We’re slo-o-owly testing the waters of the world outside the Skylemar gate. It’s been a long time (since 2019) that we had vehicles moving in assorted directions throughout the day.
One of the silver linings of the pandemic is that we had no choice but to slow down a bit and depend more on togetherness and creative fun at camp. This summer we’ll keep this in mind, while also adding some off-camp adventures now and then.
For instance, today we took Bunks 3, 10, 20 and 21 to Sebago Lake State Park. Although Trickey Pond is by far our favorite, this area of Sebago Lake has a sandy beach and shallow water for tossing a football or Frisbee. It’s fun to go with cabins of assorted ages, which gives the older guys the opportunity to role model for those younger. Best of all…there’s a snack bar. Everyone gets $10, and there’s something about spending it alongside friends that makes it more fun.
Bunk 30 went golfing at Bridgton Highlands Country Club. The Club’s about 15 miles away and is perfect for those who have become proficient. The weather today was absolutely ideal.
It was an academic trip for the JC’s. They toured Bates College and met with a fabulous admissions director who happens to be the mother of Cam in Bunk 1, and the wife of Mike Seltzer, Skylemar’s Sports Performance Director. Mike is the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Bates, and we’re fortunate to have him at Skylemar too. We also have some top-notch staff members who are Bobcats, like Lowell, Avery and Blake. Not that we’re plugging the school or anything…
Bunk 18 went on a day hike to Pismire Bluffs. It’s a comfortable 3-mile trail with incredible views of Crescent Lake. They came back feeling especially good about the great outdoors.
Here on camp, it was a Cool Tools day. That's when Bruce, one of the most brilliant and fun men we know, teaches the guys about hand tools. Today they were making wooden spoons which is one of those things we never think about how it's made.
Drive-In Movie Night for Evening Activity. The whole camp gathers on the hill side, with Crazy Creek chairs or sleeping bags. Fresh popcorn and candy (aka “canteen”) go hand-in-hand with the show. It’s a late night, but a happy one.