We are very proud of our field staff at Fleur de Lis. These counselors are the women who campers look up to, emulate and turn to for support and nurturing. They are well trained both in their roles as counselors and as experts in the activities they teach. Fleur de Lis is proud that the staff provides our community with a 1:4 ratio of staff to campers. The average age of our field staff is 20. Most of them were campers at Fleur de Lis and have completed our two-year Counselor-In-Training program. Each year about 20% of our staff come to us from other countries including England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and are chosen for their ability to work with children and skills related to our camp programs.
My parents gave me so many gifts of learning, fun, adventure, and wisdom, but surely one of the best gifts they gave me was when I was 10 years old – they sent me to Girl Scout camp. By the end of that first summer (or maybe by the end of the first day!), I knew camp would be a part of me forever, and so began my life’s work. I was a camper, counselor, trip leader, and outdoor education instructor before I became a camp director at 25 years old. I directed two different Girl Scout camps and then decided to try my hand directing the year-round outdoor education School Program for Boston University Sargent Camp in Hancock, NH. Shortly after my arrival at SC, we launched a tiny pilot coed summer camp, Adventure Camp. It was an incredibly exciting venture to lead the development of a camp from the ground up, and I loved directing this program through its growth from “tiny” to a full and thriving summer camp. However, I did truly miss working with all girls, so after 15 years I became the director of a 105 year old, traditional girls camp in Vermont, Aloha Camp of the Aloha Foundation. After 10 years at Aloha, I moved to another 100 + year old, traditional girl’s camp in Maine, Camp Runoia, and now I am thrilled to start my next chapter as the Executive Director for Fleur de Lis.
My roots are firmly in the Monadnock region having lived first at Sargent Camp and now in Jaffrey Center. While my husband, Charles and I (and our dog Jackson!) love our wilderness canoeing, hiking, and travel adventures in far flung places, my heart is here, and now I am lucky enough to do my life’s work directing a beautiful girl’s camp right in my backyard – Fleur de Lis!
– MJ Parry
Growing up in the metro-Detroit area, Hannah first went to overnight camp when she was 10 years old. She loved it so much that she started a neighborhood summer camp when she was 13. Since then, she has worked at four camps throughout Michigan and Canada.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in English, she did marketing and community engagement work with a number of different companies, including a non-profit and a few startups. She worked in London at a tech startup as well, doing everything from web design to recruiting. For close to a year, she last worked as a producer at the newspaper in Palm Springs, California, managing projects and teams to help engage the community.
A Fitzwilliam native, Sarah grew up on the shores of Laurel Lake. At 10 years old, she attended her first sleep-away camp and hasn’t missed a summer since! Rising through the ranks each year at neighboring Camp Takodah, she took on roles from Camper, Leader in Training, Cabin Leader, Division Head, and Assistant Director. She attended Geneva College, in Beaver Falls, PA, majoring in Human Services & minoring in Psychology where she also volunteered with Young Life to run programs for local high school students. After college, and a fund development internship with a local YMCA, she moved back to New Hampshire. She began a professional career in camping with Camp Takodah where she supported educational travel programs and summer camp. Some fun facts about Sarah are that she loves crafting, particularly crocheting and knitting; she enjoys hanging out with her niece Bella who is 2 ½ years old. Sarah loves dogs and has a rescue dog named Finley. Sarah is thrilled to be back in Fitzwilliam spending summers on beautiful Laurel Lake.
Karin is a lifelong resident of the Monadnock Region. She grew up riding horses and participated in 4-H and Pony Club, riding western, hunt seat, eventing, polo, and dressage.
She is a graduate of Franklin Pierce College with a degree in management. Karin lives in Marlow, NH with her husband Tim (IT professional), their son Ryan (Skidmore College baseball!) and her precious side-kick Callie Mae (Brussels Griffon). She enjoys attending Ryan’s games, traveling to warmer climates, anything Disney, and running half marathons.
Richard started working at Fleur de Lis Camp as a Kitchen Boy and now serves as the Property Manager. He is a native of Fitzwilliam and is a member of the Fitzwilliam Sportsman Club. He is an avid collector of rifles and enjoys hunting, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and hiding gold painted rocks for the campers to discover during their walks up and down the camp road.