Category Archives: Parent News

February Parent News

Happy February!  As we sit here in our winter office looking at the snow outside of our windows, it feels as though summer 2013 was all a distant dream.  However, our summer 2014 countdown has already kicked into gear and lucky for us, camp will sneak up on us before we know it.  Our camp reunion on November 23rd was a huge success.  Screams of excitement filled the air as campers and staff embraced one another.  We had a great turnout, including children who flew in from other parts of the country just to see their special camp friends.  The reunion never seems to last long enough, unfortunately.  Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers.  Check out our reunion photos posted right here on our website and on our Facebook page.  Go to the homepage here on our site and click the reunion photo link at the bottom of the page.  Enjoy the pictures!

For those families who registered for camp prior to December 1st, you will soon receive your children’s special edition ILC t-shirt.  We hope your kids will love their new addition to their wardrobe and enjoy wearing their shirt to school with pride (and perhaps a long sleeve under it to keep them warm!).

A reminder to our summer ‘13 and ’14 families, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  You can access them 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.

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your child for summer ‘14 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 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.  And last but not least to one and all,…ILC U THERE!

Medical Staff Needed

We are currently looking for doctors and a nurse to fill our health center positions in the 3rd session of camp this summer.  The session is two weeks long so we can accommodate up to 2 doctors, 1 per week.  We’re also looking for a nurse for the full 2 week session.  If you are a doctor, a registered nurse, or you have friends who are and are interested in working at the greatest place on earth (that would be Island Lake, but of course), please contact Trip at trip@islandlake.com. Thanks!

January Parent News

Hey ILC Parents!  Happy New Year!  As we sit here in our winter office with the chill outside, it feels as though summer 2013 is a distant, yet fond, memory.  Fortunately, our countdown for summer 2014 has already kicked into gear and our opening day of camp will emerge upon us before we know it.

Our camp reunion on November 23rd 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.  The reunion never seems to last long enough, unfortunately.  Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers.  Check out our reunion photos posted right here on our website, on our Facebook page, as well as on our ILC App.

An ILC App, you may be asking yourself?  Yup, that’s right, we now has our very own app for the iPhone & iPad.  You can get lost in it for hours browsing photos from last summer, photos from the reunion, reading our blogs, reading former newsletters, etc.  It will be particularly helpful to you come next summer while you’re child is at camp with us.  You’ll be able to take care of viewing daily photos, sending emails, etc. at the touch of your phone.  So definitely download our Island Lake App when you have a moment.  Well worth adding to your iPhone or iPad.

A reminder to our summer ‘13 and ’14 families, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  You can access them 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.

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your child for summer ‘14 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” (on the left-hand side of the page).  It only takes a few minutes to fill out the registration form, we promise!  For those of you who registered your campers prior to December 1st, keep an eye on your mailbox (the snail mail kind) for your child’s special edition ILC t-shirt that will arrive sometime in January.

To all current Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2014 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, to one and to all,…..Happy New Year and ILC U THERE!

December Parent News

Hey ILC Parents!  With winter just about here, it is our hope that your children still have camp on the brain and are continually sharing their wonderful Island Lake summer 2013 memories with you.  Our countdown for summer 2014 has already kicked into gear as the opening day of camp will emerge upon us before we know it.

Our camp reunion on November 23rd 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.  The reunion never seems to last long enough, unfortunately.  Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers.  Check out our reunion photos posted right here on our website, on our Facebook page, and on our Island Lake app.

Reminder to all families, returning and new, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  They are located right here online, 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.

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your child for summer 2013 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 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”.  For those of you who registered your campers prior to December 1st, keep an eye on your mailbox (the snail mail kind) for your children’s special edition ILC t-shirt that will arrive shortly after the New Year.

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!

November Parent News

Hey ILC Parents…We hope you and your children had a fun-filled, safe Halloween. We’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 info@islandlake.com or wendy@islandlake.com and we’ll post them shortly afterwards.

Are your kids still sharing their wonderful ILC memories with you? We sure hope so! Our summer 2014 countdown is in full swing, as camp 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, blogs, & Facebook videos for several months to come.

