It’s hard to believe that today is the last full day of camp for session 4. The second week of session 4 was packed full of new specialty options, fun evening programs, and visits to East Valley Ranch. In addition to barn and garden specialties we also had baking, needle felting, improv,  mural creations, mindfulness, and a dance class. All of the campers have been really interested in learning more about their perspective programs! We have had an active week of evening programs. On Monday, we played French Rev, essentially a giant game of flashlight tag. All of the campers try to camouflage themselves and then sneak to a big […]

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This weekend the Farm was transformed into the Wild West for our theme day! Camp was split into 4 groups that all helped to create their own town. The campers worked together to create the name of their town and create their town laws. Then, they worked together to earn gold by having some fun with water gun target practice, sack races, and panning for gold. Campers also got to try their hand at lassoing a bull!   Later in the day each team had a “cowboy cook out” where they had find the food to use while they created their own cowboy dish. There were some very clever dishes, […]

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This week has been full of fun activities for our campers. Whether they have been learning about Hungarian culture, harvesting blueberries to make popsicles, or joining secret writing societies, they are all having a great time. The barn groups are learning about how to care for the animals and the garden campers are learning new and fun ways to use our plants. Did you know that there are many edible plants that most people would consider weeds?   Last night we invited East Valley Ranch to join us for our evening program, Challenge Night! A long time Frost Valley volunteer, Al, comes over and runs this activity for us each. […]

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The last session of the summer is off to a great start. As we sat by the lake last night for our opening campfire, we watched as a heron flew above us and landed on a tree nearby. It was the perfect start to our last opening campfire of the season. At the campfire, each yurt prepared a skit or song to perform in front of the whole camp. There were also many additional acts by groups or individual campers including a guitar story, an awesome rendition of “Good Riddance” by Green Day on the guitar, and a pink unicorn doing a dance! Today, we start planning the schedule for […]

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Saturday at the Farm was Carnival Theme day! Morning chores and flag raising were still part of our routine but after breakfast we launched into some exciting carnival-style booths. Whether it was face painting, pie throwing, or a photo booth, campers had a blast running around trying to earn tickets for prizes. We even had a massive water fight with sponges for people who wanted to cool off and, for people feeling like their future is a little too ambiguous, our resident fortune teller offered his clairvoyant services. Later in the afternoon, the counselors put on a goat and chicken talent show for the campers. It’s hard to say whether […]

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It’s another beautiful day here at Farm Camp. It started out with some liquid sunshine, but after that cleared up we have had a sunny and warm day! There have been scattered showers in the Catskills, but we have had plenty of fun, even when we are indoors. Today in specialties there were raspberry face masks (exfoliation at its finest), raspberry tea, and raspberry popsicles! That is a LOT of raspberries! The barn specialties did some science experiments with milk, vinegar, and food coloring. The other group that went to the barn discussed farm animal care on a commercial scale. Some of our other specialties spent their time making biscuits, […]

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Session three of Farm Camp is off to a busy start with activities, waterfront, and evening programs. The start of of the session always brings new energy and new beginnings. Camp is a magical place where campers form new friendships, try new activities, and learn new skills. I can’t wait to see how they all grow throughout the session. On Sunday, all of the campers did a tour of camp and got to know all of the people living with them in their yurt. In the evening we did our opening campfire. At opening campfire the campers and staff sing songs, performs skits, and share their talents. Wow, do we […]

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  We have had a wonderful time this week with beautiful weather and a lot of great specialty programs. This week we offered many different specialty options throughout the day, which the kids have really loved.   Specialty 1: Stuffed animal making, barn science, garden food creations, witches and wizards class, and specialty roulette.   In barn science, the campers have been doing a log of egg experiments. So far, they have made silver and gold eggs and also rubber eggs. They also made plastic using vinegar and milk. It was an eggcelent experience for all. During the garden classes the group has been making a lot of healthy treats […]

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Saturday was theme day on the Farm and this session our theme was Olympics, butwith a twist! We split the camp into groups and let them build their own nation. They created the name of their country, their laws, and their flag. The teams were “Dirrt”, “Sandorville”, “Sesclvnccmjz”, and “The United Beyonce Kingdom (UBK).” They spent their day playing games, just like in the Olympics, but only camp style! The day was rounded off by a camp favorite evening program, USB. USB is like a giant game of capture the flag, but with 4 teams, and many different flags. The nation of “Sandorville” won the Farm Camp Olympics this year! […]

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Hello from Farm Camp, This Tuesday we spent a lot of time in the Dining Hall because the Catskills decided to finally give us some much-needed rain! Campers really love the weather because we finally got a break from this summer heat. Even with the rain we had a ton of fun in our specialties, some kids are making tote bags out of recycled materials and donated clothing, making dollhouses out of materials we find around camp, making tea in the garden, learning about agricultural practices around the world and so much more! For the waterfront period, we had a relaxed time of board games, friendship bracelets, and card games. […]

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