Its been a great couple days.   The campers are really coming together.  Check out the other photos shared through https://frostvalley.smugmug.com/  The Campers have learned fire building, water purification, shelter building, navigation, some rock climbing, rappelling, and definitely some miles under their feet hiking.   Wednesday started their survival overnight…   With the help and support from each other, they will complete their journey…    even with smiles still on their faces.

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The last two days have been full of instruction and adventure.  Our young survivors learned how to start fires, purify their water, river crossings, orienteering, shelter building, cooking, hiking, rappelling, teamwork, and stepping into leadership roles.   All of this has led them up to their “survival overnight”   They will be hiking a few miles (off trail) to set up an overnight improvised campsite…   tomorrow they continue their journey to High Falls….   They then have an opportunity to rappel next to the falls.   They are prepared and ready to do…   The weather has decided to throw a wrench at them.    This doesn’t stop our program.   On we go.

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Thursday marked our young survivors making their way out of the High Falls survival overnight.  Friday (today) is a recovery day.  We will be going over some trip planning for next week and taking some time to get our feet off of the ground and rest.  They really are an awesome group of young people.  I look forward to seeing their success with the multi-night overnight.  Please check out the smugmug link to see more photos.  https://frostvalley.smugmug.com/

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Monday consisted of quite a bit of refresher for our campers.  They revisited lessons on fire building, water purification, traps and snares, hiking, river crossing, and shelter building.  Tuesday, we got rained out of our “Mountain Day”, but that time was spent focusing on Map and Compass reading.  They will be planning their trip for next week.  That means figuring out food, routes, time, camping spots, pace, entrance and exits points for their multi-night survival experience.  They are confident, educated, and ready to get at it.   Great group of young people.

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The shelter building overnight was a success.  Campers had a wild edible dinner.  They are all working well together.  Today was our “Mountain Day”.  They did some climbing, rappelling, hiking, and a traverse across a decent drop.  They supported each other and had fun while learning new things.  Tonight brought a little rain, but it was awesome to see how well they scrambled together to set up an emergency tarp to salvage our cooking fire.  Of course, as soon we we got our castle built, the rain stopped.  It was a structure to be proud of. With this, we have taught them what they need to know.  Wednesday morning marks […]

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After learning our fire, water, and knife safety on Sunday, Our young survivors bedded down for the night in the yurts.  Yesterday (Monday) was the beginning of their more dynamic skills learning.  Your campers went through instruction on packing their rucksacks for an overnight, daytime navigation, hazardous water crossing (simulated-the water was below their knees), shelter building, and had dinner over the fire.  They slept in the shelters that they build themselves.  They return on Tuesday (today) for a short rest, before starting “Mountain Day”.   Today they learn map/compass skills, ropes skills for rappelling and a fun tyrolean traverse (rope crossing upside down) and a good amount of scrambling up […]

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After 2 complete days of learning survival skills…  including fire building, water purification, small game processing, trapping and snaring, shelter building, daytime and nighttime navigation, map and compass reading, rappelling, rock scrambling, etc…  Our young survivors are out for their overnight.  Sounds of fireworks in the distance to softly send them off to sleep in their improvised shelters.  They are well trained…  no worries.

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They did it…!  Your young survivors made it out.  The weather overnight was very cooperative.  It was cooler, but they were all nice and toasty in their bags.  They had their opportunities to challenge themselves with the high falls rappel.  Many of them discovered small and large fears of heights.  We let them know how healthy it is to have fears and be able to recognize them.  That is the only way that you will know how to overcome them.  They all have great attitudes and have been asking tons of questions about the 2 week BG Teen summer camp program next summer.  We would love to see them all […]

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Today our campers started into their overnight journey through the woods.  For the first 3 days of their camp experience, they all learned a variety of survival skills that they can use for this overnight.  They will need to demonstrate their talents in fire building, water purification, shelter building, hiking, navigation, map reading, and working together as a team.  They will make their way through the Catskill wild forest to High Falls.  There they will have the opportunity to rappel down the waterfall to their “rescue point”.  Most of time, this is highlight and the biggest challenge of their camp experience.  They finish with a heightened sense of confidence, self […]

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Our young survivors came together quite well.  We have 6 young men that joined us for this week.  That is an awesome number, because we are able to do some customizing of the program.  Our campers get a bit more one on one instruction with the counselors. The first night, our campers stayed in the yurt.  They learned fire building skills and water purification.  The counselors made dinner and then bedded down for the night. Monday brought on some exciting lessons.  Shelter building, small game processing, other wild edibles, and some wilderness games filled the day.  Our young survivors stayed in their homemade natural shelters for the night.  Unfortunately, they […]

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