Hiking is more than just an activity. It is a mindset. You are able to escape for an hour or two, surround yourself in nature and focus on the path ahead of you. As special as that sounds, hiking in the Catskill Mountains specifically, is even more unique thanks to the many miles of trails, towering vistas and flowing falls at your disposal. That is why, every year, Frost Valley offers a Hiking Weekend for anyone who wants to explore all the Catskill Mountains have to offer. Frost Valley is home to over 30 miles of trails in a wide variety of terrain for every age and skill level. Hikers […]

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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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Danielia Barron began working at Frost Valley YMCA in September 2017 as the Group and Family Retreats Director.  Danielia heard wonderful things about Frost Valley and wanted to be a part of this unique facet of the Y movement. One of her first experiences at Frost Valley was facilitating a Girl Scout program and it really stood out for her.  She enjoyed seeing the girls courageously step out of their comfort zones, meet new people, and share their experiences with one another.  It was a prime example of what children are able to accomplish at Frost Valley and it validated her decision to move across the country to work at this special place.   Danielia believes that […]

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