Saturday, August 15th

Today is our last day of majors and minors for summer 2015. Hard to believe that camp is almost over! It truly feels like yesterday when our 1st session buses rolled in to drop off our campers. It will be sad to say goodbye to so many friends we made throughout this fantastic summer.

Today has been a very busy day here at Island Lake. It’s everyone’s favorite theme day, Counselor Switch Day. At breakfast, male counselors were moved to the girls bunks and female counselors to the boys bunks. The kids have a blast with this day as they dress up their counselors and terrorize them. You’ll see lots of pics below. Gotta love camp!

In waterfront news, today is the overnight river trip. Kids will spend all day canoeing and kayaking down the Delaware River. They’ll camp out and then return to camp tomorrow. The kids always rave about this trip.

Today is also International Sports Day. We offered international sporting events during all 3 of the minors. Such activities include cricket, world cup basketball, team handball, world cup soccer, Olympic archery, Olympic fencing, Olympic martial arts, Olympic wrestling, gaelic football, caber toss and field games, and 3 on 3 beach volleyball.

But wait, it doesn’t end there! Today is also our Magic Show. It’s being performed during the 3rd minor at the magic building for all who were interested in signing up to watch it.   Lastly, today we also offered American Ninja Warrior for kids to participate in running and obstacles around camp.

One more exciting event that is going on here at camp today- our Skatepark Competition! Campers of all levels, beginners to advanced, on skateboards and rollerblades, participate in this competition. Fun events for campers with all different activity interests here at Island Lake!

Camp of Thrones has come to an end. Our campers and staff had a fun time participating on the teams and in the challenges. The winning team, which will be announced at dinner tonight, is Theatria (theater)!

At the end of the 3rd minor I will read a poem over the PA about activities being over and end of summer drawing near.  Over 50-75 campers will then come to the office to sing our alma mater as I play it over the PA.  It’s all very bittersweet.

Today’s special feature- campers & counselors in the dining room at lunch during a Counselor Switch Day sing-a-long! Enjoy the photos of the LBC (lower boys campus) counselors singing a pop song and the whole camp joining in.

Tonight’s evening activity is our musical performance of Footloose. We’re looking forward to seeing our younger and older campers perform on stage for all of their friends.

We have only one more full day left for summer 2015 here at Island Lake. Our blogs will continue, even after camp ends, and will run all year long on a weekly basis. Be sure to continue reading them throughout the fall, winter, and spring months. If any of your children have written anything about their summer here at Island Lake that they’d like to share with their camp family, I’m happy to post it in the blog. Just email the info to me at

Enjoy your last full day of peace and quiet in your homes before your children invade it,…uh, I mean return to you on Monday. We have one more blog to go while our campers are still here for this Island Lake camp season. Until then, ILC U THERE!

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