All of us in the ILC winter offices are very excited for our camp reunion on November 23rd at Sportime USA in Elmsford, NY. The reunion will be held from 10am until 1pm and details are provided in our monthly newsletters. We look forward to seeing many of our summer 2013 campers and staff there on that date, no RSVP necessary.

We are excited to announce that we now have a wonderful Island Lake App for your iPhones and iPads. Sorry but the app has been developed for Apple products only, not for Droids and BlackBerrys. We hope all of our campers, parents, and staff have already downloaded our app and have taken advantage of all of the amazing features it entails. You can check out this past summer’s photos, videos, read our monthly newsletters, and even log onto your CampMinder account, which will come in handy next summer while your children are with us at camp. The home screen of our app even has a countdown of the number of days until summer 2014 begins. Definitely take advantage of our new app if you haven’t already checked it out. We’re really proud of it!

By now, all of our camper families should have received their Island Lake Video Yearbook on dvd. We hope you and your children have taken the opportunity to watch this amazing video filled with many exciting summer activities and memories. For over an hour, you can forget about all that’s going on around you and truly feel a part of the ILC experience.

Believe it or not, registration is over 50% full already. If you have no yet registered your child(ren) for summer 2014, please don’t put it off any longer! We truly do not want to turn away our loyal campers. Let’s avoid that from happening. You can enroll your child(ren) with the registration forms we mailed home with your monthly newsletters or you can download the form here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings”.

We look forward to seeing many of our Island Lakers at our camp reunion on November 23rd. Until then, ILC U THERE!

October Parent News

Hey ILC Parents… With fall upon us, we hope your children are still sharing tons of wonderful ILC memories with you. Our summer 2014 countdown has already kicked into gear and 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 for several months to come.

We are excited to announce that we now have a wonderful Island Lake App for your iPhones and iPads. Sorry but the app has been developed for Apple products only, not for Droids and BlackBerrys. We hope all of our campers, parents, and staff have already downloaded our app and have taken advantage of all of the amazing features it entails. You can check out this past summer’s photos, videos, read our monthly newsletters, and even log onto your CampMinder account, which will come in handy next summer while your children are with us at camp. The home screen of our app even has a countdown of the number of days until summer 2014 begins. Definitely take advantage of our new app if you haven’t already checked it out. We’re really proud of it!

By now, all our 2013 camp families should have received their very own copy of our Island Lake Video Yearbook on dvd. We hope you and your children enjoy watching this amazing video filled with so many fond memories of this summer past. For over 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 23rd 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 2013 campers and staff there, no RSVP necessary.

We are happy to announce that camp is filling up very quickly for next summer. Be sure to take advantage of our pre-November 1st rates and register your children right away if you have not already done so. You can sign your child up with one of the registration forms we mailed home with your newsletters 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’d like to once again thank all of our Island Lake families for making summer 2013 so special. We look forward to our camp reunion on November 23rd. Until then, ILC U THERE!

September Parent News

Hey ILC Parents… 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 summer2013 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 because the food has never been better? Could it be because of the fun theme days and evening activities such as Counselor Switch Day 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 phone calls, letters, and emails regarding this past summer. These generous gestures mean a great deal to us. Now go get a pen and paper to save the date for our annual camp reunion, which will be held on Saturday, November 23rd in Elmsford, NY. Details are in our September newsletter and we hope our campers can all make it!

Registration for Summer 2014 has exceeded last years’ enrollment at this point in time. We’re thrilled to know that we had so many happy campers with us this year. Remember, camp fills early! If you have not yet registered, please do so immediately so you can take advantage of our Pre-November 1st rates and avoid being closed out later on. We don’t like turning campers away so please don’t hold off too long.

Cancellations can be made through January 1st and we will refund all of your money less the $100 enrollment fee. You will save more than $100 if you re-enroll now, so financially it makes sense to hold a spot and be guaranteed another summer of fun. Remember, there is a rate increase on November 1st.

