The Frost Valley Educational Farm is usually home to our farm campers this time of year, but due to the pandemic, all of our overnight camp programs have been cancelled. However, that doesn’t stop our crops from growing and our farmers from farming – safely of course! Throughout the summer we have been donating much of our bounty to the United Methodist Food Pantry in Ellenville, NY and recently, we were able to participate in another way to serve our community. This past Monday, July 27, we embarked on a new endeavor to get our produce into the kitchens of our community members. Frost Valley participated in the Sullivan Fresh […]

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Although we are saddened that this is Frost Valley’s first summer ever without camp, we see this period of pause as a time to focus on making summer ‘21 more meaningful than ever. Prior to the pandemic, we planned to – during each session’s check-out day – inform our 2020 campers that we would have new village names for next summer. Sadly, without those check-out days, we miss a valuable opportunity to connect with families, chat about all that was learned and experienced during the session, and discuss changes for the coming year, such as this. So, now that we have opened registration for summer 2021, we want to take […]

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This is the time when Overnight Camp would have been in session 3, but unfortunately camp is quiet without the sounds of summer campers laughing as they greet friends and counselors and check into their lodgings. We know your camper is missing this experience as much as we miss them, and we can’t wait to welcome back all of our campers in 2021!   But in the meantime, we have an idea…   We would love to hear from our Overnight Campers through short videos answering one or more of the following questions:   What is your favorite camp memory?  Tell us about a friend you met at camp and […]

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We have exciting news about Frost Valley’s Family Camp … drum roll please… FAMILY CAMP 2020 IS ON! After surveying our current registered family campers about their preferences in offering a modified version of family camp this year, we have come up with a plan. Thank you to everyone who filled out a survey! In taking our health and safety protocols into consideration, along with our guests’ preferences, here are the broad strokes of the plan: The dates will be shifted slightly to Tuesday, August 25 to Sunday, August 30. We will be delivering meals to lodging instead of meals being served in the Dining Hall. A range of self-guided […]

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After months being stuck inside, families looking for a chance to immerse themselves in nature now have an ideal travel destination in the heart of the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Beginning July 7th through mid-September, Frost Valley YMCA is opening its 5,500-acre property to families who are invited to stay in a variety of accommodations at both its Main Camp and East Valley Ranch in Claryville, New York. Guests can enjoy a relaxing, camping-style getaway Tuesdays through Sundays, with the option to come for a shorter stay, or extend the getaway to multiple weeks. Whether families are looking for a place to make their home base for exploring the Catskills this […]

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This is the time when Overnight Camp would have been in session 2, but unfortunately camp is quiet without the sounds of summer campers laughing as they greet friends and counselors and check into their lodgings. We know your camper is missing this experience as much as we miss them, and we can’t wait to welcome back all of our campers in 2021!   But in the meantime, we have an idea…   We would love to hear from our Overnight Campers through short videos answering one or more of the following questions:   What is your favorite camp memory?  Tell us about a friend you met at camp and […]

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This is the time when Overnight Camp would have been in session, but unfortunately camp is quiet without the sounds of summer campers laughing as they greet friends and counselors and check into their lodgings. We know your camper is missing this experience as much as we miss them, and we can’t wait to welcome back all of our campers in 2021!   But in the meantime, we have an idea…   We would love to hear from our Overnight Campers through short videos answering one or more of the following questions:   What is your favorite camp memory?  Tell us about a friend you met at camp and a […]

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With all that’s going on in the world and the amount of stress families are under right now, the thought of children having nowhere to spend their summer running and playing in the great outdoors was just heartbreaking, which is why we wanted to find a way to provide Day Camp in some capacity.   After having carefully considered and planned for safety protocols in accordance with CDC and state guidelines regarding Covid-19, Frost Valley has decided to offer a limited-run Summer Day Camp for children ages 5-12 beginning August 3, 2020. Registration opens Monday, June 29th.  The number of campers will be limited to 38 to allow for programming in small […]

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Frost Valley has created some fun activities for families to laugh, play, and spend quality time together including games, live streaming story times for young children, craft projects and more. Stay tuned to our YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram channels where we’ll be posting new and live-streaming content over the next few weeks. Do your children love stories? We want to help make bedtime just a little bit easier with relaxing stories to help your child drift off to sleep. Be sure to watch Story Time with Danielia, our Director of Group and Family Retreats, which will take place live on Frost Valley’s Facebook page  on Tuesday evenings. For Story Time Tune in […]

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George Floyd should be with his family today.   His life mattered, as did the lives of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. Black Lives Matter. These words should go without saying but are still as necessary as ever. But this moment of despair and anguish also commands us to act.   I have spent this past week listening, learning, and asking the question: what is Frost Valley’s role in responding to the unconscionable suffering of the communities we serve?   In response to the 1967 riots in Newark, NJ, Frost Valley responded by formally establishing what is now our Newark Partnerships Program, which provided children respite from […]

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