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
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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.
Common Ground Fair: Lodging at Friends Camp! Every year, Friends Camp opens up for lodging and meals during the Common Ground Fair. We'd love to have you stay with us! Learn more and sign up here.
Looking ahead towards Summer 2018? Jones (Both Weeks): June 24- July 7, 2018. Ages 7-12. Jones (Week 1 only): June 24- June 30, 2018. Ages 7-12. Jones (Week 2 only): July 1- July 7, 2018. Ages 7-12. Dyer: July 8-21, 2018. Ages 10-13. Fox: July 22- August 4, 2018. Ages 13-17. Fell: August 5- 18, 2018. Ages 13-17.
Preparing for your child's first summer at Friends Camp, or just a returning family looking to answer a few questions? Read up on our Parent & Camper Handbook for helpful tips, FAQs, and details on transportation to camp. Still have questions? Call Anna at (207) 445-2361. She'd love to talk with you! Download the 2017 Parent Handbook here.
You're invited to Volunteer Work Weekend at Friends Camp! May 19-21. All are welcome-- camper families, alums, committee members, local Friends, and more. Join us for this weekend where we do important work to get camp up and running for our busy summer season. Expect raking, cleaning, building, painting, gardening, and more. Families stay in cabins and eat meals at camp. We also have time for some fun! Sign up here! Children and teens younger than 18 need to attend with a parent or other adult.