Camp Fletcher’s Favorite Games & Songs

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If you’re missing Camp Fletcher (and we know you are!), we’ve got a special treat just for you today! This next post is all about some of our favorite Camp Fletcher activities – singing and playing games – that you can do at home!

One of our favorite things to do at Camp Fletcher is to sing songs! Our campers and counselors alike enjoy this time of letting loose, being loud and having fun. Singing Camp Fletcher songs at home is a great way to live the experience, even when you can’t be at Camp Fletcher! Kasey, our program manager, picked the songs that our campers and counselors seemed to enjoy the most. Do these song lyrics remind you of any memories from camp?

Boom Chicka Boom: Boom Chicka Boom is an all-time Camp Fletcher FAVORITE.
I said, a-boom chicka boom
I said, a-boom chicka boom
I said, a-boom chicka boom
I said, a-boom chicka boom
I said, a boom chickaraka chickaraka chicka boo!
I said, a boom chickaraka chickaraka chicka boo!
Uh- huh! Uh- huh!
Okay! Okay!
One more time…

The best thing about this song is all the different variations. From county style to valley girl, and of our Camp Fletcher style! What’s your favorite way to sing?

Humba! Humba! is also a Camp Fletcher favorite. Do you remember all the motions that go with the lyrics?
Humba! Humba!
A-ricky-ticky Tumba
A moosa-moosa-moosa
Eh-ala-way-ala-way-ala-way-a

Singing Camp Fletcher songs is a great way to bring back memories of summer camp. Be sure to ask your camper to teach your family their favorite song from camp and let us know what your family likes to sing together down in the comments!


We also love to play games at Camp Fletcher! Each day our campers have the opportunity to play field and card games, so we thought we’d share a few of our favorites from summer programming. Which games do you miss playing at Camp Fletcher? Try them at home with your family!

Our campers love field games like Capture the Flag, Kickball and Ships and Sailors. Here are the rules for a camp classic – Octopus Tag!

The point of this game is to avoid the player that has been named “it.” Be sure to describe safe zones and boundaries before you begin the game. The group of players must run from one side to the other, trying to avoid being tagged. If a player gets tagged, they must remain in their spot, moving their arms like an octopus! They can tag other players, but they cannot move their feet! The last player to avoid being tagged is the winner!

We also love card games at Camp Fletcher. Rummy, Go Fish, Speed and UNO are a few of our favorites! Ask your camper to teach you their favorite card game from this summer; a family game night is the perfect way to enjoy camp activities during the off season.

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Backyard Campfires

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Now that the weather is getting cooler and our fall events are over, we’re really starting to miss summer camp and all the activity it brings to Camp Fletcher! If you’re starting to miss summer camp, too, then we’ve got something just for you. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be posting some awesome ways to bring Camp Fletcher home. The temperature is lower and the days are shorter, but we’ve got some really creative ways to celebrate the spirit of Camp Fletcher all year long!

Campfires at Camp Fletcher are one of the best parts about our summer sessions, but fall is the perfect time to have your own camp fire at home! We know the cooler weather may have you missing camp, so we’re excited about the first post in our new series, designed to help you enjoy all the things you love about camp during the off season! Summer will be here before you know it, and we’re so excited about everything we have planned for Spring and Summer 2016. If you just can’t wait, though, we’ve got the best tips for having your own campfire at home!

Cool November evenings are the perfect time for your family to enjoy a campfire at home! When building a camp fire at home, be sure to follow these safety tips from Smokey Bear!

Building Your Campfire:
1. Gather tinder, kindling and larger pieces of wood (fuel).
2. Loosely pile a few handfuls of tinder in the center of the fire ring/pit.
3. Add kindling
4. Ignite the tinder with a match or lighter
5. Wait until the match is cold, and discard it in the fire
6. Add more tinder as the fire grows
7. Blow lightly at the base of the fire
8. Add kindling and firewood to keep the fire going
9. Keep the fire small and under control

Maintaining Your Campfire:
As you’re enjoying your campfire, remember these safety tips:
1. Once you have a strong fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily
2. Keep your fire to a manageable size
3. Make sure children and pets are supervised when near the fire
4. Never leave your campfire unattended
5. Never cut live trees or branches from live trees

Extinguishing Your Campfire:
When you’re ready to put out your fire and call it a night, follow these guidelines:
1. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
2. Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
3. Pour until hissing sound stops
4. Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
5. Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
6. Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
7. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

A camp fire in your backyard is the perfect place to roast marshmallows and make s’mores, sing songs and even tell some scary stories! When it’s time to go inside, though, be sure you extinguish your fire properly. You should never walk away from anything that can start back up. Fires need to be drowned in water, stirred, drowned some more and before walking away you should be able to feel that it is cold to the touch. This is especially important for us at camp. Also, never run around or horseplay around the fire, children and animals should always be supervised and an adult should ALWAYS make sure that the fire is out!

Camp fires at home can be a lot of fun, but you always want to be safe! Be sure to pick a good area far enough away from your house and free of any debris. You also want to be aware of weather conditions: when humidity is low and wind is high, there is an increased danger of forest fires. 

We can’t wait to have everyone back at Camp Fletcher for more campfires, fun, memories and more. Until then, however, we hope you’ll enjoy a campfire at home with your family!

Tie Dye DIY

One of our favorite activities at Camp Fletcher is tie dying! Each of our campers learn this super fun activity, and it’s an easy way to get creative. We know our campers love taking home a shirt they’ve dyed, but this is an activity the entire family can enjoy! All you have to do is follow these simple steps and you’ll be crafting like you’re at Camp Fletcher!

At Camp Fletcher, we use fabric dyes that you can buy at any craft store or even online. We use a lot of dye each summer, but tie dying kits are perfect for smaller projects at home. You’ll also need an item to dye. At Camp Fletcher, we like to tie dye camp shirts, and for this post we used a Camp Fire Alabama shirt and a Camp Fletcher shirt.

Before you begin the tie dyeing process, you want to soak your shirt in a mixture of water and baking soda. This helps the shirts retain the colors better. Just fill up a bucket with water and add baking soda until the mixture is creamy. Let the shirts soak for at least ten minutes.

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Once the shirts have soaked, be sure to rinse them out and lay them down flat on a clean surface. We put town a trash bag to keep our surface and the shirts clean.

At Camp Fletcher, we like our shirts to have a spiral pattern. To get this effect, you simply pick a point on the shirt that you want the spiral to originate from and hold it with your thumb and finger. Then, move out in a circular motion, spiraling the shirt around the center point.

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Once the shirt is spiraled, you may begin adding dye. We add 4-5 colors in “pie slice” sections. Be sure to get enough dye on the sides of the shirt, and don’t forget to flip it over and do the other side! Be careful not to use too much dye. Once the shirt is thoroughly dyed, we pushed out any excess color, secured it with rubber bands and placed it in a ziploc bag.

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Let the shirt sit in the bag, preferably in the sun, for at least 24 hours. Once the shirt is dry, rinse it out then run it through the washer and dryer without any detergent or other clothing items as the shirt colors may run.

Our campers love this awesome activity, and we hope you enjoy being able to do it at home!