Aaron Bacon becomes FLC’s Next Wilderness Director

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We are excited to welcome, Aaron Bacon as our newest Wilderness Director at FLC. Aaron joins an illustrious group of FLC Wilderness Directors who have for over 90 years led campers into the heart of the Adirondack wilderness.  Aaron has been on staff for the last two summers and has demonstrated his competence in the outdoors and commitment and joy for working with FLC’s campers. Through his love for the outdoors and his time at FLC he has decided to pursue a career in Outdoor Adventure and Education. We are very fortunate to have Aaron leading our wilderness program and look forward to all he and our wilderness team will bring to FLC’s outdoor program.   [Read more…]

FLC – “ Get with the Program”

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Our rentals calendar is filling nicely for 2017 and we are excited for the 11 couples who are going to celebrate with friends and family at the place so many of us call home.

We have space for day weddings, family reunions and corporate retreats and meetings. Get in touch now to secure your booking.

On behalf of FLC we would also appreciate you passing on to PTO’s, Principals and other school contacts you know that as FLC launches its school programs and prepares to welcome school groups to enjoy our wonderful facility, our 4 exciting areas of the program.

Explore – Environmental Ecology
Experience – Adventure based fun
Grow – Team Building and Character Development
Go – Sports Based Training

For more information about our School Programs, visit our website or contact brett@forestlakecamp.com

U.K. FLC Staff Reunion

16266049_10158212858015594_3913684508100661778_nFLC is such a special place, you still feel part of the camp community even when you’re thousands of miles away! It was wonderful to see Lilly and Gene and counsellors past and present all together. It felt as though I’d never left camp! Although I won’t be able to return this year, the friendships I made at FLC are lifelong and I know that I’ll always be welcome back at camp. FLC has brought so many amazing people into my life and I am so lucky to always be a part of that family.– Eleanor Clack (2016 Dance instructor) [Read more…]

Enrollment Remains Strong

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Every summer since 1926 we have had the privilege to work with a wonderful group of campers from around the country and world while providing life-shaping experiences in a remarkable setting.  Our summer experience only lasts a couple of months but our preparation goes on year-round.  Each off-season we work with families interested in sending their children to FLC. These prospective families come to us from online search sites, referral agents, advertising and most importantly word of mouth. Our FLC families, alums and friends are essential in leading families to FLC.  We are thrilled by the number of families who come to us through family referrals – we would like to sincerely thank our veteran families for sharing their FLC experience with other families!

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WinterFest 2017 – February 19th

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Join us next month on February 19th for our annual WinterFest. Have you ever wondered what camp was like under a blanket of snow?? If so, join us for FLC WinterFest. All are invited (alumni, staff, prospective families, and current FLC families) to come up for a day of sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and camaraderie  around a bonfire with hot chocolate and s’mores. WinterFest will be from 10am – 4pm on February 19th.

To learn more and RSVP, please email

Alumni Spotlight – Caroline Meyer

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Forest Lake has always valued “legacies” and has even welcomed a number of third generation campers. Caroline Meyer was a second generation legacy when she began her camp career in 1995 along with her sister Lily-Anne.

Caroline’s father, Joe Meyer, was a camper in the 50’s and 60’s as was her uncle, Bill Meyer. Summer camp must be part of the Meyer family DNA because both of Caroline’s aunts on the Meyer side were career campers at a neighboring girl’s camp, Pine Log, located in Lake Luzerne, NY. Caroline and Lily-Anne’s cousins, Liz and Danielle Meyer (Bill’s daughters) were also career campers at FLC. Caroline and Lily- Anne further distinguished themselves by being FLC’s first-ever campers from Hong Kong. [Read more…]

FLC’s Voyageur Teen Adventure

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FLC’s newly named Voyageur program is a 10-day experience. Our Voyageur program encompasses adventure, travel, stewardship and team building for 17 year olds. We believe a critical attribute of leadership is the ability to make strong decisions and be able to lead one’s peers.  This program will help participants strengthen their decision-making and teamwork skills, through group cooperation and problem solving while working together in the outdoors. [Read more…]

What does SPEV mean at FLC?

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One of the most anticipated events of the camp session is Special Event (SPEV). SPEV is a full day of activities based around one central theme that staff work hard to bring to life each summer. In the past, SPEV has been centered around themes such as aliens, pirates, the Hunger Games and time travel.  Last summer we chose to bring the campers back to medieval times in their own Knights of the Round Table. [Read more…]

Meet Some of our New 2017 FLC Staff

One quality that makes Forest Lake Camp so unique is its wonderful, caring and professional staff. We couldn’t be more proud of all that our counselors bring to our camp community each and every summer. We look forward each month to introducing you to our new and returning counseling staff.  Over the past few months we have been sharing what our 2016 staff have been up to since the summer ended. In our January newsletter we are excited to share a few NEW staff for summer 2017!

