In the fall of 2016, we hosted the inaugural International YMCA Camp Conference, and I was given the opportunity to meet camp professionals from all over the globe. That experience gave me a better understanding of what the Y does for communities across the world, and I was really inspired to bring that to our guests. Last summer I reached out to the participants that I met and inquired how they celebrate the holiday season. I had been looking to add some programming to our annual Festival of the Holidays and knew that there were several celebrations in the month of December. As responses came in, I did some research […]

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Danielle Andruszkiewicz sits in the archives of Frost Valley, sorting through old photos, maps, and memories of time spent in the valley.  It allows her to reminisce of her time at Frost Valley and the impact it has made in her life.  She began coming to Frost Valley in 1973 when she was 13 years old and called it her summer home for years, doing everything from being a counselor to a nurse’s aid. After years at Frost Valley, Danielle attended Springfield College and returned to camp in the summers as the Wellness Director, working with Frost Valley legend, Joy White. Upon graduation from college she moved on to be […]

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Fun Food Fact Friday: Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects in pregnant women. This year, we have grown over 207 pounds of beets at the Frost Valley Educational Farm. We hope you like beets!   Photo from Healthline.com

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