It’s cool to care. And at Skylemar, we do.
The phrase “Cool2Care” is the encompassing theme that’s woven throughout our Skylemar world. Counselor Blake’s “Meal Message” (a few minutes of inspiring words) introduced the concept in three parts.
First, it’s cool to care about yourself. It’s about brushing your teeth, keeping clean and so forth. It means to be your best self every day, all the time.
Second, it’s cool to care about others. Follow the “golden rule” and treat others as you’d like to be treated. Simple acts of kindness and compassion make every day a happy one. It’s also cool to care about those who aren’t at camp, who perhaps don’t have the opportunity to be at a place like Skylemar.
Third, it’s cool to care about our camp, and take care of the place. Pick up trash, pick up balls and whatever else it takes to help make the Skylemar machine run.
At Skylemar we are a family, a team and a brotherhood. As a reminder, each camper and counselor were given an embossed C2C bracelet.
We celebrate the idea of “Cool2Care” in assorted ways, like with the Cool2Care Cooler. It sits on the office porch, and inside of it are cards to fill out when you see someone doing the right thing without recognition.
Every few days the cooler-cards are read aloud, and the one which is most meaningful is awarded the C2C Chain. It’s a tacky, sparkly necklace with a giant silver star emblem that you get to wear until the next card is chosen.
For the first time ever, the C2C chain was awarded to more than one person: Bunk 6. That’s Nathan A, Max G, Theo G, Bode, William G and Noah K. What makes Bunk 6 unique is that it’s made up entirely of new campers, who are doing an impressive job of caring for each other without any adult telling them they had to do so.
Counselors Will, Sam and Jordan were very proud, for after all, these are their boys.
Heard this today…
Camper Azim is from Russia and has only been in this country for less than a year. A counselor asked, “What’s your favorite part of America so far?” Azim replied, “Camp Skylemar”!