Whether your teen has shown interest in exploring the great outdoors, or in service projects that benefit a greater good, there’s a Frost Valley YMCA Adventure Trip waiting for him or her this summer.
Adventure Trips are divided into nine overnight sessions based on age, interest, and experience. Young teens looking for a basic or introductory outdoor experience can go swimming, climbing, biking, sailing, hiking, and/or kayaking in locations such as New York’s Adirondacks, West Virginia, Vermont, or Maine. Experienced outdoor enthusiasts can head to New Hampshire to climb renowned cliffs and learn technical kayaking skills. High school-aged thrill seekers can try the Advanced Trip to the Adirondack Mountain Summit Multipitch, where they’ll spend 11 days backpacking before a full week of climbing the range’s highest peaks — including the east coast’s highest cliff face. From these experiences, campers discover newfound confidence and strength. They learn how to trust in themselves and each other, as they work together to explore, problem-solve, and achieve common goals.
Teens interested in giving back can try one of two Service Trips that include up to 35 hours of volunteer service. During the Habitat for Humanity Catskills trip, campers gain building and repair skills while giving back to the community. They’ll also spend time climbing at Mohonk Preserve and biking through Minnewaska State Park. The Maine Trail Builders trip leads campers to scenic Acadia, Maine where they’ll volunteer in parks and trails. In their free time, they’ll go climbing by the ocean and bike nearby carriage roads. Sessions are available during specific weeks throughout the summer for the each program. Visit Frostvalley.org for dates and details. Frost Valley YMCA is located at 2000 Frost Valley Road in Claryville, NY.