Bring yourself back to summer time in the valley. After a long, hot day, everyone bustles into the dining hall hungry for dinner. The dining hall is full of friends, laughter, and clinking silverware. One of the cabins is called up to sing grace, we have a moment of silent reflection, and a moment of silliness. Your cabin mate hurries up to the serving line and brings back a hot, delicious tray of food for you to pass around the table and share with your cabin. We call this family style eating; we are all sitting at the table together, sharing food from the same bowl, eating together. Family style meals are one of the many things that we do at Frost Valley that build community.

 

Family style meals bring people together, encourage communication, allow people to relax together, and allows us to be thankful for our meal. The Family Dinner Project is a website promoting this idea of family style eating, take a moment to check it out as a family! http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/resources/faq/

 

Tomorrow, as well celebrate Thanksgiving, most of us will be eating family style, sharing a meal with loved ones. As you eat, take a moment to think about all that you are thankful for, think about the family that you are with, and think about the community that camp has brought to your life. I know that I am thankful for the Frost Valley community, and as I travel home for the holidays, I will be thinking of how grateful I am for my time spent with you!

I hope you all enjoy the community you are with during this special time, and I look forward to reuniting at Winter Camp! Keep doing amazing things in your communities at home, I am looking forward to hearing about how you are putting the core values into action!

Peace, Love, Bibbley, and happy Thanksgiving!

Lindsay

Frost Valley is a community built on love and our core values. We stand for respect, caring, honesty, responsibility, stewardship, diversity, inclusiveness, and community for all people. For all people.

 

Being a part of this community is a special thing, and the core values are what drew me to the YMCA movement many years ago. Being a part of the Frost Valley YMCA movement, has made more of an impact on me than I ever thought possible. Our commitment to these values, and our intentional implementation of them in our programming every day, for every person, has guided me to become a stronger, more intentional leader. What I try to do each day, and what I’ve committed my life to, is providing children a safe place to learn about themselves, build relationships, solve healthy conflict, relate to people with differences, and learn how to care. That is how I can contribute to my community, and I thank my campers for inspiring me to do so. Our campers are some of the most caring, positive, change agents in this world. I’m convinced of it 🙂

 

Many people describe our community as being a big family. I believe this as well. We are a loving community. We share stories and provide guidance to one another. We hug each other when times are hard and try to lift one another up. We cheer each other on and encourage each other’s dreams. But the part that makes us such a strong and unique family is our differences. Each one of us bring to camp our own experiences and perspectives, and each one of us leaves with a better understanding of someone who’s experiences and perspectives are different from our own. We celebrate these differences, encourage each other to share and discuss differences, and coach our youth through navigating some of these differences as well.

 

I am proud of this community. I am honored to be a part of it. I am humbled constantly by the amazing youth that are part of this community. I encourage all of my campers to continue to embrace each other’s differences, support each other through hardships, and spread the values that we practice at Frost Valley throughout your communities at home.

 

Once you become part of our family, you are part of it for life. Thank you for being part of my community.

Ubuntu, I am because we are.

Peace, Love, Bibbley,

Lindsay

With Winter Camp in full swing, what better way to celebrate than with a full day of Winter Olympix. The day was hosted by Team Canada, and the teams competing were Russia, Switzerland, Norway, and Greenland. The games included Giant Curling, Capture the Snowman, Gramcracker House Building Contest, and Jeopardy.  Greenland’s Gramcracer House was actually a Narwhal! Banners were made, faces were painted, and cheers were created. And like every night of Winter Camp, it ended with a Summer Throwback Dance Party!

Greenland's Narwhal

Greenland’s Narwhal

Click here to watch a video of the Dance Party!!!! featuring one of our favorite summer songs!

family

 

Here at Frost Valley, we all feel like part of a big family, and some of us actually are family! Here we have the Boynton family, all siblings, in Pokey Totem village, Forest Village, and Mustang Village. How many family members do you have at camp or know who went to camp?

A camper from session 1 quoted, “I came in to camp feeling like a stranger, and came out with a family.” We couldn’t say it better ourselves!

Thank you to all the families who made it possible for our campers to be at camp. We are having such an amazing time, and are feeling so lucky to have your campers here with us! What a respectful, funny, and full of energy group we have!