Plenty of exciting sports, and opening day for the archery range. The range is set up in stations, which begin with two targets, and then progress in difficulty. It was also the first Sky Pines overnight, and a hiking trip to Bald Pate Mountain.
Fire Drill and Emergency Plan training after lunch time. It’s one of those things that we have to get done, and Shep makes it as interesting as he possibly can.
What’s way more fun is a campfire, which we call The Ring of Champions! That’s when the entire camp joins together for a huge campfire, with songs, skits and s’mores.
Following the opening “Pledge of Allegiance”, Nick Shep shared an inspirational message. 300 people were absolutely silent, as he told the story about the time he learned a lesson that changed his life.
He was a freshman lacrosse player at Dickinson College. It was pre-season, and the team met for a “captain’s practice”. Nick assumed that a practice without the coach meant a more laid back style, so his attitude was casual. He was surprised when a senior player pulled him aside and said, “Hey, Shep. Step it up. Come on, man. It’s cool to care.”
Think about it. It’s cool to care. These words ring true, whether you’re on a lacrosse field, studying for a test, contemplating the environment, or thinking about calling an elderly relative. At camp, it’s cool to care about your friends, getting better at a sport, behaving respectfully and of course yourself.
Nick’s message was powerful. In the big picture of life, it’s always cool to have a caring attitude about every single thing you do and say.
There’s something about looking into a campfire that makes you feel warm and connected. It’s a good time to be thoughtful, and a super great time to have fun! How about some Carpool Karaoke, Skylemar-style (on a golf cart)? You’ll have to ask your son to explain Cory’s baby deer skit and Adventure Man’s skivvy roll. There were really fun songs tonight, like JBreezy’s “Hey, Burrito!”. Sam Roseblatt was amazing on guitar, and we loved singing along to “Chicken Fried”. The s’mores were extra yummy, thanks to our Bunksters who roasted several hundred.