PART 1, WHY WE SUPPLY OUR OWN: Most of our guests at Frost Valley will enjoy a fire at some point during their visit. Whether it is an outdoor campfire with s’mores and hot dogs, or sitting by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, that firewood has to come from somewhere. Fortunately for Frost Valley, we have a local and sustainable source for firewood. It all comes from right here on our property. Our need for firewood doesn’t stop with the guests. Several of our staff residences are heated by wood-burning central boilers or wood stoves and our maple sugaring program uses a wood fired evaporator to cook […]

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Hi everyone! My name is Katharine Chute and I am the Sustainability Coordinator here at Frost Valley. I am excited to announce a new monthly section on the Frost Valley blog!   “Frost Valley and the Earth” will share stories about our steps towards being the most environmentally friendly camp possible and about how our visitors and staff are such an important part of this. You will be hearing from many different staff voices who are all members of our Green Team, an active committee that helps plan our environmental projects.   Did you know that Frost Valley YMCA has a “Sustainability Statement”?  Our environmental sustainability efforts are guided by […]

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Happy Core Values in Action Wednesday!   I feel that the best way to learn how to be inclusive is to learn about those who are different than me. This week, I am challenging you all to read a book that represents someone different than you! Here are a few links: http://mashable.com/2015/04/02/childrens-books-social-good/#m.y9XrlExOqZ https://octane.nypl.org/books-music-dvds/recommendations/award-winners/childrens (This is just a great list of super great books that I love) In order for us to be inclusive, we need to build empathy and understanding. I’d love to hear about all the ways you learn about others in order to be more inclusive of others! If you have any stories about putting inclusiveness into action, please […]

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