Jessie Emmons came to Frost Valley in April 2018. She is drawn to working with kids at camp, specifically with a focus on diversity and inclusion. As Director of Youth Development and Innovation, she helps to create safe spaces for our staff to learn and grow so that they can provide those spaces for our campers and guests. She believes that people, specifically kids, need a place in the world where they can truly embrace themselves and be celebrated for who they are. She is described by her peers as positive, empathetic, caring, a great team-leader, inspiring, and jumps at the chance to help. Frost Valley is a better place […]

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The following is a press release distributed to the media on October 14, 2020: Acknowledging the many challenges and concerns families have about the school year as well as the high percentage of children in the surrounding rural communities without high-speed internet access, Frost Valley YMCA is embracing an opportunity to serve children in a new way. As a leader in youth development for over 135 years, Frost Valley YMCA is especially well equipped to address these obstacles, given its more than 5,000-acre property that allows for social distancing, its professional staff who are experienced in youth development, and a mission to serve all. During a time when so much […]

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Marina Esteve-Wagstaff came to Frost Valley in 2018. As the Community Programs Director, she coordinates and organizes a wide range of programs that help children spend time outside and unplugged. Marina is described as enthusiastic, hard-working, well organized, and a rock star! She was able to seamlessly pull together and run a very successful Day Camp program this summer despite the current circumstances. She brought the joy of camp to so many people during a very difficult time. Congratulations on winning Employee of the Month!

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A message from our alumnus and trustee, Bill Baker… Because we recognize what makes Frost Valley unique, alums are stepping up with creative solutions to aid in the rescue of our beloved camp. Only with our help and the help of other stakeholders will Frost Valley survive the financial fallout from this pandemic. Every alum knows what makes Frost Valley so special – the values-based programs, transformational experiences, and the incredible people who make up our community of campers, guests, students, and staff. What some alums may not know is that the fallout from the current public health crisis is placing unprecedented financial pressure on Frost Valley. Because most revenue […]

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We understand the many challenges and concerns families have about the coming school year. As a leader in youth development for over 100 years, Frost Valley YMCA is especially well equipped to address these challenges, given our 5,000-acre property that allows for social distancing, our experienced professional staff, and our mission to serve all. During a time when so much uncertainty exists, Frost Valley YMCA’s new “Outdoor & Virtual Learning Center” (OVLC) will be available for your child beginning Mid-September 2020! This new program will offer: Expert childcare from 8:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday for children in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Ample space for your child to conduct their virtual school […]

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This is the time when Overnight Camp would have been in session 4, 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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Community is all about helping our neighbors because it’s the right thing to do, because we care about one another, and because mutual support creates a sense of belonging – which is especially needed right now. A few months ago, we were honored to have the opportunity to donate some of our farm produce (including eggs!) to the Neversink General Store. The produce went toward the store’s initiative to give local school children free breakfast once school turned virtual, causing many students to go without their usual in-school breakfast program. Now our friends at the Neversink General Store are helping us with Frost Valley’s Limited-Run Day Camp! Owned by Cristina […]

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Exciting announcement! We have launched a NEW online store! We’ve added all of our most popular Frost Valley items to the new site, including maple syrup! AND! We’re kicking off the opening of the online shop with pre-orders of a summer 2020 exclusive line of items – our “Rise & Thrive” line, of which 50% of the proceeds from all sales will go directly toward our Rise & Thrive campaign to ensure Frost Valley’s survival through the pandemic. This new line includes hats, t-shirts, tote bags, neck gaiters, and water bottle stickers. Happy shopping! 

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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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