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Camp Open House: May 19th

Interested in seeing Friends Camp before you arrive for your camp session? Join us on Saturday, May 19th at 11 am for a tour of camp with Camp Director Anna. This open house coincides with our volunteer work weekend, so camp will look a little different than when you arrive for the summer. If you'd like, stay for lunch after your tour. Send Anna an email at director@friendscamp.org if you have questions. Hope to see you there! Here's some things you might see on your camp tour: Inside a cabin (get ready.... there's camper graffiti from decades of camp sessions!) Our waterfront property Our dining hall What the bathrooms look like Real, live campers and staff hard at work for volunteer work weekend    

Camp Open House: May 19th 2018-05-01T17:52:50+00:00

Rustin Campers: Optional End-of-Session Bus

Did you know that we offer an optional bus for campers on the last day of our Rustin Session (August 4th)? This bus runs from Friends Camp all the way to Castleton, Vermont, stopping along the way to drop off campers to their families. This bus trip can save your families a few hours driving, and campers still have ample opportunity to say their goodbyes at camp. We stop at the following locations: South Portland ME ($30), Portsmouth NH ($40), Concord NH ($50), and Castleton VT ($90). To be added to the bus list for 2018, please contact Anna at (207) 445-2361 or director@friendscamp.org. Read the full itinerary and details by clicking the link below. 2018 Bus Itinerary

Rustin Campers: Optional End-of-Session Bus 2018-04-25T14:35:15+00:00

Inside the Meetinghouse

By Maggie Nelson, former counselor & Meetinghouse director If you’ve driven past Friends Camp, the only thing you might notice is a double-doored old building whose pointed white gables peek out from the pines that line Route 202. This building is the Meetinghouse, where art lives at camp. It also happens to be the very first building at Friends Camp, originally a historic Quaker meetinghouse where Rufus Jones worshipped. The first campers ate, slept, and had their activities in the Meetinghouse, until camp grew too big for it and sprawled over the grounds of the place we now know and love. Eventually the Meetinghouse was turned into the arts & crafts building. Art doesn’t just live inside the Meetinghouse. It explodes from it! Walking through camp, evidence of creativity is everywhere. Hand-dyed t-shirts lay drying on a stone wall after campers had learned the art of shibori. In the Pine Grove, a camper sits finger-knitting a scarf. Spilling out onto the front lawn of the Meetinghouse lay a large, round, quilt-like blanket called “the Gift” on which campers sit comfortably, learning how to embroider. Inside the Meetinghouse, the walls are plastered with decades of history - collages ripped from antique National Geographics, murals celebrating camp values, drawings, poetry, andfaded photographs of campers past. Most who enter the Meetinghouse for the first time gasp from the overwhelming nature of the place. Packed onto shelves from the floor to the tall ceiling is more evidence of camper experimentation and imagination: half-dry clay bowls and spoons, paper mache animal masks, handmade wooden musical instruments, bottle rockets, even a 20-foot-long inflatable whale made out of trash bags. Lining the [...]

Inside the Meetinghouse 2018-04-05T21:02:06+00:00

2018 Wish List

Costumes, Tents, Books, and More! Last year we got a mid-summer gift of 4 Magic: The Gathering card decks. They became "loaner decks" for camp, allowing more campers to play the game. This gift, a hand-me-down from our camp director's brother, inspired us to make a summer wish list. Maybe you have some new or lightly used items that we could use at camp this summer? Remember, all monetary and in-kind gifts to Friends Camp are tax-deductable.

2018 Wish List 2018-04-05T20:56:52+00:00