Monthly Archives: December 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

All of us at Island Lake wish you, our devoted camp families, a happy and healthy New Year.  May this upcoming year bring you only wonderful experiences, lots of love, and good health all around.  As we reflect on the 2013 calendar year, the summer is what stands out the most in our minds.  We worked extremely hard to create a joyful, fun-loving atmosphere for all of your children to prosper in.  We are now planning for the greatest Summer 2014 one could ever imagine.

A great deal of Island Lake good and welfare has recently occurred for several of our current and former Island Lakers.  We’d like to take a moment to extend our heart-warming congratulations to the following people:

1.  Corie Kanter– Everyone’s favorite theater director recently received the ring of her dreams,…oh, along with a proposal,…from her long-time boyfriend (& now fiancé), Jackie McHugh. They’ll be tying the knot in August of this summer and we are all so excited for them!  You deserve only the best, Corie!

Kanter

 

2.  Amanda Stern– Recently got engaged to her special man, Gregory Schatz.  Although Stern no longer spends her summers with us at Island Lake, she will always be a part of our family (& we will always continue to call her “Stern”!).  She grew up with us as a camper, CIT, counselor, and finally a group leader.  We look forward to her visits every summer, and she will always hold a special place in our hearts.  (Is it too much to ask that they name their first born, “Island Lake”?  Yeah, we didn’t think so but hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask!)

Stern

 

3.  Ali Williams & Zach Brun– Ali & Zach met at Island Lake a few summers ago, so many of us have witnessed their relationship as it has blossomed over the years.  They recently got engaged and we are so happy for them.  We just hope they can still fit ILC into their summers, all the while planning for a wedding.

Ali & Zach

 

4.  Christy Bounds– Our former Science Department director recently got married to David Murphy.  Even greater news, they’re expecting a boy in March!  Congratulations to the two of you!  We can’t wait for our future Island Laker to join us in another 7 or 8 years.  In the meantime, please visit us this summer and bring that little bundle of joy with you so we can all welcome him to our ILC family.

Christy

 

HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL!  ILC U THERE SUMMER 2014!

January Parent News

Hey ILC Parents!  Happy New Year!  As we sit here in our winter office with the chill outside, it feels as though summer 2013 is a distant, yet fond, memory.  Fortunately, our countdown for summer 2014 has already kicked into gear and our opening day of camp will emerge upon us before we know it.

Our camp reunion on November 23rd was a huge success!  Screams of excitement filled the air as campers and staff embraced one another.  We had a fantastic turnout, including children who flew in from other parts of the country just to see their camp friends.  The reunion never seems to last long enough, unfortunately.  Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers.  Check out our reunion photos posted right here on our website, on our Facebook page, as well as on our ILC App.

An ILC App, you may be asking yourself?  Yup, that’s right, we now has our very own app for the iPhone & iPad.  You can get lost in it for hours browsing photos from last summer, photos from the reunion, reading our blogs, reading former newsletters, etc.  It will be particularly helpful to you come next summer while you’re child is at camp with us.  You’ll be able to take care of viewing daily photos, sending emails, etc. at the touch of your phone.  So definitely download our Island Lake App when you have a moment.  Well worth adding to your iPhone or iPad.

A reminder to our summer ‘13 and ’14 families, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  You can access them here on our website, as well as in your postal mailbox at the start of every month.  Our newsletters provide important information for parents as well as campers, including enrollment and availability updates.

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your child for summer ‘14 but plan to do so, please, please, please do not put it off any longer.  Some bunks are now completely full.  We truly do not want to turn away loyal campers so let’s avoid that from happening.  You can register your child with the registration form mailed to you with your newsletter or you can download the form here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings” (on the left-hand side of the page).  It only takes a few minutes to fill out the registration form, we promise!  For those of you who registered your campers prior to December 1st, keep an eye on your mailbox (the snail mail kind) for your child’s special edition ILC t-shirt that will arrive sometime in January.

