April Parent News

Hey ILC families!  We hope you are all feeling healthy and well while adapting to these new temporary changes in our everyday lives.  This international Coronavirus pandemic feels completely surreal as everyone struggles to remain at home and maintain social distancing when they must leave the home for essentials.  A bright side to all of this,…Island Lake Summer 2020!  We are still forging ahead and preparing for camp this summer.  We are hopeful that this virus will have cleared up by June, making sleep away camp a sure thing for this upcoming summer.

I have been organizing some group games via Zoom for all of our Island Lakers to participate in, both campers and staff.  I have sent out emails to parents to share with their kids and last week I hosted our very first “Virtual Music Lunch.”  I broke it up into groups and we had well over 100 people participate, which was a fantastic turnout.  I’m excited to report that this upcoming Thursday and Friday I will be hosting an all camp game of PANIC!  Yup, that’s right, your children will have the opportunity to participate right there in your homes.  My email will explain in more detail but for those of you who aren’t familiar with Panic, think of it as a big scavenger hunt.  I’ll have your children running around your homes to find specific items (an Island Lake t-shirt) and they’ll have to get creative while being the first to put on their ILC shirt and sing the camp alma mater to me.  That’s just one example of the fun we’ll have later this week.

Now, back to business as usual with my monthly blog.  Wowza, how did April sneak up on us so quickly?  With spring in the air, excitement is building and summer 2020 is right around the corner.  As of April 1st,  we have only 87 days until camp begins!  Woohoo!!!  We will be moving our offices up to camp the first weekend in June, so mark your calendars as all correspondence should go directly to our summer address in Starrucca, PA at that time. 

If your child is already enrolled for summer 2020, please be sure to fill out your Profile and Transportation Forms 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 used last summer to access our daily photos and send emails.  You will then have access to the Profile and Transportation Forms.  The Medical Form is not in CampMinder so please be sure to fill out and complete the form that was previously mailed to your home.  You can also download our Medical Form here by clicking “Island Lake Families” at the top of our website and then “Forms & Mailings” on the left side of the page.  We have many important forms there for you to print out and use as a guide for packing and what not.  We understand that many Medical Forms will be delayed since you’re unable to go in and see your doctor, so just give us a shout if that’s the case for your child and we’ll make note of it in our records.  We can be reached at info@islandlake.com or 914-769-6060.

As a reminder to all of our summer 2020 families, please be sure to read our monthly newsletters.  The newsletters provide lots of information important to your child’s upcoming summer.  Our newsletter link is located right here on our website (“Island Lake Families” and then “ILC News”).  We also send an email reminder to all of our camp parents on the 1st of every month.  Please share our newsletter link with your children because we hear they absolutely LOVE to read it and look for themselves and their friends in all of our photos.

In early May we will be posting a great deal of additional info on our website.  This will include a camper handbook, parent handbook, activities handbook, medication policy, information about emailing your child, viewing photos and videos on the web, and lots of other important camp information.  Be sure to read through all of these handbooks/letters/policies, as there will be tons of important info to prepare your child for a fantastic summer experience.

Have you registered your child for this upcoming summer?  If not and you still 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. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the registration form and send it in to our Chappaqua, NY office. If you don’t have an enrollment form handy, click “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings” to the left of the page and print the “2020 Enrollment Form”.

Well, that’s about it for now.  Enjoy your navigation through our site checking out all of our fun-filled activities and smiling faces.  Island Lake 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.  

We are optimistic that camp will open on time this summer.  Please continue to read all emails that we send out to you, our current Island Lake Camp parents.  Enclosed in those emails is important up to date info regarding summer.  We will also be sending out info regarding camp forms and literature.  To all current Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2020 with your children.  To all prospective families, feel free to contact us if you have any questions after browsing our website:  914-769-6060.  And last but not least, to all,…ILC U THERE!

March Parent News

Happy March to our Island Lake families!  Our summer 2020 countdown has kicked into gear and lucky for us, summer, and for that matter camp, will approach before we know it.  118 more days as of March 1st!  Wow, we’re almost at the double-digit mark!

By now, all summer 2020 families should have received a letter regarding forms along with a Medical Form.  Both a parent and a physician, as required by Pennsylvania law, must complete the Medical Form.  On our website we have TONS of information to prepare you and your children for this summer.  There are forms online that we request you fill out promptly via your CampMinder account. The Profile Form helps us guide your children when they choose their activities and put together their schedules. 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 about the bus locations along with luggage tags that you will use to mark your children’s duffels.  You can access many other forms (packing lists, hotels for Visiting Day, etc.) on our website at islandlake.com and then click “Island Lake Families,” and “Forms & Mailings.”

A reminder to our ILC families, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  You can access them here on our website or at the start of every month.  The newsletters provide important information for parents, as well as campers, including enrollment and availability updates.

