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THIS SUMMER... E K A M UR YO RK A M

2017

FROST VALLEY YMCA

Summer Camps &

Adventure Trips


THIS SUMMER, MAKE YOUR MARK! Summer is the time for your child or teen to unwind from the school year that just concluded. It is a time to put down the school books, go out and explore nature, meet new friends from around the world, and learn more about yourself. At Frost Valley YMCA, your child will have a summer camp experience that does just that! During Summer Camp 2017, your child will participate in time-honored traditions, enjoy value-based fun, and learn responsible habits and leadership skills that will guide them through their personal journeys during their time at Frost Valley and beyond. When families enroll their children in Frost Valley YMCA’s Summer Camps, they embark on days filled with sports, arts and crafts, hiking to the High Falls waterfall, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, and swimming in Lake Cole. They’ll learn how to cook nutritious meals in our Teaching Kitchen, and how to overcome fears while they soar down a zipline. Our signature traditions—hoopla, stories, songs and cheers, the annual Olympix ceremony, and the Hirdstock music festival—introduce campers to the roles that creativity and imagination play in sports, education, and nature. In addition to these exciting activities and many more, Frost Valley offers one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the country for children. Furthermore, we are guided by our mission to serve all and our 8 core values. Children from all backgrounds come together to try new and exciting things in a safe environment supervised by our caring, well-trained and professional staff, all while building friendships and memories. We invite you and your family to see how your child can continue their journey at Frost Valley, where development, growth, and values are at the heart of everything we do. Join us for Frost Valley YMCA Summer Camp 2017!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 3

Introduction

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Camp Wawayanda • Camp Henry Hird

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Daily Schedule • All Camp Events

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FAQ

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Camp Dates • How to Register

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Registration Form

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Participation Agreement

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Camp Partnerships

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Bear Grylls Survival Academy Teen Summer Programs

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Adventure Village

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Adventure Trips

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Horse Camps

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Farm Camp

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Day Camp

MISSION Frost Valley YMCA is a values-driven organization that fosters youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility through outdoor educational and recreational programs for all. In pursuit of this mission we strive to embody the following core values: caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility and stewardship.

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SUMMER OVERNIGHT CAMP Imagine you are here on a warm summer day. You hike up the trail toward the cool spray of High Falls. Later, you and your new friends start a game of gaga ball that you’ll be laughing about for the next week. Or maybe you, along with our experienced camp staff, choose to climb up the 40-foot Y Tower, soar down the zipline, join a choreographed dance routine or go for a horseback ride on the trails. By then you’ll want to cool off with a plunge into the refreshing waters of Lake Cole. Day turns to night and the air grows cooler but the crackling campfire keeps you and your cabin-mates warm. You’re making s’mores and telling stories beneath a blanket of stars. New friends feel as comfortable as family. Counselors lead the sing-along. The summer seems perfectly endless. The night does, too. But soon dawn breaks. There’s the flag-raising ceremony, pancakes in the dining hall, the sleepy, smiling faces of all your friends, and you get to enjoy another day in the Valley all over again!

ANNUAL GIVING Every child deserves the opportunity to have the summer of a lifetime. Enrolling in a Frost Valley camp program opens up a world of opportunities in leadership, skill building, and appreciation for the natural world. With the generous support of our donor community, over 680 children received the gift of Frost Valley Summer Camp in 2016. Right now, a child who would not otherwise be able to join us is waiting for the opportunity to gain the values that will shape their character for life. Will you help us build a lifetime of values for campers this summer?

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CARING: We go beyond ourselves to do what we can for all.


FROST VALLEY STAFF Frost Valley YMCA is dedicated to hiring only the most qualified and experienced counselors to care for our campers. Many have been with us since they were young, journeying from camper to counselor in training (CiT) to counselor. They know our history, culture, traditions, and terrain as if they have Frost Valley running through their DNA. Others come to us from over a dozen countries around the world. Before being hired, all Frost Valley YMCA staff, including our counselors, are given background and criminal history checks. Counselors undergo extensive training in our policies and procedures, which stress health and safety.

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TRADITIONAL SLEEPAWAY CAMPS “Both my daughter and son gained experience in building new friendships and becoming more confident.� - Parent of a Wawayanda Camper

CAMP WAWAYANDA (GRADES 2-7)

Make new friends!

This is who you will live with!

Camp Wawayanda is a traditional overnight camp where, in two-week sessions, children reach new heights of independence, choosing from a wide range of activities based on age, interest, and ability. Campers gain confidence, skills and good friends as they climb the Y-tower, hike to High Falls, kayak across Lake Cole, and meet new friends and role models from around the world. Campers are placed in villages according to age and gender. For more information about Camp Wawayanda, please email campdirector@frostvalley.org, or call (845) 985-2291 ext. 271.

POKEY/TOTEM

SUSKY/FOREST

(girls/boys, grades 2-4) (girls/boys, grades 5-6)

LAKOTA/OUTPOST (girls/boys, grade 6-7)

Make a splash!

Go back to page 1 to see the lake you swim in.

Every day is filled with fun! Check out the Schedule & Activites listed on page 7.

Home away from home! Sleep in a cabin or lodge with 7-8 campers & 2 staff.

