A Goodbye to Summer 2015

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Camp Fletcher Family:

Just 9 weeks ago, we embarked on a journey together, and we can’t believe how fast the summer went by. This was one of our busiest summers yet, and we’re so sad to see it go and to end another great season of programming at Camp Fletcher. As we reflect on summer 2015, we are so thankful to have spent time with so many talented campers who attended our resident and day camp programs. We welcomed many new campers into our family this summer, and we hope you’ll all be back again next year.

We know our campers had fun this summer, and that’s definitely one of our main goals. But, we also want to be sure our campers are growing and learning – building character and self-confidence. Our campers are truly amazing kids, and it was an honor to watch them make transformations this summer. From team building on the ropes course to achieving goals with archery and canoeing, we know our campers made memories that will last a lifetime and were taught lessons that they will carry with them long into the future. This is the real magic of Camp Fletcher, and it’s why so many of our campers come back year after year.

We know that camp isn’t just a way to spend your summer – it’s a home away from home. Our campers and staff become a family, and we want each of you to know that you are always welcome at Camp Fletcher and will always be greeted with a smile and a friendly face. Our counselors work hard to invest in each camper, and that investment definitely pays off when we see our campers learning and growing all summer long. Everyone at camp learns that things aren’t really about them, and that work, health and love can get you pretty far. As we wrap up another amazing summer of programming, we’re left with such a sense of accomplishment for the lives that have been shaped this summer. It’s bittersweet, though; we’re ready for next summer before our campers hop on the bus that first day of school or our counselors are back settled in their dorms.

We’re thankful for this summer, and for each member of our camp family – from campers to summer staff to our awesome camp parents. We hope everyone has a great school year ahead of them, and we can’t wait to see you back at Camp Fletcher next June.

Until then,


The Camp Fletcher Staff

Parent Testimonial: Eddy & Brandy Parsons

The Parsons joined the Camp Fletcher family last year, and we’re so glad they did! Brandy and Eddy sent their daughter Sarah to Camp Fletcher for her second summer this year, and it was such a wonderful summer. We are so thankful for families like the Parsons, and it was so much fun to hear all about this family’s Camp Fletcher experience!

How did you learn about Camp Fletcher?
We live near the camp.

What do you like about Camp Fletcher?
Everything! Camp Fletcher is GREAT!

What have your experiences with the staff been like?
The staff is always sweet & helpful!

What makes Camp Fletcher a good match for your family?
Camp Fletcher and its staff share the same values as our family.

How is Camp Fletcher different from other summer camps you’ve been involved with?
This is the only summer camp Sarah has attended. When you find something this great, why go elsewhere?

What made you choose Camp Fletcher?
The shared values and friendly staff. Also, knowing that Erika Hadaway would be there with our baby!

Would you recommend Camp Fletcher to your friends?
Yes. We have recommended Camp Fletcher to friends & three joined the Camp Fletcher family this summer!

We’re so grateful for all of our amazing camp parents, and we especially want to thank Brandy and Eddy for sharing their experiences with us. We couldn’t do everything we do without the support of our camp families! Thank you!

Pine Needle Express – Week 9

This is our very last week of camp for the summer, and we can’t believe it’s already here! This week’s issue of the Pine Needle Express has everything you need to know about the last week of camp, including a few changes to the canoe schedule. You can download the Pine Needle Express Issue 10 or view it below!

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We can’t say thank you enough to all the campers, parents and staff that made this summer amazing! We can’t wait to see you again in 2016!

20 things we hope you learned this summer at Camp Fletcher

Next week is the last week of camp, and summer programming is winding down. We’re sure our campers have started picking out new clothes and notebooks for the upcoming school year, and we’ll say goodbye to our summer staff pretty soon. It’s been a wonderful summer at Camp Fletcher, and we hope our campers have made memories that will last a lifetime. We’re so thankful you spent your summer with us, and we’ve got a few things we hope you learned while you were living the experience at Camp Fletcher.


