Residential Advice Needed: MS Field Trip

Middle School mother needs help deciding on a field trip.

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My son attends Beach Street MS and is in 6th grade. There is going to be a sleep away field trip to Frost Valley in May and I would like to hear from parents in the community whose children have previously attended this trip what their impressions were.

The trip is costly, about $300, and many parents have expressed concern about adequate supervision. I would like to get feedback from parents whose children have already attended this trip.

Donna Borchick January 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I agree Gail, two of my children went several years ago at different times. They both had a great time. My grandson will go this year and both my children told him he'd have a great time. Say what you want about the district, but when it comes to the individual teacher, they really give a damm about the trip and all the components with regard to the individual student. I am encouraging him to go.
Mark January 28, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Frost Valley is a great experience for the kids. It is part of growing up - let your child experience it. It could be considered costly, but for $260-280 what your child will get from the trip is priceless. The Frost Valley has been hosting schools for a very long time. The West Islip teachers (who go) are committed to a great trip for the kids and themselves. The staff at Frost Valley help to ensure they do. My daughter went and came back from the WI trip so charged up she couldn't stop smiling for days. The hikes, projects, nature, waterfalls, team activities, group projects, laughing singing and learning life lessons all in a safe, supervised environment. To get an idea see this "thank you" video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_snulAqcrw ) that Abby Miller (who was a secret special guest) gave to the kids from Sayville. It will show you a great deal about your childs trip. (Abby is a special kid, and she was the last nights character speaker - more info about her here: http://www.abbymillermusic.com/site/#/about-abby/about-abby/ )
Bob Eddings January 30, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Thank you for all the amazing responses regarding the Frost Valley Trip. I want to share that our goal at the Frost Valley YMCA is to provide for our schools a place for hands-on education to help students become environmentally literate and to give them the leadership tools and practice to learn to speak up for themselves and the environment. I have the honor of working with so many schools from Suffolk and Nassau Counties (and was a William Floyd HS graduate myself). We can provide a physical environment so different from our Island and so pristine it reminds us how we should treat the Earth. For those who do not have the chance to travel, we truly can show them a different experience. Many children today are losing their ability to problem solve and much of our curriculum focuses on problem solving and developing community to help foster an environment in the school that allows for safe opportunities to do so. Each year, I look forward to working with Jesse Fawess and the teachers and students from Beach Street.
Dawn January 30, 2012 at 05:45 PM
That was a bit harsh - don't you think!! To answer your question my opinion it was a great trip and very well supervised!! I was just as concerned as you are but it was a great experience for my son and we are happy we made the decision for him to attend. :)
Maureen January 30, 2012 at 09:15 PM
She wasn't being harsh. She was expressing her excitement and support of the teachers running the trip.


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