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CAMP HENRY HIRD (GRADES 8-10) At Camp Henry Hird, teens come together for two weeks at a time to enjoy a wide range of camp offerings, including extended overnight trips on the trail where they’ll sleep under the stars, adventure courses like the Giant’s Ladder and Leap of Faith, and big brother/big sister programs. On a daily basis, we witness the transformation from camper to young leader, as teens exceed their own expectations and become confident, socially responsible stewards of the natural world. Campers are placed in villages according to age and gender. For more information about Camp Henry Hird, please email campdirector@frostvalley.org, or call (845) 985-2291 ext. 301.

SACKY/HEMLOCK (girls/boys, grade 8)

WINDSONG/PAC

(girls/boys, grade 10)

TACOMA/LENAPE (girls/boys, grade 9)

SUNBURST

(girls only, grade 10)

“Every summer after a session at Frost Valley, my kids return home recharged, refreshed and more confident. Thank you!” - Parent of a Henry Hird Camper

HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS (GRADES 2-7) AVAILABLE SESSIONS 2 & 3 AT AN ADDITIONAL COST

Designed for beginner riders of all ages, campers join our experienced and highly qualified instructors for four one-hour riding blocks, focusing on basic Western horsemanship skills in the arena and out on the trail. Riders work on proper mounting, dismounting, starting, stopping and steering the horse. These lessons are ONLY available for campers participating in 2-week Traditional Overnight Camps.

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SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE Schedule content will vary with age group and village. Every camper enjoys an overnight experience. Cabin cleanup is complete before campers begin daily activities.

7:45 am for Wawayanda 8:30 am for Hird 9:30am 10:40am 11:50 am for Wawayanda 12:50 pm for Hird

FLAG RAISING & BREAKFAST A great time for announcements, recognitions and skits.

FEELING GOOD

Activities for campers vary by age and include arts & crafts, hikes, gardening, yoga.

SPORTS & GAMES

Basketball, soccer, dodge ball, geronimo, capture the flag, ultimate sicko ball, mountain boarding, gaga ball and more!

LUNCH & REST HOUR WATERFRONT

2:00pm

A certified aquatic staff leads this instructional and recreational program on our own Lake Cole. Progressive swim lessons are available as well as canoeing, rowing, kayaking and a bunch of water sports!

SPECIALTIES

3:10pm 5:30 pm for Wawayanda 6:30 pm for Hird 7:30pm 9:30 pm for Wawayanda 10:00 pm for Hird

Experienced instructors teach these popular skill building sessions. Wawayanda campers choose two 4-day long specialties. Henry Hird campers choose one 8-day specialty. Choices vary and may include a variety of sports, theatre, music, cooking, gardening, nature, arts, high ropes and adventure courses, and hiking.

DINNER EVENING PROGRAMS

Campfires, overnights, hayrides, and dances are just a few things campers get to do.

GOODNIGHT! LIGHTS OUT

7 DIVERSITY: We promote a culture of respect and value diversity.


ALL-CAMP EVENTS FOURTH OF JULY (1ST SESSION) The Fourth of July begins, like all other days, with a flag raising ceremony. But for our Independence Day celebration, the entire camp joins together around the flagpole to sing a rousing happy birthday to America. During the day, campers participate in activities to celebrate this patriotic day. Later, we invite our international summer staff to participate in a Small World Fair, where campers participate in sharing the history and traditions of a variety of cultures. The day culminates with an evening of fireworks over Lake Cole.

OLYMPIX (2ND SESSION) Every summer, the Olympix spirit sweeps through camp when Frost Valley YMCA hosts our annual Olympix championship. Competing countries vary from year to year and are represented by groups of campers. The opening ceremony commences the night before with dances, skits, and songs representing the cultural traditions of each country. Team unity and pride are on full display, but it’s the spirit of Frost Valley that rises strong and pure. Let the games begin!

BATTLE OF THE THEMES (3RD SESSION) Battle of the themes is the day where campers choose the theme for the following summer. Last year, after the sorting hat divided campers into houses and camp was transformed into Hogwarts, our campers voted for Pokémon. There will be exotic and rare pokémon for the catching! Compete with your friends to see who can catch them all! The possibilities are endless in this camp-wide day of imagination and play.

HIRDSTOCK (4TH SESSION) Hirdstock, a camp-wide music festival inspired by the original Woodstock, takes place during the fourth session. Campers participate in arts and crafts, games, an air guitar competition, and other activities on Hirdstock Field. But, the main attraction is always the music. Performances and musical acts by campers and counselors draw the positive vibes of all present.

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FAQs WHO SUPERVISES MY CHILD?

WHAT WILL MY CHILD EAT?

Many of our summer staff members were campers at one time. They became CiTs and then counselors, so they know Frost Valley YMCA better than most. Others joins us from around the world as international staff. Many return year after year, giving Frost Valley a family environment and a true sense of culture and tradition. Counselors undergo extensive training on our policies and procedures which stress health and safety first. In-depth background and criminal history checks are performed on all of our employees. We follow the American Camp Association standards with providing a 1 to 6 camper to counselor ratio. For younger campers, this ratio is often smaller. To ensure a welcoming and familiar community, roughly 70% of our staff return each summer.

Three hot, wholesome meals are served daily. Our dining hall offers a vast array of options from the typical kid fare to organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options. Care is taken to meet the dietary needs of all of our campers. Fresh fruit is available for snacking all day long. Chartwells Educational Dining Service creates the menus, ensuring that each meal is nutritionally balanced. Candy, juice, and soda are not served nor sold in the Camp Store.

