An amazing thing happens when parents take the leap of faith and share their son with Camp Skylemar. He remembers the things you reminded him of a thousand times, and appreciates you more than you can ever imagine.
When you’re not around he’ll pick out his clothes, make his bed and pour the juice. Sure, the outfit won’t match, the juice may spill, and he’ll magically forget how to make a bed in September. Surprisingly, he’ll fall asleep without an iPod, a movie, or you on the edge of his bed. In fact, he’ll eat what’s served, drink a spinach & strawberry smoothie, or at the very least say, “no, thank you” when offered.
Certainly sports are an important part of Skylemar. But it’s more about what’s between the innings, quarters and periods which matters most. No conflict resolution or time management classes here. Instead there’s natural teaching that happens organically, while nobody’s looking.
For instance, when you live together in a one room house with six or seven twin siblings plus a couple of big brothers, you learn about the power of language. We realize that actions speak louder than words, but most importantly, we learn that words can be stronger than actions. Words can hurt or heal, help or hinder.
The kids at camp occasionally say hurtful things, for that’s a part of the culture of childhood. After all, you have to experience “not nice” to know what “nice” is all about. But they learn to correct each other, stand up for what’s right, and ask for help when it’s needed.
On the other hand, words are sometimes not enough. When we make a mistake, we say that “we’re sorry”. But here, an apology is more of a four step process. We need to feel sorry, say “sorry”, do something to prove that we’re sorry, and then not do it again.
Our guys realize through practice that kindness is cool, and manners truly matter. Along the way mistakes are made, then we correct, and we fix, move on and start fresh.
If you thought they weren’t listening, know that they were. You planted the seed, and we're tending your garden. A few weeks growth is an incredible thing.