3 canoes on lake cole

A new chapter

Adventure Village Session 3 is looking to be the culmination of a great summer. With returning campers and new faces mixing together, the energy is high and it showed the first night. The entire village joined together near High Falls for an opening campfire that included jokes, skits, and songs by the tent groups as well as a ceremony with face paint and village names like Laughing Chipmunk and Quick Fox.

Armed with their new sense of identity and purpose, they rolled into Monday ready for some action. Swim checks and waterfront procedures began their day after a big breakfast of eggs, hashbrowns, and sausage. Then everyone participated in group games, team initiatives and low ropes to keep the bonding going. Lunch and rest hour followed with open activites set for the afternoon. Everyone had a choice of climbing at the Y-tower, mountain boarding, or taking a hike.

The evening activity was a Dutch Auction with Zak as the M.C. As a tent group, teams competed for the best ratings on everything from skits to chugging a carton of milk.

A great time was had by all and everyone wound down with a devotion around Reflection Pond listening to the frogs and enjoying the sunset.

Tuesday was another day of great Catskill weather and everyone took full advantage. With open activities in the morning, there were chances for high ropes, skateboarding, and a creek hike. Then the counselors led an afternoon Skills Rotation with fire building, shelter making, and other outdoor skills. The only way to finish off such an amazing day was to join in on Wawayanda’s game of Ultimate Sicko Ball! The red team (including some of the boys from Adventure) were victorious and took the glory from the field.

When I checked in with everyone at lunch today, they had just come from the Giant Swing or some sports & games. There is nothing quite like the face of someone coming down on the swing. It’s also really hard to get that face on film, so you’ll have to settle for some before-pictures.

Be sure to check out all of the pictures being posted by clicking on the filmstrip on the right side of the page. Check back in a few days for an update on overnights, Shelter Mania!, and our hang out time with the kids from the MAC program.


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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