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.
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.