Why you should register early for camp 2018

Summer 2017 has come and go, leaving behind amazing memories, photos, and the countdown for summer 2018! It’s easy to take camp for granted on a day like today: sunny and 80 degrees, the kids are at school, and your schedule is in full swing. But what will happen in May, when you have a whole summer to fill full of activities for your kids?


If you aren’t one of the 65% of camper families that registers by 10/31 for the summer, here’s why you should register now:

  1. Save money, plain and simple. Fleur de Lis offers a $100 savings if you register before October 31. Registering early also means you’ll have more time to refer friends to Fleur de Lis, which means you get a $250 kickback for sharing our name with families if they sign up!
  2. You save your daughter’s spot at camp. We are expecting to fill our August session. This means if you have waited until March or April to register your daughter for the 3-week session in the past, we may not have room for her to join us! The only way to guarantee her spot at Fleur de Lis is to register now.
  3. T-shirt.pngGet peace of mind. Get it out of the way! By registering early, you’ll be able to figure out travel plans and other programs for your daughter to be involved in over the summer.
  4. Get her a sweet T-shirt. This year, we offer awesome, one-of-a-kind Fleur de Lis summer 2017 T-shirts for returning campers who sign up for 2018 before 10/31. These shirts were specially designed by our staff!

Thinking about camp for next summer but not sure of the session? You can register for camp, save your camper’s spot, and change her session without any fees until May 1.

Have questions or concerns? Send us an email or give us a call!




Watch videos from the summer!

Missing camp already? We’re uploading videos from the summer to our YouTube account! Shots from Mid Birthday, Talent Shows, Interruptions, and more will be available to watch whenever you’d like. Head to the Fleur de Lis Youtube channel to relive fun memories from the summer!Screen Shot 2017-08-30 at 4.21.48 PM.png

Click here to watch camp videos!

Do you have fun videos or photos from the summer? Share on social media using #FleurdeLis2017 — and tag @fleurdeliscamp, too!

Big and Little Weekend 2017 Password

Thanks to Annie Lundsten for an incredible Password for Big & Little Weekend this summer!

Annie Lundsten (center) as a camper with camp friends Sarah (left) and Emily (right).

Fairy tales are rife with stories of people giving away their daughters in exchange for their heart’s desire. The miller’s daughter, desperate to escape a king’s wrath and become queen, promises Rumpelstiltskin her first born child in exchange for the ability to spin straw into gold. The baker and his pregnant wife, craving almost until death the taste of fresh vegetables, pledge their daughter (Rapunzel) to the witch next door for a taste of her beautiful greens. 

I spent my first summer at Fleur de Lis the year I turned eight and stayed until the summer I turned sixteen. My time here was a gift that, even as child, I understood to be a gift. It was a present I looked forward to receiving all year long and it had many facets; freedom from the limitations of my everyday life at home, loving relationships with a powerful female community and a safe environment in which to build strength and independence in the person I was becoming.

By the time I and my Fleur de Lis friends made our way to the senior field at 14, we were already talking about the future generation of girls we would give to camp in exchange for these gifts. As we grew up and began to have children, each daughter’s arrival caused a flurry of excitement for what would, of course, be a future Fleur de Lis camper.  We felt, instinctively, that the gift could in fact only be repaid by passing it on to someone else.

Today, as I stand here with my mother, my daughter and my niece, I offer the gift of Fleur de Lis to all of you. And I encourage you to give it freely and with joy to your daughter. I promise that it will spin her straw into gold.

The password for today is: GIFT

Coronation Password, July 9, 2017


Thanks to Susan Clinkenbeard for her beautiful Password this year for Coronation!

Congratulations Queen Devon, and welcome everyone to another beautiful Coronation ceremony and Visiting Day. I’m Susan Clinkenbeard, more often known as Lady Clink, and I was here as a camper, CT and counselor for eleven of the best summers of my life. I am so happy to be back here with you to celebrate this special day and to participate in this wonderful ceremony for the Queen and her Council.

Queen Devon, I’m so proud of you, and Elizabeth, and Fiona, and Katie. You are upholding a tradition that many hold as special, and you are carrying it on for all of us.

