Frost Valley YMCA is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive camp community where every camper is accepted for who they are. The camp offers one- and two-week programs from July to August for kids in grades 2-10 and features a traditional overnight summer camp, teen and pre-teen adventure trips, horse camps and farm camp.


“Frost Valley is built from the ground up for campers to feel at home, feel safe and supported, and full of opportunities to grow and learn while having an unforgettable summer,” says Riel Peerbooms, CEO of Frost Valley. “We believe that camp is the answer for so many of the things our young people need, and Frost Valley is the premier camp to deliver just those things. Camp experiences provide opportunities to learn and grow in ways that supplement what schools do. Camps teach young people about empathy, teamwork, perseverance and independence.”

At Frost Valley, children and teens grow in a safe and engaging environment. They gain skills as young leaders, and bond with new friends while hiking, swimming and boating in Lake Cole, zip lining, sleeping beneath the starry Catskill sky and more.

Frost Valley YMCA offers a tiered pricing structure that allows parents to pay what works best for them, as well as financial assistance so that no child has to miss out on a life-changing camp experience. Food is included, and transportation can be added for a fee. A phrase heard over and over is: “Frost Valley is my home away from home.”


Frost Valley YMCA was founded in 1885 as The Boys’ Camping Society and after several iterations held its first camp in 1958 on the former estate of Julius Forstmann, a German wool merchant. The original 2,200-acre piece of land in the Catskill Mountains has since expanded to 5,500 acres.

Today, the camp is a traditional overnight experience including waterfront activities, daily flag raising and a twist on “capture the flag” called USB. The camp is best known for its values-driven programming that fosters youth development, healthy living and social responsibility through outdoor educational and recreational programs for all. In pursuit of this mission, Frost Valley strives to embody these key core values: caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility and stewardship, integrating each into all camp programs.

2000 Frost Valley Rd., Claryville, NY