We'd like to wish all our May birthdays a very Happy Birthday!
Alexis K. 1st
Luis A. 1st
Megan K. 1st
Lily Y. 2nd
Maya K. 2nd
Elias C. 4th
Cat S. 6th
Gustavo S. 8th
Alexis C. 9th
Hannah S. 10th
Haley W. 11th
Marcus D. 12th
Pablo C. 12th
Julia D. 13th
Gillian S. 17th
Jeremy W. 17th
Nicole B. 18th
Emma D. 19th
Alexander P. 20th
Marina R. 20th
Luke G. 23rd
Oliva G. 23rd
Michelle F. 25th
Cem T. 26th
Paola V. 26th
Sean S. 26th
Anna D. 27th
Maria G. 28th
Sarah F. 28th
Enrique V. 29th
Linda Parks 1st
Peter Quigley 8th
Julianne Scirocco 11th
Caroline Meyer 13th
Paul DiFalco 19th
Luis Thivierge 20th
Alexia Sereti 20th
Brett Booker 23rd
The Confer Pavilion is being built in honor of the Confer Family who founded and led FLC for 82 consecutive years. The Confer Center Pavilion will be a covered but open-air pavilion, which will serve as a dynamic "indoor" facility that will house a multi-purpose court for basketball, volleyball, and other sports, as well as a stage on one side to house our special performances..
Calling all Hoppers!
Calling all Mail Carriers!
As we approach the summer we invite our campers to apply for this year's camper jobs. This is a great way to make a couple of dollars and gain some working experience.
Available positions at this time are staff waiter/hopper positions and the mail positions for both camps. The mail position
requires an average of 15 minutes
of work each day after lunch delivering packages and letters to campers and is compensated at $25-$30 per session.
The staff waiter/hopper position involves attending to the staff table for the 3 meals of the day. Duties include place settings, food serving and clearing/cleaning. BBQ's and other special meals excluded. The compensation for this job is $90-$120 per session.
Compensation varies depending on length of session
Join us on June 8th to Open Camp up!
Beginning on Saturday, June 8th, we welcome our Alums, Staff and other FLC families to join us in preparing for the summer season.
The weekend is dedicated to preparing our cabins, working on grounds, preparing the waterfront and any other necessary prep work. You provide an extra set of hands and a positive attitude; we'll provide the cabins, food and FUN!
It involves some hardy work, but we certainly have planned some time to play as well.
We'll plan to get started with the work on Saturday morning, but please feel free to arrive Friday night. We'll continue preparing camp through Sunday and will end just before lunch time. A light lunch will be provided on Sunday if you would like to take to the road.
If you can't make it for the entire weekend, but are able to come up for part of a day, we would love to see you! Let us know if you are able to make it so we know how much food is needed.
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Forest Lake Family Camp
Top this summer off with a fun-filled adventure at Forest Lake Family Camp! Where days are filled with over 50 different individual and family traditional camp pastimes such as tennis, sailing, horseback riding, hiking and much, much more! If your thing is to kick back and relax, then enjoy early morning yoga and then spend the afternoon reading a book down at the beach by our private spring-fed lake.
Space is limited so book your summer family vacation with us today!
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It's that time of year again to begin filling out camp forms!
Enrolled families, please help us ensure a smooth transition for your camper by taking some time in the coming weeks to begin filling out your camper forms. With Campminder, our camper database, filling out these forms couldn't be easier! Visit your campintouch page by clicking on the below link and get started. Thanks in advance for your timely attention to these forms!
Click on the below link to get started:
Happy Spring to our FLC Families!
As you can see from the picture above, excitement is mounting for another great season at FLC! With spring finally here and summer right around the corner we can't help but smile when we think of all the fun and new things we are going to experience together.
With less than two months until our 87th camp season begins, we are in
the final stretch of pre-camp preparations! We would like to sincerely thank all those families who have already enrolled. As we look over our enrollment roster it is exciting to imagine all of the new relationships that will blossom between our new and returning campers.
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In these final weeks leading up to camp we encourage you to practice up on those camp cheers, challenge a friend to a game of ping pong, or learn a new skit for campfire - camp is coming, so you better get ready!
This month's newsletter has a lot of exciting news, such as the announcement of our new campership fund, and the Confer Dedication Ceremony on August 4th. Take a few moments to catch up on some FLC news and let us know what you think!
We can't wait to welcome you to FLC this summer and to share in the lasting memories and friendships that make FLC the special place that it is!
Gene and Lilly
P.S. Parents, our 2013 FLC Parent Handbook is now live
Join us for our May 11th
Are you still trying to choose the right camp for this summer? Have you enrolled for the 2013 summer but wish you could come for a visit before opening day? Are you considering renting out FLC or attending our Family Camp? Whatever the case might be, we invite you to come to camp this spring for one of our Open House Events! We welcome all families, prospective and enrolled, to enjoy a tour and an opportunity to visit camp.
