Go on an Adventure this Summer!

NOTE: Unless mandated by the Department of Health, Frost Valley WILL NOT be requiring campers to be vaccinated for COVID-19 for Summer 2023, but we are STRONGLY RECOMMENDING parents get their children vaccinated. We will be working with the New York State Department of Health, CDC, and American Camp Association to stay updated on guidelines.

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Start an annual tradition and join us for an adventure of a lifetime and experience character-building, self-discovery, and lasting friendships with Frost Valley YMCA’s adventure programs! Our programs offer a wide range of activities that will challenge campers and build character, all while making lasting friendships. Whether on an adventure trip to beautiful and awe-inspiring places around the East Coast or at camp right here in the Catskills, campers will push themselves out of their comfort zones and grow in ways they never thought possible.

Campers discover in themselves newfound confidence and strength through these experiences. They learn how to trust in themselves, and each other, as they work together to explore, problem-solve, and achieve common goals. It’s an empowering experience for all!

Adventure is for all! Frost Valley YMCA offers three different programs for campers entering grades 5-11, each with its own take on the meaning of Adventure: Adventure Village, Teen Adventure Trips, and Adventure Survival Camp.

Adventure Village, affectionately known as Advill around camp, is for campers in grades 5-9. Adventure Village is comprised of two mini-villages: Woodwise is for campers entering grades 5-7, and Sequoia is for campers entering grades 8-9. Adventure Village is a co-ed specialty program that is a mix of traditional resident camp and our adventure trips program. Adventure Village campers will spend the first half of their 12-day session on Frost Valley’s property doing adventure-focused programming and developing their technical skills. Campers will spend the second half of the session going on their mini-trip! Mini trips are 3-4 night backpacking, canoeing, or climbing trips that get progressively more difficult as campers grow through the program. That means each summer in Adventure Village leads to new trips with new and old friends!

Teen Adventure Trips are for our campers who want to go on longer adventures while growing their resilience, confidence, and skills. Adventure Trips are for campers ages 12-17 (grades 7-11) and each trip is based on the age of the campers. Within the trip program, there are different tracks that campers can choose from: Leadership, Experience, and Service. Each track has its own progression tailored to its purpose. Trips are small but tight-knit communities, as the trips are made up of only 6-8 campers that really lean into the spirit of adventure mindset. Click here for a full list of trips and their ages.

Adventure Survival Camp is where campers will get the opportunity to live their survival video game fantasy in real life. Survival camp sessions are grouped based on grade as well as if the camper has been in the program before. There are special returner-only sessions where campers are able to learn new skills that build on the ones gained from their previous Adventure Survival Camp experience. Campers will spend 5 days in a simulated survival experience where they will learn various technical skills and leave with a new appreciation for the power of nature.

Not sure which program is right for your child? Search by age and/or interest.