It’s quite an accomplishment to get 200 boys showered every day. From their point of view, why shower if I’m going in the lake? From the Skymom’s perspective, we want to make it happen.
Power Shower Hour is on the schedule daily, and each bunk has a specific shower location. Every Friday is GACU, and that’s when we really shine.
GACU stands for Great American Clean Up. It’s the triangle of clean: first you shower, then you go to the Infirmary for a health check, and then finally, to The Spa. “The Spa” is Skylingo for “go to the Garden Cabin Porch to soak feet and get nails clipped”. Giving pedicures wasn’t included in the job description of a Senior Staffer, but our amazing team takes it all in stride.
Funny thing about this. A prospective parent called to say they heard a rumor that we had a spa at Skylemar, and they wondered if it was true. If so, we were a little bit too fancy for them. It’s all in a name, right?
Leagues kicked off with Football, Softball, Soccer and Basketball. That’s when you play competitively within the Division. It’s a double period and the intensity is strong.
In addition to a schedule packed with sports, Remote Control Cars were a hit with the little guys. Bet they’d be popular with the oldest too. Chocolate Factory is another unique activity that everyone loves and is one of the ways older and younger kids get to know each other. The scheduled bunk makes chocolate treats for themselves as well as the older cabin of their choice.
First up for FaceTime calls were the Cubs and Tigers. It was heartwarming to watch the guys show off their Skylemar home, friends and counselors with the iPads. Cutest of all was when Lionel and Bennett held up screens and introduced parents to each other.
Campfire at the Ring of Champions for Evening Activity! 100% authentic, wholesome, organic and natural fun. Cory, the greatest campfire leader of all time, starts with the repeat-after-me-do-as-I-do song called “60’s Party”. Your son will have to explain this, but trust that it’s a riot to see all ages wriggling, dancing and doing the motions. Next, Barney did a dramatic reading of “My Money Don’t Jiggle” (something on TikTok that the kids seemed to know but their camp director didn’t). DT led the “Burrito Song” and all joined in. Counselor Coby played “Wagon Wheel” and we joined in on the chorus. Super cool was the impromptu linking of arms over shoulders, without any adult telling them to do so.
After s’mores, Adventure Man arrived with his “can of calm”. One of the interesting things he taught us was how to make a stretcher out of sweatshirts and sticks.
It was a beautiful night, and you could feel the brotherhood. It sure is good to be us.