WE’RE BAAACCCKKK!!!

We’re BAAAACCCKKKK!!!!!  It was with heartfelt excitement that I drove down Island Lake Road and entered my home away from home last week.  Over the past several days we’ve had great weather (for the most part) with the green grass and blue skies radiating the ILC landscape.  34 summers here at my home away from home and it never gets old. The thrill and elation associated with pulling into camp feels the same as it did when I was a kid.

Our pre-camp staff are already working hard to make sure camp looks beautiful for this upcoming summer.  We are so incredibly pumped for a fantastic summer 2019!  The only thing missing,…our campers!!!

Now that we are here in Starrucca, the office is currently open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am-5:00pm with a lunch break from 12:00-12:45pm.  Once camp begins the office will be open daily from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week.

Our packing list, equipment list, handbooks, policies, and in general, all important summer information can be found right here on our website under “Families” and then “Forms & Mailings.”  Be sure to print them all out and read them to make sure you are well prepared for summer.

As always, if you have any questions about packing or anything else related to camp, feel free to call us here at camp at 570-798-2550.  As of today, only 18 more days until camp begins! ILC U HERE!!!

June Parent News

Hey ILC parents!  This is it! Summer is just about here and we are happy to report that we are moving back up to camp once again!  Words cannot even begin to explain how wonderful it feels to return to our home away from home.  We are sooooo EXCITED for your children’s arrival on Saturday, June 29th.  We have amazing plans for this summer including exciting evening activities, an awesome Color War theme, a day trip to Dorney Park, a teen trip to Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, fun-filled theme days, and much more.  Let us just say, we have some awesome plans to make summer 2019 the GREATEST, and we cannot wait to share it all with your children!

Summer 2019 parents, have you filled out your forms yet?  Please make sure we have received your children’s Profile and Medical Forms. You can fill out the Profile Form directly online by logging into your CampMinder account.  The Medical Form is not an online form so you and your pediatrician must fill out the hard copy that we mailed to you a few months back.  If you misplaced it just click “Forms & Mailings” in the “Families” section of our website to download a new one.  We must have one for each child prior his/her arrival at camp.

Don’tforget that by registering with CampMinder you can send emails to your camper(s).  We will be posting daily blogs right here on our website once your children arrive at camp. Additionally, we will continue to tweet daily, post short video clips & photos on our Facebook page, and post photos on our Instagram page as often as possible.  With so much info for our parents, you will also feel as if you are experiencing a fun-filled summer first hand at Island Lake!

This summer we will post all of our camp photos directly through Waldo Photos (not CampMinder as we have done in previous summers).  Waldo Photos offers a very unique opportunity to see what is happening at camp with your child via facial recognition software.  If you enjoy scrolling through the galleries and looking at all of the photos, you will still be able to do so.  You can have photos of your camper(s) sent straight to your phone.  No more “Refresh, refresh, refresh!”  This optional service, offered by Waldo Photos, uses facial recognition to find the photos of your camper and then sends them to your phone via the Waldo App with notifications when new photos are found.  Multiple users are allowed for each subscription.  For more information to enroll and create an account, please see the email we sent to all of our current camp families dated May 8th.  If you did not receive this email and would like additional info, just give us a call at camp at 570-798-2550.  We’re so excited to offer this new opportunity to our camp families.

Now that we are back at camp, be sure to mail any outstanding payments and forms directly to our summer address in Starrucca, PA.  Do not use the New York return envelopes any longer as that mail takes quite some time to be forwarded to us at camp.

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 15th, at 11am.   We cannot wait to see the rest of our Island Lakers shortly afterwards!  ILC U HERE!!!

May Parents News

Hey Island Lake Families!  Wow, how did May sneak up on us so quickly?  With spring in the air, excitement is building and summer 2019 is right around the corner!  Yay! We will be moving up to camp on June 3rd so as of May 28th all correspondence should go directly to our summer address.

If your child is enrolled for summer 2019 at Island Lake, please be sure to fill out his/her Profile and Transportation Forms right here on our website.  All forms were due on May 1st.  If you haven’t yet taken care of these forms (whoopsie!), please do so right now. Just click the “CampMinder Login” on our homepage and enter your email address and password.  If you have not yet created a CampMinder account, click “First Time Users- Create Account” and follow the directions.

