The Maine Wildlife Park was a fascinating place for the Freshmen to visit. The park is home for injured and orphaned animals that game wardens have determined can’t survive in the wild. The boys saw bear, moose, deer, cougar, lynx, coyote, bobcat, fisher and skunk. The last one reminded us of the time Shep’s bunk got skunked. That was an unforgettable morning.
Tigers headed to Portland for lobster fishing! The crew on the Lucky Catch was amazing with our guys. They taught them how to bait and toss the traps, and then how to pull in the lobsters. The kids were mesmerized by the process and had a fantastic time.
The JC’s left at 6:30 AM and headed to Acadia National Park. They hiked from Thunder Hole (a natural wonder where waves crash into rocks with a thunderous boom) to Sand Beach. They spent time on Cadillac Mountain, which is the first place in the US that you can see the sunrise. Once down, they explored the town of Bar Harbor.
An afternoon Sebago Lake State Park trip made if for an hour, and then came along the thunderstorm warning. We didn’t want to take any chances, so left the beach and instead made some stops in the little town of Naples. A treat from C’s Ice Cream Stand is especially delicious. The “C” stands for Cole, the nephew of the owner who’s an awesome Skylemar camper.
The rain unfortunately stalled our 14U Tennis Camp Championship, with over 120 guys entered to play. That's quite a testament to Ted, the greatest Tennis Director in the world, along with his outstanding staff. They make tennis periods exciting and fun, and tremendous improvement takes place over the summer.
The storm brought some boomers, but no issues at all. We did have to stay in cabins for a bit, and dinner was delayed.... that just made the grilled chicken extra tasty. Staying indoors also gave time for each bunk to work on their entry for tonight’s Evening Activity -- Lip-Sync Battle.
Each cabin picked a song to perform. We turned the Pavilion into theatre-in-the-round and laughed hysterically along with each lip-synced performance. Tonight demonstrated good old-fashioned fun, along with counselor creativity and dedication. It warmed the heart to see how hard these college guys and gals worked to make sure each of their kids shined in the spotlight. Just a one-minute song, but these are the minutes of joy that count forever.
As they say, “One more day! One more day!”. Tomorrow it is!