Information:

We are eager to invite Friends Camp alumni to a reunion August 26-28, 2022!  The vision for this reunion is to offer alums a return to camp: the opportunity to re-experience camp’s magic, a chance to reconnect with the people & places that made camp special, and a time to reflect on how camp has impacted our lives.

The reunion will be hosted by Friends Camp, using camp resources and staff members. There will also be opportunities for alums to volunteer to help the weekend run smoothly by offering programs, cleaning, and more.

Included in registration:

  • A reunion t-shirt.
  • All meals, plus plenty of snacks.
  • Lodging in private or shared camp cabins (unless you are staying off camp).
  • Part-time programming and child-care for children.

How do I register? 

Click the green “Login/Registration” button at the top of this page. If you have registered someone for Camp recently, you can log in to your existing account. If not, you will have to create an account  by providing your email and choosing a password. Once logged into an account, select “Reunion 2022” in the registration options. There will be instructions you can follow to let us know who you are, how to get in touch, and how we can best accommodate you during the reunion. Please note that in our camp registration software, some parts of the form may refer to a “parent.” This can refer to any adult registering for the reunion, even if they are not a parent.

Costs

Adult registration pricing is available for both those wishing to stay at Friends Camp in the rustic cabins you likely remember from your time at Camp and for those planning to stay somewhere other than Camp. Food costs are included in both types of pricing. Pricing to stay at Friends Camp is on a sliding scale from $125-$225. Pricing for those staying in other accommodations is on a sliding scale from $100-$200. All children under 18 years old attend the reunion for free!

Our sliding tuition scale is voluntary. The “full” price of tuition covers the full cost of your attendance at reunion, while the lower two levels are subsidized rates to help make this reunion more accessible. We are offering campership funds for anyone who needs additional assistance– we want you to attend this reunion, regardless of your ability to pay!

Program

Our program for the Reunion is still being developed by current Camp staff and a committee of former campers, counselors, and former Friends Camp Director Susan Morris. Check back here periodically for updates. We’d love to hear from you if you have ideas for workshops or activities you’d like to see or help organize! This Reunion is for you and we want your input to make it the best it can be!

Key Dates

March 1, 2022 – registration opens

July 1, 2022 – payments due, registration closes

August 26-28, 2022 – Reunion

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to attend this Friends Camp Reunion?

This reunion is for everyone who attended or worked at camp more than ten years ago. If you aged out of camp and/or worked at at camp in or before 2012, this reunion is for you!

What will we be doing during the reunion?

We’ll revisit many camp favorites like swimming and boating at waterfront, sharing chances to sing and dance together, arts and crafts, fun and silly camp games, and Vespers in the Vespers Field overlooking China Lake. We’ll also take time to remember, reflect on, and discuss our time at camp and what we’ve been up to since.

How will COVID-19 safety be handled at the reunion?

Everyone attending the reunion will be asked to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for any adults, with medical exemptions only. We will spend as much time outdoors as possible, including using tents and other covered outdoor spaces. We are closely monitoring the situation and will make policies that help reduce chance of Covid-19 transmission at camp. Requirements may include masking, social distancing, and using rapid tests. If you have questions about this, please reach out to Anna at director@friendscamp.org

Where will I stay? Can I stay at Camp? Can I stay somewhere other than Camp?

Accommodations are available at Camp, either in the rustic cabins you remember (they haven’t changed much) or in a tent or camper you bring and set up at Camp. If you stay in Camp’s cabins, you will have the chance to let us know whether you prefer a cabin for just your household or are willing to share a cabin with other households. We will accommodate everyone as best we are able. If you’d like to stay elsewhere near South China, ME, you’re very welcome to do that too! Organizers may be able to offer some suggestions if you need recommendations. Waterville and Augusta are each about 15-20 minutes away and have a variety of accommodations available.

Can I bring my partner or family members who didn’t attend Friends Camp?

Yes! We’d love to have your whole family join you if you plan on attending the reunion. Kids are especially welcome– and attend the reunion for free! 

Will there be childcare and activities for kids during the reunion?

Yes! Many of the activities during reunion weekend are family-friendly and will be open to attendees of all ages. On-site childcare and separate activities for children will be available throughout the reunion and during parts of the program when young folks may have more fun with their own set of activities. Any attendees under the age of 18 need to have a responsible adult on site with them at all times, even if they are participating in childcare or youth activities.

I don’t remember anyone from my time at Camp. Can I still come to the reunion?

Yes! We envision this reunion as a time for any and all members of our Camp community to reconnect with one another, and we value your presence and memories of Camp whether you’ve stayed in touch with others from your time at Camp or not!

What will the food be like? Can my dietary restrictions be accommodated?

Our kitchen staff make nutritious, delicious food in a comfortable, home-cooked style and have experience providing tasty options to accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions. We’ll ask about your dietary restrictions when you sign up and do our best to accommodate your needs. We may not be able to accommodate every dietary restriction.

I’ll be coming to Maine via plane or bus. Do I need to rent a car to get to Camp?

Friends Camp is not able to directly provide transportation to and from airports, bus stations, etc., so if you’re traveling from far away it may make sense for you to rent a car or arrange other transportation to get to camp. If there is interest, organizers can help connect you with others who may be willing to carpool or offer rides from/to transportation hubs like bus stations or the airports in Augusta or Portland.

Is there anything I should not bring to the reunion?

Substances such as alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, drugs, etc. are not allowed at camp. This is important to us because we want to make a space that is as accessible and family-friendly as possible. If you want to grab a drink with friends after the retreat, we recommend Lake St. George Brewing Company in Liberty or Cushnoc in Augusta!

How can I help?

Just like at Camp, we’ll rely on volunteers to get chores done around camp. When you register, there will be a question asking if you’d be willing and able to help with various chores like washing dishes, sweeping and wiping down tables, cleaning bathrooms, etc. We’d also love to know if there’s any activity or workshop you’d be interested in leading or helping with during the reunion! You can let us know when you register and we’ll be in touch.

Draft Schedule!

Friday:
– arrivals & welcome
– dinner
– Vespers
– all-ages introductions and games
– campfire and singing
Saturday:
– breakfast
– Morning Activities (childcare available):
     – arts & crafts
     – canoe trip
     – active games
     – sharing Camp memories
     – tie dye
     – tour of Camp
– lunch
– Waterfront (canoeing, swimming, etc.)
– Dinner
– Vespers
– Variety Show (childcare available)
– Musical Soiree
Sunday:
– breakfast
– Meeting for Worship (childcare available)
– Morning activities:
     – arts & crafts
     – capture the flag
     – hammock village hangout
     – tour of Camp
– lunch
– pack up & goodbyes