I thought I would share with you some of the sights we are being treated to up here in the Catskills. Wildlife is all around us, at every turn there is something special to see and we are taking time this session to stop and pause and take in the views and share our space with nature.

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“Feeling Goods” are activities scheduled for our campers that are a little different to the normal scheduled classes. The groups usually comprise of one or two cabins worth of campers, purposely small so that the groups get to bond and can make friendships outside of their immediate cabin group. Feeling Goods are often sensory based or extra creative and the vibe is usually pretty chill.  Some examples of Feeling Goods are candle making, relaxation and meditation, yoga, zumba and on today’s schedule for two Outpost cabins was Messy Kickball! Normal kickball rules applied, the bases just had some extra surprises waiting to meet the campers, namely mud, foam, paint and […]

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The weather was on our side tonight and we finally got to play USB (Ultimate-Sicko-Ball) one of the most famous and beloved games here at Frost Valley. All of Wawayanda (minus Pokeytotem who are on their overnight) divided into four teams of black, white, green and red. Straight after dinner we descended to Big Tree Field and with the lead from Outpost counselors, the whistle blew and it was game on! The idea is that each team has a section which is their safe zone. In their zone they have to protect round, spherical objects contained within a hula hoop. The winners are those with the most spherical objects by […]

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Wednesday night was Wawayanda’s dance night on the brand new hardcourts and it was magic! The air was warm and balmy and smelled like summer nights in the catskills (pine needles with a hint of campfire) and the atmosphere was electric. The theme was  “Hard Core” in refernece to the hard courts and this was up for interpretation. We had campers dress up like basketballer’s, we had campers in the brightest color clothing they had and we had campers in the wackiest costumes they could muster up. During the dance we had games of knockout, face-painting, tetherball, some five-a-side soccer and Yash, an Outpost counselor entertained with some card tricks. […]

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Specialities are always a fun time at Frost Valley and they are a great way for campers to make new friends in sibling villages. Today I had the privilege of hanging out with the Ninja Specialty, where we practised stealth, camouflage, speediness, berry picking (for ninja juice), meditation and everything else ninja like that we could come up with. Wawayanda campers choose one specialty in week one of the session and this Friday they get to choose another. Most specialties are a progression for example the theatre specialty might  result in a performance or the garden specialty, after learning about growing vegetables from seed to table, will cook their food […]

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Today is the last day of the two day all camp specialty, The Olympix! The Olympix is always the highlight of Session 2 and today the event will reach its peak when we celebrate all the countries and cultures represented in our closing ceremony tonight. This morning the teams all met on Filreis field to frame the day and they donned their freshly designed t shirts and shortly afterwards headed to the first activity of the day. There has been a break in the weather and it has cooled down significantly and we even had some rain showers which didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Be prepared for lots of Olympix photo’s […]

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Our Susky campers completed their overnight on Thursday and despite the rain they weathered out the conditions and had a very successful night under the stars (which appeared for a little while at least)! Preparation is key to all good outdoor fires and the girls set about gathering as much kindling as they could find, even the wet stuff! Birch bark was the fire starter they settled on and after some tending to and a few wafts of a crazy creek or two they had a fire good enough to cook on…and that they did. Fifty-two pitta pizzas later and enough s’mores to open a small store, the girls ended […]

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Wawayanda campers don’t let heatwaves interrupt their fun! Over the next couple of days we are expecting some warm weather here in the Catskills and so our mission is to remain cool and hydrated as much as possible. Yesterday at hangout we had some fun splashing around with hoses and paddling pools and waterfront was busier than ever with most taking the opportunity to chill out in Lake Cole. As well as regular water breaks throughout programming we encourage campers to drink as much as possible at their meal times, with one Forest Cabin managing 7 whole pitchers at dinner alone last night! Today, we are going for a mandatory […]

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Yesterday our Wawayanda campers took their swim tests down at the waterfront. It was a beautiful day, the sun was out, sunscreen was flowing and the new water bottles were put to good use. Campers got the opportunity to take the test under the watchful eye of our  lifeguards and they were cheered on by their fellow village friends, counselors and Directors who also got their toes wet. We also managed to complete the tests with only 2 renditions of Baby Shark! For those that didn’t want to take part in the tests they still got to paddle and play in the shallow area and build some awesome sandcastles with […]

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This Sunday saw Hirdstock return to Frost Valley. Incase you somehow missed the previous blog post or the hundreds of photo’s on Smugmug, Hirdstock is our annual summer festival where music fills the mountain air and fun and games are played on Hirdstock hill looking out over the valley and Lake Cole. There are so many highlight’s but one that deserves the spotlight this year was the “Slip n Slide”. Not much explanation is necessary, I’ll let the photo’s do the talking.  

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