Island Lake Newsletters

Speaking of enrollment, if you haven’t yet registered your child for summer 2020 but plan to do so, please, please, please do not put it off any longer.  Some bunks are already full.  We truly do not want to turn away any of our devoted campers because of this.  It’s very difficult for us when forced to do so every year.  Don’t let that happen to your child.  It only takes a few minutes to fill out the registration form, we promise!  If you don’t have one handy, click “Island Lake Families”, “Forms & Mailings” and then print the “2020 Enrollment Form”. 

To all current Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2020 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 to our Island Lake Families!  As we sit here in our winter office feeling the frigid temps outdoors, it seems as though summer 2019 was all a distant dream.  However, our summer 2020 countdown has already kicked into gear and lucky for us, camp will sneak up on us before we know it. 147 days to go as of February 1st! 

We are busy preparing for our big trip that we are offering to all of our oldest campers this summer.  We’re excited for our annual 4 day/3 night TEEN TRIP in our 2nd session to MONTREAL and QUEBEC!  This amazing trip will be offered to all campers entering 9th grade and higher.  For those families with campers eligible to go, keep an eye on your mailbox (actual mailbox, not virtual one) for more details to arrive real soon for this fun-filled experience.  There will be a trip enrollment form for you to fill out and return to us at our winter office.  We also have info regarding this trip in our monthly newsletters.  Highlights of this trip include La Ronde Amusement Park, Olympic Park, Voiles en Voiles (a huge outdoor ropes course), SOS Labyrinthe (a fun, yet difficult, indoor maze that’s sure to get our campers lost for what will feel like hours), a day trip to Quebec City, Jetboating, and more.  So,…much,…FUN!!!

A reminder to our summer ‘19 and ’20 families; don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  You can access them here on our website (“Island Lake Families” and then “ILC News”).  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 2020 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 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 2020 with your children.  To all prospective families, feel free to contact us if you have any questions after browsing our website:  914-769-6060.  And last but not least, to one and all,…ILC U THERE!

Happy New Year: January Parent News

Happy New Year!  All of us at Island Lake hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with love, happiness, presents, and lots to reminiscence about your children’s wonderful memories of their 2019 ILC experiences.  As we sit here in our winter offices with the chill outside, it feels as though summer 2019 is a distant, yet fond, memory.  Our countdown for summer 2020 has already kicked into gear and our opening day of camp will be here before we know it.  Words cannot even describe our excitement for summer to get here already!  178 days until camp begins (as of January 1st)!

Our camp reunion in November was a huge success!  Screams of excitement filled the air as campers and staff embraced one another.  We had a fantastic turnout, including children and counselors who flew in from other parts of the country just to see their camp friends.  The reunion never seems to last long enough.  Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers.  Check out our reunion photos posted right here in December’s blog. 

We’re busy planning for our annual session 2 TEEN TRIP, which this summer will be to Montreal & Quebec.  This trip will be offered to all campers entering 9th grade and higher.  Check out more details in your January newsletter and if you have any additional questions, feel free to give us a call.  The enrollment form and details for this trip will be mailed out shortly to all who are eligible to take advantage of this fun-filled experience. 

A reminder to our summer 2019 and 2020 families; don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters!  You can access them right here on our website.  Our newsletters provide important information for parents as well as campers, including enrollment and availability updates.  Here’s a direct link to the newsletters on our website: ILC Newsletters

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your children for summer 2020 but plan to do 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 loyal campers, so let’s avoid that from happening.  You can register your children with the enrollment 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 form, we promise! 

To all current and new Island Lake families, we look forward to an amazing summer 2020 with your children.  To all previous or prospective families, feel free to contact us if you have any questions after browsing our website: 914-769-6060 or info@islandlake.com.  And last but not least, all of us here at Island Lake wish you, our campers, parents, and staff, a very Happy & Healthy New Year!!!  ILC U THERE!!!

December Parent News

Hey Island Lake Parents!  We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  With winter just about here, it is our hope that your children still have “camp on the brain” and continue to share their wonderful ILC summer 2019 memories with you.  Our countdown for next summer has already kicked into gear and opening day of camp will emerge upon us before we know it.  As of December 1st, only 209 days until summer 2020 at Island Lake will be here!

Our camp reunion on November 23rd at Sportime USA 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.  Pretty cool, huh?  The reunion never seems to last long enough.  Time flies when we’re having fun catching up with many of our Island Lakers.  Check out our reunion photos posted on social media and below here in this blog.

By now, all of our summer 2019 camp families should have received an email with a link to our amazing ILC video yearbook located on youtube.  If you need another copy of the link, feel free to contact us at info@islandlake.com and we’d be happy to help you out.  We hope you and your children have taken the opportunity to watch this super fun video yearbook filled with many exciting summer activities and memories.  For almost an hour you can forget about all that’s going on around you to truly feel a part of the ILC experience.  We hear some children have been watching it on loop over and over again!

