Even though there’s snow on the ground, summer will be here before you know it. Since many of our camp programs are filling up quickly, we wanted to give you an update on Overnight Summer Camp 2020 and which programs are already waiting list only or will be soon. As of February 12, 2020, 26 programs are already waiting list only and 25 have only a few spots left! Many of our programs for Session 2 are either waiting list only or have very few spots remaining. For example our second session of our East Valley Ranch 4-week program is waiting list only, but the first session of this program has […]

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Frost Valley YMCA is excited to announce that renowned riding instructor Heidi Potter will be the Clinician for its Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Standard Instructor Clinic this year. The CHA clinic, for those looking to become a certified riding instructor in English and/or Western disciplines, will take place May 11-15, 2020 at Frost Valley’s private East Valley Ranch. The clinic will involve teaching at least four practice lessons, a riding evaluation, a written test and participation in workshops on risk management, teaching techniques, professionalism, and herd management. Five levels of certifications can be achieved in the clinic, ranging from assistant instructor to CHA clinician. Certification level is determined at the discretion of […]

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Even though there’s snow on the ground, summer will be here before you know it. Since many of our camp programs are filling up quickly, we wanted to give you an update on Overnight Summer Camp 2020 and which programs are already waiting list only or will be soon. As of January 7, 2020, 17 programs are already waiting list only and 13 have only a few spots left! Many of our programs for Session 2 are either waiting list only or have very few spots remaining. For example our second session of our East Valley Ranch 4-week program is waiting list only, but the first session of this program has […]

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Do you want to focus more on your health in 2020? If so, Frost Valley is the perfect place to help you start the new year on the right foot. Our Health and Wellness Weekend on January 3-5, 2020 will give you plenty of opportunities to bond as a family while participating in healthy activities in our Catskill winter wonderland. Spend time hiking in nature with your family. Explore the beauty of our 5,500-acre property in the heart of the pristine Catskill Mountains. Learn nutritious recipes in our Teaching Kitchen that will inspire your family to cook healthy meals all year long. Depending on the weather, go cross-country skiing or […]

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Frost Valley has added five new Summer Day Camps for 2020 for your curious, creative, and awesome campers. Our new camps include gardening, acting and theatre, adventure, and special  leadership development camps for your tweens and teens. Check out what we have to offer: Little Planters – Session 3A (available for children entering 1st to 2nd grade) Does your camper have a green thumb or a keen interest in gardening?  Campers who attend Little Planters will learn all about where our food comes from by spending quality time in our Main Camp Garden. They will also take a trip to our Educational Farm, and be given the opportunity to start […]

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In order to give campers and parents an inside look at Frost Valley’s New York Farm Tour Adventure Trip, new Adventure Director Tori Staley answered some questions parents and campers might have about the trip. 1. Can you describe the campers this trip would be well suited for? “This trip is perfect for campers going into the 9th – 12th grade who love animals and have an interest in working on a farm and learning about where the food they eat comes from. A willingness to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, combined with a desire to try new things will really help campers to get the most […]

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Family is more than a collection of people who share DNA; it’s a group of people that intentionally supports and cares for one another, sharing history, resources, and common goals. For Rob Gormly, “family” has come to encompass neighbors and close friends in addition to his blood relatives, and their shared history includes an annual reunion at Frost Valley YMCA. In 1969 the Gormly family was living in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY when a friend of the family who was a Boy Scout leader brought his scouts to Frost Valley on a camping trip so they could experience nature. Soon after, their family along with friends’ families returned for a […]

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Frost Valley YMCA is excited to introduce Tori Staley as our new Adventure Director. Tori grew up in State College, PA. An avid hiker, rock climber, camper, and lover of the outdoors, she worked for four summers over five years at Frost Valley. Tori has been an Adventure Village Counselor, AiT Coordinator, Trips Logistics Coordinator, and then served as a Mental Health Support for Camp last summer. She is thrilled to be moving to Frost Valley full time to serve as the new Adventure Director.  A lifelong nature enthusiast, Tori grew up in a family that valued spending time outdoors. Her family went backpacking in Yellowstone National Park. She been […]

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Crafters will delight in this relaxing Catskill Mountain getaway where you are free to explore your creative side and indulge in your favorite or soon to be favorite craft projects. Get inspired to create your own water color masterpiece! Make all-natural hands scrubs and bath bombs to treat yourself or give as a special gift for a friend. The weekend will also include some Frost Valley favorites including candle making, string art, screen printing, and book folding. Crafts are appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Leave with new skills, beautiful keepsakes, new friends and memories to cherish for years to come!   Enjoy wreath making, including learning […]

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We hope you had a wonderful summer! We have news about our camp program to share with you. After 24 summers at Frost Valley, our Director of Camping Services Dan Weir and his family will be returning to Long Island. Thanks to his advocacy for youth at both the state and federal level, his dedication as an American Camp Association chapter board member, as well as countless other accomplishments, Dan has developed an incredibly strong camp model for his successor.   We’re pleased to announce that Zach Eigenbrodt will be Frost Valley’s new Director of Camping Services. Zach, too, has an impressive career in the field of camping. Born and […]

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