Well, those three torturous words, “back to school,” have already become a reality for some of our campers and the remainder will be stuck behind a school desk shortly, daydreaming about their Island Lake experience. We wish you all a wonderful and healthy school year . Now your campers can start their countdown until next summer when I-L-C U in Starrucca, PA once again!

August 2013 Session 3

Hey ILC Parents…Summer is flying by so fast that we can’t believe it’s already 3rd session! Although sad to say goodbye to so many amazing campers at the end of our 2nd session, it’s always wonderful to greet fresh faces as they step off of the bus for our final 2 week session.

Session 2 Highlights
1. Out of camp trips to Cooperstown, Lackawanna Coal Mine, canoeing and kayaking down the Delaware River, and camping out overnight in the barn and in the woods.
2. Lazy Day trips to Skate Estate and to see the movie, Monsters University. At Skate Estate they can rollerblade, rollerskate, go down waterslides, play miniature golf, laser tag, or old school arcade games.
3. Visiting Day- We hope all of our session 2 parents and grandparents had a wonderful day here at camp with your children.
4. Color War! It was a race from start to finish, City (blue) vs. Country (grey). Once again, grey pulled through in the end with the win. Check out our summer photos and weekly videos to feel a part of the action.
5. Performance Week- It was another great week of shows here at Island Lake. With our circus show, dance show, rock concert, magic show, and musicals, our campers all shined under the spotlight. You can order these performances on DVD after the summer.

We are now looking forward to a fantastic 3rd session with lots of new campers and our annual teen trip coming up. This summer we are going to Cleveland, Ohio and some of the trip highlights include the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Football Hall of Fame, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and dinner cruise. Our older campers and CIT’s are getting so excited for this 4 day, 3 night trip on August 5th.

Well, that’s about it for now. Enjoy our daily photos and weekly videos on CampMinder, as well as our daily tweets and daily videos on our Facebook page. You are sure to feel as if you are a part of the fun we’re having here at Island Lake! ILC U THERE!!!

July 2013 Mid-Session 1

Hey ILC Parents… Summer 2013 is now in full swing and the kids are having a blast! We’re always excited to see so many “happy campers” step off of the bus, both new and returning to ILC. Watching friends run to embrace one another and greet the new campers is always amazing. You can witness it all by viewing our daily summer photos and weekly videos via CampMinder, as well as our video blogs on our Facebook page.

Many of your children have already accomplished more than you could ever anticipate: passing their deep water test, improving a tennis swing, getting a part in the shows, successfully walking the tight wire in circus, mounting a horse, making friendship bracelets for everyone in the bunk, strumming a guitar for the very first time,…the list can go on and on.

As a reminder, session 1 ends on Thursday, July 11th. All campers leaving after session 1 will return to their designated bus stops at approximately 12 o’clock noon (give or take ½ hour). We will then board the buses with our session 2 campers and depart from each location at 1pm sharp. If your child will be coming up to camp on July 12th, please be sure to arrive at the bus stop by 12:30 to ensure an on time departure.

We have some amazing activities and events in the works, including our traditional 4th of July spectacular firework show and tribals. Enjoy our daily summer photos, weekly videos, and Facebook videos. Guaranteed, you will feel as if you are a part of the ILC experience!

June Parent News

Hey ILC Parents…This is it!  Summer is just about here and we are happy to report that we are back at camp once again!  It feels wonderful to return to our home away from home.  We are sooooo EXCITED for your children’s arrival on June 22nd.  We have amazing plans for this summer including new evening activities, Tribals in our 1st session, an awesome Color War theme, a teen trip to Cleveland, Ohio in session 3, and much more.  Let us just say, we have some awesome plans to make summer 2013 the GREATEST, and we cannot wait to share it all with your children!

Summer 2013 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.

If you are checking out our website for the first time, enjoy your navigation while checking out all of our fun-filled activities and smiling faces.  Our camp offers a program that furthers your children’s growth, independence, and sense of decision-making while simultaneously giving them the responsibility to create their own exciting summer.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions after browsing our website:  570-798-2550

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 8th, at 11am sharp.   We cannot wait to see the rest of our Island Lakers shortly afterwards!  ILC U HERE!!!