WHAT IF MY CHILD GETS SICK? The Guenther Family Wellness Center, located on camp, is staffed by registered nurses and emergency responders 24 hours a day. If your child gets sick, you will be notified immediately while your child receives the care they need. To learn more, email: nurse@frostvalley.org

WHERE WILL MY CHILD SLEEP? Camp accommodations vary from single cabins, yurts, and tents to lodges which house two-to-four male or female cabin groups. These arrangements all promise the opportunity for friendships to flourish naturally and with ease, while under the close supervision of counselors and village chiefs. We honor one mutual bunk request per camper.

IS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE? Frost Valley YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign, Project 332, raises money for “camperships” to provide a Frost Valley experience for over 600 children who would not otherwise be able to. For more information about our camperships and to start the application process email: campregistration@frostvalley.org.

CANCELLATION POLICY: • All cancellations must be received in writing • Full refund if cancelled by March 31 • Full refund minus $250 deposit (per camper, per session) if canceled by June 1 • NO REFUNDS AFTER JUNE 1

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2017 CAMP

DATES OPEN HOUSES: FEB 26, MARCH 19, APRIL 23, MAY 21

SESSION 1: JULY 2 - 14

SESSION 2: JULY 16-28

SESSION 3:

JULY 30 - AUGUST 11

SESSION 4:

AUGUST 13 - 25

HOLDOVERS

4 WAYS TO REGISTER: 1. Register Online at www.frostvalley.org/register 2. Fill out the Registration Form in this brochure and send it to: Camp Registrar Frost Valley YMCA 2000 Frost Valley Road Claryville, NY 12725

BETWEEN SESSIONS $250 PER CAMPER.

HOLDOVER A: JULY 14 - JULY 16

HOLDOVER B: JULY 28 - JULY 30

HOLDOVER C:

3. Fax the Registration Form to: 845-985-7925

AUGUST 11 - AUGUST 13

4. Email a scanned copy of the Registration Form to: campregistration@frostvalley.org

TRANSPORTATION We offer bus transportation to and from camp in these neighborhoods: Brooklyn NY, Montclair NJ, and Manhattan! The cost is $80.00 per camper, one way. For more information, please contact us at campregistration@frostvalley.org.

MAKE YOUR MARK! SUMMER 2017

$50 STORE

CREDIT PAY IN FULL AND RETURN ALL COMPLETED CAMP & MEDICAL FORMS BY MARCH 31 TO RECEIVE A $50 NON-REFUNDABLE CREDIT AT THE CAMP STORE!

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2017 FROST VALLEY YMCA SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION FORM * Please print legibly and complete ALL boxes on pages 11-13 YOUR CAMPER’S INFORMATION HERE Camper Information: r Male r Female Check this box if address and home phone are the same as Account Holder r First Name:___________________________________________________________________________ Last Name:_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Email Address:____________________________________________________________________________________ How many years has camper attended camp at Frost Valley?_________________ *Please be sure that your email address is valid. You will receive all correspondence to this email. Add “campregistration@frostvalley.org” to your address book to ensure delivery. Your email is confidential information.

Street Address:______________________________________________________________________ City:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ State:__________________ Zip/Postal Code:__________________County______________________________ Country (if outside USA):_______________________________________________________________ Home Phone:________________________________________________Birth Date:_________________________ Age at time of camp:_________________________ Grade Entering Fall ‘17:_____________ Cabinmate request: (Limited to one request per child. Must be mutual and in same grade)__________________________________________________________________________________

YOUR INFORMATION HERE Account Holder/Parent/Guardian #1 Information: (all information, correspondence and invoices will be sent to the “Account Holder” name) First Name:__________________________________________________Last Name:_________________________________________________ Occupation:_____________________________________________________ Email Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ *Please be sure that your email address is valid. You will receive all correspondence to this email. Add “campregistration@frostvalley.org” to your address book to ensure delivery. Your email is confidential information.

Street Address:______________________________________________________________________ City:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ State:__________________ Zip/Postal Code:__________________Country (if outside USA):__________________________________________________________ County__________________________________ Home Phone:________________________________________________Work Phone:________________________________________________ Cell Phone:_______________________________________________________ Relationship to Camper: r Mother r Father r Guardian r Other:________________ __________ Custodial Parent? r Yes r No

Date Of Birth_____________________

Parent/Guardian #2/Non-Custodial Parent (Note: all information, correspondence and invoices will be sent to the “Account Holder” named above) Check this box if address and home phone are the same as Account Holder r First Name:__________________________________________________Last Name:_________________________________________________ Occupation:_____________________________________________________ Email Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ *Please be sure that your email address is valid. You will receive all correspondence to this email. Add “campregistration@frostvalley.org” to your address book to ensure delivery. Your email is confidential information.

