NYSOGA WINTER RENDEZVOUS

Winter Rendezvous is a formal gathering of licensed guides from across the state held each year in March. Winter Rendezvous is the forum for our First Aid, CPR and Water Safety trainings for prospective new guides as well as the venue for re-certifications for current guides. Winter Rendezvous is also a site used by DEC for it's spring testing of new guide candidates. This event is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring guides to acquire all the certifications necessary for obtaining a New York State guide license in a 3 day period. The annual meeting for NYSOGA members and the election of new officers to the board of directors is held on Saturday afternoon, as well as regional meetings and appointing of regional directors. These meetings are followed by the annual banquet, awards presentations and an evening of socializing and fun. All Rendezvous attendees and their guests are welcomed to the banquet and evening activities. As with summer rendezvous there is also time for enjoying the company of fellow guides renewing friendships and making new friends. Come join the fun!

NYSOGA WINTER RENDEZVOUS XXXVI - "WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LEGENDS"

Save the dates! NYSOGA is planning a great 2017 Winter Rendezvous for guides, aspiring guides, families, and guests.

March 23-26, 2017
Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Rd. Claryville, NY 12725
(845) 985-2291
Outdoor Guides of New York
NYSOGA charter members from 1982 who are still active today.

The 2017 Winter Rendezvous Committee invites you to join your fellow NYSOGA guides, their families, prospective guides, and guests at the Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville, NY for Winter Rendezvous XXXVI

It is with an eye on the horizon, that we venture to the heart of the Catskills, for the next step in our great journey. As always we look forward to reuniting with friends and loved ones. We also look forward to leading the next generation of guides on their endeavors to pursue the skills, and craft of guiding. Frost Valley YMCA nestled in the heart of the Catskills, in the shadow of the legendary Burroughs Range, and snuggled up against the legendary waters of the Beaverkill. This region has given rise to much legend, and lore of these Catskill Mountains. Frost Valley YMCA has come a long way since its founding in 1885 as Camp Wawayanda, the nation's first overnight camp for boys located in New Jersey. Many things have changed—including a move to Claryville, New York, and a name change to Frost Valley YMCA—but the core values remain the same. Frost Valley is still guided by the same principles—Caring, Community, Diversity, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Respect, Responsibility, and Stewardship—this is evident in the community of staff, students, and visitors, that hold Frost Valley dear in their hearts. We are grateful for the opportunity to reach out to existing, and prospective guides in this region. We have seen a recent surge in recreation and guiding in the Catskills, and feel it is our duty to lead our fellow guides, on their path of growth and development. The Frost Valley is a wonderful venue, and a community as well. There are several lodging options all surrounding the Geyer conference hall allowing for an easy walk from one venue to another. Check their website to learn more.

The Rendezvous Committee has put together a very special weekend we hope you will all enjoy! The usual training, meetings, seminars, and meals are on the schedule. There is also time for us spend with our NYSOGA friends that we may only see once a year. We hope to take the time to welcome many new members to the NYSOGA family as well. By joining us at the Rendezvous, you can learn about opportunities to grow your skills, and guiding business, through seminars, and networking with NYSOGA guides.


TWO WAYS TO REGISTER FOR RENDEZVOUS: The 2017 Rendezvous has come and gone. Check back later this year for the dates and location for the 2018 Rendezvous.

Click here for ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Click here to PRINT A REGISTRATION FORM

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The DEADLINE for registering for Rendezvous attendance, all certification courses, lodging, and meals is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: The Training Courses payment MUST BE PAID IN FULL AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION TO CONFIRM YOUR RESERVATIONS. An email confirmation will be mailed to the email address you provide on the registration form once your registration is successfully processed. Confirmations will be sent out after January 19th.

CHECK-IN AT FROST VALLEY YMCA: All Rendezvous attendees and their guests must check-in at the Welcome Center upon arriving at Frost Valley YMCA. Each guest must have a photo ID or drivers license when they check-in.


