A fabulous gift was given to Bunk 27 and the JC’s. It was the gift of volunteering at Camp Sunshine.
Camp Sunshine, a residential program for children and their families affected by life-threatening illnesses, is a phenomenal place. Our oldest campers will be helping out there on several days throughout the summer. Today’s crew volunteered with everything from the challenge course to wagon rides and play dough. It was an unforgettable experience.
American Camping Association Accreditation Day for this camp director. There are hundreds of standards which must be met, in writing and in person. We proudly toured three ACA representatives, who inspected the facility from top to bottom. Skylemar received the highest possible commendation.
Meanwhile, Bunks 14, 20 and 29 had Sebago. It’s a day trip to Sebago Lake State Park, just a few miles from camp. Grab a towel, beach chair and ball to toss, and you’ve got what you need for a relaxing day at the beach. It’s also a way for cabins of different age groups to get to know each other.
It’s a lovely little public shore front, but truthfully not anywhere near as beautiful as our Skylemar waterfront. Nevertheless, the boys love a day at Sebago. The water’s shallow, so you can play and splash about. Also, there’s something extra fun and special about being in public with your camp friends. There are inside jokes to share, and a clear sense of brotherhood.
Most importantly, there’s a snack bar. Even though at home a boy wouldn’t think twice about buying fast-food, there’s something about spending the $15 alongside a friend, that makes the greasy chicken nuggets taste better. And if you’re really lucky…really, really lucky…a girls camp is there on the same day.
Back on camp, Sam F of Bunk #23 was awarded the “Silver Slugger” by baseball director Barney. That’s for outstanding hitting over the past week. Jonathan H (Bunk #1) was awarded the “Golden Glove” for being the standout defensive player. Seven-year-old Jonathan beamed with pride when he heard the news. But when he saw that the trophy stays in the Rec Hall (names are added each week) as opposed to bringing it to the cabin, he looked just a tiny bit disappointed. That’s actually a Skylemar lesson: trophies are kinda meaningless all by themselves. It’s the action commemorated by the trophy that’s important.
Congratulations to the guys working hard on their Skylemiles down at the waterfront. Login, Corbin, Alvaro, Andrew B, Stevie, and Sam R – way to go!
Just a reminder: Don’t forget to check out the website photo galleries! (campskylemar.com/photo-gallery)