Category Archives: Parent News

September Parent News

Hey ILC Parents… It was with great sadness that we bid farewell to our ILC family on August 12th. We truly enjoyed spending an AMAZING summer with all of our campers and staff. Was summer2013 the best because of our incredibly awesome counselors? Was it because we had the greatest group leaders, department heads, and head counselor ever? Was it because the food has never been better? Could it be because of the fun theme days and evening activities such as Counselor Switch Day and Revival Night? Or was it because we had the coolest, happiest, most amazing campers ever? We are sure it was a combination of all of these things that made this summer so special. One thing we can tell you with all sincerity is that this was one of our BEST ILC SUMMERS YET!!!

We’d like to thank you for your wonderful phone calls, letters, and emails regarding this past summer. These generous gestures mean a great deal to us. Now go get a pen and paper to save the date for our annual camp reunion, which will be held on Saturday, November 23rd in Elmsford, NY. Details are in our September newsletter and we hope our campers can all make it!

Registration for Summer 2014 has exceeded last years’ enrollment at this point in time. We’re thrilled to know that we had so many happy campers with us this year. Remember, camp fills early! If you have not yet registered, please do so immediately so you can take advantage of our Pre-November 1st rates and avoid being closed out later on. We don’t like turning campers away so please don’t hold off too long.

Cancellations can be made through January 1st and we will refund all of your money less the $100 enrollment fee. You will save more than $100 if you re-enroll now, so financially it makes sense to hold a spot and be guaranteed another summer of fun. Remember, there is a rate increase on November 1st.

Well, those three torturous words, “back to school,” have already become a reality for some of our campers and the remainder will be stuck behind a school desk shortly, daydreaming about their Island Lake experience. We wish you all a wonderful and healthy school year . Now your campers can start their countdown until next summer when I-L-C U in Starrucca, PA once again!

August 2013 Session 3

Hey ILC Parents…Summer is flying by so fast that we can’t believe it’s already 3rd session! Although sad to say goodbye to so many amazing campers at the end of our 2nd session, it’s always wonderful to greet fresh faces as they step off of the bus for our final 2 week session.

Session 2 Highlights
1. Out of camp trips to Cooperstown, Lackawanna Coal Mine, canoeing and kayaking down the Delaware River, and camping out overnight in the barn and in the woods.
2. Lazy Day trips to Skate Estate and to see the movie, Monsters University. At Skate Estate they can rollerblade, rollerskate, go down waterslides, play miniature golf, laser tag, or old school arcade games.
3. Visiting Day- We hope all of our session 2 parents and grandparents had a wonderful day here at camp with your children.
4. Color War! It was a race from start to finish, City (blue) vs. Country (grey). Once again, grey pulled through in the end with the win. Check out our summer photos and weekly videos to feel a part of the action.
5. Performance Week- It was another great week of shows here at Island Lake. With our circus show, dance show, rock concert, magic show, and musicals, our campers all shined under the spotlight. You can order these performances on DVD after the summer.

We are now looking forward to a fantastic 3rd session with lots of new campers and our annual teen trip coming up. This summer we are going to Cleveland, Ohio and some of the trip highlights include the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Football Hall of Fame, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and dinner cruise. Our older campers and CIT’s are getting so excited for this 4 day, 3 night trip on August 5th.

Well, that’s about it for now. Enjoy our daily photos and weekly videos on CampMinder, as well as our daily tweets and daily videos on our Facebook page. You are sure to feel as if you are a part of the fun we’re having here at Island Lake! ILC U THERE!!!

July 2013 Mid-Session 1

Hey ILC Parents… Summer 2013 is now in full swing and the kids are having a blast! We’re always excited to see so many “happy campers” step off of the bus, both new and returning to ILC. Watching friends run to embrace one another and greet the new campers is always amazing. You can witness it all by viewing our daily summer photos and weekly videos via CampMinder, as well as our video blogs on our Facebook page.

Many of your children have already accomplished more than you could ever anticipate: passing their deep water test, improving a tennis swing, getting a part in the shows, successfully walking the tight wire in circus, mounting a horse, making friendship bracelets for everyone in the bunk, strumming a guitar for the very first time,…the list can go on and on.

As a reminder, session 1 ends on Thursday, July 11th. All campers leaving after session 1 will return to their designated bus stops at approximately 12 o’clock noon (give or take ½ hour). We will then board the buses with our session 2 campers and depart from each location at 1pm sharp. If your child will be coming up to camp on July 12th, please be sure to arrive at the bus stop by 12:30 to ensure an on time departure.

We have some amazing activities and events in the works, including our traditional 4th of July spectacular firework show and tribals. Enjoy our daily summer photos, weekly videos, and Facebook videos. Guaranteed, you will feel as if you are a part of the ILC experience!

June Parent News

Hey ILC Parents…This is it!  Summer is just about here and we are happy to report that we are back at camp once again!  It feels wonderful to return to our home away from home.  We are sooooo EXCITED for your children’s arrival on June 22nd.  We have amazing plans for this summer including new evening activities, Tribals in our 1st session, an awesome Color War theme, a teen trip to Cleveland, Ohio in session 3, and much more.  Let us just say, we have some awesome plans to make summer 2013 the GREATEST, and we cannot wait to share it all with your children!

Summer 2013 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.

If you are checking out our website for the first time, enjoy your navigation while checking out all of our fun-filled activities and smiling faces.  Our camp offers a program that furthers your children’s growth, independence, and sense of decision-making while simultaneously giving them the responsibility to create their own exciting summer.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions after browsing our website:  570-798-2550

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 8th, at 11am sharp.   We cannot wait to see the rest of our Island Lakers shortly afterwards!  ILC U HERE!!!

May Parent News

Hey ILC Parents…Wow, how did May sneak up on us so quickly? With spring in the air, excitement is building and summer 2013 right around the corner! Yay! As of May 27th, all correspondence should go directly to our summer address at camp.

If your child is enrolled for summer 2013 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. If you choose to fill them out online, just click the “My CampMinder” link or “NEW: MY CAMPMINDER log in”. You will be prompted to enter your email address and then click on “Retrieve password.” We recommend you change the password to one you will remember. If your children are returning campers, we suggest you use the same password that you used last summer or the same one you use to access our summer photos and send emails to your children. 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.

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 to these manuals and letters.

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. 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 “Forms & Mailings” to the left of this page and print the “2013 Enrollment Form”.

As a reminder to all of our summer 2013 families, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters. The newsletters provide a great deal of important information for your child’s upcoming summer. Our newsletter link is located on our homepage. All summer 2013 families will also receive their very own hard copy of our monthly newsletter at the start of each month.

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 2012 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!

April Parent News

Hey ILC Parents… Wow, how did April sneak up on us so quickly? With spring in the air, excitement is building for summer 2013 right around the corner! Yay! As of around June 1st all correspondence should go to our summer address where we will be busy preparing for your children’s arrival on June 22nd (once again, Yay!).

If your child is already enrolled for summer 2013, please be sure to fill out your profile and transportation forms either in your folder or to your right here on our website. Just click the “My ILC Login” link. Click on “First Time Users – Create Account”, then enter your email address. We recommend you change the password to one you will remember. 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, vist the “2013 Enrollment Page“.

As a reminder to all of our summer 2013 families, please be sure to read our monthly newsletters. The newsletters provide lots of information important to your child(ren)’s upcoming summer. Click here for our newsletter page. All summer 2013 families will also receive their very own hard copy of our monthly newsletter at the start of each month.

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 2013 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!