Our Susky campers completed their overnight on Thursday and despite the rain they weathered out the conditions and had a very successful night under the stars (which appeared for a little while at least)!

Preparation is key to all good outdoor fires and the girls set about gathering as much kindling as they could find, even the wet stuff! Birch bark was the fire starter they settled on and after some tending to and a few wafts of a crazy creek or two they had a fire good enough to cook on…and that they did.

Fifty-two pitta pizzas later and enough s’mores to open a small store, the girls ended their overnight with an evening hike and stories and games in the lean to’s of our sequoia trail before hitting the hay. They awoke to a new dawn and a new appreciation for mattresses but more importantly, a new and greater love for the outdoors.

Beverly Gross Sutton (aka Bev Gross) was inducted into the Frost Valley Hall of Fame this past weekend. She had been back to Frost Valley just once in recent decades. In the 1960s, she spent eight summers on the Wawayanda staff. Six of them she worked in Susquehanna Village—always her favorite group. Well, naturally, when she came to breakfast on the day of her induction, she went straight for Susky and had a wonderful time talking with the current Susky people. And here they are:

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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!

All forty-four girls in Susky village hiked with our Adventure Director Zach Eigenbrodt on Frost Valley trails. The hike was 2.5 miles and all the girls were able to complete it! They got muddy, dirty, and found the perfect leaf. They visited the “bear cave” (an empty in the side of an escarpment), and loved it! Zach was happy to report that the girls may have come back a little dirtier and more tired, but they all had a terrific time on the hike!

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!