I am trying to get to all the staff mini bio’s as quickly as they are flooding in! So here are three people working in the Hird this summer!
Kirsten W. will be working in our MAC Girls program! I’ve had the privilege of working alongside of her of the past few years as well as seeing her grow up through our CiT program!
“I’m a theater Major at UMASS – Amherst. This is my 10th summer at FV & my 4th year working in MAC (including CiT summer)! I’m so excited to see old campers/friends and to meet many new ones!
Alexa T. will be working in Sacky Village (Girls going into the 8th grade) this summer!
“I am going to be a sophomore in college in the fall at Seton Hall University. I am studying to be a speech-language pathologist. This is my 10th and sadly last year at Frost Valley; for no, at least. I am so excited for this summer and for all the new experiences to come.
Jessica P. will be working as a Windsong Counselor (Second summer in this role) but will be taking on the Village Chief of Sunburst this upcoming summer!
“Jessica P. just completed her second year at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago and is so pumped for her 10th summer at Frost Valley!”
More to come!
Director of Camp Henry Hird
My name is Kayla and I will be the Assistant Farm Camp Director this summer. I am from Northville, Michigan and just graduated from Lake Superior State University with a degree in Sport and Recreation Management. I have worked for several YMCA camps throughout the United States for the past five summers and attended YMCA camps as a child. This summer I am very excited to share my camping experiences with campers and learn more about farming. Since I have been at Frost Valley farm camp I have learned how to do felting and spindling which are just a few of the many activities that the campers will be able to participate in this summer. Recently, Andy and I have planted several vegetables in the garden beds and planted tomatoes in the greenhouse. I am very excited for these plants to start growing and have the children care for these plants. Every day I am learning something new about our garden and greenhouse, throughout the summer campers will be able to learn and care for the garden and greenhouse. I’m looking forward to a great summer and can’t wait for the campers to arrive!
Hi, my name is David Seddon and this will be the fourth summer for me here in the place I call home! I first started here in 2008 arriving from the UK as a wide-eyed long-haired new international in the role of Forest VC. I very quickly realized that Frost Valley is a magical place, with steep traditions and full of amazing/life changing experiences. Needless to say I felt the weight of expectation upon me as my staff and then campers arrived for the first time. I needn’t have worried, I had amazing supervisors, fantastic friends and campers that I think changed me for the better more than I could ever change them. So now I find myself gearing up for another summer, this time as the Program Director, having spent the whole year in valley, more ready than ever to make this a summer to never forget!
I’m so excited for the summer as I’ve been fortunate to be able to find Activity Counselors from all over the world with some of the following skills:
- Pottery and Ceramics
- Rock Guitar!
- Outdoor Exploration
- Extreme Sports
- Campfire Grilling
- Hip-Hop Dancing
- Adrenaline Rushing Ropes
- and so many more!
I’m also super pumped to welcome back our ROCK BAND program, available for all you budding musicians out their who are in Grade 8 and above! To find out more click here.
See you in the summer!
Molly D. is the very definition of the term Lifer. When I first met her in 2006 she was a camper in Windsong making plans to one day becoming a counselor! Today she’s very much a part of the Hird having a season of Sacky Village (8th grade girls) under her belt whilst moving on up to Tacoma (9th grade girls).
“Molly Just finished up her freshman year at Emerson College in Boston, studying writing, literature and publishing with a concentration in fiction and a minor in Star Wars (Just kidding, but how cool would that be?!) She is monuentally excited to have a blast with Tacoma this summer! Get ready to rock ladies!”
Molly and her Village Chief have been hard at work preparing months in advance things such as theme days & interesting new programs. I am very excited to see what they have in store for the summer.
Director of Camp Henry Hird
I would like to introduce John K. he will be a Lenape Counselor this summer. This will be his first summer as a counselor and were all very excited to have him be part of our team!
“I’m John Joseph K. or as many of my friends call me Jack. I’m from the quiet mountainous town of Ledgewood, which is in good ole New Jersey. I’m currently a freshmen at Montclair State University, majoring in History so I can be a teacher after I graduate. Many look to me as a source of clever whit and humor, while also being the buy they can vent to about the issues they are having. I can be both very fun and serious when I need to. I’n not exactly sure what to expect this summer, but all I know is that I’m gonna have a experience of a life time.”
