Today is our last day of Build Strong @Home. This week we will be reflecting on the summer as a whole. Here are some questions to help guide you. What happened this summer that challenged me?  What are some things that caught me off guard?  For who, or what, am I grateful for from this summer?  Did I accomplish any of the goals I set for this summer? If so, what goals?  What life lesson did I learn this summer?  We hope you had a great summer and we can’t wait to have you in the Valley with us in 2021!! 

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For our last Song-a-thon, we are doing a classic. John Denver- Take Me Home, Country Roads Almost heaven, __________________ ________________,___________________ Life is______________,_________________ _________________, _______________________ _________________, take me home To the place I belong __________________, ___________________ Take me home, _________________ All my memories _________________ _____________, ________________ _____________________,, painted on the sky ___________________, teardrop in my eye _________________, take me home To the place I belong __________________, ___________________ Take me home, _________________   Share your songs with us by emailing them to buildstronghome@frostvalley.org

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For this last scavenger hunt of Build Strong @Home, we are going to call for “Weird” things. Here is your list: Dryer Lint Popsicle Sticks Soda Can Tab An item that starts with P picture of your BFF Movie with animals in it department store bag a pen with a business on it a straw a dictionary a pink eraser a gift card to a restaurant a mask of any kind library card ice cream scooper something with 2019 on it can of beans piece of chalk piece of hard candy something heart-shaped someone’s bathing suit bottle of sunscreen a map a hardback cookbook a sponge a key without a […]

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As we wrap up our Build Strong @Home summer, we want to give you more Devos to do. Please don’t forget about all the past Devos we have posted, but here is a comprehensive list of ALL of our Devos. Reminder, that these can be done at any time during the day, but we recommend doing them at a time when campers and adults alike can really think and talk with each other.  DEVO, DAYVO, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT THOUGH?! What is a devo? Devo (devotion) is a Frost Valley tradition that spans every program and age group. It is a great way for campers to wind down and connect […]

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As we enter our last week of Build Strong @Home virtual programs. We want to know how it went? Here is the list of Camp  Counselor tips that we shared at the beginning of this adventure. Spend some time reflecting on how you did and share your experience with us. All of these activities are meant to be fun! Things might not go as planned but that is okay! Things rarely go as planned in a camp activity. Roll with your mistakes and remember to laugh about them.  Engage your camper as the leader – they are the “camp expert” and we want them to share camp with you. Be […]

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  For this week’s reflection, we are going to talk about a Brain Dump. It is a quick way to get what is in your brain out of your head and on to paper so you can process it. Start by asking yourself “How do I feel?” and write it down. Next, “What is on my mind?”, continuing to write everything down. It doesn’t have to make sense or meet anyone persons expectations. This is for you. Lastly, “What bothered me today and could I have done anything better?”. Write those feelings as a way to wrap up your journaling. When you are done, you can rip the page up […]

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For our last Healthy Kitchen @Home, we are bringing you the SNACK BUS! Here are the recipes for all our favorite ice pops!  “Snack Bus” Ice Pops The recipes below are inspired by the ice pops that the Healthy Snack Bus delivers to Frost Valley campers all summer long.  We typically use large ice cube trays that make 2-inch pops, but you may use regular ice cube trays. Basic Directions for All Ice Pops For all pops, fill ice cube trays approximately 2/3 full.   Cover trays with aluminum foil and puncture the foil with miniature wooden ice cream spoons (or regular ice cream sticks).   Allow to freeze overnight on a […]

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We have shared some great community organizations in our past Community Give Back posts. To do a round-up, I wanted to give you all the ones we have left on our list! Friends of Anderson Park is always looking for members to help with the upkeep of the park and this might be a nice way for kids to spend time outside. There’s a really cool space/community organization called Cornerstone Montclair. It’s all about creating space for people with and without disabilities to come together. Not sure what, if any, events they have planned for the summer, but might could still be a great place to get involved. Also, they are a part of our […]

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This being our last blog for our Overnights @Home we wanted to provide resources for enjoying the night sky. Some of the best parts of an overnight are laying under the stars. However, what is going on with all those stars?? What are their names? Where and what is a constellation. Here is a great website to help you decipher the night sky from My Kids Adventure. http://www.mykidsadventures.com/discover-astronomy-for-kids/ There are a lot of activities to not only help you learn but to help you get a visual of the sky – even if you can’t see it from your backyard. Share your overnight adventures with us by emailing us at […]

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This week we are giving you an extra dose of deliciousness from our Healthy Home Kitchen! One of my personal favorites is our Yogurt Pancakes with Berry Compote. The recipe is below: Yogurt Pancakes with Warm Berry Compote   6 oz (or 3/4 cup) plain or vanilla yogurt  1 egg ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 2-3 cups fresh or frozen berries (any variety) ¼ cup sugar, or to taste ¼ cup water   Place berries in a saucepan.  Add ¼ cup water and turn on low heat.  Let the berries get warm and start to dissolve a little.  Add sugar, testing for the desired sweetness. In the […]

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