YMCA Camp Sloper inducts two into its Hall of Fame

Published on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 11:19


SOUTHINGTON – YMCA Camp Sloper has announced Kylle Ayer and Clyde “Butch” Soccodatto as the 2020 Sloper Hall of Fame inductees.

The inductees were honored Nov. 14 during a small, socially distant ceremony at YMCA Camp Sloper. However, Justin Hubeny, outdoor center director at YMCA Camp Sloper said both have "made a huge impact on the camp."

"We are excited to honor them as part of the Sloper Hall of Fame," he said.

Ayer, Hubeny said, was a “dedicated” workday volunteer at YMCA Camp Sloper in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He said Ayer worked and led many projects.

“Kylle was the lead volunteer and really the brains behind the operation of the amphitheater at YMCA Camp Sloper, which was constructed in 2000 and celebrated 20 years this year,” Hubeny. “This truly is one of our greatest volunteer accomplishments and one of the best facilities we have at YMCA Camp Sloper. We could not have constructed such a beautiful facility without the support, leadership and dedication of Kylle Ayer.”

Mark Pooler, CEO of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA, who was also the camp director from 1996 to 2015, said the amphitheater has turned into “the heart of YMCA Camp Sloper.”

“All school groups, teambuilding groups and campers use the amphitheater and it is really a wow factor for us,” Pooler said. “The amphitheater is my personal favorite place at YMCA Camp Sloper; I couldn’t thank Kylle enough for leading and being part of the group that built it.”

Soccodatto, Hubeny said, was a “proud employee” at YMCA Camp Sloper from 2010 to 2018. During that time, he led the maintenance department.

“His love and dedication to this property rivaled Corneilla Sloper Neal herself,” he said.

Cornella Sloper Neal donated the property to the local YMCA in 1949.

Hubeny added Soccodatto spent "countless hours" cleaning, fixing, maintaining, repairing and rebuilding the largest and smallest of areas at the camp.

“His attention to detail and philosophy of 'doing things the right way – the first time' truly elevated our facility and maintenance department,” Hubeny said. “Butch had many skills, most notably in plumbing, carpentry, HVAC and more and really was a jack of all trades and a perfect fit for our needs at YMCA Camp Sloper. Every area of camp has been positively impacted, fixed, or constructed by Butch. His favorite project was building our Meade Family Library, which is an impressive building that we use year round for groups, rentals and campers. Butch truly defines what it means to be a Hall of Famer and I have personally learned a lot from Butch from maintenance to life just being around him.”

The Sloper Hall of Fame was created in 2005 as a way to recognize and reward some of the past camp staff and volunteers who have helped to make YMCA Camp Sloper the facility it is today.

“Remembering those who have paved the way for our present and future generations at camp is very important to us at the YMCA,” Pooler said. “The Sloper Hall of Fame is a way to honor those who have made a lasting impact on the program, facility and people who have enjoyed this special place for many years.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 11:19. Updated: Tuesday, 24 November 2020 11:22.