Dear Wawayanda Campers and Families,   Hello from the beautiful Catskill Mountains! Summer Camp Training is in full swing and all of our Wawayanda head counselors (we like to call them Village Chiefs) are so excited to make this summer the best one yet. On Sunday night, we surprised our Wawayanda Village Chiefs by taking them to Merrill Pavilion for an Overnight full of s’mores, nature exploration, and team bonding. Since all of our campers have an Overnight experience during their time at Frost Valley YMCA, our Village Chiefs made sure to practice their pita pizza-making technique! As you’ll soon learn, Wawa is a place where we’re proud, silly, and […]

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One of Frost Valley’s longest-standing and most effective Earth-friendly programs is our resource management system that converts food waste into compost. I recently had the chance to put together some numbers about the impacts of this system and realized that sharing those numbers is the perfect opportunity to also invite you to join us in composting with a simple home or backyard compost set-up. This post will help get you started!   The Impacts of Frost Valley Composting   Composting at Frost Valley has been around since 1990. At the end of each meal, with your help, we carefully collect food waste, napkins, wooden coffee stirrers, and compostable cups (anything […]

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  From 2007 to 2016, Frost Valley has decreased electricity use by 23%.  How you might ask?  Well, it is all in the light bulb.  Starting in 2008, we replaced many of the lights on camp.  It started with the T-12 lights which are the large tube-shaped ceiling fluorescent light bulbs.  We replaced these with T-8 bulbs which are smaller in diameter and more efficient.  Throughout camp, we also switched all of your lamp- sized incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) which use about 75% less wattage than incandescent bulbs.  Then in 2014 we replaced exterior lights throughout camp with Light-Emitting Diode or LED lights. At Frost […]

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