November 1, 2018 Dear Friends Camp Family, Registration for the summer 2019 sessions is officially open. In some moments, this feels like a remarkably fast turn-around from the 2018 summer, which is still glimmering and fresh in my mind. At other moments, I know that June will be here before we know it. Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in early registrations for camp and sessions that have become wait-listed due to high demand. We are honored and delighted that so many campers want to be a part of the Friends Camp community. Early registrations for camp also pose a few challenges for some camp families. A challenge of sessions filling up earlier is that it may come as a surprise to some families. “It’s April, and camp is already full? Wow!” To help manage this challenge, we’ve added an availability indicator on the Sessions and Availability page to let you know about how full sessions are. And, of course, if you are a returning family we send you plenty of emails if you aren’t signed up for camp yet. I even try to call and let you know when sessions are filling up if I haven’t seen your camper’s registration come through. We know that families make summer plans at different time and that many factors influence when you sign up for camp. One factor we do NOT want to limit early registrations is financial restrictions. As a result, we’ve decided to change our policy on deposit refunds this year. Our previous policy required a $300/ session non-refundable deposit at registration. For winter cash flow, it’s important for us to receive these deposits. However, not wanting this amount to be a barrier, we’ve [...]
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Summer camp is all about the little moments we share. This past summer, we added up 1 or 2 seconds of video from every single day and put it together. Enjoy! Thank you to our 2018 Summer Staff for recording the soundtrack. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPwqtlYhT0
We are excited to announce a counselor-in-training program, called Rising Leaders, at Friends Camp in 2019! Why: The goal of this new-for-2019 program is to provide an enriching experience for some of our oldest campers who are interested in youth work, Quakerism, and leadership. The three main goals for Rising Leaders will be: To explore a deeper understanding of Quakerism and the way it shapes the Friends Camp community. To gain knowledge of personal strengths and how to use these as leaders. To plan and lead fun, creative, and safe programs for youth ages 7-12. Who: This new program for 2019 will have limited spaces for campers who are 17 or who have already completed their junior year of high school. All participants will have been Friends Campers in the past, and an application process will determine acceptance. We are looking for Rising Leaders who love Friends Camp, want to learn how to be a better leader, and who are ready to consider others’ needs as well as their own. When: All Rising Leaders will attend two weeks of camp during Jones Session (Sunday, June 23- Saturday, July 6). Some additional online learning will be required before the summer. How: Interested campers should sign up through CampInTouch with their parents’ help, just as they would for a regular camper session. (Do not register as a staff member applicant). After signing up, application materials will become available. Find details of the application timeline below. Cost: This program will cost $350 per participant. You are encouraged to apply for campership funds through CampInTouch if your family cannot afford this amount. To learn more about how to apply and frequently asked questions, visit the Rising Leaders page on this website!
Common Ground Fair: Lodging at Friends Camp! Every year, Friends Camp opens up for lodging and meals during the Common Ground Fair. For an affordable price, we offer a bunk to sleep on as well as dinner and a continental breakfast. Staying at camp means you'll have a chance to make new friends and get to know other Fair visitors. It is about a 25 minute drive from Friends Camp over to the Fair. We'd love to have you stay with us! Learn more and sign up here. Check out some photos of our cabins and bathhouse below.
Curious about what happens at camp over the summer? Follow along on our Instagram page for photos from the summer. We aren't able to post daily, but when our office staff has a few moments we will post here.
Already planning for next year? Go ahead and mark your calendars with our 2019 camp dates! Jones- Both Weeks: June 23- July 6 (ages 7-12) Jones- Week 1 Only: June 23- June 29 (ages 7-12) Jones- Week 2 Only: June 30- July 6 (ages 7-12) Mott: July 7- July 20 (ages 10-13) Rustin: July 21- August 3 (ages 13-17) Fell: August 4- August 17 (ages 13-17)
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!