It is imperativethat we have a Medical Formon file for every child attending Island Lake this summer.  The Medical Form cannot be filled out online so please be sure to fill out the form mailed to your home and return it to us as soon as possible.  If misplaced, click the following link for a copy:  Medical Form 2019

The form is located on our website under “Island Lake Families” then “Forms & Mailings.”  As a reminder, you can mail it to our NY winter office until late May.  After May 28ndplease mail your Medical Form to our summer address at camp.

Attention all new Island Lake families!  By early May you should receive your “Spring Mailing” in the postal mail.  Enclosed in this mailing are your Parent Handbook, Camper Handbook, Activities Handbook, Medication Policy letter, as well as an Open House flyer.  For all returning ILC families, these handbooks and flyers are available for you on our website under “Island Lake Families” and “Forms & Mailings.” Whether you are returning or are new to the Island Lake family, please make sure you and your children take a few minutes to sit down and read this spring mailing thoroughly, as we always add new information.

Are you a returning parent who has not yet signed up your child for this upcoming summer at ILC?  If 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 any of our devoted campers! If you don’t have a registration form handy, click “Island Lake Families” at the top of the page, then click “Forms & Mailings” and print the “2019 Enrollment Form.”  You can mail or fax it directly to our NY office until the end of May, upon which you can then send it to our summer address at camp. For faster enrollment, you can simply scan/email the registration form to us at info@islandlake.com.

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 (as of June 3rdcontact us at 570-798-2550).  And last but not least, to one and all…. ILC U THERE! (very very soon!)

April Parent News

Hey ILC families!  Wow, how did April sneak up on us so quickly?  With spring in the air, excitement is building and summer 2019 is right around the corner.  As of April 1st,  we have only 89 daysuntil camp begins!  Woohoo!!! We will be moving our offices up to camp the first weekend in June, so mark your calendars as all correspondence should go directly to our summer address in Starrucca, PA at that time.

If your child is already enrolled for summer 2019, please be sure to fill out your Profile and Transportation Forms here on our website.  Just click the “CampMinder Login” link on our homepage and you will be promptedto enter your email address and password.  First time users can click “First Time Users – Create Account” below the login link.  If your child is a returning camper, we suggest you use the same password that you used last summer to access our daily photos and send emails.  You will then haveaccess to the Profile and Transportation Forms.  The Medical Form is not in CampMinder so please be sure to fill out and complete the form that was previously mailed to your home.  You can also download our Medical Form here by clicking “Island Lake Families” at the top of our website and then “Forms & Mailings” on the left side of the page.  We have many important forms there for you to print out and use as a guide for packing and what not.

As a reminder to all of our summer 2019 families, please be sure to read our monthly newsletters.  The newsletters provide lots of information important to your child’s upcoming summer. Our newsletter link is located right here on our website (“Island Lake Families” and then “ILC News”).  We also send an email reminder to all of our camp parents on the 1stof every month. Please share our newsletter link with your children because we hear they absolutely LOVE to read it and look for themselves and their friends in all of our photos.

In early May we will be posting a great deal of additional info on our website.  This will include a camper handbook, parent handbook, activities handbook, medication policy, information about emailing your child, viewing photos and videos on the web, and lots of other important camp information.  Be sure to read through all of these handbooks/letters/policies, as there will be tons of important info to prepare your child for a fantastic summer experience.

Have you registered your child for this upcoming summer? If not and you still 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. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the registration form and send it in to our Chappaqua, NY office. If you don’t have an enrollment form handy, click “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings” to the left of the page and print the “2019 Enrollment Form”.

Well, that’s about it for now.  Enjoy your navigation through our site checking out all of our fun-filled activities and smiling faces.  Island Lake Camp offers a program that furthers your child’s growth, independence, and sense of decision-making while simultaneously giving them the responsibility to create their own exciting summer.

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: 800-869-6083 or 914-769-6060.  And last but not least, to all,…ILC U THERE!

March Parent News

Happy March to our Island Lake families!  Our summer 2019 countdown has kicked into gear and lucky for us, summer, and for that matter camp, will approach before we know it.  120 more days as of March 1st!  Wow, we’re almost at the double-digit mark!

Any day now, all summer 2019 families should receive a letter regarding forms along with a Medical Form.  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.  Shortly you will be able to 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 ILC families, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  You can access them here on our website or at the start of every month. The newsletters provide important information for parents, as well as campers, including enrollment and availability updates. ILC Newsletters

Speaking of enrollment, if you haven’t yet registered your child for summer 2019 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 “2019 Enrollment Form”.

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:  800-869-6083 or 914-769-6060.  And last but not least, to one and all…. ILC U THERE!

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!