Street Address:______________________________________________________________________ City:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ State:__________________ Zip/Postal Code:__________________Country (if outside USA):__________________________________________________________ County__________________________________ Home Phone:________________________________________________Work Phone:________________________________________________ Cell Phone:_______________________________________________________ Relationship to Camper: rMother rFather rGuardian rOther:___________________ Custodial Parent?

rYes rNo

Date Of Birth_______________________________

Non-Custodial Parent: rShould be contacted in case of emergency and has permission to pick up camper

Emergency Contacts and Authorized Pick Up Persons: (In addition to parents/guardians) *Use this area to list the individual(s) we may contact in an emergency and you authorize to pick up your camper from camp or bus location at the end of a session in the event that you are unable to do so. 1. Name:_____________________________________________________2. Name:____________________________________________________ 3. Name:_________________________________________________________ Relationship to Camper:__________________________________Relationship to Camper:_________________________________ Relationship to Camper: _____________________________________ Home Phone:________________________________________________Home Phone:_______________________________________________ Home Phone: ___________________________________________________ Cell/Work Phone:___________________________________________Cell/Work Phone:__________________________________________ Cell/Work Phone:_______________________________________________

How did you hear about Frost Valley? Please check one and use the line below to write the name/place if applicable. r Friend, Who?

r Alumni, Who?

r Internet, Where?

r Camp Fair, Where?

r School, Which?

r Brochure

r TV

r Another YMCA, Which?

r Magazine, Which? r Other

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Camper Name (First and Last): ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

4 Check box(es) of session(s) you would like to attend (white boxes indicate available sessions): 1 2 3 4 SESSIONS

4 Check the tuition level you are choosing: TUITION

Level A

Level B

Level C

Traditional Overnight Camp

Traditional Overnight Camp

r $2080

r $1880

r $1750

Adventure Village

r $2240

r $2040

r $1920

Farm Camp

r $2300

r $2100

r $1970

Durango Village

r $2520

r $2320

r $2190

Mustang Village

r $2520

r $2320

r $2190

East Valley Ranch (2 wk)

r $2565

r $2365

r $2235

East Valley Ranch (4 wk)

r $4590

r $4390

r $4260

July 2-14

July 16-28

July 30-Aug 11

Aug 13-25

Adventure Village Farm Camp NEW: Durango Village Mustang Village East Valley Ranch (Regular 2 week) East Valley Ranch (Advanced 4 week) Horseback Riding Lessons ($120 EXTRA)

(only available to Traditional Overnight Campers)

ADVENTURE TRIPS

separate pricing

WHY 3 TUITION FEES?

Adirondack Mountain Summit Multipitch (4 week trip)

$4120

Adirondack Paddler

$1890

Adirondack Hike & Climb

$1890

Catskill Backpacking (1 week trip)

$1150

Catskill Trail Builders

$1890

Habitat for Humanity minimum age 14

$2045

Long Trail Backpacker

$1890

Maine Coast

$2045

Maine Trail Builders

$2045

Rocks and Ropes (1 week trip)

$1250

Vermont Voyager

$2045

Total price of camp session(s), and/or Adventure Trip(s)

West Virginia White Water

$2150

Horseback Riding Lessons $120

White Mountains Hike and Climb

$2150

Holdover Weekend A: Jul 14-16 for sessions 1&2 $250

Frost Valley serves families with different abilities to pay. Tuition A reflects the true cost of camp. Tuitions B & C have been created to help families that require some financial assistance to send their child to summer camp. In the event that you cannot afford Tuition A, B, or C, please contact us about our financial assistance program. We believe every child should have a camp experience. Regardless of the tuition paid there is no difference in the camp experience for your child!

BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVAL ACADEMY TEEN SUMMER PROGRAMS separate pricing 1-Week Program for Ages 13-17

$1600

1-Week Program for Ages 11-13

$1600

2-Week Program for Returners

$2400

1-Week Program for Ages 13-17

$1600

1-Week Program for Ages 11-13

$1600

1-Week Program for Ages 11-13

$1600

USE THIS TO CALCULATE YOUR FEE

Holdover Weekend B: Jul 28-30 for sessions 2&3 $250 Holdover Weekend C: Aug 11-13 for sessions 3&4 $250 Camp Store $50 per session suggested* Laundry $15 for unlimited loads for campers staying 2 or more consecutive sessions TRANSPORTATION - please check appropriate box

PAYMENT INFORMATION

Brooklyn Bus TO Camp

session: r1 r2 r3 r4

Enclosed please find: $250 Deposit per session x ________________________ sessions = $ __________________________________ PAYMENT METHOD: o Check Enclosed (Made payable to Frost Valley YMCA) Charge To: o Visa o MasterCard o Discover o American Express

Brooklyn Bus FROM Camp

session: r1 r2 r3 r4

NYC Bus TO Camp

session: r1 r2 r3 r4

NYC Bus FROM Camp

session: r1 r2 r3 r4

Account Number: _____________________________________________________________________________ Exp. Date: _____________/____________

Montclair Bus TO Camp

session: r1 r2 r3 r4

Signature: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Montclair Bus FROM Camp

session: r1 r2 r3 r4

o I, ___________________________________________________________________________ , authorize Frost Valley YMCA to charge the outstanding balance on my family’s Frost Valley YMCA Summer Camp invoice to the credit card listed above on March 31, 2017.

I will drive my child to camp

session: r1 r2 r3 r4

I will drive my child home

session: r1 r2 r3 r4

*If registering after March 31, Frost Valley will charge the full amount due upon receipt of this registration to credit card listed above.

Bus Fee: $80 each way

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN FOR CAMPERSHIPS

SUBTOTAL

Frost Valley YMCA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. 100% of your tax-deductible contribution goes directly to support our Annual Campaign for Camperships, which offers opportunities for all children to attend summer camp regardless of their ability to pay. Will you help us build a lifetime of values for campers this summer? o Yes, I/we would like to help send a child to camp. Gift amount: o $500 o $250 o $100 o $50 o Other: $ ______________________________________ Thank You!