Reminders to all families, returning and new, don’t forget to read our monthly newsletters.  They are located right here on our website.  Our newsletters provide important information for you, including enrollment and availability updates.  If you’d like to read our newsletter on our website, you can simply go to the “Island Lake Families” link above and then “ILC News” on the left-hand side of the page.  You can also click the following link to view it:  https://www.islandlake.com/current-camp-families/island-lake-newsletter.php

Speaking of enrollment, if you have not yet registered your children for summer 2020 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 children with the enrollment form mailed to you with your monthly newsletter or you can download the form here on our website under “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings.”

With all of the winter cheer around us, we wish you and your family a spectacular holiday season!  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year to all!  ILC U THERE in 2020!

November Parent News

Hey ILC Parents!  We hope you and your children had a fun, safe Halloween filled with enough candy to last them a lifetime.  We also hope your children SHARE all of their treats with you.  (Otherwise, you may want to pull a “Jimmy Kimmel” and eat all their candy while they’re asleep!)

All of us in the ILC winter offices are very excited for our CAMP REUNION on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd at SportimeUSA in Elmsford, NY.  The reunion will be held from 10am until 1pm and details are provided in all of our monthly newsletters since summer.  We look forward to seeing many of our campers and staff members at the reunion that day, no RSVP necessary.

By now all of our summer 2019 parents should have received an email from us with the link to our Island Lake Video Yearbook on youtube.  We hope you and your children have taken the opportunity to “chillax” with a bowl of popcorn to watch this amazing video filled with many exciting summer activities and memories.  For about 45 minutes you can forget all about the real world and truly feel a part of the ILC experience.

Are your children still sharing their wonderful ILC memories with you?  We sure hope so!  Our summer 2020 countdown is in full swing and camp will sneak up on us before we know it.  As of November 1st, only 239 days until Opening Day at Island Lake!  In the meantime, you and your children can continue to view our daily summer photos on Waldo, our weekly videos on youtube, our daily blogs that were written all summer long right here, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts.  We will continue to post on all of these social media platforms throughout the year so be sure to check us out often and “like” our posts.

Registration for summer 2020 is going very well thus far.  If you have not yet enrolled your children for next summer, what are you waiting for?  Some bunks are already full.  Please don’t put off enrollment any longer, as we do not want to have to turn away our loyal campers. You can enroll your children with the registration form that we mailed home to you with your monthly newsletter or you can download the form right here on our website by going to “Island Lake Families” and then “Forms & Mailings.”

Being that next summer will be our 35th summer that my family, the Stoltz’s, have owned Island Lake, we are excited that the number of 2nd generation campers has been increasing each and every summer.  We’re so lucky to have 2 brothers whose parents met at ILC as children, got married many years later, and now share their special home away from home with their own children.  Talk about true 2nd generation campers, huh?  The above photo is a group of our 2nd generation campers who were all at ILC during the 1st session this past summer.

Well, that’s about it for now.  We are soooooooo EXCITED to see many of our Island Lakers at our camp reunion later in the month on November 23rd.  Until then, ILCUTHERE!

October Parent 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 2020 countdown has already kicked into gear- 270 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 Waldo photos, weekly videos, social media posts, & daily summer blogs for several months to come.

Shortly, all our 2019 camp families will receive info regarding viewing our Island Lake Video Yearbook online.  We hope you and your children will enjoy watching this amazing video filled with so many fond memories of this summer past.  For 45 minutes 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 2019 campers and staff there, no RSVP necessary.

We are happy to announce that camp is filling up very nicely for next summer.  Be sure to register your children right away if you have not already done so.  Certain bunks are already full in specific sessions!  You can sign up your children 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 wish everyone a safe and spook-tacular Halloween at the end of the month.  Until then, ILC U THERE!

September Parent News

It was with great sadness that we bid farewell to our ILC family on August 17th.  We truly enjoyed spending an AMAZING summer with all of our campers and staff.  Was summer 2019 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 our fantastic teen trip to Boston and Martha’s Vineyard?  Could it be because of the fun theme days and evening activities such as Campchella, Christmas in July, 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 emails, phone calls, and letters regarding this past summer.  These gracious gestures mean so incredibly much to us as camp directors.  Now go get a pen and paper to save the date for our annual camp reunion, which will be held on Saturday, November 23rdat SportimeUSA in Elmsford, NY.  Details are in our September newsletter and we hope our campers and many of our staff can join us for this special day of fun.

Registration for Summer 2020 has exceeded last year’s enrollment at this point in time.  We are thrilled to know that we had so many happy campers with us this past summer. Due to the school calendar dates in the northeast, camp will begin on Saturday, June 27th, our changeover day will be on a Saturday, July 25th, and closing day will be on a Saturday, August 15th.  Our Open House will be on Saturday, June 13th, our Rookie Day will be offered on Saturday July, 11th, and our annual Visiting Day will take place on Saturday, July 18th.

