Please download and read our parent handbook before the summer sessions! Please don't hesitate to call Anna with any questions you have at (207) 445-2361. 2018 Parent Handbook
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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 email@example.com. Read the full itinerary and details by clicking the link below. 2018 Bus Itinerary
Interested in meeting some of our 2018 summer staff? Follow along on our Instagram during the month of April for staff introductions!
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 [...]
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.
Spring is a busy time at camp-- getting ready for the arrival of all our amazing campers and staff. We know it is also a busy time for families, so here's a handy list of dates and deadlines to help you keep on track during the spring madness. Spring Work Weekend: May 18- 20, 2018 (The work weekend starts with dinner on Friday night and ends after lunch on Sunday.) Spring Open House: Saturday, May 19th. Join us for a tour of camp at 11 am, and stay for lunch if you'd like! On-line Campership Applications Due: April 30, 2018 Tuition Payment Deadline: June 1, 2018 (Please post all checks on or before May 29th.) Health Forms Due: June 1, 2018. Don't hesitate to call Anna at (207) 445-2361 if you need some help with this!
Lauren Dennis, new co-assistant director. We are excited to announce a new leadership team for 2018! We have hired a co-assistant-director team of Lauren Dennis and Sebasitan Hilton to assist camp director Anna Hopkins during the summer months. Both staff member veterans at Friends Camp, Lauren will be entering her third year on staff and Seb his seventh. Please join us in congratulating these two great people on their new roles. Lauren will focus on camper support, especially for those who need some extra assistance working through homesickness or other concerns. Seb’s focus will stay on waterfront operation and safety, and he will also help supervise the Health Hut staff as well as keep an eye on other logistical matters around camp. Both Lauren and Seb will help Anna in supporting staff members in their work, ensuring camp adheres to all safety protocols, and making sure all campers have an amazing time at Friends Camp. Lauren is a soon-to-be graduate of Wellesley College, with a major in American Studies, and minors in Education and English. Having spent the year student teaching and studying up with other camp professionals in The Summer Camp Society, Lauren is looking forward to supporting campers in all of their joys and challenges. She will head off to teach at a K-8 school in the fall, focusing on social studies! Sebastian Hilton, new co-assistant director and waterfront director Sebastian has been our waterfront director at Friends Camp for the last few years, bringing great new ideas and helping double-check our safety measures with the American Camp Association standards. Seb is also certified in Wilderness First Aid and has worked as one of our Health Hut staff members. [...]
Why be a 17-year-old camper? A few thoughts from Anna Hopkins, camp director Friends Camp is the only camp I know about where you can be seventeen and attend a traditional session as a camper. Many camps “age out” their campers around age 14, sometimes offering counselor-in-training programs as a substitute. I believe in the value of being a seventeen-year-old camper; There is a special privilege inherent in summer camp that gets better each year—the privilege of just being a kid in a special camp world filled with joy, adventure, and belonging. Teenagers (and many adults, if we are honest with ourselves) are rarely offered an opportunity to slow down, to step back, and to ask themselves “who do I want to be?” Two weeks at Friends Camp offers teenage campers an opportunity, away from their cell phones and computers, to spend some quiet time in reflection. Teenagers crave our morning worship and evening vespers, as well as the moments of calm listening to frogs as you fall asleep, sitting in silence around a campfire, or reading a book under a tree. Our oldest campers, those who are sixteen or seventeen, often share reflective messages during our Quaker Meetings for Worship and our closing fire circle. They are thinking about building community, about equality and openness, about their place in the world, and about their values. Meeting for worship allows our campers a venue to be authentic and thoughtful, an experience that can be difficult to achieve elsewhere in a world full of social media & over-scheduling. Some of my favorite moments at camp this last summer were seeing mentorship between a young adult counselor and an older camper. The age gap of 2-5 years [...]
Some of the most frequently asked questions from prospective campers and parents are: "What activities are available at waterfront? What does waterfront look like? How do you stay safe?" Check out this video to learn a little bit more about our waterfront on China Lake. Keep in mind that the Friends Camp philosophy values camper choice. Some campers like to canoe during waterfront. Others learn to sail, swim, chill on the dock, play cards with friends, play volleyball, read a book, use a sketchbook, or play ping pong. When they first arrive to Friends Camp, campers do a "swim check" with their cabin group. Our waterfront director assesses campers' swimming abilities and assigns them to either the deep or shallow swim area. This method of checks helps us ensure that campers are taking appropriate challenges while being safe in the swim area. Swimmers and boaters use the buddy system at camp, and we keep track of buddies using buddy tags and checks every 15 minute. http://youtu.be/mFlfSBUgI3k