Voted Best Day Camp in the Catskills!
NOTE: Day Camp 2021 will function a little differently this year, but will be no less exciting for our campers. We have prepared a list of questions and answers, which can be found on our Day Camp 2021 COVID-19 FAQs page. We will update this page with new information as it develops.
Frost Valley YMCA Day Camp provides a safe and enriching 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 in the great outdoors. Bus transportation is available from several locations in Sullivan, Ulster, and Delaware Counties. Please Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions transportation spots are VERY limited.
- Farm Day Camp (Grades K-6)
- Activity-Based Specialty Day Camps (Grades 3-5)
- Explorers (Pre-K & K)
- Pathfinders (Grades 1-5)
- Tween Leadership (Grades 6-7)
- Teen Leadership (Grades 8-9)
- Counselors in Training (Grade 10)
Entering Pre-K & Kindergarten, minimum age 4
The Explorers program is Day Camp for our youngest campers. Campers will participate in small hikes, games, and camp crafts, as well as spend time at our supervised waterfront. Explorers get to experience all that camp has to offer at a fun but relaxing pace! *Children must be toilet trained.
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, trips to our waterfront and more each day. Pathfinders, with the guidance of our Day Camp staff, will get the opportunity to make and foster new friendships, learn new skills, explore the outdoors, and so much more.
Entering Grades 6 & 7
Tween Leaders will get the opportunity to participate in regular camp activities, as well as in leadership development. Campers can participate in community service initiatives around Frost Valley. Tweens will develop social-emotional skills, work on different ways to express themselves, participate in general camp activities and so much more. Campers will spend time learning about Diversity and Inclusion practices, while helping to build and give back to a community within Frost Valley.
Entering Grades 8 & 9
Teens in our leadership program will spend time making friends, while also learning about themselves through programs that promote diversity, inclusion, stewardship and community. Campers will participate in teambuilding activities, mindfulness, general camp fun and so much more. Campers will get to spend time fostering strong relationships, while also giving back to their Frost Valley Community.
Counselors in Training:
Entering Grade 10
CiTs get to work alongside our Day Camp staff and leadership to learn the basics of becoming a Youth Development Professional at Frost Valley. CiTs are given camper groups to spend their days with where they will help plan and lead activities while learning about safety and risk management, creativity, and organization. This is a great program to get an idea of what it is like to be a camp counselor at Frost Valley.
Entering Grades K-6
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*:
Entering Grades 3-5
*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.
Specialty Session 1
Sports of All Sorts
Lace up your sneakers and come enjoy all the great sports that camp has to offer! Dodgeball, Gaga Ball, Soccer, Alaskan Baseball, Volleyball and even Cricket are just a few of the exciting games your camper will enjoy! With all the great sports and games Frost Valley has to offer, your camper will be active all day long.
Specialty Session 2
If your child is a natural adventurer who loves to explore and try new things, then Ultimate Survivor is perfect for them! Campers will learn basic survival skills in the rugged terrain as well as shelter building, orienteering, fire building, fishing, and outdoor cooking.
Specialty Session 3
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! Future Oscar winners are sure to enjoy themselves.
Specialty Session 4
Roll up your sleeves and let your imagination soar! Campers will enjoy watercolors, nature collages, beginner pottery, paper mache and even origami. All our creative activities will be hands-on as campers learn new art mediums and fun techniques every day!
Specialty Session 5
Fun with Food
Does your child dream of opening a Michelin star restaurant? All our budding chefs will get to try their hand at a number of recipes in our teaching kitchen, as well as cooking over an open fire and discovering how food can be for more than just eating! They may even get to plant some seeds to bring home to their own kitchen!
Specialty Session 6
Create, Build and Discover! Campers will embrace their curiosity as they tackle a number of hands-on, STEM-based activities including building challenges, making slime, egg drop and even a visit to our makers lab. All mad scientists welcome!
Specialty Session 7
NEW: Eco Warriors
Is your camper passionate about the environment? Help them to prepare for the future of the planet! This week they will upcycle old materials, plant seeds for their garden and spend plenty of time learning about the world around them and how to protect it.
Specialty Session 8
NEW: Global Citizen
Do you have a curious traveler on your hands? Each day this week we will “travel” to a new destination and learn about different customs, traditions and games. Activities will range from crafts to sports, celebrations, language learning and more depending on the day. Experience the world in just one week!
You can also register by downloading the fillable Day Camp Registration Form and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you rename the file when you save it so that it will save the information you fill out.