Summer Camp and Leadership Training at Frost Valley YMCA
The Tokyo Frost Valley YMCA partnership, a unique global collaboration between YMCA associations built on our mutual values, provides a home base for Japanese families to take respite from the school, work, and social stresses of life in a foreign country. To that end, Frost Valley provides Japanese children with a unique summer camp experience including typical summer camp activities: campfires, cabin groups, outdoor exploration, and adventure programs, as well as cultural immersion programs.
The summer season offers three 2-week sessions for younger children, ages 6-9, plus a 4-week Sports Camp for a wide range of ages and athletic abilities. The last two weeks of the summer are dedicated to the Partnership’s Language Camp, an intense program which focuses on strengthening English-as-a-Second-Language skills as well as Japanese language skills for those preparing for their family’s return to Japan.
Some of the Partnership counseling staff comes directly from Japan. Their summer experience is a blend of summer camp fun and extensive youth group work. This leadership program has won national acclaim in Japan and welcomes many observers every summer.
December Ski Camp and February Ski Camp are also held at Frost Valley YMCA for Japanese children in cooperation with the Belleayre Mountain Ski Facility and it’s Ski School instructors. Children enjoy skiing with the Japanese youth leaders for 5 or 6 days. It’s a great opportunity for them to enjoy a winter sport. There are also one-day ski programs throughout the winter season.