Less $250 deposit per session

Campership Gift (Optional)

BALANCE DUE MAR 31 , 2017 *ADDING MONEY TO YOUR STORE ACCOUNT MUST BE IN ADDITION TO DEPOSIT.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Our goal is to make Frost Valley YMCA Summer Camp affordable for everyone through camperships. Visit FrostValley.org or email campregistration@frostvalley.org for more information.

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PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT & REFUND POLICY: PLEASE READ & SIGN THIS STATEMENT I hereby enroll my child in Frost Valley YMCA Summer Camp. In signing this application, I certify that he/she is healthy and free of problems that could adversely affect his/her stay or that of other campers at Frost Valley YMCA. I agree to pay the balance of camp fees on or before March 31, 2017. I understand that reserved space may not be held past March 31, 2017 without full payment. I understand that on or after September 1, 2017 any outstanding balances are subject to a 1.5% monthly finance charge. REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund is available if cancelled by March 31, 2017. A full refund less a $250 deposit (per session, per camper) is available if canceled from April 1 - June 1, 2017. No refunds if canceled after June 1, 2017. ALL CANCELLATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN WRITING. I grant permission for the applicant to participate in all planned camp activities. I hereby grant Frost Valley YMCA and its agents full authority to take whatever actions they deem necessary regarding my child’s health and safety, and I fully release Frost Valley YMCA from any liability in connection there within. In the event of an emergency, I understand that prudent attempts will be made to contact the undersigned immediately. I understand that I will be responsible for payment of all medical and medication bills. I understand that my child must comply with the camp’s rules and standards of conduct and that the organization may terminate my child’s participation in the camp program if he/she does not maintain these standards. Occasionally Frost Valley YMCA transports campers out of camp to participate in activities. Camp participants may be transported over to the East Valley of Frost Valley’s property and other areas within the Catskill region to enjoy programs. By signing below, I hereby give my permission for my child to be taken off site, supervised, and to take part in programs with the Frost Valley YMCA. If my child is enrolled for Horseback Riding Lessons or registered for any of the Equestrian Camps, I understand that as with any sport there are inherent risks that can be minimized through preparation and training. Each rider will be required to wear protective attire. This includes long pants to protect the legs, socks, hard smooth-soled shoes with heels (preferably boots), and a properly fitted and secured helmet, provided by the camp. I understand these risks and release Frost Valley YMCA, and the directors, trustees, officers, volunteers and employees of Frost Valley YMCA, from all liability for damages or injuries resulting from equine activity, negligence or defects in the preparation, instruction, or equipment involved in horseback riding in or around Frost Valley YMCA. Frost Valley YMCA is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal articles. I authorize Frost Valley YMCA and the YMCA of the USA to own and have full right of disposition of any video film, footage, sound track recordings and photo reproductions of the camper named on this contract and/or his/her narrative account of his/ her experience within YMCA programming. Frost Valley YMCA shall be entitled to the unrestricted use any video film, footage, sound track recordings and photo reproductions of the camper named on this contract and/or his/her narrative account of his/her experience for any purpose without compensation to him/her. I individually and corporately agree to hold harmless Frost Valley YMCA, its volunteers, agents, employees and officers irrespective of any negligent act or omission by Frost Valley YMCA and/or those individuals arising from or related in any way to this Frost Valley YMCA program.

Signature of Parent or Guardian: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Print name of Parent or Guardian: ________________________________________________________________________________ Date: ___________________________ Camper Name(s): ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

MAIL QUESTIONS?

your completed form with deposit or full payment if after March 31, 2017 to: Camp Registrar, Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY 12725

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CAMP PARTNERSHIPS RUTH GOTTSCHO DIALYSIS & CHILDREN’S KIDNEY PROGRAM In partnership with the Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, campers with chronic kidney disease benefit from the solace of nature and the carefree pleasures of summer camp, alongside the wider Frost Valley YMCA community. Supported by experienced staff and the encouragement of other campers, kidney campers do things they never thought possible. They conquer the Giant Swing, row boats across Lake Cole, scale the climbing tower, enjoy tasty s’mores, make new friends, laugh and be silly, and sleep beneath a canopy of stars. Frost Valley YMCA provides unparalleled service and medical attention to these young campers. Dialysis treatments take place in the state-of-the-art Guenther Family Wellness Center, overseen by our caring medical staff. For more information, please visit frostvalley.org/kidney

MAINSTREAMING AT CAMP (MAC) In partnership with the Young Adult Institute, Frost Valley YMCA welcomes children with developmental disabilities to join the wider camp community during daily activities. In integrated groups, children experience the joys of play and the abundance of the natural world where no two things are alike. This program benefits both the campers in it and their peers in other villages as children and young adults come to appreciate one another in new ways. The MAC Program fosters development, independence, and joy in all of the campers who attend Frost Valley. For more information, visit yaicamping.org. 

THE TOKYO FROST VALLEY YMCA PARTNERSHIP The Tokyo-Frost Valley YMCA partnership, a unique global collaboration between our YMCA associations, provides a home base for Japanese families living in America to take respite from the stresses of life in a foreign country. Coordinated programming with YMCAs in Westchester and New York City offer families the support they need on a regular basis. This partnership helps children from Japan build strong identities as global citizens with friendships that span cultures and continents. For more information, please call (914) 761-8450 or email tokyopr@frostvalley.org.

