Blue Sparks...from the Camp Fire at Jeanne d'Arc    
Empowering Young Women Since 1922

April 16th - Annual Spring Reunion - Rye Grill, New York. R.S.V.P Here

June 24th - Camp Opens for it's 95th Season

August 12 - 14th JDA Camper and Alumni Weekend. Register Here

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Letter from our Directors

Dear JDA Friends -

One of the most valuable lessons we can teach our campers is how to be resilient. Life is inherently full of hardship and challenge. It's how we face those challenges that determines our success and happiness in life. 

American poet, Douglas Malloch, wrote a poem titled, "Good Timber." Here is a portion of it.

Good timber does not grow with ease, 
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length.
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow, 
In trees and men good timbers grow.

We know that it's the difficult things we work through at camp that make it such a valuable experience. Learning how to do hard things is what builds and strengthens our character. Learning how to work as a team, working hard to earn a place in a "club", overcoming feelings of homesickness or insecurity, trying again and again to get up on water-skies-these are all hard things. As we " hang in there" and persevere, we become stronger. There is no doubt about it. 

As camp directors, we have the rewarding opportunity to see our girls develop into women, full of faith, endurance, courage and confidence. It's very hard work...but the payoff is sweet.

We are eagerly looking forward to summer 2016. We would love to hear from a few more of you about joining our Alumni Share program, and of course we would love to see you all at the 95th reunion on Aug. 12-14th.

Have a very happy spring and summer!

Sandy and Randy Abbott
Camp Jeanne d' Arc, Owners/Directors

Update: Summer 2016
The countdown is on! With just about 100 days until the start of summer 2016, we are busy and excited!  We are well under way to having our staff hired, including counselors from the US, China, Ghana, Spain and Canada. And the camper registrations are beginning to consistently roll in as well. We are on target to surpass last years camper numbers with a very bright future ahead. It has been our great pleasure to travel to many camp parties, reunions and fairs (photo: Montreal Camp Fair, February 2016) and to have met with many camper families, alumnae and prospective campers. We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our hosts: Meg Joyce, Michelle Sloan, Eleanor Storch, Heather Beaver, Kim Whalen, Kristen and Amanda Brooker, Ana Maria and Sofia Young, Geraldine Colon, Fer Leon and Fabi Jimenez. 

Our heartfelt thank you for your continued support of JDA, 
Sandy and Randy Abbott
Alumni Program
Thank you to our many alumni who have offered to help with camp.  In this blog,  Calling All Alumnae , there are specific things that you can do, as an alumni, to support Camp Jeanne d'Arc. One of the easiest things you can do is to  share and like social media posts. The more people who see our message the more campers to experience Camp Jeanne d'Arc.  Other ways you can help include donating costumes and used sporting equipment and musical instruments and scheduling a trip to camp to share your talent with campers and/or donate your time coordinating alumni volunteers.
Annual Spring Reunion - Rye Grill, NY, April 16th
Join us for our Annual Spring Reunion! We will be hosting a lunch at the Rye Grill to celebrate the kick off of Summer 2016. Space is limited so RSVP today.
JDA Camper & Alumni Weekend to Celebrate Our 95th Camp Season 
August 12 - August 14
Join us for a fun weekend for all camp families and alumni to celebrate the 95th summer of Camp Jeanne d'Arc. Experience camp for a weekend with activities, games, meals in the Hearth, campfires, songs and friends.

Please sign up by June 15th. Register for the 95th Reunion Here
For a tentative itinerary see our 95th Reunion Tab under our
JDA Knows How to Party!
We have had such a blast meeting many of our camp families this year. Our travels have taken us to New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and even Puerto Rico! Thank you to all of the hosts and hostesses who opened their homes to our campers for the 
parties. We enjoyed bowling, playing the skit game, making photo frames, and singing camp songs. We hope you can join us next year at one of our JDA Parties or Reunions.
JDA Bowling Party, New York City, January 2016
Reunion in New Canaan, CT, January 2016 Hosted by Meg Joyce 
JDA Party, Connecticut, January 2016 Hosted by Michelle Sloan
JDA Party, Massachusetts, January 2016 Hosted by Heather Beaver and Eleanor Storch
JDA Party, New Hampshire, January 2016 Hosted by Kim Whalen and Kristen Brooker 
JDA Party & Reunion, Puerto Rico, February 2016 Hosted by Geraldine Colon 
Summer 2016 at Camp Lafayette!
Summer 2016 will be our third year of hosting our brother camp Camp Lafayette. There will be up to 14 boys, ages 8 through 14, for 3 weeks.  Activities will include swimming, fishing, canoeing, sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and stand up paddle-boarding.  Land sports include soccer, flag-football, kickball, BB's, riflery and archery, hiking, outdoor camping skills, woodworking and other camp crafts. Laser tag and other special events round out their time at Camp Lafayette. 


