With Love, Mark and Laura

WINTER 2008
EDITION
P.O. Box 20126, Dix Hills, NY 11746 • Phone: 631.462.2550 • www.iroquoissprings.com
A NOTE FROM MARK AND LAURA
It was so great for us to see everyone at the camp reunion – it was our best turnout we
have had in the eight years of Iroquois Springs history and the buzz and excitement in the
room was second to none. We hope you have had a chance to take a look at the video
yearbook and slideshow and relive what was an amazing summer for all of us.
In our house we could barely sleep the night before the reunion, and the excitement that
morning driving up to New Rochelle was overwhelming – we all felt that for that period of
time, even if it was only a few hours together we were back in camp and the spirit, friendship and connection we all have together was back – amazing how camp has this incredible
effect on so many.
As we watched both campers and parents reconnect with one another after a few months,
it is hard to truly describe the essence of camp until you experience it. It’s not words
that can describe it – it’s smiles, laughter, hugs, winks and a feeling that we are all part of
something……something big – that something is the Iroquois Springs community that we
are all an integral part of - something that we all created together.
We are counting down the days until we move
back up to camp and get another season rolling.
Before you know it, we will be together again in
Rock Hill.
We wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of
you a wonderful holiday season, one filled with
joy, good health and happiness from our family to
yours.
With Love,
Mark and Laura
Countdown to Camp
178 days
from Jan. 1
BOYS SIDE STUFF
with Josh Bogard
It certainly seemed to me that a great time was had by all at the reunion! The camp reunion is always one of my favorite days
of the winter because we get to see so many old friends reunite. Watching many of you come with your pillows and overnight
bags from your sleepover party always brings a smile to my face. We always say that your camp friends are your closest
friends and you guys continually prove that. I know that two hundred days may sound like a long time but we will be back in
Rock Hill before we know it.
As always, I enjoy hearing all of your favorite memories and funny stories from the summer. I heard some great memories
about all of the fun times you had with your bunkmates and counselors. It was also awesome to see so many of our campers’ siblings hanging out with us as well this year. You guys are going to make great campers in the near future.
It is always great to hang out with your friends and I look forward to your friendships growing even
stronger this summer. As the winter begins and our shorts and t-shirts are put away, I would
like to wish everyone an enjoyable holiday season. I look forward to the buses
pulling into camp and starting another summer at Iroquois Springs. The
summer of 2009 has new and exciting things in store for all of us.
On another note, it was certainly great for Rosie and I to share our great
news of having a baby with everyone. Your warm wishes and genuine
caring about us is what makes Iroquois Springs such a special family.
We look forward to being in camp with Baby Bogard this summer and
in the years to come.
Until then, study hard and do all your homework.
Josh
GIRLS SIDE GAB
with Rosie Bogard
It was great seeing everyone at the camp reunion. It made me even more excited for this upcoming summer.
We have so much to look forward to as the cold, winter months approach. I know I am looking forward to warm
weather, evening activities, sports, girls side, trips, S’MORES and more.
I loved hearing all your camp memories and how often you think about camp and get together with your camp
friends. It was so exciting to see all the JC’s walk around the reunion with all of you; they were so excited to see
you. As we plan for next summer, I will make sure to continue focusing on making Girls Side the place to be in
2009. We will have even bigger and better Big/Little sister events, more exciting line-ups, and of course our divisional activities will continue to grow. Whether this is your first time at camp or your sixth summer at camp,
Iroquois Springs is a magical place where you will continue to make lasting friendships, experience new activities, and collect a lifetime of memories. I would like to take
this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year…and
let the count down begin….and remember continue to be nice to your
family and friends…A smile goes a long way….
Stay warm during these winter months…before we know it you will
hear me reminding you to put on sunscreen a million times a day…
Rosie
NOTES FROM BUBBA’S CLIPBOARD
Another reunion has come and gon
e, but the memories we all shared,
the smiles, hugs
and excitement will stay with us
forever. The cold winter is upon
us now, but knowing that
another summer at camp is not too
far away helps to warm our bodies
as we look forward to
another summer filled with new frien
ds, memories and great camp expe
riences.
This is the time of year that staff
recruiting is turned into high gea
r. We are busy searching
high and low for outstanding staf
f to come and share the magic Iroq
uois Springs offers us all.
