Category Archives: Parent News

June Parent News

Hey ILC parents,…This is it!  Summer is just about here and we are happy to report that as of June 1st we are back at 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 June 28th.  We have amazing plans for this summer including new evening activities, an awesome Color War theme, Tribals, a teen trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls in session 3, and much more.  Let us just say, we have some awesome plans to make summer 2014 the GREATEST, and we cannot wait to share it all with your children!

Summer 2014 parents, have you sent us all of your forms yet?  Please make sure we have received your children’s profile, medical, and transportation forms, as well as your travel itinerary if you plan to be away while your kids are here at camp.  You can fill out the profile and transportation forms directly online by logging into your CampMinder account.  The medical form is not on our website so please be sure to fill out the form enclosed in your folder.  If you misplaced it, just click “Forms & Mailings” in the “Families” section of our website to download a new one. 

Speaking of photos and emails, don’t forget that by registering with CampMinder you can view our daily summer photos and weekly videos, as well as send emails to your children.  We ask that only immediate family members email our campers because too much information from home can create unnecessary homesickness.

Now that we are back up at camp, please be sure to mail any outstanding forms or payments directly to our SUMMER ADDRESS in Starrucca, PA.  Do not use the New York return envelopes any longer, as that mail takes awhile 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 14th, at 11am sharp.   We cannot wait to see the rest of our Island Lakers shortly afterwards!  ILC U HERE!!!

May Parent News

Wow, how did May sneak up on us so quickly?  With spring in the air, excitement is building and summer 2014 right around the corner!  Yay!  As of June 1st, all correspondence should go directly to our summer address at camp.

If your child is enrolled for summer 2014 at Island Lake, please be sure to fill out your Profile and Transportation Forms, either by filling out the hard copies you received in your folder or fill out the forms right here on our website.  All forms were due on May 1st.  If you choose to fill them out online, just click the “CampMinder Login” and either enter your email address and password or click “First Time Users- Create Account.” The Medical Form is not on our website so please be sure to fill out the form enclosed in your folder and mail it back to us as soon as possible.

By now you should have received your “Spring Mailing” in the postal mail.  Enclosed in this mailing is your Parent Handbook, Camper Handbook, Activities Handbook, Medication Policy letter, travel itinerary form, Open House flyer (if your child is a 1st time camper this summer), as well as a flyer about our online photos, videos, & emails.  Whether you are returning or are new to the Island Lake family, please make sure you and your child(ren) 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(ren) for this upcoming summer at Island Lake?  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 and it’s very difficult for us when forced to do so each and every year. Please don’t let that happen to your child.  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 “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 (after June 1st contact us at 570-798-2550).  And last but not least, to all…. ILC U THERE!

April Parent News

Dear Island Lake Parents,…Wow, how did April sneak up on us so quickly?  With spring in the air, excitement is building with summer 2014 right around the corner!  Yay!  As of June 1st, all correspondence should go to our summer address where we will be busy preparing for your children’s arrival on June 28th (once again, Yay!).

If your child is already enrolled for summer 2014, please be sure to fill out your Profile and Transportation Forms either in your folder or here on our website.  Just click the “CampMinder Login” link on our homepage and you will be prompted to 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 use to access our summer photos and send emails to your child.  You will then have access to the Profile and Transportation Forms.  The Medical Form is not on our website so please be sure to fill out the one enclosed in your folder.

Have you registered your child for this upcoming summer?  If not and you 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 each and every year. Please don’t let that happen to your child. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the registration form and send it in to our NY office with a deposit. If you don’t have one handy, click “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings” to the left of the page and print the “2014 Enrollment Form”.

As a reminder to all of our summer 2014 families, please be sure to read our monthly newsletters.  The newsletters provide lots of information important to your child(ren)’s upcoming summer.  Our newsletter link is located right here on our website, and all summer 2014 families will also receive their very own hard copy of our monthly newsletter at the start of each month in the mail.

In the next few weeks we will be sending you our big spring mailing.  This will include a camper handbook, parent handbook, activities handbook, our medication policy, information about emailing your child, viewing photos and videos on the web, and lots of other important camp information.  Please be sure to read through this packet, as there is a lot of important info enclosed for you, the parents, as well as your child.

Well, that’s about it for now.  Enjoy your navigation through our site checking out all of our fun-filled activities and smiling faces.  Our 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 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 all,…ILC U THERE!

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!

February Parent News

Happy February!  As we sit here in our winter office looking at the snow outside of our windows, it feels as though summer 2013 was all a distant dream.  However, our summer 2014 countdown has already kicked into gear and lucky for us, camp will sneak up on us before we know it.  Our camp reunion on November 23rd was a huge success.  Screams of excitement filled the air as campers and staff embraced one another.  We had a great turnout, including children who flew in from other parts of the country just to see their special camp friends.  The reunion never seems to last long enough, unfortunately.  Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers.  Check out our reunion photos posted right here on our website and on our Facebook page.  Go to the homepage here on our site and click the reunion photo link at the bottom of the page.  Enjoy the pictures!

For those families who registered for camp prior to December 1st, you will soon receive your children’s special edition ILC t-shirt.  We hope your kids will love their new addition to their wardrobe and enjoy wearing their shirt to school with pride (and perhaps a long sleeve under it to keep them warm!).

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, as well as in your postal mailbox at the start of every month.  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 ‘14 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 with your newsletter 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 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!

