Fun Food Fact Friday: So many of us will have Green Bean Casserole on our Thanksgiving tables next week. Did you know that green beans reduce the risk of heart disease and colon cancer? These nutrient-packed beans also provide benefits to the health of your eyes and bones, while regulating your digestive processes. In 2017, we have grown 148 pounds of green beans at the Frost Valley Educational Farm!     Photo from Healthline.com

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Danielia Barron began working at Frost Valley YMCA in September 2017 as the Group and Family Retreats Director.  Danielia heard wonderful things about Frost Valley and wanted to be a part of this unique facet of the Y movement. One of her first experiences at Frost Valley was facilitating a Girl Scout program and it really stood out for her.  She enjoyed seeing the girls courageously step out of their comfort zones, meet new people, and share their experiences with one another.  It was a prime example of what children are able to accomplish at Frost Valley and it validated her decision to move across the country to work at this special place.   Danielia believes that […]

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Just what the Doctor Ordered A day of rest, relaxation and camaraderie A group of men and women stood in a circle on the lawn outside the Frost Valley Castle, holding one another’s hands and expressing what they were thankful for. Among the group, one woman stood next to her spouse and began to cry. Through her tears, she shared with the group that she was thankful for the opportunity to finally meet people who knew what it was like to walk in her shoes. From the empathetic looks on their faces and the tears rolling down their cheeks, the other participants clearly felt the same way. Caring for a […]

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Emily Billig comes off stage after doing an improv performance in front of over 100 people in New York City and feels like she is on top of the world. She walks home to her midtown apartment, and reflects on her show, going through each joke and each response from the audience. It is in that moment that she also reflects back on her time at Frost Valley. The summer of 2002 was one that made a lasting impact on Emily’s life. It was her first year of camp at Frost Valley and she .loved it so much that she returned for the next three summers as a camper, the […]

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Michelle Webb began working at Frost Valley YMCA in August 2016 as a Program Instructor and has since transitioned to be the Front Desk Supervisor. Michelle was drawn to Frost Valley because she loves the mountains and had heard that it was “the promised land” throughout other Y camping circles. The activity she enjoys most is spending time in the snow. She did not grow up around snow, so she was excited to experience it and partake in skiing and snowshoeing. Michelle believes that Frost Valley is a unique experience that gives students, groups and families a chance to interact in new and profound ways. Frost Valley is important to […]

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Every time Lauren Eufemia Italiano pulls onto Frost Valley Road, she is transported to her childhood. She reminisces about her first visit to Frost Valley YMCA in the early 1980’s, while on a trip to her family’s home in the Catskills. After stumbling upon the camp during a long car ride, her parents offered to send her as a camper the following summer. She eagerly obliged and returned back as a camper for the next four years, then as a CiT and finally as a counselor. Fast forward to present day and Lauren returns to the Valley each summer, as she drops her daughter Allee off to have the same […]

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Frost Valley YMCA’s Counselors in Training (CiTs) have been assisting the organization’s Natural Resources Department with a trail restoration project on the camp’s Top Wildcat Trail. The largest part of the project involves building stairs for improved accessibility to the trail. The area where they are working has become severely eroded over the years, resulting in a U-shaped depression in the earth with steep banks on either side funneling water and furthering the erosion. To correct the initial issue of waterflow, the Natural Resources staff first built a large rock water bar above the damaged area to divert water off the trail. When the first group of CiTs arrived, they […]

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Children spend the entire school year counting down the days until summer vacation. They look forward to two months of fun, outside of the classroom. Parents look for opportunities to fill those two months with experiences that are both engaging and beneficial for their children. Here are five tips for a positive and engaging summer, according to the experts on youth development from Frost Valley YMCA, the nation’s premier Y Camp. To ensure that they are making the most of their summer break, many parents send their children to either overnight or day camp. Going to camp is often one of the first times children experience independence. “Campers at Frost […]

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Frost Valley YMCA is home to the world’s first Bear Grylls Survival Academy Summer Camp for teens! Set in the Catskill Mountains of New York, campers learn valuable outdoor skills, including foraging for food, building a fire for cooking and warmth, creating a shelter in nature, and rappelling down rock faces, all led by the Bear Grylls Survival Academy Program Director, Jeff Williams and his team of trained instructors. Learn more about the adventure enthusiast below! Where are you from?   Okawville, a really small farming community in Southern Illinois Where did you attend college and what was your major?   Eastern Illinois University with a major in Parks Administration and Outdoor Adventure Recreation When did you start working […]

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Bobby Beale began working at Frost Valley YMCA in June 2010 as a Program Instructor and is currently the Payroll Specialist. Bobby was drawn to Frost Valley because he wanted a position where he could be a role model and make an impact in children’s lives.  His fondest memories at Frost Valley include hiking with campers during his first few summers. Bobby believes that what makes Frost Valley so special is that it is able to bring kids and families of all ages, race, and ethnicities together as a community, all while enjoying the outdoors. “Frost Valley lets people escape from their busy lives and enjoy the things that matter […]

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