HOT HOT HOT! Some went to Sebago while others enjoyed Trickey Pond. Bunks 12, 14, 20 and 21 put on sweatshirts and went ice skating.
The fields and courts were busy as usual, and the nurses were terrific at keeping us all sunscreened and hydrated. In fact, Sky nurses are terrific at everything. Many thanks to our amazing medical team: Julie, Monica, Melissa, Nina, Jackie and Jess. Thanks also to our awesome Care Crew: Lily, Yonne and Luci.
In any one day, there are activities mixed into the schedule that are a bit more relaxing, like mini-golf, ping pong, porch games, bocce and so forth. Plenty of more creative activities as well.
For example, Hilltop. It’s the Skylemar name for Arts & Crafts, with the coolest instructors in the world. Diane is one of those fabulous teacher/role models who truly impacts lives. She’s a super talented artist, who impressively totally “gets” working with boys. Her assistant Maddie is adored at Skylemar, and she helps to make each Hilltop session a huge success.
What do they make at Hilltop? Bracelets. Lots and lots of them. Paracord and gimp; thick and thin. They make really nice tie-dye shirts, stress balls, wood sculptures, picture frames and lots more. Best part of Hilltop is that a period up there gives you the chance to slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy creativity. There are kids with artistic talent, and those who are more talented in other ways. Diane makes sure everyone feels good about themselves at Hilltop.
Another creative place at camp is Yellowhorn. It’s an outdoor science “classroom”, where nobody realizes they’re learning. Lots of “wows” and “let’s do it again!” when director Kiwi is in charge. He’s terrific at teaching the kids how to make a clay volcano that really “erupts”, how to launch an enormous black solar balloon (and what to do when the string breaks and it’s lost in the sky…), how to make ice cream, slime and bottle launchers. Using “scientific” ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, Mentos and Pepsi, it’s “explosive” fun for all ages.
Big smiles on the faces of those scheduled for Chocolate Factory. It’s a magical place, where Holly and Sara teach you how to make chocolate bugs and lollipops. Here’s the twist: you make some for yourself to eat, and then you make a second batch to give to an older cabin. The sweet chefs package the gifts with ribbons and name tags, and the lucky bunk who receives them are super appreciative.
SkyPines is the special place for learning about campcraft skills, fishing and overnight camping. Director Trent inspires a love of the outdoors, while Travis teaches the "how-to’s" of fishing to those who are trying for the first time. The SkyPines waterfront is a delightful place to be, especially on a very hot day.
Each cabin is scheduled for a SkyPines overnight. Typically, you paddle down the lake in a kayak or canoe, just in time for a delicious dinner over the open fire. Trent teaches the various ways of building a fire, as well as how to set up a tent. He provides stories, games and of course, s’mores. After a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors, Trent cooks up the best hot breakfast you’ll ever taste. Thanks, Trent. You make SkyPines amazing!
Once in a while, a stormy night like tonight comes along. Those at SkyPines were picked up by van, and brought to the Rec Hall for Make-Your-Own-Sundae Buffet. The happy, yummy surprise took our mind off the thunder rolling in from miles away. Trent promised an IOU to Bunk 2, since the weather didn’t cooperate for an overnight.
The rain held off until all were safely back to their cabins. The plan was to move the Campfire indoors, and Rich had the fireplace ready to go. However, the weather report was such that it was best to stay where we were. So instead we went with the very rare in-the-bunk and over-the-PA Evening Activity, “How Well Do You Know Your Counselor”. We’ll see who won in the morning.
As a matter of fact, we’ll see about a lot of things tomorrow. The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here!