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.
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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!
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!