To the editor:
Every year in February, there is a conversation among the parents in my office (45 minutes from Southington) that begins something like this, “I can’t believe it’s time to start registering for summer camps already. What are your kids going to do for the summer?”
Inevitably, there is complaining about the limited selection of good camps and how the structure or hours of the camps available never seem to fit the needs of parents and kids. I typically keep quiet during these conversations for two reasons:
1, We are fortunate here in Southington/Cheshire to have YMCA Camp Sloper therefore, I have nothing to complain about, and
2, If I sing Sloper’s praises because of the amazing counselors, tons of great activities, and perfect schedule options I am sure to be shunned because others (who can’t get their kids to Sloper) would think that I’m bragging.
For five years now, my son has been at YMCA Camp Sloper every summer. It is truly an understatement to say he has been beyond thrilled to go to camp each day since the first day he started. He loves almost every activity from the rock wall, archery, and gladiator dodge ball to swimming, sports, and the crystal mine. Every single day he comes home sweaty and happy, with stories about what he loved from his day.
My daughter began her first year at Sloper this past summer and was equally as thrilled (and sweaty). She also loved all the activities including arts and crafts and dance. The variety of activities is beyond impressive. No two days are the same. (I’m so jealous. My kids will tell you that many days at drop-off, I tell them how I wish that grown-ups were allowed to attend Sloper – and they know I truly mean it.).
Without YMCA Camp Sloper our family would be lost for the summer. Every single staff person, from the administrators and counselors to the office staff and nurse are genuinely happy to be there and truly invested in the kids. I just wanted to share our family’s deepest gratitude for such a wonderful place for our children to spend their summer.
When my kids learned that I was writing this they begged me to add their thoughts about what they love most, so here goes…
My 6 year old daughter said, “Sloper is so much fun and there’s lots of great activities. Sometimes you even learn, like when you go to the Nature Center.”
My 9 year old son added, “I love lots of the activities at Sloper. They’re all really fun to do. I especially love the challenging ones such as archery or the giant rock wall, also known as Tower. I especially love mornings at the amphitheater because there’s always something really fun that they [the counselors] do. There is one flaw thought… it ends when summer ends.”
Tami and Tim Sullivan, Southington