Anna Hopkins has been the camp director at Friends Camp since September 2016, following several summers on staff as an Assistant Director, Watercraft Director, and counselor. In the fall, winter, and spring months, Anna spends her time hosting rental grounds at camp, recruiting campers and staff, dreaming up big new ideas for camp, and working with the Friends Camp Committee to keep camp safe and sustainable for the future.
With a background as a science teacher and a graduate of Williams College with a degree in Biology and Leadership Studies, Anna is especially passionate creating equitable opportunities for all children to participate in empowering outdoor education.
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 is Board member of Maine Summer Camps and a facilitator for The Summer Camp Society and loves learning alongside peer camp directors to build better camps, serving more children.
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.
Assistant Director: Lauren Dennis
Lauren Dennis has been working at Friends Camp since 2016; beginning as a counselor, and starting her current role as assistant director in 2018. When she’s not living at camp, Lauren teaches middle school English in Boston. Outside of the classroom, Lauren coaches three seasons of sports at her school, and volunteers with Girls on the Run— an organization that empowers elementary aged girls to exercise and love their bodies!
Lauren graduated from Wellesley College where she studied American Studies and Education. At Wellesley, Lauren played on the rugby team, and she loves to bring her bring her passion for sports to camp: on the evening games field, during running club, and on the hiking adventure trips.
For Lauren, the beauty of camp is the opportunity it provides for all children to grow as friends, as community members, and as individuals. Lauren loves to be a part of the loving energy of camp and see the ways it impacts campers and staff every day.
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.
Former Camp Director: Nat Shed
Former director of Friends Camp from 2004- summer 2016, Nat still remains involved at Friends Camp and shares his expertise in camp directing, fundraising, finances and youth development. An attender at Portland 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.