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March Parent News

Happy March to our Island Lake families! Our summer 2018 countdown has kicked into gear and lucky for us, summer, and for that matter camp, will approach before we know it. 114 more days as of March 1st! Wow, we’re almost at the double-digit mark!

Any day now all summer 2018 families should receive a letter regarding forms, a Medical Form, as well as your monthly newsletter. Both a parent and a physician, as required by Pennsylvania law, must complete the Medical Form. On our website we have TONS of information to prepare you and your children for this summer. There are forms online that we request you fill out promptly via your CampMinder account. The Profile Form helps us guide your children when they choose their activities and put together their schedules. The Transportation Form lets us know which bus your children will be taking to camp. If we do not receive the Transportation Form in our office by May 1st, we will have to assign a bus to your children. In June, we will send you detailed information on the bus locations, along with luggage tags that you will use to mark your children’s bags. Shortly you will be able to access all of our other forms on our website at islandlake.com and then clicking “Island Lake Families,” and “Forms & Mailings.”

A reminder to our summer ‘17 and ’18 families, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters. You can access them here on our website or at the start of every month in your mailbox in hard copy form. The newsletters provide important information for parents, as well as campers, including enrollment and availability updates.

Speaking of enrollment, if you haven’t yet registered your child for summer 2018 but plan to do so, please, please, please do not put it off any longer. 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 every year. Don’t let that happen to your child. Some bunks are already full! It only takes a few minutes to fill out the registration form, we promise! If you don’t have one handy, click “Island Lake Families”, “Forms & Mailings” and then print the “2018 Enrollment Form”.

To all current Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2018 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!

February Parent News

Happy February to our Island Lake Families! As we sit here in our winter office looking at the snow outside of our windows, it feels as though summer 2017 was all a distant dream. However, our summer 2018 countdown has already kicked into gear and lucky for us, camp will sneak up on us before we know it. 142 days to go as of February 1st!

We are busy preparing for our big trip that we are offering to all of our oldest campers this upcoming summer. We’re excited for our annual 4 day/3 night TEEN TRIP in our 2nd session to TORONTO & NIAGARA FALLS! This amazing trip will be offered to all campers entering 9th grade and higher. Keep an eye on your mailbox (actual mailbox, not virtual one) for more details to arrive real soon for this fun-filled experience. There will be an enrollment form for you to fill out and return to us at our winter office. We also have info regarding this trip in our monthly newsletters. We will visit the CN Tower, Canada’s Wonderland Amusement Park, the Hockey Hall of Fame, we’ll go Jet Boating, and of course, experience Niagara Falls, both during the day and at night! So,…much,…FUN!!!

A reminder to our summer ‘17 and ’18 families; don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters. You can access them here on our website (“Island Lake Families” and then “ILC News”) 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 2018 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 2018 with your children. To all prospective families, feel free to contact us if you have any questions after browsing our website: 914-769-6060. And last but not least, to one and all,…ILC U THERE!

January Parent News

Happy New Year! All of us at Island Lake hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with love, happiness, presents, and lots to reminiscence about your children’s wonderful memories of their 2017 ILC experiences. As we sit here in our winter office with the chill outside, it feels as though summer 2017 is a distant, yet fond, memory. Our countdown for summer 2018 has already kicked into gear and our opening day of camp will be here before we know it. Words cannot even describe our excitement for summer 2018 to get here already! 173 days until camp begins (as of January 1st)!

Our camp reunion on November 18th was a huge success! Screams of excitement filled the air as campers and staff embraced one another. We had a fantastic turnout, including children and counselors who flew in from other parts of the country just to see their camp friends. 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 right here on the homepage of our website, on our Facebook page, as well as here on our blog.

We’re busy planning for our annual 2nd session TEEN TRIP, which this summer will be to Toronto & Niagara Falls, Canada. This trip will be offered to all campers entering 9th grade and higher. Check out more details in your January newsletter and if you have any additional questions, feel free to give us a call. The enrollment forms and details for this trip will be mailed out shortly to all who are eligible to take advantage of this fun-filled experience.

A reminder to our summer ‘17 and ’18 families; don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters! You can access them right 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. Here’s a direct link to the newsletters on our website: https://www.islandlake.com/current-camp-families/island-lake-newsletter.php

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your children for summer 2018 but plan to do 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 loyal campers, so let’s avoid that from happening. You can register your children with the enrollment forms mailed to you with your newsletter or you can download the form here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings” (on the left-hand side of the page). It only takes a few minutes to fill out the enrollment form, we promise!

