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YMCA CAMP SLOPER WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL COUNSELOR

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A slice of Singapore recently landed in the United States to work at YMCA Camp Sloper this summer. Twenty-one-year-old Chloe Chee from Singapore, will spend 2 months at YMCA Camp Sloper.

Chloe made her journey to the northeast through a partnership between the Southington Community YMCA International Committee and YMCA Camp Sloper. The committee is made up of volunteers, who help facilitate housing for the international counselor, while also running other international programing during the year at the Southington Community YMCA.

In order to be a part of the program, students need their J-1 visa, which offers educational and cultural exchange. Jordan’s first stop in the United Sates was YMCA Camp Sloper. Chloe currently has a group of all girl Trail Blazers, campers who are in 8th and 9th grade. She has been guiding her group through all sorts of adventures and activities including, arts and crafts, rope course, boating, climbing tower, field games, archery, and swimming. She has also been leading a skill clinic, teaching campers how to speak Mandarin.

Camp in Singapore is very different from what she’s already experienced in just a short time at YMCA Camp Sloper. “ We have camps, but since we don’t have a long summer break, nothing can compare to this.”  Chloe also enjoys how open, friendly and energetic everyone has been.

Chloe says she has already learned a lot more about herself since starting at YMCA Camp Sloper. She has gained more confidence in her skills with working with kids.

YMCA Camp Sloper Director, Shane Altwies said “Having an international counselor helps bring cultural awareness to the camp community. Having international staff helps make the world a little smaller and teach our campers about the differences in all people. It has been a long standing tradition since the mid 1970’s at YMCA Camp Sloper and just one of the many things that makes our camp extra special.”

This summer, Chole has already visited Albany, NY, along with Mystic Seaport and plans to see more of CT and the North East while she is here.  Chole hopes that her experience at YMCA Camp Sloper will help her eventually obtain a career in International Relations.

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