Concord’s YMCA Camp Spaulding Receives Accredited Camp Status:  CONCORD, NH — The American Camp Association, New England (ACA New England) is pleased to announce the accreditation of YMCA Camp Spaulding. ACA Accreditation is a mark of distinction from the only national nonprofit organization accrediting camps in the United States.

ACA New England executive director Bette Bussel said, “Administering the ACA accreditation program in New England is a key way that our organization supports campers, camp seekers, parents and camp professionals. YMCA Camp Spaulding went through a comprehensive and thorough review to achieve their status and we are pleased and proud to announce their accreditation.”

Photos: Hulbert Outdoor Center Fun in Fairlee: At the Hulbert Outdoor Center’s annual New Year’s Week Family Camp participants play a game of indoor scoccer in the barn in Failrlee, Vt., on Dec. 30, 2016. In play with the ball are Daniel Caramanica,11, of New York City, Will Knowles,9, of Fairlee, and Christian Sandoe,9, of Marblehead, Mass. 

After coming in from sledding, Christian Sandoe, 9, watches his father Andrew and brother Sebastian,7, play chess at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vt., on Dec. 30, 2016. The family lives in Marblehead, Mass. Andrew grew up in Hanover went to the camp as a kid in the summer then became a camp counselor. The family has been attending the Hulbert Outdoor Center’s annual New Year’s Week Family Camp for four years.

New JORI director believes in the magic of Jewish summer camps: Ricky Kodner is a camp guy. He believes there’s no better place for a Jewish kid in the summer than at a Jewish camp. “Every kid should be going to summer camp,” he says. “Every Jewish leader I know went to camp, was a counselor or was some kind of administrator at camp. Camp just gives kids so much confidence. I just love camp.” 

That’s a good thing for the Camp JORI community.

Kodner is the new director of Camp JORI, in Wakefield. The St. Louis native has been on the job since mid-November. Right now, he’s meeting community members and talking to JORI camp families, staff and alums about this coming summer.

Teams announced for 12th annual YMCA Sloper Plunge: SOUTHINGTON — Mark Pooler, director of operations at the Southington Community YMCA, recently announced the teams for the 12th Annual YMCA Sloper Plunge.


The Sloper Plunge, formerly the YMCA Polar Plunge, will take place Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. at YMCA Camp Sloper at 1000 East St. All funds from this event will provide financial assistance to help send children and teens to YMCA Camp Sloper for this summer for a meaningful day-camp experience.


Pooler is excited about this year’s line-up and expects to have a successful event that raises money for camp scholarships.


“It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, other than summer camp,” he said. “This event has become a community staple and tons of volunteers and donors rally together to help kids. What is better than that?”

Mass Audubon promotes three at local nature sanctuaries: Three veteran staff members as Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook and Wachusett Meadow wildlife sanctuaries have been promoted by Central Region Sanctuaries Director Deb Cary.

Lisa Carlin has been named Assistant Sanctuary Director at Broad Meadow Brook in WorcesterCindy Dunn has been named Assistant Sanctuary Director at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, and Lisa Mattson has been promoted to Administrative Operations Manager for both sanctuaries as well as the Central/ West Property Office.

The collective tenures of the three women represent more than a half-century of service to Mass Audubon and its thousands of members and others visitors who connect with nature at these wildlife sanctuaries.