Monthly Archives: October 2015

Early Bird Rates Deadline

Hi Island Lakers! With fall now in full swing and summer 2016 many months away, we know you may not currently have camp on the brain. However, we’d like to remind you that our early bird rates will only be in effect until November 1st. If you have not yet registered your children for next summer then now is the time to do so. To take advantage of our early rates all you need to do is finish filling out the enrollment form we mailed to you with your monthly newsletters. If you no longer have that form handy just go to “Families” at the top of this website, click “Forms & Mailings”, and print out the “2016 Enrollment Form”. Be sure to sign the back page and then mail it along with a deposit to our Pleasantville, New York address.  If you have any questions about sessions or enrollment just give us a call at 914-769-6060.

Our summer 2015 video yearbooks are nearly done so your children can anticipate receiving them in your mailbox (the snail mail kind) shortly. We promise it is worth the wait!

Wishing everyone a fun, safe, and spooktacular Halloween! ILC U THERE!

West Coast Teen Tour

This past summer we added a new feature to Island Lake and it was a huge success. We offered our very first annual West Coast Teen Tour for 3 full weeks. To say that our kids had such a blast is an understatement. They had so much fun that they’re still talking about it and posting photos from their trip on their social media accounts.

Next summer this trip will be available to all first year CIT’s, kids entering 11th grade. Regardless of whether your children returned to camp this past summer, if they will be entering 11th grade in the fall of 2016 then the trip is an option for them.

In order to go on this once in a lifetime west coast trip your children must commit to sessions 1&2 at ILC. The kids will spend a few days at camp before heading to Newark airport to fly out west. They will tour in a coach bus for 3 full weeks and then fly back to Newark and return to camp for the remainder of the 2nd session (another week and a half). We recommend that our CIT’s stay for the full summer and not leave after 6 weeks so that they can also gain experience living in a bunk with younger campers and start training to become a counselor in a couple of years.

Your children will have some of the greatest experiences of their lives by taking advantage of all this program has to offer. They will witness amazing sights, hike breathtaking national parks, tour popular universities, while also giving back with community service. This fantastic teen tour starts with a flight out to San Francisco, California. They will then travel on a coach bus down the west coast to Pismo Beach, Los Angeles and then San Diego. From there they will head out to Las Vegas, Nevada, followed by St. George, Utah, and finally Flagstaff, Sedona, and Tempe, Arizona.

Highlights of this trip include the following: Golden Gate Bridge, Hearst Castle, Hollywood tour, California Science Center, San Diego Zoo, Las Vegas strip, Hoover Dam, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Pink Jeep Tours, and much much more. Our kids will tour the following colleges: Stanford University, Cal-Poly Tech, UCLA, University of Southern California (USC), and Arizona State University. Our CIT’s will have the opportunity to earn community service credits for their high school by visiting a food bank, cleaning up a beach, and spending an afternoon working with young children.

Our Island Lake West Coast Teen Tour experience is everything you and your children can imagine, and more! If you would like more information, please contact us at our New York office at 914-769-6060 or [email protected]. Below are some highlights of the trip from this past summer. ILC U THERE!

October Parents 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 2016 countdown has already kicked into gear- 269 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 2015 camp families will receive their very own copy of our Island Lake Video Yearbook on DVD. We hope you and your children will enjoy watching this amazing video filled with so many fond memories of this summer past. For an hour 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.

Don’t forget to check out our Island Lake App for your iPhones and iPads. The app has been developed for Apple products only, not for other smartphones and tablets. We hope all of our campers, parents, and staff have already downloaded our app to take advantage of all of the amazing features it entails. You can check out this previous summer photos, videos, read our monthly newsletters, and even log onto your CampMinder account, which will come in handy next summer while your children are with us at camp. The home screen of our app even has a countdown of the number of days until summer 2016 begins. Definitely take advantage of our app if you haven’t already checked it out. We’re really proud of it!

We are all getting pumped up for our camp reunion on Saturday, November 21st 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 2015 campers and staff there, no RSVP necessary.

We are happy to announce that camp is filling up very quickly for next summer. Be sure to take advantage of our pre-November 1st rates and register your children right away if you have not already done so. You can sign your child up 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’d like to once again thank all of our Island Lake families for making summer 2015 so special. We look forward to our camp reunion on November 21st. Until then, ILC U THERE!