We’ve got just two short weeks before June 1 and the first day of summer programming at Camp Fletcher! There are just a few spots left, so please get your registration forms and deposits in as soon as possible. We don’t want anyone to miss out on all that Camp Fletcher has to offer this year. Whether you’re coming for day camp or resident camp, we know that your time with us will be life changing and full of memories that you will never forget. We can’t wait to welcome back our camp family in just 14 days, and we hope to see you bright and early on June 1!
Today we’ve got another great counselor spotlights for you! May has been such a busy month, and we can’t wait for June 1. Our team has been hard at work putting together the perfect summer staff for this year, and we hope you’ll get a chance to learn something new about all of our great counselors before summer programming begins. Counselor training starts next week, and today we are so excited to introduce you to Jeral!
Jeral is 22 years old and from Birmingham, Alabama. He currently attends UAB and is seeking a degree in Information Systems. Jeral was a counselor at Camp Fletcher last year, and we are so happy he is back this summer!
What made you choose Camp Fletcher?
I enjoyed working with the campers and other counselors last year. I really wanted to come back and see old and new faces.
What previous experiences do you have that you think will make you a great counselor?
Other than working at Camp Fletcher last year, I worked two summer jobs that were part of the FOX6 Kids and Jobs program. I worked at a summer education camp at Woodlawn High School and another at a recreation center. I worked with the kids there in similar ways I would work at Camp Fletcher, but without the outdoors and the woods.
What are you most excited about for summer 2015 at Camp Fletcher?
Seeing all the old and new campers and staff. I want make this year a lasting memory like last year.
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!
Last week was Nurse’s Week, and Camp Fire Alabama was so thrilled to partner with the Birmingham Black Nurses Association in an effort to honor Pauline Bray Fletcher. Ms. Fletcher, the founder of Camp Fletcher, was the first black nurse in the state of Alabama. Last Monday, we were able to pay tribute to her by hosting a screening of The Legacy of Pauline Bray Fletcher, a documentary about her life and work, at The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. We then joined the BBNA for their annual wreath laying ceremony at the Pauline Bray Fletcher memorial in Kelly Ingram Park. It was a privilege to be a part of this amazing event, and we are so happy to join with others in honoring the life of this amazing woman.
For more information about Pauline Bray Fletcher, be sure to check out our post about the history of Camp Fletcher.
The first day of summer programming at Camp Fletcher starts in just three weeks! We are so excited to see all our campers – old and new – on the first day. We know this summer is going to be full of friendships, adventure and memories that will last a lifetime, and we don’t want you to miss out on any of it. Our summer sessions are filling up fast, and we’re definitely going to have a wait list this year. If you haven’t already, please send in your registration forms and deposits in order to reserve your spot for this summer. All the information you need can be found online here, or by contacting the camp office today.
If this is your first year at Camp Fletcher, we’d like to invite you to attend our Open House event this Thursday! We held an open house last month, and since then we’ve gotten tons of requests for tours of the property. Instead of scheduling individual tours, we would love for you to attend the open house, see the grounds and meet our staff! The Camp Director will be there to answer any questions you have, and it will be a great time for your kid to get familiar with camp before June 1!
If you have any questions about this event, summer programming or camp in general, please feel free to contact us today!
Camp is almost here, and we are so thrilled to welcome back all of our amazing campers this summer. Camp can get a little lonely during the winter, but once spring hits we know the first day of camp is just around the corner. We’ve been working hard to get everything at Camp Fletcher ready for our programs this year, and we just wanted to say thank you for everyone and everything that makes camp so special.
- Our campers: We have the best group of kids every year at Camp Fletcher! Our campers are smart, adventurous, funny, and such a joy to work with. We love watching them grow and learn, and it’s always exciting to meet new faces. No matter what our campers do once they leave camp, they always have a home at Camp Fletcher.
- Our camp parents: We are so thankful for all the parents that trust us with their kids! We know leaving your kids everyday (and sometimes overnight) can be scary, but you know your kids will learn independence and have a ton of fun! Our camp parents get involved, and they’re such an important part of our camp family.
- Our staff: Our year round staff works so hard, and Camp Fletcher just wouldn’t make it without them! From keeping the office running, to getting the word out about camp and making sure our grounds are in tip top shape, our staff gets it done and keeps camp going all year! We’re also so grateful for our summer staff, who bring a whole new energy and life to camp. We are pumped about the great counselors we’ve got coming this year, and we know they’re going to make this summer amazing!
- Alumni: One of the hardest parts about camp is watching campers leave. We love watching them get older, but it’s so hard when they leave us for good. Luckily, we have amazing alumni who often come back as counselors and summer staff, and who stay in touch with their camp family!
- Our amazing grounds: From the trees to the creek, we love spending time at Camp Fletcher. It can be crazy and loud, and quiet and peaceful all in the same day. Our camp is beautiful, and we love calling it home each and every summer.
- Memories: One thing you’ll definitely get at camp is a summer full of memories! Everyone that’s experienced Camp Fletcher has their favorite stories to tell, and we’re so happy that our campers and staff carry these memories with them all year long.
- WoHeLo: Everything we do at camp is about WoHeLo, and if you don’t know what we’re talking about, you can read all about it here. WoHeLo is work, health and love, and we’re thankful that our campers are so good at carrying this out in their lives every day.
- The Camp Family: Camp Fletcher is a family, and it’s always such a great reunion when we come back together each summer and welcome all the new faces. We’re so thankful for every member of our camp family, and we hope they know they always have a home at Camp Fletcher.
- The promise of next summer: We are so thankful that, when the summer ends, we know we get to do it all again next year! We start missing camp as soon as it ends, and we’re so thankful that we can always look forward to next summer.
This year, Camp Fletcher celebrated Earth Day by planting the garden! Under the direction of Brandon, the Operations Director at Camp Fletcher, volunteers from the Camp Fire Alabama office spent the entire day in the garden. It was a lot of work, but everyone had a great time helping out. We could not be more excited about all of the produce the garden will yield this summer!
Most of our plants came from the University of Montevallo Organic Garden, and we are so thankful to them for their help and support! We purchased more than 90 plants from their plant sale, including a variety of tomatoes, squash, cucumber, and basil. We also planted bell peppers, corn, okra, green onions, pole beans, carrots, and chives from seeds, as well as a few plants of zucchini and eggplant. We have a large variety planted in the garden this year, and we’re looking forward to launching the garden curriculum during summer programs.
Spending the day outside in the sun was so much fun, and we know our volunteers had a great time working with one another, planting and enjoying the nice weather. If you are interested in spending a day at Camp Fletcher volunteering in the garden, do not hesitate to contact us! As our garden begins to grow, we will need lots of help maintaining and harvesting, and this is a great opportunity for individuals or groups of all kinds – from families to church groups and more! If you would like to learn more about the education garden, click here.
Camp is only ONE MONTH away, and we know that May is going to fly by! We are so excited about everything our campers are going to do and experience this summer, and we want to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun! Registration for day and resident camps are filling up fast, and we’re definitely going to have a wait list this summer. If you are planning to send your child to Camp Fletcher this summer, please register as soon as possible. You must send in your registration forms and deposits in order to reserve your spot. We’re going to have a lot of new campers this summer, which is so exciting! If you are a returning camper that has not registered yet, please do so today.
We know summer 2015 at Camp Fletcher is going to be full of fun, adventure, memories and friendship. If you would like to register, you can visit us online or call the camp office today! For more information about our summer programs, you can read about our day camp experience and our resident camp experience on the blog.