It won’t be long before the first session of summer camp wraps up and parents can expect their campers home with a load of dirty laundry. Are you prepared? Laundry detergent is one of the essential household items that people may not think twice about purchasing; however, a quick look at the ingredients can make a conscientious shopper reconsider loading it into the shopping cart. A little research into typical ingredients found in common laundry detergents revealed some surprising findings of different possible side effects including but not limited to the following: skin and respiratory irritation, gastrointestinal distress, and sometimes nausea and vomiting![1] The US Department of Health & Human […]

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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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