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10/26/17 -Have Fun & Stay Safe this Halloween!

3/12/17 - Meet Our First Camper

2/13/17  - 10 Things for your Valentine!

2/5/17 - What to do this Winter? 



Have Fun & Stay Safe this Halloween!


By: Mamma Cass


Follow these helpful tips while tricker treating this Halloween to make sure you have a fun and safe time this year!

1. Swords, Knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible


2. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.


3. Examine all treats for chocking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.


4. Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.


5. Always test make-up on a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.


6. Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.


7. Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.


8. Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.


9. Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.


10. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.


11. Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.


12. Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.





Meet Our First Camper of 2017! 


By: Mamma Cass


Registration for YMCA Camp Sloper began on Saturday, February 4th with tons of parents taking advantage of on-line registration at 8AM to get their child signed up for their favorite camp program this summer. “We had the best start to registration ever” stated Shane Altwies, who will lead YMCA Camp Sloper as the Camp Director for his 1st season this summer. “We took in more than 1300 registrations the first day and over 1400 by the end of the first weekend. That is the best start to a camp season that any Camp Director could ask for”, Altwies stated.

“I am pleased to announce that the Ciara Colon wins the award for first camper to register for 2017” says Altwies. Ciara Colon was the first official camper to register at 8:03 AM on Saturday morning.  “I like doing all the different activities like super slide, swimming, crystal mine and boating” stated Ciara who will be attending Sloper for her 3rd year this summer.  Ciara says “On a scale of one to ten, YMCA Camp Sloper is a million times fun to go to”. Ciara will be attending Cheer & Dance Camp and Musical Theater Camp this summer.

When asked what she thought about her counselors from last year Ciara said “We thought that our counselor Claudia was a movie star and I liked everything about my other counselor Hallie”.  Ciara is looking forward to being going boating this summer, performing in the Cheer & Dance and Musical Theater productions and maybe getting the opportunity to pie her coast director Too Tall Tom in the face.

Mom, Amanda Sommerset, was asked why she felt YMCA Camp Sloper was a good choice for Ciara, “She makes new friends every summer, of course has fun and everything is so organized” stated Sommerset. For registration this year in order to get Ciara signed up for the camps she wanted mom made sure her alarm was set early back on the fourth.

“We have received over 1,400 registrations to date, which is way ahead of last year’s registration. Last summer we had most of our specialty camps fill up and many of our traditional camps fully enrolled. The Sloperian program for Kindergarten and First grade is also very popular. It is a great introduction to a full day of activities, much like they will experience in full day kindergarten” stated Altwies. “We have room now, but we encourage parents to put down a deposit now and reserve their spot for the summer”, stated Shane Altwies.

YMCA Camp Sloper, which serves the towns of Southington, Cheshire, Berlin, Kensington, and New Britain, has grown in popularity in recent years. Open registration is on-going at either the Southington or Cheshire YMCAs during normal business hours or on-line at www.ymcacampsloper.org. There is still room in many of the specialty camps and all of the traditional camps; registering early is encouraged so you can select the program of your choice before it fills up.         

YMCA Camp Sloper has four, two-week sessions running July 3 - August 25. There is also a one week preview the week before the regular camp season begins, June 26 – 30. The day camp program runs Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM with extended camp care available if needed. YMCA Camp Sloper serves children ages 3 to 15 years old. Bus transportation is provided for residents of Southington, Cheshire, Berlin/Kensington, and New Britain for campers entering kindergarten through grade 10.  The Wanderers program for preschoolers runs from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM with parents transporting their children. “We also provide financial assistance for families in need. It is just a matter of contacting the Southington or Cheshire YMCA and completing the application process” stated Altwies. Extended payment plans can also be arranged.



10 Things For Your Valentine! 

By: Wendy Fisher


Need some ideas for great Valentine's Day Gifts??  Here are the Top Ten Gift Suggestions from the staff:

10. "Just For You" Stash - Fill a fun container with a personal supply of their favorite snack or treat. Maybe they will even share since it is Valentine's Day!

9. Books - especially those with a love or "you are special" theme. For little kids, take the time to cuddle and read together.

8. Coupon Book - Put together a little coupon book for them to use when they like.  Include things that would be special for your child.  Some examples might be no chores today; date night with a parent; your choice for dinner; an extra hour of screen time.

7. Valentine's Day Breakfast - Make a special breakfast like heart shaped pancakes and strawberry milk, or maybe just their favorite breakfast. Even

kids like to be pampered; if possible serve it to them in bed!

6. Treasure Hunt Create and hide clues around the house that they will follow to find some small treasure at the end. The fun is in the hunt, the treasure can be a small stuffed animal, candy, or toy.

5. Homemade Love - Anything made by you just for them would be a hit. Make or buy a wooden heart and paint or decorate it in some unique way and put their name on it. Create a special collage of pictures of you with your child, or select just one favorite one, and put it in a fun frame. If you are crafty, create a bookmark that reflects your child's special interest or what you just love about them. It's that personal touch that really says "I Love You" the best.

4. "You're Special" Jar - Decorate a small jar and fill it with special memories of your child written on little slips of paper. It's fun to remember together as your child reads them. Add in some things you love about your child, those things that make them special. You can even keep extra slips on hand to keep adding to it during the year when your child does something special, or you create another great memory together.

3. Time with You - Schedule a date with your child to spend some special one-on-one time doing something you both enjoy. Dinner and a movie, a night of bowling or ice skating perhaps? Or take a hike around YMCA Camp Sloper, go down the super slide together and then go out to lunch!

2. Love Letter - Tell your child in writing just how much you love them and why you think they are so special. Create a love letter to your child. They will cherish this forever!

1. Session at YMCA Camp Sloper!! - Nothing says "You are loved" like giving your child the opportunity to have new experiences and make new friends!



What to do this Winter? 

By: Mamma Cass


We know firsthand how hard it can be to get everyone to get their schedules sorted and organize a family outing, especially in the cold winter months of New England. We're often reminded how important it is to spend quality time with friends and family. So push aside whatever screen you're looking at (well after you finish reading this), because here are YMCA Camp Sloper's top three activities for spending quality time with you and your family.

  1. Sledding- The first sight of fresh snow brings one thought to mind every year, and that’s sledding. What’s better than gliding down a snow covered hill with the cool air blowing in the face?  Grab your tube, toboggan, saucier, and/or cookie sheets and go out and find a good hill. There are a number of hills in Southington that provide awesome and safe terrain for families to go sledding down.
  2. Hiking- Typically people put away their hiking boots with the arrival of the cold weather, but not going rushing to attic just yet. Some of the best times to look at the beauty of the New England wildlife is during the frost and snow covered months of Winter. For some this a time grab a pair of snowshoes, but that isn’t necessary for many of the hikes in the area. As long as dress appropriately with warm & dry clothing, go out and enjoy the many hikes that Southington and surrounding area offer.
  3. Snow Fun- Snowed in for the day? Grab your gloves, hats, snow attire, boots and go out and have fun. Whether your mission for the day is to build an elaborate igloo in the mounds of snow that have piled up. Or make pretty snow angels and handsome snowmen; one of our favorite things to do growing up was to take an old Windex bottle fill it up with food coloring and water and you had the best tool to make snow art!

There are so many fun things to do during the Winter and the best part at the end of it all is the large cup hot cocoa.