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BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVAL ACADEMY “You may come to BGSA and think ‘what did I get myself into,’ but this is one of the best camps we have ever done.” - BGSA Camper

BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVAL ACADEMY TEEN SUMMER PROGRAMS (BOYS & GIRLS AGES 11-17)

Imagine you’re lost in the Catskill Mountains. The days are sweltering and the nights are frigid. There’s no cell phone service and no signs of civilization. In a wilderness survival situation, would you have what it takes to make it through the night? Through the week? Frost Valley YMCA is now home to the world’s first Bear Grylls Survival Academy Summer Camp for teens. This six-day extreme course is led by survival professionals trained by the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Through their guidance and supervision, campers gain dozens of skills as they’re put to the test in thrilling survival and endurance scenarios such as: • • • • •

Foraging for food & learning to set traps Building fire to cook over & stay warm Creating shelters to sleep in Crossing waterways & rough terrain Carrying out various methods of dynamic self-rescues

1-WEEK PROGRAM for AGES 11-13 AVAILABLE DATES: JULY 9-14, AUG 6-11 & AUG 13-18

1-WEEK PROGRAM for AGES 13-17 AVAILABLE DATES: JULY 2-7 & JULY 30-AUG 4

2-WEEK PROGRAM for

RETURNING CAMPERS AVAILABLE SESSION 2 (JULY 16-28)

This is also the only Frost Valley program to REPEL DOWN HIGH FALLS! Campers are outfitted with the essential gear, so they can experience simulated, yet no less extreme, survival situations in the Catskill wilderness. While building a strong sense of camaraderie with fellow survivalists, campers explore the natural world around them and take healthy risks that push them beyond their comfort zones. Campers choose their own challenges to ensure they strive to reach individual and cooperative goals. Frost Valley’s renowned, values-driven summer camp programming is present in every one of these extreme expeditions, all of which take place in a fun and safe outdoor environment. To register for this or any of our summer programs please follow the instructions on page 10.

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ADVENTURE CAMPS

“My camper said it felt new, exciting, and overall a blast!” - Parent of an Adventure Village Camper

ADVENTURE VILLAGE (GRADES 5-9) AVAILABLE ALL SESSIONS

Adventure Village is broken into two minivillages, Woodwise (Grades 5-7) and Sequoia (Grades 8 & 9) with the same mission, to help campers become life time lovers of the outdoors! Combining the best of Overnight Camp and Adventure Trips, campers choose their adventure from activities like climbing, all day hikes exploring trails and creek beds, orienteering, ropes courses and outdoor survival skills. Campers in the village will also experience a multi night camping trip. Adventure Village’s home base is tucked in the woods between two converging mountain creeks with a communal Mongolian Yurt in the center. Campers sleep in bunks in canvas platform tents where they drift off to the soothing sounds of frogs chirping, in the cool mountain air beneath the brilliant starlight.

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! K E R K A MA2017 M R ER M U M O Y SU 1-WEEK ADVENTURE TRY-IT

EXPLORER TRIPS (basic)

ROCKS & ROPES

The Adirondack Hike and Climb trip is an introductory trip for the adventurer at heart. Campers learn backcountry skills like orienteering, fire building and low-impact camping. Campers will also test their limits and find the value of teamwork while hiking and climbing some of the highest peaks in New York.

(GRADE 6) AVAILABLE DATES: 7/2–7 • 7/16–21 7/30–8/4 • 8/13–18 The Rocks and Ropes climbing trip is an introductory climbing trip for the camper looking to conquer their fears and build skills as a confident climber. Located in the Shawanagunk Mountains, campers learn climbing knots, belay techniques and more. This is a great first trip for campers looking to reach new heights.

CATSKILL HIKE

(GRADE 6) AVAILABLE DATES: 7/9-14 • 7/23-28 8/6-11 • 8/20–25 This one-week, all-level backpacking trip in our own Catskill Mountains is a trip for the camper looking to develop skills and themselves. As we learn map reading, fire building, low-impact camping and much more, campers will also begin to develop leadership qualities and greater self confidence.

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RESPECT: We listen to each other.

ADIRONDACK HIKE AND CLIMB (GRADES 7-8) AVAILABLE SESSIONS 1 & 3

ADIRONDACK PADDLER (GRADES 7-8) AVAILABLE SESSIONS 2 & 4 The Adirondack Paddler is for the water-loving adventurer looking to develop their paddling skills and themselves. From paddling small streams, to large lakes, to whitewater this trip offers opportunities to build confidence and leadership in addition to mastering paddling. **Participants must be comfortable in water and know how to swim**

MAINE COAST (GRADES 7-8) AVAILABLE SESSIONS 1, 3 & 4 This trip in Acadia National Park is for the explorer interested in the challenge of climbing, hiking, and paddling. Join us as we climb the Otter Cliffs, hike the highest peaks in Acadia, and kayak along coastal islands all with Certified Maine guides. While exploring the coastal islands campers will get the unique experience of camping on these incredibly beautiful islands. This trip offers a little bit of everything. **Participants must be comfortable in water and know how to swim**

PATHFINDER TRIPS (introductory) WEST VIRGINIA WHITEWATER

(GRADES 8-9) AVAILABLE SESSIONS 1 & 3 Spend two weeks learning the art of whitewater rafting in the world-renowned New River Gorge. Frost Valley has over 25 years experience running this trip, and it is extremely popular – a great next step in the Adventure program. Participants will also experience caving and rock climbing. **Participants must be comfortable in water and know how to swim**

LONG TRAIL BACKPACKER (GRADES 8-9) AVAILABLE SESSIONS 2 & 4

Join us as we hike the beginning portion of the Vermont Long Trail. The Long Trail is a 272 mile footpath the travels from Massachusetts-Vermont border to the Canadian border. This trail climbs rugged mountains and passes pristine ponds, hardwood forests and beautiful streams. Join us on an Adventure of a lifetime as we tackle sections of Vermont’s Long Trail.


