We have a secret. The fields are greener than ever before, thanks to an extremely rainy and humid summer. But most kids don’t realize that there have only been a handful of beautiful Maine days. That’s because we go with the flow and change on the fly.
Take last night’s Ring of Champions. The campfire was built and the marshmallows ready to roast. Just before the kids were about to head over, the light drizzle turned to rain. Time to go with the flow (of rain, that is) and bring it inside. The fireplace was ablaze, the music played, and it’s as if it was meant to be.
Hustle began with his Echo Canyon Skit. “Baloney!” he shouted, demonstrating the canyon’s echo. JRob stands and says, “JRob’s the hardest working person at Camp Skylemar!” Hustle’s echo responds softly, “baloney, baloney, baloney”. Very clever!
Sam R and The 22’s performed “Hey Ho” by The Lumineers. Hustle awarded Sam an Xmen tshirt, for helping every campfire. Three inspirational speeches were reenacted, and Adventure Man visited. He and Bunk 9 did a skit about how to avoid getting hugs from costumed mascots at theme parks.
Finally, it was time for the camp’s favorite Taco Song, with the well-known line “get on out of my taco, uhhh”. Ask your son for a demo – it’s great. Hustle surprised all with some new words, “A cool refreshing taco. A chocolaty delicious taco. ..!” Rich comes out of the kitchen with boxes of Choco Tacos. The crowd goes wild, and chants “CHACO TACO! (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap)”. That’s another one you have to ask your son to demo. Bottom line: Everyone forgot about the rain.
Today was definitely go-with-the-flow and change on the fly. Morning: Drizzly. Cancel the beach. Afternoon: Sunny. Bring on the lake. Evening: Thunderstorms. Keep them busy inside.
The storm came while we were inside having Chinese food. The sky turned black, thunder clapped, so we needed to stretch the meal until the weather passed. Shep came up with one of his best ideas: a fortune cookie faceoff. Each table had to share their fortunes with each other, and then select the best one to be read in front of the camp.
After a looooong time for discussion, Shep arranged the representatives from each bunk in a looooong line, and each “contestant” was given the microphone. The winning bunk had the honor of going first in the looooong desert buffet. Way to stretch an hour!
The clouds cleared long enough to head back to the cabins for a bit, while Hustle and Jakuzi changed the evening activity on the fly. It was too wet for Capture the Flag, but was perfect for JC Squares!
It was the idea of “Hollywood Squares”, but our stars in the boxes were anything but has-beens. Instead they were our brilliant, funny and charismatic JC’s. Even cabins vs odds, and after winning a name-that-tune round, it was the JC’s turn to answer a question. For example, what university has the largest football stadium by seating capacity? University of Michigan. What does GPS stand for? Global Positioning System. According to the song, his name is my name too. Who is he? John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidtt. What classic children’s toy started out as wall paper cleaner? Play Dough.
Meanwhile, socials and Super Nights Out for the older guys. No need to stretch, stall or change these activities.