Come take a look at our unique summer farm camp program located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains of NY.
My name is Andy Szymczak and I am the Director of the Farm Camp at the Frost Valley YMCA. Firstly, thanks for your interest in the Farm Camp. And secondly, I'm going to provide you with a little bit more information about the Farm positions that are available.
The quick word about the Farm is this, " The program at the Farm Camp consists of 4 two week sessions with the following dates: Session 1: June 30 - July 12, Session 2: July 14 - 26, Session 3: July 28- August 9, and Session 4: August 11 - 23.
Farm Camp focuses on building a strong community through living in a co-ed, mixed age environment, and having the opportunity to care for the animals, tend the garden, and experience resident camp favorites. By milking goats, caring for the sheep, cows, pigs, alpacas, llama, and flock of chickens, campers accept new responsibilities and hone new skills. The garden teaches campers how to cultivate and harvest fresh vegetables, the benefits of eating fresh local foods picked by hand, and developing a better sense of where their food comes from. We regularly enjoy the bounty that is raised in the garden or raised in the pastures of which campers are an integral part. While there is a focus on farming, campers will still have a well rounded camp experience participating in activities like arts and crafts, swimming, boating, playing sports and games, and making lifelong friends.
At Farm Camp, there is an emphasis on Frost Valley’s 8 Core Values and celebrating each others talent and individuality. The supportive environment of Farm Camp helps to encourage healthy relationships and the development of social skills that benefit campers during camp and beyond."
This is what we're trying to provide the staff at the Farm: I ask that staff be able to wear multiple hats including program staff, dish washer, life guard and chore supervisor during the morning and at night. Because we have 25 staff, I am striving for a team that is very cohesive and adaptable to running a yurt and designing camp programs at the same time. Its fun to see camp as a small community of mixed ages from as young as 7 up to 16 years old. Another great benefit of the Farm is that we eat really well with our campers taking part in every aspect of harvest to cooking. We receive our food in whole food through our food service provider and strive to get as much of our produce into our meals. They are cooked fresh daily, plus throughout the summer our available produce from the garden increases. Every summer we increase this capacity and seek to keep improving what we do to meet the mission.
The Farm has seen a lot of transition over the past several years in leadership. Most folks were farmers exclusively. I've worked at Frost Valley as a counselor, environmental educator and as a director for other parts of camp and am still working on my own farming skills. The Farm Camp is in a place where there is a lot of potential to grow in the programs that we offer and experiences that camper have. I am really looking for staff that are looking to put in a healthy dose of creativity to help improve what we deliver to campers and know that they are having a very positive impact on the lives of children.
Please take a look and feel free to contact me about available positions!
Application can be found here: https://docs.google.com/a/frostvalley.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGViMmN2VDdDeEVWSDFRTGhQNVZDZnc6MQ