• A Letter About the Farmhouse
    POSTED 5.16.19 Blog

    Dear Fleur de Lis Community Members,

    On behalf of the FDL Board, I wanted to share some information with you about upcoming renovation plans for the Farmhouse building at camp.

    The Farmhouse was built during the mid to late 1800s and has served as the centerpiece of Fleur de Lis Camp throughout its 90 year history. The building serves primarily as the living quarters and work center for the administrative staff during the summer months. The feelings this building generates have always been strong, both because of the beautiful craftsmanship and woodwork, and because of the exciting energy of the heart of camp.

    We know that the Farmhouse needs some major renovations. This fall that was compounded by a mold issue that developed and intensified after camp closed. Due to the excessively damp end of summer and fall, as well as a dormer leak, an extensive mold problem developed in part of the downstairs of the Farmhouse. Mold remediation teams have advised us on what needs to be done to eliminate the mold as well as to take preventative steps. Remediation work cannot be done until the spring at the earliest because the building is not heated.

    As we considered the scope and expense of this work, the board also took into account the other work that needs to happen in the near future to ensure that the building is functioning well, such as electrical and plumbing needs.

    A Major Renovation

    The board has decided that the best course of action is to do all of the renovation work at the same time. We looked at several scenarios and it doesn’t make financial or practical sense for us to do the renovations in chunks of projects over the near future. For example, we know we will need to do some work opening up and replacing a few walls and ceilings due to the mold issues. We would also have to open up walls to rewire the building for an electrical upgrade and will likely have to be back in the walls for plumbing updates. The cost of doing the work in chunks is also higher than doing it all at once.

    A Farmhouse Planning Committee has been working to determine the needs and potential uses of the Farmhouse. This group has made preliminary recommendations to the Board and will work with the contractors throughout the renovation process. Thank you to Planning Committee members Lexy Heatley, Jane Lawson, Steve White, Richard Whipple, MJ Parry, Christine Hassig Cressey, and Di Foster.

    Based on the committee’s recommendations, we are receiving bids for a major overhaul of the Farmhouse based on the work of the Planning Committee. We will explore plans that will include remediating the mold problem, updating and upgrading the electrical and plumbing systems, repairing and/or replacing some horsehair plaster wall and ceiling boards, adding simple ventilation upgrades to the upstairs rooms, adding at least one shower and possibly an additional bathroom upstairs, and possibly preparing the kitchen and coke shed areas for potential camper program use in the future. The scope of the work will depend on the estimates we get during the bidding process.

    Capital Campaign

    In order to complete this renovation, Fleur de Lis will engage in a Capital Campaign. This is our first capital campaign since the New Dining Hall campaign over 15 years ago. This campaign will require less money and less time than the Dining Hall Campaign, which was the first capital campaign in Fleur de Lis’ history.

    We had begun raising money for Farmhouse renovations and have raised $72,000 to date. Thank you so much to those donors. All of that money will be put towards the campaign. Once we know the projected cost of this work and have determined any parallel work that the campaign will cover, we will share more information, including the financial and timeline goals for the campaign.

    How Can I Help?

    We are currently looking for community members who are willing and able to be a part of the Capital Campaign Committee. For those of you, with or without development experience, who have an interest in helping us reach our goals, please reach out via the contact information below. You do not have to live in the New England area to be a part of this work and there are different levels of involvement based on your available time.

    We are in the process of receiving bids on this work. If you have ideas for contractors that we may not have considered or other professional connections, please reach out via the contact information below.

    Meanwhile…

    We are hoping that the renovation work will occur over this spring through fall so that the building will be ready for use for the summer of 2020. The Farmhouse will not be available for use at all this summer. MJ and her full-year team have been working on plans for the functions the Farmhouse space provides. They have strong plans in place and will help everyone ensure it works well.

    While we strive to keep camp expenditures to a minimum, the Board has determined that undertaking this as a big renovation that addresses multiple needs, is both financially and practically the best course of action. We are excited about the potential for great improvements to a building we hope will continue to serve as the heart of camp for decades to come.

