasm. They care for and encourage their campers each day and make sure everyone is having fun and making friends! Our talented specialists are skilled, passionate teachers who instruct in their specific area of expertise. Specialists help campers increase their abilities while promoting the joy of play.
What is so unique about Walden’s Leadership Team?
Walden staff are trained, mentored, and supported by the very best leadership team a camp could have. They are a very large group of dedicated professionals involved in every aspect of camp, from planning fun events for campers to sitting in bunk circles late at night, our leadership team takes an active role in ensuring that everyone is cared for and supported. At Walden we know that our outstanding staff members are truly the heart and soul of our program and our leadership team are mentoring those staff and our campers every step of the way.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Lauren and Mark Bernstein Full-Time Year Round Owners/Directors
Lauren Pine Bernstein
Summer camp is in Lauren’s heart and soul. Her passion for camp, combined with her wealth of training and experience in education and summer camping, allow her to skillfully oversee all facets of camper care. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She also has a Master’s degree in Reading from SUNY Albany and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Administration from the Bank Street School of Education in New York City. Lauren has taught in public and private schools and has served as the Vice Principal of a 400 student private school in Schenectady, NY. Lauren has been devoted to summer camp nearly all of her life. She grew up as a sleep-away camper and stayed on to become a counselor and a group leader at her childhood camp. Her camp experience includes full-time positions as the Girls’ Head Counselor, Boys’ Head Counselor, Assistant Director, and Director of both for-profit and non-profit day and sleep-away camps. At Camp Walden, all staff members who are directly responsible for campers’ health and happiness report to Lauren.
Mark I. Bernstein
Mark combines his love for camp with his business experience to keep all facets of the Walden program in optimal shape. Mark’s camp background goes back to childhood summers spent at camp, and to college summers when he worked as a Head Counselor. In addition to his love for sports, theater, and working with children, Mark also has a great deal of passion and knowledge of the Adirondacks. He grew up with a vacation home on Schroon Lake just 30 minutes north of Camp Walden. Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Union College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Technology and Entrepreneurship. Mark is an entrepreneur with expertise in multi-media and distance learning. He and his former business partners invented the first PC-based “virtual classroom” and “web conferencing” software product. At Walden, Mark manages all of the facilities, operations, and support centers.
Together, Mark and Lauren share a belief that there is something unique and special about the summer camp experience that cannot be duplicated in any other setting. They are thrilled to be able to provide an extraordinary overnight camp experience for all Camp Walden campers, families and staff. They have owned and operated Camp Walden since 2004, and both work full-time for camp year-round. During the school year Mark and Lauren live in Old Tappan, New Jersey with their two children, Julia and Michael.
Robyn Spector Director
Robyn’s journey at Camp Walden started in 1980 as an eight-year-old Freshman Girl. She then rose through the camp ranks holding positions as a Bunk Counselor, Group Leader, CIT Coordinator, Activities Coordinator, Girls’ Division Head, and Assistant Director. She has served Walden as a year-round Director since 1996 and is responsible for helping to attract and recruit top level staff. Robyn has a Bachelor’s degree in History from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto. Robyn and her husband, Robert, met at Camp Walden and their two daughters, Shaye and Raigan, have grown up at camp as well.
Ashley Sederoff Assistant Director / Girls Head Counselor
Ashley works for Walden year-round in addition to working in the psychology department for the Toronto School District. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology from York University. Ashley brings a tremendous amount of experience and leadership to camp. She serves as an excellent role model and mentor for our campers and staff.
Ashley and her husband Lorne spent over 20 years on staff and as important members of our leadership team. Although Lorne is no longer able to spend his summers at Walden full-time, he serves as an advisor to our leadership team and is an integral part of staff development and training. Lorne and Ashley’s two sons, Jake and Rory, have grown up at Walden and also call Walden home.