Monthly Archives: May 2014

June Parent News

Hey ILC parents,…This is it!  Summer is just about here and we are happy to report that as of June 1st we are back at camp once again!  Words cannot even begin to explain how wonderful it feels to return to our home away from home.  We are sooooo EXCITED for your children’s arrival on June 28th.  We have amazing plans for this summer including new evening activities, an awesome Color War theme, Tribals, a teen trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls in session 3, and much more.  Let us just say, we have some awesome plans to make summer 2014 the GREATEST, and we cannot wait to share it all with your children!

Summer 2014 parents, have you sent us all of your forms yet?  Please make sure we have received your children’s profile, medical, and transportation forms, as well as your travel itinerary if you plan to be away while your kids are here at camp.  You can fill out the profile and transportation forms directly online by logging into your CampMinder account.  The medical form is not on our website so please be sure to fill out the form enclosed in your folder.  If you misplaced it, just click “Forms & Mailings” in the “Families” section of our website to download a new one. 

Speaking of photos and emails, don’t forget that by registering with CampMinder you can view our daily summer photos and weekly videos, as well as send emails to your children.  We ask that only immediate family members email our campers because too much information from home can create unnecessary homesickness.

Now that we are back up at camp, please be sure to mail any outstanding forms or payments directly to our SUMMER ADDRESS in Starrucca, PA.  Do not use the New York return envelopes any longer, as that mail takes awhile to be forwarded to us at camp.

Well, that’s about it for now!  We look forward to meeting many of our new families at our OPEN HOUSE here at camp on Saturday, June 14th, at 11am sharp.   We cannot wait to see the rest of our Island Lakers shortly afterwards!  ILC U HERE!!!

Medication Policy

As you can probably imagine, dispensing medications and vitamins to campers is a big undertaking.  In order to fulfill our goal of doing so in a safe manner, we are asking that all parents abide by the policy laid out here.  The following guidelines are in place in order to ensure the health and well-being of each camper.  Please adhere to them.

No medication, vitamins, or supplements may be kept in the bunk.  This includes, but is not limited to, chewable vitamins, Tylenol, aspirin, cold and cough remedies, eye drops, ear drops, creams, nasal sprays, etc…

All medication, vitamins, and supplements, must be sent to camp at least one week prior to the camper’s arrival.  We cannot guarantee that medications, vitamins, and supplements brought to camp on the day of the camper’s arrival will be dispensed on a timely basis.

All medication, including vitamins must be accompanied by a letter from a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner or it must be in the original prescription bottle with administration instructions clearly written.  Nothing will be dispensed without written instructions from a health care professional or the original prescription bottle.  This includes both regularly scheduled medications and those taken on an as needed basis.

Medication taken through inhalers may be brought to camp by the camper and the camper may keep a rescue inhaler with him/her or in the bunk.

Medication for diabetes and growth hormones may be brought to camp with the camper or given to the person in charge of the bus pick-up location.

All vitamins and supplements will only be dispensed with doctor’s instructions and must be in their original packaging.

Please do not send standard OTC (over the counter) medications as we stock them in our infirmary and supply them to any camper who may need them.

We do not stock Claritin, Allegra, other allergy medicines, or Lactaid Pills that are taken on an as needed basis.  Please send these in advance with a doctor’s note.

With your help we can ensure the safe and efficient delivery of medications and vitamins to all of our campers.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Summer Reminders

Summer 2014 is right around the corner!  According to our Island Lake website and app, only 45 more days until camp begins!  Excitement builds as the thrill of summer approaches!  We move our offices up to camp the last weekend of May.  As of June 1st, all correspondence should go directly to our summer address in Starrucca, PA.

By now, all families enrolled in summer 2014 at Island Lake should have received our spring mailing.  Enclosed were our camper, parent, and activities handbooks, our medication policy, an Open House flyer, and a few other forms.  If your child is new to ILC this summer, please return the bottom portion of the Open House flyer if you will be joining us at camp on Saturday, June 14th at 11am.  We’re very excited to meet many of our new Island Lakers and their families that day.

With summer right around the corner, many of you have probably started your camp shopping and hey, if you’re really organized, perhaps you’ve even begun the packing process!  Be sure to refer to your Packing List and Suggested Equipment List that were enclosed in your winter folder to assist you with this big ol’ fun task.  If you’ve misplaced these forms, you can retrieve them here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “forms and mailings”.  Don’t forget to label all items of clothing and equipment, too.

Parents, we highly recommend that you read all literature that we send to you since a majority of the answers to your questions can be found there.  Our winter folder, spring mailing, and monthly newsletters provide a great deal of important information that will help prepare you and your children for a fantastic summer 2014.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at our winter office until May 30th and our summer office after June 1st.

Looking forward to the most amazing, fantastic, spectacular, wonderful, awesome, unbelievable, exciting, memorable summer ever at Island Lake!  ILC U THERE!!!

Cool Camper News

Wilson & Howard 1 Wilson & Howard 2

Claire Wilson and Sophia Howard (previously in G9) both qualified for the
Nastar National Ski Racing Championships and met up with one another in
Aspen, Colorado for the national race. Claire and Sophia both competed in
the silver division and Claire Wilson happily came in first place, winning
the national silver 12-13 year old division. The girls were joined by many
members of the US Ski Team including Ted Ligety (who served as the race
pacesetter and signed their bibs)! On the podium, Claire is joined by US
Olympians Bode Miller, Steven Nyman, and Nolan Kasper. After the days’ races
were through, both girls enjoyed exploring Snowmass and ending the day in
the hot tub.


May Parent News

Wow, how did May sneak up on us so quickly?  With spring in the air, excitement is building and summer 2014 right around the corner!  Yay!  As of June 1st, all correspondence should go directly to our summer address at camp.

If your child is enrolled for summer 2014 at Island Lake, please be sure to fill out your Profile and Transportation Forms, either by filling out the hard copies you received in your folder or fill out the forms right here on our website.  All forms were due on May 1st.  If you choose to fill them out online, just click the “CampMinder Login” and either enter your email address and password or click “First Time Users- Create Account.” The Medical Form is not on our website so please be sure to fill out the form enclosed in your folder and mail it back to us as soon as possible.

By now you should have received your “Spring Mailing” in the postal mail.  Enclosed in this mailing is your Parent Handbook, Camper Handbook, Activities Handbook, Medication Policy letter, travel itinerary form, Open House flyer (if your child is a 1st time camper this summer), as well as a flyer about our online photos, videos, & emails.  Whether you are returning or are new to the Island Lake family, please make sure you and your child(ren) take a few minutes to sit down and read this spring mailing thoroughly, as we always add new information.

Are you a returning parent who has not yet signed up your child(ren) for this upcoming summer at Island Lake?  If so, please, please, please do not put it off any longer.  Some of our bunks are now completely full.  We truly do not want to turn away any of our devoted campers and it’s very difficult for us when forced to do so each and every year. Please don’t let that happen to your child.  If you don’t have a registration form handy, click “Island Lake Families” at the top of the page, then click “Forms & Mailings” and print the “2014 Enrollment Form”.

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 (after June 1st contact us at 570-798-2550).  And last but not least, to all…. ILC U THERE!