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.
 

Tween Camp:

Entering Grades 6 & 7
In addition to all the traditional camp activities, Tweens will take one off-site trip during a two-week session and enjoy one overnight campout during each two-week session.  They will also have the opportunity to experience our many adventure and ropes courses like the Zipline, the Giant Swing, and Glider.

 

Teen Adventures:

Grades 8-10
Teen Adventures focus on building leadership skills, confidence, and opportunities for positive socialization. Campers choose their own adventures from a range of options shown here.

 

Counselors in Training:

Entering Grades 9 & 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 1-3
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 4 & 5
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 1-7, minimum age 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-8
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:

Artist’s Showcase:

Entering grades 4-5, Available Session 1b
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!

Fish Frogs & Amphibians:

Entering grades 1-3, Available Session 1b
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 1-3, 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!

Happy Hikers:

Entering grades 1–3, Available Session 3a
Walking sticks and water bottles in hand – get ready to enjoy a wide variety of Frost Valley hikes and trails!  Campers will hike alongside crystal clear mountain streams, create and follow maps, collect and identify wildflowers and so much more.

Inventor’s Workshop:

Entering grades 1–3, Available Session 4a
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!

Maker’s Lab:

Entering grades 4-5, Available Session 4b
Take discovery to a whole new level!  With a STEAM-based focus, campers will take their imaginations to the next level. Campers will get a hands-on week of building, experimenting and so much more! 

Mini Chef:

Entering grades 4-5, 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 1-3, Available Session 1a
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 4–5, Available Session 3b
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 4-5, 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.

Rods and Reels:

Entering grades 4-5, Available Session 1a
Campers will learn fundamental fishing skills such as baiting, casting, and setting their hooks as they try to catch the “big one!”

Secret Agents:

Entering grades 1-3, Available Session 4b
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 1-3, 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 4-5, Available Session 3a
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 1–3, Available Session 3b
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 4-5 Available Session 4a
Campers learn survival skills in the rugged Catskill wilderness.  Shelter building, orienteering, fire building, fishing, and outdoor cooking.

 

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