Your heart would be warmed if you listened in on this afternoon’s Counselor Meeting. While the kids were elsewhere with Bunksters and Bunkles, we sat on the hillside and talked about what we’ve done right, what could be tweaked, what’s coming up, and what’s most important – each and every boy at Camp Skylemar.
Counselors had the opportunity to raise a hand to share advice or a concern about any of the kids in their cabin. That’s the beautiful part. They care so much and are very protective.
One warned the group to pay extra attention to his “summer son” who has a hard time hearing. Another reminded about his camper who’s feeling left out. One referred to his as a “super great kid who needs to be told to not use bad language"; another reminded all to put extra sunscreen on one of his own.
The counselor team is off to a fantastic start. They’ve been trained for days (many for weeks, actually) to focus on safety, learning what it takes to be a role model to remember forever. We practice the basics, like how to clean a cabin and what to do if someone wakes in the middle of the night. But there’s nothing like “the real thing” of trying to get eight beds made and a toilet scrubbed with a room full of very small men. Don’t try that one at home…
Lots of first tries on this bright sunny day. Eli F (Bunk 5) was the first to try waterskiing, followed by Jonathan S (Bunk 13) and Henry S (Bunk 7). Azim played Flag Football for the first time in his life, and Bunk 14 went on the first Day Hike of the season. Bunk 10 was the first to paddle down the lake to Sky Pines for a campout. Most impressive was Drew L (#19), who caught the very first “biggest fish” on Trickey Pond. Honest, he did!
Heard this today…
Marveling at the fact that their counselor Cole was born in a year that started with a “19” as opposed to a “20”, one bunkmate said, “No wonder he runs fishing. It doesn’t hurt his back.”
Only at Skylemar.