    Contact Information

    To get involved with the Capital Campaign committee or share ideas about contractors or building design, please reach out to:

    Di Foster
    president@fleurdeliscamp.org

    and

    Christine Cressey
    board@fleurdeliscamp.org

    *Check back here for Farmhouse updates. 

  • 90th Registration Form
    POSTED 3.12.19 Blog

    All tickets should have been purchased on square prior to filling out this form.
    Street City, State Zip
    Name - Number - Relationship
    Example: 2000-2007 Camper 2007 Queen 2008-2009 CT 2010-2014 Field Staff 2015 Mid Unit Head
    90th Committee will do it's very best to get you back in a tent or cabin. Please know that we can not guarantee where or who you will be with for the overnight stay.
    The 90th committee will be working hard to make cabin/ tent lists for all in attendance. If there is someone that you would like to share a tent or cabin with for the 90th please leave their full name below and we will do our best to keep you together.
    Please mark all that apply
    Is there any other information regarding dietary restrictions, allergies, sleeping habits, etc. that you would like the committee to know prior to your arrival at camp?
    If availability is limited (I.e needing to arrive late, leave early, etc.) please let us know.
    By typing your name here you agree that the information you entered above is accurate.
    month/date/year
  • How Shopping on Amazon Can Help Camp
    POSTED 3.6.19 Blog

     

    Can shopping on Amazon really help camp!?

    How many times a month do you order something on Amazon? Did you know that every time you place an order for paper towels, buy yet another toy for your beloved pet, or purchase a last minute birthday gift for someone via Amazon that you can be donating to camp with each purchase? By using AmazonSmile a portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to Fleur de Lis Camp. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and click Fleur de Lis Camp Inc. as your charity of choice.

    To read more about AmazonSmile go to: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_rspo_laas_aas

    Another way that you can help camp using Amazon is by utilizing our wishlists. Each year we buy a lot of program supplies for camp. Offsetting the cost of those supplies, especially for Circle Week is a huge help to camp and benefits the campers. Each season we buy all sorts of random items, from alphabet beads for circle necklaces, to tie-dye materials, to floaties fro laurel Lake, to snacks for our volunteers, to materials for grief activities, and so much more. We have two wishlists here at Fleur de Lis Camp, one for general use and one specifically for Circle Week. We are asking you that if there is something on one of those lists that calls to you, to please send it along to camp for campers to enjoy and use this summer. Your donation will help us to provide an amazing summer for all Fleur de Lis Camp. Be sure to put your name in a note when you make the purchase so that we can thank you properly for your kind donation! Check back as we get closer to camp as there will be more items for sure.

     

    Circle Week Wish List

    FDL Wish List 

     

  • Spun into Gold
    POSTED 2.21.19 Blog

    Alumna Annie Lundsten shares her experience sending her daughter to camp:

    Fairy tales are rife with stories of people giving away their daughters in exchange for their heart’s desire. The miller’s daughter, desperate to escape a king’s wrath and become queen, promises Rumpelstiltskin her first born child in exchange for the ability to spin straw into gold. The baker and his pregnant wife, craving the taste of fresh vegetables, pledge their daughter—Rapunzel–to the witch next door for a taste of her beautiful greens. 

    I spent my first summer at Fleur de Lis the year I turned eight and stayed until the summer I turned sixteen. My time there was a gift that, even as child, I understood to be a gift. It was a present I looked forward to receiving all year long and it had many facets; freedom from the limitations of my everyday life at home, loving relationships with a powerful female community and a safe environment in which to build strength and independence in the person I was becoming.

    By the time my Fleur de Lis friends and I made our way to the senior field at fourteen, we were already talking about the future generation of girls we would give to camp in exchange for the heart’s desire FDL had fulfilled in each of us. As we grew up and began to have children, each daughter’s arrival caused a flurry of excitement for what would, of course, be a future Fleur de Lis camper.  We felt, instinctively, that the gift we had received could only be repaid by passing it on to someone else.

    This past summer, I got to do exactly that when my daughter, just shy of eight, became a Fleur de Lis camper. As I watched her set off on her own Fleur de Lis adventure which would, inevitably both resemble and diverge from mine, I felt the thrill of presenting her with this present. And upon her return, I knew the richly satisfying joy of knowing she had spun it to gold.