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Tshirt Corral Announcement

Dear Camp Skyline Family,

In getting ready for the holiday spirit, we are opening T-Shirt Corral ON CAMPUS on Monday, November 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m CST.

If you can’t make it, but would like to place an order, please email Abby at .


Camp Skyline Staff

Tshirt Corral


Hey Camp Family!

I want to share with all of you a little part of the Bible study class I teach during the summer. If you don’t know, we do offer Bible study as a class our older campers can choose to take. To be honest, this is my favorite part of the day. I love being with these young ladies!! They are smart, perceptive, kind and want to learn about the Bible. Needless to say I am always impressed by them. Parents, y’all are doing a great job!!

At the end of class (sometimes we go over a little) we have a time for prayer requests and praises. Its a special time these young ladies share, so I will not go into detail. I will say that each session brought up a prayer request for Sid. Sid is a teen in Birmingham that was fighting bone cancer. A remarkable young man from what my Bible study girls were saying. Some were friends with him and some were acquaintances. I was sad to hear that Sid lost his battle to cancer a few weeks ago.

With all of this being said, I wanted to share with you all a brief part of a lesson we did on friendship and what that should mean. We discussed what friendship means and what it looks like in the world today. We have everything from best friends to close friends, to acquaintances to frienemeys (a friend/enemy). Because of social media, our circle of friends is broad!

One of the main things we looked at was what the Bible said about having friends and being a friend. We started with Proverbs 22:24, don’t be friends with someone that is hot tempered or you may learn their ways. All of us have lost our temper at one point in time, but a hot tempered person is a different story! These are not the friends we want because that can rub off and lead us down the wrong path. A righteous anger is fine but a hot temper is not. We don’t want to have these friends nor do we want to be this kind of friend.

Proverbs 17:9 talks about covering over offenses. We should be willing to forgive others that have sinned against us. We all know this is a lot easier said than done, yet we are to do this because God has done it with us. It is always tempting when in an argument to bring up past issues, but love keeps its mouth shut. I don’t know about y’all, but this is extremely hard for me and I am learning it on a daily basis. The amazing thing is, as we grow to be like Christ, we will acquire his ability to forget confessed sins of the past.

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times”. What kind of friend are you? Do you love at all times or are you a fare weather friend? The same can be asked of your friends, what kind of friends are they? Do they love you at all times or are you just their friend when it benefits them? These are hard questions to answer even for adults. It causes us to really evaluate what our motives are in our friendships. The greatest evidence of true friendship is loyalty. Our friend Sid had loyal friends. These young ladies were committed to praying for him and his family on a daily basis. Their concern for them was beyond touching and I was overly impressed by their dedication to this family.

Proverbs 27:6, “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” Trusted advice from a friend, even if it hurts, is better than what an enemy will tell you. An enemy tells you things that will send you down the wrong path. A friend doesn’t want to hurt your feelings but will because they have your best interest at heart. Yes, this criticism may hurt for a while, but done in love, that wound can heal quickly.

Going along with this is Proverbs 18:24, better to have one good friend than a lot of superficial friends. We all need friends that will stick close to us in good and bad times. These friends listen, care deeply and offer help when needed. They pray with us and for us and we do the same for them. Sometimes we just need our friends to sit with us, to not say a word but to just sit in silence with us.

These types of friends can be hard to find, but to have a friend like this we have to BE a friend like this!!

It is obvious that Sid’s friends sitting in my Bible study class have experienced true friendship. They were being biblical friends. Again, I am so impressed with these young ladies (I like to call them my girls) and their deep concern for their friend. My Birmingham families, I am truly sorry for your loss and all of you will continue to be in my prayers.



The Skyliner

Hello and good morning to the Skyline family! Take a moment to read The Skyliner, our alumnae newsletter that keeps you up to date on all things Skyline. You won’t want to miss the alumnae feature: Alexa Younger and her amazing path as a menswear designer!
The Skyliner Nov 15

prep work for new ropes course additions!!

Getting closer!!!

First step is finished and boy, are we glad!! Theres about 20 inches of dirt on top of solid rock up here on the mountain. As you can see, it takes quite a set up to get a 15 inch wide hole, 6 feet deep in the rock! More updates to follow when we start putting the cables up at the top!!

