What to do if you’re already missing Camp Fletcher

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We’ve been experiencing some incredibly nice weather in the Birmingham area for the past few days, and it’s a pretty clear sign that summer is officially over and fall is inching its way here. It was an incredible summer – one of our busiest yet, but we know our campers and counselors are probably already settled into their school year routine. We’re been staying busy, too, but we definitely know you’ve gotta be missing camp by now! If the cooler weather’s got you down, we’ve got a few tips to deal with some end of summer sadness!

  1. Reminisce with photos: Our social media sites are a great way to see photos from the summer! Our campers made a lot of memories this year, and many of those memories were captured in photos. We’ve got albums for most sessions on Facebook, and we’re also daily updating our Instagram account. If you don’t already, be sure to follow us on social media – you can do it on the right side of this page! Don’t forget to tag yourself and your camp friends so you can stay in touch.
  2. Come back for fall events: We’ve got plenty of awesome events planned for this fall at Camp Fletcher, and we want you to be there for all of them! From day events like the community yard sale or Camp Fletcher Unplugged for Jefferson County schools, to our overnight fall retreat in October, we know the next few months are going to be packed full of fun at camp! If you’re missing summer, experiencing camp in the fall will definitely help!
  3. Start planning for next summer: We know you’ve got a lot of school year before summer camp starts again, but it’s never too late to start planning! Don’t hesitate to look at a calendar and start thinking about what weeks you’d like to join us. Registration isn’t open yet, but it will fill up fast! Planning for next summer and gearing up for registration is sure to get you excited for summer 2016 at Camp Fletcher!
  4. Count down the days: If you really can’t wait until next summer, go ahead and start counting down the days! We’ll keep you updated as it gets closer, but marking down the days on the calendar is a great way to get excited for everything you’ll experience next summer at Camp Fletcher!

We still have to make it through the winter months, but we know it will go by fast! We’re already so excited for next summer at Camp Fletcher, and we hope these four tips will get you excited, too!

Fall & Spring Field Trips

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At Camp Fletcher, we bring academics outdoors! With over 300 acres to explore, Camp Fletcher is the perfect place for students in public, private and homeschools to experience nature through hands-on, collaborative learning experiences. We have a broad spectrum of academic and educational lesson plans that were designed specifically for Camp Fletcher, all of which meet Alabama State Department of Education core curriculum standards. A field trip to Camp Fletcher is the perfect way to energize learning and to teach your students to become ecologically literate, responsible citizens!

Field trips at Camp Fletcher can cover a wide range of subject areas and topics, and we always include plenty of hands-on activities. Our program staff is committed to working with your class or school and finding the perfect curriculum to meet the needs of your students. From archery to environmental science to our brand new Education Garden, we know students will learn, grow and explore when they come to Camp Fletcher.

Our curriculum is designed with Camp Fletcher as the classroom. Our programs utilize an interdisciplinary approach to promote the appreciation of our natural surroundings and the values of working together. From learning about science by the creek to developing team-building skills on the ropes course, every aspect of a field trip to Camp Fletcher will leave students interested, engaged and excited about learning. Our aim is to teach students the concepts of sustainability outside of the classroom walls by providing opportunities for students to have experiences with nature in a living environment.

If you’re interested in scheduling a field trip for the 2015-2016 school year, or if you’d just like more information about our programs, you can visit us online or contact us today. Field trips at Camp Fletcher are customized based on the needs of your group, and our program staff will be happy to design a learning experience to fit your needs. If you’d like more information about our Outdoor Education curriculum, as well as field trip policies and procedures, visit the Outdoor Education page on our website today!

AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight: MiChele!

This week, Camp Fire Alabama and Camp Fletcher welcomed two new AmeriCorps VISTA members to the Education Garden program at camp! These VISTAs are a vitally important resource for Camp Fletcher as they work to engage the community, develop new resources and provide valuable capacity building to our organization. We’re so excited for you to meet MiChele!

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MiChele joined Camp Fletcher as the Resource Development Specialist for the Education Garden project. She is originally from Malden, MO, but lived in the Charleston, SC area for more than 25 years. She comes to Birmingham to spend time with her daughter, and we’re so excited to have her at Camp Fletcher!

What made you decide to serve as a VISTA with Camp Fletcher?
I am very excited about teaching youth about where their food comes from and how to make healthy food choices because of that knowledge.

What previous experiences do you have that you feel will equip you for your position?
I have experience dealing with people from all walks of life and my life experience helps me relate to them in a way that they can find value in our program. I served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Arizona for the last 18 months honing the skills I need in my current role.

What are your goals for your year of service? What do you hope to accomplish?
I plan to expand the network of community partners and continue to grow the relationships with the existing partners in regards to Camp Fire programs and specifically for Camp Fletcher and the Community Garden. I also plan to help establish a support/governing body for Camp Fletcher for long-term sustainability.  I will set up a program for continuity when my service is complete that will allow for seamless portability.

What aspect of your position are you most excited about?
I am thrilled to work with people that are “on fire” with passion!

What aspect of your position do you feel will be the most challenging?
Learning the traffic patterns will probably be the most challenging – it has been so far.

What are you excited to do now that you’re in Alabama?
I moved to Alabama to be near my daughter. (I spent the last two years in Arizona near my son.) I am looking forward to some road trips with her to visit my family in Missouri and friends in South Carolina and North Carolina. I am also really excited about getting to enjoy the fall colors again. Each time I move to a new area, it is like Christmas – getting to explore all the things that are intrinsic to the area. I enjoy camping, hiking, and gardening.

We’re so excited to have MiChele join us for her year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA! For more information about the Education Garden, click here!