From a glass half-full perspective, we did get out on the fields and courts today. What's come to be a daily rain event passed us by until after lunch. At times we just accepted that we'd be wet anyway, like at the waterfront. We were especially proud of new campers who got up waterskiing, like Thomas T, Connor B, Matthew R and Sebi.
The talk of the morning was about Backwoods, where kids learn about survival skills like how to build a campfire. Today they explored the age old question: Can you start a fire by rubbing two sticks together?
Perhaps potentially, but not really. It actually takes some string as well. It's far more practical to use flint and steel. Director Sid first demonstrated how to use an actual rock for this, which is definitely the hard way. It was still challenging nevertheless to use the "flint and steel fire striker", but Daniel M, Barron and Henry B were successful. Jagger was even able to burn a leaf with a magnifying glass.
Now you know why we keep an extinguisher handy!
The golfers made it to the Bridgton Country Club, but had an hour's rain delay. Meanwhile, Gamblin' was still a go. That's when we go to the gym for workouts. Alex Gamble is the Fitness Director, so hence the name of the period. Gamblin' is a time when you challenge yourself to be your best.
After the rain clouds had turned the ground into a sloshy mess, the older kids decided to go ahead with their Gaga period. A hot shower was definitely required afterwards.
Evening Activity was a surprise trip to see the Harlem Wizards. We loaded the whole camp on buses and headed to the local high school. The athletic director at the school was kind enough to let us take over their gym.
Skylemar's relationship with the Wizards dates back many years to when Lee was a basketball coach. They're a talented group of traveling hoopsters who perform in the style of the Globetrotters, displaying a spectacular array of skill and showmanship.
Truth is, Skylemar's talented Counselor squad was up for the challenge and just as impressive! Tate, DT, Mitch, Sammy, LT, Colby, Blake and Rems dazzled with their fancy moves, slick ball handling and great shooting (we connected on 5 straight 3's during one hot streak). It was a fantastic show, and the Skylemar audience loved it.
The rain can't stop us! Good thing - because the forecast is for more tomorrow....