Overnights are one of the most memorable moments of the camp experience.

During staff training our counselors learn all about the technical skills that make overnight camping trips fun and successful. We teach and perfect the art of fire building, shelter building, and learn all about the 7 Leave No Trace Principles:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

As a Leave No Trace Master Educator, I feel very confident that our staff are set up for success. Here are two photos of different groups enjoying fireside chats as they digest their pita pizzas and s’mores.

Not pictured: An incredible display of stars. You’ll have to wait to see them with your own eyes!

Nick Lomauro

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Nick Lomauro

Nick Lomauro is a lifetime lover of camp (overnight and day), outdoor recreation, and value-based programs. Nick grew up in the YMCA and discovered his passion for working in youth development as a summer camp counselor. Full of curiosity, Nick graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in General Humanities. Immediately following graduation Nick set off to Spain to hike the 500 mile ancient pilgrimage trail, El Camino de Santiago. Nick then returned to his childhood YMCA in NJ, of over 20 thousand members, as the Director of Youth Development. In this role he designed, developed, and implemented day camp and teen programs. In 2015, Nick returned to Frost Valley and he is now the Director of Camp Wawayanda. This is Nick's 16th summer at Frost Valley.

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