Thursday, July 18th

Hi ho, hi ho, back to majors and minors we go!  Only 2 more days until Visiting Day!  Pretty wild how quickly it snuck up on us, huh?  All camp parents should have now received an email from my account regarding this Saturday’s festivities.  There will be more info about Visiting Day further below in this blog.

Today is “Dress Like Your Favorite Counselor Day”.  Our campers are having fun dressing up like their counselors, group leaders, and department heads.  It’s something exciting to do on a dreary weather day like today.

Speaking of which, on the weather front we finally received the rain that our grass has been begging for. We had misty rain all morning with temps in the 70’s and then a bit of rain on and off in the afternoon hours.

Due to the inclement weather, our inter-camp games were cancelled today.  Our 6th  & 7th  grade boys were supposed to play soccer out of camp and our 6th  & 7th  grade girls were also supposed to play soccer here at camp this afternoon.  These games will be rescheduled.  Our ILC Open tennis matches were also put on hold due to weather but do not fret, our campers still have plenty of time to play their games before the end of the session.

Saturday is approaching fast and with that comes our one and only annual Island Lake Visiting Day! (Cheers in the background…woohoo…yay!) We know you’re excited to come to camp to see your children and we’re excited to have you join us.  We will have lots of activities and exhibits going on all day, along with a huge lunch buffet.  If you prefer, you can take your children out of camp for the day.

I’m sure you’re planning to bring lots of junk food, baked goods, and sushi to shower your children with affection, so please keep in mind that we discard all of the food 2 days later. Do not bring too much that your children have to throw away lots of great homemade brownies, cookies, bagged chips, chocolate, grandma’s secret recipes, etc.  We truly hate to waste food, so don’t shlep too much up here.  We kindly ask that you do not bring anything with peanuts or tree nuts in it.

Please refrain from bringing bottled water and drinks, too.  We have amazing well water here at camp that tastes as good as bottled water. Bottled drinks will also be discarded. Do yourselves a favor and save the hassle of carrying these heavy items into camp.

Visiting Day hours are from 9:30am-3:30pm.  If you leave camp for the day, please bring your children back on time for our other annual super duper, huge, extravagant water fight!  Parents are fair game if you’re still here for the water fight so just remember, quick and speedy goodbyes are easier on your children.  We expect that some campers will be in tears so our staff will be around to help them through what’s usually just a short moment of sadness.  The water fight is a great distraction to get children through their difficult goodbyes. Please work with us and know your children are in great hands here at camp.

Here’s a reminder of Wednesday’s riddle and the answer:  If you throw me out the window, you’ll leave a grieving wife.  But leave me in the middle of the door and you might just save a life.  What am I? Answer:  the letter “n”.  Just to break it down for you, remove the “n” from “window” and you get “widow”.  Add the letter “n” to the word, “door”, and you get the word, “donor”.  Here’s today’s riddle:  I travel the world and yet I go nowhere.  I stay in a corner but journey far and near. What am I?  What do you think?  A camper spotted this riddle on an early released copy of the “Morning News” here in the office last night and he came up with the answer almost immediately. Can you do it?

Tonight’s evening activity is GROUPS!  All of the girls groups will play a big game of “Are You Smarter Than Your Counselor”. It’ll be similar to the game show on tv. On the boys side, Groups 1&2 will play Crazy Games while Groups 3&4 will have a Pool Party.  If the pool party gets rained out then the older boys will join the younger ones for crazy games.

Today’s special feature is select photos from Sky Zone yesterday.  Enjoy and until tomorrow, Visiting Day Eve, ILCUTHERE!

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