2017 Summer Programs

Summer Camp at Friends School of Portland is all about new friendships, outdoor fun, and a relaxed summertime pace in which to learn and play.

We spend time each morning creating a strong sense of community in our camps -- a morning circle of friends starts each day giving campers a chance to share a thought and to hear from counselors and fellow campers.

Our camps are lead by knowledgeable counselors, many of whom are FSP teachers, who work to weave together camp days that balance, play, outdoor games, art, group challenges, rest, nature walks and more.

We end each day gathering the Chickadee and Fox Camps together to share stories and songs.

We aim to be outdoors as much as possible, and have our comfortably cool building to retreat to when we need to get out of the rain or bright sunshine.

We offer six one-week sessions, beginning June 19 and ending July 28. Camp day begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:00pm. Optional aftercare is available from 3:00-5:00pm with a cost of $10/hour (if only one child is registered for aftercare the cost is $15/hour).

Chickadee camp is limited to 2 groups with 8 campers each; Fox camp is limited to 8 campers.

**Please note that Chickadee Camp has openings only in the weeks of June 26, and July 5.  Fox Camp has openings in the weeks of July 5, July 10, and July 17.

If you would like to register for one of our summer programs, please contact Laura Glendening, Camp Director, at laura@friendsschoolofportland.org.

Click here to pay your summer final payment online.

Chickadee Camp

Ages 4-6
$285 per one-week session

Chickadee Camp = summertime fun.  Outdoor play and games, nature walks, stories and songs, and a wide range of art activities fill the days.

We start each day, and each week, building a joyful community of campers.  At our morning circle we kindly greet new friends and spend time sharing stories.

On our playing fields we play silly games, running games, and sports games.  We explore the woods and walk the trails.  Water fun and sprinkler play ends the day each Wednesday.

Campers sing songs, cook food, make puppets, draw, paint, and build sculpture and crafts.

Each week of camp shares some of the above elements and is also somewhat different.  There is a new story for campers to hear and play with each week, different games, art activities, and songs are shared, and we have guests drop by to share new skills and ideas.

Six one-week sessions, beginning June 19 and ending July 28. Camp day begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:00pm. Optional aftercare is available from 3:00-5:00pm with a cost of $10/hour (if only one child is registered for aftercare the coast is $15/hour).

A typical day in Chickadee camp follows this basic schedule:

8:30 gathering and sharing

9:00 woods walk

10:00 snack and play

11:00 craft or cooking activity

12:00 lunch, story and rest

1:00 art, story, song time

2:00 outdoor games

2:40-3 whole camp gathering for story and song

Fox Camp

Ages 7-9
$285 per one-week session

Fox camp works to balance play and skill learning within a circle of friendship and kindness.

The days include a range of indoor and outdoor work, group and individual work, rest and exercise.  On Wednesdays Fox campers go out for the day to a nearby beach or nature preserve.

Six one-week sessions, beginning June 19 and ending July 28. Camp day begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:00pm. Optional aftercare is available from 3:00-5:00pm with a cost of $10/hour (if only one child is registered for aftercare the coast is $15/hour).

Fox Camp has the following two week themes, but each week functions on its own, so a camper may register for just one week.

Mini-Settlement Camp
June 19-23 and June 26-30 (both weeks are now FULL)
Jonathan Ewell will lead campers in creating a small-scale forest village, including characters, and engage in community/nature-based challenges related to the well-being of the group.

Wood in the Woods Camp
July 5-7 and July 10-14
Jonathan Ewell will lead campers in engaging with and appreciating wood through carving, sculpture, tree and plant study, and structure-building.

Art Camp
July 17-21  (July 24-28 is FULL)
Laura Glendening and visiting artists will lead campers in structured and open studio activities involving: drawing, painting, printmaking, puppets, sculpture and textiles.

Specialty Camp (ages 10+)

Backpacking Wilderness Adventure
Ages 10-14
8:30am, July 17 - 4:00pm, July 19
$285
Led by Nicole Favreau and Aliza Gordon (FSP Teachers & Outing Club Leaders)
Maximum 8 campers (minimum of 5)
Join FSP faculty members Nicole and Aliza on a three-day, two-night adventure in the mountains of western Maine.  Campers hike to a wilderness campsite, sleep in tents, and share camp food and friendship.

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OUR COUNSELORS

Laura Glendening, Director of Summer Programs, is also the Art Teacher at FSP for preschool through grade 8. Laura has worked for over twenty years teaching art in schools and community programs, and holds a Master’s degree in Art Education.  She enjoys teaching and working in various disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles.  Ten year ago she co-founded the Peaks Island Fiber Arts Camp as a place to teach traditional fine practical art skills. Laura’s recent textile work has focused on a series of felted blankets and wraps which she shows in local galleries and shops.  She lives with her family on Peaks Island.

Jonathan Ewell, Camp Counselor has been a beloved teacher at FSP since the very beginning (2006). He currently teaches Body, Mind, Spirit and is a fixture in our Aftercare program. Jonathan’s love of nature and gentle demeanor make him a favorite with our students.

 

 

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