Time flies rocket speed around here. “Busy” is an understatement.
Five intercamp tournaments (tennis, baseball, lax, and 2 hoops) happened in a span of a few hours. Lots of wins, good sportsmanship and camaraderie. We were especially proud of our 10U Lacrosse champions, who became tournament winners after Alexander B (#9) scored a goal in overtime.
Bunk 24 took a day hike to Douglas Mountain. It’s just a couple miles high, and some of our guys practically ran up the trail. Meanwhile, those who enjoy golf spent the afternoon at Bridgton Highlands Country Club playing 18 holes. The counselor drives the cart carrying the bags, while the boys have to walk the hills and turns.
It was Ice Skating for cabins of old and young kids. Super cool to see 14 year olds hanging out with 8 year olds, and times like these is what helps to make Skylemar one big family.
Just celebrated “Shirley Day”, in memory of Skylemar’s much-loved “grandmother to all”. Shirley loved ice cream, so we serve it all day. It’s a lot more fun to say “yes” to a kid.
Topped that off with a phenomenal magic show by a special friend to Skylemar named Norman Ng. Check out his website (normanmagic.com), and you’ll get the idea how amazing he is. He’s performed with Penn & Teller, and definitely masters his craft. We’re a tough crowd for a magician, but this guy can pull a bowling ball out of a newspaper. Our guys were impressed!
The red ribbon was cut, as we dedicated the new field to Norma and Rich Snow, a favorite Skylemar couple. They’re two of the most important parts of the Skylemar machine, who run everything maintenance, food and office related. The whole camp gathered to see the sign revealed, which read “Snow Field”.
The first use of Snow Field was for a “snowball toss” (actually an egg) between Intercollegiate Day leaders. Amazing how an egg can bounce on soft grass. It got a little more complicated when they had to throw backwards.
Next was a three way rotation between Capture the Snow White Flag, Snow Ball (better known as Sprout Ball) and Melted Snow Man Making (a vanilla smoothie with tasty decorations).
Tonight was the event we’ve been waiting for since the first day of camp. “The Lion King”! Suzie, Cory, and the cast of campers and counselors have been working extremely hard to prepare, giving up Rest Hour, 7th Period and time in between. All that time and effort was much appreciated and was extremely worthwhile, because the show was FANTASTIC!
The acting and choreography (they danced!) was superb. The costumes and scenery were as impressive as we'd expect with Diane and Maddie. Those two are a creativity dynamic-duo. Way to go, stage crew, with an extra shout-out to Nate P.
Congratulations to a cast with Broadway potential:
Leo F - Young Simba
Aiden K – Old Simba
Noah C – Young Nala
Bob – Old Nala
Counselor Alex B - Mufasa
Isaac G – Scar
Spencer S – Timon
Jackson C – Pumba
Counselor Sammy V – Rafiki
Jack C – Banzai
Ethan F – Shenzi
Alex N – Ed
Counselor Cody – Sarabi
Trystan - Zazu
Henry B, Jonathan H, Isaac C, Tyler W – animals, henas, spirits
Many thanks to the greatest Drama Director in the world, Suzie. And many thanks to the greatest Ropes Course Director by day/pianist by night, Cory. You two rock.
Encore performance on Saturday at 2pm. You won’t want to miss it.