THE ABCs OF CAMP
Table of contentsA for Attire | B for Bunking | C for Cell phones | D for Driving | E for Electricity | F for Food
G for Guide to Camp Workroom Social | H for Hot water | I for Internet
J for Join the mailing list | K for Kinds of activities | L for Leave No Trace
M for Machines | N for Nighttime | O for Opportunity | P for Photos and Policies
Q for Quiet hours | R for Refunds and Roommates | S for Smoking, Spirit, and Supplies
T for Travel | U for Unlimited snacks | V for Valuables | W for Wilderness | X for X-tra guests
Y for YMCA (Frost Valley) | Z for Zebras
“A camp full of sewists? Oh what to wear!”
Campers will receive a detailed pack list closer to October, but in the meantime, a couple of things to keep in mind as you are planning your Camp wardrobe.
- Weather - it will be a little chilly at Frost Valley in October, so think layers.
- Comfort - the weekend is jam-packed full of active activities. For most of the weekend you will probably want to dress comfortably for walking and standing.
- Classes - most of the sewing intensives at Camp involve some sort of fitting. Tight, black camisoles and leggings are great to wear while fitting in class.
- Me-made Fashion Show - be sure to pack something that you are proud of and excited to show off for our Me-made Fashion Show! Campers are welcome to bring me-made clothes, accessories, quilts, etc. Can't think of anything to bring? You can showcase Camp class project!
“Where will all these sewing campers sleep?”
For four days, campers will stay in one of Frost Valley's "super lodges." Think ski-lodge meets summer camp. Our 2-story building has 13 rooms sleeping 4 to 6 people, each room with a private bath. The lodge also features a large common room with a fireplace, where our nighttime activities will take place over drinks and dessert. Our lodge is close to the dining hall, so campers don't need to travel far to find things to eat.
Just like when you went to sleepaway camp as a kid (or when you sent your little ones off for their camp adventures) every camper gets basic bedding and a towel. Basic bedding includes linens and a pillow. Want to get extra cozy in your bunk? We encourage you to bring your own additional pillows and blankets to snuggle in at night.
“Will I be able to call home while at Camp?”
Up in the Catskill Mountains, campers will not have cell phone service. If Verizon is your cell phone carrier you may get limited service, though it's very unreliable. Campers can make outgoing phone calls by purchasing calling cards at Frost Valley and using their landline service. In case of emergency, your family can reach you at Frost Valley by calling 845-985-2291.
Though there's no cell service, there is wireless Internet access in the dining hall and also in our classroom building (no Internet service in our lodge). With wi-fi access, campers can do data messaging on their phones, and yes, you can post to Instagram (#campworkroomsocial)!
“Even though the shuttle bus sounds fun, I'd rather drive myself to Camp.”
While Camp registration includes shuttle service to and from Manhattan, campers are welcome to drive themselves to Frost Valley if they prefer. Campers who wish to drive will receive detailed instructions on how to get to Camp closer to October. All drivers must register their cars with Frost Valley upon arrival.
“I know it's called "camp" for a reason, but just how rustic are we talking here?”
Never fear! Everyone has electricity all the time. (Well not while you're out on a hike, but you get the idea.) Bring those chargers with you to juice up your gadgets as needed. We encourage you to turn electronics and lights off when you are out of your room.
“What kind of grub will we be eating at Camp Workroom Social?”
Campers can look forward to hot, wholesome meals served daily in the dining hall. Frost Valley's dining hall offers a vast array of options including organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan foods. Care is taken to meet the dietary needs of all of their campers. Fresh fruit is labeled with its origins and available for snacking all day long. Frost Valley works hard to create menus that are both yummy and nutritionally balanced. In addition to every meal, Frost Valley's dining hall offers a cereal bar, fresh fruit bar, and two salad bars (one dairy, one non-dairy), as well as soup and sandwich fixings. Juices, water, tea and coffee are also available at all times throughout the day.
Because Frost Valley values nutritious eating, candy and soda are not served in their dining hall. That said, we will have a drinks and dessert service in our lodge after every dinner. Love snacking on candy while sewing? Campers are welcome to bring their own candy and sweets as well.
All campers will be asked about any specific dietary needs prior to Camp. If you have questions about a particular food allergy, feel free to email or call us.
Guide to Camp Workroom Social
“I am a registered camper, and I have lots of questions about Camp. How can I find all the information I need about what to pack, when to fly into NYC, what supplies I'll need for my sewing classes, and how my family back home can get in touch with me while I'm at Camp?”
All campers will receive a Guide to Camp Workroom Social this summer. Our Camp Guide will be your all encompassing road map for everything you need to know before Camp. Download it to your phone and tablet for easy access while you're traveling. Give a copy to all your loved ones so they know how to find you while you're away.
If you ever have questions about Camp (whether it's mentioned in our Camp Guide or not), you can always connect with us by email or phone. Reach out anytime!
“I really like my hot showers. Will I have to take cold showers at Camp?”
There should be plenty of hot water for all our campers, but we encourage everyone to please be mindful and considerate of others by only using what you need. Campers with big families, you know what I'm talking about.
“I'm a #sewcialist! Will I have Internet while at Camp?”
Though campers won't have cell service, they will have wireless Internet access in the dining hall and also in our classroom building (no Internet service in our lodge). With wi-fi access, campers can do data messaging on their phones, and yes, you can post to Instagram (#campworkroomsocial)!
Join the mailing list
“I'm not quite ready to register for Camp yet, but I want to keep in touch and get Camp updates.”
