Happy December Frost Valley Family!

 

This month, we are going to be celebrating diversity and how we put it into action in our communities. Diversity is a core value that means so much to Frost Valley, and I am really excited and proud to explore diversity with you all this month.

 

Diversity looks different and feels different for all of us. Diversity can be how we identify, where we are from, our interests, our abilities, and our beliefs. Diversity is in all of us. At camp, we make sure everyone has the space to be their unique self and be celebrated for the things that make them an individual. We also make space for those who may not be comfortable expressing their identity or who may feel marginalized outside of camp by encouraging conversations between campers, making camp accessible for all, providing role models our campers that they can identify with, and embracing teachable moments about diversity. While at camp, we hope to build empathy and connections, reinforcing to our campers their diversity should be celebrated and they should also be celebrating others for their differences.

 

Now it is time to put this into action. What makes you different, and how do you use it to make your community more diverse? How do your differences make a difference? How do you put diversity into action?

 

One of my favorite advertisements on television this holiday season has been from Amazon. Although these two men are from different religions, they have a friendship based on a similarity. They are able to make a shared connection and moments of kindness and giving.  I also read an article that they are now friends in real life! Showing kindness to all, even though we are different, is how we build friendships and connect to people, which will ultimately make the world a better place. Here is the link to the advertisement: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouu6LGGIWsc

 

If you have a story about how you have embraced diversity and put it into action, in whatever way that means to you, please share it! Our community needs more stories of kindness, friendship, and uniqueness, and I would love to feature yours. Please email me at lhutchinson@frostvalley.org and I will send you a core values tshirt!

 

Sending warm wishes this holiday season! See you all at Winter Camp!

Peace, Love, Bibbley,

Lindsay

 

Greetings from Wawayanda Session 2 2015!

 

We have been having an ABSOLUTE blast here already during Session 2 and wanted to let you all know how happy everyone has been! We have already had some epic dance offs, played Ultimate Sicko Ball, hung out with Al, celebrated a few birthdays, and took our swim tests! There is nothing better than sunshine and laughter, and other than a few short rain showers, we have had nothing but that!

 

On Sunday night, we all gathered at our favorite spot on camp, CiT Point, to celebrate the beginning of the session with our Opening Campfire. We had skits, songs, silly counselors, and even a surprise visit from a beaver who was gathering some sticks in the lake for his home! We had such a blast, bibly!

 

Monday began our first full day, complete with new specialties, new friends, and lots of new activities! We learned cheers of our Villages, which we will sing at Hoopla during lunch. Also, we all had our waterfront orientation and took the swim test! Everyone is safely in the water level of their comfortably, and swimming lessons will begin tomorrow to all campers who want to improve! Lakota Village won Gold at the Lakolympix Swim Test Event! We built shelters in the woods, did team building and trust walks, and played Geronimo with Al!

 

Today, we were in full swing, and there was so much creative programming happening! Gladiator was played in the dining hall with Outpost and the CiTs, Pokey Totem climbed the Y Tower and made candles, Susky and Forest did some aerobic workouts, and Lakota played Geronimo. We all ended the day with a camp-wide game of Ultimate Sicko Ball, one of our favorite camp games.

 

We are looking forward to the week ahead, and cannot wait to share more stories with you!

 

Peace, Love, & Wawayanda,

Lindsay

 

*Photo From Opening Campfire*

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A BIG shout out to Brock in Outpost who lost a tooth yesterday!

Brock S Lost a Tooth!

Congrats!!!