In the fall of 2016, we hosted the inaugural International YMCA Camp Conference, and I was given the opportunity to meet camp professionals from all over the globe. That experience gave me a better understanding of what the Y does for communities across the world, and I was really inspired to bring that to our guests. Last summer I reached out to the participants that I met and inquired how they celebrate the holiday season. I had been looking to add some programming to our annual Festival of the Holidays and knew that there were several celebrations in the month of December. As responses came in, I did some research […]

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Memorial Day Weekend has always been a favorite of mine. I have special memories of walking in my town’s parade through the village and ending at the cemetery where we paid tribute to fallen soldiers. Then my family would head home for a barbecue with family and friends, complete with a few rounds of croquet and horseshoes. It was the official beginning of summer and the last long weekend before the end of another school year. Since coming to Frost Valley, Memorial Day has a new meaning for me. It’s a weekend where families come together at camp and celebrate making memories. It’s a big homecoming, where I am reunited with […]

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There’s something special about a dad going camping with his children. It’s an adventure filled with sugary sweets that you don’t tell Mom about, building huge campfires, and trying new things that you’ve never done before. Here at Frost Valley, we are proud to host many groups of dads and their children throughout the year. Many join us through the YMCA’s Adventure Guides program, a tradition that began in St. Louis 90 years ago. Others are groups of dads that band together to give their children an unforgettable experience while enjoying friendship with each other. When groups of dads and their children visit Frost Valley for a weekend, there are […]

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Happy 2016!!! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday week and rung in the new year with a special celebration. Here at Frost Valley, we have a special tradition of our own – Holiday Family Week. Beginning the day after Christmas, we offer a variety of programming, and while some families join us for a couple days, others stay the entire week! This year we may not have had snow, but we offered a variety of other programming, including various projects in the wood shop, pottery, cardboard box play, Life and Death in the Forest, and The Bucket Brigade. You can watch a video of a few of our […]

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Frost Valley YMCA is proud to host variety of weekend programs each year. One of our eight core values in Inclusivesness, and our goal is to offer programs for all. We just finished our last weekend of the school year, and we would like to thank each and every guest who has come through our doors to participate in our programs. Most guests are surprised to learn that we are open every weekend from Labor Day until the middle of June, and families are always welcome. Some weekends have specific themes, but we also host individual families as well. For our last official weekend, we hosted a variety of groups […]

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Last weekend, Frost Valley hosted its annual spring Livestrong Weekend. The YMCA started this program in 2007 for cancer survivors to come together and improve their quality of life after treatment. The 12-week program is found at many YMCAs across the country, and Frost Valley acts as the culminating experience. Our part in Livestrong allows cancer survivors to come for free for one weekend a year and bring friends and family at a discount. These Weekends are specifically catered to cancer surivivors and include a chance for each participant to go down the zipline, as well as try another activity as a group. This weekend our participants joined Coordinator Kris […]

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I truly believe that I have the greatest job in the world. I get to create experiences that make lifelong memories for our weekend guests at Frost Valley, and that is incredibly special and rewarding. I also have to admit that Memorial Day is my favorite weekend of the entire year. We have families this weekend who met here years ago, and the children and parents became friends. Now they come back year after year, so Memorial Day is very much a reunion weekend for them. Other families come this weekend to meet up with extended family, and again, it’s become a tradition. I walk around the dining hall with […]

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  Almost every day, I am asked the same question. I wish it was about what species of tree has those beautiful flowers outside the dining hall or how I got into doing my job. But no, it’s always, “How do you live here without service?” I love to make the joke that we turn the clocks back to 1995 here when it comes to our connection. Buy a phone card and you can call home from any of our phones at camp. This may sound odd in 2015, but most of us still have a landline at home (I think).  They work just as well.  If you ever did […]

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  Here at Frost Valley, we work with a lot of schools during the week. In fact, we had 16 different groups just a couple of weeks ago! Sometimes we also get schools on weekends, and these are an added treat. Pathways College Preparatory School is located in St. Albans, Queens, and they brought 17 members of their Service Club up to Frost Valley this weekend. The teens are in 10th and 11th grades, and they enjoy giving back in the outdoors. This year’s big project took place in Rosendale, NY at Idlewild Park. The group did some cleaning, made trails, and helped prevent invasive species. Throughout the school year they also […]

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As young girls begin to get older, their interests begin to change. There are also a lot more opportunities to try new things, make new friends, and step away from what is familiar. This past weekend I got the chance to interact with some pretty awesome young girls who are going through their adolescence without letting go of their friendship. The 12-year-olds were part of Girl Scout Troop 3452 for many years, but now that they’re in middle school, they don’t have the time to get together as a club anymore. However, the girls’ friendship is surviving middle school, and their trip last year to Frost Valley was so memorable […]

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