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March Parent News

Happy March! Our summer 2017 countdown has kicked into gear and lucky for us, summer, and for that matter camp, will approach before we know it. 115 more days as of March 1st! Wow, we’re almost at the double-digit mark!

Any day now all summer 2017 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. You can 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 ‘16 and ’17 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 2017 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 “2017 Enrollment Form”.

To all current Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2017 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!

Flying Camper Info

Hi Island Lake Families! It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year already. “What time of year” you may be asking? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s time for our flying campers’ parents to start booking their flights to and from Island Lake this summer! The following is all of the info you need whether your child is flying domestically, from South Florida, or internationally.

In order to facilitate a smooth travel day for our campers, we’d like everyone to arrive at and depart from NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT within the same time frame. We ask that all children arrive and depart from Newark as close to 12 o’clock noon as possible. By keeping flights within these parameters we are able to ensure that our campers are at the airport for a minimal amount of time. Please contact Wendy prior to booking your children’s tickets to confirm flight times: 954-688-9527 or wendy@islandlake.com. Upon booking your children’s flights, e-mail Wendy a copy of your children’s tickets.

SOUTH FLORIDA FAMILIESFor South Florida families, we ask that you book your children on the same JetBlue flights so our Florida children can travel together. Once you book these flights, please forward a copy of the tickets to Wendy.

TO CAMP: JetBlue #306 Ft. Lauderdale to Newark 9:10am-12:05pm

FROM CAMP: JetBlue #305 Newark to Ft. Lauderdale 3:45pm- 6:47pm

INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES- We understand that children flying from international locations have limited flights to choose from. However, it is extremely important that you choose a flight that arrives at Newark airport as close to 12 o’clock noon as possible. We understand that it is a long day for your children, especially with the time change, so it is to their benefit to arrive at Newark early in the day so they can travel to camp with our other flying campers.

Regarding international return flights, we understand that the only departure times are usually in the evening hours. Please try to book your children to return as early in the evening as possible. We will provide staff and a camp vehicle to take those children with later flights to the airport separately from campers flying domestic earlier in the day.

FOR ALL FLYING CAMPERS- When booking flights, you will need to schedule “unaccompanied minor” arrangements for children under the age specific to each airline. An Island Lake staff member will escort children who fly as unaccompanied minors from their gate upon arrival and to their departure gate for their return trip. We will provide a staff member’s name and identification information for you to share with the airlines in June.   If your children are older and there are no unaccompanied minors on your children’s flight, our staff will meet those campers at the security checkpoint upon their arrival.

CAMP DATES

SESSION 1: Saturday, June 24- Saturday, July 22

SESSION 2: Saturday, July 22- Saturday, August 12

As a reminder, please contact Wendy to discuss your children’s arrival and departure flight times prior issuing your children’s tickets: wendy@islandlake.com. After booking your children’s flights, e-mail Wendy a copy of the ticket. Additional traveling day information will be sent to you in June, prior to the start of camp. If you have any questions with regards to your children’s travel to/from camp, please contact Wendy and she will be happy to help you further. We look forward to making your children’s travel days as smooth as possible.

Island Lake’s Clothing Outfitter

At Island Lake, we have a no uniform policy.  We will give every camper an Island Lake t-shirt when they arrive at camp so they can wear it as they wish, as well as on out of camp trips and inter-camp sports games.  Many campers like to purchase and wear additional Island Lake clothing such as sweatshirts, shorts, and athletic clothing.  We work with Bunkline clothing outfitter to provide you with all of your ILC gear.  They also provide other necessities for camp such as bedding, bathroom needs, duffel bags, and many other accessories.  We recommend that you check out their website to see all that they offer:

Bunkline Clothing Outfitter

Below is a schedule for Bunkline’s road show this year.  If you’d like to take your children to visit them, try items on, and see all that they offer, check out their schedule to see when they’ll be in your area.  Happy shopping!

Lessons from Camp Article

Hi Island Lake families!  The following is a link to a wonderful article that reminds you of all that your children can learn during their stay at sleep away camp.  While Island Lake emphasizes having fun and forming wonderful bonds with peers, there’s a great deal that children can also learn while experiencing summer camp.  Enjoy the article!  Lessons From Camp

Happy Holidays!

Hey Island Lake Families! With winter break approaching, we’d like to take this time wish you and your families a fabulous holiday season. Lots of our campers get together at this time of year so we’d love to hear from those of you who do. Please send us photos and details about their get togethers to info@islandlake.com and we’ll post them here on our blog, as well as in our next monthly newsletter.

All of us in the Island Lake winter offices wish our special Island Lake families a happy and healthy holiday season. Summer will be here before we know it so until then, ILCUTHERE!

 

Bunkline Sale

Happy Holidays to all of our Island Lake families!  Bunkline, our clothing outfitting company, is offering a 10% sale for a limited time. Use the promo code, CELEBRATE16, to receive your discount upon check out.

Camp clothing and gear make for great holiday gifts for your children.  Island Lake is a non-uniform camp so anything you choose to purchase is optional. You can do so by going directly to Bunkline’s website at http://www.bunkline.com/category-s/125.htm.  Just remember that all orders go directly through Bunkline, not through Island Lake. Enjoy!

Successful Island Lake Reunion!

Our annual camp reunion this past Saturday was a huge success! Our campers were soooo EXCITED to see all of their camp friends. Lots of screaming, hugging, smiles, and hey, even clean children filled Sportime USA in Westchester for 3 hours of fun. Campers flew in from as far as Florida and California just to spend some memorable time with their fellow Island Lakers. Several counselors took time off from college to come see “their kids.“

After the reunion, many campers 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!

ILC REUNION!

This Saturday, November 19th is our annual CAMP REUNION at Sportime USA in Elmsford, NY!!! Details regarding our greatly anticipated reunion are located in our November newsletter (as well as in our previous monthly newsletters), which can be found directly here on our website at: https://www.islandlake.com/pdf/newsletters/November2016.pdf

All 2016 campers and staff are welcome to join us from 10am until 1pm to spend this amazingly fun time with all of their camp besties. We’ll serve a light breakfast with beverages, but it’s advisable to give your children some extra spending money for the hosting revenue’s snack bar. We will also give our campers game cards to play video games and enjoy their indoor rides, go-carts, climbing wall, laser tag, etc. Extra spending money can come in handy if your children plans to play a great deal of games with their friends.

Parents are welcome to stay and hang out in the snack bar area while your children run off to have fun with their camp friends.   However, most parents do not stay, as they choose to just drop off their children, hit up the mall, and then return 3 hours later. However, if you’d like to stay then you’re more than welcome to.

We CANNOT WAIT to see all of your children’s smiling faces on Saturday morning! We will take tons of pictures of this memorable event to post directly on our website next week. We will also feature several photos all over our social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our blog), as well as feature them in our December Island Laker newsletter.

Saturday, November 19th, ILC U THERE!!!!!

ILC Represents in National Camper Tshirt Day

Yesterday was National Camp T-shirt Day and we’re proud of our many Island Lakers who participated. Regardless of the chilly temps up north, it was nice to see our loyal campers weather the cold and represent their favorite home away from home, Island Lake.Below are some photos of our campers showing their pride for ILC.  (Apologies to those whose faces got cropped out.)