Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the Skylemar day. Sure, hot pancakes are delicious and the yogurt bar nutritious. But it’s the daily paper which matters most. It’s “action news” all the way…the Skylemar Daily Schedule.
Each day is entirely unique, and only the structure is based on routine. There are three morning periods: two assigned and then a choice. For example, today Bunks 13 and 14 had baseball, then soccer, followed by their Clinic.
Rest Hour comes after lunch, when letters are written and Mad Libs composed. Three afternoon periods (perhaps a double waterfront and mini golf) are followed by seventh period choice. Evening Activity is always a party. Tonight was Scavenger Hunt, super fun and great for getting to know each other.
Scavenger Hunt teams are composed of an older and younger bunk combined. For instance, Bunk 27 (15 year olds) worked with Bunk 4 (9 year olds) to find two wild blueberries, a 1998 penny and a rock that resembles a celebrity. Times like these are how we become a brotherhood. An hour of “scavenging’ leads to forever friends.
Why do we painstakingly go to the effort of building a schedule daily? Because it’s what keeps our world fresh and exciting. There’s flexibility for weather, special events and trips. Why aren’t the kids allowed to choose their own schedule entirely? Because given the choice, if a child doesn’t feel good about himself doing something, he typically won’t do it. If he’s there, then he’ll try. If we get him to play well, he’ll feel good. It’s one of those circular things.
Porchtime with Shep was another part of the day’s plan. That’s a scheduled time for a cabin to discuss various topics on the Lighthouse porch. Today was the annual signing of the Skylemar Code of Honor.
Here’s what it says:
Skylemar is all about being together with friends, enjoying the outdoors, playing games and showing kindness. At Skylemar, I promise to be the best person I can be, and agree with the following:
Counselors are responsible for my safety. I will do my best to listen to my counselor when he asks me to do or not to do something.
I will do my best to treat everyone kindly-- the same way that I would like to be treated.
Everyone is entitled to have fun. I promise not to ruin someone else's fun.
It is my responsibility to tell Shep or Arleen if something is wrong. It is also my responsibility to politely remind others to be kind if they forget.
I will respect others property, as they will respect mine; this includes body and belongings.
If someone asks me to "stop", I will.
Skylemar is about people, not about electronics. I promise I do not have a cell phone or any electronic with internet access or video capability.
I understand why we have these rules at Skylemar, and agree to follow them.
It’s a pledge we take seriously, to help demonstrate good decision making and accountability. Sky guys aren’t perfect, but they’re pretty darn close.