Katy and Maggie, two of the Directors from Frost Valley’s West Valley Main Campus came over for some Ninja Turtle Themed activities this morning!
It only took us 3 sessions to do 2000 pieces…. and yes, we are missing 4 of them.
Good Work Yurt 7 and friends!!!!
“We are all very proud of the hard work” – Gabe
“It was a long experience, and we pulled through. It looks amazing” – Lucien
“It was very tiresome.” – Indra
“Now we can finally rest during rest hour.” – Lucas
While the boys were off-camp on their overnight, the girls took over camp and we had an inspirational, silly, and relaxing Lady Night on the farm. As many females forget to do, we took sometime to get dirty and had a mud fight filled with so many laughs and a whole lot of wet dirt. After our counselors covered the bathroom mirrors with positive quotes, we showered and enjoyed some homemade face scrub (made from oil and sugar) and some fresh tea with leaves from the garden. We ended the night with a whole group devotion and focused on the power of being a woman. Dana and Jimmy read us the following poem “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou, and did a Step in, Step out activity to reflect on experiences that we have all shared together. We enjoyed spending this quality woman time with our friends, bunkmates, and role models, and used the quiet of the night to enjoy the dim twinkle lights and the impactful energy that we have grown as a group.
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
After the original date had been rained out, the boys “FINALLY!!!!” headed out on their overnight! They set a Farm Camp Record and made is up to Merrel Pavilion in under an hour! Once we saw the amazing view from the top of the mountain, we enjoyed sleeping bag races down the hill, picking wild blueberries around our sleeping spot, and eating pita pizzas grilled over the huge fire. The night was filled with laughs, great conversation, and a lot of craziness, and ended with a gorgeous view sleeping under the stars.
On our reflective Sunday afternoon, we spent the day thinking about positive change and how we can start to make a change. After some thinking and talking with each other under the beautiful shade tree, we all created a beautiful piece of art using paint filled water balloons. We got to throw balloons that were red, yellow, or blue, depending on the kind of change we wanted to see. Red was if we had to change something within ourselves, yellow was change within people, and blue was change throughout the world. We through these balloons at the board that Andy was holding (yes he got covered in paint) and all signed it, in our oath to think about what we can do to make an impact. Later in the afternoon, we were able to share songs, words, and stories with each other about this concept of positive change. We have begun this movement at the Farm together by living through the core values and acknowledging each other for our positive actions. We are going to continue this caring, respectful, and inclusively diverse community throughout the session and bring back these positive attitudes to our friends, families, and classmates back at home.
Farm Campers were selected by the Master of the Elements to represent the teams of Fire, Water, Wind, Water, and Earth. After a rigorous sorting process, the teams broke off into a variety of competitions and creative play such as running like the wind in an obstacle course, fire building competitions, waterballoon tosses, and rock collecting in the garden earth. Wind won the Stong and Tough award, Water won the Sportsmanship Award, Earth won the most Core Value Points, and Fire was the overall winner with the most element points!
Doug as the Master of the Elements
Dana was the leader of Wind, Zack the leader of Fire, Sam the leader of Water, and Kate the leader of Earth.
The sorting Ceremony
The girls headed out on their overnight hike to Merrill Pavilion this evening! After crossing the river at the waterfront, they completed the 1 and a half hour hike to the top of one of the most gorgeous views of the Catskill Mountains. They will be spending the night eating pita pizzas over the campfire, roasting marshmallows for smores, and enjoying each other’s company under the starlit sky.
Lats night campers on the Farm had the chance to deck their counselors out in our collective refuse! Every yurt group was given a heap of random trash and craft materials from the Art Barn and had to dress them up in the most cleverly designed costumes possible. Check out the results of our upcycled fashions!
This spring, I was given the opportunity to hire Sam Thomas as a counselor. Sam is a currently an engineering student who volunteers as a village blacksmith in his hometown in England. He has been smithing for several years and has introduced a new opportunity for campers to walk away from camp with some new and unique projects under their belt! Take a look!
Farm programs have been in full swing here at the farm! Not only have we given the bunnies manicures and halter trained the calves, but we have been building the stone wall for our pizza oven, playing french revolution, and making bubble tea.
Blindfolded version of ”The Hunger Games”
Waterfront time with friends!
Singing songs during lunch time Hoopla!
Wuzzing some Alpaca wool to spin into yarn or to felt
Feeding the goats during chores