The campers here at Frost Valley are already fully immersed in this summers specialties! Along with tie dye and candles, our arts and crafts counselors are offering an amazing new experience for our campers in our Screen Printing studio

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Sam, from England, is getting an education in the camp classic Gaga.

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Campers who signed up to learn skills in our Wood Shop are getting a great experience making wooden ornaments using a coping saw.

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A rainy day at Frost Valley led to quality time spent in cabin groups. Susky village spent their evening performing lip-sync dances in their cabins meanwhile Lakota, Outpost, and Thunderbird competed in the classic evening activity Challenge Night. Pokey Totem finished up their day with a dance party in the dining hall (photo featured above). They definitely didn’t let the rain get them down! Tomorrow our one week village, Thunderbird, will be going out on overnights. Half of the village will be going to Nially’s Crossing while the other half will be at Moonshadow, two of our most scenic overnight sites! Check back tomorrow for more photos of Wawayanda fun!

– Phoebe Torchia, Assistant Wawayanda Director

 

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Summer camp was in full swing for the first full day! During a beautiful and sunny morning, campers played Geronimo, learned cheers, played tag and went to waterfront orientation. Some campers were able to complete their swim tests, and the rest will be taking them tomorrow. At dinner, cabin groups got together to take their cabin photos! The photo featured here is Outpost Cabin 38, all of the boys were excited to have their photo posted so all their friends and family could see what a great time they’re having at summer camp!

We’re looking forward to an amazing rest of the week and session! Check back tomorrow for more blogging and photos.

Peace, Love, Bibbley,

The Wawayanda Directors,

Phoebe, Lindsay, Sian, Sevani

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!

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Greenland’s Narwhal

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

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

Today was a busy day for Adventure Village as they get ready to depart on their 4 day 3 night Mini-Trips.  It starts off in the morning with an activity called the duffle shuffle. This is when we have each camper set out all clothing and items that they want to take on the trip. Then as a group check that each person hasn’t forgotten anything important, but also that they haven’t over packed. This is extremely important as it means our campers don’t carry unnecessarily heavy backpacks. The village then breaks into their individual trips and do a rotation of four different trip prep stages.

The first is food pack out, this is where each trip works from their menus to weigh, sort and pack out each ingredient that they will need over the coming days. The second is gear pack out, again this is where each trip collect, sort and test all gear and equipment that they will be using on their Mini-Trip. If there is something broken or missing they can make sure the problem is fixed before they leave camp. This saves a significant amount of time and makes life much easier when on the trip; it also gives the campers a chance to become familiar with the equipment before using it on trail.

Our canoe trip then goes to Lake Cole with the Trips Coordinator to freshen up their paddling strokes, their portage skills and to enjoy the water. In the mean time the rest of the trips go to team building. This is where trips leaders set up a series of games, tasks and challenges that the group must work together to solve. This, while bringing the group closer together, shows in a very understanding way the importance of communication, collaboration and trust in a team environment. The final activity that they will attend is goal setting and trip expectations. This is where the goals and expectations are set for each individual and the group for the adventure ahead.

The groups will embark on their great adventure bright and early tomorrow morning.

 

 

Happy Trials

James Fox

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

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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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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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

Greetings from the Catskills,

Today the village split up into three different groups and each went on a different day/half day hike here on Frost Valley property. One group hiked to the peak Double Top Mountain and found the abandoned plane crash. Another hiked over Wild Cat Mountain and visited our Farm Camp, where they got to meet all the animals they have there. The last group got to explore some of the beautiful wonders we have here on camp with a focus on environmental education, exploration and awareness.

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Happy Trails,

James

Assistant  Adventure Director.

Al’s Challenge Night is back at Frost Valley for Summer 2015!

Challenge Night is one of our favorite Frost Valley traditions, hosted by Al, a Frost Valley legend. Al is on the Board of Trustees at Frost Valley and comes up to visit us at camp every summer, hosting fun and games of all kinds, including Geronimo, Story Time, and Challenge Night. At Challenge Night, villages compete in cabin groups to complete various activities, including weirdest noise, craziest body position, most accurate celebrity impression, and best counselor dance off. One of the favorite challenges is camp look-a-likes! Here are the twins of Susky & Forest Villages.

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Thanks, Al, for another awesome Challenge Night!