Build confidence and develop leadership skills!

As we prepare for Summer Camp 2021, our priority is always the health and safety of our campers. As such, we remain proactive as new information develops regarding COVID-19. We will update our website with new information as needed.

In our Leadership Track, participants will gain experience and confidence in the technical skills of backcountry camping while developing their leadership skills. From cooking a meal over a stove, reading a map and compass, or managing a campsite, participants will gain a deeper appreciation, comfort, and appreciation for nature and the outdoors. With guidance from our Trip Leaders, campers will begin taking on different roles amongst their trip mates and become decision-makers of the trip. These trips are for campers who have had experience with wilderness camping or have a strong desire to participate in it.

(Entry Level) Adirondack Hike & Climb Trip

(Entry Level) Adirondack Paddler Trip

(Moderate) Maine A.T. Backpacker Trip

(Intermediate) White Mountains Hike & Climb Trip

(Advanced) Long Trail Backpacker Trip

(Advanced) Adirondack Classic Trip

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Adirondack Hike & Climb
(Entry Level for Grades 7-8)

The Adirondack Hike and Climb trip is an entry-level trip for the adventurer at heart. Campers will learn backcountry camping skills like orienteering, fire building and backcountry cooking. Campers will also test their limits and find the value of teamwork. They will spend half their time backpacking in the remote wilderness of the Adirondacks, summiting high peaks and camping by pristine lakes, and the other half of their time will be spent learning to rock climb on some of the Adirondacks’ most celebrated crags.

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2021 Dates:

Session 2: July 11-23
Session 4: Aug 8-20

Tuition Fee: $2,100

 

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Adirondack Paddler
(Entry Level for Grades 7-8)

The Adirondack Paddler is for the water-loving adventurer looking to develop their paddling skills and their leadership. From paddling small streams to large lakes to whitewater this trip offers opportunities to build confidence and teamwork in addition to mastering paddling skills. Campers will get to experience rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. Come join us for the experience of a lifetime making lasting memories and connections while calling some of the clearest waters in the country your home for two weeks. **Participants must be comfortable in water and know how to swim**

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2021 Dates:

Session 1: June 27-July 9
Session 3: July 25-Aug 6

Tuition Fee: $2,100

 

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Maine Appalachian Trail Backpacker
(Moderate Level for Grades 8-9)

Take the next step up in leadership as you travel a bit farther afield, all the way to Maine. Backpack some of the most remote wilderness in the Northeast on the northern section of the Appalachian Trail. Build upon leadership skills to learn more about the environment and land history around you, navigate independently, and lead your peers across peaks and valleys.

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2021 Dates:

Session 1: June 27-July 9
Session 2: July 11-23

Tuition Fee: $2,100

 

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White Mountains Hike & Climb
(Intermediate Level for Grades 9-10)

Travel to the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire and experience some of the most amazing vistas on the east coast. Backpacking and climbing in the White Mountains will offer challenging experiences that will build confidence and character along with creating friendships that will last a lifetime.

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2021 Dates:

Session 1: June 27-July 9
Session 2: July 11-23
Session 4: Aug 8-20

Tuition Fee: $2,390

 

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Long Trail Backpacker 
(Advanced Level for Grades 8-9)

We are introducing our new 3-week Adventure trip with this Long Trail Backpacker. If you are ready to take the next step on your Adventure leadership track, but either not quite ready for a full month or really excited about the focus on backpacking, this trip is for you! Hike a majority of Vermont’s pristine Long Trail with a small group of committed outdoor enthusiasts. With your counselors supporting you, you will start to navigate and make risk management decisions as a group of peers. This trip sets you up well for an AIT or month long experience!

 *Willingness and interest by the participant to be immersed in nature and the camping lifestyle.  Camping experience at Frost Valley YMCA or similar experience with other programs required. Please reach out to the Adventure Director at adventure@frostvalley.org if you are unsure or interested. *

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2021 Dates:

Session 3 through 4A: July 25-Aug 13 (3 Week Trip)

Tuition Fee: $3,150

 

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Adirondack Classic
(Advanced Level for Grades 9-12)

This trip, for the adventure camper ready to take on real leadership responsibilities, has it all; backpacking, climbing, and paddling in New York’s biggest state park. As a camper who has built up their leadership skills across other trips or programs, you will have the opportunity to make some of your own route, gear, cooking, and group management decisions while you bond with a small group of campers who will be life-long friends. This trip sets you up well for an AIT experience. 

 *Willingness and interest by the participant to be immersed in nature and the camping lifestyle.  Camping experience at Frost Valley YMCA or similar experience with other programs required. Please reach out to the Adventure Director at adventure@frostvalley.org if you are unsure or interested. *

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2021 Dates:

Sessions 2-3: July 11-Aug 6 (4 Week Trip)

Tuition Fee: $4,270

 

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