If you think it’s hot outside, step into the Skylemar kitchen. Despite the inside thermometer climbing to 115 degrees, the chef’s “show” must go on. Ask just anyone about the food at Skylemar, and they’ll say “it’s great”.
Breakfast starts with the yogurt bar, with fresh fruit and granola. There’s always a hot entrée, like pancakes, French toast or eggs with home fries and English muffins. Three cereal choices too.
Lunch usually starts with a smoothie, with fresh fruit and some vegetables slipped in. A little apple juice does wonders for hiding kale or spinach. Entrees are kid-friendly, like tacos, grilled cheese and chicken tenders. There’s daily sandwich options and a super amazing salad bar. Always romaine and assorted greens (iceberg has no nutrients), tons of fresh veggies and proteins.
Dinners are homestyle and delicious. Grilled chicken, lasagna, Skypotle (Chipotle North), pizza and Thanksgiving Dinner are just a few of the entrees. There’s always pasta option, as well as salad. This summer, more than any in the past, many kids are actually eating vegetables. Really!
What does it take to feed 350 hungry men? It starts with a fantastic kitchen crew totally dedicated to pleasing palates. Together they make 10,000 home made meatballs, long before the kids arrive. Everyday 80 heads of lettuce must be cut. One cookout dinner takes 150 pounds of ground beef. Thanksgiving takes 14 turkeys, while Chicken Marsala takes 200 pounds of breast meat. Subs are 100 pounds of shaved steak to 40 pounds of onions. 30 pounds of yogurt plus 40 pints of blueberries go out in the morning. 24 pots of coffee daily, because the staff has to keep up with these guys.
Want more statistics? Check out the terrific maintenance department. There are 52 toilets which must be cleaned daily, and never a day without mowing a field. It takes three hours to empty all trash cans, and 120 gallons of gas in the boats and vans each morning. So much skiing that the three boats need a refill by afternoon. What’s a monthly hardware store bill? $2,800. Whatever is broke, Rich and his team fix it!
28 was the number of campers aged 7-11 who swam across the lake for the Polar Bear Swim at 7am this morning. Congrats to Alex B, Jack C, Alex N, Ethan F, Cash, Leo, Soren, Levi, Aiden K, Gabo, Harrison, Bennett R, Andrew B, Ethan EG, Sam S, Rohan, Alex V and all of Bunk 3. Thanks to our friends across the pond at #71 for surprising them with donuts when they landed.
Day Hike with blueberry picking for Bunk 9, while Bunks 5, 20 and 25 spent the day at the beach at Sebago Lake State Park. 1, 2, 15, 16 and 24 kept cool at ice skating. The rest of us stayed wet all afternoon. Boating, swimming for fun, the giant slide and “lemon sticks”. That's when you put a peppermint stick in a lemon and suck the juice through like a straw. It’s a refreshing combination.
Rockstar for Evening Activity. It’s live karaoke with a band from New York. Each cabin selects a song and performs it live with the professionals. So much fun that even the Skylemoms couldn't pass up the chance to be rock stars.