Lenape village is for campers entering the 9th grade. Both Lenape and its sister village will have a unique program offering this summer Wood Working! Each village will be responsible for a project for the betterment of camp each session.
I’m incredibly excited to be able to work along side of John and excited about the new and unique program offerings available to Lenape and Tacoma this season!
Director of Camp Henry Hird
When the house lights go down and the curtain rises Frost Valley’s “Globe Theatre” comes alive! The program is housed in the brand new, state of the art 160-seat theatre.
We are super excited that former Frost Valley Arts Instructor Eric Colton will heading up this popular program this coming summer. His extensive background in theatre and film enables him to teach everything on-stage and off. Eric has worked on Seasons 7 and 8 of American Idol, assisted one of the Senior Producers at Entertainment Tonight, and most recently directed the Philadelphia premiere of Pasek and Pauls “EDGES.” Eric is extremely excited to “bring Broadway to the Catskills.”
With Eric campers can expect a wide variety of theatrical programming; with short musicals, comedies, radio plays, and improvisation workshops! At Frost Valley campers decide whether they want to be on stage as an actor or off as a stage manager or technical designer. No matter where you talent lies you will be part of a major production and have the chance to show the rest of camp what you’ve learned…to a packed out audience!
As choreographer Martha Graham once said, “The canter of the stage is where I am;” and this summer YOU can be a star in Frost Valleys Globe Theatre program!
If you are interested in finding out more information about this, or our other special programs please click the here.
It’s that time of year, again…time for spring cleaning! Unfortunately, many products and chemicals that we use to make our homes sparkle and gleam can be harmful to the environment, our families, and ourselves. Here are some recipes for effective household cleaners that are easy and cheap to make, and gentle on the environment!
Basic Window Cleaner:
•3 tsp. liquid soap
•3/4 c white vinegar
•1/2 tsp. baking soda
•4-8 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before using. When using, just spray on and wipe off! A more environmental alternative to using paper towels are a lint-free cloth or crumpled newspapers.
Soft Scrub (for toilets, sinks, and bathtubs):
•1 c baking soda
•1/4 c liquid soap
•2 aspirins, powdered
•3-4 drops of tea tree oil (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and available at health food stores)
Mix all ingredients together and add enough water to make a paste. This mixture can be kept in an empty shampoo bottle, or a similar container. To use apply with a sponge, scrub, and rinse thoroughly.
-pour 1 c each of salt and baking soda down the clogged drain, followed by ½ c vinegar. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse it down with 2-3 quarts of boiling water.
*recipes from “Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs”
This season I asked staff to write a short bio of themselves to share with everyone so to be fair I would like to share a little about myself to start!
I am Kam Kobeissi, I’ve been working for Frost Valley year round for five years. I started my summer camp career as the Photography teacher and became a PAC counselor for the second half of that summer (2006). I quickly began working as a Program Instructor for the Environmental Education Department and Conferencing department between each season until 2009. I worked as an Assistant Program Director the following summer (2007) where I met my wife Heather Bowman (Asst. Wawayanda Director). The following season I worked as the Asst. Adventure Director under Kevin Terrell (2008). The next season I began my year round career as Frost Valleys Director of Camp Henry Hird (2009-Until Present). I married Heather in April of 2010 and have been the steward of the older half of camp for 3 seasons now. Before Frost Valley I was both a participant & volunteer for the YMCA Teen Leaders program in south eastern Pennsylvania (12 y/o – 21 y/o).
Allow me to introduce Mia DeSimone, she is working in Sacky village (girls aged 13) this summer:
Hi! I’m Mia DeSimone, a freshman at George Washington University in Washington, DC. I am interested in Sociology and Communications. IH ave spent the past two summers working at Frost Valley and it has been the best experience ever! Prior to working at FV I worked at a local tutoring center in my town with kids ages 5 to 16. I also worked at the adult night school in my town. I decided to work at Frost Valley because of all the amazing memories it gave me as a child. It is now my job to pass on and make those same wonderful memories with all of my campers!
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.