By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
The summer can present a unique challenge for parents: how can we keep children occupied when they’re out of school? Frost Valley YMCA offers several options for parents in our community, such as Day Camp, and thanks to local businesses this option is now more affordable.
By providing scholarship dollars for children to come to camp, Frost Valley can offer children a safe environment that ensures a summer filled with productive activities to boost summer learning, encourage growth, and foster healthy friendships. Campers at Frost Valley enjoy swimming in Lake Cole, going on field trips, riding horses, and exposure to a variety of different cultures from around the world. Achievement, Relationships, and Belonging are essential dimensions of wellbeing that Frost Valley cultivates through Day Camp programs.
Several local businesses have made donations that support financial assistance, including Premier Sponsor Blue Hill Lodge & Café of Claryville, which generously gave $5,000 to support local families. This support helps to ensure that all families have access to quality summer care for their children. Local business sponsorships support more than 90 campers with roughly $22,000 in financial assistance.
The Blue Hill Lodge, located at the Claryville Center complex which also includes the Blue Hill Café and Blue Hill Wine & Spirits. The Claryville Art Center, also part of the complex, houses the permanent collection of acclaimed Russian born artist Alexander Kaletski. Visit www.bluehilllodgecafe.com.
Frost Valley YMCA earns Autism Speaks grant
The Frost Valley YMCA will be a recipient of the Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp Scholarship Program Award. Frost Valley obtained this grant for the benefit of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder whose families would otherwise not be able to attend Day Camp. The funds have been given to families living in Sullivan, Delaware, and Ulster counties for summer 2015.
Frost Valley YMCA offers traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, arts & crafts, team-building, rock climbing, science-based outdoor experiences, ropes courses and more. Guided by its mission, Frost Valley believes that all children deserve a camp experience and have historically welcomed children with varying types of physical and developmental disabilities in their summer programs, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Visit frostvalley.org or call 985-2291.