In our 35 years of owning and running Island Lake we never thought we would have to send this letter. Due to restrictions placed on our operations, Island Lake will be unable to open this summer. We are heartbroken by this.
The guidelines that have come out from the American Camp Association and their consultants say that social distancing is a recommended guideline for 2020. Island Lake cannot be Island Lake with these restrictions so we have made this difficult decision.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is in a phased reopening; Red, Yellow, & Green. Wayne County is currently in red which means stay at home. When it goes to yellow there are restrictions in place that will not allow us to open. The Green Phase has yet to be defined; the rules currently say follow current CDC guidelines. We are sure those will include distancing and mask requirements through the end of the summer. In fact, the criteria that will be used to move a region from the Yellow Phase to the Green Phase are still not determined. A region could be moved back to yellow or red if there is a resurgence of the virus meaning that even if we don’t have an outbreak at camp the Commonwealth could shut us down.
To give you an idea of how important camp is to us, for Matt this will be his first summer not at camp since 1985 and second since 1972. Wendy has also only missed one summer since 1972 and she was very young at the time. The worst decision that we could make would be to open and then have to close because of an outbreak at our facility or in our region.
COVID-19 has changed all of our lives in some way. As adults, we have all had different emotions and difficulties dealing with this pandemic. It is impossible for us to understand the emotions our children are going through as a result of this decision. We were so hopeful to be able to have our campers come to camp and erase some of their fears, anxieties and day to day worries with good old fashioned fun. We are heartbroken that summer will not be a reprieve for them, and for you.
As stated in an earlier email, all registrations for 2020 will be honored for 2021. Campers who would have been entering their last year as campers will still be allowed to be together, as campers, for 2021. If anyone would like to be a CIT, they may choose that option. Please hold off on letting us know your decision until we ask for it. We are still absorbing this in our minds.
It seems surreal to be writing this to you and I’m sure it seems the same to be receiving it. I press the send button with great sadness. We wish you and your families health and happiness in the coming months. And of course, ILCUTHERE 2021!
Wendy, Ricki and Matt, Bev
P.S. Please watch the video below with your campers. It is with heavy hearts that we put this together, along with making the decision, to not open Island Lake this summer. We wish you all good health and happiness this summer.
Happy February! As we sit here in our winter office looking at the snow outside of our windows, it feels as though summer 2013 was all a distant dream. However, our summer 2014 countdown has already kicked into gear and lucky for us, camp will sneak up on 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 great turnout, including children who flew in from other parts of the country just to see their special 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 and on our Facebook page. Go to the homepage here on our site and click the reunion photo link at the bottom of the page. Enjoy the pictures!
For those families who registered for camp prior to December 1st, you will soon receive your children’s special edition ILC t-shirt. We hope your kids will love their new addition to their wardrobe and enjoy wearing their shirt to school with pride (and perhaps a long sleeve under it to keep them warm!).
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”. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the registration form, we promise!
To all current Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2014 with your children. To all 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 all,…ILC U THERE!
Greetings from the road! Every year around this time, Trip and I pack our bags, hug our wives goodbye and begin our journey into parts unknown to find the best camp counselors in the world. Literally, The World! This year our travels have taken us to Edinburgh, Scotland, Manchester, England, Oklahoma and Ohio and it isn’t even February yet! Future trips will take us from the snowy, great white north that is Canada, all the way to the Lone Star State of Texas. We search high and low, near and far, no stone is left unturned in our search to discover the best and brightest new staff members for our campers at Island Lake!
This summer, when you’re getting artsy in the Arts & Crafts building or dramatic in Theatre and you wonder why so many counselors sound like characters from the Pixar movie Brave, you can thank our visit to Scotland! In Manchester, we were helped out by two Island Lake favorites and 2014 returners: Becky Matulewicz and Katie Payne (unfortunately, all of Katie’s boyfriends couldn’t make it). From Manchester, we used a combination of trains, planes, and automobiles to arrive in Oklahoma and have mini-reunion with noted ILC-ers: Kenny Forehand, Ashley Oliver and Brad Henry! All of whom send their love back to each and every one of you, and cannot wait to see you all again under the warm Starrucca sun!
We are currently looking for doctors and a nurse to fill our health center positions in the 3rd session of camp this summer. The session is two weeks long so we can accommodate up to 2 doctors, 1 per week. We’re also looking for a nurse for the full 2 week session. If you are a doctor, a registered nurse, or you have friends who are and are interested in working at the greatest place on earth (that would be Island Lake, but of course), please contact Trip at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
We have been very busy here in the winter office getting our staffing needs ready for the upcoming summer. A lot of returning staff in a variety of departments have already committed to coming back. We’ve also hired some great new people and we’ve just begun traveling around the globe to hire more outstanding counselors. We hope to catch up with former staff members during our travels.
Below you will ﬁnd our travel itinerary for 2014, along with who will be in what time and when. Staff members should note when we’ll be in your area so you can come visit us. Even better, call us in advance to make plans to get together while we’re in your neck of the woods. We usually spend the night before each camp fair in the host town, so it’s best to you call us in advance to make plans. Did somebody say, “Free dinner???”
The campers are still talking about it. Last year’s teen trip to Cleveland and our previous trips to
Boston, Toronto and Niagara Falls, and Montreal were absolutely great. For all campers entering
9th grade and higher, we are going to once again offer a multi-day trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls
this summer. This trip will include visits to the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Canada’s
Wonderland Amusement Park, Ontario Science Center, a boat ride up to the falls, and other
attractions during the 3rd session.
At least one member of the Stoltz family and another camp director will accompany the trip so you
know it will be organized and safe. There is an additional tuition of $625 for this trip. No
payment is due at this time and the additional cost will be added to your child’s tuition.
Our previous trips filled up quickly. If your child would like to join us on this 3rd session trip,
please fill out the enclosed trip form ASAP to be sure that your child does not get closed out. If
your child is not yet enrolled for Island Lake Summer 2014, please fill out the enclosed registration
form along with the trip form. If your child is already signed up for Summer 2014 but is not
enrolled for the 3rd session and would like to join us on this trip, please contact our winter office.
All cancellations for this trip must be submitted in writing by May 1st.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CAMPERS ARE REQUIRED TO GET THEIR PASSPORTS
FOR THIS TRIP.
We’re looking forward to another great summer and a successful trip to Canada!
We hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s celebration. Who amongst our Island Lakers made New Year’s resolutions this year? Who is still sticking to their resolutions and following through with them? Every year millions of people make resolutions but how many actually stick by them all year long?
We’d love to hear from you about any interesting New Year’s resolutions that you made this year and whether you’re still following them. Just email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, include your full name, and we’ll post your responses here on our blog. We hope to hear from lots of our Island Lakers!
The following article was written by the father of a couple of our long time ILC alumni, Jessica & Ali Elkin. It’s a great read that we highly recommend. We thank Larry for including us in his article, as well. Enjoy and Happy New Year to all!