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 2018 was all a distant dream.  However, our summer 2019 countdown has already kicked into gear and lucky for us, camp will sneak up on us before we know it. 148 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 summer. We’re excited for our annual 4 day/3 night TEEN TRIP in our 2ndsession to BOSTON & MARTHA’S VINEYARD! This amazing trip will be offered to all campers entering 9thgrade 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 a trip 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. Highlights of this trip include Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market, Basketball Hall of Fame, Duck Tour, Blue Man Group, Shear Madness, Fenway Park tour, and more.  So,…much,…FUN!!!

A reminder to our summer ‘18 and ’19 families; don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  You can access them here on our website (“Island Lake Families” and then “ILC News).  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 2019 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 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 2019 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!

Snowstorm at Camp

Winter has definitely set in at Island Lake.  Camp just had a huge snowstorm with a blanket of about 20 inches on the ground.  Temps have reached a high of negative digits; wind chills making it feel as cold as -35 degrees.  Wow!  Makes us all dream about the warm summer days at ILC that much more.  Enjoy the photos below of our snowy white camp. ILCUTHERE!

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 2018 ILC experiences.  As we sit here in our winter offices with the chill outside, it feels as though summer 2018 is a distant, yet fond, memory.  Our countdown for summer 2019 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 to get here already!  179 days until camp begins (as of January 1st)!

Our camp reunion on November 17th 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 as well as here on our blog.

We’re busy planning for our annual 2ndsession TEEN TRIP, which this summer will be to Boston and Martha’s Vineyard. This trip will be offered to all campers entering 9thgrade 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 ‘18 and ’19 families; don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters!  You can access them right here on our website.  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:  ILC Newsletters

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your children for summer 2019 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 2019 with your children.  To all previous or prospective families, feel free to contact us if you have any questions after browsing our website: 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 2018 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 210 days until summer 2019 at Island Lake will be here!

Our camp reunion on November 17that 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 my previous blog.

By now all of our summer 2018 camp families should have received an email with a link to our amazing ILC video yearbook located online.  If you need another copy of the link, feel free to contact us at info@islandlake.comand 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 almost 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.  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:  Island Lake Newsletters

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your children for summer 2019 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 2019!

Camp Reunion Pics

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

After the reunion, many children 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!

Summer 2018 Camp Reunion

We are so EXCITED to see many of our summer 2018 campers at our reunion this upcoming Saturday, November 17th at Sportime USA.  Please see the flyer below for details.  If you need directions, you can find them in any of our post-summer newsletters:  ILC Newsletters  ILCUTHERE!!!

 

November Parent News

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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!

All of us in the ILC winter offices are very excited for our CAMP REUNION on November 17th 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 2018 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 under 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 2019 countdown is in full swing, as camp will sneak up on us before we know it. As of November, 1st, only 240 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, as well as 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 2019 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 17th. Until then, ILC U THERE!

October Parent 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 2019 countdown has already kicked into gear- 271 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 2018 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 45 minutes 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 17th 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 2018 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!

September Parent News

It was with great sadness that we bid farewell to our ILC family on August 11th. We truly enjoyed spending an AMAZING summer with all of our campers and staff. Was summer 2018 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 Toronto and Niagara Falls? 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 17th 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 2019 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. Due to the school calendar dates in the northeast, camp will begin on Saturday, June 29th, our changeover day will be on a Saturday, July 27th, and closing day will be on a Saturday, August 17th. Our Open House will be on Saturday, June 15th, our Rookie Day will be offered on Saturday July, 13th, and our annual Visiting Day will take place on Saturday, July 20th.

Remember; take advantage of our early rates! If you have not yet registered your child, please do so immediately! All you have to do is fill out your 2019 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 do much work. Our office has moved, so please send all mail to the following address from now on:

Island Lake Camp                                                                                                                                     PO Box 228                                                                                                                                             Chappaqua, NY 10514

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 301 days until ILC U THERE!

We’ve Moved!

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Hi Island Lake Families! As the summer winds down we have been reflecting on Island Lake 2018 and we are starting to focus on 2019.  We hope your children had a wonderful experience with us as I know we all did.

Our winter office is no longer in Pleasantville.  Instead, we are all working from home this off season.  The new address for all mail is:
Island Lake Camp
PO Box 228
Chappaqua, NY 10514

Our old phone number, 914-769-6060, is still active and will reach Craig.  In order to reach me, please call my cell at 917-602-3600.  To reach Wendy, her cell is 917-602-3800.  For Dustin please call 405-620-6260 and Trip is available at 917-318-0573.

Our early rates are available through September 15th.  If you have yet to register for 2019 please do so before then so you can get the savings.  You can also pay in full before then with a check to receive additional savings.  If you are not sure of which sessions, you can sign up for what you think your children want and make changes later with no penalties.

We all look forward to seeing as many of our campers as possible at our annual reunion on November 17th.  ILCUTHERE!