Fall Programs & Events 2016

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Summer has ended, and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to each member of our camp family – you made this summer an unforgettable one! We’re so excited to bring you even more fun as the weather turns cold. We’ve got some great events coming up this fall, and we hope to see you soon at Camp Fletcher!

Our first event is also one of our most popular! Junk In Your Trunk, our community yard sale, is Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This event is always a hit, and we’re expecting a great turn out of eager sellers looking to unload all kinds of unique items. Have nothing to sell? Stop by and shop! Seller spots are $5 and seller set-up begins at 7:00 a.m. Admission is free to the public and the gates open at 8:00 a.m. You’ll definitely want to bring your friends and family to this HUGE sale!

Click here for more information & to reserve a seller spot today!

We’re also excited to be hosting an overnight retreat this fall for 1st – 6th graders! Join us October 15-16, 2016 for fun fall activities, outdoor living skills and s’more! Cost is $35 per camper if registered by October 7. Price increases to $40 on October 8. Space is limited & registration is required. To register, please complete, sign and submit a Health History Form to the Camp Fletcher office.

Click here for registration forms, packing lists and more!

Make plans to join us for our second annual holiday event  – Dash Away 10K –  on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Camp Fletcher! Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to join us at our second annual 10K & Family Fun Day at Camp Fletcher! As the name suggests, this combo event will include a 10K, 5K and 1 Mile run on our USATF certified course (#AL15064JD) alongside a FREE family-fun, holiday themed event. There will be food trucks, kids games & activities (including bouncy houses, pictures with Santa, ornament making etc.), and a vendor area for any last minute Christmas gifts you need to pick up!

Race registration is NOW OPEN with an early bird saving of $10 on running spots until August 31st!

For more information about any of these exciting events, be sure to check out our website at http://www.campfire-al.org and ‘Like’ us on Facebook!

 

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Summer 2016 Highlights

We had an INCREDIBLE summer at Camp Fletcher, and we can’t believe it’s over already! Between the swimming, canoeing, archery, field games and more, the summer definitely flew by, and we can’t believe it’s already time for our campers to head back to school. We hope you enjoyed the summer as much as we did, and we can’t wait to see you again next year. Here are a few of our favorite moments from summer 2016!

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We hope our resident campers has a great time, too!

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We had a great summer, and we’re already hard at working planning our awesome fall events and field trips. If you want to see more photos from the summer, be sure to check out our Facebook page!

9 Skills to Teach Campers Before Resident Sessions

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When you decide to send your child to summer camp, you’re already expecting them to learn a lot of different things. From improving their canoeing and swimming skills to learning how to make new friends and express themselves, campers get a lot out of their summer experiences. For first time campers, though, the transition from home to camp can be more challenging than they might expect. Even if they’ll just be gone for a week of resident camp, a little preparation ahead of time can make a big difference!

Making their bed: Campers will be expected to keep their bunk neat and clean, and making their bed is a big part of that. If your child doesn’t routinely make their bed at home, try getting them used to making it each morning so they’re comfortable making their bed at camp. It’s the little things that can make a big difference.

Enjoying the outdoors: For campers who live in cities or suburbs, spending a lot of time outside – especially in the hot summer – can be a huge adjustment. We work hard to keep our campers cool and hydrated, but some campers just aren’t used to being outside all the time. Spending time with them in parks or on short hikes before they come to camp is a great way to help smooth the transition.

Dealing with bugs: Being outside means bugs – and lots of them! Many kids are easily scared of bugs, but we want our campers to learn about nature. We want our campers to know which bugs are safe, which ones to avoid, and how to safely move them back outside if they end up in their bunk. These skills can make that first spider sighting a lot easier for a camper!

Dealing with homesickness: Our counselors and staff are trained to deal with homesickness, but it’s something to talk to your campers about before dropping them off. Having a plan will help them feel prepared when they start missing home, and having a familiar object – like a stuffed animal – can be a great way for campers to feel safe.

Getting in a routine: Campers do a lot of different activities, and most of their days are structured and planned. If this is something your child isn’t used to, letting them know ahead of time that they’ll be busy can help them adjust. Go over schedules with them so they understand what they’ll be doing, and practice getting them in a routine for meals and bedtime before they come to camp.

Unplugging: At Camp Fletcher, we are completely unplugged. We know campers are going to have a blast without screens, but no access to technology can be an adjustment for some. Consider preparing your camper by limiting screen time to help them adjust better without access to cell phones, video games and other electronics.

Spotting poison ivy and poison oak: This is definitely something our counselors will remind campers about over and over again, but your child can never hear it too many times – leaves of three, let it be; leaves of five, let it thrive.

Eating right: If your camper isn’t used to making meal decisions by themselves, meals at camp can be challenging. Campers need to eat right so they have the energy they need throughout the day, and picky eaters might be less likely to eat enough at meals. If you have questions about the meals we serve at camp, let us know beforehand so you can talk with your camper about their options and making healthy choices.

