We are blessed.
There was something about this evening’s Spirit Night which reminded us that we’re the most fortunate people in the world.
Perhaps it was something to do with the fresh-air format. We moved Cory’s piano outside and gathered on the front lawn, under a sky of cotton-candy-like clouds. The charming men of Bunk 1 sat handsomely on “stage” (actually the porch steps), and proudly stood to lead responsive passages. You’d never know they were just learning to read.
Maybe it was counselor Peter M’s heartfelt message about making a positive situation out of one that seems negative. He spoke about his wonderful mom, and how hard she worked to raise eight children. His words made us think about those at home who do anything and everything to make our lives better.
Whatever it was, it was special. Glancing around was a group of 300, forever connected through a bond called Skylemar. And for a change, we were perfectly still.
In any one Skylemar day, logistics are challenging and anything but still. First, Mitch spends a great deal of time building a complicated schedule which maps out the whereabouts of each person, every minute of the next day. 29 cabins need a new slate of activities daily, with dozens of “wild cards” adding to the challenge. For example, Mitch has to consider which activities are successful at different times of day, the distance between locations, which counselors are on/off, transportation plus more. On top of routine, there are intercamp teams to field and transport, golfers to get to and from the country club and socials to confirm. There are birthdays to remember, orthodontist appointments and airport pickups. If that’s not enough, it all needs to be tracked. He has tomorrow and the day after to think about, with every cabin expecting a turn at SkyPines, the SkyDeck, Sebago and so forth.
While Mitch was doing the thinking, planning and recording, we sat quietly at Spirit Night. We were relaxed and at ease, with no worries about tomorrow. Mitch would take care of us. How fortunate we are to have him at Camp Skylemar.
In fact, today was one of many filled with good fortune. Intercamp action saw our 12U Baseball squad impress with a 10-1 Skylemar win. Coach Barney praised the team, and gave shout-outs to Charlie S, Logan B & A, Harrison, Diego, Jackson R, Teddy and Sam R.
We defended our title as champions at the 10U Steal the Bacon Tournament. A number of camps in the surrounding area participated, and we were super-proud of our boys. Not only did we “bring home the bacon”, but we did it with class. Here’s an example: Nick S won the Skylemar point for tagging the opponent. But Nick knew that he didn’t actually touch him. So... instead of staying quiet, he owned up to the refs, and the point was reversed. Now that’s a win in the big picture.
Another “win” was the success of the Quebec trip! All back, safe and sound. They had a fabulous time touring the Old City, watching the "Changing of the Guard" at La Citadelle, visiting Montmorency Falls (higher than Niagara!), seeing the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre and picnicking at a famous battle site called The Plains of Abraham. They tasted delicious homemade bread smeared with maple butter fresh out of outdoor brick ovens at Chez Marie Bakery, and loved the Beaver Tales (fried dough with Nutella and banana). The Spruce Beer Soda...not so much. It tasted like drinking a pine tree.
After four days away, we’re happy to have our Quebec boys (and Julie!) back. At our Skylemar home, we feel blessed to be together, every minute of every day.