D.A. Prosecuting Teens Who Terrorized Camp Bonim Campers


camp-bonimNot once, not twice, but three times investigators say Camp Bonim in Wayne County was terrorized.

The Wayne County District Attorney says that earlier this month 5 individuals ethnically intimidated campers while driving onto Camp Bonim near Waymart.

District Attorney Janine Edwards said, “They caused various property damage, chased campers in the truck through the camp, yelled, ethnic slurs that are unspeakable, and also shot a paintball gun at some campers hitting one with a paintball gun.”

Police have charged Tyler Spencer, 18, from Tennessee, along with two other adults – Mark Trial, 21, and Cassandra Roberston, 18, both of Wayne County – and two juveniles. They’re facing charges of a slew of charges including assault, vandalism, and terroristic threats.

The whole situation has upset those at Camp Bonim, which is located on the grounds that formerly served as Camp Naarim.

“It’s unfortunate that people might come in here and because we might be slightly different from everybody else that gives them the right to do things that are just incorrect,” said division head Yitzchok Pearl.

Police caught up with the suspects after a separate incident where Spencer hit a camp counselor with his truck at the turkey hill in Honesdale. He took off but was stopped in Delaware County, New York.

Campers and counselors that have been coming here for decades say now that the suspects are in custody, they hope things get back to normal here in Clinton Township.

Pearl said, “For sure, it was definitely stressful until we heard they were apprehended.”

They hope justice is served, while they focus on more important issues, and return to more peaceful times.

Division head Michoel Berkowitz said, “We pray every day, we pray every day for peace in the whole world, and that includes every area in the world. ”

Spencer’s bail is set at $200,000, while Trail and Robinson’s bail were set at $20,000 dollars. The two others are being handled in Juvenile Court.

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{WNEP – Moosic PA with Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. i was at camp at the time we were just chillin on the quad shabbos night they almost ran a couple of us over

  2. I am a parent in Camp Bonim who is totally unconcerned. As a parent in Yeshiva Darchei Torah , I called Rav Yaakov Bender Shlita, the Rosh Hayeshiva of Darchei Torah, who is one of the manheigei ruchoni of Camp Bonim and spends time there in the summer. Rav Bender told me that the story is very overblown. Some Chevra decided to try a prank and come into the camp a few times, making noise and creating a disturbance. He said he was there when it happened and there was never any danger to anyone. The Camp administration very alertly became involved on a very serious basis and called the police . The police were not very concerned at first but the Camp leadreship led by Rabbi Dovid Presser insisted thast a full investigation be made which led to the arrest of the hooligans. Thre ruach at the camp is nothing short of sensational and the campers along with the staff are having a blast. This is by far the most successful summer in camp history. The crowd of nearly 400 campers is jam packed in Waymart ,Pa. ans is learning geshmak and enjoying the summer. Nothing has been affected.
    I am very comfortable that we are in goood hands with siyata dismaya. BH.

  3. Wow! Sounds like a great color war break out! They even got Matzav involved! Go blue go! Go blue go!

  4. I agree fully with R. Presser’s action for a full investigation.They had to make statement that no one would try to do it again.

  5. As a concerned parent, I researched the story by speaking to staff members who were there at the time. The story was completely overblown as the the counselor run over was not from Bonim and story was greatly exaggerated. The media needs ratings. The administration took immediate precautionary action. I as a parent feel very satisfied. My kids are having an amazing summer. Thank you Camp Bonim!!!