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

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 2016 ILC experiences. As we sit here in our winter office with the chill outside, it feels as though summer 2016 is a distant, yet fond, memory. Our countdown for summer 2017 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 2017 to get here already! 174 days until camp begins (as of January 1st)!

Our camp reunion on November 19th 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 our website, on our Facebook page, as well as on our ILC App.

We’re busing planning for our annual 2nd session TEEN TRIP, which this summer will be to Cleveland, Ohio. 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 again, 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 ‘16 and ’17 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 2017 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 registration 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 Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2017 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 (at camp this summer)!

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!

December Parent News

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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 2016 memories with you. Our countdown for next summer has already kicked into gear, as the opening day of camp will emerge upon us before we know it. As of December 1st, only 206 days until summer 2017 at Island Lake will be here!

Our camp reunion on November 19th 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 (California & Florida) 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.  I also posted a great deal of fun reunion photos here on my previous blog.

By now all of our summer 2016 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 2017 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!

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.)

National Camp T-shirt Day

Tomorrow is the day we’ve all been waiting for… National Camp T-Shirt Day! To participate, all you have to do is:

1) wear your ILC camp shirt TOMORROW, 2) take pictures wearing it and post to social media, and 3) tag ILC in your posts and use the hashtag #CampTShirtDay!

Parent, please remind your campers to enjoy participating in this event.  Staff, we’d love for you to participate, as well.  We look forward to seeing everyone in their Island Lake T-shirts on social media (Instagram and Facebook) tomorrow!  ILC U THERE!

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