When a bald eagle flies over the land of Skylemar, we make an announcement for all to pause and watch. As if protecting us, he (or she) swoops and soars from the bunkline to the lake. It’s easy to imagine that it’s Lee or Herb or one of the cherished people in our lives who we’re confident are watching from above.
Watching from ground level are some pretty amazing people. There's a whole bunch of counselors here to pass on the knowledge of the sport that they love, doing their best to be the role model that your son will remember the rest of his life. Sounds pretty easy, right? Eight kids and two adults living in one room. Enough said. And remember how exhausting it was to have that sleepover party? How about 48 in a row?
Then there’s the Senior Staff, guiding the counselors, on board for whatever it takes to make our clock tick. It’s the nurses, the chefs, the Care Crew, the maintenance men, the video crew, the dishwashers, the photographers, the gardeners and the night watchmen. It’s Norma and Rich, George and Mitch, Sara and Holly plus 120 other names working tirelessly to give your son the greatest summer of all time.
Perhaps the job comes easier to some, and surely we all make mistakes. We sometimes lose our patience and may even lose our cool. Kinda like you. But nevertheless, we try our best to work as a team, and make a positive difference in the world, one boy at a time.
We teach about gratitude, respect, manners and doing for others. We preach about kindness, acceptance and tolerance. We promise it’s cool to care, and show them how. In any one day the opportunities are plentiful.
One worth sharing was written in the daily log by one of our female staff members:
“When I went into the bunk the kids were resting and having quiet time. We had candy and I asked them how they were. Before answering, Tosh spoke up and said, “Can you wear your hair like you did yesterday. It looked beautiful”. Following this, more kids chimed in and started complementing me. I don’t want to sound selfish for really appreciating this moment but I just thought that it was so rewarding to see these young boys defining exactly what a Skylemar boy and future man should be. They were so polite and continued to say nice things about each other. I’m just so proud of how much these kids are learning about caring for not only themselves but for others.”
And that, we believe, makes the eagle soar.