Nova Scotia bike trip, 1982. That’s Nancy Brady (second from left), one of the trip leaders. Photo taken by the other trip leader, Andy Kremer.

After 4 days and 3 nights exploring the nature and testing their limits, Adventure Village has returned safe and sound from their mini-trips.

The Adirondack Backpacking trip grew as a team and accomplished some long miles this session.

Our Gunks Climbing trip really reached past their comfort zone and grew in such amazing ways.

Our Catskill Backpackers explored a new section of the Catskills this session.

The Merrell Pavilion trip got to experience the beauty of the Catskills without leaving our wonderful property.

For more picture from our Mini Trip please go to our smugmug account at; 

www.frostvalley.smugmug.com

Happy Trails.
James Fox
Assistant Adventure Director

Rising before the sun, Adventure village began their Mini Trips bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Today all four Mini Trips left for their four day and three night adventure into the mountains. These are their photos before boarding the buses.

Adirondack Backpacking Trip.

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Shawangunks (Gunks) Climbing Trip.

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 Catskills Backpacking Trip.

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Merrel Pavilion Trip.

Reminder there will be NO photos or blog posts until the Mini Trips have returned on Wednesday.

Happy Trails.

James

Assistant Adventure Director

After the first full day of awkward name games, team building activities, different orientations and a game of dodge ball, we can finally say that the Adventure Village family is beginning to form. It was a great day watching all the campers getting to know each other and let down some of those nervous walls. We dive head first into activities tomorrow and begin really making those connections.

Here are the campers and their tent mates of Adventure Village with their counselors…. Enjoy!

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Here are the campers of the Maine Coast Teen Adventure Trip  and trip leaders… Enjoy!

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Happy Trails

James Fox

Assistant Adventure Director

Rising before the sun, Adventure village began their Mini Trips bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Today all five Mini Trips left for their four day and three night adventure into the mountains. These are their photos before boarding the buses.

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Adirondack Backpacking Trip.

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Adirondack Canoeing Trip.

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Shawangunks (Gunks) Climbing Trip.

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 Catskills Backpacking Trip.

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Merrel Pavilion Trip.

Reminder there will be NO photos or blog posts until the Mini Trips have returned on Wednesday.

 

Happy Trails.

James

Assistant Adventure Director

Today was another fun filled day in adventure camp with activities to suit all campers. Today campers took part in Geronimo a get to know you game ran by Frost Valley alumni Al Filreis, Paint twister, creeking, waterfront and some educational activities such as gardening where camper learn how to plant and care for homegrown fruit and vegetables, they then went to incredible edibles where they get to prepare and cook fresh healthy meals from start to finish, given them good food and a good sense of accomplishment. Some of the older campers in the village got to step up and lead hard skill classes to Sacky a younger female village on camp, this is where adventure camper teach other the useful and essential skill they need to succeed on an over night or mini trip. This is a great opportunity for adventure campers to take a leadership role on camp and give them a feel for the work their counselors do here at camp.

Tonight Adventure Village and joined force with STEP and left the comforts of the Dinning Hall to grill their own meal. STEP stands for Supportive Training Employment Program and is a part of the MAC program. This is the Mainstreaming at Camp program where campers with developmental disabilities come to camp and join the Frost Valley community. After cooking up a storm both villages hung out, played some field games, and danced till they could dance no more.

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Right now they are making their way to bed so they can get some rest so they can do it all over again tomorrow.

 

Happy Trails.

James

Assistant Adventure Director

 

This morning  adventure awoke and gathered in the village for an activity we call morning ritual. This is where the village will meet and discuss the days core value, each day we pick one of Frost Valleys 8 core vales which are Caring, Community, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Stewardship. Today’s core value was Honesty, here each camper opened up and shared one fact about themselves with the group and after that they made their way to breakfast.

After breakfast we dove into a hard skills rotation. This is where the campers shuffle from station to station. At each station they learn a new outdoor skill: how to work a backpacking stove, how to read the signs of a coming storm and what to do if one comes, what a good camp site should look like, how to minimize our impact on the forests and our natural environment. Before we head into the woods we want to make sure we know everything we can and get on the same page about safety.

After the skills rotation the campers broke out into smaller groups to take part in some camp activities that they wanted. We offered candle making, soccer, and water color painting at the lake. For water color painting campers learn different tips and techniques to create their painting. Today the subject was the very beautiful Lake Cole and to create the image they mixed paint with water from the lake giving them a painting made with the subject in which they painted. A very cool concept for the campers.

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Before dinner the whole village got together and jumped into the lake for the swim challenge. Today we had perfect weather to enjoy a dip in the lake! Tonight the campers are making their way to a flashlight tag game we call French Rev. After they will head back to the village to wash up and do devo with their tents. A great day of learning and running around!

Happy Trails.

James

Assistant Adventure Director

Rising before the sun, Adventure village began their Mini Trips bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Today all five Mini Trips left for their four day and three night adventure into the mountains. These are their photos before boarding the buses.

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Adirondack Backpacking Trip.

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Adirondack Canoeing Trip.

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Shawangunks (Gunks) Climbing Trip.

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 Catskills Backpacking Trip.

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Merrel Pavilion Trip.

For more photos from this morning please go to; http://frostvalley.smugmug.com/

And remember there will be NO photos or blog posts until the Mini Trips have returned on Wednesday.

Happy Trails.

James

Assistant Adventure Director

Today we welcomed both new and returning campers to Adventure Village and as always we like to begin the session with opening campfire. This first campfire is a special one in Adventure Village as it is here that they get their first taste of what its means to be in Adventure.

As this can be a some what  of a nervous experience for new campers we figure the best way to introduce them to the village is to have returning campers share their stories and tell them ‘what adventure means to them’, this always leads to new campers standing tall and sharing with us ‘what adventure means to them’.

From blindfolded trust walks to a hidden campfire by the stream and the teaching of songs and cheers, to the Raccoon poop (brownie mix and chocolate chips) initiation, and the drinking of the Hemlock tea, to the stories/testimonies of campers and the sounds of the great outdoors.

This was Adventure’s Opening Campfire.

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Happy Trials

James Fox

Assistant Adventure Director
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Rd.
Claryville, NY12725

 

Rising before the sun, Adventure village began their Mini Trips bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Today all five Mini Trips left for their four day and three night adventure into the mountains. These are their photos before boarding the buses.

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Adirondack Backpacking Trip.

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Adirondack Canoeing Trip.IMG_6555

Shawangunks (Gunks) Climbing Trip.

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 Catskills Backpacking Trip.

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Merrel Pavilion Trip.

Reminder there will be NO photos or blog posts until the Mini Trips have returned on Wednesday.

Happy Trails.

James

Assistant Adventure Director