“Appreciate it and gratitude it.”
That was counselor Lucas’s message to the entire camp this evening at Spirit Night. Well said, Lucas. We couldn’t agree more.
The trips have all returned safely, and for this we are grateful. When these guys are gone, we miss them terribly. That’s a feeling YOU can relate to!
Same goes for the boys. They not only miss you, but appreciate you more than ever before. It’s a creative analogy, but missing a loved one is sort of like the power going out during a storm. We take electricity for granted, until the time we don’t have it. Then we appreciate, and can’t wait for it to come back.
We’re always touched when a camper or counselor who’s addressing Skylemar begins with, “I’d like to thank Lee and Herb for starting this place.” Truth is, not a day goes by without us appreciating the lessons of Lee and Herb. We are forever grateful for this piece of heaven called Camp Skylemar, which they made possible.
Hearing Herb’s strong yet gentle voice on the phone today was energizing, like the brightest of stadium lights. He cheerfully asked about the boys, the staff, the challenges, the weather. He wanted to know if Quebec had returned, and who were the possibilities for Color War Captain. 68 years after founding Skylemar, Herb, the kindest, wisest and most wonderful man in the world, was still interested in the very same things.
Those who traveled to Quebec had a fabulous time in this European-like magical city. The kids will always remember the Changing of the Guard at La Citadelle, the majesty of Montmorency Falls and the tremendous testament of faith at the Basilica of Sainte Ann de Beaupre. There were foods they’ll never forget, like Beaver Tails and Chez Marie homemade bread with a smear of maple butter.
Nevertheless, there’s no place like home. When traveling in a foreign country, you just about always appreciate the one you’re from. We’re grateful to be able to cross from one country to the next, to experience different cultures and forge new relationships.
Traveling reminds us of our courageous and amazing international campers, who boldly travel across the world to join the Skylemar family. Coming from Spain, Italy, Mexico, Germany and China, we’re grateful for their presence, and know that Skylemar is a better place because of them.
The gratitude cup runneth over at Skylemar. Most of all, we’re grateful to every parent, for entrusting your most precious possession to our care.