Special Days revolve around the camp grouping
into teams where cabins work together, forming new bonds, and
working with other age groups. Spirit is at its highest on
Special Days as teams compete for the winning prize…usually
coveted milk shakes!
Special Day Themes
range from Peter Pan Day, Wild West Day, Earth Day, World Cup
Day and more! Imagination in costume, songs, activity and games
all peak on Skylake Special Days.
Following a Special Day, Skylake normally
breaks into a Carnival where carnival games are enjoyed while
cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, and other treats delight the
And Lots of Extras...
Cabin Group Activities (CGA’s)
|Cabin Group Activities take place on average three times each
week. Following Siesta, campers in their cabin groups set out
for an activity of their choosing. The popular ones are kayak
rides to Pine Point to roast s’mores, horseback ride on the
trails above camp, and cabin Pow Wows on the docks. Often cabins
will group together for a game of Softball or a dusty round in
the Gaga Ball Pit. CGA’s are a great time for the individual
cabin groups to work together in their small nucleus while
building those bonds that often last a lifetime.
|Following a break after dinner, Twilight Sports is announced
over the intercom. Open Twighlight Sports Activities allow
campers to choose from four or five scheduled activities while
other campers opt to enjoy a more low key time socializing with
their friends, writing letters, etc . Some special treats like
evening kayaking, swimming or horseback riding are favorites at
this beautiful hour of the day.
|Each night after Twilight Sports, Campfire takes place at our
amphitheater-like campfire circle. Each night is a new theme,
while campers sit around a roaring fire with their cabin mates
and counselor. Campfires are always energetic and full of song
and laughter. Skits are performed, scavenger hunts ensue, or the
ever popular “Know Your Counselor,” “Skylake’s Got Talent” or
“Skylake’s So You think You Can Dance” take place.
night is always something different! Campers love getting
their time on stage and we aim to get all kids looking to show
off their skill on stage if they so desire!
Width of the Lake & Length of the Lake Swims
|Campers have the opportunity to take part in the
"width-of-the-lake" swim event which is about 1 mile roundtrip
and starts before most of camp has gotten out of bed.
Extraordinary swimmers whose times are fastest at the Width Swim
may take part in our early dawn "Length-of-the-lake" swim…about
5 miles! Generations of Skylake campers have accomplished this
amazing feat. Both events are heavily staffed, with a
staff person in a canoe per every swimmer. The Length of the
Lake Swim is only scheduled at the conclusion of
Sessions B and D.
|Once a week, Skylake puts on an Outdoor dance for campers to
enjoy songs that span the decades. Songs are carefully chosen
and staff DJ’s get the kids moving and grooving to such classic
hits as YMCA, and new hits that campers all sing in unison.
There is something special about hearing the campers sing above
the sound of the speakers and joining in a camp wide
celebration. Refreshments are served throughout the early
evening entertainment and then campers head to bed by age group
with their counselors.
|Sky Time takes place on Sunday mornings and is truly a special
time at Skylake. As Sundays take on a slower pace then the rest
of the week, Sky Time starts off the day following breakfast.
Under a grove of old Pine trees the campers and staff gather and
share feelings about their special time at camp. It is truly
amazing to hear the poems, thoughts and stories created and
shared by our campers. Creativity and growth in a camp
environment is released and the results are truly incredible.
Cabin Walk Suppers
On Sunday evenings, dinner takes on a different pace as
campers in their cabin group pack their meals in the dining hall
and head to a chosen spot to enjoy a picnic dinner as a cabin
group. Some cabins choose the docks, others choose Pine Point
near our docks, while some select to stay in camp and form
circles on the sand volley ball courts or any other chosen spots
Tennis Court and Platform Sleep Outs
Tennis Court Sleep Outs (TCSOs) are scheduled
almost nightly by cabin group. Cabin groups can opt to sleep out
under the stars on our Tennis Courts. Along with their
counselors cabin groups enjoy this special treat and often pow
wow from their sleeping bags and drift off to sleep by 10pm with
constellations such as Cassiopeia looming overhead.
All Chipmunk and Chickadee cabins get to experience an overnight
camping trip on our mountain platform. Chipmunk and Chickadee
Expeditions are treats, where although close to camp, our
youngest campers get to enjoy a taste of backpacking, sleeping
outdoors, s'mores and stories by the fire while getting a sense
they are worlds away, but really only a 10 minute walk from the
And So Much More!
Alumni T Shirts, Fat Pills, Camper of the Week,
Morning Flag, Pizza Deliveries, Serenade, Cabin Clean-up Milk
Shakes, opening and closing campfires, Little Sisters, Boy's
Camp Dodgeball Tournament, Hawaiian Friday, dining hall songs
following meals, trips to Millers, Jersey Thursday, Tie Die
Tuesday, passing the world, "I Love This Place," and
so... much... more!