Early birds sign up for YMCA Camp Sloper

YMCA Camp Director Shane Altwies welcomes Emily Hebert, left, and Jenna Hebert, right, as the first registrants for this year’s summer camps.

YMCA Camp Director Shane Altwies welcomes Emily Hebert, left, and Jenna Hebert, right, as the first registrants for this year’s summer camps.

Summer camp season has kicked off at Camp Sloper, and Southington sisters Jenna and Emily Hebert led the long line of soon-to-be campers who registered for camp early on the morning of Jan. 30.

When registration opened online at 8a.m., more than 900 children were signed up, but the Heberts were first in line.

“We had the best start to registration ever,” said Shane Altwies, who will serve as Camp Director starting this year.

Tina Hebert was one of many parents who woke up early to secure a spot for her children, registering at 8:06a.m. Jenna Hebert will be returning to Sloper for the second year, joining the Adventure Camp and Explorers, while Emily will be attending for her first summer in the Wanderers program for preschoolers.

Jenna said she most enjoys jumping into the deep end of the lake, and spotting wildlife like fish, frogs, and turtles while swimming.

Emily is looking forward to “going on adventures in the woods” during her first year at camp.

So far, with registration open for less than one-month, more than 1,400 campers have already signed up.

“We have room now, but we encourage parents to put down a deposit now and reserve their spot for the summer,” said Altwies, who said financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

Parents can register their children by visiting the Southington or Cheshire YMCAs during business hours, or can register on-line at www.ymcacampsloper.org.

The camp serves children ages three-years-old to 15-years-old from the towns of Southington, Cheshire, Berlin, Kensington, and New Britain. Day camp runs in four two-week sessions, held Monday through Friday 9a.m. to 3p.m. from June 27 to Aug. 19.

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