Asking for help: While our counselors and staff are very attentive, your camper needs to know how to ask for help – not just at camp. Teach them how to locate a trustworthy adult and seek assistance if they need something. There are no dumb questions and there’s nothing wrong with asking for help!

We want all of our campers to make memories they will never forget! Learning independence can be a challenge, but taking the time to prepare your camper for their time away can make the transition much smoother. Our staff and counselors are trained to insure a safe and fun environment, and we know your camper will have the time of their life when they’re prepared and excited for a resident session at Camp Fletcher!

Camper to Staff Ratio

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At Camp Fletcher, safety is always our very first priority. We look for the very best counselors to take care of our campers, but we know that even the best counselors can get overwhelmed if they’re looking after too many kids at once. This is why we work hard to keep our Camper-to-Staff ratios low! We want to be sure our campers are able to explore and learn in a safe environment, and the success of our programs is due, in large part, to our summer staff. Camper-to-Staff ratios are super important, and keeping a low number of campers paired with a high number of great counselors is top priority at Camp Fletcher.

Meeting Standards: Accreditation through the American Camp Association requires Camp Fletcher to meet more than 300 nationally recognized industry standards – from staff qualifications and training, to health and safety, and facility management. ACA has suggested Camper-to-Staff ratios for different age groups, and this helps ensures that all ACA camps are prioritizing safety.

The Numbers: The American Camp Association sets guidelines for all aspects of camp programming, and this includes suggestions for Camper-to-Staff ratios. At Camp Fletcher, we use ratios that strictly follow these guidelines, and our older groups actually use a smaller ratio than what is suggested by ACA.

  • For Navajo campers (Grades 1-3) we use a ratio of 1 counselor per 5 campers (1:5)
  • For Pueblo campers (Grades 4 & 5)  we use a ratio of 1 counselor per 7 campers (1:7)
  • For Iroquois campers (Grades 6-9) we use a ratio of 3 counselors per 20 campers, or roughly 1:7.

Making it Work: We work hard to keep our Camper-to-Staff ratio low because it’s better for everyone. Our campers are safer, but they also have counselors who are able to focus on them and invest in them. It’s better for our counselors because they get to know their campers and develop strong working relationships with other counselors. Our counselors are a team, and they’re all working together to insure that our campers have an incredible summer at Camp Fletcher.

Whether your camper is attending a day program or a resident program, we want you to feel secure that they are safe at Camp Fletcher. We hand select the best counselors and put a ton of thought into these numbers, and we’ve developed a system that works best for our staff, our campers and you! These guidelines help create an environment where everyone can succeed and have an unforgettable summer at Camp Fletcher!

Summer Camp 2016

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We’re SO EXCITED and we just can’t hide it! Summer is almost here and we’ve just finalized our offerings for the upcoming camp season. Registration for our summer programs is now open ONLINE ONLY @ our website www.campfire-al.org. It’s going to be a great camp season and we can’t wait to welcome our campers – old and new – to Camp Fletcher!

This year, registration is available online only. You can register on our website, and be sure to take a look at our Session Dates and Rates, Parent Corner and more for all the information you need!

Day camp session fill up fast, so be sure to get your registration in as soon as possible. You don’t want to miss out on all Camp Fletcher has to offer this summer!

Spring Events @ Camp Fletcher!

 

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Spring is just around the corner, and we know you’re excited for warmer weather and the chance to visit Camp Fletcher! We’re busy getting everything ready for our awesome spring events, plus summer camp is right around the corner! This blog post has everything you need to know about all the awesome events coming soon to Camp Fletcher.

Junk In Your Trunk : Our semi-annual community yard sale is just around the corner! This event is always a hit, and we’re expecting a great turn out of eager sellers looking to unload all kinds of unique items. Have nothing to sell? Stop by and shop! You’ll definitely want to bring your friends and family to this HUGE sale! $5 gets you a spot to sell and seller set-up begins at 7 a.m. Admission is free to the public and the gates open at 8 a.m.
Saturday, April 2 | 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | JIYT Info

Open House Events: Camp Fletcher will be hosting two open house events for interested camp families to meet the director and staff, tour our facilities and learn more about summer programming. Led tours will start every 30 minutes. If you are unable to attend on these dates, please give us a call to schedule a tour with the camp office!
April 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | April 3 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Open House Info

Spring Retreat: Camp Fletcher invites you to ‘SPRING INTO FUN’ at our upcoming retreat! We have lots of fun activities planned – you don’t want to miss it! It’s a great opportunity to catch up with camp counselors & friends, old and new. Available for 1st – 6th graders. Cost is $35 per camper if registered by March 31; price increases to $40 on April 1. Registration is required.
April 16 – 17, 2016 | Check In & Check Out at 11:00 a.m. | Spring Retreat Info

We know these events are going to be great, and we hope to see you at Camp Fletcher soon! Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook page and invite your friends, too!

Summer programming will be kicking off before you know it, and registration will be open SOON. Dates are available online so you can start planning your summer, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated so you can register ASAP. We know it’s going to be another great season at Camp Fletcher!

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.