Friday, July 7th

Hey Island Lake families! It’s hard to believe that we’re already 2 weeks into the summer. Time sure flies when we’re having fun! I hope you’re receiving letters from your children that are all positive and filled with rainbows and unicorns. (I would insert rainbow and unicorn emojis here if I could!)

This morning we woke up to some rain but it was gone by the time everyone left the dining room after breakfast. The clouds hung around for a while with temps in the low to mid 60’s until 1st minor when it warmed up to the 70’s and the sun made its debut. This afternoon was partly sunny in the upper 70’s. Around 3rd major (4ish) the skies got darker and as the major ended the rain came pouring down. Luckily it didn’t last too long.

Here at camp we were very busy. A group of campers departed this morning for an overnight river trip down the Delaware. Our canoe and kayak campers spend the day going down the Delaware River and then camp out for the night at nearby camping grounds. I’m looking forward to receiving feedback tomorrow from these kids regarding how fun this trip was.

In the world of sports, our 8th & 9th grade boys played in a lacrosse game here at camp this morning. Our 4th & 5th grade girls played soccer on our home field this afternoon. Our 6th & 7th grade girls’ lacrosse team played here at camp this afternoon, as well. In tennis news, we started our ILC Open with our 9th grade and older girls. ILC Open is an in-camp tennis tournament amongst each of the age groups with winners announced at the end of the session. We’re keeping your children busy and as active as possible here at camp this summer!

In Bunk Cup news, some bunks have started challenging one another to friendly competitions. Department heads and group leaders have been giving out bunk cup points for a variety of different activities. Our campers are still excited to be in this friendly camp-wide competition.

I have to tell you about a cute conversation that I had with a little girl in bunk 1 this morning:

LG (Little Girl): My brother is my twin

Me: No way! I don’t believe it. I thought he was older. (I knew they were twins but I was just joking around with her although she didn’t know that.)

LG: We ARE twins and I’m actually older than him by 3 minutes!

Me: I don’t believe it! That’s not possible!

LG: We have video of us being born on youtube! You can go online and see it!

Me: Nooooooooo thank you. I believe you! I believe you!

Oh the conversations we have with children on a daily basis. I love camp!

Tonight’s evening activity is COUNSELOR HUNT! All of our counselors hide around camp (only in public areas of course) and our campers have to run around and try to find them. Once caught, the kids find out if the counselors they captured are worth positive or negative points. The bunk that captures the most counselors with the highest score of positive points at the end of the activity is the winner. They will win bragging rights and LTB (Late To Bed).

Special feature today is COOKING! In the majors they made marinara sauce with pasta. In the minors they made rocky road fudge. (I may or may not have stolen a marshmallow while there taking photos.)

Tomorrow is our big Rookie Day for summer 2017. We will have 30 young kids trying out camp for the day to experience life as an Island Laker. We’re so excited to introduce ILC to future campers! Until then, ILCUTHERE!

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