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Frost Valley YMCA Groups & Family Retreats

Sep 29, 2012 02:09PM

Far from the pressures and stresses of everyday life, where the demands of work, school, and social commitments take their toll, Frost Valley YMCA is a haven for groups and families. Frost Valley’s Main Camp and East Valley Ranch are located in two serene valleys cradled by the Catskill Mountains, and both offer the joys of nature and togetherness. Free of distraction—jobs and homework are on pause; iPhones don’t work; twitter means birdsong—families and groups have the space and quietude to connect deeply, in simple ways reminiscent of a bygone era. In a place as sheltered and nurturing as Frost Valley, ringed by mountains and trees that have endured for hundreds of years, families and groups remember their roots, and they are strengthened by their experience.

For decades, and through the generations, Frost Valley YMCA has been home to family reunions, equestrian programs, health and wellness retreats, church groups, fly fishing groups, and more. Over the years, camp has changed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities. New additions include the Guenther Family Wellness Center, Geyer hall, Lakeview Lodge, Farm Camp, and East Valley Ranch, as well as new programs, amenities, and animals. But the traditions have remained: making fresh cider from apples in the orchard, or maple syrup in the maple sugar house, riding at dawn on the trails along the river, taking a hay ride to the farm, or going eye-to-eye with a great horned owl in the raptor Center. Those experiences, you can’t have anywhere else.


Every weekend this fall, Frost Valley invites families to partake in a harvest full of events, including cider-making, fall foliage tours and hay rides.  Here are some of Frost Valley’s most popular fall dates:


Fall Family Farm Day 1:30 - 4pm
Sunday, September 30th (Free)

Halloween Carnival & Haunted Trails 9am - 10pm

Join us for a day filled with fun and exciting fall activities and an evening of spooktacular Halloween games and haunted trails! 

Every Saturday in October!


Quilt & Craft Weekend
Friday - Sunday, October 26th - 28th

Winter Sleepaway Camp
Wednesday - Tuesday, 
Dec 26th, 2012 - Jan 1st, 2013




Girl Scouts come to Frost Valley for weekends throughout the school year. These weekends instill in young girls the confidence, poise, independence, and leadership skills that will set them well along the way toward a lifetime of success.


Y Guides bring fathers and their children—both daughters and sons—to Frost Valley YMCA to enjoy quality time together away from the hectic pace of daily life. As they play together and explore the wonders of the natural world, they get to know each other in deep and lasting ways.


LiveSTRONG™ at the YMCA is a program where cancer survivors and their families come to Frost Valley YMCA to celebrate recovery and the journey to renewed health. Frost Valley YMCA fully funds these weekends for survivors and provides educational programs on healthy living.


Teambuilding brings corporate and professional groups to Frost Valley for guided retreats and adventures courses. Focusing on conflict resolution, communication, and goal setting, groups learn effective and fun ways to work together towards mutual goals.


East Valley Ranch is a secluded escape, fourteen miles from Frost Valley YMCA’s main camp. A charmingly renovated bed and breakfast-style ranch house with eleven beautifully appointed guest rooms that sleep from 2-4 people each, and a menu of wellness cuisine, it offers total privacy for your group. A world of your own to do (or do nothing!) just as you wish.




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Phone: (845) 985 - 2291

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