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. [...]
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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
Seeking Summer Assistant Director For the first time in 18 years, Friends Camp is seeking a new Assistant Director for the summer of 2018. The core purpose of this position is to assist the Camp Director in the overall management and safety of Friends Camp and to act as the primary leadership and responsible individual when the Director is on a day off or away from camp. Friends Camp is a residential camp in South China, Maine founded in Quaker values. Some experience in a summer camp setting is a must, but we care more about your specific interests, skills, and personality than the number of years you have worked in camping. Skills required include communication with children and families, an ability to see the “big picture” at camp, passion for working with youth from many backgrounds, organization of schedules and large group activities, and desire to coach and assist counselors in their work. The ideal candidate will be someone who is eager to learn about the culture at Friends Camp, works well with our camp director, and wants to bring their own style & flair to the position. We can't wait to meet you! This position is full-time, residential, summer-only position, with competitive compensation for 10 weeks. This could be a good fit for an experienced counselor looking to gain experience in camp management, a teacher looking for meaningful and fun summer work, or anyone who wants to make a difference leading in an intentional summer camp community. To apply for this position, visit the employment page of this website. With questions, contact our camp director Anna at email@example.com or 207-445-2361. Seeking Summer Office Manager General responsibilities include managing office tasks over the summer [...]
With immense gratitude, I share that our long-time assistant director and summer office manager Jeff Adelberg won’t be back at camp in 2018—at least full time. He is looking forward to spending time in his cozy, new home in Holliston, MA with his lovely wife Tess and beagle Hazel. It is difficult to put into words the impact Jeff has had on Friends Camp over his 18 summers on staff, because his work has touched just about everyone and everywhere at camp. He has served as an office innovator, a guiding hand to counselors, the maker of many campfires, the mastermind behind many crazy themed days, and always a gentle and delightfully unique presence. We look forward to opportunities to celebrate Jeff in the coming months. Jeff and Hazel promise to visit camp this summer for some evening games, waterfront days, and cookies. Jeff would love for his many friends from camp to be in touch with him in the coming months and years. You can find him on Facebook, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeff especially needs advice on what “normal” people do in the summer. Invite him to your backyard barbecue? Thank you, Jeff, for all the big and little ways in which you have loved Friends Camp over the years. - Anna, Camp Director
We will be gathering to connect and hang out as well as decorate cookies. We will donate our completed cookies Preble Street (an organization serving families experiencing homelessness). Who: Any Friends Camp community member. Bring a friend who might be interested in Friends Camp! Children should be accompanied by adults. What: Decorating cookies, snacking, and hanging out. When: Saturday, December 16th, 4-6 pm. Drop in any time. Where: Portland Friends Meeting (1837 Forest Ave) Why: To enjoy being together and engage in service. *********** Teenage campers are invited to stay from 6-8 pm and join the Portland Area Quaker Youth Group for board games and pizza! RSVPs for the teen gathering are appreciated, so that we can plan to have enough food. RSVP here, or check out the Facebook event. ************ We are looking for a few volunteer families to bring cookies (ready for decorating). Please email Anna (email@example.com) if you are interested in helping out.
Top 10 Reasons to Work at Friends Camp (as told by the 2017 summer staff) You know your work matters, because impacting campers is so important. It feels like even the little things you do help people. Bonding with people from all around the world and creating lasting friendships with fellow staffers. Your bosses and coworkers care about you as a whole human and value the things you are good at. The food rocks. (Plus, if you’re lucky you might get some yummy cookies). Stretching your creative boundaries—if you can come up with the program idea, you can usually make it happen. Alien invasions, bottle rockets, the list is endless. A summer job where housing and food is taken care of for you. We even do your laundry and give you basic first-aid. Summer in Maine. The weather is lovely, and there’s lots of beautiful outdoor, relaxing, or culinary adventures you can explore on time off! Emphasis on Quaker Values—everyone contributes and has value. It is incredibly motivating to be trusted and appreciated by campers! Develop skills that will help you in almost any career, including teamwork, planning, thinking on your feet, communication, and more. Many employers love to hire former camp counselors, because they know they are dedicated, creative, and caring. To apply to work at Friends Camp, visit the employment page of this website. You can also contact the camp director, Anna, at (207) 445-2361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity in Session Names for 2018 For about ten years, the four sessions at Friends Camp have been named after famous Quakers whom we admire. In examining our session names, the Friends Camp Committee wanted to be sure we were honoring the diversity of our camper population and of historic Quaker wisdom. We are very excited to present Lucretia Mott and Bayard Rustin as two new sessions. We admire these Friends for their work advancing racial justice and equity and for their Quaker teachings. To make space for Mott and Rustin sessions, we have retired the session names Dyer and Fox, after Mary Dyer and George Fox. We’ll still be singing the George Fox song, though—a camp favorite! Jones Session (Ages 7-12) Rufus Jones Rufus Jones (1863-1948) is a local Friend. He was born and raised in South China, within a few miles of Friends Camp! Rufus’ father was a farmer, and he came from a family with deep Quaker roots. Rufus was a student at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, and then at Haverford College, where he later became a professor. He was a co-founder of the American Friends Service Committee and a prolific Quaker writer. He saw Quakerism more as a “movement” than a religion, and he is credited with popularizing the George Fox quote that there is “that of God” in everyone. Sources: Wikipedia and the American Friends Service Committee Website (www.afsc.org) Lucretia Mott Mott Session (Ages 10-13) Lucretia Mott (1793-1880) was an abolitionist, teacher, mother, minister in Quaker meeting, pacifist, and proponent of equality among men and women. Born on Nantucket to a Quaker family, Mott was unrelenting in her pursuit of equality for women and [...]
Curious about what summer activities look like at Friends Camp? We are proud to offer different programs every week-- that means that counselors design programs based on their own skills, interests, and talents. We are pretty tech-free during the camp session and make newsletters from each session by hand. Check out a scanned copy of our 2107 summer newsletters to see some of the awesome programs offered last summer at camp! Summer newsletters 2017
Simple Meal at Friends Camp-- a long-standing tradition! At Friends Camp, we have a tradition called Simple Meal—an opportunity for campers to practice simplicity, leadership, and generosity. In sessions with our older campers, staff members ask the entire community if they would like to have a simple meal once in the session. During the Simple Meal, campers forgo a typical lunch in favor of a rice and beans meal. So much of our global community eats rice and beans for most meals. For some campers and staff, rice and beans is their favorite meal at camp. Yum! By eating only rice and beans, there is a significant savings. A typical lunch to feed over 100 people is expensive! A committee of campers, assisted by a counselor, decides on an organization to which to donate the savings. We find that our tradition of Simple Meal helps us practice empathy—one of the most valuable things to practice in today’s world! In 2017, campers contributed to Nothing But Nets, a global organization fighting Malaria, and Good Shepherd Food Bank, which helps feed hungry folks across Maine.