It takes a certain kind of gal to work at a boys camp. It takes an extra special one to be a part of the Skylemar family.
It begins in the interview process, when we gauge their reaction to one-of-a-kind questions. It’s a boy’s world, we explain, and therefore not for everyone. The guys are respectful, well-mannered, and will adore you. But, by the way, how do you feel about burping? If they giggle, we continue. If they don’t…in the bin.
The job title is “Bunkster”. The job description is daunting. It includes teaching and nagging, encouraging and fixing, cleaning and drying, celebrating and surprising. We seek a big sister/mother/Mary Poppins-type, who loves to play games, read stories, bake cookies and laugh. An ability to detect a shirt worn two times in a row, a genuine interest in teeth brushing and nail clipping, a strong desire to unpack and repack 200 boys…you know, the important skills.
The Bunksters of 2017, the best in Skylemar history, have it all covered. Each has a particular specialty at camp, but that’s just the beginning. There’s Meggo, Mary, Kaitlin, Emily at the Waterfront, then Diane, Maddie and Suzie covering the Arts. Lily, Luci and Yonne make up the Care Crew, while Cory and Calla cover Outdoor Ed and Tripping. Baylee’s at Golf, while Margie has Tutoring. Shannon and Izzy handle Photography, while Holly and Sara are a part of the Administrative Team.
In their “spare time”, Bunksters do whatever they can to make a counselor’s load just a tiny bit lighter. They’re often in the cabin at Rest Hour, Inspection and Bedtime, providing an extra set of hands and eyes. The great part of the job shows in the smiles they encourage, and the tremendous sense of accomplishment felt when a child has turned the corner from homesick to happy. The not-so-fun part, their role in keeping the cabin tidy (well, sort of…) and organized (well, kind of…), is no easy task with a “house” filled with boys.
With a positive, cheerful attitude, they spring into action on a rainy day. Gotta keep those guys busy when they can’t run outside. They “bring it on” for Evening Activities and events, with costumes and décor. It's true: a Bunkster does whatever it takes to make anything or anyone successful at Camp Skylemar.
To our spectacular Bunksters, please know that we’re grateful. You’re our “unsung heroes”, and we sing out your praises. Thank you, times a million, for making this world of boys a more beautiful place. Beautiful, just like you.