Coronation Password, July 9, 2017

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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.

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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:

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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!

Meet the Staff: Heidi Scanlon

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 Heidi Scanlon:14124493_10210194512805022_1573496853432360784_o.jpg

Hi! My name is Heidi and I’m from Medfield, MA. I started camp when I was 8 and am excited for my 16th summer! This summer I’ll be in the farmhouse for the first time as Activities Director. At camp you can usually find me in the rifle range or reading on the farmhouse porch. Camp runs in my family and you’ll probably see many of my family members around camp this summer. I’ll be joined by two of my cousins, one a senior and one a mid. I’m looking forward to spending another summer on the lake! 

Meet the Staff: Emma Donaldson

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 Emma Donaldson20170218_125555:
My name is Emma and this will be my first summer in the USA for camp. I’m 21 and originally from a small city outside London but have been studying Medicine at Queen’s Univeristy Belfast in Northern Ireland for the last 3 years. This is my first camp in the USA but as a guide and a scout I’ve spent plenty of summers camping in the UK so it’ll be fun to bring some of that experience with me. 
I’ve always been a keen swimmer so I’m really excited to spend the summer at the lake and probably burning to a crisp (I’ll be needing spf50 for sure)! This summer I’ll be training as a lifeguard and if I get 5 minutes between my medical exams I might learn to drive a boat too. I can’t wait to meet you all!