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.
Hey Island Lake families! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. With winter just about here, it is our hope that your children still have “camp on the brain,” and continue to share their wonderful ILC summer 2018 memories with you. Our countdown for next summer has already kicked into gear and opening day of camp will emerge upon us before we know it. As of December 1st, only 210 days until summer 2019 at Island Lake will be here!
Our camp reunion on November 17that Sportime USA 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. Pretty cool, huh? The reunion never seems to last long enough. Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers. Check out our reunion photos posted our website’s home page as well as on my previous blog.
By now all of our summer 2018 camp families should have received an email with a link to our amazing ILC video yearbook located online. If you need another copy of the link, feel free to contact us at email@example.com we’d be happy to help you out. We hope you and your children have taken the opportunity to watch this super fun video yearbook filled with many exciting summer activities and memories. For almost an hour you can forget about all that’s going on around you to truly feel a part of the ILC experience. We hear some children have been watching it on loop over and over again!
Reminders to all families, returning and new, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters. They are located right here on our website. Our newsletters provide important information for you, including enrollment and availability updates. If you’d like to read our newsletter on our website, you can simply go to islandlake.com, click “Island Lake Families” at the top of the page, and then “ILC News” on the left-hand side of the page. You can also click the following link to view our newsletters since summer: Island Lake Newsletters
Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your children for summer 2019 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 children with the registration form mailed to you with your monthly newsletter or you can download the form here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings”.
With all of the winter cheer around us, 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 in 2019!
Our annual camp reunion this past Saturday was a huge success! Our Island Lakers were soooo EXCITED to see all of their camp friends. Lots of screams, hugs, and smiles filled Sportime USA in Westchester for 3 hours of fun. Campers flew in from as far as Florida just to spend some memorable time with their fellow ILC’ers. Several counselors took time off from college to come see “their kids.“
After the reunion, many children then went back to their camp friends’ houses for big sleep over parties. We’re glad friendships at Island Lake are so special to all of our campers and staff.
Below are some highlights of all of the fun this past weekend. We’ll post a full photo album of reunion pics on our website very soon, along with featured photos on our social media. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! ILCUTHERE!
We are so EXCITED to see many of our summer 2018 campers at our reunion this upcoming Saturday, November 17th at Sportime USA. Please see the flyer below for details. If you need directions, you can find them in any of our post-summer newsletters: ILC Newsletters ILCUTHERE!!!
Hey ILC Parents! We hope you and your children had a fun-filled, safe Halloween filled with enough candy to last them a lifetime. We also hope your children SHARE all of their scrumptious treats with you!
All of us in the ILC winter offices are very excited for our CAMP REUNION on November 17th at Sportime USA in Elmsford, NY. The reunion will be held from 10am until 1pm and details are provided in all of our monthly newsletters since the summer. We look forward to seeing many of our campers and staff at our reunion that day, no RSVP necessary.
By now all of our ILC summer 2018 parents should have received an email from us with the link to our Island Lake Video Yearbook online. We hope you and your children have taken the opportunity to “chillax” with a bowl of popcorn to watch this amazing video filled with many exciting summer activities and memories. For under an hour you can forget about the real world and truly feel a part of the ILC experience.
Are your kids still sharing their wonderful ILC memories with you? We sure hope so! Our summer 2019 countdown is in full swing, as camp will sneak up on us before we know it. As of November, 1st, only 240 days until Opening Day at Island Lake! In the meantime, you and your children can continue to view our daily summer photos, weekly videos, blogs, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts from this past summer. We continue to post throughout the year on our blog as well as our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts so be sure to check them all out and “like” us.
Registration for summer 2019 is going very well thus far. If you have not yet registered your children for next summer, please don’t put it off any longer! We truly do not want to turn away our loyal campers. You can enroll your children with the registration form we mail home with your monthly newsletters or you can download the form here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings”.
Well, that’s about it for now. We are sooooo excited and cannot wait to see many of our Island Lakers at our camp reunion on November 17th. Until then, ILC U THERE!