Happy Wednesday, everyone!


#CoreValuesInAction are here and its time to introduce the Core Value of the month, Caring! Caring is one of the core values that Frost Valley shares with all of the other YMCAs in the U.S. Its color is red which is the color of your heart, where your caring actions come from. I think that some of the most generous “caring” folks at camp are our counselors. They love and care about all of our campers so much, and their dedication to making camp the best is because they care!


To introduce Caring this month, I’ve put together a few photos and quotes from this past summer that were given to me by our campers! I hope to inspire you with these thoughts on Caring, so that you are able to put this core value into practice at home, in your schools, and in your communities.


“I think we all need to be caring to each other. We need to check to make sure we’re all okay in order to have fun.” – Lakota camper


Campers celebrating their core values during Wawafest! Red = Caring!


“I like caring because it means to me that I actually feel like a family to other people” – Everly, Pokey Totem

“I like caring because people need help and you should be nice! Also, when someone wants help, help them!” – Brynn, Pokey Totem


We all CARE about each other!


How to Care, created at Wawafest!

“Caring makes the future!” – Jack, Pokey Totem


“When you’re sad you can have a caring friend to cheer you up!” – Jacob, Outpost


“At one point in your life you are going to have to care about a lot of your stuff” Harrison, Pokey Totem


Caring is: “Caring about nature, being there for someone, a person that you rely on, standing up to bullying, being nice to people even when they aren’t nice, and accepting people for who they are” – Wawafest Caring Campers


Please send any stories about #CoreValuesInAction to me at lhutchinson@frostvalley.org and I will send you a super sweet Core Values t-shirt!


Hope everyone is enjoying the start of Fall! Come see us sometime soon in the Valley for an awesome atmosphere of brightly colored trees, crisp air, and yummy apple cider!


Peace, Love, Bibbley,


Lindsay Hutchinson

Director of Camp Wawayanda



Lindsay Hutchinson

About the Author

Lindsay Hutchinson

Lindsay is the Camp Wawayanda Director at Frost Valley YMCA. She oversees the oldest overnight camping program in the country, which is for our campers grades 2 through 7. She just finished her fourth Summer at Frost Valley YMCA and is already working on creating the best program for our campers next summer! er favorite parts of camp are waterfront, Hoopla, and the friendships created through devotions. Coming from the great state of Massachusetts, Lindsay has enjoyed every moment working and living here at Frost Valley YMCA. As a Springfield College '13 graduate, Lindsay embraces her degree in Elementary and Special Education by developing leaders in her campers through experiential and environmental education programming. She studied with Semester at Sea during college, traveling to 13 countries in 3 months, which allowed her to embrace the people of the world and everything that we can learn from each other through cultural exchange. Her passions include traveling, cooking, and making music and she is an advocate for world peace, organic gardening, and love.

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