Meet the Staff: Maggie Price

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 Maggie Price:IMG_2399 (1).JPG

Hi, my name is Maggie Price and I am a first year staff member at Fleur de Lis. I’m from West Hartford, Connecticut.  I will be starting my freshman year at Marist College in the fall. This will be my fifth summer at camp! During the summer, you’ll see me joking around, putting on skits in the dining hall, or wearing silly costumes. I love doing crafts and keeping up with the latest fashion trends. My FDL experience has allowed me to be creative, free spirited, and confident–I want everyone to have that same opportunity at camp! I can’t wait to see you in Fitzwilliam in a few months!     

Meet the Staff: Katie Murphy

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 Katie Murphy:

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 11.35.09 AMI’m Katie, I’m 21 and from a town called Reading just outside London. I am studying English and History at the University of Leeds, but have just completed a year out where I have been working at the Museum of English Rural Life developing and expanding our audiences. In my spare time I love to play field hockey, sail and travel to anywhere with less rain. I am really looking forward to meeting everyone this summer and getting stuck in to life on camp.

Meet the Staff: Dana Yee

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 Dana Yee:

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Hi! My name is Dana. I’ll be turning 21 just before camp begins and Im from South Wales, UK. At the moment I’m studying Business Management at University, whilst working part time. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, sports and photography. I also love spending time with family and friends. I am very much looking forward to my first summer in Fleur de Lis camp and becoming part of a great team!

 

Summer school or summer camp?

This article, written by Diane Foster and Carrie Kashawlic, was featured in Parenting New Hampshire’s March issueIMG_1431e

Every parent wants their child to succeed. Every child has unique talents, skills and challenges. As parents, how do you decide what is the best for your child?

When the “summer camp or summer school” question arises, it can be hard to choose. Academic success is a necessary foundation for future opportunities. However, the diverse, hands-on experiences at summer camp build resiliency and give children the opportunity to thrive.

Education is important. But self-confidence is also important. Without self-confidence, we don’t try and therefore lose the opportunity to learn from failure or celebrate success.

Risk-taking is a life skill, and for a child that is concerned about being wrong in the classroom, summer camp may be exactly the place where these skills can be honed. The self-confidence gained at camp transfers back into the classroom environment.

Diane Foster, parent and professional educator, sums up her choice between summer school and summer camp for her daughter who has a reading learning disability.

“I have welcomed the advice and feedback from my daughter’s talented teachers; I listened when they advised that she spend the summer in summer school. The first year, I pushed her through summer classes and it produced some progress.

The second year I decided that she needed an experience where she could build her confidence. Her lack of confidence and general sense of defeat about her skills impacted her ability to learn. After summer camp, at the fall parent conference, we were told that her skills had improved significantly. The confidence that she gained and continues to gain in an environment where her learning disability is a non-issue has given her many more advantages in school.

Her challenges and successes at camp are not related to her phonemic skills or in her comparison of herself academically to others. She makes connections at school to the challenges she has faced at camp such as passing into a higher swimming level, working through conflicts that arise among her cabinmates, and learning her lines for the camp play, to boost herself up when she is feeling stymied by tough school assignments.

Now, we listen to the recommendations for summer school. We say, yes we have plans in place. Then we pack her up and send her to camp. Every fall we have been informed of her further gains. We know how she is making those gains and more.”IMG_9126e

Every child is different, but developmentally all children need to have a place to play, have fun, connect with a variety of adults and other children, at a location where they feel they can be their best selves. For many kids, that is at camp – a place to cut loose, take risks, try new things, fail, succeed, try again, and know there is no “grade” to be achieved. The experience itself is the reward.

At the end of the summer, a happy kid will return home. After weeks of physical exertion (swimming, hiking, shooting arrows), emotional growth (connecting with friends and counselors), and the peace and tranquility of the outdoors, your child’s spirit is refreshed and ready for another academic year.

Diane Foster is the lower school head at Belmont Day School in Belmont, Mass. Carrie Kashawlic is the camp director at Fleur de Lis Camp in Fitzwilliam, N.H.

Thank you for #FDLMonth!

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The Fleur de Lis community is the best! Thanks to everyone near and far who participated in #FDLMonth during March. We had more than 50 people take part in the campaign, from California all the way to London! There were even a few Fleur de Lis fans younger than a year old who were able to join in.

#FDLMonth is a great reason to reconnect with your camp friends, whether they live right down the street from you or require a long drive/flight to reach.

If we didn’t post your photo for #FDLMonth, please send it to hannah@fleurdeliscamp.org so we can use it in the Spring issue of Laurel Leaves.

Thanks, all!

After Taps Episode 6: F is for Friends

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In our sixth episode, four alumnae talk about their most special friendships at camp. Neely Moore starts by talking about how her friendship with Katherine Crowley began — then Katherine gives her side of the story. After, Katherine Collier and Caroline Foley chat about their funniest camp memories and how their friendship formed at Fleur de Lis.

How to Tell if Sleepaway Camp is Right for your Kid

Camp isn’t for everyone. Some kids take a year (or more) to really enjoy and value the experience at a sleepaway camp. And other kids know at age 5 that they were born to be a camp kid.

Regardless of whether or not you’ve been considering camp for your child, sleepaway camp is a fantastic opportunity for kids to “learn to navigate situations without you,” as psychologist Jerry Weichman, Ph.D says.

At Fleur de Lis, when we have a conversation with a family who is interested in joining our Fleur de Lis community and sending their daughter to camp, we want to understand their expectations and what they are looking for in a camp. Our camp is based around friendship and trying new things: we aren’t a sports camp with lots of competition, nor are we a high-end camp complete with maid service.

So, after the decision is made to register your child for sleepaway camp, there are more decisions to be made: what type of camp will fit your family best?

Parents.com has a fantastic article on how to figure out these steps with your child and to set them up for success at sleepaway camp if it is, indeed, the right fit.

How to Tell if Sleepaway Camp is Right for your Kid | Parents.com