The 2018 edition of Intercollegiate Day was well represented by six schools located from coast to coast. Duke, Bucknell and USC joined the Universities of Wisconsin, Maine, and Colorado to compete in individual tests of speed, skill and accuracy at several venues around camp during the day. The night activity, Songs and Cheers, would ultimately decide it, but first a full slate of activities was on the docket.
The day began as Shep brought the teams together for some last-minute direction, then sent the Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors out on the fields and courts to display their talents. Beside events in football, basketball, tennis, baseball, soccer and lacrosse, the teams were also judged on their overall team spirit as they competed throughout the day.
This 70-year tradition has pretty much remained the same over the years with a tweak here and there, but the “old college spirit” still shines on this special day. The highlight of the morning was the always-exciting Dash, this year’s version run for the first time on the new Snow Field. Freshman Leo F, Sophomores Alex H and Landon (dead heat), Junior Dylan Mklcs, and Senior Jalen proved fastest in their “class” on this day. The afternoon’s highlight was found over at the SkyLinks, where the annual Long Drive competition drew roars from the crowd for each of the many majestic shots.
In between the activities, they practiced and prepared for Songs and Cheers. Each team takes the stage and performs a Fight Song, Team Cheer, Camp Cheer, Old Camp Song and Original Camp Song. Leaders write creative lyrics for three of the songs, and they teach the kids the traditional college song and a traditional camp song.
Every team had their own twist on the performance to make theirs stand out. Some had soloists while others used hand motions or unique staging.
For example, Duke selected two Calebs (P & W) to sing their solos for the camp song “Puzzle of Skylemar”. Noah C accommodated the entire team on the piano. That’s super hard!
U of Maine had Cosme, Lucas V and Carter B as their soloists for “Skylemar You’ll Linger”. The Colorado Buffs had brothers Isaak and Noah singing “Oh Skylemar, I Love to See You”. Twins Jared and Aiden sang beautifully in their solo “Way Up in Maine”, and Alexander and Spencer S had special parts in the team original. USC sang “True to our Skylemar” and the Sherman bros sang a verse of “Mountains North”.
And sang they did. Louder and stronger than ever before. They sang as hard as they play.
The lyrics were amazing. The leaders took a tremendous amount of time to write them, and then worked hard to teach each camper to memorize. It’s quite difficult to get 40 boys of assorted ages to stay focused, work together and learn. Just ask any teacher. But somehow, they did it, and didn’t lose their cool. Now that’s impressive!
Terrific performances by all, and in the end, it was Bucknell who was the winner. Congratulations to them, and to each IC Day participant and leader. You are extraordinary!