But, before we hire our new staff,
we try to bring back as many old
faces as possible. Here is
a list of staff that have already told
us they will be returning to camp
for another great summer in ’09:
Emily Ackroyd
Heather Adams
Danielia Barron
Taylor Bennett
Melanie Bergstedt
Ari Bisk
Josh Bogard
Rosanne Bogard
Zachary Brailey
Matt Cavagnaro
Lori Chaytor
Zachary Clark
Maria Cuomo
Drew Dalton
Steven Davis
Cynthia Dickson
Anna DuBose
Jae Dunphy
Hamish Elliott
Warren Famiglietti
Brianne Ferguson
Marina Ferreira
Sarah Fitzgerald
Kimberly Foley
Krista Follett
Yve Fouladi
Dylan Frand
Danielle Giglio
Lindsay Goldberg
Ethan Greenberg
Kathleen Greene
Esta Greenstein
Colin Hamilton
Laura Hernandez
Jessica Hull
Christopher Johnson
Albert Kadosh
Sean Kelly
Ron Kestenbaum
Daniel “CJ” King
John Korevec
Starr Lederer
Logan Link
Lucas Loya
Scott Lybarger
Daniel Lybarger
Robert Maes
Ellen Mager
Melissa Mann
Nicole McDonough
Brendt Mendelblatt
Benjamin Merritt
Fred Miller
Joshua Nathan
Allison Organ
Bridget Owen
Gabrielle Peyton
Lindsay Reid
Chris Rhead
John Riskas
Samantha Romoff
Samantha Rosenstock
Gary Ross
Mike Sapia
Levent Selekoglu
Leah Sider
Benjamin Simon
Emily Smith
Gabrielle Spector
Andrea Spector
Sheila Talansky
Paul Titley
Anya Tucker
Ender Ulu
Miriam Upshall
Simon Wade
Jenna Wallshein
Vanessa Warren
Larry Wilensky
Evan Williams
Emily Young
Rachel Zeiger
We still have a long list of staff that
have said “maybe” for next summer,
they still need a
bit more time to make a decision
, however I know from experience,
the list above is sure to
grow. I know you will all agree,
we are headed for another awesom
e summer with happy
campers and great staff!
Enjoy the holiday season and stay
warm – looking forward to sharing
another great summer
together soon.
Bubba
REUNION RECAP
The 8th Annual Camp Reunion was marked once again with great
success. We had another incredible turnout and were so happy to see campers and their
families who made the trip from as far as Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania and Maryland to share the morning
with camp friends. Watching many of you come in with your overnight bags from your sleepover the night before brings
back such great camp memories. It almost makes you feel as though we were all back in Rock Hill together for the start of another
great summer.
Speaking of great feelings, what could be better than walking through Fun Fuzion and seeing the look on each one of your faces when you had
the chance to reunite with your camp friends. For that moment in time, it makes us all realize that we are so lucky to be able to experience
camp and have the opportunity to do something so special each summer.
I think you will agree, Fun Fuzion seems to be an awesome venue for our reunion each winter.
The pictures say it all! Make sure you take some time to visit the Iroquois Springs website and
check out all of the great pictures from the reunion.
MEDIA MATTERS
Even during the winter, the I.S. Media Department is
hard at work, making improvements based on your
feedback from last summer. The ‘e-mail blasts’ we introduced last year turned out to be a big hit, with over
400 people signing up to receive notification when
new pictures
and videos were
posted.
One thing a lot of
people asked for
was an easy way to
save your favorite
pictures, and to be
able to share those
with family and friends. Well, we’re happy to announce that starting next summer, you can do just
that. It’s called I.S. Summer Site Favorites, and we
think you’re really going to like it. You can try it now
by going to the Summer Site, and clicking on “My
Favorites” on the top of the page. Try it out and let
us know what you think, by sending your feedback at
[email protected]
We have a few other surprises in store, so look to the
Spring newsletter for more exciting announcements!
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
Super Seniors & CITs We know with a later curfew
you can get hungry at night
and sometimes you would like
some late-night eats – not
just snacks at the canteen,
but FOOD. This summer our
plan is to have some late
night snacks - things like
pizza, wings, nachos, etc.
served at the dining room
a few nights each week.
This is a special treat,
something reserved
for our super seniors and CIT campers! It will become a
camp tradition for summers to come – something all our
younger campers can look forward to.