What to expect:
- Chance for you to speak with other families
- Visit with the Owners and Directors of FLC
- Enjoy a tour of our campus
- Opportunity to explore camp on your own
- Enjoy conversation and light refreshments
Dates: May 11th
This should be a great event, so put a trip to the Adirondacks on your calendar and come on up and visit us this spring!
Come learn and share about what makes FLC such a unique summer experience.
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An FLC Tradition To Stick To!
It is time to bring out those Forest Lake Recognition Sticks and be reminded of memories from summers past!
At the top of the stick is your color band. For our girl campers, are you a part of the Green or White Team? For all our boys, are you on the Red or Blue Team? Every camper's Recognition Stick honors their Color Team with 2 bands of color around the top of the stick. In the middle of those two bands is the name FLC and the year you started at camp. Underneath the bands of color are notches to show each summer you return. Will this summer be marked with a second or a fifth notch, or maybe you will be presented with your very first notch for the summer of 2012! Below these notches your name is burned.
For old and new campers, we recognize effort, achievements and honors from the summer days with burned symbols of activities on the shaft of Recognition Sticks. Did you play in the inter camp baseball tournament, receive the Golden Horseshoe, go out on a fishing overnight or win the camp tennis tournament? Did you perform in the dance recital, were you honored as Camper of the Week or swim from the docks to Bass Rocks to New Beach and back? If so, you will find a wood burned image of a baseball bat, a horseshoe, a tennis racket, a fishing pole, a dancer, a swimmer or a star on your Recognition Stick. As years pass, these images may multiply.
Returning campers, do not forget to bring yours back at the start of camp. New campers, we look forward to sharing with you your first Forest Lake Recognition Stick! To all campers, what do you hope to work toward this summer in hopes of earning a new burn for summer 2012? Reach for the stars. We cannot wait to help you get there!!
Meet some of our staff- new and old
1) Hello my name is Katharine Mulderry and I'm from New Jersey.
2) If I could be a superhero I'd be like Mystique from X-men. She can change herself to look like anyone she wants. I would have the power to look like anyone and I could use my power to morph into different outfits allowing me to wear the clothes I can't afford!
3) My favorite song changes about every two seconds, but right now it's "Call Me in the Afternoon" by Half Moon Run. I watch movies like it's my job so I can't really choose. I have The Pink Panther almost memorized so I guess I'll say that!
4) I come back every summer to see all of my friends and to make new ones! I also come back becomes FLC gives me the chance to do things I wouldn't normally do like netball or archery or sharing a cabin with 10 other crazy, fun, amazing, insane girls.
5) This summer I'm most looking forward to leading activities, especially music. I always looked up to my counselors when I was a camper and had so much fun with them, so I'm hoping I can be just as cool and helpful to the campers of 2013. I'm looking forward to music periods because music is my passion and I hope to help kids find the musician within themselves. I'm also excited to be involved in the big Color War activities like Gold Rush or Counselor Hunt.
6) My favorite FLC memory is from my first year at camp. My friend Tati and I had been in a music period that day where we participated in a little bit of karaoke. Come time to shower we both still had "Benny and the Jets" stuck in our heads so we hopped in the showers and started singing as loud as we could. The other girls in our cabin, not so impressed by our singing, stole our towels and wouldn't give them back until we stopped. The girls office also had to stop by to see what all the noise was about. Such a fun night.
7) The words that best describe me are "crazy fun!"
1) My name is Scott Irwin. otherwise know as Skirwin, and I am from Delaware.
2) If I had a super power I would want to be able to communicate with animals. I have always had a love for animals and think it would be awesome to be able to know what they are thinking and run with them through the woods.
3) My favorite movie is Boondock Saints. It is a story of brothers who fight against odds to bring down a criminal syndicate in their city. My favorite camper-friendly movie is Space Jam, where Michael Jordan and the Loony-Toons stand up against evil space monsters. My favorite song is Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show. It reminds me of a simple life, and helps me get away from the hectic life of being in college.
4) I return to FLC every summer because it has been one of the few constants that I have had in my life and there is not any other place that I feel more comfortable and at home. FLC meant so much to me during my childhood and I would like to do my part in helping it mean just as much to the campers.
5) In the summer ahead, I am looking most forward to reconnecting with the veteran campers while working to become a role model for both veteran and new campers. Of course, the thing I am looking forward to most is being completely silly for the enjoyment of others. (CAN'T WAIT FOR MESS HALL SONGS AND CAMPFIRE!!!)
6) I am most excited to be involved in SCIENCE this summer!!!! Being an educator in training, I am excited to be able to connect an academic field to the environment of living in the outdoors. I would like to give the campers a chance to understand their surroundings and build their own love for the outdoors and the science that is involved in it.
