Happiness explodes at Camp Skylemar! They’re here!
Enough positive energy to power a rocket ship to the moon. Gotta figure out how to bottle this stuff. There’s nothing like a couple hundred joyful, high-spirited boys stepping out from cars and buses into a world of fun.
Hailing from across the country and around the globe, each was welcomed by a team of amazing counselors. The staff had been practicing for this very moment for days. Training demonstrations, lectures, guest speakers and discussion groups couldn’t begin to prepare them for this degree of excitement.
Sure, many were nervous, whether new or well-seasoned. A warm hug, handshake or high five was all it took to melt away worries. Counselors proudly welcomed kids “home” to their cabin, where beds had been made and belongings unpacked.
Dinner was delish. Spaghetti and meatballs on Opening Day for 68 years. The newly renovated Rec Hall erupted in enthusiasm, when LJ started table stomps. These guys are the greatest!
Shep’s Intros for Evening Activity. All cheered in agreement when Shep asked if they were ready to carry on the legacy of Lee and Herb with a summer filled with fun, friendship and kindness. “Yaaaah”, they roared.
Each athletic department had sort of a skit or dance, like the basketball shuffle or the human motorboat. This year’s crew is a talented bunch.
Back to the bunk, where the summer-long sleepover party begins. Shep checked in with all, as he does every night. His three word report was just as we hoped: all is well!