So a few nights each week – hang out with friends at the
dining room, eat some treats and socialize a little before
heading back to your cabin for the night. We are excited
about this and think this is something our oldest campers have been asking for over the past few summers – we
don’t have a teen lounge, but now campers can hang with
each other and get something to eat.
Send us an email if you have some idea of what you think
this should be called – everything at camp has a special
name, or if you have some ideas of what you would like to
see served at our late night snack – but no sushi!
JANUARY
Justin Schumacher
Alec Ash
Emily Levine
Matthew Morris
Emma Schildkraut
Michelle Hartog
Jonathan Kopf
Maleeha Chida
Logan Lott
Zoe Metz
Mollie Wolfe
Jaime Kaiser
Griffin Schwab
Maya Schumer
Jordan Drapkin
Nicole Eisenberg
Katherine Rau
Jason Volk
Rachel Harmon
Jason Travers
Hannah Luchs
Brandon Nimberger
Sydney Carus
Michael Roberts
Amanda Cappelli
Sydney Chason
Marlon Dixon
Melissa Holzberg
Casey Peacock
Paula Weissenberg
Michael Frank
Tyler Pollack
Benji Stoll
Zoey Michaels
Mohona Siddiqi
Andrew Silverhardt
Halle Goldberg
Alyssa Kopf
Jessica Zodicoff
Jake Atlas
Alexandra Berman
Daisy Poliandro
Eden Schumer
Rachel Dickson
Brian Pfeffer
Jordana Karger
Brooke Rose
Jamie Goldstein
Adam Hershaft
Jason Hershaft
Samantha Atlas
Andrew Fink
Justin Diamond
Alexandra Katz
FEBRUARY
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Hannah Fouladi
Josh Roberts
Matt Roberts
Nicole Drayzen
Amanda Edwards
Adam Hanford
Shane Rose
Nicole Waxner
Kyle Brambani
Matthew Milner
Nicole Steiner
Rachel Geffner
Zachary Geffner
Jessica McDonough
Justin Shulman
Loren Spera
Logan Grossman
Jonathan Stransky
Rachel Brenner
Ariane Crummer
Sari Sosnick
Taylor Dworkin
Josh Greenberg
Alex Kestenbaum
Tori Kroll
Jack Staub
Jake Lynch
Jillian Biener
Emily Staub
Harrison Barr
Emma Blancher
Julia Dunetz
Kellie Spector
Andrew Spera
Justin Lott
Charlie Spector
Tobi Charnizon
Alexander Krostich
Jack Watkins
Max Wollman
Joshua Beron
Jordan Evar
Eric Kaufmann
Jordyn Cohen
Hannah Matusow
Daniel Hirsch
Sammie Spector
Brady Condron
Jordan Hirschhorn
Matthew Newfield
Roy Tal
Sarah Wish
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MARCH
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Ariella Kuhl
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Gabriela Parsons
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Ethan Kuhl
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Carly Brensilber
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Austin Forman
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Elayna Barmak
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Jenna Forman
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Jason Shackman
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Hannah Barr
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Abbi Leighton
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Josh Radin
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Silvie Saltzman
Spencer Hoddeson 8
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Jaclyn Rose
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Marcy Cohen
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Paige Kerman
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Megan Landau
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Julianne Salerno
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Lauren Alpert
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Jackson Berner
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Jeremy Martin
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Jessica Ostroff
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Stephanie Schiff
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Morgan Ness
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Lauren Tufano
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Cory Bierman
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Julia Deriu
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Zachary Saklad
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Sarah Della fave
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Julia Moss
Brandon Schumacher 17
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Jeremy Becker
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Jason Rubenstein
Samantha Goldstein 20
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Nicole Kerman
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Zachary Seymour
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Nicole Axelrod
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Ross Dunayer
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Amie Diamond
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Robert Mitchell
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Kate Klaschka
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Anna Dal Pont
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Matthew Dacher
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Jenna Wollin
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Alison Chafitz
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Sophie Eisenbud
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Rachel Gutschmit
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Amanda Steinberg
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Evan Plotkin
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Max Watkins
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Zachary Birzon
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Nyasia DeWaal
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Andrew Hochler
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Matthew Zeiger
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!
We are thrilled to welcome the following new
campers to the Iroquois Springs family!
