Here at Frost Valley we just wrapped another Northeast YMCA Camping Conference and we are so honored to have hosted this event once again. The learning and development that takes place at this conference ensures that YMCA Camps set the standard for the industry of camping.  The event kicked off with an inspiring and informative keynote from the Connecticut Camp Guys, a professional consulting group that focuses on camp consulting, camp trainings, professional workshops, teambuilding sessions, leadership workshops, and inspiring keynote addresses like the one they shared with us Monday evening! We learned the top ten camp staff training ideas, which are so vital for fostering a successful camp environment. The […]

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Hey, everyone! The below photo is of Sumner F. Dudley, AKA “The Father of YMCA Camping in the USA.” He was born in Massachusetts in 1854, eventually moved to New Jersey, and worked in New York City. And this is the story about how overnight camp in the US came to be.   His ancestors can be traced back to this neat castle in England, which was built about a thousand years ago: Here’s another view of Dudley Castle – the “East Range” His direct ancestor, Thomas Dudley, sailed with his family from England to the “New World” in 1630, where he became a governor for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. […]

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For former in-Training program participants that are not yet old enough for employment (age 17 for overnight camps), we have a volunteer program available. Who is this experience for? Individuals who completed the CiT/AiT program the summer before Individuals who won’t make the age cutoff to be a Junior Counselor (17 years old before their first day of employment) Individuals who are passionate about being mentors, teaching, and working with youth. Individuals who believe in Frost Valley’s 8 cores values of Caring, Community, Diversity, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Respect, Responsibility, and Stewardship. What will this experience entail? 4 week program (1st half and 2nd half of the summer) Living in supervised housing […]

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