Happy Wednesday, everyone!


#CoreValuesInAction are here and its time to introduce the Core Value of the month, Caring! Caring is one of the core values that Frost Valley shares with all of the other YMCAs in the U.S. Its color is red which is the color of your heart, where your caring actions come from. I think that some of the most generous “caring” folks at camp are our counselors. They love and care about all of our campers so much, and their dedication to making camp the best is because they care!


To introduce Caring this month, I’ve put together a few photos and quotes from this past summer that were given to me by our campers! I hope to inspire you with these thoughts on Caring, so that you are able to put this core value into practice at home, in your schools, and in your communities.


“I think we all need to be caring to each other. We need to check to make sure we’re all okay in order to have fun.” – Lakota camper


Campers celebrating their core values during Wawafest! Red = Caring!


“I like caring because it means to me that I actually feel like a family to other people” – Everly, Pokey Totem

“I like caring because people need help and you should be nice! Also, when someone wants help, help them!” – Brynn, Pokey Totem


We all CARE about each other!


How to Care, created at Wawafest!

“Caring makes the future!” – Jack, Pokey Totem


“When you’re sad you can have a caring friend to cheer you up!” – Jacob, Outpost


“At one point in your life you are going to have to care about a lot of your stuff” Harrison, Pokey Totem


Caring is: “Caring about nature, being there for someone, a person that you rely on, standing up to bullying, being nice to people even when they aren’t nice, and accepting people for who they are” – Wawafest Caring Campers


Please send any stories about #CoreValuesInAction to me at lhutchinson@frostvalley.org and I will send you a super sweet Core Values t-shirt!


Hope everyone is enjoying the start of Fall! Come see us sometime soon in the Valley for an awesome atmosphere of brightly colored trees, crisp air, and yummy apple cider!


Peace, Love, Bibbley,


Lindsay Hutchinson

Director of Camp Wawayanda



Families are invited to Frost Valley YMCA on Sunday, April 26 from 1-4 p.m. for Healthy Kids Day, a free, annual community event aimed at inspiring kids and families to develop healthier lifestyles.

Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve family health and well-being through games, healthy eating, arts and crafts, and more. Kids and parents can enjoy the fun, educational activities that Frost Valley offers year-round, such as a climbing tower, hiking, games, demonstrations, and other hands-on programs. The goal is to educate and motivate families to develop their own active, healthy routines at home.

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. This is why Healthy Kids Day is celebrated at more than 1,300 YMCAs across the country. Although the event is free, reservations are highly recommended, and can be made at 845-985-2291 or FrostValley.org/Contact-Us.

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies: Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books: Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events: Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together: Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Lead By Example: Be a good role model. Seeing how hard their parents work, and how rewarding that experience can be could influence kids.

This article was originally published in the Tri-Valley Townsman, 2015.

A few weeks ago we planted some of our first seeds in our newly renovated greenhouse.  A bit more than two weeks later, you can already see the new plants shooting up.  Despite being a chilly day, the greenhouse manages to stay quite hot.

Below, you can see water droplets that have held on to this young broccoli leaf-


Are you interested in learning more about organic gardening?  Check back for more updates and green living tips in weeks to come.  Our greenhouse will soon have plenty more things growing.  You can also take a look at The Frost Valley Farm and Farm Camp, one of our amazing summer programs.

We’ve had some beautiful weather here this weekend, and a number of guests had the opportunity to build and launch a model rocket!  Rocket building is one of our more frequent weekend activities, and is always a guest favorite.  With perfect weather and early morning sun, it was a great day for everyone to watch their creation soar into the sky.

Even if you don’t end up building your own rocket, guests often end up stopping by just to watch others launch their own.  While it can be great to watch a rocket shoot up into the air, it is also quite entertaining to watch the people on the ground trying to follow the trail of smoke into the sky!

With the sun so bright, one can’t but help putting their hands up in front of them

Yesterday afternoon, the Frost Valley YMCA participated in the Y’s  Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of families everywhere.  Despite the rainy weather, turnout was good, and families and kids had a good time all around, checking out booths with suggestions for improving diets, making good lifestyle choices, as well as yoga and Zumba classes.  Members of the Local Claryville Fire Department also came out with two of their trucks, giving guests a chance to see firefighting equipment up close.

To see more on this nationwide event, check out this link for the Y’s main page. We hope see you next year!

Celebrating Healthy Kids Day

One of the most popular and most frequently requested activities at the Frost Valley YMCA is our gigantic Y shaped climbing tower.  Built in 2007, this tower is over 50 feet high and is one of a kind, built specifically for this facility.  With four different sides to climb, this tower offers a range of difficulties, from very easy all the way up to quite difficult, with our overhanging wall.

To make things even better, the tower is also the support structure for our 300 foot long Zip-line.  On certain weekends, as well as by special arrangement, participants can climb to the top of this tower by using the inside staircase.  Once you have gotten to the top of the tower, you can take a moment to enjoy the view of the valley around you.

Looking off of the tower at the zip line

The platform at the top of the tower

When it is time for your turn, an instructor will clip you in and make sure that your harness and safety equipment is on correctly.  You can then stand on a platform on the outside of the tower, where the instructor will attach you to one of the long steel cables that provides your ride.  Once everything is checked and safe, the instructor will count down, and you are able to jump right off the platform, zipping all the way to the large poles out in the distance.  Although it can be a bit scary at first, the ride is like nothing else, and many participants call it their favorite activity of the weekend.  A once-in-a lifetime chance to fly like a bird!