Skylar Cooperman Mendham, NJ
Jared Cooperman
Mendham, NJ
Justin Levine
Rye Brook, NY
Tyler Pollack
Irvington, NY
Natalia Ryzak
New York City, NY
Noah Yahney
Bellmore, NY
Rebecca Millman
Scarsdale, NY
Melissa Levine
New City, NY
Sarah Bernstein
Commack, NY
MEMBERSHIP REWARDS
After working closely with representatives at
American Express, we are pleased to let you
know that we can now accept AMEX credit
cards for your camp payments.
We know many of our camp families have
asked for this service for a number of years
and we are thrilled that we have been able
to provide this for you. If you would like to
change your credit card on file to AMEX, give
the office a call and we would be happy to
assist you. We also can set you up with our
auto-pay system where we can use your predetermined credit card for all payments.
Give our office a
call if you have any
questions – we are
here to help you.
Senior Trip 2009 - Washington, DC
Senior campers (entering grades 8 – 11) will have the opportunity to enroll for the
3-night / 4-day trip to Washington DC & Alexandria, VA taking place July 26 – 29,
2009.
Our outstanding trip highlights some of these attractions and more:
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Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Washington National’s Game
King’s Dominion
Smithsonian Museums
National Monument & Vietnam Memorial Tour
Ghost Tour in Old Towne Alexandria
Detailed registration and enrollment information
will be sent to you separately, make sure to
look for it after the New Year.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ROCK HILL
It certainly is cold and snowy most days in Rock Hill this
time of the year – that is not slowing down Dennis and
Tim McGinnis, our facility directors. They get after it every
day and the theater is already starting to take shape for its new
look for this summer. So far the bathrooms have been renovated
and the beautiful knotty pine paneling is starting to go on the walls.
When it is complete the theater will be transformed into a brand new
facility, complete with brand new professional quality sound and lighting systems, video capability, new ceiling and building lighting. We are
excited about having the theater now at the standard of the rest of our
facility.
In the spring all our athletic courts will be getting a brand new paint job
– fresh color coating and lines on all our athletic courts will make all the
courts look sharp and ready for extra-hard play this summer. The spring
will also bring new changes to the front of our dining room – new
landscaping and pathways to enter the dining room where we will
be creating a “grove” seating area in front of the main entrance
to the dining room.
We will continue to keep you posted on these projects; perhaps even a few pictures will make
its way into the next newsletter.
THE GREENING OF I.S.
This time last year we reported that Iroquois Springs was going to
introduce new initiatives to make camp a little greener. We are pleased to
share with you what worked and what we plan to implement in 2009. During
this past summer, our office used recycled paper to print all of the camper emails
which there was more than one or two of. As you may know, our office is a very
busy place where a lot of paper is generated so we made a conscious
effort to recycle all of this paper. It took a lot of hard work, but
our office staff did a great job.
Our food service staff was responsible for recycling all cardboard that came into the kitchen. Feeding so many means
lots of boxes, but the staff did a terrific job and a dumpster
full of cardboard left camp every week!
In our dining hall we took a giant step in reducing the
amount of Styrofoam in camp by replacing the Styrofoam
cups with washable mugs.
Finally, we continue to replace our light bulbs with energy
efficient light bulbs that will last for many years.
Looking ahead to 2009 we would like to branch out and expand the recycling of paper
and other products by using our older campers and CIT’s to play a role in introducing new initiatives. We are planning to collect and recycle all of the old camper
emails from the bunks and collect aluminum cans at our banquets. All that
and more to follow!
It is our feeling that by modeling environmentally friendly
practices, our campers will become increasingly more sensitive to these issues and gain an understanding of the
importance of protecting our planet through
the concept of ‘Reduce, Reuse and
Recycle’.
PO Box 20126
Dix Hills, NY 11746
631-462-2550
DATES TO REMEMBER
CLOZ Catalog Mailed (Camp Outfitters)
January 15th
Spring Mailing
February 1st
Tri-State Camp Conference (Office Closed)
Camper Forms Due
Office Opens in Rock Hill
Tuesday, March 17th to Friday, March 20th
Wednesday, April 15th
Thursday, May 14th
New Family Orientation
Sunday, May 17th
Opening Day
Sunday, June 28th
Visiting Day
Saturday, July 11th
Session #1 Ends
Saturday, July 18th
Session #2 Begins
Campers Return Home
Sunday, July 19th
Saturday, August 8th