Kaboom! Love explodes at Camp Skylemar!
The waves spread from the parking lot to Trickey Pond. So much love in the air that even the rain couldn’t break through.
It’s the feeling that everyone deserves some time or another. It’s when you haven’t seen a loved one for a very long time, you’re finally reunited, and you leap into each other’s arms. It’s the tightest, warmest, positive-energy hug of all time.
Pride went both ways. The boys were extremely proud of their parents, and warmly introduced them to their friends and counselors. Parents beamed as they watched their son swim, ski and play assorted activities with a ball.
It was an awesome morning, with just about everyone going where they were supposed to. The Visiting Day schedule is as typical as we can make it, except for the couple hundred extra people around watching. In fact, we actually gear the schedule towards those who don’t have a visitor.
By lunch the kids needed a break, so for the 70th time the kids ate at their Rec Hall tables as usual, while parents dined outside in the Picnic Grove. Some are surprised the first time they come to a Skylemar Visiting Day that the parents eat separately from their sons. But we promise, after a couple seasons you’ll understand why this way makes a whole lot of sense.
It’s obviously a very emotional day for all. What began as so joyful in the morning sometimes can be difficult in the afternoon. You might call it “love overload”. After all, when else do you spend a full day, parent/child, totally focused on each other with no interruptions?
By 4:30, even some of the strongest were teary as they said goodbye. As hard as it hits a parent to experience a Visiting Day farewell, here’s another promise: Through Skylemar moments like this the boys learn to recover, to reset, to be independent, to bounce back and carry on. They learn that the love in the air will always reach them from California, Spain, France or wherever you are.
Of course, we help them with this. 100+ staff members were in the Rec Hall tonight, making sure your son was alright, and he was. But just to be sure…
Let’s have a CARNIVAL!
Each cabin had a booth, such as the dunk tank, mini golf, nok hockey or assorted tossing games. Snow cones under the Big Top, and Junior’s Fried Dough in the kitchen. Just one catch…you have to dance the Macarena before you get a piece. The kitchen staff worked triple shifts to prepare the parent buffet, yet they still make time and find the energy to have fun with the kids.
All’s well at Camp Skylemar, with the boys sleeping snuggly. Each one is exhausted, and we bet you are too. For those who were able, we thank you for coming. For those who were not, please know that your son was scooped up into this land of love and was well taken care of.
And for those who are worried, please know that he’s fine.