The needle craft craze has taken over at the farm! We have all been learning different techniques to create hats and have been spending our free time making them. We have made so many that Lindsay has challenged every farm camper to make themselves or another person a hat so that we can all wear them to our trip to Main Camp on Monday! We are hoping to make enough hats and donate them to other kids!
Yesterday our teens in the Czech Republic spent a wonderful day touring the Moravian Karsts in the Czech Republic. These are a series of caves located about 3 hours east of the city of Prague. It was an awesome tour getting to see the countryside of the Czech Republic and exploring the caverns.
Highlights of the day included an underground boat tour of caves, a discovery of a wonderful oasis in a cave, and so much more. At the conclusion of the day we returned to Prague and had dinner at a French restaurant.
Today we head out on a walking tour of Prague in which we will visit the majestic “Prague Castle” and many other sights in the city!
This morning at the crack of dawn the village rose out of their bunks to trail breakfast in the village. We cooked some oatmeal with all the good fixins (including rainbow sprinkles). The day started cool but soon heated up as groups hit the road to their put-in sites. We’re sending: Two groups to the Adirondack’s for canoeing and backpacking respectfully, one group to Mohonk Preserve to rock climb in the Shawangunks, another group went to the East Branch of the Delaware River for more canoeing and the final group stayed on camp property to backpack our 6000 acres.
All groups will be checking in and are getting set for their first night on trail. We will hold off on posting more blog posts until they return.
Today was a historic day for Frost Valley! 8 Frost Valley teens and 3 staff travelled across the world and arrived in the Czech Republic for the YMCa Europe Festival in Prague. This festival brings thousands of YMCA teens from over 50 countries together and provides amazing opportunities for teens to help impact our world.
After flying overnight from New York to Prague, our delegation arrived this morning and spent the day sightseeing. Tomorrow they take part in the opening ceremonies of the festival and are pumped to meet teens from all over the globe!
Stay tuned for more updates on Frost Valley’s adventure in Prague!
Tonight was Challenge Night at the Farm! In groups with our Yurts, we had fun competeing in various activities to gain points for our team. So many people have so many hidden talents on the farm! Berlyn could hoola hoop the longest, and could even do it on one leg! Mae and Imogene made the weirdest sounds with their mouths, Kai and Charley from Yurt 6 and Ayaka and Ayaha from Yurt 5 were the Yurt look-alike champions, and we had a dance off. Also Rebecca did the best counselor impersonation of Camilo! We even had a celebrity judging pannel consisting of Justin Beiber and Taylor Swift!
Yurt 2 Look-Alikes
Yurt 4 Look Alikes
Yurt 6 Look Alikes
Counselor Look Alikes
Yurt 5 Look Alikes
Yurt 3 Look Alikes
We are SO excited here at the farm to welcome our third group of campers to camp this summer! With an opening campfire as epic as this one, we cannot wait to see all of the creative events, memories, and experiences our campers have with us here at the farm!
Yurt 3 wrote this very clever and farm-related song, and sang it in memory of the cow we will be eating for dinner the next two weeks!
“Ode to Marshal the Cow”
To the tune of “Someone Like You” by Adele
that you’re a great cow and you
ate some grass but you’re
I heard that you’re
black and white but they
murdered you in the
dead of night
why are you so good
I ate you in a taco
and again I would
I hate to turn up when you’re mooing for help but I
can’t help you unless
you’re in a corn shell
I hope that you see us and
that you are well reminded that your death
was for our lunch
Nevermind we’ll find
a cow like you
and anyway we already have two
they are babie
and they’re cute
and they don’t smell like poop
but you’ll always be the best
and that is true.
Olympix is, to some, the most competitive time for a camper at Frost Valley; it also provides opportunities to learn about diversity and celebrate our differences. and build team spirit that strains the vocal chords as it brings campers closer.
Despite temporary associations with nations that include Armenia, Taiwan and Czech Republic, all came together at lunch today in honor of the host team, South Africa.
But, most importantly, it unites Frost Valley into one giant, united community.