Due to popular demand and limited space – FLC opens up a July two-week session!


Due to popular demand and limited space in our other two-week seasons, we have decided to open up our July Short Session (2- weeks) for summer 2017. We will still continue to offer our June and August Short Sessions, however, space is very limited  and waitlists have already begun in some age groups in those sessions.  If you are interested in one of our two-week sessions we encourage you to be in touch soon.  Our two-week sessions offer an introductory experience for new campers. Campers will have the opportunity to experience many of our traditional activities during this session.  We only allow a limited number of 2-week enrollments each summer – so don’t wait. Enroll soon and lock in your spot.  Enroll Now!

Learn More: https://forestlakecamp.com/enrolling-at-flc/enrolling-at-flc/

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 2017-02-27 at 5.14.52 PMWhat is your name? Kris Brethower

Where are you from? I’m from North Salem, a small rural town in Westchester County, NY. I was born there and have lived there my entire life.

What activities will you be involved in this summer? What excites you about this? This summer I will definitively be involved in taking photos and producing videos of the campers each week and uploading them to the FLC website. I will also be helping teach camper’s English as a second language. Thirdly, there is a possibility that I will be running a robotics class. These are exciting to me because they are various things that I have had the opportunity to learn about and enjoy throughout my lifetime, and I now get to use them every day for seven weeks and get paid for it, as well as share those experiences with campers… what more could I ask for! [Read more…]

FLC is looking for a Head of Buildings, Maintenance and Infrastructure


Mike Swartley, our caretaker for the past 3 years, will be leaving us this spring. We want to thank Mike and his wife Kim for all they have contributed to improving and maintaining FLC’s beautiful campus. We wish them both well in their future endeavors.

If you know someone who might be interesting in apply for this job, please forward the below job description along to them. Thanks!

Caretaker Job Description [Read more…]

Alumni Spotlight – Rick Bellas

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Regular readers of this column have likely surmised that it tends to favor “career” campers – those who begin camp at a young age and continue, non-stop, until they have served on the staff for a time. Rick (Ricky) Bellas is another such alumnus of Forest Lake.

Rick began as a junior in Cabin 2 (Seminole) in the summer of 1959 and logged an uninterrupted attendance as a camper, general counselor, and head counselor through the summer of 1980. When he first attended FLC, his family lived in North Caldwell, NJ and his sister attended nearby Pine Log Camp at the same time. Any alum who knew Rick would recall him being a very enthusiastic camper with wide interests and talents – great on stage, fleet of foot, and acrobatic among them. [Read more…]

A battle ongoing with catching and throwing for nigh 90 years!


FLC COLOR WARS, what are they, how can we explain them to those who haven’t experienced them? Well it is hard as the tradition of color wars at FLC is incredibly unique and filled with much mystique. We have asked our head of ceremonies, Bob Duffy to describe the spirit of our Color Wars, he has (in Bob Duffy style) offered us a poem.

Continue reading on to hear a few reflections of what Color War means to our campers and alumni.

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Aaron Bacon becomes FLC’s Next Wilderness Director


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”


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…]