Happy Shirley Day! Shirley, Lee’s wife, was the mother and grandmother to all at Skylemar for over 50 years. She was someone who truly saw the goodness in all, and cherished every moment. She also loved ice cream. Each year on her birthday we do what we know she would have enjoyed. Ice cream is available just about all the time.
The schedule was packed with sports and games, including 13U lax, 11U hockey and 10U hoops. It was surprisingly warm, so by the 6th period we were ready to slow down. Bunk 17 had Gentleman’s Academy. That’s when a single cabin gets together to learn a bit about etiquette. Usually we cover setting a table and so forth, and talk about some really interesting topics. Did you know that a handshake should be as firm as opening an old refrigerator door? How about that French fries can be eaten with hands only if accompanied by something else eaten by hand (hamburger, hot dog)?
In reality, GA provides a chance to get to know the cabin dynamics, and offers the opportunity to talk to the kids about timely issues. For instance, we talk about how what you write in a text or email is never really private, so if something comes in that’s inappropriate, swoosh left and hit delete.
It’s interesting to note that so far about half of the kids at Gentleman’s Academy say that their parent looks at texts regularly. The other half reports being “trusted”. We discuss how it’s really all the same no matter what the rules at home are, because you simply need to just do the right thing. Swoosh left, hit delete.
After confirming that cabinmates were getting along great in Bunk 17 (as per the kids) and that the kids loved their counselors, we talked about how if 20 good things happen in a day, sometimes the one bad thing (like being teased) is what we remember. We agreed that often there’s exaggeration (if one person’s “mean” it can feel like “everyone” is) and how important it is to be careful with words, both written and verbal. FYI: these guys are really smart.
It was the perfect evening for an Aquapalooza! Sunny and hot until after the sun went down. It’s the one night we can come to dinner wearing a bathing suit and towel.
After a delicious buffet meal, the whole camp headed down to Trickey Pond. We gathered on the beach to watch the opening show. Swim, Ski and Boating Counselors were stationed around the waterfront. As the music played, each counselor’s name was called and they attempted to leap into the air and catch a Frisbee before hitting the water.
Next it was our turn to get wet. Lots to float and play on: inflatable pizzas, hot dogs, swans and flamingos. Water-basketball, motorboat rides and splashing about. Lots of laughs at the dunk tank, plus fresh slices of watermelon.
As the sun began to sink in the horizon, the counselor challenges began. The relay race gave us the chance to see the skills needed to be a college swimmer. They made it look easy.
Watermelon eating contest was super funny. After eating a full piece, they had to figure out how to put another hunk of melon in their mouth without using hands, race to the dock and come back. Way to go, Pete M!
Best part to watch was the Sky Staff Worldwide Belly Flop Contest. Points were awarded for skill, audience reaction and pain level when hitting the water. Trav and Tomas were tough to beat, but Luci pulled off the win. Such a proud moment to be a mother…well, kinda.