Summer Job Opportunities!

 

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Give back, earn money for school, and have fun outdoors this summer at Camp Fletcher!

Camp Fire Alabama is recruiting 5 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates for Camp Fletcher. Ideal for graduating seniors or college students, these positions will focus on summer learning and outreach opportunities for a summer of paid service at Camp Fletcher.

Summer Learning Associate (4 Available Positions)
The Camp Fletcher Summer Learning Summer Associates will design and facilitate educational activities for 1-9th grade students participating in Camp Fletcher’s Summer Day Camp program. Associates will be assigned to work with one tribe (or age group) over the summer to lead STEM activities in the VISTA Education Garden and assist with summer reading activities.

Outreach Summer Associate (1 Available Position)
The Camp Fletcher Outreach Summer Associates will coordinate opportunities to expand the reach of the VISTA Education Garden. These associates will work directly with full-year VISTA members to assist with programs and activities that support the needs of the garden.

Benefits include:

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of $471
  • AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,213 or Summer Stipend  of $259 upon completion
  • On-site Orientation and Training
  • Involvement in the AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni Network and eCommunity

 

Members must be at least 18 years old and able to commit to serve on a full-time basis for 9 weeks (May 31 – August 8, 2018). A passion for serving the community and commitment for the entire summer is expected. Extensive background checks are performed on members.

If interested please email: hhenley@campfire-al.org

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JIYT Spring 2018

It’s that time again! Come join us on April 7th from 8 AM to 2 PM at Camp Fletcher for our semi-annual Junk In Your Trunk event! We’re expecting a great turnout with all sorts of odds and ends for sale. Tell everyone you know about this huge event! Admission is FREE so you don’t want to miss out!

ALSO, we’ll be having open house from 10 AM to 12 PM! This is a great chance for parents and campers to meet the staff, tour the grounds, and register for camp!JIYT Flyer FINAL

Alabama Power Energizes Camp Fletcher

On Friday, more than 20 members of Alabama Power’s hydro engineering team and their families spent the day at Camp Fletcher expanding and improving the network of trails through our nearly 300 acres of woodlands.

Thanks to their fantastic work, more young people and families will have access to more of Camp Fletcher than ever before.

Having engineers around sure comes in handy  for projects like this. These Alabama Power engineers generally work on hydroelectric dams but the team had no problem building a bridge on the fly using logs from trees taken down to clear our trails.

Thanks also to Cawaco and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve for arranging the loan of a trailer jam-packed with with specialized trail-building tools.

Below you’ll find before and after pictures along with some shots of good people getting sweaty for a great cause. Click on any picture for a close-up slideshow view.

Thank you to John, Herbie, Martin, Alan and everyone else at Alabama Power from all of us at Camp Fletcher, and thanks to Charles at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Y’all are true heroes!

JIYT is this weekend

JIYTIt’s not too late to reserve your spot for Junk in Your Trunk. Camp Fletcher’s popular bi-annual yard sale happens this Saturday (October 7th) between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

At Junk in Your Trunk, sellers park their cars on the perimeter of our huge playing field (and elsewhere if all of the spots on the field sell out). They spread their treasures on tarps or card tables or literally just sell their wares out of their trunks. You never know what you’ll find at JIYT, but we can pretty much guarantee that something will be coming home with you.

It costs just $10 to reserve your selling spot for the day and it’s totally, completely, absolutely free to shop ’til you drop. Our general store will be open and we’ll have sodas, snacks and sandwiches for sale. Rumor has it that our pulled pork sandwiches will be making a return. We’ll also have tables for rent ($5 each) while they last.

To reserve your space, here’s the link to the Junk in Your Trunk registration form with all the details, fine print and legal yada, yada. JIYT Registration Form

Pitch your tent at Camp Fletcher

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‘inTENTS’ Family Event! Saturday, October 28th at 3:00 p.m. till Sunday, October 29th at 8:00 a.m.

Bring the whole family and your camping gear to Camp Fletcher when we host an “intense” night outdoors.

We’ll be hosting field games, lead a night hike through our trails, make s’mores by the campfire, make crafts, tell stories, and much more.  Best of all, participants will be able to camp out with us overnight.

It’s going to be a great night in the great outdoors.  The cost is just $10 per person, and reservations are required.

Contact us today @ 205.428.1059 if you would like more information or click HERE to register! Click inTENTS flyer 2017 to download our flyer with more details.

An unwelcome visitor

After making friends with Bo the box turtle, camp elf Twinkle Loblolly continues his journey over the ridge on an urgent errand on behalf of Rufus the lovelorn bobcat.

angry manxThe sun beat down as Twinkle summited the ridge and began his downhill journey towards Manx’s territory. It was a little after noon, but it felt more like mid-July than late September in the forest.  Elves don’t sweat, but they do feel the heat the same as anyone else, and Twinkle made sure to stay in the shade as he made his way down the path.

The Camp Fletcher trees felt a little sleepier every day at this time of year.  The vibrant green luster of spring and summer turned into something a fraction duller and a bit more tired with every passing afternoon. Twinkle looked forward to the vivid reds and oranges and browns of autumn, but those colors hadn’t yet replaced the healthy, living green as the summer forest canopy exhausted itself in this odd in-between season.

Twinkle also was ready for a snap of cool weather to vent away summer air that had grown stuffy and more lifeless as summer wound down. Twinkle thought about this as he walked and realized that he liked all four seasons. For some reason his very favorite season of the year was always the next one. His least favorite seasons were the in-between ones where the old season wasn’t quite gone and the next hadn’t quite arrived. This was definitely an in-between time and they were mostly about waiting—waiting for something old and tired to depart to make room for something new and exciting.

It was a steamy afternoon, but Twinkle shivered a little as he crossed the property line that took him out of Camp Fletcher and into The World. Even though the line wasn’t marked, he instinctively knew when he crossed it. He could feel the non-Camp Fletcherishness of it in his very soul. The wood elf didn’t leave his 300 acre domain very often or for very long and he was always uncomfortable outside of the camp grounds. Perhaps because he was already on edge, he jumped when he heard the deep female voice call out to him from above.

“I heard you were looking for me, elf.” The voice was part purr, part growl, and not at all friendly.

“You must be Miss Manx,” Twinkle said looking up at the large bobcat perched on a branch of large oak tree. “It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

“We’ll see about that,” the bobcat snarled back. “I know why you’re here, and you’re wasting your time. You might as well head back to your precious little camp right now before I decide to eat you.”

“Why that’s not very nice, Miss Manx. You know you wouldn’t do that. I’ll bet you’re a big pussy cat deep down inside.”

The bobcat showed her fangs and hissed at Twinkle in reply.

“Do you mind if I join you up there so we can have a little chat?” Twinkle asked, undeterred by the unfriendly welcome.

“You certainly may not. This is my territory and this is my tree,” the bobcat snarled.  “Don’t you dare invade my private . . . ”

But it was too late. Before Manx could finish her sentence, Twinkle had already shimmied up the trunk and had perched comfortably on the branch beside her, just outside of swatting range.

Twinkle Loblolly would love to hear from you.  You can e-mail our camp elf at twinkle@campfire-al.org.