Overnights are one of the most memorable moments of the camp experience.

During staff training our counselors learn all about the technical skills that make overnight camping trips fun and successful. We teach and perfect the art of fire building, shelter building, and learn all about the 7 Leave No Trace Principles:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

As a Leave No Trace Master Educator, I feel very confident that our staff are set up for success. Here are two photos of different groups enjoying fireside chats as they digest their pita pizzas and s’mores.

Not pictured: An incredible display of stars. You’ll have to wait to see them with your own eyes!

Day 3 of summer staff training for our 2017 crew. What talents! These were emphatically on display at Challenge Night. Below—among other day 3 photos—you see a group of Tacoma/Lenape staff and another group representing Pac/Windsong doing their improv interpretive dance. This blogger is unsure who “won,” as if winning in this context means anything! But it’s obvious that they had free-form, free-wheeling fun. The week of training can be quite serious, thoughtful, sincere and even visionary, but it’s also exactly that—fun—as friends easily re-constitute the Frost Valley camp family once again.

Games on Big Tree Field

Games on Big Tree Field

Opening Campfire for Staff Training!

Opening Campfire!