COVID-19 Update: Camp Closure for 2020

Dear Island Lake Parents,

In our 35 years of owning and running Island Lake we never thought we would have to send this letter. Due to restrictions placed on our operations, Island Lake will be unable to open this summer. We are heartbroken by this.

The guidelines that have come out from the American Camp Association and their consultants say that social distancing is a recommended guideline for 2020. Island Lake cannot be Island Lake with these restrictions so we have made this difficult decision.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is in a phased reopening; Red, Yellow, & Green. Wayne County is currently in red which means stay at home. When it goes to yellow there are restrictions in place that will not allow us to open. The Green Phase has yet to be defined; the rules currently say follow current CDC guidelines. We are sure those will include distancing and mask requirements through the end of the summer. In fact, the criteria that will be used to move a region from the Yellow Phase to the Green Phase are still not determined. A region could be moved back to yellow or red if there is a resurgence of the virus meaning that even if we don’t have an outbreak at camp the Commonwealth could shut us down.

To give you an idea of how important camp is to us, for Matt this will be his first summer not at camp since 1985 and second since 1972. Wendy has also only missed one summer since 1972 and she was very young at the time. The worst decision that we could make would be to open and then have to close because of an outbreak at our facility or in our region.

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives in some way. As adults, we have all had different emotions and difficulties dealing with this pandemic. It is impossible for us to understand the emotions our children are going through as a result of this decision. We were so hopeful to be able to have our campers come to camp and erase some of their fears, anxieties and day to day worries with good old fashioned fun. We are heartbroken that summer will not be a reprieve for them, and for you.

As stated in an earlier email, all registrations for 2020 will be honored for 2021. Campers who would have been entering their last year as campers will still be allowed to be together, as campers, for 2021. If anyone would like to be a CIT, they may choose that option. Please hold off on letting us know your decision until we ask for it. We are still absorbing this in our minds.

It seems surreal to be writing this to you and I’m sure it seems the same to be receiving it. I press the send button with great sadness. We wish you and your families health and happiness in the coming months. And of course, ILCUTHERE 2021!

Wendy, Ricki and Matt, Bev

P.S. Please watch the video below with your campers. It is with heavy hearts that we put this together, along with making the decision, to not open Island Lake this summer. We wish you all good health and happiness this summer.

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Hey all you teenagers! Are you entering 9th grade or higher? Do you enjoy traveling around the U.S. and Canada? If so, our Island Lake teen trip program is just for you. Each summer in our 2nd session we offer a 4 day/3 night trip to a different exciting destination. In past summers we have had the time of our lives visiting Cleveland, Ohio, Boston, MA, Toronto & Niagara Falls, Canada, as well as Montreal & Quebec, Canada.

Highlights of our trip to Cleveland include riding on some of the largest roller coasters in the world at Cedar Point Amusement Park, visiting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Football Hall of Fame, and taking in a Cleveland Indians game when possible. And that’s only to mention a few exciting attractions on this trip. On our journey back to camp we stop at a fun-tastic indoor water park to finish this trip on a high note.

In Boston, we enjoy the Basketball Hall of Fame, a Duck Tour around the city of Boston, shopping in Faneuil Hall, a private tour of Fenway Park, a Blue Man Group performance, and an exciting fun-filled day trip to Martha’s Vineyard. This is truly a trip that cannot be missed!

Trips to Canada have also been a fantastic experience for our campers. Toronto is the home to the CN Tower where we take a ride to the top to take in a fantastic view the entire city. We lose our stomachs at Canada’s Wonderland Amusement Park, visit the Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as relax and enjoy a Toronto Blue Jays game when possible. Riding on the Maid of the Midst in, on, under, and around Niagara Falls is another breathtaking adventure on this trip.

Last but not least, no teen trip schedule is complete without a visit to Montreal and Quebec, Canada. Exciting highlights include La Ronde Amusement Park, exploring Montreal’s cool science museum, the Parc Olympic, and "wetting" their appetites on Jetboats on Lachine Rapids. A visit and walk around Quebec City to explore old history and new (shopping!) is another fantastic experience on this fun-filled trip.

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