Anna Hopkins

ANNA HOPKINS

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I believe that summer camp has the power to change the world through authentic connections. I am the Camp Director at Friends Camp in Maine, where we work to create intentional Quaker community with over 400 campers and about 35 staff each summer. In the winters, I independently run our year-round office and handle everything from fundraising to camper registrations to hiring. I took over from my mentor in September 2016, and since then have learned more about ACA accreditation, being "the boss," writing budgets, and plumbing than I ever thought I would. I believe our different backgrounds as camp directors (mine includes a degree in biology from Williams College, a competitive rowing career, and a few years teaching K-12 science) make us the perfect community to learn from each other. Through The Summer Camp Society, we are able to form the authentic connections with our professional peers that we work to create for our campers and staff during the summers at camp.

I am interested in talking about increasing equity & diversity in camping, working with boards, effective teaching practices at camp, restorative justice, storytelling, and increasing camp director efficiency so that we can spend more time on the good stuff-- being with campers and staff! My favorite winter-time hobby is hiking with my border collie Seven and partner Jamie. My favorite summer hobby is hosting camper tea parties on the porch of my cabin.