Today’s the kind of day that makes you want to move to Maine. Good-mood weather, with sunny skies and no humidity. A little breeze, but plenty warm enough for Trickey Pond.
We welcomed several prospective Skylemar families, touring in preparation for 2019. What makes us extra proud when outsiders visit is how warm and friendly the kids are without being prompted. They’re never told that guests are coming, but nevertheless they give them a happy welcome. Sometimes they say things that a director loves hearing (“Skylemar is the best camp in the world," said Aiden R). Occasionally they say something that makes her cringe (“If you go in the lake you don’t have to take a shower," said one who was very much mistaken). They’re always authentic and real, with nothing to hide. Definitely the Skylemar way.
Good manners are the expectation at Skylemar. Of course they’re regular boys who sometimes forget, but when it comes to the basics, they do have it down. As they go through the buffet line, it’s always “yes, please” or “no thank you” to each person who’s serving. Every single time.
Tonight Camp Fernwood For Girls graciously gave our guys the opportunity to be gentlemen. Each year the two camps become “one” for an evening, in alternating “home” locations. Attending the “away game” were a couple hundred clean young men, some even in collared shirts with hair combed and parted on the side.
Laughing and cheering for counselors who volunteered for the Fernwood vs Skylemar competition was the ideal way to kick off the fun. The meal was delicious, and our guys took cues from the ladies by falling into organized lines without racing to be first. Afterwards, the beautiful weather mentioned above was perfect for casual “hanging out” on the fields, courts and lake.
Back home at camp, the boys were back to their scruffy, pushy, wonderful selves. They climbed into their tousled beds, possibly wearing the same tee and shorts that they had on at dinner. Not to worry, our gentlemen-in-training have Power Shower Hour tomorrow.