Since the beginning of Skylemar time, kids have written home to “send candy”, even though it’s not supposed to happen. For some, letters and postcards include tidbits about the Skylemar day, while for others it’s a simple “I love you” at most. Every so often letters can be confusing. Yesterday he wrote that he has lots of friends, and everyone’s nice. Today it said the opposite. Since 1948, some things haven’t changed.
What also hasn’t changed is the job description of a mom or a dad. Although parenting styles differ, you will love your son to the Sky and back, more than anyone in the world, and there’s nothing you want more than for him to be happy. An important part of your job is to listen, and feel good that your son uses you as a sounding board, in good times and not so good.
In terms of written requests, of course fads come and go. Today’s ask is typically for Jibbitz and trading cards which are definitely back in style. In terms of the news, here’s what’s hot for 2023 -- branding.
“I started my own brand” is a phrase that’s been used quite a bit lately. “It’s called Over Armor”, one explained. Jack Mc (B15) knows all about consistent branding, and whatever he designs must have a dolphin on it somewhere.
This clothing creativity takes place at Chilltop with Mary Beth. That’s where the kids get to create really cool stuff, and the “in” thing to do is to decorate clothing. T-shirts, bucket hats, bandanas, and other items that start out white before the boys embellish. Soon Mary Beth will tackle what a kid loves most and teachers can usually do without…tie-dye. Tying up shirts in rubber bands and dipping them in color is super fun!
Another fun part of today was actually about doing for others. The executive director (Matt Hoidal) of “World of Change” came to talk to us about his charity that’s geared towards kids helping kids. Matt explains that there is 62 million dollars in coins that get thrown away each year. If we instead collect these coins, just one jar-full can be turned into 240 meals for kids in need.
You may recall the Cool2Care change bags that were sent to the boys during the school year. Many of the guys brought these to camp filled with quarters, nickels and dimes. We combined all the money into one big bowl, and then each camper put a handful of change into the “Change The World Truck”. Matt reminded us that we can make a positive difference in the world, one person at a time.
An extra fun part of today was watching fireworks at the lake. The whole camp relaxed on the beach and docks, oohing and aahing over the amazing display. Before things got started there was a boat parade, and the annual Counselor Belly Flop contest.
And finally, it’s always fun to be on a team playing a game against another camp. But it’s especially great to win! Congrats to our U12 Lacrosse team, who brought home our first Intercamp Tournament Championship trophy!