Happy to welcome 35 new friends to Skylemar today. Those here at camp were super excited, and some have been asking about arrival times for days. New faces hail from Maryland, California, Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, Virginia, Utah, New York, New Jersey, Mexico and Belgium. We’ll miss the guys that went home yesterday, but know we’ll pick up right where we left off on Opening Day next summer.
It was the first hazy, hot and humid day we’ve had. So toasty that the schedule was canceled in the afternoon and we switched to a “Wacky Water Wednesday”. It’s a three-way rotation between Trickey Pond, the SkySlide, and the Cool Zone.
Wherever there was water, it sure felt great. The lake was phenomenal for playing on the inflatables, boating and water skiing. All you had to do was grab a “buddy”, check in at the Buddy board, and tell the counselor which activity you’d like to do. When "buddy calls" are announced, each "buddy" pair calls out their number (assigned at the board in numerical order), so Peter and Joel can make sure everyone’s safe. Not sure how well that was explained, but it’s a system that works.
The SkySlide is a 60’ water slide, which gets blown up on the hill behind the hockey rink when it’s really hot. Super fun! You go down feet or bottom first, and with such speed that counselors must slow some down at the end.
Up top near the Garden is the Cool Zone. It’s a bunch of sprinklers and hoses, plus snow cones and cards. That's cards written to you, and decks of cards to play with.
Ring of Champions for Evening Activity. It's a special and super fun campfire for the whole camp. Bunk 2 had an adorable skit about an invisible bench. Ash did a terrific repeat-after-me song, and Sam Rosenblatt played a Skylemar favorite on the guitar, “Sweet Caroline”. No idea exactly why, but the boys love this song. There's something about singing the "bom bom bom" part that's especially fun.
Adventure Man taught us how to make a poncho out of a garbage bag. It’s not what you’d think, cutting a hole at the top and armholes on the sides. Instead you just cut off the tip in the corner, and simply poke your face through. Who knew?
Along the route back to the cabins afterwards, counselors picked up supplies for bunk parties to welcome the new guys. Actually, the new guys aren't technically new anymore. We’re just a band of brothers.