Thank you Veterans

Last Call for ACIT Apps

Just a reminder that the last day to submit and application to be in the ACIT drawing is in 3 days! All applications are due, or must be postmarked, by MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9. Find the applications under the “apply” tab of our website.



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Look what were building!!

OH BOY!!!!! Have you heard?? See whats in the picture? You’ll have to excuse us if we seem a little excited these days around camp. You see, we had our shipment of new ropes course poles arrive and the final plans and drawing were sent to us and everything is starting to come together for all the new elements and excitement we’ll have here at camp.

At first glance of the picture, you might think theres a new new horse barn going up since thats where the poles are laying. Theres plenty of “new” thats being built in the horse rings and stalls, but for these poles, that was the best place for us to store them until they’re used.

By the end of this week these poles will be put into the ground, and will become a multi layered addition to our ropes course. They’re will be 16 new elements that the campers will get to challenge. Some will be dynamic elements with a counselor on belay, and some elements for the older campers will be static to complete with the assistance and support of another camper. All these are great additions of challenge and fun, but thats still not as exciting as whats being built here at Camp Skyline.

You see, a new barn, riding ring, or yes, even a new and exciting ropes course is not exactly what Skyline is about. They are just physical elements, that your campers and counselors use every day to build what we’re really excited about. As I walk around camp, as the sessions go from start to finish, its on these as well as other elements, that I get the opportunity to witness our campers build up their own confidence, trust, faith, friendships, memories, communication skills, sense of adventure and loyalty.

It’s watching that camper that, at the beginning of the session, wouldn’t get on the horse without her counselor by her side, build her experiences and trust so that by the end of the session, she’s riding not only by herself, but maybe even trotting and smiling as she’s cheered by her friends who were, a few weeks prior, a group of “other girls” from “somewhere else” she didn’t know or have the confidence to talk to. Watching as her smile and confidence grow wider and wider with each telling of her accomplishment to her other friends throughout the day, now THAT’S what were excited about building up here!

Its seeing that camper, who on the first day at the ropes course said they would maybe, and thats a MAYBE…. climb up, and back down, but not go off the element, be encouraged and challenged by her friends and counselors to reach out, and overcome any fears or self doubts about their ability to walk on a thin wire 30 feet in the air. (ok…maybe that ain’t for everyone, I get it…but you won’t know for sure until you try it, and thats your first step in overcoming any pre determined doubts you might have). This is where the trust, face to face communication and faith come in, as a whole group of friends and counselors encourage her and cheer her on, even if its only one step farther each day. To see campers push themselves out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves, (or grow), is a wonderful thing. What makes it so great is that “special moment” they achieve by having faith and the support of their cabin mates, friends and counselors that will live with them in their memory forever.

I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t get the same result if they tried to Instagram or text in their support for each other in the same situation. Theres something about cheering someone on to do what they thought was impossible and being there to look them in the eyes when they need you. Having the camper unplugged from technology allows them to actually talk to each other, face to face (remember when we used to do that???). It helps them learn about each other and see what the direct and immediate impacts of words of encouragement and even not so encouraging words are. It takes much more than a “smiley face / thumbs up / thumbs up” to convince someone to concur their sense of adventure or fears and doubts.

Its not about what (new) activities we have at Skyline. Its about what happens on these activities and how these activities are tools the counselors use to build confidence, friendships and trust in their campers. The ropes course, horses, circus, canoes, archery and even arts and crafts are not magic by any means. They are here at camp everyday. They’re tons of fun to play on, but if we built the worlds greatest challenge course, that doesn’t mean every camper that signs up for ropes, will be magically transformed into a confident young woman. That happens when they believe in their abilities, and have the continuous support form their counselors and friends in there cabin and clubs.

This same confidence will last long after the camping days ore over. Many campers and counselors have spoken about how going off to college was so much easier and less of an adjustment for them (and their parents!!) after having several years of camp experience under their belt. And it was easy to pick out the new college students (and new student parents!) of kids who had never spent any serious time away from home. Ones who hadn’t learned how to live in a dorm setting, respecting roommates privacies, much less cleaning duties. These are all things that are learned, reinforced and built on every day at camp.

