There Is So Much for Campers To Do at Frost Valley!
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All Camp Events
The schedule content will vary based on what village your camper is in. Every camper enjoys an overnight camping experience on the trail. Cabin cleanup is complete before campers begin daily activities.
|7:45 am for Wawayanda
8:30 am for Hird
|FLAG RAISING & BREAKFAST
A great time for announcements, recognitions, and skits.
|SPORTS & GAMES
Basketball, soccer, dodgeball, geronimo, capture the flag, USB, gaga ball, and more!
Our staff lead this instructional and recreational program on our own Lake Cole, under the supervision of certified lifeguards. We offer canoeing as well as rowing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and a ton of water sports!
|11:50 am for Wawayanda
12:50 pm for Hird
|LUNCH & REST HOUR|
Activities for campers vary by age and include arts & crafts, hikes, gardening, yoga, etc.
Experienced instructors teach these popular skill-building sessions. Wawayanda campers choose two 4-day long specialties. Henry Hird campers choose one 8-day specialty. Choices vary and may include a variety of sports, theatre, music, cooking, gardening, nature, arts, high ropes, and adventure courses, and hiking.
|5:30 pm for Wawayanda
6:30 pm for Hird
Campfires, overnights, hayrides, and dances are just a few things campers enjoy.
|9:30 pm for Wawayanda
10:00 pm for Hird
Gather together as a cabin group to reflect and get excited for the next day.
There is so much to do at Frost Valley!
A well balanced daily schedule offers a wide range of activities. From traditional camp activities like sports & games, arts and crafts, rock climbing, to wacky and unique Frost Valley favorites, there is something for everyone. Campers in Wawayanda and Henry Hird will enjoy a daily schedule made up of four periods consisting of Waterfront, Sports & Games, Specialty, and Feeling Good.
Campers get the chance to swim and/or boat in Lake Cole every day. Campers can play on the beach, play basketball or volleyball in the water, jump on the floating trampoline, or slide down our giant inflatable waterslide. Specially trained waterfront staff offer optional swim lessons for those looking to improve their technique. Boating options include kayaking, canoeing, row boating, and stand-up paddleboarding.
Sports & Games:
Our culture is to simply enjoy physical activity through friendly competition, mash-up of different sports, and teamwork.
This elective-style period is for each camper to choose from a wide range of specialized activities. Campers will stick with that activity for one (Wawayanda) or two (Henry Hird) weeks. The main goal is to help campers confidently step out of their comfort zones, try something new, and walk away with a new skill or passion. We hire experienced and specialized staff to lead these activities. Examples of these include:
- Arts and Crafts: pottery, screen printing, and woodworking
- Wellness: healthy cooking, gardening, outdoor living skills, archery, soccer, basketball, and other team sports
- Creative Play: theater, dance, yoga, music, creative writing
- Ropes: rock climbing, zipline, teambuilding, low and high ropes course, and other adventure-based activities
Feeling Good is the time of the day for campers to feel good about themselves as they build strong relationships with their cabin mates. Campers will bond with their cabin group as they participate in traditional camp activities like hiking, candle making, rock painting, sports, or other activities similar to Specialty offerings. This is also a great time for counselors to draw on their own experiences to create activities that appeal to their campers.
Activities Offered at Frost Valley:
- Arts and Crafts (general)
- All-Camp Activities- Small World, Olympix, CarniValley, Hirdstock
- Boating- Canoe, Kayak, Rowboat, Stand-up Paddleboard
- Cable Bridges
- Capture the Flag
- Carpet Ball
- Campfires & ‘Smores
- Candle Making
- Challenge Night
- Dodge ball
- Earth Ball
- Face Painting
- Floating Water Trampoline
- Floor Hockey
- Flower/Leaf Press
- French Revolution
- Friendship Bracelets
- High Ropes- Flying Squirrel, Zipline, Giant’s Ladder, Leap of Faith, Giant Swing
- Lip Sync
- Low Ropes
- Mountain Boarding
- Natural Facials
- Outdoor Living Skills
- Pond Ecology
- Screen Printing
- Service Projects
- Stretch & Relaxation
- Swim Lessons
- Talent Show
- Tether Ball
- Theme Days
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Ultimate Sicko Ball
- Water Basketball
All Camp Events
SMALL WORLD FAIR / FOURTH OF JULY (1ST SESSION)
The Fourth of July begins, like all other days, with a flag-raising ceremony. But for our Independence Day celebration, the entire camp joins together around the flagpole to sing a rousing Happy Birthday to America. It’s a powerful rendition and pride echoes across the valley. During the day, we host a carnival to celebrate our great country. Later, as many of our summer staff is international, we invite them to participate in a Small World Fair where all cultures share their history and traditions. The day culminates with an evening of fireworks over Lake Cole.
THE OLYMPIX (2ND SESSION)
Every summer, the Olympix spirit sweeps through the camp when Frost Valley YMCA hosts our annual Olympix championship. Competing countries, varying from year to year—Australia, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Serbia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, and Wales—are represented by groups of campers. The opening ceremony commences the night before with dances, skits, and songs representing the cultural traditions of each country. Team unity and pride are on full display, but it’s the spirit of Frost Valley that rises strong, pure, and heartening. Let the games begin!
CARNIVALLEY (3RD SESSION)
CarniValley is our new Session 3 all-camp activity, the greatest carnival to ever take place at Frost Valley! Frost Valley is rich with tradition and we are starting a new one. At CarniValley, records will be set that will go down in camp history. The competition is always friendly and a wide range of carnival games will be enjoyed by all. Something for everyone! This lively day will wrap up with a lip-sync battle to remember. Each village will spend the week preparing to compete for awards such as “Best Air Guitar” or “Most Enthusiastic”. This red carpet, Core-Values-sponsored event, will be covered by Frost Valley TV. Lights! Camera! Action!
HIRDSTOCK (4TH SESSION)
Hirdstock, a camp-wide music festival that rivals the original Woodstock, takes place during the fourth session. Campers participate in arts and crafts, games, an air guitar competition, and other activities on Hirdstock Field. But, the main attraction is always the music. Performances by campers, counselors, and other professional bands draw the positive vibes of all present and the spirit of Frost Valley is palpable as the music soars to the mountaintops.