Our History

Frost Valley YMCA has come a long way since our founding in 1885 as Camp Wawayanda, the nation’s first overnight camp for boys located in New Jersey. Many things have changed—including a move to Claryville, New York, and a name change to Frost Valley YMCA—but our values remain the same. We are still guided by the same principles—Caring, Community, Diversity, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Respect, Responsibility, and Stewardship—that have seen us through powerful transformation over the decades, as Frost Valley has grown to become one of the premier outdoor camping, group retreat, and environmental education centers in the world.