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YMCA Camp Quinnipiac Turns 20

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It’s hard to believe that a camp which started as 12 campers walking from the YMCA to Norton School to use the playground has grown into the YMCA Camp Quinnipiac we know today.  What began as a program to serve a few Y families in need of childcare of during the summer months has developed into a camp providing new and exciting experiences for over 500 campers each summer. 

From the beginning, YMCA Camp Quinnipiac has relied on its strong relationship with the Board of Education and in particular Norton Elementary School.  Norton has be the home of YMCA Camp Quinnipiac for 18 of its 20 years.  

In the early years, we used a table in a hallway as the camp office and picnic tables set up around the shaded perimeter of Norton’s backfield to run camp activities including arts and crafts, nature and field games.  Children were bused to the home of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas DeLuca for swimming in their backyard pool.  Tom, a board member and Liz, our nursery school teacher, generously donated their pool to YMCA Camp Quinnipiac for 7 summers. 

Driven by a talented and dedicated camp staff, YMCA Camp Quinnipiac grew significantly in size in the early 2000s creating the need for more activity space.   Large tents were added as well as a portable office to act as the center of an ever growing operation.  Swimming was moved to Cheshire Academy.   Camp enrollment climbed to a record high of 175 campers per week in 2005. 

Since then Camp Q has moved locations 2 times to accommodate renovations at Norton; moving to Chapman School in 2007 and Doolittle School in 2013.   Enrollment held strong due to the continued program quality provided by the amazing staff team. 

In 2014 the YMCA of the USA introduced a new Day Camp curriculum.  YMCA Camp Quinnipiac embraced it and introduced skill sessions challenging campers to try something new such as jewelry making, soccer, tennis and movie making. 

For 20 years YMCA Camp Quinnipiac has been a place where children make memories that will last a lifetime.  How could any past campers forget; the world’s largest root beer float, the annual dinosaur egg hunt, the slip-n-slide moonbounce, visits from the fire department, tall sock Tuesdays, dress up Wednesdays, numerous special guests, camp family nights, International Popscicle day, the gold rush, nature tag, gimp bracelets, field trip Thursdays and of course L.O.G.S.

YMCA Camp Quinnipiac 2016 registration will begin on March 1, 2016.  For more information about what the next 20 years will bring contact Lesleigh Drake at the Y, or 203-272-3150 ext. 506.

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