LODGING & MEALS RESERVATIONS

PLEASE MAKE ALL LODGING REQUESTS DIRECTLY WITH:

Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Rd. Claryville, NY 12725
(845) 985-2291
Website: www.frostvalley.org/lodging
Note: All Meals are including with Lodging Reservations.
Please contact Frost Valley YMCA at (845) 985-2291 regarding all your lodging and meals questions.
MAKE ALL LODGING & MEAL REQUESTS DIRECTLY WITH Frost Valley YMCA NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017.

Click Here for PRICING and more LODGING INFORMATION

There are many points of interest near by from the world's largest indoor kaleidoscope, to the quaint villages of Phoenicia, Woodstock, Margaretville, and Andes. The area surrounding the Frost Valley is a nature enthusiast's paradise. Home to the tallest peak in the Catskills (Slide Mt.), the legendary Burroughs Range, and the waters of the Esopus, Neversink, and over the hill from the legendary waters of the Beaverkill. We look forward to welcoming you all to the XXXVI Winter Rendezvous, at the Frost Valley YMCA. We hope you will make the most of all this area has to offer!


RENDEZVOUS SCHEDULE

Here you will find the schedule for the Rendezvous certification trainings, meetings, seminars, and meals.

Click Here for the TENTATIVE RENDEZVOUS SCHEDULE


SATURDAY MORNING SEMINARS

Click Here  for the Tentative Seminar Information & Schedule


REGISTRATION FOR DEC GUIDE LICENSE EXAM

If you are planning to take the DEC Guide License exam on Saturday, March 25... You must submit an application to the NYSDEC in advance. The application can be found and printed out from the DEC website http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/legal_protection_pdf/guidesappl.pdf. In the event this link does not work go to http://www.dec.ny.gov. Search the Licensed Guide Program and the application is the top link on the right hand side.
PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO SIT FOR THE GUIDE EXAM IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15. THIS MEANS THE APPLICATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE NYSDEC BY MARCH 15th.


FROST VALLEY YMCA MAIN CAMPUS DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Click Here to print out the Directions to Frost Valley YMCA

It is highly recommend that you follow the directions provided below rather than using a GPS.

2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY 12725
GPS Coordinates:

N 41° 59' 13"
W -074° 30' 16"

From New Jersey and Points South: From the New York Thruway, take Exit 16 (Harriman). Go 55 miles West on Route 17 to Exit 100A (Liberty). At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Route 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty (shown below).

From Liberty:
Follow Route 55 East 10 miles to Neversink. Look for sign on the right side of the road for Claryville. Turn left onto Claryville Road/County Road 19 and go four miles to Claryville. Look for sign on right side of road marked “Frost Valley YMCA”. Turn left onto Frost Valley Road/County Road 157 (which becomes County Road 47) and drive 7 miles to Frost Valley YMCA’s Main Campus (West Valley).

Directions from Albany & Points North: From NY Thruway Exit 19 (Kingston), go 30 miles West on Route 28. Look for signs on left side of road marked “Big Indian”. Turn left onto County Road 47 and go 14 miles to Frost Valley YMCA’s Main Campus (West Valley).

From Binghamton and Points West: Take Route 17 East to Exit 100 (Liberty). At end of exit ramp turn right onto Route 52 West. Drive .25 mile and take a sharp right onto Route 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty (shown above).

From Connecticut and Points East:
 Take I-84 West to Route 17 (Middletown, NY). Go West on Route 17 to exit 100A (Liberty). At the end of the exit ramp turn right on to Route 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty (shown above).


Once again, the DEADLINE for registering for Rendezvous attendance, lodging, meals, and for all certification courses is Wednsday, March 15, 2017. 

QUESTIONS?? Email: info@nysoga.org Phone: 518-359-7536 (9 AM – 5 PM Mon-Fri)

We look forward to seeing you at Rendezvous in March!

Click here to view information from our 2016 Summer Rendezvous. Information for the 2017 Summer Rendezvous should be available in early summer.

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