Dog day afternoon

dog days

On Saturday, August 26th, Camp Fletcher will bid summer an early goodbye in grand style, and you’re invited to the party. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day we’re going to host games, nature hikes, educational activities, great food, and any other fun outdoorsy campy thing we can think of between now and then.

We’re doing this to celebrate the end of another great summer season at Camp Fletcher and to share our beautiful facility with the entire community on a hot summer day.

The cost? Free! We’ll be accepting (okay, encouraging) modest donations, and sure, we’ll be charging for summer food favorites like snow cones and hot dogs; but every cent we raise that day will go toward providing scholarships for campers who would like to go to Camp Fletcher but whose families couldn’t afford it otherwise.

We’re calling this extravaganza the Dog Day Family Fest.  Why that name?  Well, let’s start with the date–our family fest is taking place during the dog days of summer. Or maybe it’s not. We’re not sure.  We read all the way through this article in Wikipedia, and we’re still kind of confused on that part.

More to the point, we’ll be partnering with a bunch of great organizations including the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.  Our friends from the GBHS will be sending one of their mobile donation centers to Camp Fletcher for Dog Day.  So, we’re going to have actual dogs at Dog Day.

To fully flesh out the dog-related theme, we’re going to have a hot dog eating contest between the Jefferson County Sheriffs and the McAdory Firemen.  Trust us when we tell you this contest will be glorious. And silly. And probably messy. You can come out to Camp Fletcher and see it live or stay home and watch it on the nightly news that night. It’s going to be that cool.

We’ll be telling you more about some of our other Dog Day Family Fest partners and activities as the day draws closer, but for now, just pencil in that date on your calendar and make plans to bring your family and friends or just yourself to Camp Fletcher for a wholesome afternoon of fun for everyone.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we know you might still be looking for that last-minute gift for your camper! Our Program Director, Kasey, shared some of her favorite camp gear gifts to help your camper get ready for summer 2017 at Camp Fletcher!

  • Chacos: These sandals and boots are a camp kid favorite; our counselors love the, too! With tons of styles and colors, our campers love having a pair that’s as unique as they are. Their durability and they have sandals and shoes and boots. Kasey, our Program Director, says they’re worth every penny!
  • Hammocks: “Hammocking” has become a popular camp activity, so we know our campers would love to have a new hammock to hang! Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO), Grand Trunk, and LL Bean are just a few of the many brands that are good quality and really hold up to long days at summer camp.
  • Nalgene Water Bottles: We always stress the importance of staying hydrated at camp and Nalegene water bottles make it easy! They are durable and if they become cracked or broken you can send them back to the company and they will send you a brand new one. They’ll definitely hold up during a summer at Camp Fletcher!
  • Deck of Cards: Our campers LOVE card games and are always looking for new games to share with us! Cards make a gift and they’ll love bringing them to camp next summer.
  • Flashlight: Campers can never have too many good flashlights. They definitely come in handy during resident sessions!
  • A Week of Summer Camp: If your kid is crazy about camp, then surprise them with a week-long session at Camp Fletcher! Registration opens SOON, and we can’t wait to see you back at Camp Fletcher in 2017!


Dash Away 10K and Family Fun Day!



Ready to run? Ready for some Christmas fun?

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!

All Proceeds benefit Camp Fire Alabama & Camp Fletcher programs for children, youth, and families in our community!

For race registration and more info, visit us online or check out our Facebook event!

Dash Away 5K and Jingle Bell Junction

Dash Away 5K and Jingle Bell Junction Flyer

Dash Away 5K and Jingle Bell Junction is just a few short weeks away, and we want to see EVERYONE out at Camp Fletcher for an awesome day of holiday fun! We have three race options to choose from: The Dash Away 5K, the Frosty Fun Run (a one mile walk/run) and a Holly Jolly Hundred for those ages 6 and under. Click here to register now because all registration prices increase on the day of the event. If you have any questions about the race, head over to our FAQ to read more!

If running isn’t really your thing, we’ve still got you covered! Jingle Bell Junction will be taking place from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and you don’t want to miss this family fun event. You can visit Santa and get your picture made, visit our Vendor Village featuring arts and crafts vendors, kids can play Reindeer Games and enjoy make and take crafts at the North Pole and everyone can enjoy free snacks and beverages! We’ll also be serving an all you can eat pancake breakfast and sack lunch options.

Dash Away is going to be an all day event that the entire family can enjoy! For more information, race registration, ticket purchasing and more, visit us online today. All proceeds from the event benefit Camp Fire and Camp Fletcher programs for families and youth.

Can’t attend Dash Away? You can still go the extra mile for Camp Fire! For more information about how YOU can raise money and support Camp Fire Alabama and Camp Fletcher, click here!