Meet Our Directors
Meet Our Directors
Welcome to Fernwood Cove, a summer camp for girls! We are happy to introduce ourselves so that you know a little about us and where your daughter could spend her summer. Every year we work diligently to provide girls with a place that embodies the Fernwood Cove philosophies of community, personal growth and simple living in the out of doors. We strive to uphold the core values that make our camp so precious in each camper’s life. We aim to create a community where girls can be true to themselves, learn about themselves and others. We hope that they will learn skills that will help them throughout their lives to be better leaders and members of a larger community.It is important to us to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and inclusive so each camper feels safe, both emotionally and physically. This allows each individual to challenge herself, take safe risks and reach her personal goals. Each year we eagerly anticipate the return of our summer family and look forward to sharing another great summer together.
Fernwood Cove Girls Camp Directors
Jim & Beigette Gill / Directors
Jim and Beigette met while counselors at Camp Fernwood in the summer of 2002. When the opportunity arose for them to be the directors and owners of Fernwood Cove, they jumped at the prospect. Jim and Beigette live at Fernwood Cove year-round with their children, Sylvie and Perrin. They treat all of camp as their home and humbled by their beautiful surroundings. Each summer they love welcoming Fernwood Cove campers, CITs, and staff to camp- helping Fernwood Cove become their home as well.
Jim Gill – Owner/Director
Jim was raised in the small town of Lincoln, Maine. At the completion of high school, Jim enlisted in the Navy Seabees. After five years of Military service and over a dozen countries visited, Jim returned to Maine to attend college where he studied environmental science at Unity College. His passion to fly fish and studying the world around him lead him into a career of fisheries biology, where he spent ten years working as a biologist in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Jim began his career in camping in 1994 as an archery counselor at Camp Fernwood, an all girls camp located in Poland, ME. Jim developed the archery program into a nationally recognized program, where he coached Olympic hopefuls. Jim’s connection to Fernwood Cove began at Fernwood Cove’s inception, as he worked on the original construction crew that prepared the camp property for Fernwood Cove’s opening summer in 1999. Jim is passionate about the development of Fernwood Cove facilities and ensuring they provide personal growth opportunities for each Fernwood Cove girl.
Beigette Gill – Owner/Director
Beigette is originally from Baradine, Australia, a small town located in New South Wales. Beigette has a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Sydney, Australia. Beigette’s career in camping began in 2002 when she traveled to the United States to work at Camp Fernwood. Throughout her two summers at Camp Fernwood, Beigette was a swimming counselor and the head of the swimming program in 2003. Beigette’s first summer at Fernwood Cove was in 2004, where she returned to the waterfront, working as a swimming instructor and overseeing all waterfront activities. Beigette also became an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor in 2004 and instructed the staff lifeguard course for many years. Beigette’s strong understanding of health and safety ties into all aspects of camp. Beigette is passionate about supporting the growth of each individual girl, reminding campers to think in possibilities.
On September 5th, 2011, a family bike trip changed the lives of Jim and Beigette Gill forever. Watch their amazing and inspirational story below!
Alicia DeHart / Associate Director
Alicia grew up in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Alicia fell in love with summer camp while attending 4-H camp at W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center. She continued as a CIT, teen volunteer, and staff member. As a camp counselor Alicia instructed a variety of aquatics activities and held leadership positions, assisting in the coordination of camp. Alicia also completed a semester-long internship where she developed and instructed outdoor and environmental education activities for school groups. Alicia joined the Fernwood Cove family in 2002 as a canoeing instructor. Alicia transitioned to the administrative team following her first summer in Maine. Alicia is now an Associate Director, where she oversees the hiring and training of Fernwood Cove staff and the development of camper focus activities. Alicia lives in Summerville, SC with her two children Gabi and Jax.
Stevie Faulk / Assistant Director
Stevie grew up in Gainesville, Florida and graduated from University of Florida with a B.S. in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology and an M.S. in Business Management. She came to Fernwood Cove with nine years of camping experience between three camps: a local summer camp as a kid, a volunteer and coordinator for Hands to Love “Hand Camp” in Gainesville, and most recently as a full-time administrator at a private all-girls camp. She started at Fernwood Cove as part of the summer administrative team, working as the Tripping Coordinator, Events Coordinator, and on the waterski staff as an instructor and boat driver. During summer 2021, she joined the year-round team as an Assistant Director, now handling staff hiring and camper and parent communication during the year as well as overseeing residential aspects of camp life throughout the summer. Stevie has chosen Harrison, Maine as her new home with her dog Turner.