If you ask a SkyCamper to describe Color War, they usually give a one-word answer.
Determination is full-throttle. Focus is sharp. They want the win with all their heart, and giving up is never an option. Period. After all, an entire team is counting on them.
To referee a Color War game is intense as well. Simply put, every call must be perfect. Written rules are followed precisely, and impartiality is paramount.
Nevertheless…when the game’s over, it’s over. Done. Move on. That’s the Skylemar way.
Our Color War is played only on the fields, courts, lake and stage. Life goes on as usual in the cabin, despite the intensity on the outside.
In fact, tonight we “turned off” Color War all together, and instead enjoyed a tremendous performance of “Damn Yankees”. Not only was it a super great show, but we’re also very proud of the cast who somehow made time for rehearsals and learning lines, despite the intensity of Color War.
Alex N was a fantastic Joe Hardy, with Spencer as Applegate. Sam F was Lola and Eli D was Joe Boyd. Walter was phenomenal as the reporter named Thorpe. Other great actors included Leo, Teddy, Aiden R, Harry, Jared R, Ethan F, Isaac, Aiden K, Eli R, Oliver, Ben A, Dman and Ben G.
Suzie, our fabulous Drama Director has been amazing at juggling Color War games with rehearsal time. Usually she has about ten days to build a performance from bottom to top. This time it was more like seven. Her brilliant idea was to do the show outside, which was especially creative and fun for scenes played on the baseball diamond. The actors and stage crew had a blast, as did those watching.
Many thanks to Suzie, Cory (our pianist) and every camper and counselor who put so much effort into this performance.
Now, for today’s sports report:
The teams began Day 3 with a little different mindset. We had our first lead-change late yesterday, and only time would tell how Red and Gray would respond to their new position.
Both teams were determined to seize control as the boys headed out to the morning activities. It looked like Red might extend the lead when word of their Golf win in the Cubs Division (despite a “hole-in-one” by Gray’s Jack C) spread, coupled with early news of their Sophomores win at the Waterfront as well. But then Gray won two of three games to carry Tiger Basketball, and came back to beat Red in double OT in Game 2 to split the Senior Hockey point -- just before Red answered with a dominant win in Junior Tennis. Then, Gray Cubs filled the Garden and Pumphouse Bocce lawn with excitement when, after splitting the first two games, they overcame a 4 -0 deficit in the third to win 5-4. Gray Laxers followed by scoring two late goals to survive 8-6 in another tight Stars contest.
Very little had changed score-wise as we broke for lunch … halfway through this 5-day competition, and it couldn’t be any closer.
Maybe the afternoon would tip the scales one way or the other. Red again jumped out fast, winning Cubs Tennis, both Sophomore Hoops games, Senior Lacrosse and the first Junior Hockey game, a 1-0 gem, decided when Sam S netted the game’s only goal with 3 minutes left. Gray fought back by taking Stars Waterfront in the closest matchup at Trickey yet. The outcome remained in doubt ‘til the very end, when the last skier swung the point Gray’s way. Then Red got revenge for their morning sweep loss in Hoops by sweeping to a pair of wins of their own in Tiger Soccer. But like this morning, Gray bounced back again at the rink, winning their second overtime game of the day in the other Junior Hockey game, 4-3.
Although Red had now edged a bit further ahead, it’s hard to remember a Color War filled with so many contests that could have gone either way. Tomorrow’s full day of field and court activities will also include the all-important Songs and Cheers Night, which can and has altered the course of many a War. Don't change the channel, 'cause this one still has a “lot of legs” left in it….