Anna Hopkins has been the camp director at Friends Camp since September 2016, following six summers on staff as a counselor, Watercraft Director, and one of the Assistant Directors. Having grown up a member of Hockessin Friends Meeting in Delaware, Anna enjoys working at a Quaker camp that values the Light in every person. In the winter months, Anna directs Friends Camp from a winter office in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Anna believes in the power of summer camp to empower children of all ages and teach them new ways to be their best selves. She is amazed every summer by the growth campers can experience in just one or two weeks of summer camp.
Anna brings experience as a science teacher to children in grades 1-12, most recently at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI. A graduate of Williams College with a degree in Biology and Leadership Studies, Anna is especially passionate about outdoor, experiential, and community-based education. Her favorite activities include sailing, having tea parties with campers, and hiking with her partner Jamie and border collie Seven. Email Anna
Camp counselors and staff are chosen from students and graduates of colleges and universities in the United States, and from around the world. We seek young adults ages 19 to 26 who are caring and loving people with character, maturity, and a sincere interest in making our world a better and more peaceful place for everyone.
Most importantly, we look for staff members who have the judgment and the maturity to ensure that all of our campers are emotionally and physically safe during their time at Friends Camp. We look for counselors who have a sincere desire to work and live in community with children.
Our camper-to-counselor ratio is 4: 1 with our young campers and 5: 1 with our teenage campers.
Support staff during the summer months at Friends Camp include a cook and cooks’ assistants, a part-time nurse, a maintenance director, a waterfront director, an assistant director, and a lead counselor. These staff usually have the experience of several years working at Friends Camp and are selected for their good judgment, skills in their area, leadership ability, compassion, and communication skills.
Senior Consultant: Nat Shed
Former director of Friends Camp from 2004- summer 2016, Nat still shares his expertise in camp directing, fundraising, finances and youth development. A member of Vassalboro Friends Meeting, Nat appreciates the Quaker values that make Friends Camp unique. First introduced to Friends Camp when his daughters attended camp, Nat served as the Friends Camp Committee member before becoming director.
Nat’s favorite mountain is Mt. Manadnock, his favorite cats are Willy and Valentina, and he enjoys adventuring with his wife Julie deSherbinin.