Holy Guacamole! These guys are incredible!
If we could figure out how to bottle their positive energy, perhaps it could fuel the planes coming from across the country and abroad.
Today’s young travelers came from Maryland, California, Virginia, Alabama, New York, Louisiana, Connecticut, Texas, Delaware, Mexico, Georgia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Spain, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Kansas, France, Illinois, Washington DC and Maine. Word on the street from the Southwest Airlines agent: “I’d love to have a group like Skylemar for every flight. You guys are loud, but super respectful." Well said!
Contrary to how flights have been running overall, today’s were smooth and on-time. Each of our 200 campers were welcomed warmly by 100 counselors who had spent the past two weeks training and preparing for this important day. No matter how we described their liveliness, you really have to experience the joy of eight little guys running, squealing, laughing and repeatedly asking for a piggy-back.
By dinner time, just about everyone had arrived. The traditional first night meal: Heaping plates of spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread and Cesar salad. Even the pickiest of eaters had plenty to choose from.
“Staff Intros” was the Evening Activity. Directors Nick, Barney and DT had the kids cracking up with a wrestling skit. Best part was hearing the boys cheer for their counselors, as each was announced.
By now, all are snuggled in bed with a room full of new brothers. Shep made his rounds of “Good Nights” and checked on each and every member of the Skylemar family. There were a few tears of course, but that’s to be expected. After all, it’s hard to say goodbye to those we love.
Tomorrow’s the official kickoff – Skylemar 2022. Let the summer begin!