Today saw our first overnights go out for the session! Every camper in the Hird does a 1 or 2 night overnight during the session. They cook dinner over a fire, sleep out under the stars, and build a connection with nature that lasts a lifetime. Pac and Windsong left for their traditional 2 night overnight into our East Valley. Windsong will sleep at Merrill Pavilion, a beautiful location that oversees the Catskills, and Pac will stay at Pine Grove, nestled right in the middle of a hemlock forest. Tomorrow night they will switch places. Tacoma and Lenape will go out for their overnights tomorrow night so stay tuned for […]

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The girls have their horses! They had their first lesson today, learning the basics of walk, stop and steering. Over the next 9 days, the will groom, tack and love their horses- with the needed extra of horse cuddles. Today we avoided the rain! Everyone managed to ride, we played ultimate kickball- what makes it ultimate? At each base, there is a challenge, such as do the Macarena, ball into bucket toss, spin round a pole and walk in a straight line. For Evening Program, we played Wells Fargo. This is when there are two teams, and each need to steal coins from each others bank. The team with all […]

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By inducting Beverly Gross Sutton into Frost Valley’s Hall of Fame, we honor a legendary leader among the community of girls and women who in the early 1960s, after eight decades of camping exclusively for boys, pioneered the culture and values of “Camp Wawayanda for Girls” (as it was first called) and then “Camp Henry Hird.” She was admired and known by everyone, across boys’ and girls’ camps both, as “Bev Gross”—or just “Bev,” a counselor quickly famed for her enormous store of empathy, a colleague whose passion for and faith in people’s deep goodness could be counted on to get everyone through the rough times and to celebrate the […]

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