7) My favorite memory is not so much a specific memory but a feeling I get every time I arrive at camp for the first time each summer. Jon Bockelmann (an old administrator at FLC when I was a camper) used to say this to the campers at the beginning of every first campfire of the session and it has rung true with me since. I spend all year thinking about FLC and returning the next summer. The whole drive up I feel anxious and excited. I turn onto the camp road and my heart jumps into my throat. I know what waits ahead but it feels as though I will never make it up that last hill. When my tires hit the dirt road, I look ahead and see the yellow farmhouse (the Combs' house). At that moment, all joys, fears, hope and faults disappear and there is only one word in my head and one feeling in my heart. Home!
8) The three words that best describe me are Family, Hard-work, and determination.
1) My name is Olivia Ridge and I am from Minnesota.
2) If you could be a superhero with super powers, I would want to be able to stop my leftovers from going bad in the fridge. Flying would be nice too though!
3) My favorite song and movie? Halo by Beyoncé and Die Hard.
4) I chose FLC over other camps because it gives the full camp experience and encourages their staff to be creative. FLC values outdoor recreation as a source of growth and fulfillment for children and provides the perfect environment for developing that love of the outdoors. Also, FLC was the only camp that was impressed by my stated "kazoo skills."
5) This summer I am looking forward to being part of the FLC community, encouraging and connecting with campers, the mountains, the campfires, growing as a teacher and leader, and of course, being outside.
6) This summer I look forward to being on the water!
I cannot wait to canoe, kayak and swim. I also hope to enjoy and learn from other activities and join arts and crafts, field sports, rambunctious singing and overnight trips!
FLC honors the passing of an iconic figure
through establishing the
The Ollie Van Cise Campership Fund
As a community, Forest Lake was deeply saddened when we learned of Ollie's passing on March 8, 2013.
Ollie was a highly respected member of the FLC staff for an uninterrupted tenure of thirty years. He first arrived at Forest Lake as a tennis counselor but soon became the head counselor of the junior camp where he became an institution and touched the lives of hundreds of campers and young staff. Nearly every alumnus from the 50s, 60's, and 70's who re-visits FLC asks about Ollie.
Ollie is always remembered for his bugle playing, his puns, his backboard-like tennis ability, and his rendition of the "Golden Argosy". Perhaps, more important, was the role model that he provided to all he worked with - the kindness, the fairness, the reliability, and the decency. Ollie was very tuned in to the needs of young boys and structured a junior program that will always be remembered.
Ollie's career, apart from FLC, was as a social studies teacher and guidance counselor in the Chatham (NJ) school system. He was an avid sports fan and a voracious reader. Ollie and his wife, Tally, who also worked at FLC, lived in Basking Ridge, NJ where they raised their two children, Glenn and Lynn. Upon retirement, Ollie and Tally moved to Bend, Oregon to be closer to both their children.
In response to this great loss, Forest Lake Camp has decided to establish a camper scholarship fund in Ollie's name. We have partnered up with the American Camping Association, which will allow us to accept tax-deductible contributions. We feel strongly that The Ollie Van Cise Campership Fund will assist in helping many future families experience the magic of an FLC summer, which Ollie helped shape over his 30 year tenure.
To learn more about
The Ollie Van Cise Campership fund
, please click on the link below. We accept online donations either by credit card or check. Thank you for your support!
Ball, Bat, Body!
I can't promise to create the next Andy Roddick or Serena Williams, but what I do intend to 'serve up' this summer is an enjoyable and professional tennis program! My hope is that each camper who comes out to the courts, regardless of their ability level, can progress their tennis game or learn something new. Whether you're 'Bjorn' to play tennis or not, with any luck you'll be a much 'Becker' player than you were when you came to Forest Lake at the start of the summer.
Awful puns aside, my name is Tom and I'm from a small town in England called Swindon. I've been playing tennis since I was 5 and am a Level 1 qualified tennis coach here in the U.K. This will be my first summer working at FLC and I cannot wait!
This summer I was asked to bring as much structure, coaching and fun to the courts as I can. My aim is to incorporate fun games with easy to follow drills and competitive activities and eventually full matches. Having been in the British coaching system for about 13 years, I have accumulated a deep understanding for the importance of a productive yet enjoyable session, and aim to do the same at FLC this summer.
My aim for the summer is to devote each day to a certain shot - or shots. Mondays may be forehands, backhands on Tuesdays...matches on Fridays etc. This way the campers will know what they are getting when they show up at the courts and each day will include drills and games for all abilities. My biggest tool will be three simple words; words I wish I was told when I was 5. They are: Ball, Bat, Body. These three simple words are a great tool for discovering errors in your game. By looking at each and every shot in that order, first looking at the ball, then the bat (racket), and then the body, campers will be able to diagnose their own problems when a coach is not on hand.
No more of my secrets for now, you will have to show up to one of my activity periods to learn more! The ball is now in your court!
As always, we hope you've enjoyed reading this edition of our newsletter. We are always delighted to hear from you any news you would like to share with us. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gene and Lilly Devlin and our FLC Staff