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.
Today was our first day of majors and minors. We woke up to rain but fortunately it stopped, the sun broke through the clouds, and activities resumed this morning as if not a speck of rain hit the ground. We could not ask for a better start of summer thus far. Our campers are now fully engaged in our major/minor schedule.
The talk around camp,…our first lazy day trip to Dorney Park. Everyone is going to this action-packed amusement park on Thursday. Each bunk will stay together so it’ll not only be fun but it’ll be a safe trip too.
Today’s feature,…tchoukball up at the climbing wall/ropes course.
Tonight’s evening activity is “groups” with their group leaders once again. Each group will have a separate evening activity to bond, not only with their bunk but with the other bunks in their group. The kids are then off to canteen followed by curfews, staggered every 15 minutes with the youngest in their bunks by 9:30pm and the oldest in their bunks by 10:30pm (CIT’s at 11pm).
Enjoy the rest of your day and until tomorrow, ILC U THERE!
AMAZING first day of camp so far! So many happy campers and fantastic spirit filling the air here at ILC! We had our 4-minor day and campers auditioned for shows, got tested for levels, took their deep water test, and tried activities they’d like to major in.
After lunch we handed out our 5-year and 10-year jackets. Boy are there a lot of campers and staff who have been here at Island Lake for many summers now! Pictures can later be viewed on our daily summer photos.
We just had one of our best games ever of PANIC. Kids ran into their bunks to find items announced over the PA system and then ran those items out to their group leaders in the middle of the campuses. Music played, children and counselors danced, and fun was had by all.
Campers are currently signing up for their majors with their group leaders and our department heads. Tonight’s evening activity is groups (group leaders running a game/event with their specific group).
Let’s see if at dinner tonight in the dining room the boys once again start chanting “BOYS ARE BETTER!”, only to be countered by girls standing on their seats screaming back “GIRLS ARE BETTER!” Gotta love the camp spirit here at Island Lake!
Quick message to let everyone know that all of our campers have arrived safely and Island Lake Summer 2014 has kicked into high gear. Kids are unpacking, making their own mess, uh I mean sundae at the canteen, and friendships are already blossoming and growing. We anticipate that this will be another amazing summer here at Island Lake.
We will blog again tomorrow and fill you in on the fun. Have a nice and “quiet” night! ILC U THERE!
Summer is finally here! Well, almost that is,…camp begins tomorrow and we cannot contain our EXCITEMENT for this upcoming season at Island Lake! We’re pumped for buses filled with campers to arrive tomorrow afternoon and fill ILC with joy, happiness, and love all around. Summer is finally upon us and we anticipate that this will be the GREATEST ONE YET!
Remember, we will be blogging here on our website, tweeting, and posting videos on our Facebook page daily. We will also post hundreds of photos each day and a 5 minute video each week on CampMinder. We will do our best to make our Island Lake camp families feel as if they are a part of the fun here at camp.
Hurry up and finish that last minute packing, get a good night’s sleep, and until tomorrow,….ILC U THERE!!!
Staff orientation is going well and everyone is busy preparing for our campers’ arrival in 6 more days. Yay! Below are a bunch of photos of our staff in different departments. We’ll post more departments later on,…enjoy!
1 week from today until our happy campers board the buses and travel up here to Island Lake! We are all soooo EXCITED for our campers to get here! Our staff have all arrived and staff orientation is now in full swing. We have lots of your favorite returning counselors here and many new ones who we know you will ove. They are all as pumped up as we are for a fantastic summer.
We’ll let you get back to your camp packing now. Looking forward to a FANTASTIC ILC SUMMER 2014!
Our annual Open House for all new campers this past Saturday was a HUGE SUCCESS! It was great to meet so many campers and their families. We hope they’re that much more excited for camp in less than 2 weeks. Below are some photos from our day at Island Lake. Enjoy!
We’re here! We’re happy to tell you that we’re finally back home at Island Lake and it feels wonderful to be back. All of our pre-campers staff are returnees and they’re pumped up for a fantastic summer 2014. The only thing missing,…our campers!
We know all of our parents are probably very busy preparing their kids for ILC so just a bunch of reminders. For those of you with outstanding balances or forms not yet returned, please send everything directly to the camp address (Island Lake Camp, 50 Island Lake Road, Starrucca, PA 18462).
The office is now open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am-5:00pm with a lunch -break from 12:00-12:45pm. Once camp begins the office will be open daily from 9am-9pm.
If you did not mail us your children’s Transportation Form then we will have to assign them to whichever bus we think you live closest to (and this gets tricky for our NYC families). Please make it simpler for us by sending it back to us ASAP. At this point you can fill it out online via CampMinder, fax the form to 570-798-2346, or scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Medical Forms must be filled out completely by parents and physicians and then mailed to us here at camp, if you haven’t already done so. We must have an updated Medical Form for every child in order for them to board the bus on Opening Day.
Profile Forms are helpful to our staff if there’s anything specific you’d like us to know about your child ahead of time. If there are specific activities you’d like us to encourage then it’s mandatory that you return this form to us ASAP so we have this info once our staff arrives. Handing us Profile Forms and Transportation Forms at the bus stop (And yes, believe it or not people do hand over transportation forms at the bus!) does not help us prepare ahead of time. The deadline was May 1st so if you haven’t yet sent them in please do so immediately.
As always, if you have any questions about packing or anything else related to camp, feel free to call us here at camp at 570-798-2550 Monday through Saturday from 9-5. As of today, only 26 more days until camp begins! ILC U HERE!!!