Sometime after the turn of the 21st Century, Yale started letting students back into the colleges during that time before school actually began. It became a special time to renew friendships and establish new ones. Students called it “Camp Yale.”
Tim Harkness, a founder of Feb Club, was looking for the next big thing. Ben Slotznick, who had been holding porch parties for the Yale Club of Central PA, was looking for a way to make these end of summer events spread to every hamlet – like Feb Club has.
So … in 2016 Ben met with Tim, still chief evangelist for Feb Club. Tim said, “What are you talking about?” When Ben replied, “Feb Club in August … or September.” Tim said, “I can do that.” The rest is history.
In 2017, Ben worked with Karen Jahn and Nory Babbitt of AYA on a pilot program to help fund Camp Yale Emeritus events focused on Bulldogs of the Last Decade (BOLD alumni) and hosted or co-hosted by BOLD alumni. The pilot was a great success. A summary and video were presented at the AYA Assembly during the Club breakout session (for video see https://vimeo.com/239485086).