Medical Staff Needed

We are currently looking for doctors and a nurse to fill our health center positions in the 3rd session of camp this summer.  The session is two weeks long so we can accommodate up to 2 doctors, 1 per week.  We’re also looking for a nurse for the full 2 week session.  If you are a doctor, a registered nurse, or you have friends who are and are interested in working at the greatest place on earth (that would be Island Lake, but of course), please contact Trip at trip@islandlake.com. Thanks!

January Parent News

Hey ILC Parents!  Happy New Year!  As we sit here in our winter office with the chill outside, it feels as though summer 2013 is a distant, yet fond, memory.  Fortunately, our countdown for summer 2014 has already kicked into gear and our opening day of camp will emerge upon us before we know it.

Our camp reunion on November 23rd 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.  The reunion never seems to last long enough, unfortunately.  Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers.  Check out our reunion photos posted right here on our website, on our Facebook page, as well as on our ILC App.

An ILC App, you may be asking yourself?  Yup, that’s right, we now has our very own app for the iPhone & iPad.  You can get lost in it for hours browsing photos from last summer, photos from the reunion, reading our blogs, reading former newsletters, etc.  It will be particularly helpful to you come next summer while you’re child is at camp with us.  You’ll be able to take care of viewing daily photos, sending emails, etc. at the touch of your phone.  So definitely download our Island Lake App when you have a moment.  Well worth adding to your iPhone or iPad.

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, as well as in your postal mailbox at the start of every month.  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 ‘14 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 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 registration form, we promise!  For those of you who registered your campers prior to December 1st, keep an eye on your mailbox (the snail mail kind) for your child’s special edition ILC t-shirt that will arrive sometime in January.

To all current Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2014 with your children.  To all previous or 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 to all,…..Happy New Year and ILC U THERE!

December Parent News

Hey ILC Parents!  With winter just about here, it is our hope that your children still have camp on the brain and are continually sharing their wonderful Island Lake summer 2013 memories with you.  Our countdown for summer 2014 has already kicked into gear as the opening day of camp will emerge upon us before we know it.

Our camp reunion on November 23rd 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.  The reunion never seems to last long enough, unfortunately.  Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers.  Check out our reunion photos posted right here on our website, on our Facebook page, and on our Island Lake app.

Reminder to all families, returning and new, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  They are located right here online, as well as in your regular postal mailbox at the start of every month. Our newsletters provide important information for you, including enrollment and availability updates.

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your child for summer 2013 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 child with the registration form mailed to you with your newsletter or you can download the form here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings”.  For those of you who registered your campers prior to December 1st, keep an eye on your mailbox (the snail mail kind) for your children’s special edition ILC t-shirt that will arrive shortly after the New Year.

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!

November Parent News

Hey ILC Parents…We hope you and your children had a fun-filled, safe Halloween. We’d love to post photos on our blog of our campers in their Halloween costumes. Please send pictures of your children all dressed up for their special day of trick-or-treating to info@islandlake.com or wendy@islandlake.com and we’ll post them shortly afterwards.

Are your kids still sharing their wonderful ILC memories with you? We sure hope so! Our summer 2014 countdown is in full swing, as camp 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, blogs, & Facebook videos for several months to come.

All of us in the ILC winter offices are very excited for our camp reunion on November 23rd at Sportime USA in Elmsford, NY. The reunion will be held from 10am until 1pm and details are provided in our monthly newsletters. We look forward to seeing many of our summer 2013 campers and staff there on that date, no RSVP necessary.

We are excited to announce that we now have a wonderful Island Lake App for your iPhones and iPads. Sorry but the app has been developed for Apple products only, not for Droids and BlackBerrys. We hope all of our campers, parents, and staff have already downloaded our app and have taken advantage of all of the amazing features it entails. You can check out this past summer’s 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 2014 begins. Definitely take advantage of our new app if you haven’t already checked it out. We’re really proud of it!

By now, all of our camper families should have received their Island Lake Video Yearbook on dvd. We hope you and your children have taken the opportunity to watch this amazing video filled with many exciting summer activities and memories. For over an hour, you can forget about all that’s going on around you and truly feel a part of the ILC experience.

Believe it or not, registration is over 50% full already. If you have no yet registered your child(ren) for summer 2014, please don’t put it off any longer! We truly do not want to turn away our loyal campers. Let’s avoid that from happening. You can enroll your child(ren) with the registration forms we mailed home with your monthly newsletters or you can download the form here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings”.

We look forward to seeing many of our Island Lakers at our camp reunion on November 23rd. Until then, ILC U THERE!

October Parent News

Hey ILC Parents… With fall upon us, we hope your children are still sharing tons of wonderful ILC memories with you. Our summer 2014 countdown has already kicked into gear and 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 for several months to come.

We are excited to announce that we now have a wonderful Island Lake App for your iPhones and iPads. Sorry but the app has been developed for Apple products only, not for Droids and BlackBerrys. We hope all of our campers, parents, and staff have already downloaded our app and have taken advantage of all of the amazing features it entails. You can check out this past summer’s 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 2014 begins. Definitely take advantage of our new app if you haven’t already checked it out. We’re really proud of it!

By now, all our 2013 camp families should have received their very own copy of our Island Lake Video Yearbook on dvd. We hope you and your children enjoy watching this amazing video filled with so many fond memories of this summer past. For over 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.

We are all getting pumped up for our camp reunion on Saturday, November 23rd 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 2013 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 one of the registration forms we mailed home with your newsletters 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 2013 so special. We look forward to our camp reunion on November 23rd. Until then, ILC U THERE!