Voted Best Day Camp in the Catskills

Frost Valley YMCA Day Camp provides a magical summer experience to children, ages 4-15, from the local community. Counselors experienced in childcare and recreation lead kids through days of adventure and excitement. Bus transportation is available from several locations in Sullivan, Ulster, and Delaware Counties.


 
 

Explorers:

Entering Pre-K & Kindergarten, minimum age 4
The Explorers program is Day Camp for our youngest campers. Campers will participate in small hikes, daily access to our supervised waterfront, games and camp crafts. Explorers get to experience all that camp has to offer at a fun but relaxing pace!  *Children must be toilet trained.

 

Pathfinders:

Entering Grades 1-5
Campers in our Pathfinder program get the opportunity to experience camp with others similar in age. Pathfinders get to participate in a camper’s choice specialty program, sports or physical activity, hikes, camp crafts, ropes elements, Archery, Healthy Teaching Kitchen, daily trips to our waterfront and so much more each day.  Pathfinders, with the guidance of our Day Camp Role Models, will get the opportunity to make and foster new friendships, learn new skills, explore the outdoors, and so much more.
 

Tweens:

Entering Grades 6-7 (Ages 11-12)
In addition to all the traditional camp activities, Tweens will have the opportunity to experience our many adventure and ropes courses like the Zipline, the Giant Swing, and Glider.

 

‘Tween Leadership:

Entering Grades 6 & 7
Our two-week Tween Leadership program is specially designed for all campers entering 6th and 7th grade in September. Campers will get the opportunity to participate in regular camp activities in addition to leadership development activities including participating in community service projects around Frost Valley as well as the local community. These young leaders will develop social and emotional skills, work on different ways to express themselves, and so much more! Campers will go on one field trip and take part in one overnight.

 

Teen Leadership:

Entering Grades 8 & 9
Our two-week Teen Leadership program is specially designed for campers entering 8th – 9th grade in September. Teens in this leadership program will spend time making friends, in addition to learning about themselves through programs that promote diversity, inclusion, stewardship, and community. Campers will participate in teambuilding activities and practice mindfulness, while enjoying all of Frost Valley’s exciting camp activities. Campers will go on two field trips, one of which will include a fun activity that also gives back to the local community, and take part in one overnight.

 
 

Counselors in Training:

Entering Grade 10
Bring out the Leader inside you!  This two-week program is designed to develop the leadership skills you will need as part of a successful future.  Led by our Leadership and Adventure GURU, you will earn First Aid and CPR Certifications, develop your communication skills on teambuilding and high ropes courses, be responsible for the delivery of inclusive all camp programs and enjoy a rewarding overnight wilderness camping experience to top it all off!  (Must pass tests to earn certifications. No refunds if certification is not obtained.)

 

Building Strong Boys:

Boys Entering Grades 1-2
Boys in the Woods is a program that focuses on our younger male campers who are still developing their individuality, this program provides campers the opportunity to play, learn, and grow in a safe and positive environment. With the helpful hand of friendly and responsible role-models, campers will enjoy a full day of fun, active outdoor activities that encourage them to think for themselves, create friendships, and try new things. Activities include swimming, hiking, climbing tower, archery, and a large variety of sports and games.

 

Growing Strong Girls:

Girls Entering Grades 1 & 2
This unique female-only program provides girls the ideal atmosphere to express themselves free of peer pressure, set and achieve personal goals and explore leadership through a variety of ropes and challenge activities.  With the guidance of a positive females role model, campers will grow through daily journaling, daily fitness activities that include hip-hop dance and yoga and learning about successful women across cultures.  Campers will also experience a variety of traditional camp activities.
 

Inclusion Program:

Entering Grades 1-5
Our Inclusion Program provides children with physical and developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience our Summer Day Camp programs. Learn more…

 

Farm Camp:

Entering Grades K-7
Enjoy a week on Frost Valley’s 515 acre working farm tending to our barn full of animals, harvesting crops from our bountiful garden, enjoying a wide array of traditional camp activities and gaining a stronger appreciation for what it means to be a steward of the earth.

 

Activity-Based Specialty Camps*:

*Please note that in addition to time spent working on their specialty, campers will also spend a portion of their day participating in traditional camp activities.

