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Grade 6 Heads to Frost Valley YMCA

Adventure Trips are an extraordinary part of Far Hills tradition and culture.

Far Hills Country Day School's Grade 6 students recently went to Frost Valley YMCA. Frost Valley YMCA is a camping, environmental education, and conferencing center located in Claryville, New York, part of the Catskill Mountains. 

Students participated in different activities throughout the trip, such as hiking, team building, and archery. While away, students strengthened communication skills and encouraged teamwork among classmates, enhanced creativity skills, and gained first-hand exposure to the interconnectedness of various natural communities. Problem-solving, improving communication, and working with others to achieve a goal were common themes over the few days.

Grade 6 Students Pause During Their Hike For a Photo

One activity was Orienteering. After learning how to use a map and compass, students had to work in teams to find stations on a 20-acre orienteering course in the woods. During this activity, students developed math skills, learned about topographic map reading, and used problem-solving skills. 

Grade 6 students Orienteering

Students also hiked to various Frost Valley destinations, including High Falls, a cable bridge, and a castle. They developed awareness and responsibility for environmentally sensitive areas. Students also used their power of observation to discover the world around them. 

Grade 6 student walking across a cargo net while hiking

Additionally, our students enjoyed archery, Gaga, and nighttime games.

During their time at Frost Valley, students were responsible for setting tables during mealtimes, as well as serving and cleaning. While our Adventure Trips are fun, they also focus on Far Hill's Five Pillars: Respect, Responsibility, Leadership, Kindness, and Honesty. 

2022 Grade 6 Frost Valley Adventure Trip

Read more about the school programs offered at Frost Valley YMCA here. 

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