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Tip Tuesday – Routines & Schedules
Feeling overwhelmed and the need to settle back into a routine after the holidays? We believe that one of the many reasons campers are successful at camp is because of the structure and routine it provides. Each morning campers wake up knowing when and where they need to be. It is their responsibility to get to the dining hall and their classes on time. Of course, our staff is there to guide and support. Over our 90 plus summers, we have found that this newfound responsibility strengthens each camper’s sense of independence and confidence in their own abilities.
Some ways to use routines and structure at home:
Block Scheduling: Take a look at your daily schedules and block out certain times for various activities. Instead of having specific times for each distinct activity, consider blocks of time with a start and an end time for completion of the activity or tasks. This provides more choice and independence in planning and managing time. For example:
7am-8am Wake Up/Breakfast block
8am-9am: Clean Up/Chores (or squads as we call them at camp) block
9am-12pm School block
12pm-1pm Lunch block
1pm – 3pm Outside or Creative Time bloc
Create a Schedule Together: Allowing your child to have some of the responsibility of creating the schedule may help them to stick to it. Create a framework for the day of the must-dos and then have them fill in the blank spots. After that is done let them decorate their own schedule and hang it on the fridge.
Check Lists: Create a checklist that your child can mark throughout the day. You could have the morning section have things such as brush teeth, make the bed, get dressed, etc. Bonus points if you can laminate the list and reuse it each day.
Timer Motivation: finding it difficult to get certain tasks or chores done around the house? Set a timer or better yet choose a song. You have until the song ends to clean up this room and get all the legos back in their bins.
We are excited to announce a series of pop-up stores made just for you this Holiday Season. Though we are counting down the days to warmer months and a summer back at camp, we think these limited-edition camp items will warm up your winter! Whether it be a gift for yourself, a current camper, a parent/grandparent who supported you going to camp, or your camp bestie, check out this lineup we have planned for you over the next month-plus.
In celebration of all of the summers, Fleur de Lis has provided young women a place to grow, learn, and thrive we have created this 2021 Historic Camp Calendar. We wanted to be sure that EVERYONE had access to a camp calendar for this coming year. Where else are you going to countdown to Summer 2021!? This historic calendar showcases Fleur de Lis through the years. Perfect for a current camper, alumni, or loving camp supporter, this will make a great holiday gift.
Available for a limited time only, you will be able to purchase FDL apparel and show off your love of camp all year round. Trendy items from fuzzy fleece quarter zips, to incredibly comfortable sweatshirts, and more! Did we mention that there is a new camp road themed design for some of these items!? (Delivery in time for the holidays is hopeful but not guaranteed – we suggest printing out a picture of the item(s) and writing a nice note to hold its place until it arrives.)
Custom Buddy Tags – December 6th – 13th
Have you always wanted your very own buddy tag to have at home? Then have we got a deal for you. You can use it as a keychain, tree ornament, car accessory, tag for your pet, and more! Our very own creatively brilliant, alumna Anna Nelson will be offering custom buddy tags just for you from December 6th – 13th. Support FDL by having your very own custom buddy tag! Customize your buddy tag(s) by engraving your camp nickname, a line from your favorite camp song, or an inside camp joke.
Come Home to FDL Quilt Raffle – December 14th – 20th
Our community is full of incredibly talented people, like alumna Ingrid Scanlon who handmade this one-of-a-kind quilt just for the Fleur de Lis Community. Between December 14th – 20th you can purchase tickets to be entered into a raffle to win this beautiful quilt aptly titled, “Come Home to FDL”.
Don’t forget that you can give the gift of camp! Be sure that your camper is signed up for Summer 2021 by December 15th and receive this early registration t-shirt. Giving the gift of camp to a niece, granddaughter, or family friend? We would be happy to mail you a certificate and some camp stickers to give with your camp gift.
Follow Along for Updates
With all these wonderful gift-giving opportunities, be sure to mark your calendars for the sale dates so you don’t miss anything. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for live updates and more glimpses at these items.
