My once-every-session game of Geronimo at Farm Camp coincides with the usual return of one or another CIT hiking group. They’ve been out for five days or so and have hiked down from the top of Slide Mountain, down to the Denning side of the trail—which emerges at the Tison property and then they walk a few miles west along the East Branch Neversink Road, past our East Valley Ranch, and to Farm Camp. They typically stop at the Farm and hope for some leftovers from yummy Farm lunch, and then they proceed to hike back over Wildcat Mountain, into the West Branch Neversink Valley, where Frost Valley’s main camp […]

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Yesterday I led a game of Geronimo and, as usual, our super-volunteer “camp mom” Sandra Shapiro Bohn took photographs of the proceedings. Later she sent me some of the pix and I saw that one of them included David Sacker’s daughter Catherine and Steve Spiwak’s daughter Olivia. Both are in Windsong this summer. I sent a copy of the photo to David, and another to Steve, and then we noticed the convergence: another sign that there are lots and lots of campers here whose parents were once Frost Valley counselors. And in this case there’s more: Steve Spiwak was David Sacker’s counselors back in the day! (And the late and […]

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Surely our collective blog-posting will include more and more interesting photos of the 2019 Frost Valley Olympix than the few I offer here, but I couldn’t help myself. Such a wild and enthusiastic day. If you are far away from this paradisal valley of happily collaborative folks, I trust you will get a little bit of the feel of the day from these.

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A few days ago I highlighted a village—Susky—in which there were a number of campers whose parents had been counselors back in the day (the 1990s, to be more specific). Well, here are two other photos featuring campers whose parents were counselors. One is Sunny whose mom is Keara Giannotti (and whose aunt Dani and late uncle Oran and grandfather John) also served as members of the FV staff in earlier years. Then there’s Sacky cabin 15. Four alumni kids there: Mary Hahn (daughter of Eileen Barnes Hahn), Anya Rubin (daughter of Melissa Rubin), Julia McNeill (daughter of Katy McNeill), and Emma Greenberg (whose uncle is Alex Shalom).

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Yes, the annual second-session all-camp rite—our Olympics—has begun. From where I post this, I can hear the final cheering of the Opening Ceremonies. Here are some photos taken during the afternoon of day 1. Tomorrow, of course, will be the main day of activities, followed by the Olympic Pageant. Anyone looking at this blog entry who has participating in FV’s summer Olympics will recognize every aspect of these photos. They could have been taken any year! The spirit goes on.  

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Yes, for some reason Pac village has revived interest in the Macarena. Austin, depicted here, is way into it. So much so that he has drawn the sequence of moves on his arm, so that he and everyone in the village can do the dance in sync. Can you follow along? I ran into this seated/practice performance by stopping by Hird Lodge (yes, still the home of Pac village, our 15-year-old guys). I walked in and saw them all there, and wondered why. Well, they had returned from their 3-day/2-night hiking trip, had showered and were justing sitting around relaxing. They told me about the Macarena fixation and I snapped […]

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Wow. Everywhere I go I’m seeing kids really really happily doing activities. Gaga in the gaga pit. The Creative Writing (journalism) specialty. Games with the big long foam noodles. The AiTs involved in a contest I couldn’t figure out. Pokey-Totem girls delirious and gleeful on the—what is that thing called?—the thing, as VC Sabrina rocks them up and down. (Then those kids chased me and wanted more photos taken of them!) It’s just downright heartening to be here and to be surrounded by this joy.

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It happens that Susky this session includes a number of children of former Frost Valley summer staff—counselors, VCs, CIT directors, etc. Here’s the great KC Johnson telling part of the story: So here’s the lowdown on Susky Cabin 48.  Katy McNeill-Harmon and I were Windsong counselors in summer 1992.  Kate Landis Loewengart was one of our campers!  I think Katy had her as a camper in Sacky too! So in cabin 48 you have Lauren (Katy’s daughter), Julia (Kate’s daughter), and Cole (my daughter)!  So fun!  Who’d a thunk it? Dari Litchman’s daughter Zoe is at camp this session too.  Then you have the direct line:  Zoe (Dari, my counselor, twice! […]

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