June 26th- 1st Day of Activities!!!!!

Happy first full day of camp!!! Yesterday’s Opening Day went extremely well with lots of happy campers coming off of the buses. New and old friendships are blossoming. Campers are bonding with one another, as well as with their counselors, and they are settling into Summer 2016 here at Island Lake.   Be sure to check out our daily summer photos through CampMinder, along with our daily short videos on our Facebook page (starting soon) to check out more that’s going on here at ILC.

Today was an absolutely BEAUTIFUL DAY in Starrucca, PA. It was our 4-minor day and the kids were busy trying out activities to see what they’d like to sign up for as their majors for the remainder of the session.   Campers took deep water tests and sports, pioneering, and tennis all took place outdoors. Auditions for the musicals went on all day and we’re doing Zombie Prom for the older kids and Oklahoma for the younger ones. Horseback riders and dancers were tested for levels, circus activities were in full effect, our magicians started to learn their skills, our skaters & bladers rode in the skatepark, in addition to all of the other activities we offer here at ILC:  mmagic, video, cooking, rock shop, gymnastics, and more!

After lunch today we gave out many 5-year jackets and 10-year jackets to our loyal Island Lakers, both campers and staff. In our daily summer photos through CampMinder we will show you photos of campers and staff in their ILC-wear. I hope this beautiful weather continues so they won’t have to wear these (rain) jackets quite so much over the course of the summer.

After their 4 minors and our snack break, we held our favorite camp extravaganza,…PANIC! It’s a camp-wide game where I call things out over the PA system and our campers have to run into their bunks, find the item(s) and bring them as fast as possible to their group leaders in the middle of their campuses. It can be something as basic as a red toothbrush or more involved like 5 campers wearing 2015 ILC Color War t-shirts singing the camp alma mater. I play music over the PA in between while the kids all sing and dance with their bunks. Ok, I’m not gonna lie. The boys don’t sing and dance as much as the girls! Regardless, Panic was a hit and the kids participated and cheered their bunks on as they ran around having fun-filled fantabulous time.

Tonight’s evening activity is GROUPS, which means the group leaders take charge and run different activities for their bunks. This session we will once again start up Bunk Cup so tonight the bunks will either work on their bunk flags, plaques, or videos. For those of you not familiar with Bunk Cup, it’s an event that runs throughout the session where each bunk is its own team. They can earn points in just about every activity here at camp. At the end of the session we tally up the points and have a winner on the boys side and a winner on the girls side. This is our 3rd annual Bunk Cup and the kids are so excited for it.

Below is an array of photos from a variety of activities during this beautiful afternoon of fun here at ILC. Please return to this blog each day, as I (Wendy) will be posting ongoing events happening here at Island Lake on a daily basis. Until tomorrow, ILC U THERE!

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