CALENDAR RAFFLE WINNERS (May)
If one of the numbers listed on the video match your Deer Valley calendar number, you’re a winner! Call the camp office to register for a free weekend. If not, make sure to check back June 1st to see if you’re a winner next month.
Looking for a great family getaway? Well look no further, Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp is the perfect setting for a fun family experience. About.com has listed Deer Valley in the top 5 family vacation ideas!
Deer Valley YMCA Camp
254 Deer Valley Drive
Fort Hill, PA 15540
Todd Brinkman, Executive Director
David J. Riether, Assistant Director
Andrew Forman, Program Director
Cindy Buterbaugh, Administrative Assistant
Lena Schartiger, Food Service Director
Tim Hostetler, Facilities Director
Family Getaways, Women’s Programs, Outdoor Education, Retreats and Reunions & Much More!
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Forget the back decks, privacy fences, and locked doors, at Deer Valley you can relax, sit on the front porch and talk to people as they go by or invite them in and share your stories. Here, you can break down the fences and get to know your neighbors.
Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Pennsylvania and just minutes from Mount Davis, the highest point in the state, Camp Deer Valley offers 742 acres of magnificent scenery and a 125 acre lake. For over fifty years the camp has been offering quality programs and unique family experiences from generation to generation..
Experience the great outdoors in Deer Valley’s year round resident camp, where we serve families and organizations from around the world. Our family camp hospitality shines throughout all of our programs – family reunions, women’s only programs, environmental education, schools, team building, corporate retreats, older active adult trips, and church groups. Deer Valley always has a special experience for you and your family.
We’re closer than you think: Atop Mt. Davis. 35 min. south from exit 91 off the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Just 25 min north of Interstate 68.
2 hrs from Pittsburgh PA.
3.5 hrs from Baltimore, MD.
3 hrs from Washington D.C.
1 hr from Morgantown, WV.
What’s Coming Up Next at Camp!
April 26-28, 2013
There is still plenty of time to sign up! Bring your family and friends for an adventurous weekend on the Youghiogheny River. Choose between a white water rafting trip and a ‘Pedal & Paddle’ trip that includes biking and rafting. Once back at camp you will have the chance to complete our challenge course (must be at least 7 years old) and our zipline (must be at least 12 years old and between 75-250 lbs). You will also have some time to enjoy camp activities such as hiking, archery, and boating. To register or for more information call the camp office at 1-800-962-2386! We’ll have the fire waiting…
Mother’s Day Family Weekend!
May 10-12, 2013
Bring Mom and the family to camp for a family style weekend. Enjoy all that camp has to offer, including boating, hiking, horseback riding, archery and much more. Register four or more paying people and mom gets half off her fee! ($65-$126 per person)
Family Getaways, Women’s Programs, Outdoor Education, Retreats and Reunions & Much More!
Returning Summer Campers
Make sure to reserve your week of “Deer Valley fun in the mountains.” Please call for the current list of available weeks and housing types or for more information. 1-800-962-2386
Deer Valley is looking for roughly forty summer staff members who are interested in helping offer our family campers the experience of a lifetime! You must be a high school graduate in order to be considered for summer staff employment; however we do offer two CIT (Counselor In Training) opportunities for high school students entering their junior or senior year. Below you will find information about Summer Employment and our two CIT programs; referred to as SALT and Clipper.
Don’t miss out on the best summer of your life! Being a staff member at Deer Valley YMCA Camp has often been referred to as ‘Living the Dream.’ If you grew up camping in the summer then you were probably just like us: idolizing the staff and hoping and dreaming of being just like them. Well now is your chance! Even if you have never been to Deer Valley before, you are still eligible.
There are two applications posted on the Camp’s website pertaining to two different applicants. If you have staffed at Deer Valley before, please use the application labeled ‘Returning Staff Application 2012,’ however if you have never staffed before, please use the application labeled ‘Summer Staff Application 2012;’ however, there is no specific deadline for applications, however we recommend returning your completed application as soon as possible. We begin to make selections in March after reviewing applications and completing interviews. Any applications received after that point for positions that have already been filled, will be put on standby.
You can find a printable application below or at www.deervalleyymca.org using the Summer Employment tab. Please note that the information posted on the actual webpage may be out-of-date; please look to the PDF applications posted on the right-hand side of the page for up-to-date information.
Returning Summer Staff Application 2013 (for those who have worked at Deer Valley before)
Contact David Riether, Assistant Director, for more information: email@example.com
CIT LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Along with having over forty staff members for our summer camping season, Deer Valley also selects a handful of individuals to volunteer in our CIT (Counselor in Training) programs, otherwise referred to as SALT and Clipper. Current sophomores entering their junior year in the Fall of 2012 are eligible to SALT and current juniors entering their senior year in the Fall of 2012 are eligible to Clipper. Each program offers high school students the opportunity to develop leadership skills by participation, instruction, and observation. In addition, candidates will focus on service oriented programs to improve the camp community as well as learning practical camp skills. Finally, the experience of being part of a highly motivated, value oriented, energetic staff is an opportunity unlike most.
SALT (SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING)
If you are interested in becoming a camp counselor or entering the service industry, then this program is right for you. Participants volunteer for a two week session during our summer family camping season. The program is designed to help participants get acquainted with the service industry as well as begin the learning process of becoming a future leader.
CLIPPER (CAMP LEADERSHIP INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM)
If you are thinking about applying to work on staff some day, then becoming a Clipper is right for you. This program takes a brief look inside what it is like to work on summer staff. Participants volunteer for a three week session during our summer season and get to experience working on the water front, with the program staff, at the horse barn, and craft shop. You will also get a taste of all of our evening programs as well.
For more information on either Leadership Program, please visit the camp website using the information below. Unfortunately the information on the actual webpage is out of date for both Clippering and SALTing, please only view and use the information found in the PDF documents posted on the right-hand side of the screen.
www.deervalleyymca.org – Summer Employment – Clipper or SALT
Contact Andrew Forman, Program Director, for additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEER VALLEY CABIN CAMPAIGN
The cabin replacement/remodeling program is well underway. The plans call for replacing all cabins located above the road and renovating all cabins below the road over a 3-5 year period. The first new cabin (Cabin “E”) was occupied – to rave reviews – in weeks 8, 9 and 10. The second (Cabin “F”) is at this writing on track for October 1 completion. The new cabins offer separate bathrooms for each side of the cabin plus a third bedroom. The renovation program for the cabins below the road began a few years ago and four cabins are already completed along with 3 more roofs. The roofs are a priority in order to protect the cabins from the snow-related ravages that hastened the demise of the cabins above the road. In addition to a sloped roof, the remodeled cabins will feature separate bathrooms on each side, and hot water for each sink. We have an ambitious fall/winter/spring construction plan and hope to have completed 5-9 additional new cabins above the road, new roofs on all cabins below the road, and one full renovation in time for summer 2013. Of course, much of this is weather dependent, and we hope for another mild winter. Follow all of the building progress and take a virtual tour of our new cabin at our blog, www.deervalleyblog.wordpress.com.
Thank you for your consideration and helping us meet our $2,000,000 goal!
If you would like more information or to donate, please call the camp office or use the ‘make a donation’ button below.