Nick says, “Let’s give the kitchen staff 'Two Claps and a Ric Flair'!”
The camp responds with a CLAP CLAP WHOO!
Then they chant, “KIT CHEN STAFF! KIT CHEN STAFF! KIT CHEN STAFF!
When the greatest culinary team in the world comes out to accept the compliment, they’re greeted with a standing ovation.
The meal was fantastic and was especially difficult to prepare on a hot day. It was Thanksgiving Dinner for 375, all made from scratch. To feed our hungry group, Head Chef Martin and his crew sliced 14 turkeys, mashed 600 potatoes and cubed twenty-some bags of bread for stuffing. Only the peas came from the freezer, and the oatmeal cookies were freshly baked.
Nevertheless, there’s always the “pasta guys”, who just about every night grab a bowlful. Forty pounds are cooked per day and served as you like it -- with sauce, plain, with butter or parmesan.
Then there’s the double salad bar, at lunch and at dinner. Rivaling any restaurant, it takes Benjamin, Juan Carlos and assistants hours to chop, slice and dice. It’s 20’ of fresh vegetables, beans, chicken and lots more.
Preparing three delicious meals a day for 47 days straight is an extraordinary feat. Even more daunting is washing the dishes and scrubbing the pots. Lots and lots and lots of pots.
When the Dining Room’s clean and the floor had been washed, there was still one more task. It’s Campfire Night, and we needed 400 s’mores baked pronto (much faster than using a stick) ...Done!
The weather was perfect for all to gather in the Ring of Champions, with benches surrounding a beautiful campfire. After respectfully facing the enormous American flag and saying “The Pledge of Allegiance”, it was time for traditional around-the-fire fun. Cory led “Boom Chicka Boom” and next LJ sang "The Sewer Song". Counselors did a “how well do you know your camp friends” skit, and Kyle played the guitar.
Most exciting was the visit from Adventure Man, who advised to always bring along a “can of calm” wherever you go. Don't forget!
Heard this today…
A few veteran campers had food in the cabin leftover from Opening Day travel. We explained that it was time to donate what was left to charity, so Adam went bunk to bunk to collect. The guys in Bunk 1 told him to “let the kids at the soup kitchen know that the candy they donated was very sour.”
Always thinking and only at Skylemar.