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! 

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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!

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.