On August 18, I’m so pleased to say, Sandy Shapiro (Sandra Shapiro Bohn) will be presented with the Frost Valley Volunteer of the Year Award. Sandy has returned to camp every summer in recent years, using up all her annual vacation days to join us for sessions 1 and 2—as photographer, STEP-day-out driver, Challenge Night judge, and Camp Mom. It is honor for me personally to work so closely with her each summer. Photos below: Sandy at the confluence of Biscuit Creek & Pigeon Brook just a few weeks ago; Sandy in 1969 as a Pocohontas (“Pokey”) camper.

 

Gap Year San Gil Colombia

I’m so excited to officially announce a new program that is sure to positively influence your life, as well as the world. This incredible endeavor will allow you to bring your talent, passion, and enthusiasm to South America, while also gaining invaluable experience as you’re immersed in vibrant, welcoming communities.

Frost Valley YMCA is partnering with YMCA Colombia to offer a Gap Semester Program in Colombia for Fall 2018.

As you may know, Frost Valley has over 100 years of experience as a leader in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our long history of providing life-changing outdoor experiences has brought thousands of people together – and now we are taking our efforts to Colombia! This uniquely immersive experience provides participants with the opportunity to contribute three areas of support in South America:

  • Youth Education – working with Colombian school children
  • Community Development – providing hands-on support to help communities thrive
  • Sustainable Agriculture – be a steward of the earth to foster a greener tomorrow

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 22, I invite you to apply for this opportunity to take a year “on” and make a difference in the world. For individuals looking for an inimitable and beneficial experience prior to beginning college, during college, or before entering the workforce, this program is sure to be a journey unlike any other.

Taking place from September 5 – December 12, 2018, you’ll have the option to either take a full gap year and participate in other programs and service opportunities afterward, or you can enroll in school or enter the workforce when the program commences in December.

If you have already been accepted to college for the Fall 2018 semester, you can contact the school’s admissions office and request a deferral for a semester, as most educational institutions are eager to accept students who have experienced more of the world. 

Colombia Gap Year San Gil

San Gil Colombia

Throughout the three months in Colombia, participants will be fully immersed in cultures and communities, while they contribute time and talent toward supporting the goals and needs of our partners, YMCA Colombia and the local communities. Financial aid is available for those who qualify on a first come, first served basis.

I encourage you to learn more about this program here:

I hope to see many of our past campers and staff, as well as new faces apply for this program – as with all of our programs, the gap semester is for all. I’m certain that it will be a life-changing, and world-changing, experience!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact me by emailing zeigenbrodt@frostvalley.org or calling (845) 985-2291, ext. 265

Sincerely,

Zach Eigenbrodt

Thursday of the first week of session three. Everyone is well settled in. They know the routines, know the ways and means of daily life in our dining hall. I took these photos at breakfast — time typically for yawns and tired expressions. But check it out. These are the faces of summer camp here.

Rohan from Forest. His third summer here.

Dan Weir and alumnus/volunteer Steve Purkis chat in “grumpy old man” style just before Steve began his day as a volunteer counselor in Lenape Village. By lunch the Lenape boys are saying how great Steve is! Welcome back, Steve!

Theo from Lenape.

Zel

Hello Frost Valley Family!

 

I am writing to you today on #CoreValuesInAction Wednesday, with a CHALLENGE that I have for you all!

 

A big part of community to me, is serving those around you, and bringing people together. Community falls perfectly in the month of November, when we celebrate Thanksgiving and do just that! We all come together to share a meal, and celebrate what we are thankful for. Not everyone is able to share a meal on this day, and many people are hungry every day. This is the time of year, that we should give back, and help our communities combat hunger.

 

My challenge to all of you is to do some volunteering in your communities around this time of Thanksgiving! Donate to a food bank, volunteer in a soup kitchen, or put together a community dinner at your school. Research ways to combat world hunger, support indigenous peoples, and spend time with friends and family. Take the core value of Community and put it in action this Thanksgiving season!

 

Giving Tuesday is coming up, and if we all put community into action together, we could make one of the biggest impacts the world has ever seen from a summer camp!

 

Here are a list of resources to look at in the NYC and NJ areas to get involved in your community:

https://www.newyorkcares.org/holiday-volunteering-referrals

http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Places-You-Can-Volunteer-Thanksgiving-Week/

 

If you accept my challenge and put COMMUNITY in action, please email me at lhutchinson@frostvalley.org. I will feature your story in the blog, and send you a core values tshirt! Looking forward to hearing all of the AWESOME ways you are impacting your community!

 

Peace, Love, and Bibbley,

Lindsay