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WE NEED YOUR HELP
ENSURE THAT YMCA CAMP SLOPER CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
With some challenges associated with our aging pond and the dramatic increase in day camp enrollment in recent years, YMCA Camp Sloper has some much needed capital improvements to complete to ensure we continue to deliver high quality programs. These improvements include: dredging Sloper Pond, constructing new bathrooms and changing rooms, building a new Splash Pad, adding a new pavilion for rainy day space and other infrastructure improvements. In addition to the $3-million dollars awarded to our YMCA from the State of CT for the Save Sloper Pond project, we have $1.6 million dollars in funding needs to make all these projects a reality. We plan to put over $4.6-million dollars of improvements into the YMCA Camp Sloper facility with your help! Our YMCA has committed to funding up to $750,000 of the $1.6 million in projects, leaving another $750,000 to fundraise for. We would greatly appreciate your support to help us meet our goal and complete these projects by the end of 2024. Any fundraising that exceeds the $4.6-million dollar goal will go toward our next priority project of building a new Camp Office and Infirmary with additional year round program space attached to it as show in our Master Plan for the facility.
ABOUT YMCA CAMP SLOPER
The YMCA Camp Sloper Outdoor Center is a program center of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs utilized by members, guests, families, companies, churches, civic organizations, schools, and of course campers. Our Day Camp stands proud as our flagship program and serves approximately 4,600 plus campers each summer, providing them with the opportunity to build self-confidence, develop leadership skills, learn values, be active, make new friends and learn an appreciation for nature and the great outdoors. In addition, YMCA Camp Sloper reaches over 10,000 youth, teens and adults through environmental education, team building, facility rentals and special events each year.
CHALLENGE #1 - Save Sloper Pond: Like all living things, ponds have a lifecycle and over the next 50+ years Sloper Pond will slowly go from pond to swamp to meadow if proper preventative measures are not taken. The pond is the centerpiece of the property and we cannot let this happen.
CHALLENGE #2-New Bathrooms & Changing Rooms: We have a large need to increase our current bathroom facilities to handle our current and future growth. Our camp enrollment has increased dramatically with over 1,000 kids a day for camp. We are currently working with two bathrooms, one of which is on a 30-year old septic system.
CHALLENGE #3-New Splash Pad and Pavilion: Our dramatic increase in day camp enrollment has led us to a need for more aquatic program areas and rainy day space to run the quality programs that our families have become accustomed to.