2018 Summer Programs

Registration has closed for our 2018 Summer Programs. All camps are full!


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, games, art, group challenges, rest, nature walks and more.

With our small camper numbers--about 25 Chickadee and Fox campers each week--all campers become known well and appreciated for the gifts they bring to the group.  We end each day gathering as a whole camp to share stories, songs, and observations about our day.

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 seven one-week sessions:

June 18-22

June 25-29

July 2-6 (no camp July 4)

July 9-13

July 16-20

July 23-27

July 30-August 3

The camp day begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:00pm. Optional aftercare is available from 3:00-4:00pm with a cost of $12/hour ($60/week).

Chickadee Camp is limited to 2 groups with 9 campers each; Fox Camp is limited to 9 campers. Registration deadline is May 18. Campers are confirmed once the $100 deposit (per child, per week) is received. Final payment is due on June 15, after which payment is non-refundable.

Please click here to pay your final payment.


Chickadee Camp

Ages 4-6

$295 per one-week session  ($240 for the week of July 2-6)

$100 deposit per week of camp

**Chickadee Camp is full for ALL WEEKS!**

Chickadee Camp = summertime fun.  Camp counselors Lynn, Olin, Cara, Maya, and Julien are joining us again this year to lead campers in outdoor play, games, nature walks, stories, songs, and a wide range of art activities!

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. In our fields and woods campers explore, play, and relax. Campers sing songs, cook food, make puppets, draw, paint, and build sculpture and crafts. Every Wednesday water fun and sprinkler play ends the day.

Each Chickadee Camp week shares some of the above activities and is also somewhat different. Our counselors choose a theme from nature each week -- such as water, trees, or birds -- through which new stories, songs, games and more are brought into the camp circle.

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 -- **All weeks are full!**

Ages 7-9

$295 per one-week session ($240 for the week of July 2-6)
$100 deposit per week of camp


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.

Fox Camp has the following themes; each week functions on its own so campers may register for just one week.


Mini-Settlement Camp
June 18-22 and June 25-29 (**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.


Nature Arts Camp
July 2-6 (**FULL**)

Join counselor and FSP alumna, Maya Eng, in an exploration of nature-based art. Campers will work with collage, observational drawing, flower pounding and pressing, building nature mandala art, and making sun and shadow prints.


Wood in the Woods Camp
July 9-13 (**FULL**) and July 16-20

With Jonathan Ewell, campers will engage with and appreciate wood through carving, sculpture, tree and plant study, and structure building.


Theatrical Arts Camp
July 23-27 (**FULL*)

Counselors Maya Eng and Julien Peck will lead campers in a creative, fun, and sometimes silly exploration of the theatrical arts -- including improv games, character development, set design, and playwriting. At the end of the week friends and families will be invited to an original Fox Camp production!


Making Stuff Camp
July 30-August 3 (**FULL**)

Laura Glendening will lead this camp, which featues a smorgasbord of food, art, and sewing projects  -- on the menu: pies, printmaking, and haversacks. Campers will have the opportunity to hand sew, machine sew, embroider, draw, paint, print, and make a summertime pie!


Backpacking Adventure Camp

$375 ($100 deposit to secure space)

7:15am, Monday, June 18 - 4:00pm, Thursday, June 21

Led by Eric Favreau and Aliza Gordon

Ages 11-14

Enrollment 8 campers (minimum of 5)

Join FSP faculty member Aliza Gordon and outdoorsman Eric Favreau on a four-day, three-night adventure in the mountains of western Maine.  Campers hike to a wilderness campsite, sleep in tents, and share camp food and friendship.  The specific destination and route will be determined based on enrollment.




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.