For more than 60 years Summer at Friends has been the place to be for camp! Today’s programs range from Junior Camp for ages 4 and 5 through Senior Camp for ages 10 to 13, with lots of specialty options including drama, technology, sports, and fine arts! Summer at Friends is so much fun for campers… and it is fun for the staff who spend all year planning great activities! Enter Summer Programs Coordinator Sue Cusick, Camp Director Steve Cusick, and Associate Director Jack Walderman who can’t wait to share their recipe for summer fun with you!

What are you most excited about returning to in-person camp?
Sue:  I am most excited to see returning campers and staff members after a year hiatus, and I’m looking forward to meeting new campers and staff. After a “virtual” school-year, I think we will all benefit from some traditional summer camp activities and friendships

Steve:  I’ve been a camper (or counselor) at Summer at Friends since 1995, and I really missed the experience last year. I’m excited to help our campers and staff have meaningful social interactions after a year of disruption and abnormality! I think I am most looking forward to providing opportunities for our campers to rekindle friendships, and try new activities.

Jack:  I’m really looking forward to seeing campers in person again. We had a great virtual summer but nothing beats running around to all the camp groups and getting to see how much fun people are having with hands on activities and beating the summer heat in a myriad of exciting ways. It’s a full day and it’s a great excuse for me to get to play some fun games too!

What will be different this year at camp?
Sue:  Camp will look different, but we’ve maintained the basic camp-day structure. Masks will be worn while on campus; we have fewer campers in each camp group; and we’ve limited our camp offerings to 4 or 8-week programs. We’ll be eating and having special activities – like art, music, and science – outside whenever the weather permits.

Steve:  All of the changes to this summer were made to increase the safety of our Camp Community.  Our camp leadership team has spent the past 18 months planning innovative ways to adapt some of our favorite camp traditions –such as the cardboard regatta, field day, carnival day, just to name a few – to be possible this summer! While the groups will be slightly smaller, and activities will be spaced across more of our gorgeous campus, I’m confident that it’s going to be an amazing summer!

Jack:  Everything is going to be much more distanced – a little isolated this year, in the hopes of keeping everyone safe and in their own cohorts. I’m glad we can offer programs where this is possible, but I admit I’ll certainly be missing the camp-wide gatherings and full day events where we could get several hundred people together! We’ve got some alternative plans to make sure camp is just as fun though!

What advice would you have for someone considering attending camp this summer?
Sue:  Come to camp to make new friends, try new activities, learn new skills, relax, and have fun!

Steve:  Look for programs that are taking a cautious approach to Summer 2021. It’s important to consider the safety protocols that programs have put into place such as symptom monitoring and adequate spacing. However, if you are considering camp this summer, I would say go for it! I can say for sure that we at Summer at Friends are ready for summer fun! Don’t wait though, camp spaces are filling quickly!

Jack: This summer is going to be quite different from what we usually do here at Friends, but I’m looking forward to what we have planned! Coming to camp with an open mind has always been important for our community, and even more so this year as we approach a summer unlike any we’ve had before. Being open to change and ready to take on new opportunities is sure to make this year’s summer experience the best it can be!

To find out more about Summer at Friends or to register visit: www.fscamp.org

Sue Cusick is the Summer Programs Coordinator at Friends, where she has been living and breathing camp since 1982!

Steve Cusick is the Director of Day Camps at Summer at Friends. He is a lifelong camper, and has spent time as a counselor and assistant director, too!

Jack Walderman is the Associate Director of Camps at Summer at Friends. He is former camper, counselor, and early childhood teacher!

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