What do I need to pack for winter camp?

What medical forms are needed for camp?

What is the bus schedule?

Can my child be in a cabin with his/her best friend or relative?

Who will my children have as counselors?

Level of supervision

Will my child be safe?

How does FV prevent strangers?

Are the cabins heated? Is there electricity?

How far in advance does my child need to have a physical?

Does my child need to bring their own nebulizer?

 

What do I need to pack for winter camp?

Click here to download a printable packing list.

What medical forms are needed for camp?

Winter Campers who did not attend Summer Camp that year must fill out the medical forms from the forms page here

If your child attended Summer Camp, a medical form will be sent to you only if we are missing information or need to update your child’s file. Any medications must be in original container and given to camp  staff upon arrival.
A Camp nurse will be on call & all medications will be dispensed at meals.

What is the bus schedule?

(Please arrive at bus location 30 minutes prior to departure time)

Montclair, NJ – George Inness School, N. Fullerton Ave. & Chestnut St.:
Departs at 9:00am, December 28
Returns between 3:30 and 4:00pm, January 1

Brooklyn, NY – Dodge YMCA, 225 Atlantic Ave.:
Departs at 9:00am, December 28
Returns between 3:30 and 4:00pm, January 1

For more information call 845-985-2291 ext. 203 or email campregistration@frostvalley.org

Can my child be in a cabin with his/her best friend or relative?

We will do our best to honor one mutual request. However, there are many other factors involved in cabin placement.

Making new friends is an essential part of the camp experience and cabin assignments are the key to creating a positive camp environment. Frost Valley’s program is age specific and progressive in nature. Campers are placed in groups of eight with two staff members assigned to each cabin group. Lodging varies from group to group. Some campers live in independent cabins grouped together in clusters to make up a Village. Others stay in larger lodges where multiple cabin groups live with a shared common area to make up a Village. Each camper has his/her own bunk and storage area. Frost Valley YMCA will make every effort to honor special requests for cabin mates but due to the amount of campers registered per session we do not guarantee any placements.

Who will my children have as counselors?

There are two counselors for each cabin of eight campers. Our staff is hired from all over the country and the world and screened through an extensive interview and reference process, including a criminal background check according to the standards of the American Camping Association. They are placed in positions that match their individual skill levels and interests.

The Frost Valley YMCA camp community is an exciting mix of cultures, backgrounds, and abilities. Staff travel from across the country and around the world to join this program. From California to Maine, and as far afield as South Africa and New Zealand. In-depth background and criminal history checks are diligently performed on all applicants. Once hired, staff undergo rigorous training, which includes: Health and Safety Awareness, Emergency Procedures, Behavior Management, Activity Leadership, the Wellness Philosophy, Team Building, and Age Specific Youth Challenges. Lifeguards are recertified annually; horsebarn staff are Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certified; and ropes course supervisors meet all Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) standards. Our goal is to ensure successful camping experiences for each camper.

All staff undergo intensive background and criminal history checks. International staff must have J-1 authorization from Immigration and Naturalization. Our staff is expected to share Frost Valley YMCA’s mission and vision, and are dedicated to bringing your children the best camping experiences possible. This facility meets all guidelines, policies & procedures as mandated by the American Camping Association (ACA) and the Department of Health. Staff undergoes rigorous training prior to working with your children and safety is the prime directive when it comes to the equipment used by our campers at Frost Valley YMCA.

Level of supervision

Level of supervision is high with a 1:6, counselor-camper ratio. Campers remain supervised even during down-time and rest periods.

Will my child be Safe?

Safety is a top priority at Frost Valley YMCA. Frost Valley’s Summer Camp program has a counselor-camper ratio of 1:4. This exceeds Department of Health standards.

We employ 18 lifeguards, all of whom are re-certified annually, regardless of their experience.

There are 16 horse barn staff, all of whom are Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certified and supervised by a master trainer. Children must all wear safety gear including helmets, without exception.

Our ropes courses are extremely well supervised. There are three ropes supervisors. All are expert in taking safety measures and all necessary precautions. Belaying policy and procedure is dictated by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and all standards are met.

How does FV prevent strangers?

Staff are very sensitive about identifying authorized versus non-authorized individuals on campus. Staff are in constant contact with one another and with the administration, via hand-held radio. Frost Valley YMCA runs a “closed campus” during summer session, therefore, any strangers would be readily identifiable.

Conferences, retreats, Elderhostel, and adventure events can coincide with summer and day camp events. In the event that this should occur, procedures are in place to safeguard our campers. All other guests are required to wear name tags and color-coded wristbands identifying the program in which they are enrolled. Additionally, their vehicles are registered with Frost Valley’s conferencing center. This ensures an increased awareness of whom is on the campus at any given time. Trespassers are immediately identified, approached, and asked to vacate the premises. Guided tours of the facility are available via appointment only.

Are the cabins heated? Is there electricity?

Cabins and lodges are heated, have electricity and outlets, hot running water, and are equipped with flushing toilets and screened windows.

How far in advance does my child need to have a physical?

Within the 12 months prior to the date your child arrives at camp.

Does my child need to bring their own nebulizer?

Yes. You are responsible for sending all medication and medical equipment required for your child’s health and well-being. Please see our medication policy for further details.