In our 35 years of owning and running Island Lake we never thought we would have to send this letter. Due to restrictions placed on our operations, Island Lake will be unable to open this summer. We are heartbroken by this.
The guidelines that have come out from the American Camp Association and their consultants say that social distancing is a recommended guideline for 2020. Island Lake cannot be Island Lake with these restrictions so we have made this difficult decision.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is in a phased reopening; Red, Yellow, & Green. Wayne County is currently in red which means stay at home. When it goes to yellow there are restrictions in place that will not allow us to open. The Green Phase has yet to be defined; the rules currently say follow current CDC guidelines. We are sure those will include distancing and mask requirements through the end of the summer. In fact, the criteria that will be used to move a region from the Yellow Phase to the Green Phase are still not determined. A region could be moved back to yellow or red if there is a resurgence of the virus meaning that even if we don’t have an outbreak at camp the Commonwealth could shut us down.
To give you an idea of how important camp is to us, for Matt this will be his first summer not at camp since 1985 and second since 1972. Wendy has also only missed one summer since 1972 and she was very young at the time. The worst decision that we could make would be to open and then have to close because of an outbreak at our facility or in our region.
COVID-19 has changed all of our lives in some way. As adults, we have all had different emotions and difficulties dealing with this pandemic. It is impossible for us to understand the emotions our children are going through as a result of this decision. We were so hopeful to be able to have our campers come to camp and erase some of their fears, anxieties and day to day worries with good old fashioned fun. We are heartbroken that summer will not be a reprieve for them, and for you.
As stated in an earlier email, all registrations for 2020 will be honored for 2021. Campers who would have been entering their last year as campers will still be allowed to be together, as campers, for 2021. If anyone would like to be a CIT, they may choose that option. Please hold off on letting us know your decision until we ask for it. We are still absorbing this in our minds.
It seems surreal to be writing this to you and I’m sure it seems the same to be receiving it. I press the send button with great sadness. We wish you and your families health and happiness in the coming months. And of course, ILCUTHERE 2021!
Wendy, Ricki and Matt, Bev
P.S. Please watch the video below with your campers. It is with heavy hearts that we put this together, along with making the decision, to not open Island Lake this summer. We wish you all good health and happiness this summer.
Hey teenagers, are you ready for another exciting 3rd session trip? That’s right, this summer our adventure takes us to Boston!
There are only 3 requirements for you to join us on this 4 day/3 night trip: 1. You must be entering 9th grade or up (CIT’s included). 2. You must be registered for 3rd session. 3. You must be prepared to have tons of fun!
We recently sent out a mailing to all families with campers entering 9th grade and up. That mailing included a trip enrollment form along with other important details.
If you are not currently registered for the 3rd session but would like to go on the trip, please have your parents contact us to add the session. Keep in mind that there’s limited space on this teen trip and many families sign their children up as soon as they receive the mailing.
Looking forward to a fantastic trip to Boston and Martha’s Vineyard!
Now that 2015 is here, many of you are starting to think about camp and your children’s travel plans. In order to facilitate a smooth travel day, we’d like all flying campers to arrive and depart from NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT within the same time frame, as close to 12 o’clock noon as possible. By keeping flights within these parameters we are able to ensure that our campers are at the airport for a minimal amount of time. Please contact Wendy prior to booking your children’s tickets to confirm flight times: firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-688-9527. Upon booking your children’s flights, please e-mail Wendy a copy of their tickets.
All South Florida campers should fly from Fort Lauderdale to Newark together on the same JetBlue flights. We have not yet decided whether we will have an adult escort the children on Opening Day (June 27th), but we will let you know once a decision is finalized. If your children are flying to camp on a changeover day (July 16th or August 4th), there will be no escort to fly with them so please book your children as unaccompanied minor if under the age of 15. On dates of travel with no escort, our staff will meet your children at the arrival gate at Newark Airport. We will have staff names for you closer to the date of travel. Same details apply for return flights from Newark to Fort Lauderdale.
More airport details will follow in the spring. For now, we’d like you to book your children’s flights before the rates increase and the seats fill. The Florida flights are as follows:
TO CAMP: Ft. Lauderdale to Newark Jet Blue Flight #306 Depart 9:35am & arrive 12:30pm FROM CAMP: Newark to Ft. Lauderdale Jet Blue Flight #505 Depart 1:30pm & arrive 4:22pm
UNACCOMPANIED MINOR: When booking flights, please make any necessary “unaccompanied minor” arrangements for children under the age limit specific to each airline. Children who fly as unaccompanied minors are permitted to be escorted by an Island Lake staff member from their gate upon arrival and to their departure gate for their return trip. We will provide a staff member’s name for you in June. If your children are older and there are no unaccompanied minors on your children’s flight, our staff will meet those campers at the security checkpoint upon their arrival.
Please send Wendy a copy of your child’s itinerary once you have booked the flights and unaccompanied minor reservations. You can reach Wendy at email@example.com or 954-688-9527. In June, we will send additional information along with Island Lake t-shirts for your children to wear on the plane to camp. We look forward to making the travel days as smooth as possible. Thank you!
We’re excited to tell all of our camp parents that this summer we will be working with Bunkline Outfitter for all of your camper clothing needs. Remember, Island Lake is not a uniform camp so anything you’d like to purchase is completely optional. Bunkline will start their road show at the end of February in New York with details below. We will also remind you of their road show in your February Island Laker newsletter. We will include a pamphlet about Bunkline in your winter folder and then you will be able to go directly to their website at www.bunkline.com. We will let you know once you can order directly from their website. The following are their road show details:
BUNKLINE OUTFITTERS 800-435-6888
Come to the show to receive FREE SHIPPING on orders placed at the show only. SATURDAY, FEB 28, 2015 WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK
HYATT HOUSE hyatthousewhiteplains.com
101 Corporate Park Drive 914-251-9700
White Plains, NY 10604
9 AM – 4 PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015 LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON homewoodsuites3.hilton.com
CARLE PLACE-GARDEN CITY 516-747-0230
40 Westbury Avenue
Carle Place, NY 11514
9 AM – 4 PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015 PARSIPPANY/WHIPPANY, NEW JERSEY
HYATT HOUSE HYATThouseWhippany.com
1 Ridgedale Avenue North 973-775.3064
Whippany, New Jersey 07981
9 AM – 4 PM
Come and try on your camp clothing – see how it fits
– feel the material. Make getting ready for camp FUN!
We request you to make an appointment. If you don’t have an appointment you will
have to wait until we can help you. Appointments come first. Don’t wait to make
your appointment as the times fill up quickly.
• It may be easier to try on clothes if your camper wears a tank top and shorts or
leggings under their clothes
• Do not bring sick children or parents.
• In case of bad weather or unforeseen problems please call the hotel. We will notify
anyone who has an appointment as we will have your phone number. If you do not
have an appointment please call the hotel to confirm the show.
We hope you all had a wonderful New Years celebration. New Years is a great time to look back at your entire year to reflect. We hope many of our Island Lakers took time to reflect on their summer experience at camp, with much anticipation of what’s to come this upcoming summer.
With that said, here’s our own reflection of last summer with a variety of photos that we blogged throughout camp. Enjoy and again, happy New Year!