If there could only be one toy available on a blistering, sticky afternoon, we vote for a garden hose. Just ask Cory.
Cory’s one of our amazing directors who does a million and one things every day at Skylemar. When it’s super-hot, she becomes the Water Hose Wizard. The kids squeal with delight as she sprays a fine mist or a giant arc that gently lands on them. But for those who taunt or try to swipe her nozzle, it’s a steady spray directed in their direction. It’s a blast, literally, for both campers and counselors too.
We certainly can’t complain about the weather. A drought works just fine for sports, as long as there’s a lake to keep us hydrated. But by afternoon, it can be tough to keep moving. That’s when we change up the schedule and switch to a Wacky Water Wednesday, as we did today.
It’s a three-way rotation by division for the Cubs/Tigers, Freshmen and Sophomores. First, there was the group at the Waterfront ... splishing, splashing, sliding, swinging and leaping. It's s all about good, safe fun at Trickey Pond.
Meanwhile, another group was at the SkySlide. Shep and the counselors manned the hoses by the hockey rink, keeping the Slide slick and fast. One by one, they jumped, dropped and sped down feet first, with the JC’s ready to catch each slider at the bottom. Some guys could really fly!
Up top at the Garden was the Water Hose Wizard, sprinklers and old-fashioned baby pools. We really got them for making life-sized bubbles at Yellowhorn, but the guys came up with all kinds of ways to have fun with them. There’s the “how many can we fit in it” game, while others used them as giant shields to protect against Cory’s spray.
The snack was a Skylemar Lemon Stick, which actually is an old Baltimore tradition. You take half a lemon and insert a Bob’s Peppermint Stick. The stick is porous and becomes sort of like a straw. The lemon juice mixed with the mint makes for a refreshing treat.
Where were the Seniors and Stars? They relaxed at the Sky II Waterfront all afternoon. It’s what they like to do – hang out.
And where were the Juniors? They were off camp on a Bones Adventure. That’s when Blake takes you on a surprise trip. Today’s outing ventured to a chocolate factory (well kinda -- it wasn’t really what was advertised, but they did enjoy the chocolate), then off to a beach before heading to a very well air-conditioned movie theater. Best part was that the theatre was reserved for Skylemar only.
Evening Activity was a Drive-In Movie on the Bunkline, under a starry sky. Life is better than good. It's great.