Frost Valley YMCA is the first and only U.S. site to host Bear Grylls Survival Academy courses, and the program has been a hit with adults and children since 2014. Now in our fourth year offering this exciting program, we’re pleased to announce 2018 course dates!  24-Hour Family Course (parent and child) Dates: May 19-20, 2018 June 2-3, 2018 September 9-8, 2018 September 15-16, 2018 Book today! 24-Hour Adult Survival Course (ages 18+) Dates: May 5-6, 2018 September 29-30, 2018 Book Today! EXTREME! 5-Day Adult Course (ages 18+) August 27-31, 2018 Book today! The world’s most recognizable face of survival and outdoor adventure, Bear Grylls, brings the ultimate in self-rescue skills, delivered by his handpicked team […]

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The ground may be covered in a white blanket of snow but we’re feeling greener and greener every day here in the Valley! Progress Toward a Waste-Free Dining Experience! As you know, we compost all of our food waste and we have a robust recycling program throughout camp. And now, thanks to support from our food service provider, Chartwells, as well as a new agreement with Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, our condiments are no longer offered in plastic containers and milk is no longer supplied in individual cartons. We’re currently researching the last few solutions necessary to offer our guests, campers, and school groups a dining experience that does not require throwing away […]

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It’s no secret that children who attend summer camp or spend time away from home on a school field trip often excel during the rest of the year for many reasons, but there’s one reason that is often overlooked. Children develop perseverance – a.k.a. grit! – while away from home. Camp experiences are not only a safe option for children to live more independently, but they also provide myriad opportunities for trying new things, overcoming challenges, and achieving goals. At Frost Valley, children in all of our programs are guided by eight core values – caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility, and stewardship. Every activity, from learning archery to cleaning […]

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Last December, we hosted a Wilderness First Responder Training for a group of outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. Due to the popularity of the program as well as its vital importance in the Catskill Mountain area, Frost Valley is adding another course to our calendar for March 10-16, 2018, which is in addition to the regularly scheduled course on June 4-10, 2018. The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal emergency medical training for leaders in remote areas. Outdoor educators, wilderness guides, members of the military, professional search and rescue teams, field researchers, and individuals involved in disaster relief will gain valuable skills from this comprehensive and practical curriculum. The course includes […]

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Can’t make it to this weekend’s Overnight Camp Open House at Frost Valley? Don’t worry – we’re also coming to you! Visit us at the following Camp Fairs this weekend and bring a friend so they can learn what camp is all about: Where to Find Us on Saturday, February 10: PS 84 (250 Berry Street, Brooklyn) 11:00am to 3:00pm – LEARN MORE Tribecca (Borough of Manhattan Community College), 12:00 to 3:00pm – LEARN MORE Where to Find Us on Sunday, February 11:  Greenwich Village (NYU Kimmel Center), 12:00 to 3:00pm – LEARN MORE See you there! Contact Us for More Information

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Curious about Summer Camp at Frost Valley? This Sunday is the perfect time to visit! We’re hosting our first Open House for our Overnight Camp Programs of the year this Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 11:30am to 3:00pm. You’ll be able to view a comprehensive a slideshow that covers all of our programs, participate in a Q&A with our camp directors, enjoy lunch in our dining hall and go on a walking tour. Call (845) 985-2291 ext. 203 or email campregistration@frostvalley.org for information and reservations. Other Open Houses are scheduled for: March 11 – Overnight Camp Open House April 15 – Overnight Camp Open House April 29 – Day Camp Open House May […]

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NEW! Horse Program for Children on Spring Break Frost Valley’s annual Spring Break Day Camp is a local favorite for families looking to provide children ages 4-15 with growth-filled programming during their school spring break. For years now, the program has allowed children to have fun in the great outdoors, while making new friends, learning lifelong skills, and building strong character values. This year, this family-favorite day camp program will run from March 26 to 30 and will include all the activities children love: hiking, tours of the Maple Sugar House, sports and games, candle making, “Incredible Edibles” (a healthy cooking class in the camp’s teaching kitchen), climbing, and more. […]

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Here at Frost Valley we just wrapped another Northeast YMCA Camping Conference and we are so honored to have hosted this event once again. The learning and development that takes place at this conference ensures that YMCA Camps set the standard for the industry of camping.  The event kicked off with an inspiring and informative keynote from the Connecticut Camp Guys, a professional consulting group that focuses on camp consulting, camp trainings, professional workshops, teambuilding sessions, leadership workshops, and inspiring keynote addresses like the one they shared with us Monday evening! We learned the top ten camp staff training ideas, which are so vital for fostering a successful camp environment. The […]

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Last year 8th graders from Colombia Secondary came to frost valley to learn about the the New York State watershed. This group of students even met with local school children from Tri-Valley Central School District to discuss what they’ve learned – a great opportunity for thoughtful discussion and debate about a critical topic. For an inside peek of what an educational field trip to Frost Valley is like, take a look at the below video from the Watershed Agricultural Council, which so generously provides educational grants for programs like this. Please note: the only part of this video that takes place at Frost Valley is shown in minute one through […]

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The Outdoor Sporting Program at Frost Valley provides nature enthusiasts access to thousands of acres of forest, fields, lakeshore, riverbeds, and trails to experience the freedom of the outdoors. Dedicated to fostering the stewardship of the earth and our natural resources (water, wildlife, forest, and soil), this program invites participants to join Frost Valley in enjoying and protecting the land in our care. Recently, Frost Valley has announced several outdoor events for the spring and fall that allow our community members to enjoy and stay safe in the great outdoors. These events are open to all individuals and families, whether or not they are enrolled in Frost Valley’s Outdoor Sporting Program. Frost […]

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