|The Tokyo-Frost Valley Partnership serves the Japanese community in the
tri-state area through youth and family programs. When the program began
in 1979, its main objective was to establish YMCA programs for Japanese
families, bringing them together with American families to share experiences
and skills that would not only make their stay in a foreign country more
pleasant but also enhance both cultures. Today, the Partnership reaches
more than 2,000 participants annually through a broad spectrum of services.
The mission of the Tokyo-Frost Valley YMCA Partnership is to support
Japanese youth and families living in the tri-state area; to increase understanding
between the people of the United States and Japan; and to foster world
peace. To accomplish this, the Tokyo-Frost Valley YMCA Partnership puts
Christian principales into practice year-round through programs that promote
strong family relationships, healthy lifestyles, cultural awareness, international
coorporation, andindividual growth in Spirit, Mind, and Body.
Summer Camp and Leadership Training at Frost
Valley YMCA 2017
With a staff of professionals from the Frost
Valley and Tokyo YMCAs, the Partnership provides unique summer camp experiences
for Japanese children. Utilizing the Frost Valley YMCA's Catskill Mountain
facility, all ages take part in what one would consider your typical summer camp
activities, (campfires, cabin groups, outdoor exploration and adventure
programs) plus a whole lot more.
Each summer offers a wide menu of
choices for parents interested in a program that provides cultural stability for
Japanese children by immersing them in their own language and other aspects of
their culture, while also giving them a cross-cultural experience through the
well-recognized Frost Valley YMCA Resident Summer Camps.
season offers three two-week sessions for younger children, ages 6-9, plus a
four-week Sports Camp for a wide range of ages and athletic abilities. The last
two weeks of the summer are dedicated to the Partnership's Language Camp an
intense program helping children strengthen their English-As-A-Second- Language
skills and also youth wishing to immerse themselves in the Japanese language in
preparation of their family's return to Japan.
Some of the Partnership
counseling staff for the summer camp program comes directly from Japan. Their
summer experience is a blend of summer camp fun and extensive youth group work
framing. This leadership program has won national acclaim in Japan and welcomes
many observers every summer.
December Ski Camp and February Ski Camp are also held at
Frost Valley YMCA for Japanese children in a cooperation with the Belleayre
Mountain Ski Facility and its Ski School instructors. Children enjoy skiing with
the Japanese youth leaders for 5 or 6 days. It is a great opportunity for them
to enjoy a winter sport. There are also one-day ski programs throughout the