To all current and new Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2018 with your children. To all previous or 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, all of us here at Island Lake wish you, our campers, parents, and staff, a very Happy & Healthy New Year!!! ILC U THERE!!!

December Parent News

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 2017 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 204 days until summer 2017 at Island Lake will be here!

Our camp reunion on November 18th at 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 our Facebook page. Below is a sneak peak at some of our smiling faces.

By now all of our summer 2017 camp families should have received an email with a link to our amazing ILC video yearbook located online on Vimeo. If you need another copy of the link, feel free to contact us at info@islandlake.com and 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 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, as well as in your regular postal mailbox at the start of every month. 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:  https://www.islandlake.com/current-camp-families/island-lake-newsletter.php

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your children for summer 2018 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 2018!

November Parent News

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! I’d love to post photos on our blog of our campers in their Halloween costumes. Please send pictures of your children all dressed up for their special day of trick-or-treating to wendy@islandlake.com and I’ll happily post them. Don’t forget to include the name of their costume so I can label them properly.

All of us in the ILC winter offices are very excited for our CAMP REUNION on November 18th 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 2017 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 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 2018 countdown is in full swing, as camp will sneak up on us before we know it. As of November, 1st, only 234 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, and 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 2018 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 18th. Until then, ILC U THERE!

Fall Foliage at ILC

Camp is looking beautiful this time of the year and we’re happy to share the following photos with all of you.

Warning: The following photos may heighten your desire to move to the 18462!

October Parents News

Hey Island Lake Parents! With fall upon us, we hope your children are still sharing tons of wonderful ILC memories with you. Our summer 2018 countdown has already kicked into gear- 265 days as of October 1st! Next summer will sneak up on us before we know it. In the meantime, you and your children can continue to view our daily summer photos, weekly videos, Facebook videos, & daily summer blogs for several months to come.

Shortly, all our 2017 camp families will receive info regarding viewing our Island Lake Video Yearbook online. We hope you and your children will enjoy watching this amazing video filled with so many fond memories of this summer past. For an hour you can forget about all that’s going on around you, sit back, relax, and enjoy being taken back to summer so you can truly feel a part of the ILC experience.

We are all getting pumped up for our CAMP REUNION on Saturday, November 18th at Sportime USA in Elmsford, NY. The reunion will be held from 10am until 1pm and details are located in our monthly newsletters. We look forward to seeing many of our summer 2017 campers and staff there, no RSVP necessary.

We are happy to announce that camp is filling up very nicely for next summer. Be sure to register your children right away if you have not already done so. Certain bunks are already full in specific sessions! You can sign up your children with the registration form we mailed home with your newsletter or you can download our form here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings” to your left.

Well, that’s about it for now. We wish everyone a safe and spook-tacular Halloween at the end of the month. Until then, ILC U THERE!

ILC Memories

Hey Island Lake families! Although summer 2017 at camp is over and you’re probably concentrating on the school year once again, we’re already thinking about summer 2018. We thank you for all of your valuable feedback from this past summer and we will apply some of your great suggestions for next year.

Now it’s time to reminisce this recent fantastic summer. We changed up Color War quite a bit to offer a greater variety of activities, and the response to this was very positive. We added lip sync battle and music videos as an evening activity. We also added cooking, fishing, science, theater, and much more to our daily sports. We brought back an old favorite, the bucket brigade, which included every single camper on each team. Of course, we kept many traditional events such as the rope burn, swim meet, tug o’ war, trivia game, battle of the bands (a few years old at ILC), the apache relay, and of course our final night sing. We were very happy to see more campers than ever involved during these 3 days of fun.

We kept your children very busy during each of our Lazy Days during the 2 sessions. Our first Lazy Day was spent at Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom, which is always a camp fav. We split up the camp during other Lazy Days and sent them to a variety of places such as Sky Zone, Ithaca, bowling, movies, and Montage Mountain Water Park. Perhaps we didn’t allow your kids to be so “lazy” during these special days?

