SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Community YMCA saw a record number of families registering online on Feb. 2 for YMCA Camp Sloper’s 70th season.
Registration began at 8 a.m. and, according to YMCA Camp Sloper Director Justin Hubeny, there were more than 1,600 registrations that day and 1,800 by the end of the weekend. YMCA Camp Sloper day camp takes place on the 149-acre property surrounding Sloper Pond and hosts thousands of campers each summer.
“We had the most registrations in the first day ever,” said Hubeny, who will lead the camp for his second season this year. “We are fortunate to be part of a community of wonderful YMCA Camp Sloper Families who are as excited as we are for camp this summer. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Hubeny also announced that Stephen Quinlan was the first camper to register.
“It’s a tradition rooted in the days when families would line up at the camp office bright and early on the first morning of registration to ensure their child had a spot in the camp of their choice,” said Hubeny. “Each year the Y recognizes the first camper with a certificate and a victory lap of the Y. With registration having gone almost completely online, the tradition lives on in online form.”
Stephen’s family registered him online at 8:03 a.m.
“I like the Ninja Warrior Course, the super slide, and the Sloper staff,” said Stephen, who will be attending Sloper for his fifth year. He added that another of his favorite activities is swimming. He will be attending Ninja Warrior Camp and the Explorers Program this summer.
Stephen said he is very much looking forward to seeing the Sloper staff again.
“My counselor last summer was Zack and he was very funny,” he said.
Aubrey Quinlan, Stephen’s mom, said theirs is a “Sloper Family.”
“Stephen is a third-generation camper,” she said. “I love that he has the opportunity to be outside, active, and entertained during the summer. I know he is in a safe and nurturing environment all day. He has so much fun. I believe in what Sloper stands for.”
YMCA Camp Sloper serves communities including Southington, Cheshire, Berlin and Kensington. Registration is at the Southington or Cheshire YMCA during business hours or online at .
Hubeny said “many slots” are still available for the day camp.
“There is space available in most of the specialty camps and all of the traditional camps,” he said. YMCA Camp Sloper has four two-week sessions running from July 1 through Aug. 23. There is also a one-week preview June 24-28.
The day camp program runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended camp care available if needed. YMCA Camp Sloper serves children 3 to 15 years old. Bus transportation is provided for residents of Southington, Cheshire and Berlin/Kensington, for campers entering kindergarten through 10th grade.
The Wanderers program, for preschoolers, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with parents transporting their children. Financial assistance is available for families that qualify. Extended payment plans can also be arranged.
People with questions are asked to call the YMCA Camp Sloper Outdoor Center at 860-621-8194 or visit ymcacampsloper.org.