For some of us, Visiting Day is like a mini-reunion. When seeing familiar faces at Fleur de Lis, we say ‘welcome back,’ and I am often tempted to say ‘welcome home’. ‘Welcome home’ is just as appropriate for the new faces; because I hope that Fleur de Lis feels like home to you too.

Perhaps that’s an odd notion to you. After all, overnight camp means you really leave home, and for some campers, it’s their first time being away from home this long. I’m sure that adjusting to new surroundings takes some getting used to. There are a lot of new names to learn, and new habits, about where to put your things, how to turn your buddy tag, and how to show up at the dining hall on time. Gradually you learn the camp ways, and these routines become familiar. And that is what home is – a familiar place. It’s good to know your way around, whether it’s with people or cabins or songs. “Bless this Camp” is based on the song “Bless this House,” sung by gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, about how a house is really a home. We changed the words to familiar camp landmarks, people and traditions. And then the song fit perfectly.

Home is where you feel safe. Not just physically safe. It’s the kind of safe and secure feeling where you want to try something new. Maybe you’ve never tried archery before, or you have to gather your inner resources to really show up for lifeguarding, or to try out for a part in the play, or challenge yourself to not be shy, or to be a leader in your cabin or squad, or to write a password. And one reason that can feel safe at camp is because we’re all doing it together. 

At camp you get to be yourself. At camp, it doesn’t matter where you came from or what you’re like at school. It just matters that you’re here, and that we’re all here together. And if being yourself means hanging out with your tent-mates at rest hour and coming up with a talent show act, or singing “Patiyah” with Lady Ange, or shaving your head onstage, or sitting in the middle of the softball field picking clover and telling stories, well that’s a perfectly fine way to spend a summer day.

They say that home is where the heart is. My hope for you this summer is that you will be able to put your heart into Fleur de Lis, and that Fleur de Lis will put its heart into you. You may find, to your surprise, that when the time comes to leave this place, that you will feel a new kind of homesickness, when you miss your friends and the sound of the trumpet calling you up the camp road and back down again during the course of your day. There’s no place like home. And there’s no place like Fleur de Lis. 

The password for today is: HOME.

Meet the Staff: Matoaka Kipp

Before the summer of 2017, get acquainted with some of our amazing counselors, unit heads, Farmhouse staff, and execs who keep Fleur de Lis running from week to week. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Matoaka Kipp:13221583_10153634538388379_3493546820627935362_n.jpg

Matoaka is eagerly headed back to camp for her thirteenth summer and her third summer as one of two directors of the Counselor in Training program. During the year, Matoaka is a social work graduate student at the University of Michigan and is desperately trying to graduate! While not writing papers, she is an avid food truck lover, gets lost on road trips often, and can usually be found with a bottle of Mod Podge handy. She has recently founded her own greeting card company, inspired by both her love for receiving snail mail while at camp and her commitment to activism . Matoaka is especially excited to work with the incoming group of 2017 CTs, who will undeniably bring an exceeding amount of joy to camp. 


Meet the Staff: Grace McDonough

Before the summer of 2017, get acquainted with some of our amazing counselors, unit heads, Farmhouse staff, and execs who keep Fleur de Lis running from week to week. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Grace McDonough:


Hello! Grace McDonough, here. I am so excited to return to Fleur de Lis as the Staff Director!! It will be my 16th summer at camp and I can confidently say we have a fantastic group of women arriving on the shores of Laurel Lake in a few short weeks. 
I currently work at a boarding school in residential life. In addition to my role in the dorms, I help run the student leadership program, serve as the faculty mentor for the weekend activity planning group, and support the peace & social justice club. In my spare time I love to hike, cook, and I recently took up surfing!
While at camp, you’ll find me everywhere from the waterfront to the archery range and everything in between. I am probably best known for my enthusiastic (albeit slightly off key) singing in the dining hall and my love of Colors (raising & lowering the flags). Joining me this summer is my dog, Kipper. He is a big Harry Potter fan and maybe at the talent show he’ll show you a few of his spells. 
Looking forward to meeting you all soon!