Financial Update | Fall 2020
Dear Fleur de Lis Community,
About two months ago, we, as a board, wrote to you about Fleur de Lis’ financial situation given the necessity to close for the summer of 2020 (click here for the previous update). A lot has happened in the last two months, and so we wanted to provide you with an update on the financial health of Fleur de Lis.
In July we laid out an approach to financial recovery with seven key aspects. It is important to note that these are not separate aspects. Our fundraising impacts our line of credit and grant relief. All of these aspects are interconnected.
Here are updates on each of these areas:
Fundraising: Thanks to so many of you and through the leadership of Sarah Federman, Annie Kunniholm Lundsten, and Sarah Castro, our Come Home to Fleur de Lis Capital Campaign was a huge success, exceeding our goal of raising $500,000 to offset the loss of revenue for the season. A highlight was our September 1st one-day goal of raising $25,000 in 24 hours. In fact, about 200 donors worked together to raise over $53,000 on that day. With a $25,000 match, that day put us over goal for the campaign. Thank you so much to all who contributed and pledged to the campaign. And a special thank you to the Campaign Squad who put in long hours of work and added incredible creativity to keep us all connected during this endeavor. This community has truly come together to ensure the future of FdL. If you have not made a contribution yet, there is still time to give to the campaign. Please visit our website for more information.
In addition to the Come Home to Fleur de Lis Campaign, we want to emphasize the importance of our annual Friends of Fleur de Lis fundraising. Our annual Friends fundraising typically brings in around $180,000 each year. This money helps ensure that we meet the operational expenses that our tuition does not cover. Our tuition income typically covers 80-85% of our yearly expenses. Additional Friends fundraising ensures a balanced budget and funds camper tuition assistance, equipment purchases, and building maintenance. We need to ensure that these expenses can be covered. Please make sure that you continue to give to this important annual appeal.
Enrollment: Registration for the summer of 2021 begins soon. Having a strong enrollment for this next season is a top priority. MJ Parry has focused much of her time this summer on developing recruitment plans for the year. We all have a role to play in helping to introduce new families to Fleur de Lis Camp. Please help spread the word. Invite a few potential families for a zoom call with MJ; encourage neighbors, relatives, and friends to come take a tour of camp; share what you love about Fleur de Lis with others!
Borrowing: We have secured a $600,000 Line of Credit from camp’s bank. The line of credit essentially provides a cash advance for paying camp’s bills. Money taken in through the Come Home to Fleur de Lis Campaign goes toward paying down any money we have borrowed through the line of credit. In essence, the line of credit provides camp with cash until we begin bringing in revenue again. The amount of our line of credit will be reduced depending upon our NERF grant (see below).
Securing Available Grant Money: Fleur de Lis secured a Payment Protection Program (PPP) grant in the early spring. The Federal government is still in the process of forgiving those loans. We anticipate forgiveness as we have met all the Federal criteria. Additionally, we are in the final stages of the process for receiving a New Hampshire Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund (NERF) grant. We expect to see up to $285,000 towards COVID-19 related expenses, such as additional wash stations, electrical improvements in cabins and buildings for improved air quality, potential alterations to ensure the health center meets health guidelines and recommendations, and even to assist with our recruiting efforts. The amount of the NERF grant we receive will, however, decrease our $600,000 bank Line of Credit. As well, the NERF grant could be reduced based on our fundraising efforts, adding a circular reference amongst the various aspects. Additionally, we have submitted a New Hampshire Charitable Foundation grant application and are awaiting the results of that application.
Cutting Expenses: Our Executive Director, MJ Parry, and Treasurer, Christine Cressey, continue to work together to reduce expenses while still maintaining Fleur de Lis’ exceptional facility and program.
Resetting Financial Priorities: While we have raised and procured funds that help secure Fleur de Lis’ financial stability, we continue to be conservative in our budgeting process. Currently, our priorities rest with paying our bills and meeting fixed expenses. The next budget priorities are for enrollment efforts and analyzing and providing for future COVID-19 related expenses, as these are covered by our NERF grant. As announced previously, we will not move forward with a major Farmhouse rebuild project and Capital Campaign for at least the next five years. We will evaluate the potential for funding renovations which will make the building functional during that time period.