  1. Making new friends at camp is the best.
  2. Canoeing isn’t that hard, and it’s tons of fun.
  3. Sunburns can be avoided.
  4. It’s okay if you don’t hit your target the first time in archery. You’ve got plenty of time to practice.
  5. Counselors are the nicest people.
  6. And they taught you a lot about helping others and being yourself.
  7. Going a day without tv or a cell phone isn’t that hard.
  8. Going a week or even the entire summer without a tv & cell phone wasn’t as hard as you thought it would be.
  9. In fact, you had a lot more fun without your electronics!
  10. There’s no better way to work up a sweat than playing field games in the afternoon.
  11. And there’s no better way to beat the heat than a swim in the Camp Fletcher pool.
  12. Your buddy is super important.
  13. And so is drinking lots of water.
  14. Meals in the Dining Hall are awesome.
  15. And trips to the General Store are always a treat (especially when there’s a candy bar or soda involved).
  16. Camp outs are so cool, and sleeping outside definitely beats sleeping in your bed at home.
  17. Spending the summer outside is awesome, and you’ll have the best stories to tell at school this year.
  18. It wasn’t always easy, because it’s about Work, Health and Love.
  19. But your Camp family always has your back.
  20. And wherever you go, you’ll always have a home at Camp Fletcher.

Welcome back, Sherrel Stewart!

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Tuesday was a pretty exciting day at Camp Fletcher, as we welcomed Sherrel Stewart on site to talk about what we do at Camp Fletcher. Ms. Stewart is the Managing Editor of the Southern Education Desk at WBHM, and she came to Camp Fletcher as an alumni working on a story about positive youth development. It was such a treat to have her there interviewing staff, including our Camp Director Janis, as well as counselors and campers.

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After answering her questions, our campers had a few questions of their own to ask Ms. Stewart about her experiences at Camp Fletcher in the 1960’s! We were so honored to welcome a former camper back, and to be able to talk with her about our programs and the role Camp Fletcher plays in the community.The story will air on Wednesday, July 29 at 5:45 am and 7:45 am on WBHM, and features Lauren Parish, a camper, and Courtney King, a counselor. If you weren’t able to catch the story when it aired on WBHM, you can listen to it here. We cannot say thank you enough to Sherrel Stewart, the Southern Education Desk and WBHM for featuring Camp Fletcher’s programs that are helping children and youth in the community!

Camper Spotlight: Levi!

With just a few weeks left of summer programming at Camp Fletcher, we want to finish up the summer with one more Camper Spotlight! It’s been a great camp season, and we’ve loved seeing our campers grow and learn each and every day. We were lucky to have a lot of new families join us this summer, and it was also wonderful to welcome back some familiar faces. One of these familiar faces is Levi, who spent his tenth summer with us this year! Levi is a member of the Iroquois tribe, and we had so much fun talking to him about why he loves Camp Fletcher!

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Parent Testimonial: Deanne

Our camp families are such an important part of what makes Camp Fletcher so special, and we know that we couldn’t do everything we do without our amazing camp parents! At Camp Fletcher, if our campers are having fun and learning and our camp parents are excited to bring their kids to camp, then we know we’re doing a good job. Today, we have a very special spotlight for you – our very first parent testimonial! We’re so excited for you to hear what camp mom Deanne has to say about her son’s experience at Camp Fletcher! Hayden is spending his first summer at Camp Fletcher, and we are so excited to share his family’s experience with camp & for you to learn more about why Deanne chose Camp Fletcher for her son!

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How did you learn about Camp Fletcher?
Living local we knew Camp Fletcher existed, but we were able to get more information on Camp Fletcher from the website.

What do you like about Camp Fletcher?
Hayden is able to unplug from technology, get outside, be active, and have fun. He has been able to experience so many awesome activities like canoeing and archery. Hayden was excited to get Homecoming King his very first week at Camp Fletcher. He’s had a blast swimming every day, playing games, and has made new friends. Hayden wants to come back next year, then participate in the CIT program, and hopefully he’ll get to be a counselor one day.

What have your experiences with the staff been like?
The staff has been amazing, super friendly, and very helpful.

What made you choose Camp Fletcher?
After looking at the website and seeing how many activities he would get to participate in and all the fun he would have, we knew Camp Fletcher was where we wanted Hayden to go.

Would you recommend Camp Fletcher to your friends?
Most definitely!

Deanne, thank you so much for sharing your Camp Fletcher experience with us! We’re so happy that Hayden is having an awesome summer, and it’s great to have you in the Camp Fletcher family!

Pine Needle Express – Week 7

We’re kicking off week seven of summer programming at Camp Fletcher this morning, and we can’t believe how fast the summer is going by! We’re so excited about day camp, plus Camper vs. Wild is this week, too. We’ve got everything you need to know about this week’s schedule and activities in the newsletter, so click here to download the Pine Needle Express Issue 8 or view it below!

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