Camp Lafayette Dates & Rates: 2016
July 22- August 12
$4,000 ( Space is limited)

For More Information Call 704-936-7459


Michelle Cormier Campership Fund
This spring we remember the passing of former camper and medalist, Michelle Cormier. Her sudden passing last winter was met with deep sadness. Camp Jeanne d' Arc received over $25,000 in memorial contributions in Michelle's honor. With these funds, Camp Jeanne d' Arc will be able to fund camp scholarships and a memorial in Michelle's name.
Alumni News & Notes
Thank you to all of our alumni who sent in their news! Be sure to update your contact information (using the Newsletter Tab) and send in any news you have for our Fall newsletter!
From the 50's & 60's
Jehanne McIntyre Edwards (camper '65-76', counselor/staff '77-'99 (on and off), owner/director 2005-2015) 
Jehanne is enjoying her time off and has not gone back to work yet. She says she is finally getting to do those things that she always said she would do "when she had time," so some craft projects are getting done, photo albums being put together and closets cleaned out. She and Michael have been to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware a couple of times and have two weeks scheduled there over the summer. She had fun visiting Fran in Florida for a week in January despite the chilly temperature and is looking forward to going back to Florida again for Fran's birthday. Over the years, Jehanne has reconnected with friends from grade school, high school and law school in Naples and always enjoys seeing Fran's friends and exercise class buddies. She also has trips to California, Hawaii and Mexico City planned. She recently attended the 75th Annual Brigade Boxing Championships at the United States Naval Academy with Michael, Olivia and one of their former "Sponsor Mids." See picture. And, of course, she looks forward to visiting her daughter, Sandy, and Sandy's dogs, Taco and Rita, in Norfolk, VA as often as she can. In addition to her 25th wedding anniversary, she will be celebrating milestone reunions at both Georgetown and Catholic Universities in 2016. She is also looking forward to the warm weather so she can start running, sailing, biking and playing outside again. She asks that camp friends please keep in touch and email her at
Susan Berry Eberhardt ('55-'61)
is happy to announce the publication of her book "Tiny Bites:Scratch Recipes for the Toy Oven". It's for anyone who has an Easy Bake or other toy oven and wants to bake something other than the expensive commercial mixes.
Lisa Ridder Dailey ('69-72) shares her happy news regarding her daughter
Sarah Ridder Dailey, ('91-96) regarding her upcoming exchange of marital vows with Mr. Kevin O'Brien on April 23rd, 2016 at the Church of St. Augustine, Larchmont, New York.  (For all you Hoya campers, Sarah's younger brother will be joined by his brother Georgetown Chimes in song at the church.)  She'd love to see any campers there!

From the 70's & 80's
Lisa Zadravec (camper '74 - '75, counselor/staff '77, '06-'07) who taught art at camp in '06, won 13 awards last year for her artwork. This year promises to be more of the same, starting with the publishing of the book, "Draw Portraits in Colored Pencil", in which she is one of the ten featured artists. Lisa wrote an upcoming article on "juried shows" for Professional Artist magazine.
From the 90's & 2000's
Veronica O'Connor ('90)
relocated from Washington DC to Seoul, South Korea with her husband and toddler-aged daughter.
Alicia Dorey ('90-'96) works as a pre-school teacher in Naples, Florida and runs a kid's summer camp from her gym. She recently had lunch with Fran McIntyre.
Laura Markowski Sams, '92-'01, '03
, married Matthew Sams on Aug. 22, 2015 in Roanoke, Virginia. The couple met while working at Carilion Clinic, a healthcare system based in western Virginia. Matthew is now a partner at Firefli Media, a digital advertising agency. Laura still works at Carilion as a social media consultant. The couple hopes they're blessed with daughters, so they can attend CJDA in the future!
Camp JDA Facebook Alumni Page
If you have not already, please find us on Facebook, at Camp JDA (Alumni Page) for daily updates from your camp friends. Be sure to like our business page at Camp Jeanne d'Arc for camp updates on events and new programs.