Easterseals Camp Fairlee Faces A Serious Threat

In April 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled "Buy American and Hire American." Part of this executive order calls for a reduction or elimination of the J-I Camp Counselor program and the Summer Work Travel program. Camp Fairlee depends on  international students to fill camp counselor positions each year, as there are not enough American students and workers available.  
During this past summer, international students filled 65 of the 82 summer positions at Camp Fairlee.  Typically, our summer counselors arrive in mid-June for intense training, work throughJuly and August and then return to school in their native country in early September.  Many of them stay an extra week and use their summer earnings to travel and see places like Times Square, Washington DC,  and the Grand Canyon.  Over the years, this have been a very positive cultural exchange program that benefits all sides.  
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The threat is real.  If the J-1 visa program is curtailed or eliminated, Camp Fairlee may be forced to seriously cut back the number of people it serves next summer due to lack of available staff!   If you agree and would like to make your voice heard with your local congressional delegation, you can CLICK HERE to send an email to your U.S. Senators and your representative in the House of Representatives.  When you fill in your name, address and email address, the names of your Washington representatives will automatically pop up and you can send them an already prepared email message.   There is space to add your own remarks if you wish.    
Many organizations and businesses will be affected.   It is not just specialty camps like Camp Fairlee, but virtually all summer camps of all types, as well as seasonal employers at beach resorts and many others who rely on the short term J-1 visa program.   For additional background information, this article is a good read. 
Thank you for your help.
The Staff of Easterseals and Easterseals Camp Fairlee  

Respite Weekends Begin September 22!

1. September 22 - 24, 2017  adults with MS
2. October 20-22, 2017   youth and adults with autism
3. October 27 - 29, 2017  adults
4. December 8 - 10, 2017   youth and adults
5. February 16 - 18, 2018  youth and adults
6. March 9 - 11, 2018 youth and adults with autism
7. March 23 - 25, 2018  youth and adults
8. April 13 - 15, 2018  youth and adults with autism
9. May 4 - 6, 2018  adults with MS

To download the Fall 2017 respite weekend brochure CLICK HERE and to download an application

Fairlee Vacations / Travel Trips !

Travel trips are often used for personal growth, adventure, and family respite.  We have several exciting trips planned over the next 13 months. 

Fairlee Vacations Opportunities
1. November 11 - 18, 2017  Disneyworld
2. February 25 - March 4, 2018  Carnival Cruise, Bahamas
3. April 21 - 28, 2018  Outer Banks
4. August 19 - 24, 2018  Poconos Mountains
To download the full brochure CLICK HERE.   To download an application

Hold Your Next Event at Historic Fairlee Manor

Historic Fairlee Manor is the home of Easterseals Camp Fairlee.  With all new cabins, dining hall, activity center and pavilion we could be the perfect location for your church youth retreat, wedding, or family reunion.   Get a great price and the satisfaction of knowing that your rental fee subsidizes the many programs of Camp Fairlee.  More info at this link.

Location of Camp Fairlee

Camp Fairlee is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore and is owned and operated by Easterseals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore.  CLICK TO SEE MAP.

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