Effective Money Management: We are proud of the multi-faceted approach we have undertaken to help ensure Fleur de Lis’ financial stability. We have been able to maintain our Reserve Fund, which currently sits at just over $1 million. While we may choose to utilize the interest from this fund at times over the years, we will strive to preserve and grow the principal of the account. Indeed, our Reserve Fund was instrumental in securing the bank line of credit and the grants that we received. Additionally, through the recent addition of the Sue Curry Barnett Scholarship Fund, Fleur de Lis will have a stronger footing for tuition assistance funds moving forward.
With the assistance of this strong and committed community of alumnae, parents, staff, campers, and friends of Fleur de Lis, we are looking forward to an excellent 2021 season and a financially stable organization well into the future. Thank you all for the many contributions – financial, volunteerism, and family referral – that continue to make Fleur de Lis the magical summer experience for so many girls and young women, now and in the future.
Fleur de Lis Board President
Libby Williams (Vice-President)
Christine Cressey (Treasurer)
Liz Ramos (Secretary)
Ingrid Scanlon (Member-At-Large)
Allison McCartney (Member-At-Large)
FDL Fall Bucket List
I LOVE FALL! Don’t get me wrong, as a camp director, Summer is certainly my favorite season. Being able to spend the warmer months by a lake, hanging out with all my favorite people, there is nothing better. That said… once the days start getting shorter and the evenings cooler, I cannot wait to start checking off my fall bucket list! Everything from classic New England hikes, to fall crafts, to drinking pumpkin spice lattes while wearing flannel.
Follow along as I share with you some of my all-time favorite fall bucket list items:
Taking as many hikes as I possible with my dog Finley! Some of my favorites just happen to be right near camp:
Going apple picking with my family, while drinking hot apple cider, and then baking an apple pie together.
Go to a pumpkin patch to pick my own pumpkin than carve it into a jack-o lantern.
Get lost in a corn/hay maze!
Take a trip to Kimball’s Farm to eat their pumpkin ice cream… it sounds weird, but trust me it is delicious!
Raking leaves into a giant pile and jumping into them (watching out for sticks of course).
Telling ghost stories by a campfire & making s’mores of course.
Taking fun photos of the foliage.
Wearing comfy flannel and drinking pumpkin spice lattes.
And of course, walking around camp and seeing the leaves change (be sure to check out our visitor policy before making your visit).
We want to know what’s on your fall bucket list this year! Check out our Facebook & Instagram stories for more inspiration and to share your bucket list with us!
-Lady Sarah Castro
Summer 2020 Galilean
On August 30th we hosted a virtual Galilean ceremony for the full FDL community, it was pure camp magic. Being able to be together as a community and share an experience that spans generations of Fleur de Lis campers and staff was truly uplifting, even through screens. We are so incredibly thankful to those of you who shared something you personally wrote, read a passage, sang a meaningful song, or led a camp song for us all to sing along to. If this summer has reminded us of anything it is that our camp family is strong, resilient, full of love, and always there for each other. Thank you to all who attended and made this event one to remember. If you were unable to attend and would like to watch the ceremony, we invite you to view the recorded event below.
Change for Change
Hear from 2nd year Senior campers, Carly and Holly, about his generous initiative launched by these dedicated young women to support Fleur de Lis through Change for Change.
And here are more details…
Dear Fleur de Lis Campers and CTs,
We hope you’ve seen our video that camp posted on Facebook and Instagram or have seen it through the Saturday S’Mores newsletter that was emailed to your families.
We were devastated when we learned that we couldn’t be at camp this summer. We were looking forward to being with our friends and doing all of the things that we love.
We know that not opening this summer also is difficult for camp financially, and we began to worry that camp might not be able to open in the future. We learned that the people who lead camp are working to make sure that camp is around for many more years. That’s a big relief. Now we are looking forward to summer 2021 and bet you are too.
