Getting the know the 2013 staff- Lady Grace McDonough*
POSTED 3.28.14 Blog

In the spirit of better late than never, Lady Grace took advantage of last weekend’s Farmhouse Retreat to hand-in her much overdue Staff Profile. I can think of no better way to honor her effort than sharing it with you-

Name: Grace McDonough

Age: 21

Hometown: Brookline, NH

What I do at camp: Mid Unit Head, Rifle Coach, LGT, Dance enthusiastically, Sing off key loudly and often, Raid costume closet

Numbers of years at FDL: 13

Special Skills: If I told you, you would not believe me.

What I do when I’m not at camp: I get into rhyming battles with my Grandfather.

Favorite Part of Camp: Everything. The people. How it connects each of us for always. To really understand it you have to be here.

Favorite Story from Camp:

When I was a senior, we played music constantly in the field. One day, some of us were tossing a Frisbee around. The sounds of “Elephant Love Medley” from Moulin Rouge filled the field. We stopped throwing and all belted out together—shout singing at the top of our lungs—Ewan McGregor’s and Nicole Kidman’s duet.

I was having a bad day when I was a junior. I was feeling homesick and as though I did not have many kids to relate to. One of my cabin mates noticed and asked me what was going on. I explained as we left the cabin for EP. For some reason she remembered a story I told about how much orange juice my family consumed. We caught up with some other juniors on the road. My cabin mate then announced to the group that I was feeling homesick and that no one should talk about home or orange juice for the rest of the night. It was the first time I felt the unconditional support of camp friends.

When I was ten, a counselor was announcing our parts for JP. We were going to perform Cinderella. She comes to my name and says, “Grace, you’re going to play the part of ‘Prince Charming’….” If she had stopped there, this anecdote would not be one of my favorites. For one reason or another she felt the need to justify why I had been given that part. I should note this summer also coincided with me growing out my bangs. No one had explained a side part to me and I had no headbands in my trunk. So she continued, “… You know, you have this sort of boyish charm about you.”

Something not everyone knows about me:

I can Kayak, canoe? I have been to 15 countries in the last 3 years.

Thanks for sharing, Lady Grace.

-Lady Sarena

*this will be another ongoing thread because, well, we had an awesome staff this year and I would love to let you all know them better.