ADVENTURE TRIPS “Frost Valley taught me new skills and challenges; we had so many fun experiences with new friends.” - Adventure Trip Participant

PIONEER TRIPS (intermediate) WHITE MOUNTAINS HIKE AND CLIMB

(GRADES 9-10) AVAILABLE SESSIONS 1, 3 & 4 Travel to the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire and experience some of the most amazing vistas on the East Coast. Backpacking and climbing in the White Mountains offers challenging experiences that build confidence, character, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

VERMONT VOYAGER

(GRADES 9-10) AVAILABLE SESSION 2 The Vermont Voyager takes place on the stunning Lake Champlain. Campers learn to work as a team and master skills as we spend days sea kayaking and sailing. Join us on this trip as we create memories and lasting connections to friends and the outdoors. ** Participants must be comfortable in water and know how to swim **

SERVICE TRIPS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

(AGE 14+) AVAILABLE SESSION 3 This trip is for campers who want to impact homelessness and make a difference helping Habitat for Humanity with everyday tasks that raise money to rebuild the local community here in the Catskills. Campers work with Habitat for Humanity to gain experience, make new friends, acquire new skills, and give back while earning 35 hours of community service. This trip isn’t all work though; campers will also enjoy the beauty of the Catskill Mountains by climbing in the nearby Mohonk Preserve.

MAINE TRAIL BUILDERS

(GRADES 9-12) AVAILABLE SESSION 2 Maine Trail Builders is for the adventurous camper who also wants to make a difference. On this trip campers explore the beautiful area of Acadia, Maine, as they help maintain trails and complete service work with the National Park Service. Digging in the dirt, trimming trees and completing various projects around the park, they earn up to 35 hours of community service. On days off, climb cliffs above the ocean and hike the highest peaks with the best vistas in the National Park.

CATSKILL TRAIL BUILDERS

(GRADES 9-12) AVAILABLE SESSIONS 1 & 4 Join us in the forever wild Catskill Mountains as we help maintain our trails and complete service work for our local community. Campers will learn about trail building and gain knowledge and skills in digging water trenches, clearing overgrown brush, creating vista points, and doing other projects on the nearby trails. Campers will earn up to 35 hours of community service. On days off, we explore the best vistas in the area and visit local fire towers.

ADVANCED TRIP ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN SUMMIT MULTI-PITCH (GRADES 9-12) AVAILABLE DATES: 7/2–28 7/30–8/25

The most advanced wilderness trip, Adirondack Mountain Summit Multi-pitch is nothing short of amazing. Campers summit the most beautiful and highest peaks in the Adirondacks and climb the highest cliff face on the east coast. They spend thirteen days backpacking before spending five days of climbing. The climbing section provides hands-on learning in setting up gear, scouting climbs, and climbing safety. This trip emphasizes becoming responsible outdoor enthusiasts for life.

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HORSE CAMPS “Horse Camp is a place where everyone is accepted and embraced for who they are and everyone has a bunch of honest outdoor fun!” - Parent of an East Valley Ranch Camper

HORSE PROGRAMS ON MAIN CAMP Frost Valley YMCA is home to two different summer horse camps right here on main camp, Mustang and Durango Village. These programs are ideal for campers who want to live the life of an equestrian, but also participate in traditional camp activities. Campers spend half of each day learning the basics of horsemanship and developing riding skills, while the remainder of the day is devoted to a wide range of other camp activities, including swimming in the lake, hiking, arts and crafts, climbing, overnights and more. Campers live in a lodge or cabin with counselors who have exceptional skills with horses. No previous riding experience is required.

MUSTANG VILLAGE

GIRLS (GRADES 2-5, AGES 7-10) AVAILABLE ALL SESSIONS

DURANGO VILLAGE

BOYS (GRADES 4-8, AGES 9-13) AVAILABLE SESSIONS 1 & 4

For more information on any of our horse programs, call (845) 985-2291 ext. 240 or email horses@frostvalley.org today!

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HORSE PROGRAMS AT EAST VALLEY RANCH Located just one mile from Farm Camp, East Valley Ranch is set in a picturesque location dedicated to providing girls with an exceptional experience working with horses and enjoying summer camp. This program is designed for girls with all levels of horse experience from all disciplines and our highly knowledgeable and passionate staff are eager to help them develop confidence in their abilities. The East Valley Ranch programs teach primarily Western style horseback riding techniques, but experience from all backgrounds and disciplines are welcome. Campers sleep in yurts arranged by age, and enjoy their own private dining hall, and a variety of program areas.

