Monthly Archives: April 2014

Only 68 More Days Until Opening Campfire…Helping You Prepare For Camp!



With less than 70 days until Opening Campfire, it is officially time to start packing and preparing for the upcoming summer. It is also time to finalize some of the important details that might still be on your “to-do” list.


Have you placed your camp clothing order yet?

Camp orders must be placed by April 25th in order to guarantee delivery in time for trunk pick-up.  If you have not placed your order yet, please click here to view the packing list and place your order.  If you have questions regarding the packing list, please call Debbi at 516-221-8800 ext. 22.




Have you scheduled your trunk pick-up?

Camp Trucking will provide baggage service for Chestnut Lake families.  Baggage service can be one-way or round trip.  The enrollment deadline for first session families is May 9th and the deadline for second session families is June 6th.  Once the bags arrive at camp, Chestnut Lake staff will unpack them to make sure everything is in order before the campers arrive.  If you have not scheduled your pick-up, click on the link on the left for more info on the Camp Trucking service. Please read through the packing reminders carefully to find answers to frequently asked packing questions.




Have you RSVP’d for Spring Fling?CLC_SpringFling

Spring Fling is a day of fun and excitement for our current camp families.  Your child will meet other campers in their age group, spend time with their Division Leader and Head Counselor and take a tour of camp.   While the campers take part in fun activities, parents can attend our parent orientation program in which Debbi and Paul help prepare you for the final days leading up to camp.  We will also have activities available for younger siblings.

Please e-mail Corey Peters at by May 9th with your RSVP. Click below for more Spring Fling information.



MyCLC is your online portal to everything you’ll need to prepare for camp and the best way to stay connected throughout the summer. MyCLC contains all the important forms and documents you’ll need to complete prior to camp.  The Forms and Documents section not only contains online versions of all forms and documents, it also lets you know when they’re due and whether you’ve already completed them.  MyCLC is also where you can enroll for Specialty Camps, e-mail your child during camp and view pictures and videos of your child during the summer.

We are so excited for the upcoming summer, and we can’t wait until the buses arrive and we reunite with our summer family!






Catching Up With Chestnut Lake Girls’ Head Counselor, Kelsie Hartl

Kelsie Hartl
Greetings Chestnut Lake!

My name is Kelsie Hartl and I am looking forward to another exciting year at Chestnut Lake Camp! Last year was my first summer as the Girls’ Head Counselor at CLC. It was full of laughter, excitement and an amazing positive energy that I could not get enough of. I have worked at camps for over 9 years and last summer was by far my favorite. I made some amazing memories with the staff and campers that I will never forget.

 Kelsie Hartl Campfire

I have been keeping very busy this school year! I live in a suburb of Chicago, but teach in Antioch, Illinois. This year I have a class of 29 5th graders with a whole lot of personality. They are an incredible group and we have been learning a great deal from one another. I have also been extremely busy with my final classes in my Master’s program. In May, I will officially hold my Master’s Degree! In addition to these activities I have been traveling, playing rugby, and spending time with friends and family.

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As we get closer to Summer, I am becoming more and more excited about  2014 on Girls’ Campus. I am growing anxious to see our fantastic Division Leaders again so that we can continue planning some amazing group nights, line ups and other fun activities for our girls. We have some new ideas for Big Sis – Little Sis that I can’t wait to see in action! I am constantly talking about all of the fun we had last summer with my coworkers, family and friends. I am looking forward to coming back to my summer home. See you soon!


Kelsie 4th of JulyKelsie Gymnastics