Remember; take advantage of our early rates! If you have not yet registered your child, please do so immediately!  All you have to do is fill out your 2020 enrollment form and send it to us with a $1700 deposit by either check or credit card.  A copy of your child’s registration form was already mailed to all returning families so you don’t even have to do much work.  Our office has moved, so please send all mail to the following address from now on:

Island Lake Camp/PO Box 228/Chappaqua, NY  10514

Our early rates run through September 15th so take advantage of these prices and avoid getting closed out later on.  Cancellations can be made through December 1st and we will refund all of your money less the $250 enrollment fee.  Remember, there is a rate increase on September 15th.

Well, those three torturous words, “Back To School,” have already become a reality for many of our campers who are stuck behind a school desk, daydreaming about their Island Lake experience. We wish you all a wonderful school year.  Our campers can now start their countdown until next summer when we can all be reunited in Starrucca, PA once again!  As of September 1st, we have only 300 days until ILCUTHERE!

Friday, August 16th- Last Day of Camp

Sadly, today is our last full day of camp.  Summer 2019 here at Island Lake has been absolutely fantastic!  We could not have asked for a better summer filled with happy campers and amazing counselors.  Your children will for sure come home with long lasting memories of their experiences at ILC this summer.

Tomorrow the buses should all arrive at their designated bus stops between 11:30am-12:00pm, give or take a half hour.  Please be there on time to pick up your children.  If you are not sure which bus stop we have in our records, please call us here at camp before 4:00pm when the office will be closing for tonight’s banquet festivities.

Today we let the camp sleep in and we had a late wake up with breakfast at 9:15am.  The kids then went back to their bunks to start cleaning up. Lunch followed and then we had our 7thannual COLOR RUN! Most of our campers and staff participated in this fun event throughout camp today.  As they reached certain locations they got sprayed with powdered paint of different colors.  Everyone eventually gathered by the lake at the finish line, proud of their accomplishments.  At the end of this blog are photos I took at the finish line.

Directly after the Color Run we had our final Rock Concert of the summer outside by the lake.  Our rock and roll campers jammed out to their favorite tunes while the rest of the camp watched and sang along.  Following rock concert, all of the kids went back to their bunks to pack, sadly.  They collected all of their belongings at the different departments at camp- arts & crafts, skatepark, sports, music, etc.

Tonight we have our annual ILC banquet in the dining room.  Instead of eating cafeteria style, the kids will all sit with their friends at the table of their choice and the kitchen staff will serve food to their tables. We’ll play music and there will be some dancing, lots of picture taking, and some awards will be presented after dinner.

After the banquet, we will all head down to the theater to watch the summer 2019 Island Lake video yearbook.  The yearbook is a compilation of the entire summer here at camp.  Post-summer we will share the yearbook with all of our ILC families.  Our video department and advanced video campers worked extremely hard to make this summer’s yearbook amazing.  It’s a wonderful memento for our Island Lakers to view all year long until they can return to their home away from home here in Starrucca once again next summer.

Upon completion of the video yearbook, we will all move lakeside to the waterfront where each bunk will release a candle onto the lake and make a bunk wish together.  Following this we will burn the “2019” sign on the water and we’ll sing our camp alma mater.  We will end the waterfront portion of the night with a big firework display.  This is all a very somber and bittersweet moment of the night.  Tears fill many campers’ eyes (ok fine, possibly mine as well) as we make bunk wishes, sing our camp songs, and watch the 2019 summer sign burn.  This sign represents the ILC summer in its entirety as we all say farewell.

Although it will be a bit later than usual, we’ll allow all of our campers to make one last trip to the canteen to eat their hearts out one final time.  Based on how late the evening runs, we will decide when everyone’s curfew will be.

One last time, here is the link to look at all of David Lobel’s photos at camp this summer.  He took some great ones during Color War, in addition to all of Ally’s on Waldo.

Island Lake Pics

And that’s about it for the Island Lake Summer 2019 blogs.  It’s been a pleasure writing for all of you every day.  I hope you enjoyed reading my blogs as much as I enjoyed writing them for you.  Continue to check in throughout the year since I’ll continue to blog every month.

I hope your children all come home to you as “happy campers” tomorrow.  Hey, it’ll be a bonus if they’re healthy, sort of clean, and even have all of their personal belongings!  Our office here at camp will remain open for a few more weeks so if you need to contact us, just give us a call at the camp number:  570-798-2550 or email us at info@islandlake.com.

It’s been the most amazing, fantastic, wonderful summer.  Until next year when we can all be together once again in the 18462, ILCUTHERE!!!