WALLINGFORD — The campers at the YMCA’s Camp Ulbrich summer program got a special visit recently from Weston Ulbrich, who brought pizzas in honor of “Ulbrich Day.”
“It was fun, they had a blast,” Sean Doherty, executive director of the Wallingford Family YMCA, said about the event at Doolittle Park on Friday.
The summer day camp was renamed for Fred Ulbrich Jr. in 2000, for his constant support and fundraising efforts as co-chairman of the YMCA’s capital campaign. The camp has since honored Ulbrich in different ways every summer— this year with an “Ulbrich Mania” week.
“I think my grandfather would be proud to see it still going today,” Weston Ulbrich said of the camp. He said the YMCA does a true public service and he appreciates the Y’s honoring the memory of his grandfather, who contributed to many youth organizations in town.
“It’s pretty great to see just everyone coming together for something, whatever the cause is,” said Weston Ulbrich, who is a communications specialist with Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals Inc.
The wresting-themed Ulbrich Mania consisted of a tournament-style round of activities among the campers, eventually ending with a champion who was presented his own championship belt.
Doherty said about 270 kids participate in the camp each week. The weekly session includes a field trip, various activities and STEM projects, and lots of pool time. Each of the five camp sessions had their own theme like Ulbrich Mania, including “2018 World Cup,” “Animation Domination” and “Know Your Meme.”
During the camp’s final session this week, campers will participate in a STEM program, launching homemade bottle rockets.
Doherty said that thanks to generous donors, over $20,000 worth of campership scholarships were given out this year, allowing many kids to participate in the program.
that may not be able to afford it otherwise.