Some have alarm clocks and others have roosters. Skylemar has squealing, excited campers who can’t wait for the day to begin.
In fact, it was 5:04 AM when the little ones bounded into Shep’s cabin. After all, he did say the door was always open.
The perfect Maine weather was ideal for a full schedule of activities on land and water. On the fields and courts were baseball, archery, tennis, challenge course, hockey, golf, soccer, football and hoops. There was waterfront orientation at Trickey Pond, with a swim assessment and motor boat rides. In between was Hilltop and Yellowhorn (arts & crafts; outdoor science), archery and ping pong. Somehow the nurses squeezed in a health check for every boy.
Clinic Signups in the Picnic Grove. That's when the whole camp gathers to hear about what counselors are offering to teach for a week during the Clinic Period. Each department performs a skit to advertise, which we call a Clinic Commercial. Meanwhile, “golden tickets” are distributed. Basically it’s a large yellow card with each campers name at the top.
We intently listen to the 19 choices, and then make the weeklong commitment to one particular activity. There was “Harry’s Heroes Agility Training” and “Splish Splash” (swimming for fun) and “Paddleboard Fun” at the waterfront. “Groundstroke Tennis”, “Basketball Handling”, “Longball Golf”, “Soccer Tennis” and “Rockwall Climbing” sounded really interesting.
There was a funny presentation for the “Reading Clinic” by some “sportsnuts” (it’s all about the costume), and “SSX Trickey” was waterskiing and wakeboarding. Then there was “Sky Lax” with the chance to shoot on the goalie counselors, “Situational Hockey”, “Geochashing Scavenger Hunt at Skypines”, “Sketching and Drawing at Hilltop” and“Competitive Volleyball” to prep for an intercamp game. Speaking of intercamp training, many chose “STB” in preparation for the upcoming tourney. That’s “Steal The Bacon” in case you aren’t quite “in the loop”…
Last but not least was the “Skydeck Healthy Snacks” clinic. They’ll be making healthy homemade versions of chicken tenders and french fries, and learning about words like “nutrient dense”.
So here’s the big question. How does one choose?