Artist’s Showcase:

Entering grades 3-5, Available Session 4a
Calling all budding artists! From screen printing and paper mache to acrylic painting and pottery, creative activities will be hands-on as campers learn new art mediums and fun techniques every day!

Center Stage:

Entering 1st to 2nd grade, Available Session 3B

Whether your camper has an interest in acting, learning the ins and outs of set design, or costume designing, Center Stage will give them the chance to explore their creativity. Campers will choose a short play, set the stage, design the costumes, and perform live for other campers! 

Fish Frogs & Amphibians:

Entering grades 1-2, Available Session 4a
Campers will explore nature, build secret forts, hunt for frogs and other wild amphibians, take a mud hike and learn to fish on Lake Cole!

Fun with Food:

Entering grades 1-2, Available Session 2a
Campers will get to try their hand at a number of basic recipes, learn where their food comes from, and how food can be for more than just eating!

Inventor’s Workshop:

Entering grades 3-5, Available Session 1a
Create, Build and Discover!  Campers will embrace their curiosity as they tackle a number of hands-on, STEM-based activities including homemade bottle rockets, creating spinning tops, making slime, racing homemade cars and more!

Little Planters:

Entering 1st to 2nd grade, Available Session 3A

Does your camper have a green thumb or a keen interest in gardening?  Campers who attend Little Planters will learn all about where our food comes from by spending quality time in our Main Camp Garden. They will also take a trip to our Educational Farm, and be given the opportunity to start a little garden of their own.

Mini Chef:

Entering grades 3-5, Available Session 2b
Spend the Week in our Healthy Teaching Kitchen! Learning to make new recipes and trying out healthy twists on old favorites!

Mini Monet:

Entering Grades 1-2, Available Session 4b
Roll up your sleeves and let your imagination soar! Campers will enjoy watercolors, nature collages, beginner pottery, an introduction to acrylic painting and more!

Mountain Toppers:

Entering grades 3–5, Available Session 4b
Strap on your hiking shoes and get ready to rack up some serious steps!  High Falls and Devil’s Hole and just the start of a great week of fun and challenging hikes. Campers will spend their week trekking through the trails of the Catskills!

Picture This!:

Entering grades 3-5, Available Session 2a
Campers will get the opportunity to try out Digital Photography! With a camera in hand, campers will explore camp and document it through their camera lens. Campers will get to learn basic photography while also getting a photo to take home at the end of the week.

Secret Agents:

Entering grades 1-2, Available Session 1b
Our newest class of Secret Agents will earn their stripes by completing daily missions of wilderness survival and awareness, writing, and breaking codes and mastering the art of disguise!

Shoot for the Stars!:

Entering grades 1-2, Available Session 2b
Spend the week learning about the stars, the skies, and all things outer space. Build a rocket, spend some time in our observatory, and make your own star chart.

Sports of all Sorts:

Entering grades 3-5, Available Session 1b
Lace up your sneakers and come enjoy all the great sports that camp has to offer!  Dodgeball, Gaga Ball, Soccer, Frisbee Golf, Field Hockey and even Cricket are just a few of the exciting games your camper will enjoy!

Sports Sampler:

Entering grades 1–2, Available Session 1a
Get ready to run, jump and play!  With all the great sports and games Frost Valley has to offer, your camper will be active all day long.  Kickball, Can-Jam, Gaga Ball, Floor Hockey, and Capture the Flag are just the start to what is sure to be an exciting week!

Ultimate Survivor:

Entering grades 3-5 Available Session 3a
Campers learn survival skills in the rugged Catskill wilderness.  Shelter building, orienteering, fire building, fishing, and outdoor cooking.

Wilderness Adventure:

Entering grades 3 – 5, Available Session 3B

If your child is a natural adventurer who loves to explore and try new things, then Wilderness Adventure is perfect for them! Campers will be able to test their courage on Frost Valley’s climbing wall, work on teamwork at our low ropes course, and learn how to cook over an open fire. They will also explore the beauty of nature while taking long hikes on Frost Valley’s many trails and learn basic outdoor living skills.

 

Contact us today: (845) 985-2291 or daycamp@frostvalley.org