One of our favorite Frost Valley traditions here at Farm Camp is to play French Revolution before we go to bed at night. Since the day was so hot, we waited for the sun to go down, the farm cooled off, and we headed into the woods for some fun! With our clothes decorated with camoflauge and leaves and things, we are hoping that we won’t be spotted as we crawl through the ferns to reach the big rock where the look out guards are watching. It is so fun to blend in with the trees and try our best to stay out of site. Its so hard sometimes to keep from laughing with our hiding buddies as our shoes fill with dirt or when we think the look out has spotted us!
The heat is climbing and we are doing everything we can to continue making sure that all of these campers are staying nice and cool. Rest hours are mandatory and water and sunscreen are a-flowin. I think I speak for everyone when I say we are glad its not raining, but that being said we are making sure to take lots of breaks for water and shade.
A nice cool night, a cool theme (Flower Power!; 1960′s), and full participation for nearly all of the dance! For some reason there was no actual music from the 60′s actually most of it was bad Dance music from the 90′s which a lot of the campers were hearing for the very first time and, for some reason, were really into it.
There seems to be a culture of not only dressing up for the dance but to wear costumes. Pooh-Bear, Green Man, Pandas, Hawaiian “Trip-Hop”, a Dalmatian, and a ghost buster.
MAC Boys, Adventure, Hemlock, Sacky, Lenape, Tacoma, Windsong & PAC all had fun and even offered to clean up whilst they danced. I’ve honestly never seen this happen and I am very proud that the whole camp displayed this level Stewardship.
Director of Camp Henry Hird
Everyone was a bit confused at the beginning of this week–where was the sunshine!? Luckily she didn’t stay in hiding for too long and has now graced us with her presence. Today was the hottest out of the five days thus far, and priority was placed on making sure campers and staff were wearing sunscreen and drinking lots of water! Almost everyone that came down to the waterfront was ready for a dip in the lake or wanted to be out on a boat. A mandatory rest hour was set after lunch and campers and staff were encouraged to lay and nap in the cool shade of their bunks. All in all, we keep reminding ourselves to be thankful for the sunshine because when its all said and done the sun is more fun.
AdVill started this Independence Day off with a delicious pancake breakfast, filling their bellies before a big day of fun and Adventure! The first activity on the agenda was a game of Jeronimo with Al Fileris, a Frost Valley alumni and board member. Al teaches a great deal about the values and traditions of Frost Valley by simply sharing his passion and enthusiasm with our campers. Think of Jeronimo as a game of Musical Chairs, with creative questions instead of music.
After a rambunctious game of Jeronimo, campers chose to go on a hike, play Candy Land, or relax. Everyone re-convened for a delicious lunch before joining MAC (Mainestreaming at camp) boys in MACadellic theme day activities. Our MAC program welcomes campers with developmental disabilities into the greater camp community. The MAC program provides us with a fantastic opportunity to explore the core values of Inclusiveness, Respect and Diversity. Campers brewed some delicious tea from wild edibles foraged from the forest and played games with their new MAC friends. Campers had so much fun with their new friends; many of them exchanged information to stay in touch after summer camp!
After a well-earned dinner, campers engaged in yet another fantastic Frost Valley tradition- Ultimate Sicko Ball (USB) with the rest of camp. USB is like a giant game of capture the flag with balls instead of flags. It requires a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, a challenge our AdVillers met with fury. After a long, eventful day of fun, AdVillers retired to the village for a devotion with their tent mates and counselors. Campers and counselors admired the beautiful star-lit sky before sinking into a deep sleep in preparation for another fun-filled day tomorrow.
Happy 4th of July everyone!
The weather today was rainy in the Catskills! But it was also beautiful and we had a blast! Fortunately there wasn’t any thunder so we threw on our rain jackets and stomped in some awesome puddles.
First things first AdVill hit the high elements: Zip Line, Giant Swing, Leap of Faith. Campers who didn’t want to climb in the trees went on hikes and got to tie dye. In the afternoon campers headed out to the water front while others found a mountain creek and explored the rippling pools, small waterfalls, and rocky beds arched over with drooping branches of hemlock.
As dusk fell over Frost Valley, our AdVill campers began preparing for the night by shrouding themselves in black and red – pigments very difficult to spot in the darkness. Lessons in stealth would be the theme for the evening. The campers soon trickled in to an area of camp that would be the stage for a game we call French Revolution. With a “guard” placed in a specific location, armed only with a flashlight, the camper’s goal is to approach the guard undetected. During a countdown in darkness, the campers must move stealthily towards the guarded zone, and try to enter it if they can. At the end of the countdown, the guard turns on his flashlight and searches the void, and calls out of the darkness those he spots with his light. The campers silent and deft enough to enter the guarded zone undetected by the searching beam secure victory for the team.
As the second full day of camp came to a close, our stealthy – and sleepy – campers retreated to their tents for their nightly repose from daily excitement and activity. Slipping into their sheets, the sounds of the forest night and the gentle pitter-patter of rain on canvas sent our campers to the world of pleasant dreams.
The rain will not get us down here at East Valley Ranch!
We had an amazing opening campfire on Sunday night after the girls arrived – with S’Mores, singing, dancing, gymnastics, and skits… A grand welcome to the summer for the girls of EVR.
Because we are hard core Barn Girls, the girls put on their rain jackets and went out to the arenas to show us their skills under saddle for EVALUATION RIDES. Yep – we ride rain or shine here at EVR . We also had a great night doing paper-bag skits in the living room, where the girls have to make a skit out of some random items they are given in a paper bag! See pictures on smugmug.com
This morning at breakfast, the girls were assigned their very own horse for the two/four weeks that they will be here! We match riders to horses that will both challenge them and give them the confidence to grow with their abilities. We also put them in riding lessons based on their ability with one of our many amazing Instructors from all around the world.
Today should be a great day and we are determined not to let mother nature get us down! Yay! Ultimate Sicko Ball is tonight’s evening program. See smugmug tomorrow for the latest pictures.
WE LOVE EVR!!! <3