Adventure Trips FAQs
Adventure Survival Camp FAQs
Who goes on adventure trips?
Frost Valley Adventure Village and Adventure Trips are for teens looking to have fun, try new things, and make great friends in a dynamic and safe environment. Multiple trips run concurrently and each trip consists of co-ed groups of teens. Some teens come with a friend while others attend on their own. The experience can be affected by large groups of friends attending the same trip, so we try to avoid groups of friends larger than three.
Who leads our trips?
Frost Valley trips are led by qualified and responsible trip leaders. Trip leaders are at least 21 years old and have significant experience as leaders in the outdoors. Our hiring process includes interviews, extensive background and reference checks, in-depth training, and a high standard for required certifications and qualifications. All staff are certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR, and many have more advanced training including, but not limited, to Swift Water Rescue, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor (WSI), and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In addition, our staff are chosen for their specialized skills and abilities as they relate to trip-specific activities.
Where do campers stay?
Each trip is unique, and accommodations vary from backcountry campsites to beaches to cabins. Please contact us for the accommodations specific to the trips you are interested in attending.
What kind of food do we eat?
A balanced healthy diet is essential to maintaining energy on an Adventure Trip. We work hard to give each group a variety of well-balanced, tasty foods that fit within the style of the trip. Breakfast and lunch vary between hot and cold options, dinners are always hot. In addition to three meals per day, our menu planning includes snacks and treats. We discourage trip participants from bringing, or purchasing, junk food. If you have dietary needs or restrictions, please call to discuss the specific details before registering.
How do we get to our trip site?
Our transportation depends on the trip’s needs. Vans and mini-buses are typical modes of transportation. Frost Valley drivers are all over the age of 21, with safe driving records, and go through extensive driver training. Buses may be contracted to transport us to different sites.
What gear do I need to prepare for my trip?
Campers are responsible for bringing any personal items such as clothing, toiletries, comfort items, books, etc. but any required outdoor gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, etc.) can be provided by Frost Valley. There is no need to reserve items in advance of your camper’s trip. When you arrive for your session, we will make sure all campers have the necessary equipment and provide anything that is needed. Our Trip Center is fully stocked with enough to accommodate everything campers could need on the trail. If you do already have these items, feel free to bring them and our trip leaders will determine whether or not they will be usable on the trip. You can find links to the specific packing lists for each trip on each respective trip’s webpage.
What is expected of everyone on my trip?
Frost Valley Adventures expects everyone on a trip to be an active member of the trip community. Your positive attitude and enthusiastic participation in all aspects of the trip make the experience great for everyone involved. Cooking, clean up, equipment maintenance, fire-building, and many other aspects of your trip are the responsibility of the group. Honesty and respect are very important. As people face the physical and mental challenges of the trip, they need the support of the group to learn and grow.
What does a “backcountry lifestyle” involve?
In the backcountry, you are in an area where there is no plumbing, electricity, or phone lines. Everything you need must fit in a backpack or dry bag. You could be in the middle of a forest, on a coastal island, or in any number of “wild” places. Trip Leaders on backcountry trips have advanced medical certifications and are familiar with emergency procedures for the area. Living in the backcountry gives people a chance to reflect and unplug. These experiences are some of our most challenging and most rewarding.
Where do trips leave from?
All trips start and end at Frost Valley YMCA. Instructors will transport all participants to-and-from the activity locations.
Adventure Survival Camp
Is my camper sleeping on the ground or in homemade shelters all week long?
Adventure Survival Camp has 2 Yurts that serve as our headquarters for the week. They are outfitted with bunk beds and plenty of dry space to store the camper’s belongings. The campers will be sleeping in the yurts for 3 of the 5 nights.
Does my camper need to be able to fit and carry everything they bring to camp in a backpack?
Campers can definitely bring duffle bags, suitcase, trunks; there is no preference on these items. The camper’s items for the week can be kept at the base camp even when we are out in the woods. Campers will pack into our provided rucksacks for the day of activities.
What does my camper need to pack for this program?
Download a Packing List for Adventure Survival Camp here
Are there bathrooms and showers at the base camp?
There is an Eloo at the base camp. An Eloo is a sustainable toilet that we use on-site. It is a permanent structure that provides privacy and amenities to be clean.
What is the food like? Is my camper going to be foraging and hunting for food?
The staff will be teaching the campers bushcraft and cooking on an open fire. Food supplies are provided to the camp from the Frost Valley YMCA kitchen, and the program empowers the campers to work together to cook their meals. We also teach the methods by which an individual would forage or trap for food, but that is not the way that we obtain our food supplies for meals. We can make accommodations for any special dietary needs.
What if my camper is not comfortable with or doing well with one of the activities?
Our programs and activities adopt the theory of “challenge by choice”. This means that we will encourage all of the campers to participate and challenge themselves in the activities, but if they are really set against continuing with it, they absolutely do not have to. We gauge the intensity of any activity that we do on the abilities of the campers as a whole, not individually. An example would be that: We hike as fast as our slowest hiker. We strive to challenge every one of our campers and also to create situations that give them a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and success.