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One lucky little girl in Riverside is ready for her Maine event



Riverside Elementary fifth-grader Annie Frey had been lobbying her parents for a turn at sleep-away camp when her mom, Melissa, spied an ad right here in Greenwich Magazine.

The Maine Camp Experience, which represents more than thirty overnight camps in the beautifully rugged state, was offering a chance at $5,000 towards summer camp tuition. On a whim, Melissa Frey entered online. “I’m not lucky. I never win anything,” she says. “But Annie had been so persistent about wanting to go to camp it caught my eye.”

Well, hello muddah, hello faddah! Melissa not only won the camp tuition for her daughter, but it was the beginning of a lucky streak. Melissa scored the camp tuition the same week she won a girls’ night of wine and shopping from Old Greenwich favorite, Paper & Stitch. “My husband said it would have been a good week to play Powerball,” laughs Melissa.

As far as Annie’s concerned her mom picked the lucky numbers in Camp Powerball. “I really can’t wait for summer to come,” says the sports and art-loving girl, who describes her reaction as, “super, super, really, really excited.”  

For a few years now, Annie had been pleading her case to follow her older brother Ben to overnight camp, but her parents wanted her to wait until she was “a little older.” Tuition voucher in hand, Annie, who turns 11 this month, settled on the all-girls’ Fernwood Cove, set on 200-plus acres in lakefront Harrison. Her camp choice was based on the recommendation of a Greenwich girlfriend who had already attended—and loved—Fernwood Cove.

Jim Gill, Fernwood Cove’s founder and director, was honored Annie chose his camp from long list of possibilities. He says Annie can expect 3-1/2 weeks packed with traditional camp experience that include tennis, water sports, visual arts and an atmosphere focused on encouraging life-long friendships. “What we’re most excited is [Annie] trying things she might never have been exposed to at home or on our summer vacations to Cape Cod,” says her mom.

While Annie has recruited a close friend to join her at Fernwood Cove, they won’t be bunking together in keeping with the camp’s philosophy of fostering girls’ independence and self-esteem. Among Fernwood Cove’s quaint traditions are electricity-free bunks and evening stories by flashlight; often the conduit for lots of technology-free bonding. “We’re hoping Annie’s lucky weeks will foster life-long memories,” says Jim.

Fernwood Cove

350 Island Pond Road
Harrison, Maine 04040     
207-583-2381
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