Things have settled in adventure village, campers are settled, our tents were named and we’ve kicked off the official first session of summer camp 2008 without a hitch. Opening day we made sure everyone had proper sleeping gear and were assigned their cabin mates, this proved to be a very relaxed day with kids meeting each other & doing icebreakers. Monday things picked up with a camp tour and swim checks in the am with a big volleyball game just before lunch. After lunch there was a hike to High Falls, Frost Valleys very own waterfall. Tuesday’s open activities kicked off with the campers picking from Climbing, Hiking and Canoeing! That afternoon included activities such as Low Ropes, Cable Bridges, Outdoor Living Skills, and a tour at our Raptor Center. It seems as though every class was a hit, which is great for thecampers and for the staff.

Everyday this week starts off with breakfast at 7:45 then they go back to Adventure Village to do a morning dedication or devotion. A dedication consists of a quote of the day and everyone going over a goal for the day. Then they split off into their classes which they pick. Today (Wednesday) was the first full day, where they programming was entirely up to Adventure Village. We started (after dedication) with a trip to the waterfront, which lead to the after noon of open activities, which included Mountain Boarding (a big hit with our skateboarders), ending the day with a game of USB (Ultimate Sicko Ball).USB is a big game of capture the flag, with 6 teams, Adventure Village is one of those teams (40 people), just to give you an idea of how huge this game is. Everyone loves USB and is a game where there is tons of participation by everyone in the village. This evening finished up with a (surprise) movie, Fern Gully! For those of you who remember that one, it’s a great G rated film, which everyone enjoyed. We ended the night withindividual tent devotions and that catches us up so far. Today’s weather was amazing the kids were enjoying the outdoors and it seems that everyone is going to sleep very well tonight, you really couldn’t ask for a better day.

Kam Kobeissi
Assistant Adventure Director
kkobeissi@frostvalley.org

A few extra notes: Devil Sticks! Wow they are a huge hit with the campers. Big thanks to the camper who brought those!

About the Author

Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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  • Andrea Lilling

    Thanks so much for the note and pictures! It was great to be caught up on what’s happening and see some photos. We’ve been wondering how Daniel was doing and hoping he was having fun, which he appeared to be. Thanks so much!!!
    p.s. What are some examples of dedications/devotions?

  • fvadventures

    A evening dedication or devotion is, very simply, the time just before bed where campers can reflect on the days events. A dedication is where campers are encouraged to share something positive with their tent mates or with the village as a whole.
    Devotions is a question, fielded by a counselor, that provokes some deep thought before bed. An example of a question would be, “Who, in your life, has inspired you the most?” or “If you had one superpower what would it be and how would you use it to do something important everyday?” Both dedication and devotion will then be tied into our core values Honesty, Caring, Responsibility, and Respect.
    Campers love this time and everyone shares and participates. Its a good way to wind down the night and give campers something they can share in and talk about before bed (Especially the Superhero question, its a good one).

    Kam Kobeissi
    Assistant Adventure Director
    kkobeissi@frostvalley.org

  • Steven Salloway

    Are you posting any pictures on the regular frost valley sight? We love the blog and we are really curious to see some more pictures of the kids doing things that you are describing. Regards

    The Salloways

  • Wren Harrington

    I’m ditto(ing) the above post regarding a few more pictures of Adventure Village activities, though I know it must be difficult carrying a camera on a raft in white water. But it would be nice to see the kids, especially since mine isn’t writing me very much:) Thanks!

  • Cheryl Hajjar

    It’s great to see what you are doing and that the kids all look very happy. How wet has it been and has the weather impacted your activities much? There’ve been thunderstorms down here nearly every night.
    Thanks for the post.
    -Cheryl Hajjar

  • fvadventures

    Photos
    For those of you interested in seeing more photos of Adventure Village we are uploading the presently. You will be able to access the pictures off of the main page (of the blog) in a box on the right hand side (there will be several pictures there already, just click on them). Those are projected to be up at 8:00 tonight. If you have trouble finding them email me directly and I’ll try and send you a direct link.

    Weather
    The weather here has been great. We have had a few rain showers but not thunderstorms! The weather only impacts activities if there is thunder and lightning, which there has been only 2 cases of so far. In the case of either, outdoor activities halt and are relocated indoors. When there has been a full hour of no thunder or lightning they are released back to the outdoors. In both the the aforementioned cases they were only indoors for an hour.

    I hope I’ve answered your questions and if you have more do not hesitate to email me directly. I have plenty of time to read and respond to your concerns or answer any of your questions about day-to-day stuff as well.

    Kam Kobeissi
    Assistant Adventure Director
    kkobeissi@frostvalley.org

  • Liz Birge

    Hi Kam,

    Great photos. Thanks for sending them out.

    By the way, between what hours should we pick up the kids on Friday? I can’t find it in my information.
    Thank you.

    Liz Birge

  • fvadventures

    Sorry about the late response the best way to get a quick answer is to email me at the address I provide below my title. Pick ups will start at 10:30 am on Friday.

    Kam Kobeissi
    Assistant Adventure Director
    kkobeissi@frostvalley.org