Working with children has always been a passion for Southington’s Colin
Over the summer, the Southington High School graduate had an opportunity to
work alongside staff at YMCA’s Camp Sloper and he is pursuing a full-time
career doing what he loves, making a difference in the lives of area youth.
Now McDonald, a four-year employee on Camp Sloper, will have a little help. He
was named the 2013 winner of the Second Annual Sloper Alumni Scholarship and
will receive $500 towards his education as he attends Central Connecticut State
University for studies in elementary education.
The scholarship is part of an ongoing annual effort by the camp to reward
dedicated staff, Camp Director Mark Pooler said.
"We know that our staff are our most valuable resource at YMCA Camp
Sloper,” he said. “This scholarship program was developed as a way to invest in
our staff and make sure they feel appreciated."
YMCA Camp Sloper’s Alumni Association created the scholarship fund in 2012. The
scholarship is awarded to one staff member from the current camp season that is
enrolled in a full time college program pursuing a career in a youth service
The initial scholarship funds were raised at a spring fundraiser in conjunction
with the Smokin’ With Chris Charity Night for the YMCA. Additional funds have
been donated through the Corey Sullivan Memorial Golf Tournament.
"We are lucky to have such generous donors and Alumni that recognize the
value of having trained and educated staff," Pooler said in a press
“The Alumni Association recognizes that the magic of camp comes from the amazing
staff it employs each summer and has put this scholarship together as an
investment in and recognition of the hard working staff members,” he said.
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