Hello everyone and happy Core Values in Action Thursday!


I hope you have all taken action to put Stewardship into Action! We are always encouraging our guests here at Frost Valley to be “green” and take what they’ve learned about Sustainability here back to home!


This week, I would like to focus on Stewardship from the perspective of the Camp Counselors that work at Frost Valley. We have an 80% retention rate for our staff, most of whom grew up as campers here at Frost Valley. The biggest reason why they want to be Counselors is to give their future campers the same magical experience that their counselors gave to them. It is our counselors’ goals to give our campers the most life changing (in the best way) summer of their lives! Our counselors are the Stewards of the Frost Valley Summer Camp experience.

Here is how I am asking YOU to put Stewardship into Action.

Please send us a letter that we can give to our counselors. Anyone can write a letter, parents of our campers, new campers, long-time campers, family members of previous campers, anyone who at one time was a camper or had a camper attend a Summer at Frost Valley. In this letter, please write your hopes and dreams for your camp experience! This could be a letter from a camper telling their counselors everything they want to do this summer, this could be a parent telling the counselors the goals they have for their child this summer, it could be anything!

Here is an example of a letter:  http://www.michaelbrandwein.com/pdf/brandwein%20letter%20to%20staff%20person1.pdf

I am hoping to use these letters to inspire our counselors to understand the amazing responsibility that they have to be Stewards of the Summer!


If you would like to write a letter, please email it to me at lhutchinson@frostvalley.org, or send it to:

Lindsay Hutchinson
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Road
Claryville, NY 12725

In return, I will send you a Core Values in Action tshirt for participating! Excited to receive your letters!


Peace, Love, Bibbley,


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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