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01. LIFE AT CAMP

SKYLAND TRADITIONS

More than ten decades of Skyland campers have been engaging in some of the same activities, singing some of the same songs, and honoring the same values. These time-honored traditions are a vital part of the camp experience.

 

VESPERS

Vespers is an hour-long gathering on Sunday evenings where campers, staff, and counselors gather to honor universal values like friendship, gratitude, stewardship of the earth, and respect for all people (and animals!). Dressed in Skyland’s signature green and white colors, the Skyland community shares stories, sings songs, performs skits, and cherishes this weekly tradition of connection, shared values and celebration.

SUNDAY NIGHT CAMP SONGS

After Vespers, we let loose a bit for Sunday night camp songs. While Vespers is more contemplative, Song Night is where we get loud and rowdy, singing songs from Skyland’s songbook, with some songs dating back to the camp’s founding! While the piano rings out, girls join in with hand motions and shouted choruses for a rousing end to the weekend.

CAMP TEAMS

THE TALLYHOS & TROSSACHS

Skyland’s two camp teams—the Tallyhos and the Trossachs—have provided campers with lessons in sportsmanship and friendly competition for generations. Each camper is assigned to a team and plays volleyball, ring tennis or Newcomb ball, practicing the skills they learn in Games class. While the girls love the competition, best friends from opposing teams are always arm-in-arm after the games are over.   .

END OF CAMP

CLOSING BANQUET & BONFIRE

Each camp session ends with Skyland’s Closing Banquet and Bonfire, which helps campers and staff celebrate successes, reflect on the summer, and share laughter and tears as the session comes to an end. The banquet is a time to honor all the achievements, big and small, that happened during the session. Campers also reflect on perhaps the most beautiful thing that comes from a summer at Skyland: their newfound confidence and their many friendships.

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