The morning team “psych-up” meetings took on a bit of a different tone before the athletes hit the fields and courts. Gray again finished the day before on quite a roll, and had moved within range, so their meeting was definitely upbeat, positive, encouraging and confident. They were back in it and they knew it.
Red, on the other hand, had started to feel the heat. Their faces seemed a bit more concerned, but Captain David reminded his Red men how they got there, and to respond as they had each time Gray put the pressure on.
When Gray won both morning Cubs football games, Stars Bocce and Senior Soccer too, Red answered in a big way. Wins in Tiger Lacrosse, Sophomore Tennis, Junior Baseball and Stars golf only extended the lead.
Then afternoon brought more of the same. Promising results in Tiger Tennis, Junior Bocce, and one Stars Hockey game again put Gray back in the hunt, only to be held off once again by Red wins in Senior Hoops, Sophomore Lax, and Junior Golf. Again, the Cubs were left to decide the afternoon at Soccer with probably the most well-played, competitive game in this Color War.
The largest crowd of spectators for any event this week was there to cheer on our littlest guys, and what a show they gave us! Diving saves, sliding tackles, fancy footwork, great goals, relentless hustle and Herculean efforts by both sides resulted in a spectacularly played 3-3 draw, the most memorable contest this week. It was later announced that Red had won the all-camp Archery competition, and solidified its position on top.
Next up, tonight’s Songs and Cheers performances on the Gerhard stage The teams have been preparing for days, and the significance of the eight (8) points up for grabs is not lost on any participant.
Imagine if you were told that you had three hours to teach 100 kids five full-length songs by memory. Oh, and you need to write the lyrics, add some choreography, and maybe play some piano or guitar. By the way, the kids are ages 7-15, and they’re all boys. Could you do it? Would you take the challenge, on top of a full day’s work?
Well, there were those from the Stars Division on each team who stepped up and did what most music teachers would say couldn’t be done. Congratulations to Song Leaders Bennett C, Josh B, Ben D, Jordy GK, plus a handful of others who were instrumental in making the 68th Songs & Cheers so successful.
It’s absolutely incredible to watch the kids sing and perform. They know all the words, sing with all their heart, and follow the direction of the oldest guys perfectly. Best of all, they have fun.
Songs & Cheers is worth eight possible points. Each team must perform a Team Cheer, Camp Cheer, Old Camp Song, Team Fight Song, Original Camp Song and a Production Number.
Red was up first. The songs were fantastic, and included solos by the Peel brothers, Quinn and Tyler Mak. Their Production Number was “Camp Rock”. Sasha and brother Hunter both surprised us with awesome solos. It was super funny to see the stage filled with air guitarists.
Gray was incredible as well. Most impressive was a song they borrowed from a band called “The Heydaze”, because the kids didn’t even know the tune before practice. The Heydaze is an up-and-coming band that Skylemar alum Jesse "Tasty" Finkelstein founded (www.theheydaze.com). Campers and counselors take tremendous pride in this group’s success, so the choice of tune was especially appropriate.
Gray’s production number was “Guardians of the Galaxy”, which was also terrific. Lots of great soloists, like Rohan, Zach F, Hudson F, Ethan F, Owen D, Jack W, Max S, Juan, Luke S, Alexander, Teddy S and Zach P.
When the teams had finished, the judges dashed out for deliberation. Then instantly, as if they were sucked into the center of the room, the entire camp “moved in” for chants. They didn't think twice about team color, and simply sang and chanted to have fun with friends.
But then…it’s time for Shep to enter with the results. Each team “chained it up” around the room and nervously waited. Shep announced the points awarded for each song, which when totaled equal 4.5 Red, 3.5 Gray. There were cheers of pride and happiness, yet some were a bit stunned by the results. Honestly, each team should be tremendously proud, for they did the impossible.