Welcome to the University of Skylemar. All classes are in-person, and the only prerequisite is a willingness to have fun and be kind to others.
Those who don’t know Skylemar may think that summer camp is just about playing games. Oh, but there’s so much more to be learned in this “academic” institution. Here's a list in random order of just some of the many lessons covered this semester:
The Game of Life: Play hard, be competitive, but never forget how your actions affect another.
Shoes: Not only how to keep track of your own, but what it means to figuratively stand in someone else's.
Problem Solving: What do you do with one leftover piece of cake when six people want it?
Respect: Every single person has value and importance. Remarkable, but we’re 99% the same.
Voice: How to speak up when something’s wrong. How to stand up when someone’s mistreated.
Screen Time: You honestly don’t need it. Enough said.
Happiness: The secret to happiness lies in doing for others and appreciating when you get lucky.
The Puzzle: Figure out a way to handle a situation that might not be so great. For example, what do you do when you feel homesick?
Practice: In any one day there are a dozen times to practice kindness. Compassion, too...over and over.
The Littles: It’s ok to wait a little, be bored just a little or even be a little sad. You have the power to fix it.
Appreciate: There really is no place like home. We take for granted a big bed, always-open refrigerator, tv and yes, a computer.
Love: We feel it all the time, through the many “micro-happy’s”, like when you get a postcard from home, or a hug from a friend or high five from a counselor.
Flowers Have Power: We feel good when our belongings are cared for (make your bed!), and we thrive when surrounded by flowers and trees. Not exactly sure why, but it’s true!
Re-do’s: Take a safe chance, fail and someone here will help you try again.
Yes, please: Manners add beauty to the fabric of our lives.
And finally: Win, lose, play or don’t… just keep it classy. That's how we roll.