We'd love to keep in touch with you! Please join our mailing list for updates from us about Camp.
Kinds of activities
“What other kinds of activities will there be at Camp Workroom Social besides sewing classes?”
In addition to our sewing classes, we've lined up lots of camp-inspired activities for you, from rock climbing to weaving. During down time, you can choose to relax or get to know your fellow campers on a hike or in a yoga class. We designed Camp Workroom Social for you to learn, to practice your sewing skills, and to have fun! Check out the entire schedule of activites here.
“I'm flying into NYC. Do I need to bring my own sewing machine with me?”
No! Sewing machines will be available for use during your sewing class, but if you prefer your own machine, you are welcome to bring it.
“Will I need a flashlight to walk around at night in the dark?”
You'll probably want to grab for that flashlight, but try letting your eyes adjust at night. Walking around in the dark at Camp is fun! Don't forget to look up at the sky. Hopefully we'll get some clear starry nights.
“The Camp mindset.”
Your weekend at Camp is an opportunity to take time for yourself and connect with others. Make new friends. Learn new things. Ask questions. This is your weekend!
“Smile for the camera!”
We will have many opportunities for photos at Camp, and every camper will receive photos of themselves and their fellow campers after the event. What better way to remember the weekend?
“Camp sounds like a really fun weekend, but I'm worried that with all this fun I might not be able to get my beauty rest.”
After our fun nighttime activities, Camp quiet hours begin at 11:00 p.m. We want to be respectful of others, particularly of any fellow campers who want to sleep. Night owls, not ready for bed yet? Our lodge has a common room that is always open for impromptu hangouts!
“I changed my mind and no longer want to attend Camp. Will you refund my fees?”
We cannot offer refunds or transfers due to the unique nature of event planning. Once a camper registers, we invest in her attendance, and we are not able to recoup those costs once they're spent. Refunds are not issued after payment is submitted. Camp fees, including pay-in-full registration, deposits, and installment payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
In the event of low enrollment, we reserve the right to cancel Camp. If Camp is canceled, enrolled campers will be notified at least 120 days prior to the start of Camp and will receive a full refund.
“Who will be my roommates at Camp?”
Each room in our lodge (see B for Bunking above) sleeps 4 to 6 people in bunk beds or single-sized beds. Have a friend who's also coming to Camp? We'd love to help you bunk together! Roommate requests and placements will be made according to our Camper Questionnaire, which Campers will receive closer to October.
“I smoke. What kinds of regulations does Frost Valley have about smoking?”
Smoking is not permitted in any camp buildings. Smoking is permitted outside at least 50 feet away from any building. Please dispose of any cigarette trash in trash cans.
“I'm so excited for a weekend away, and I want to show my Camp spirit!”
We are excited for our weekend together, and we hope you'll join our entire staff in sharing the Camp spirit! Costumes, singing, cheering, and all around silly behavior are encouraged.
“What kinds of supplies do I need to bring with me for my sewing class at Camp?”
Campers are required to bring supplies needed for their sewing classes. Specific supply lists and sourcing resources will be sent to campers by September 10, 2015.
“How do I get to and from Frost Valley?”
Shuttle service to and from Manhattan is included for all campers but you may opt to drive to Camp on your own (see D for Driving above).
If you are flying into NYC, the closest airports are LGA, JFK, and EWR (New Jersey). We are working on a comprehensive travel guide, which will offer more specific information on traveling to NYC. If you aren't a registered camper but would like a copy of our travel guide when it's ready, be sure to join our mailing list for updates.
Staying in NYC before or after Camp? Email hello @ workroomsocial.com, and we can help connect campers to share hotel accommodations in New York City.
“The Camp schedule has specific mealtimes listed, but what if I get hungry during the day?”
During the day the dining hall is open with cereal, milk, and fruit for snacking. Drinks are always available as well.
“Should I leave valuable items at home?”
Yes! We encourage all campers to leave their valuable items (expensive jewerly, etc.) at home. While we are all good, honest people, why risk the chance of losing something valuable during your weekend away? Being in the middle of the woods, you won't likely need your valuables anyway. If you must bring something of value with you, you might want to consider packing a lock with you for your suitcase. Because Frost Valley is a summer camp that specializes in hosting children and family groups, our lodge does not have locking room doors.
“Where exactly is Camp Workroom Social, and where is it in relation to emergency services and other conveniences?”
Camp Workroom Social will be held at the Frost Valley YMCA Camp in Claryville, NY. Frost Valley is located on over 5,000 acres of wilderness in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, just 2.5 hours north of New York City.
Frost Valley's Health Center is equipped to deal with most medical needs. They have a full-time nurse on staff and an EMT is available 24 hours a day to deal with any emergency. Should there be a need, there are hospitals and urgent care facilities within 45 minutes of Frost Valley.
Because Camp is situated in the middle of the Catskill Mountains, there are no local convenience stores or pharmacies available. Please bring with you everything you will need for the weekend. We will provide all campers with a suggested pack list to help you prepare.
“I was wondering if my family could accompany me to Camp Workroom Social.”
All rooms are reserved for Camp participants only, and only registered campers are permitted on site at Frost Valley.
YMCA (Frost Valley)
“So tell me more about this Frost Valley YMCA...”
From their website: “Frost Valley YMCA provides people of all ages and abilities with enriching, even life-altering, outdoor experiences. Located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, Frost Valley provides year round access to nature and fun through programs such as summer camp, adventure trips, farm camp, equestrian programs, group and family retreats, school trips, teambuilding and more.” You can read more about Frost Valley at frostvalley.org.