What are the three most popular times of day at Camp Skylemar? Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
How’s the food? Most reply with a one-word answer. “Amazing!” or “Awesome!”
Ours is “boy food” for sure. Simple, plenty of it, and sauce always on the side. It’s a giant all-you-can eat buffet, which includes a hot entree, side dishes plus the good-old-dependables: pasta, Wowbutter and jelly sandwiches, fruit and a delicious salad or yogurt bar.
The day starts with an assortment of cereals, fresh cut fruit, oatmeal and yogurt with toppings, and a hot entrée of either pancakes, scrambled eggs, waffles, French toast sticks, breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, bagels or sunrise sandwiches.
Chicken tenders (the really good kind), tacos, pizza bagels, steak subs, grilled cheese and sliders are some of our favorite lunches. Dinner is always something delicious like Skypotle (thanks for the idea, Chipotle), Thanksgiving dinner, Jr’s famous grilled chicken, pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, wings, fajitas, lasagna and Cookout (burgers and hot dogs).
Quantities are astounding. For a single meal it takes either 21 turkeys, 270 pounds of chicken or 75 dozen eggs. For lunch alone, Chef Mike cuts 60 cucumbers, 120 tomatoes, 5 cases of lettuce plus many pounds of other fresh produce. Before the kids arrive, the kitchen staff makes and freezes 12,000 meatballs from scratch, because it takes 1,600 per meal. Certainly, we could buy them ready-made, but our team of chefs are far too particular for that.
What does it take to be the camp with the five-star kitchen? The most wonderful culinary team in the whole wide world. It’s a group of professionals dedicated to making every boy happy, and they’ve been with us for a combined total of over 80 years. Not only does Junior, Benjamin, Carlos, Superman, Mike, Adolfo, David, Bryon, Januel, Jairo and Cesar prepare a feast three times a day for 350 people, but they clean up as well.
As a matter of fact, the Sky-kitchen has the reputation for being one of the cleanest in Maine. Just ask the Health Inspector!
PS Hosted the much-anticipated, always exciting 10U Steal the Bacon Tournament today. Three camps participated and the Skylemar sportsmanship and spirit showed the way -- our guys worked hard and once again, brought home the bacon - 2022 STB Champs!