To all current Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2014 with your children.  To all previous or prospective families, feel free to contact us if you have any questions after browsing our website:  800-869-6083 or 914-769-6060.

And last but not least, to one and to all,…..Happy New Year and ILC U THERE!

HaPpY HoLiDaYs

All of us at Island Lake would like to wish our camp families a special happy holidays!  Keep the countdown going, as ILC Summer 2014 will be here before we know it!

ILC U THERE,

Your Island Lake Family

(Bev, Mike, Matt, Wendy, Craig, Trip, & Dustin)

Proud of Jordan Cui

Jordan, a former camper and staff member, just graduated from basic training this week.  His family wanted to share with us, his Island Lake family, a picture of Airman Basic Cui.  He will get to use some of the leadership skills he learned at camp very soon in his new job.  Today he is leaving basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and is heading to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas to begin firefighter training.  Happy Holidays from the Cui family!

(Please wish Jordan the best of luck with his exciting upcoming training.  Happy holidays to the entire Cui family, as well! -Island Lake)

Jordan Cui

An Exciting New Post Camp Group!

We are very proud to announce our new affiliation with Acting Technique New York which will bring it’s Broadway & Beyond program to Island Lake after camp ends this summer.

ATNY’s BROADWAY & BEYOND is a 6-Day Sleep Away Young Performers Camp that prepares young actors, ages 7 – 17, to perform in a final NYC Youth Agent Showcase in NYC! We’ll have the top TV/Film, Commercial & Broadway Agents to view all our amazingly talented actors.
At B&B, we combine Musical Theater, Acting for the Camera, Improvisation, Movement and NYC Audition Technique with the most popular camp electives.  Kids & teens will get to enjoy amazing camp ELECTIVES such as horseback, Waterfront, Sports, Arts & Crafts, Magic, Nighttime Canteen with music and fun!   Each Day, Campers will take 2-Core Performance Workshops in preparation for the final day with a Broadway Performer or top ATNY Coach.  In addition, each camper will get to choose which amazing camp elective they’d like to take, so you can experience many fun electives during the week!
Age and gender appropriate cabins provided, as well as cleaning staff and counselors.  A nurse will be on staff for any and all concerns.  We will contact all registrants ahead of time for specific medical information and case by case concerns and needs.

Rock Star Nicole Budoff

Nicole Budoff sang with the band, Halfway to Sanity, at her middle school rock charity concert on Friday night. It was a very exciting, awesome evening!!! They packed the house and raised a lot of money for a local charity, Ordinary Wishes. Her parents are very proud of their Rock Star, as are we!  Enjoy this video link!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAPsey5oJKo&feature=em-share_video_user

December Parent News

Hey ILC Parents!  With winter just about here, it is our hope that your children still have camp on the brain and are continually sharing their wonderful Island Lake summer 2013 memories with you.  Our countdown for summer 2014 has already kicked into gear as the opening day of camp will emerge upon us before we know it.

Our camp reunion on November 23rd was a huge success!  Screams of excitement filled the air as campers and staff embraced one another.  We had a fantastic turnout, including children who flew in from other parts of the country just to see their camp friends.  The reunion never seems to last long enough, unfortunately.  Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers.  Check out our reunion photos posted right here on our website, on our Facebook page, and on our Island Lake app.

Reminder to all families, returning and new, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  They are located right here online, as well as in your regular postal mailbox at the start of every month. Our newsletters provide important information for you, including enrollment and availability updates.

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your child for summer 2013 but plan to do so, please, please, please do not put it off any longer.  Some bunks are now completely full.  We truly do not want to turn away our loyal campers, so let’s avoid that from happening.  You can register your child with the registration form mailed to you with your newsletter or you can download the form here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings”.  For those of you who registered your campers prior to December 1st, keep an eye on your mailbox (the snail mail kind) for your children’s special edition ILC t-shirt that will arrive shortly after the New Year.

We wish you and your families a spectacular holiday season!  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New year to all!  ILC U THERE!