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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Here at Frost Valley, we love working with our Girl Scouts. We are always looking for new ideas and badge programs to incorporate into our weekends, and recently we tried something new. Many Girl Scouts joined us to work on their Girl Scout Way badges and celebrate the Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette “Daisy” Low. The girls learned out how she started the program and made her birthday cards. Then the ladies learned a variety of new songs to share at a campfire later in the weekend. Throughout the weekend, our Girl Scouts enjoyed a variety of Frost Valley programming, including archery, climbing, creating and painting bisque figurines, projects in the […]

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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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  The environmental education and retreats field is definitely a unique career path. I’m in my 10th year of being a part of it, and along the way I’ve met my husband, run over 300 different programs, and worked in four different states. I’ve also avoided one of the worst parts of adulthood – paying rent. I’ve always lived and worked at the same place, which is a unique part of the job. While the outdoor field has many incredible perks, it is also a place full of staff members in transition. Most people do not stay in one place for a long time. There is always another camp somewhere […]

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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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Our brand new Disc Golf Course is ready for you to play! We’ve had quite a busy fall here in the Group and Family Retreats Department at Frost Valley! We started the season off with almost 500 guests joining us for our Annual Family Camp, and I had a BLAST getting to know everyone and learning why this weekend is so special. Thank you to all of the traditionalists who showed me the way during my very first Family Camp, and I am happy to report that it was definitely not my last! As soon as Family Camp ended, we hosted a big weekend that included a global Family Reunion […]

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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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This weekend we had our largest group of Girl Scouts this year – over 500 ladies and their leaders! Camping Adventure was the theme, and the girls enjoyed lots of Boating, Archery, Climbing, and hikes. Many also took advantage of the Flying Squirrel and Zipline. Despite a few rain drops here and there, it was a great weekend for all. Saturday night was a highlight, as the girls did their SWAPS Meet. SWAPS stand for Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere, and they are a national Girl Scout Program. SWAPS began in the 1950s and 1960s as a way for girls to meets Scouts in other troops. The goal is to […]

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