The “camp friends” are some of the best friends they’ll ever have. There’s something about the person you learned to share a bathroom with for two weeks or the one who helped you go down the zip line, hit a bullseye in archery or ride a horse that will stay with you for a lifetime. As a matter of fact, there are many campers that found their college roommate while they’re at camp and just didn’t know it yet. These friendships are not only long lasting, they’re long impacting. Each year at camp we’re visited by groups of ladies that were campers back in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and more. Whats amazing to me is the fact these ladies will talk about camp moments that happened 40 years ago and remember every detail like it was yesterday. Now thats quite an impact on long term memory!

Yea, theres a new ropes course going up, new archery and rifelry equipment, maybe even a new building or activity here or there. There’s all sorts of excitement being built every year. But none of that is as exciting or makes us as proud of what our counselors and campers build every day at Camp Skyline. Confidence, Faith, communication skills, trust and friendships that will be around long after the activities and buildings have been replaced. Now thats what were excited about!!

thumbs up /smiley face / thumbs up!!!

Look for Sally’s post next week!

The send off

Hey Camp Family!!

My family is going through “that time”!! I am sure a lot of you have already gone through this or are just now embarking on the same journey we are going through……having a senior in high school and looking at colleges to attend. I remember this process being fun when I was a senior. I knew where I wanted to go when I was young and what I wanted to major in came later, of course. Some of you might have been that way, but some of you might have stressed a little over this big decision.

We are going through this now with Luke. He has his top four schools that he is looking into and we have seen all of them but one. Of course, we have seen many more than just the top four. Like most of you, we started looking during his sophomore year. This process is A LOT longer than I remember.

At this point in the process, his top school is the University of Montana. We just got back from visiting several days ago. Other than it being a great fit for him, I witnessed my son do several things that I feel camp has taught him over the years. Luke was a camper at Camp Laney for seven years and a camper at JH Ranch for three years. These experiences have been crucial to the young man I see today. Now, don’t get me wrong, his years at Skyline have been important, but he sees an entirely different side of camp than a camper when he is here.

What I witnessed was a young man that was comfortable in his own skin. His camp experience helped with that. He didn’t hesitate to ask questions of our tour guide, admissions counselor, athletes, coaches and teachers. He looked everyone in the eye, shook hands and was attentive and polite. Yes, a lot of these things are learned at home AND camp re-enforces them on a consistent basis. Larry and I watched him move away from us on the tour to the front to ask the tour guide questions. We witnessed him meet with a professor in the forestry department and look over the different majors and decide which one he likes the best, and what track he would be on if he attended UM. We stood back and watched him approach the lacrosse coach and introduce himself and talk about the possibilities of playing lacrosse for him. He talked to different students and asked them questions about their experiences at UM and what they loved most about it. He explored the city of Missoula and got a feel for the town as well. Needless to say, we witnessed a lot. We live in such a technological world and I worry about the “art” of face-to-face communication dissipating. Teenagers are constantly on their phones. My Bible Study class knows them as mini computers, snap chatting, using Facebook, twitter and so many more. Camp is a place that they can put that away and experience face-to-face communication twenty-four hours a day, for two weeks. This is one of the reasons camp friends are different (in a good way) from friends at home.

All of this being said, I believe that his camp experience had a lot to do with what we saw. As much as it hurts to say he didn’t need me to find out what he wanted to know, what he thought was important or even stand by his side as moral support. This is what we want for our children……to be independent. Camp plays such a crucial part of being independent. It started with him when he was seven years old and the first time he stepped foot on Laney’s campus until he was seventeen and ended at JH. His counselors, guys that he still talks about today, helped Larry and I teach and show him what being independent means. Luke knows that it doesn’t mean that he will not need us or look to us for advice. He witnessed this at camp and watches Larry and I look to our parents for advice. He knows that he always has us on his side, good or bad, to work through things just like he had his counselors on his side, good or bad, as they helped him work through issues.

Camp is an investment we give our children. We don’t worry about this kind of investment crashing with the market or buying and selling at the opportune time. The returns are for a life time. We are witnessing that each day with our child. I hope all of you have witnessed the same wonderful return in your investments!!


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