Connie Giunta, literally the very first dialysis camper, first session, July 1975. Her first ride. Liz White and Leslie Black are in the background, supporting. To say that we were all nervous about this activity is an understatement. First summer of the program & we had no idea about how it would happen. Eva Gottscho had told us stories of her daughter Ruth, so so wanting to ride horses at a summer camp & being unable to do so (what camp would take a child with renal failure?). So this was a great important moment for us all.

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Frost Valley Olympics, summer 1982. All the teams were at the waterfront all afternoon. At left you see me & Dave David Allen, host country judges, supervising the incredible Yak Ball event. (Yak Ball = water soccer in kayaks, street hockey goals placed in row boats at either end of the “court.”) Photo taken from the boathouse by Walid Sakr, of Lebanon, Lenape counselor.

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In August 2019, three new people will be inducted into the Frost Valley Hall of Fame. They are John Ledlie, a long-time camp director of Camp Wawayanda and the creator of the idea of the “village” as a decentralized unit in summer camps; and Marie & Charles Kremer. Marie Kremer began working at FV in the early 60’s as a Castle and camp cook. In 1972, after the Kremer family moved permanently to Claryville, she became the full  time office manager where she worked until her retirement in the mid 1980’s. She contributed to the critical transition of Frost Valley from a summer camp to the premier environmental education center […]

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Nova Scotia bike trip, 1982. That’s Nancy Brady (second from left), one of the trip leaders. Photo taken by the other trip leader, Andy Kremer.

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Smith Lodge, August 1958. At right you see the Forstmann-era paymaster’s cottage (later the Flyfishing Cottage, now the IT office). At left you see part of the garage that become Arts & Crafts and later Hayden Lodge. Note the road that runs behind Hayden rather than in front. (This photo was taken by Dave King, who was the Lenape Village Chief in 1958, which was, of course, the first summer Camp Wawayanda held its sessions in the Catskills at Frost Valley.)

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We learned some sad, sad news in the past few hours. Yesterday, Bob Hettler passed away suddenly. Please come back here for more information and a fuller tribute to this remarkable person—a great camp leader at Camp Fitch and Camp Wawayanda, a key camp director turning a pivotal period at Frost Valley, one of the funniest and sweetest people you’d ever meet. He and Kay Hettler were “recruited” by Halbe Brown to come from Halbe and Jane’s beloved Camp Fitch near Erie, PA, and from the Youngstown OH YMCA—in the early 1970s to help bring new leadership to Frost Valley. Bob and Kay served as camp directors of Camp Wawayanda […]

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On the Saturday in the middle of camp session 4, Frost Valley’s trustees, alumni, donors and other friends joined together for our annual meeting/get-together/celebration. We hear presentations by campers and staff. We award the annual Eric Blum Volunteer of the Year. And we induct people crucial to the history of Frost Valley into our Hall of Fame. Here are some photos taken during that weekend. So many good friends! So many people who have been good to Frost Valley—generous, loyal, focused on what kids and families need.

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The late Eric Blum would send (to a selected few true hard-working people) a “Schlep” t-shirt—usually in September or event October. I received three of these over the years. I considered myself a hard-working volunteer throughout the summers I worked alongside Eric, himself the consummate volunteer. But Eric defined volunteering with an intense narrowness of focus—focus on the grunt work, the work no one else would do, the clean-up stuff, the long boring driving, luggage, litter pick-up, wiping down Pokey-Totem tables, triaging in the health center, putting equipment properly away after the fun was done. That was Eric. So only three times did he consider me in that hard-core category. […]

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The last full day of the summer at camp is intensely pre-nostalgic. People walking around—staff and campers alike—treating every encounter as if it will be the last. But it won’t because at that point there’s so much more to go. Then comes the final day—the morning of check-out. For sessions 1, 2, and 3 this is sad but not as sentimental as 4th. Counselors completely emphathize with the sadness-upon-leaving of their campers and so more even than usual we are all in it together: this realizing how deep and compelling and instructive and ideal(istic) is this community of people thrown in together, living together, dramatizing emerging selves together, figuring out […]

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