We also wondered if there was anything we could do to help support camp at this time. We’ve come up with a plan and want you to join us.
We challenge campers and CTs to use the boxes we’ve enclosed to collect your change throughout the year and bring it to camp at the start of the 2021 season. Sophia Halasz, who like us, would have been a 2nd year senior this summer, designed a sticker to help get you started on decorating your box. If all of us collect our change and donate it to Fleur de Lis, it will go a long way towards making sure that we get to do all the fun things we are looking forward to next summer and also help camp continue many years into the future.
We are sending this to all the campers and CTs who were signed up for summer 2020 and to campers from 2019 who hadn’t yet registered. We hope to see all of you in 2021.
Please help us with our Change for Change project!
Holly McGee and Carly Haessler
(2nd year seniors 2020)
Virtual Circle Week – Join Us!
Hello Circle Week Campers!
Virtual Circle Week is just around the corner. We’d love to have you join us via zoom each day for some fun activities.
The zoom link will be posted on social media 15 minutes before each meeting
Below is a list of daily activities:
Monday, August 24th at 5 pm
* Check in with camp friends you haven’t seen in year
* Wear a Circle Week t-shirt and necklace
* Play a camp game
Tuesday, August 25th at 10 am
* Circle Time!! Bring a fun item, that you can’t bring to camp, to share with us that was your parents Or share a funny story about them
Wednesday, August 26th at 4:30 pm
Arts and Crafts with Lady Julie
Thursday, August 27th at 7:30 pm
Come ready to sing camp songs with us
Friday, August 28th at 1pm
Yoga with Lady Cindy
Wear comfortable clothes, find a space to get some good stretches with us
Can’t join us for Circle Week or want more camp activities, try these at home activities instead.
Make your own stress ball with items you have around your home. Grab a balloon or two plastic baggies. Fill half to three quarters of the way up with flour or dried beans. Tie off or zip to lock. Now you’ve got your stress ball.
Make your own memory garden. Find a rock. Paint it or write on it. Place it somewhere outside your house or make it a decoration on your desk. Remember to take a picture of it and share with us. You can post your picture online on
Campers & Alum Use Their Talents to Help Camp
My summers at Fleur de Lis taught me about the collective power of women and girls working toward a common goal, and, more importantly, about the value of each of our individual talents and voices in this process.
In order to bring Bye Bye Birdie to life on the Barn stage in July of 1990, my fellow Seniors and I each played a different role on the team… Some of us practicing our songs and dances in the grass outside the Barn. Some of us painting murals for the backdrops with an impossible-to-find-the-right-ratio mixture of powdered paint and water. Some of us hand-lettering programs. And a couple of us digging our way through the costume room finding the perfect outfits for our castmates. (Spoiler alert: the perfect outfit involved covering a pair of pants in shiny silver tape.)
I now have the opportunity to return to camp for Circle Week and find that same spirit of Fleur de Lis collaboration. Before the campers arrive, the staff readies camp for them. As Lady Kate reads the Task Cards, we each wait for the ones that are suited to our interests and skills. Some of us will do anything that provides an opportunity to be on the waterfront with a view of Mount Monadnock. Some of us jump at the chance to organize — shirts, bunk boxes, or name necklaces — it doesn’t matter, as long as we can sort and arrange. Some of us use our creativity to make the signs welcoming each tent or cabin. Before long, camp is ready for Circle Week and we can all come together to wait for the campers on the road.
This summer camp needs our help, and true to form, Fleur de Lis campers and alumni are stepping up, using their unique creativity and talents to raise money:
Alumni and former staff member Hannah Fricke is selling a collection of Fleur de Lis Camp artwork that, in her words, “remind me of all of the beauty of FDL that we all are missing a little bit more this summer”. The profits from her art sales will be donated to the Come Home to Fleur De Lis campaign and matched in donation by her family. Bidding started on July 28th and will end on August 8th at 5pm. www.32auctions.com/hannahmakesart
CT Edie & CT Kate both created several designs of Fleur de Lis stickers and have set up online shops to sell them. Their designs include lake scenes, Fleur de Lis’ filled with camp-inspired scenes, an FDL sailboat, and the 03447 zip code we can’t wait to come home to. They plan to donate profits from their sales to the campaign.
