Monthly Archives: July 2014

4th of July

Happy 4th of July!  Hope you’re all enjoying your holiday as much as we are here at Island Lake.  Campers are all decked out in their red, white, and blue clothing and accessories today.  We started the day with a late wake-up since we returned from Dorney Park on the later side last night (more info about Dorney in this blog).  This morning’s breakfast was at 9am and we started the 4th of July with our annual speech about how the USA beat the British to become our own nation,…but that we are very good friends with the Brits now.

Next hightlight- MUSIC LUNCH!  We played music in the dining room and the kids had a fantastic time singing and dancing.  Most of the camp joined in on the fun and were bummed when it was time to leave and get ready for their next major.  You’ll be able to view photos of our music lunch in our daily summer photos later today.  Video footage will be in our 1st weekly video too.

Next highlight- Outdoor COOKOUT tonight!  Burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, watermelon, red, white, and blue cupcakes, and more for dinner.  Our campers enjoy dining outdoors for our cookouts.

Next highlight- Canteen will follow rest hour and then as the sun sets we’ll put on a short MAGIC SHOW, have a few ROCK BANDS play live, and set off some SKY LANTERNS into the air (if wind permits).

Next highlight- Following this will be our FIREWORK extravaganza!  We pride ourselves in having a fantastic firework show, so good that our neighbors come outdoors to enjoy watching it, as well.

Today’s feature,…patriotic campers at the cookout tonight.


eDSC03237 DSC03240 DSC03241 DSC03247 DSC03245 DSC03246

Yesterday’s trip to Dorney Park was a fantastic day for everyone.   Our campers and staff had an exciting day filled with amusement park rides, water attractions, and lots of bunk bonding.  The rain held out until we boarded the buses to return to camp.  We could not have gotten any luckier.  The day ran smoothly and we’re happy to report that we brought home every single person that we took there with us!  (Ha!)  Photos should already be posted on our website from the Dorney Park trip for all to enjoy.

Hope you are all having a wonderful 4th of July.  Until tomorrow, ILC U THERE!

Wednesday, July 2nd

It’s a rainy day here in Starrucca, PA.  Well, a rainy afternoon that is.  The thunder and lightning rolled in while we were all at lunch (Pizza day,..yay!).  The weather let up for a awhile but then we had to delay the start of our 2nd major by a few minutes until it was safe for the kids to head to their activities.  Some outdoor activities had to go indoors to the gym and canteen, but the campers still stayed busy.

Wednesday nights are usually LTB, Late To Bed, as we generally have a late wake-up for Lazy Day brunch the following morning.  However, tomorrow is our big trip to Dorney Park so wake up will be at 7:30am instead of 8:00am.  We will depart for the park at 9:00am.  For that reason, tonight’s curfews will all stay the same as usual, no LTB.

Today’s feature,..THEATER!  The older campers are doing Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Below are Joseph and his brothers hard at work, rehearsing choreography with their director, Corie.

DSC03102 DSC03103 DSC03104 DSC03105

Tomorrow there will be no blog since we will be away at Dorney Park from morning till night.  Our blog will resume on Friday, July 4th.  We’ll have some exciting scoop to share with you on that day.  Until then, ILC U THERE!


Tuesday, July 2nd

It’s another beautiful day in Starrucca, PA.  As campers settle into the camp schedule, play rehearsals have begun, sports tournaments are being scheduled, and lessons are taking place in all departments around camp (waterfront, tennis, sports, dance, rock shop, hoseback riding, etc.).

Tonight is ETB, Early To Bed.   We’ll take a break from our regular canteen schedule and our campers will go directly to their bunks after evening activity.  Tonight is a great opportunity for the kids to get in a good night’s sleep.  They need it once a week after running around camp all day.  It’s pretty hot here today but don’t worry, we’ve been emphasizing to our campers that they must carry around their water bottles and stay hydrated.  We’ve also reminded them quite a few times that they should use lots of sunblock, which they are doing.

We have our weekly staff meeting at rest hour today after dinner today.  Our campers will sit outside of their bunks on the grass and write letters home to their families (at least we hope they write home to all of you!). If you don’t receive mail don’t worry, it means your children are having too much fun to take the time to write home.  Well, that or they don’t know how to address an envelope!

Today we are featuring CIRCUS!  Kids are already learning routines and practicing to perform for our big Circus Show at the end of the session.  It’s amazing what these children can do in only a couple of weeks!

DSC03091 DSC03094 DSC03097 DSC03098