Our annual teen trip to Cleveland, Ohio was a huge success. Our oldest campers actually got history lessons at the Football Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They even enjoyed hands-on experiences as well as an IMAX movie at the Great Lake Science Center. Let’s not forget the Cleveland Indians game when our whole group made it onto the jumbotron at the stadium! Lots of fun was had at Cedar Point Amusement Park, Dave & Busters, and Splash Lagoon indoor water park. Very soon we will start planning next summer’s teen trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls. Get those passports updated!

Evening activities varied for every group, boys and girls, day to day. We had our share of group evening activities as well as full camp evening activities. Group activities varied: pool parties, giant messy twister (amongst our girls’ favorite!), campfires, gaga, ugly fashion shows, photo scavenger hunts, Island Lake Game Night, and many, many more. Full camp evening activities that our campers loved the most were the big annual hoedown (see the blog from July 30th and photos from July 31st), dance socials, and ummmm, I think that’s it, right? Ooohhh yeah, I almost forgot,…Revival Night!

Other summer 2017 memories include prank wars. Many bunks (and Matt, Trip, & Dustin!) got involved in this, some praks were better than others, but they were all in good fun. Should I even bother mentioning the wild weather we experienced this past camp season? Although the temps were cool it didn’t stop our kids from staying active. We did have quite a bit of rain but only 1 day at the end of the summer was a total washout where kids had to do indoor activities all day. The rest of the days had pretty quick rain showers that came and went. Those of you with girls, they definitely got some good wear on their rain boots this past summer, huh? On a positive note, we saw a great deal of Island Lake 5-year jackets throughout the summer!

I’m sure you’ve heard even more camp memories from your children since the season ended. We hope your kids continue to talk about camp and see their ILC friends throughout the school year. Our annual camp reunion at Sportime USA will be here before we know it. It’s on Saturday, November 18th at 10am so be sure to mark it on your calendars. Details are in your monthly Island Laker newsletters. Until then, when we can see your children’s smiling (cleaner) faces once again, ILCUTHERE!

September Parent News

It was with great sadness that we bid farewell to our ILC family on August 12th. We truly enjoyed spending an AMAZING summer with all of our campers and staff. Was summer 2017 the best because of our incredibly awesome counselors? Was it because we had the greatest group leaders, department heads, and head counselor ever? Was it our fantastic teen trip to Cleveland, Ohio? Could it be because of the fun theme days and evening activities such as Counselor Switch Day, the Hoedown, and Revival Night? Or was it because we had the coolest, happiest, most amazing campers ever? We are sure it was a combination of all of these things that made this summer so special. One thing we can tell you with all sincerity is that this was one of our BEST ILC SUMMERS YET!!!

We’d like to thank you for your wonderful emails, phone calls, and letters regarding this past summer. These gracious gestures mean so incredibly much to us as camp directors. Now go get a pen and paper to save the date for our annual camp reunion, which will be held on Saturday, November 18th at SportimeUSA in Elmsford, NY. Details are in our September newsletter and we hope our campers and many of our staff can join us for this special day of fun!

Registration for Summer 2018 has exceeded last year’s enrollment at this point in time. We are thrilled to know that we had so many happy campers with us this past summer. We are super excited that our change in sessions this past summer worked out so well. We will once again be offering 2 sessions for 2018. Session 1 will be 4 weeks long and session 2 will be 3 weeks in length. Camp will begin on a Saturday, June 23rd, our changeover day will be on a Saturday, July 21st, and closing day will be on a Saturday, August 11th. Our Open House will be on Saturday, June 9th, our Rookie Day will be offered on Saturday July, 7th, and our annual Visiting Day will take place on Saturday, July 14th.

Remember, camp fills early! If you have not yet registered your children, please do so immediately! All you have to do is fill out your 2018 enrollment form and send it to us with a $1500 deposit by either check or credit card. A copy of your child’s registration form was already mailed to all returning families so you don’t even have to fill much out on the form. Our office has moved back down to Pleasantville, NY so please send all mail to that address from now on. Our early rates run through September 15th so take advantage of these prices and avoid getting closed out later on. Cancellations can be made through December 1st and we will refund all of your money less the $250 enrollment fee. Remember, there is a rate increase on September 15th.

Well, those three torturous words, “Back To School,” have already become a reality for many of our campers who are stuck behind a school desk, daydreaming about their Island Lake experience. We wish you all a wonderful and healthy school year. Our campers can now start their countdown until next summer when we can all be reunited in Starrucca, PA once again! As of September 1st, we have only 295 days until ILC U THERE!