Hey ILC parents! This is not my typical June blog that I always post with excitement each summer. This is usually the time when I tell you that we are so excited because we just arrived at ILC and we are working hard to prepare camp for your children’s arrival in a few short weeks. This is when I usually tell you about waking up to smell of the country air, the sounds of the birds chirping, and the cool crisp June temps (which are all a nice reprieve from my South Florida humidity and heat). This is also when I usually remind you to send in all of your forms, set up your CampMinder accounts, set up your Waldo accounts for photos, and start labeling items and packing your children up for camp.
But sadly, in the world we are currently living, we have to put sleep away camp on hold for a year. It’s heartbreaking,…truly devastating and heartbreaking. We share in your children’s sadness as this is just as difficult for us, if not more. As I’ve previously mentioned, my parents started working at sleep away camp in 1973 when they were school teachers. I turned 2 years old that summer and between 1973 and 2020 my family missed only one other summer when I was about 5 or 6 years old. Other than that, I have been attending sleep away camp just about every single summer of my life. Camp is in my blood, it is my bones, and most of all, ILC is in my heart and soul. I am still mourning the loss of summer 2020 and feel that I’m still going through the grieving process. I know I will be ok, as will all of you. We will get through this and hopefully we will come out stronger on the other side.
So what will we do all summer to keep our Island Lakers in contact with one another? Well, we will Zoom but of course! We have some Zoom sessions set up for the first week of June and we’ll have plenty throughout the summer months. We’ll send emails out to our camp parents to let you all know about these sessions. We’re going to plan some activities with our department heads and some hang outs with our counselors. We hope all of our summer 2020 campers will join us so we can see all of their smiling faces.
Below are some Opening Day photos from last summer. These pictures aren’t meant to bring sadness for what we will be missing this summer, rather they will hopefully put a smile on all of your faces as we count down to next summer.
Stay healthy, stay well, and before we know it, ILCUTHERE in 391 days!!!