Lifeguard Spotlight: Ms. Julia

Ms. Julia currently lives in McCalla, Alabama. She is new to this area having moved here last summer when her husband experienced a job transfer. Her background is in technical writing for manufacturers of consumer goods. This is Ms. Julia’s first year at Camp Fletcher!

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What made you choose Camp Fletcher?
I noticed Camp Fletcher as I was driving around familiarizing myself with this area. I loved camping as a child, so once I realized there was a camp so close to my home I went online to learn more about it. I found the job & volunteer opportunities page and contacted Camp Fire Alabama to volunteer my writing skills. While visiting with Sian (Marketing & Communications) I mentioned that I was studying to get my Lifeguard Certification; she encouraged me to apply for a Lifeguard position at the camp.

What previous experiences do you have that you think will make you a great Lifeguard?
I have a huge love of the water which I share with my husband and daughter. I started swimming when I was about the same age as the Navajo tribe (grades 1-3) and have enjoyed playing in pools, lakes and oceans all my life. When my daughter was still a toddler I started teaching her how to swim. I found if she played in the pool for an hour in the evening she used up enough energy to fall asleep quickly at bedtime. When I lived in Saudi Arabia I learned to scuba dive and got to see many amazing and beautiful sites in the Red Sea. Through lifeguard, scuba and other water safety training courses I have learned how to safely enjoy water activities and I look forward to spreading this knowledge to our campers.

What are you most excited about for summer 2015 at Camp Fletcher?
I am looking forward to watching the camper’s skills and confidence grow. In just my first week of guarding I’ve seen campers that were not strong enough to pass the swim test practice and be able to advance to the deep end. I also watched two young campers who had just successfully passed the test proudly show their new friends how to move their arms and kick their feet so they could learn to swim too.

We are so happy to have Ms. Julia with us as a lifeguard. It’s been a great summer so far, and we’re so glad she’s joined the Camp Fletcher family!

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