The second camp in our series on some of our favorite sleepaway camps is Timber Lake, a co-ed camp in the bucolic Catskills area of New York State. (Read about the first one, here.) Here’s what you need to know about Timber Lake:
“The Timber Lake” experience has been designed by the camp’s owners and directors to give campers the “edge” they need to succeed in every aspect of their development. The overall program has been built on a foundation of safe and fun play. “We teach children the skills of making and keeping friends, while building their self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience,” says Jay Jacobs, director and owner of TLC, who started his journey at TLC in the summer of 1967 as a camper.
“Making friends and learning to be a good friend is what camp is all about,” says Mindy Jacobs, co-director/owner. Campers learn social skills that will last their whole lives, while being immersed in the programming and fun. Like Jay, Mindy started as a camper; both were counselors and held other director positions at camp before becoming owners. Today, they pride themselves on becoming each camper’s “Summer Parents”. They are always available to be that extra support beyond the counselor. It is truly a family setting and becoming part of the TLC Family starts long before the campers’ board the bus on opening day.
Mindy and Jay want everyone to know that, “Timber Lake Camp is a fun and enriching home-away-from home, where our campers can have fun, make lifelong friendships, and be themselves. We pride ourselves on being an extension of your family, reinforcing the strong values and life lessons that you laid the groundwork for at home. Most importantly, we want the same things you want for your child – for them to be safe and happy, and feel like they are a part of a warm and loving summer family.”
Quick Facts about Timber Lake Camp:
-Located in the Catskills, NY
-Pool and Lake
-Modified Uniform (There are several times during the summer where the camp uniform is worn.)
-7 week camp
-Mascot: The Timber Lake Tiger and we like to say, “Tigers Roar Together!”