They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert.
They say you need to see a marketing message seven times before taking action.
That’s why we keep talking about kindness and acceptance, over and over and over again.
Do the boys get it? Most do. But for some it takes longer. Some are less sensitive and speak without filtering. Some are more sensitive, and don’t let things roll off their back.
There’s a pretty strong “buy in” to the Cool2Care message. The boys cheered excitedly when we announced that $2,129.85 had been collected from the Cool2Care water bottles. “World of Change” now can provide 1,600 meals for kids in need, 4 beds for those sleeping on the floor, and 12 backpacks filled with food and books.
When we shared that an anonymous donor heard about our collection and offered to make a matching contribution, the Rec Hall erupted in thunderous cheering and the crowd came to its feet in a standing ovation. That's double the meals, beds and backpacks!
The boys are especially interested in exactly how their donation will help. They’re also motivated to be the camp that collects the most money for “World of Change” (it’s all about the challenge, right?). When they return from trips, they’re often seen donating whatever was left from their snack money.
Two trips went out today. The Lobster Adventure began at Seacoast Fun Park, where the boys went snow tubing without any snow. It was crazy fast and so much fun. 18 holes of mini golf, too. Next they headed to Portland’s Old Port, and had lunch at the Porthole Restaurant. From there it was out to sea!
Lobster fishing was phenomenal. Not only did they pull traps, but they also learned all kinds of interesting stuff. If you want to know if your lobster is a male or female, you can now ask a Skylemar camper. The fishermen were especially great with our kids, so if you happen to be in Portland on vacation, consider a “cruise” with Lucky Catch.
After the rigorous ocean trip, it was time to relax with bowling and the movies. The movie theatre was extra great, because the chairs were like reclining office chairs on wheels, so the kids could “scoot”. Plus you could eat pizza while watching the private showing of “Incredibles 2”.
The first Sebago trip of the season headed out today as well. Sebago Lake State Park is just a few miles from camp, and is always a fun place for a day trip. For 70 years the snack bar was a highlight, but for now it’s out of business. After an afternoon on the beach, the boys instead went to Causeway Dairy Bar, another place we highly recommend.
More day trips tomorrow!