CT Kelsey is selling friendship bracelets through her private Instagram account to benefit the campaign for camp.
Fleur de Lis loves a team challenge… Senior camper Hannah has challenged the rest of her fellow Seniors to donate at least $5 to the Come Home to Fleur de Lis Campaign.
Our memories of camp stay with us throughout the year, as does our desire to help camp when it needs us. Senior campers Carly and Holly are getting ready to kick off Change for Change to encourage campers to collect their change all year long to bring back to camp with them next summer.
When I heard that camp would not raise its tent flaps this summer, I thought about all I learned during my time at camp and was disappointed at the prospect of putting those lessons on hold until 2021. My disappointment was premature. Our efforts to support the camp we love are teaching us about the value of cooperation, collaboration, and uniqueness of individuals within a team, even if we are not on the shores of our beloved lake this summer.
If you are interested in helping camp out with your own grassroots efforts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org first.
Written By: Lady Julie (Raye) Horton
FDL Alum 1985 -1993 & Circle Week Volunteer 2014 – 2019
Current Campers, Families, & Recent Staff Listening Sessions
It certainly has been a unique and busy summer this year and one of the things we have been thinking a lot about is next summer!
It may seem like summer 2021 is a long time away, but we are busy planning and our goal is to make it the best summer ever for our campers. We would love to hear your thoughts about Fleur de Lis – what you love about it, what’s really important about camp, and suggestions you have to create an outstanding camp experience! You’re invited to share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions during Listening Sessions that MJ Parry and Sarah Castro will be hosting during August. The links are below.
To help frame your thoughts, check out this list of questions we will be asking during the sessions. Please join us – we want to hear from you!
Listening Session Questions:
What are the most important reasons you send your daughter to Fleur de Lis?
What are the most important areas of growth and development that you want to see in your daughter as a result of coming to camp?
Can you envision ways that we could enhance your daughter’s growth and development?
What are specific programs or experiences that could enhance your daughter’s experience at camp?
If you could imagine camp being even better than it is, what should camp start doing, stop doing and continue doing?
What are, or could be, reasons that you may choose not to send your daughter to camp in future summers?
What else would you like us to know that would help us provide your daughter with the best camp experience?
Why do you choose to come camp?
What are the things you love most about camp?
You might not choose to come back if _____________ (fill in the blank) was different at camp.
What are some of the most important things you have learned about yourself at camp?
If you could imagine camp being even better than it is, what should camp start doing, stop doing and continue doing?
If you were a camper at Fleur de Lis, how did camp prepare you for your adult life?
How, or in what way, could camp have better prepared you for your adult life
What do you feel are significant challenges facing girls today and in the next 5-10 years?
What do you feel are some of the most important ways that we could be helping girls grow through their camp experience?
If you could imagine camp being even better than it is, what should camp start doing, stop doing and continue doing?
What are specific programs or experiences that could enhance a girl’s experience at camp?
If you are unable to attend the scheduled meetings or have additional thoughts you would like to share with us please email MJ Parry.
FDL Financial Update | Summer 2020
We hope that your summer is starting off as well as possible and that you and your family are healthy. Like you, we wish that our campers were spending today running around camp, laughing, trying new activities, swimming in Laurel Lake, playing with great friends, and singing camp songs! Unfortunately, instead we are writing to share the financial status of camp given the necessity to close for the 2020 season.
Fleur de Lis has lost close to $750,000 in camper tuition revenue that would have come from this summer. Our Executive Director, MJ Parry, and Board Treasurer, Christine Cressey, have worked to reduce our yearly expenditures as much as possible in response to the lost income. However many of our expenses are fixed or ongoing. For example, camp spends about $130,000 a year on property taxes and insurance.
