As Director of Camping Services, Dan supervises over 300 staff and the 2,500 campers who attend Frost Valley’s overnight summer camp programs each year. Dan holds a Master's Degree from Stony Brook University, specializing in youth development and technology affecting youth, and a Bachelor’s Degree from George Washington University in Psychology. Over the past several years, he has worked extensively on the Northeast YMCA Camp Conference and Tri-State Camp Conference. Dan has spoken at numerous conferences on youth development and summer camp. He sits on the New York State Camp Directors Association Board and the American Camp Association for NY & NJ Board. Dan also volunteers his time accrediting camps for the American Camp Association. He lives year round at camp with his family.
Director, Farm Camp
Before joining Frost Valley as Farm Camp Director in April 2011, Andy Szymczak lived in Seattle, where he worked for a non-profit called EarthCorps, performing ecological restoration work in the Puget Sound Basin. Prior to that, he was a conservation ecology student at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, VT, best known as a major hub of the local food movement. Growing up, Andy was a Frost Valley camper and staff member. Over the years, he worked as a counselor, village chief, year-round program instructor, and for three summers, as the Assistant Director of Camp Wawayanda. He believes very strongly in the positive influences that a camp environment offers and that children grow immensely during their time at camp.