Camp is just over a month away, and we’re working hard to get everything ready for June 1! We know this is going to be a great summer, and we are so excited about all of the amazing counselors joining us this year. Today we want you to meet Jillian, one of our newest Camp Fletcher counselors!
Jillian is 21 years old and from Mountain Brook, Alabama. She spent her first year of college at Highlands College studying Christian Ministry and specializing in missions work. She currently attends Jefferson State Community College where she is a Biology major and a Dean’s List Honor Student in Phi Kappa Theta. Jillian plans to transfer to UAB to pursue a career in neuroscience! This isn’t her first summer at Camp Fletcher, either; Jillian grew up coming to Camp Fletcher, and she has served as a Counselor in Training and an assistant life guard in the past. We are so excited to have her back this year!
What made you choose Camp Fletcher?
My first experience with Camp Fletcher was when I was 4 months old! I spent a weekend in the spring of 1994 at Camp Fletcher with my older sister and parents. They were both Camp Fire leaders for 6 years, taking their group to Camp Fletcher every spring and fall. My older sister went to Camp Fletcher for 10 years, and I grew up attending Camp Fletcher since I was 6 years old. I went every summer until 2010. It’s crazy to think that this will be the first time I’ve been back at Camp Fletcher in 5 years!
What previous experiences do you have that you think will make you a great counselor?
I have a well-developed background volunteering with children and teens both with and without special needs. Every Tuesday of my Freshman year at Highlands College, I would volunteer as a tutor and teacher’s aid at Woodlawn High School. I helped with an English class and with the special needs students. I also hosted “The Hang Out” ministry effort for high school students at the Woodlawn Dream Center every Tuesday, after which I would volunteer as a co-leader for a Zumba small group for elementary school-aged girls. I also volunteered with youths during many Church of the Highlands First Saturday Outreaches and mission trips around the world (Africa, Haiti, Honduras, etc.). I have 100+ volunteer hours at Mitchell’s Place where I instructed their karate and art units during my Junior year of high school. In middle school I was a frequent volunteer for St. Francis Xavier’s “A Special Night Out” – a monthly event geared towards bonding with and mentoring special needs children. I also have experience babysitting. Plus, I have the advantage of getting to be a camper and counselor here before. I was voted Birmingham Magazine’s runner up for “Best Camp Counselor” in the “Best of Birmingham” issue in 2010.
What are you most excited about for summer 2015 at Camp Fletcher?
I am the most excited about just getting to return to the place I considered my home-away-from-home for 10 years of my life and the family reunion that will follow – along with getting to meet plenty of new amazing people! I am also excited about having the opportunity to make a positive impact on the campers, because I know how life-changing the Camp Fletcher experience has been for myself.
We are so excited to welcome Jillian home to Camp Fletcher this summer. We know she’s going to be a great counselor and have a great summer with our staff and campers, both returning and new!
If you haven’t registered for camp yet, time is running out! Our registration is filling up faster than ever before, and it is extremely important that you send in registration forms and deposits as soon as possible in order to reserve your spot. For more information, visit us online or contact the camp office today!