Hey, everyone! The below photo is of Sumner F. Dudley, AKA “The Father of YMCA Camping in the USA.” He was born in Massachusetts in 1854, eventually moved to New Jersey, and worked in New York City. And this is the story about how overnight camp in the US came to be.   His ancestors can be traced back to this neat castle in England, which was built about a thousand years ago: Here’s another view of Dudley Castle – the “East Range” His direct ancestor, Thomas Dudley, sailed with his family from England to the “New World” in 1630, where he became a governor for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. […]

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Chances are, if you’re reading this, camping is already special to you. You’ve probably been to Frost Valley or have had some sort of camping experience already yourself. What drew you to camping? Who took you on that first trip into the majesty of the wilderness? And why did you end up going back – again and again? One reason I wanted to start this history blog was to help foster a deeper connection to something one might take for granted today. In the future I look forward to posting about the amazingly rich history of Frost Valley (whose story begins with YMCA sponsored teen camping trips in the mid […]

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