Monthly Archives: March 2014

Attention Flying Campers

If your children are coming to camp via the airport, this is important.  We must coordinate all of our campers’ flights to ensure an easy travel day for everyone.  All South Florida campers should travel together on the same JetBlue flights to and from Fort Lauderdale & Newark.  South Florida Jet Blue flights are as follows:

TO CAMP:  Fort Lauderdale to Newark:  Jet Blue Flight #306:  Departs at 9:40am & arrives at 12:35pm

FROM CAMP:  Newark to Fort Lauderdale:  Jet Blue Flight #505:  Departs at 1:30pm & arrives at 4:28pm

All campers traveling from Paris to Newark should fly strictly on United Airlines UA56/UA905 to camp and UA904 from camp.

Campers traveling from St. Louis will fly on United Airlines #4099 to camp and #4628 from camp.

For all other flying campers, please contact Wendy prior to booking flights in order to confirm arrival and departure times.  She can be reached at 954-688-9527 or [email protected]  Please don’t wait much longer to book your children’s flight.  Prices escalate as the travel dates approach.

Once you’ve confirmed flights with Wendy and you book them, please email her a copy of your children’s flight information.  If your children are flying to/from Ft. Lauderdale, please forward her a copy of those tickets, as well.

When booking your flights, please make any necessary “unaccompanied minor” arrangements for both inbound and outbound flights.  If your child will be taking the group flight from Ft. Lauderdale on opening day (June 28th), then there is no need to arrange for an unaccompanied minor for that trip.  We will have a staff member meet you at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale and fly to Newark with the kids.  Please make sure that you do make unaccompanied minor arrangements for the return trip back to Florida.

For all other flights, please make any necessary unaccompanied minor arrangements to/from Newark.

If you have any additional travel questions, feel free to contact Wendy at 954-688-9527 or [email protected]

Social Media

Are you following us on social media?  Island Lake is everywhere now, so be sure to join us on all of our social networking pages.  We’ve recently joined Instagram and a great deal more will be added to our account in the next few months.  If you aren’t already following us everywhere, here’s a list of social media that ILC is a part of:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IslandLakeCamp

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/islandlakecamp

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/islandlakecamp/

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/islandlakecampofficial

Blog:  http://www.islandlake.com/camp-news-blog/

Camp Forms

All Summer 2014 Island Lake families should have received their annual camp folder by now. There is a great deal of information in this folder to help prepare your child for a successful camp experience. Please take some time to read through everything thoroughly and fill out and return the required forms. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of filling out the forms in a detailed, timely manner. These forms provide us with extensive feedback regarding your child so that our staff can have thorough, accurate knowledge about each camper in order to provide him or her with a safe and successful summer. Profile, Medical, and Transportation Forms must be submitted by May 1st. These forms are necessary for us to finalize plans for the summer. The Profile Form helps us guide your children when they choose their activities and put together their schedules. The Medical Form must be completed by both a parent and a physician, as required by Pennsylvania law. Please note that incomplete Medical Forms will be returned to you. The form must have your complete insurance information and a credit card number for any out of camp medical expenses. Every Medical Form needs to be signed by both a parent and a doctor.  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. If you have any questions or need any help filling out your forms, you can always give us a call in the winter office at 914-769-6060 and we’d be happy to help you! We encourage you to use our online system instead of paper forms. If you have not already done so, go to islandlake.com and click on “CampMinder Login”. You will be prompted to enter your email address and password. If this is your first time using the CampMinder system, just click on “First Time Users – Create Account.”

March Parent News

Happy March!  As we sit here in our winter office with tons of snow outside our windows, it feels as though summer 2013 is a distant, yet fond, memory.  However, our summer 2014 countdown has kicked into gear and lucky for us, summer, and for that matter camp, will approach before we know it.

All summer 2014 families will receive your annual Island Lake folder any day now. This folder contains TONS of information to prepare you and your children for this summer.  There are forms inclosed that we request you return to us promptly. The Profile Form helps us guide your children when they choose their activities and put together their schedules. The Medical Form must be completed by both a parent and a physician, as required by Pennsylvania law. 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. If you misplace any of your forms, they will be available for download here on our website. You can access them by clicking on ‘Forms & Mailings’ to you left-hand side of this page. There will also be information in the folder instructing you how to fill out the transportation and profile forms on-line.

A reminder to our summer ‘13 and ’14 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 2014 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.  Please 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 “ILC Families”, “Forms & Mailings” and then print the “2014 Enrollment Form”.

To all current Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2014 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!