George Floyd should be with his family today.   His life mattered, as did the lives of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. Black Lives Matter. These words should go without saying but are still as necessary as ever. But this moment of despair and anguish also commands us to act.   I have spent this past week listening, learning, and asking the question: what is Frost Valley’s role in responding to the unconscionable suffering of the communities we serve?   In response to the 1967 riots in Newark, NJ, Frost Valley responded by formally establishing what is now our Newark Partnerships Program, which provided children respite from […]

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Frost Valley has some exciting news! Since we can’t be together physically just yet, we wanted to bring a little piece of Frost Valley to you. Now you can “virtually visit” our beautiful and iconic locations around our 5,500-acre grounds in the Catskills using fun, custom zoom backgrounds. When you chat with co-workers, friends, relatives, teachers, or classmates on zoom you can share your love of Frost Valley with others and we can all be together in spirit. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the backgrounds: Use this link to view Frost Valley’s custom zoom backgrounds – FVYMCA zoom backgrounds folder link  Choose the Frost Valley virtual background […]

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As you may have heard, Frost Valley YMCA has made the decision to cancel summer camp programs for 2020. You can read more about the details of that decision in this letter from our CEO. When talking to your child about this or any difficult news, first remember that you know your child best. Try to digest the news yourself before talking to your camper. Below are some tips that can help guide you: Acknowledge their feelings. Expect a range of emotions, including disappointment, anger, sadness, or even grief. Most us, including our children, have experienced a lot of cancelled plans, and adding yet another disappointment to the list may […]

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