Screen Shot 2017-01-28 at 3.07.11 PMWhat is your name? Grace Cadigan  

Where are you from?  Shohola, Pennsylvania

What activities will you be involved in this summer? What excites you about this? Wilderness activities such as hikes, canoe trips, climbing etc. This really excites me because I love the outdoors, and to be able to share it with other people is awesome. 

What three words best describe you? Loud, goofy, and sincere. 

What are you most excited to share with your campers this summer? The amazing memories we are going to make!

If you could be any type of food what would it be and why? An onion because it has many layers, and so do I.

If you could have any super power what would it be and why? Time travel so I can see what life was like in the past, and what it will be like in the future.

What about coming to FLC are you most excited about? Meeting new friends, learning new leadership skills, and making a positive impact in kids’ lives. 

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Screen Shot 2017-01-28 at 3.07.32 PMWhat is your name? Oihana Ojanguren

Where are you from? I’m from Caracas, Venezuela

What activities will you be involved in this summer? What excites you about this? I will be involved in soccer, which I think it’s very exciting, because I love the sport and I would love to teach the campers about teamwork and to play different games for everyone to enjoy.

What three words best describe you? Responsible, fun and caring.

What are you most excited to share with your campers this summer? I would love for campers to get the same and even better experiences that I had when I was a camper at FLC, I learned a lot about different countries and cultures, and how to make friends from all over the world, and about life in general.

If you could be any kind of food, what kind would you be and why? I think I would be an Arepa (typical Venezuelan food) because it’s very versatile and it goes good with anything.

If you could have any kind of super power, what would your super power be and why? Teleportation!! Because I would love to see the world.

What about coming to FLC are you most excited about? Getting to see old friends, meeting new ones and making new campers feel at home and part of the family FLC

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DSC_0165What is your name? Leon Hering

Where are you from?  Rennerod, Germany

What activities will you be involved in this summer? What excites you about this? I will be instructing canoeing, mountain bike and soccer.  I am excited by the different opportunities you have in each activity, whether it is cooperation, speed, agility or power and for the opportunity to pass these skills on to my campers.

What three words best describe you? Motivated, cheerful and helpful.

What are you most excited to share with your campers this summer? To bring all the knowledge and interests I have closer to my campers and make it the best summer of their lives.

If you could be any kind of food, what kind would you be and why? Actually I never identified myself with some food, so I have no idea. 🙂

If you could have any kind of super power, what would your super power be and why? It would be to split myself as often as I want so I can help everybody who needs help at any time.

What about coming to FLC are you most excited about?  Coming to FLC is a completely new experience for me and I think a nice summer, a lot of fun and some great friendships will be the result of it.

 

Join us in supporting the Van Cise Campership Fund

Dear Alumni,

dsc_0993-xl-2We hope this finds you in good health and company during this Holiday Season!

During this holiday season, we wanted to take a moment to reach out to our alum and thank each one of you for all of your support and dedication to Forest Lake Camp. Summer 2016 was a great season for FLC and we are already looking forward to another great summer in the Adirondacks in 2017!

There is a lot to be thankful for, however, we are most thankful for our campers both past and present – it is our campers that make up the spirit and magic of the FLC experience!

Over the past few years FLC has made a commitment to widen the path that leads campers to Forest Lake Camp by creating a scholarship fund in veteran counselor, Ollie Van Cise’s name. We sincerely feel there is nothing more important in the development of a young person’s life than an FLC summer!

We are excited to announce that this year a generous donor has committed to help kick this Season of Giving off by matching every single dollar given to the Ollie Van Cise Campership Fund up to $2,000. Please support The Ollie Van Cise Campership Fund and help a camper in need experience the magic of a summer in the Adirondack Mountains!

We hope with your help, we will be able to offer more families the assistance they need to send their child to camp in summer 2017! As you consider making a donation, it may be helpful to know:

  • $3,495 gives a first year camper ‘2 weeks of magic’ – from which relationships and lifelong lessons aredsc_0010-xl born
  • $5,595 gives a camper the opportunity to experience a 4-week summer session
  • Almost all of our recipients receive ‘partial’ scholarships – with each family contributing all they can to their child’s tuition
  • $50 gives a camper the opportunity to experience horseback riding while $125 gives a camper the opportunity to experience a day on the lake waterskiing
  • All donations to our campership fund are tax-deductible
  • A gift from the heart, of any size, could provide the moment that changes a child’s life forever.

The Ollie Van Cise Campership Fund is truly emblematic of the spirit and commitment that Forest Lake Camp makes to all of its families. We sincerely thank you for considering a donation to the Ollie Van Cise Campership Fund.To make a donation, please click on “Make a Donation” and you will be redirected to our website where you will be able to make a donation online or by mail. All donations to our campership fund are tax-deductible.

On behalf of all of Forest Lake Camp, we thank you for your generosity, support and love of FLC. We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!

Gratefully,

Your Forest Lake Camp Family

PS. Please mark your calendars FLC will be hosting an Alumni Weekend, August 18th – 20th – more details to follow.