2-WEEK EAST VALLEY RANCH PROGRAM GIRLS ONLY (GRADES 5 & UP, MIN. AGE 10) AVAILABLE ALL SESSIONS Each day, the girls spend an hour to an hour and a half in the saddle, focusing on their riding technique during ring lessons and trail rides. East Valley Ranch campers learn feeding, grooming, tacking, and cleaning, and each camper has personal responsibility for her horse throughout the session. They’ll also learn about veterinary care, proper nutrition, and horse training skills. Another portion of each day is spent hiking, playing sports or games, and making arts and crafts. Campers will enjoy swimming several times each week, and a special East Valley Ranch event designed just for them! Girls grow leaps and bounds during this program, gaining confidence, responsibility, and a growing respect and compassion for other beings.

4-WEEK EAST VALLEY RANCH PROGRAM GIRLS ONLY (GRADES 7-11, AGE 12-16) AVAILABLE DATES: JULY 2-28 & JULY 30-AUG 25 Register early, space is limited.

MAKE YOUR MARK!

Campers in this program must have attended EVR before and be approved by the Director. For experienced riders, this month-long adventure provides new challenges and opportunities to perfect your riding techniques. Girls spend two to three hours each day in the saddle, and have the opportunity to achieve new milestones with their riding abilities. Throughout the month they will design and practice their own drill team, which is performed for the 2-week campers. In addition they will learn how to assist an instructor, how to school a horse, and about horse health and care. This program, which also includes an overnight camping trip, helps build outstanding and experienced young female leaders. For more information on our horse programs, or to find out which program would be the best match for your child please email horses@ frostvalley.org or call 845-985-2291 ext 240.

SUMMER 2017

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FARM CAMP

FARM CAMP

(GRADES 2-10) AVAILABLE ALL SESSIONS

“I wish I was a kid and could sign myself up!” - Parent of a Farm Camper

Farm Camp is a working farm set on 515 acres, with a barn full of animals and a colorful garden, both of which are tended to daily by our campers. Here, children learn to care for all kinds of animals and cultivate and harvest the garden. At farm camp, children learn on a deep level what it means to live a healthy life, by eating the very foods they’ve grown, and how important it is to be stewards of the earth. Frost Valley Farm Camp’s rustic yurts are arranged by age and gender, and campers spend their days integrated as a whole group. This gives campers of all ages the chance to learn from one another, mentor others, and develop skills at their own pace. Campers also enjoy the simple pleasures of summer camp: swimming, boating, playing games and sports, making arts and crafts, and bonding with friends over the campfire. Farm Camp sows the seeds of our core values: Caring, Community, Diversity, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Respect, Responsibility, and Stewardship. For more information, email farm@frostvalley.org or call (845) 985-2291 ext. 323.

FARM ACTIVITIES

MAKE YOUR

MARK!

21 STEWARDSHIP: We strive to be caretakers and not just takers. SUMMER 2017

Learn about the care of a variety of livestock including goats, sheep, alpacas, chicken, pigs, cows, and rabbits. Pick berries, learn where your food comes from, harvest, prepare, cook, pickle, make jams, compost, plant, save seeds, be a steward of our 3 acre garden space, and don’t forget your appetite for homegrown, healthy foods. Collect eggs, milk goats, muck stalls, harvest veggies, and enjoy family-style meals. Learn blacksmithing, wool arts, sheep shearing, candle making, soap making, yogurt and cheese making, and cooking in the kitchen.


THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN THE VALLEY! Other programs we offer:

DAY CAMP Perfect for local residents and second-homeowners, our safe and affordable Day Camp programs are available for children ages 4-16. Along with our traditional day camp sessions, we offer equestrian and farm day camps, as well as exciting programs for tweens and teens.

EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL TRIPS Our school programs department partners with educators to design and conduct day-long and overnight field trips in our vast, outdoor classroom, where learning is experiential and student-centered.

FAMILY RETREATS

Overnight campers stay free when they come with family!* Your family and loved ones are invited to join us nearly every weekend September through June! Activities vary with the season and include: archery, apple picking, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snow-tubing, woodworking, zip-lining, arts and crafts, and so much more!

TEAMBUILDING PROGRAMS Corporate groups, colleges, religious organizations, and sports teams are among the many people who come to Frost Valley each year for unique, customized, and effective teambuilding retreats. Challenge yourselves on our high ropes courses or take advantage of our breakout rooms for strategizing. Contact us today to organize a retreat that will bring your group closer together and help you achieve your goals! For information about any of these programs, please call (845) 985-2291 or email info@frostvalley.org today! *some restrictions apply; call for details

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FROST VALLEY YMCA

Oneonta

Binghamton

SUMMER

Claryville

Join us for a weekend tour during our Open House Sundays listed above or call to book a time that’s better for you. There will be a slide show, Q&A, lunch and a walking tour. Call (845)985-2291 ext. 203 or email campregistration@frostvalley.org for information and reservations.

EAST VALLEY RANCH FARM CAMP

Kingston

DENNING ROAD

Liberty

Grahamsville Neversink

CONNECTICUT

HOUSES 11:30 A.M. - 3 P.M.

Albany & Mass. Tpk.

Phoenicia FROST VALLEY YMCA MAIN CAMP Ashokan FROST VALLEY ROAD

CAMP OPEN

New Paltz Ellenville

Bethel

NY State Thruway

February 26 March 19 April 23 May 21

CATSKILL STATE PARK Big Indian

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This Summer... Make Your Mark  

2017 Frost Valley YMCA Summer Camps & Adventure Trips

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