The 2019-2020 school year marks the 50th anniversary of Frost Valley’s School Programs Department. When it was first started, it was known as Environmental Education (EE). The EE program started in 1969, with Bill Devlin as its first director. Around this time, Frost Valley was making a lot of adjustments in order to winterize camp, and make a comfortable environment for year-round programs.  Bill Devlin sought the expertise from others in fields related to EE to develop the program, and the first Frost Valley EE Manual was published in 1972. Contributors included the Ashokan Campus Center, who graciously shared information already found in the pages of their own manual. Staff […]

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Hey, everyone! The below photo is of Sumner F. Dudley, AKA “The Father of YMCA Camping in the USA.” He was born in Massachusetts in 1854, eventually moved to New Jersey, and worked in New York City. And this is the story about how overnight camp in the US came to be.   His ancestors can be traced back to this neat castle in England, which was built about a thousand years ago: Here’s another view of Dudley Castle – the “East Range” His direct ancestor, Thomas Dudley, sailed with his family from England to the “New World” in 1630, where he became a governor for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. […]

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