Mini trips rolled in late this afternoon. Each trip went out to a late lunch before heading back to camp, as is tradition. As the campers filed off the buses they were overflowing with stories and adventures.
The backpackers spent the last night at Merrell Pavilion where they could look out over the entire span of the Catskills as the sun rose and set. Rumor has it Merrell is the best place to catch the sun rise in the Catskills.
The canoers spent their last day of canoeing on the reservoir well. They woke up early and hit the water as the steam was lifting from the lake and the water was like glass. The sound of the paddles lapping the water with each perfect j stroke is some thing these campers will never forget.
The climbers put in a half day on the rocks before heading back to camp. Today they set up slightly more difficult climbs. The campers had gotten used to the rock and were able to focus on form and technique which allowed them to dyno the routes.
Once the campers got back into camp they unloaded and checked back in their gear. It’s important to make sure our gear gets returned with the same care as it got checked out. Ownership penetrates all aspects of Frost Valley adventures.
As a reunited village campers will rest well in their bunks and whisper they’re experiences to each other as counselors calmly suggest a good nights rest.
More adventures to come tomorrow!
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It’s been a really busy week for folks in West Virginia! Tuesday was spent doing a mud race! Tuesday and Wednesday were spent on the New River rafting with ACE! Friday was also spent with ACE doing a scenic river tour also on the new river. Saturday campers left ACE and drove to Lost Caverns for a little spelunking (caving)! Sunday campers had the day to rest up. Today campers went climbing again with ACE in the New River Gorge a fantastic climbing area!
It’s been a great week for campers on MTB! Camps on MTB are getting a long very well its sounds like everyone has bonded into a highly functioning team! MTB spent Tuesday to Thursday helping Acadia National Park maintain their trails. On Friday MTB had the day off of trail work. They picked up bikes from our friends at Acadia Bike Rentals and than they explored the carriage roads of Acadia National Park! Saturday was spent resupplying in Bar Harbor and swimming at the local Y. Yesterday MTB went climbing at Otter Cliffs with Acadia Mountain Guides. Tomorrow it’s back to trail building! And I’m told that tomorrow is lobster night!
Well the mini trips are in full swing and everyone is having a great time!
Here at Frost Valley we have six thousand acres of land and it is rarely used to it’s full potential and it has a lot of out of the way corners. Well this session our hiking mini trip is certainly making an attempt to make very good use of all of our out of the way corners of Frost Valley. Currently they in the east valley near Frost Valley’s farm. To see their exact location follow the link! http://fms.ws/9GJIy/41.9373N/74.50793W
Campers on our climbing mini trip woke up this morning at camp Slime. After rolling out of their sleeping bags and breakfast they walk across the bridge that connects them to the world famous Gunks for a full day of climbing!
Canoers woke up this morning repacked their dry bags (water proof bags) and packed their canoes for their first day on the Pepacton Reservoir! Today they paddled from the boat put-in at the Shavertown Bridge about 2 miles to their first campsite.
Adventure Village got to sleep in this morning. We all got up around 9:30 and dashed to breakfast at 10. After a night at the camp dance it was nice to rest up, especially because Adventure Village headed out on their mini trips today.
Breakfast was nontraditional to say the least. We had waffles with ice cream sundays. We made sure the Adventure folks ate something else too. After just ice cream for breakfast kids run out of fuel for the day quickly.
Each trip (backpacking, climbing, and canoeing) set up and tested all their camping gear before loading up the buses and heading out. The canoers got a quick master class on how to paddle the basic strokes, while the climbers sized their shoes/harnesses, and the backpackers fitted their packs.
All the campers headed out on time with smiles on their faces and adventures on their schedules.
It was a fairly special morning for their Village. After breakfast they went back to the Village for a morning sweat lodge. In the lodge they sang songs and continued to build bonds with one another.
Advill spent the rest of the morning cleaning the village. Just before lunch they went to rest hour. Then it was time for lunch.
The afternoon was spent preparing for the up coming mini trips! The day flew by with hangout just before diner.
Tonight’s evening activity was the all camp dance in the dining hall. Advill went to bed excited for tomorrow’s mini trips!
Outpost and Forest, two of Camp Wawayanda’s male villages, spent part of the afternoon playing silly summer camp games such as “fight the faucet” and “mortal noodle.” Campers were challenged to seal the water flow of one the spigots on Big Tree Field, which typically results being drenched – perfect for a warm day! While the challenge is difficult, a few boys managed to fight the faucet and WIN!!!
Campers also played mortal noodle, a two person game where players are blindfolded and must find a pool noodle and gently touch the opposing player with the noodle. The first camper to complete the challenge is the winner!
Forest and Outpost had a blast!
This morning started out with tent time around the village. Each cabin spent time together exploring and bonding. Some groups even dove into some team building games. Later in the morning MAC (Mainstreaming At Camp) joined us and we built shelters. Points were allotted for the most ascetically pleasing as well as the most likely to withstand a hurricane.
In the afternoon cabin groups split up and enacted the Counsel. This is where campers come up with crazy skits and situations they can act out and make look almost real-life around directors, staff, and the rest of camp. The administrative staff have come to expect shenanigans.
This evening instead of dinner we set up a trick. The head counselor and the Adventure Director plotted together to buy pizza for the campers. We snuck the pizza into the communal yert, then with stern faces we asked the village to assemble. For about five minuets we explained to them with stern faces that we were all going into the yert to talk about something very serious that had happened and that we had all already notified their parents about it. The Adventure Director said he was very disappointed in the campers. When we finally made out way into the yert all the counselors screamed “PIZZA PARTY” and the campers all laughed and ate pizza. It was a high point in the day and everyone had big smiles on their faces.
The Adventure Director and the Village Chief welcomed the campers to week two and thanked them for being awesome.
Tomorrow we pack out for mini trips. We’re all super excited about that!
So, session 4 is most definitely in full swing and needless to say, we are having a blast. Since Tuesday’s rainy day – we have had nothing but SUN!! – it’s been lovely! And obviously, tons of sunshine = RIDING, RIDING, and even more RIDING!! The girls have been progressing wonderfully in their lesson groups – some groups are working on their very first trot, while others are already trotting as a group and working towards their first canter later on in the session. I find it quite amazing to watch how much they can develop and grow from one day to the next.
Aside from their lessons the girls have been learning about basic vet care, breeds and colors and horse careers. They have successfully learned how to wrap and injured leg, identify different breeds and colors that we have right here at EVR, and learned about all the different career paths that can be taken within the horse world along with so much more!
Although it may not seem like it, we are not always horses, horses, horses! When the girls are not at the barn, we have been making friendship bracelets, playing Indian chief and even had a pretty impressive (and competitive) game of soccer.
Our evening program for Wednesday night was BATTLE OF THE YURTS – where each yurt came together as a team and worked with one another in a series of challenges to determine which yurt was the mightiest. It might come as quite the shock that it was a TIE!! So we had a bonus round to decide once and for all which yurt was the best and the overall winner was… YURT 5!!!!
Last night the lawn at EVR was transformed into the battle ground that was soon to become home to ULTIMATE SICKO BALL! This is a Frost Valley tradition that has been going on for years and is an up and coming EVR favorite. The girls are divided in to teams (red, green, black, and white) and the object of the game is to end up with as many balls in your area as possible! It’s pretty AMAZING to say the least.
Tonight the girls are having a relaxing spa & movie night inside East Valley Lodge to relax and have fun after the busy week we have had. So much nail painting and yoga to look forward to…
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