Our tuition income generally covers about 85% of our operating expenses. This is then supplemented with donations from our yearly “Friends” annual appeal. This is standard practice across the nonprofit camping industry. Fleur de Lis has not operated at a loss in years past and has met its budget with this combination of tuition income and annual appeal donations.
Even with cuts to our expenses where possible, Fleur de Lis faces a net loss of $400,000 for fiscal year 2020 which ends September 30. In addition as we incur expenses for the next fiscal year, we will need an additional $400,000 to cover expenses until tuition for summer 2021 starts to come in. For clarification, one summer of tuition covers expenses for the second half of a fiscal year and the first half of the following fiscal year.
Two major roles of our board are to ensure that Fleur de Lis continues to serve its mission and remains the home away from home for girls for generations to come. This includes maintaining and managing camp’s financial health. It is a heavy responsibility and a duty we approach with our utmost seriousness and determination.
In order to help secure Fleur de Lis’s financial health and its future, we have undertaken a multi-faceted approach to financial recovery. This includes:
Resetting Financial Priorities: The loss of a full year of income compels us to examine all of our financial endeavors. Through this process, we have made the decision to postpone the Farmhouse project and Capital Campaign for at least five years. In the interim, we will look at the possibility of funding base level work to make the Farmhouse usable.
Cutting Expenses: We have carefully reviewed the budget to reduce expenditures where possible while still ensuring that we will be able to offer an outstanding program to our campers when we return to camp and to maintain our facilities appropriately. Part of this effort has included a reduction in our full-time staffing. We have eliminated one Assistant Director position and reduced our Accounting and Office Manager position. We have also been able to reduce other budgeted expenses.
Securing Available Grant Money: Early on, FdL secured a Paycheck Protection Program grant that offset our payroll expenses through the spring. Additionally, we have applied for a New Hampshire Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund grant, and expect to hear from the State in August if FdL will receive a grant. We will continue to aggressively explore other state and federal relief grants available to nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19.
Borrowing: We have worked closely with FdL’s bank and have submitted a loan application to help us pay immediate expenses. The bank has made this a positive experience and we anticipate a low-interest line of credit will be forthcoming.
Effective Money Management: FdL has a reserve fund worth about $1 million. While we utilize the interest from this fund to offset expenses, we also recognize that tapping into the principal from this account is not financially responsible for ensuring the long-term fiscal health of camp. This fund, along with our property, are our greatest assets. We borrow against these assets and show our vitality in grant applications. We know that if we spend down our reserve fund, it puts us in a position that may be insurmountable in the future if camp faces another financial crisis such as an additional summer closure or natural disaster.
Enrollment: Certainly our financial health relies upon a full camp. A strong recruitment strategy and efforts are in development for 2021. We all have a role to play in introducing Fleur de Lis to potential campers and their families. We are pleased that so many of our 2020 families have said that they are not only looking forward to summer 2021 but also planning to extend their length of time at camp.
Fundraising: We are poised to launch a major campaign to help alleviate our current financial crisis and ensure Fleur de Lis’s fiscal health as we move forward. All of us – current and former parents, alumnae, staff, and friends of camp – can work together to save Fleur de Lis from this crisis. Look for important information about this opportunity on Sunday, July 12 (Visiting Day).
While this is certainly the biggest financial crisis Fleur de Lis has ever faced, it is not insurmountable. Over 90 years ago, the women who founded Fleur de Lis envisioned a camp where girls could be their true selves, have opportunities to try new things and take exciting risks, build lifelong friendships, and develop enduring values and leadership skills. That vision is realized every summer, and with all of us working together, will continue to be realized for many many years to come.
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Diane (Di) Foster, Board President on behalf of the FdL board
Libby Williams, Vice President Christine Hassig Cressey, Treasurer Liz Ramos, Secretary Ingrid Haessler Scanlon, Member-At-Large Allison McCartney, Member-At-Large