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!

 

Parent Testimonial – Erika H.

At Camp Fletcher, we’re a family, and we know we’re doing a great job when our camp parents are thrilled about their experiences each summer! If you’re interested in learning more about why Camp Fletcher is such a great summer camp experience, we want you to hear what other parents have to say. Today we’re excited to feature an AWESOME testimonial from a Camp Fletcher parent – Erika H.

Erika has two kids currently attending Camp Fletcher. Jessi, 14, has been a camper for 9 summers in our day and resident programs; Joshua, 7, has been in our day camp program for two summers.

Here’s what Erika had to say about Camp Fletcher:

erika halsey testimonial photo edit“We learned about Camp Fletcher through a flyer, handed out towards the end of the school year. Jessi had attended a different camp the prior two summers, but it felt more like child care. I appreciate that Camp Fletcher lives out the “camp” experience in its name, and that’s what I always envisioned in a camp — canoeing, hiking, fishing, and not just swimming all day. This was immediately noticeable from the other camp we had attended.

We chose Camp Fletcher, not knowing everything that we would get, and we haven’t regretted it. Within two summers of first attending, Jessi and Josh both learned how to swim at Camp Fletcher, without formal swim lessons. Jessi and Josh have come home with stories practically every day, excited about such things like catching the biggest fish in the creek or how they almost “captured the flag” and missed. Both kids especially enjoyed fishing (Josh) and hiking (Jessi).

The staff at Camp Fletcher has consistently been kind and professional. Camp Fletcher has been a great match for us because it has remained consistent. The number of campers have appeared to remain manageable and we’ve gotten to know our director and the counselors. We would definitely recommend Camp Fletcher, as we have recommended three of our closest friends and family members from Texas and Georgia, all of which have attended one or more sessions. This summer was the last summer for Jessi to attend as a day camper. However, she has always stated that she hopes to become a counselor at Camp Fletcher and volunteer her time as an adult. Camp Fletcher is a great camp.”

If you know someone who might be interested in coming to Camp Fletcher next summer, feel free to share this or any of our other Parent Testimonials with them. We’re so thankful for our awesome camp parents, and we know you won’t be disappointed with your Camp Fletcher experience!

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!

VISTA Spotlight: Cynthia

It’s an exciting time at Camp Fletcher – summer camp just kicked off and we’ve also welcomed a new VISTA member to our team! We’re excited to introduce Cynthia, and we know she’s going to have a great year of service with us at Camp Fletcher.

Cynthia will be serving as our Community Mapping Specialist. She is originally from Dayton, Ohio but has lived in the Birmingham area for many years. Cynthia currently holds a B.A. in English, a Masters Degree in Business and is finishing up a B.S. in Psychology. We are so excited to welcome her, and we know she’s going to be a great addition to our VISTA project!

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What made you decide to serve as a VISTA with Camp Fletcher? I am very active and engaged in my community and when the opportunity to serve as a VISTA presented itself, I was very happy and honored to accept the appointment.

What previous experiences do you have that you feel will equip you for your position? I currently serve as the Special Events Coordinator for the Title I Parent Leader Counsel as established under Federal guidelines, and this volunteer position has afforded me the opportunity to serve my community in a number of capacities that range from working with school administrators, parents, students and key policy makers throughout the Birmingham City School system and surrounding areas.

What are your goals for your year of service? What do you hope to accomplish? My goal during my 1st year of service is to connect with and establish lasting relationships with the educational communities that surround Camp Fletcher.

What aspect of your position are you most excited about? I’m excited about bringing awareness to the surrounding area that Camp Fletcher is true Alabama history and that it should be seen as our gold mine.

What aspect of your position do you feel will be the most challenging? Initial contact and establishing the connections with the persons that can move the cause forward will be the most challenging.

If you would like more information about our VISTA project, you can visit us online to learn more about all of our service members!

Staff Training 2016

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Camp Fletcher Summer Staff 2016

Today is the first day of summer camp and our staff has been hard at work getting ready over the past few weeks! Each year our Program Coordinator, Kasey, spends countless hours recruiting counselors for summer camp. Staff members have to be hard-working and full of energy, and Kasey hires and trains counselors that can facilitate a great summer at camp. Each counselor must participate in an extensive training program following the American Camping Association and Camp Fire’s policies and guidelines. We held staff training last week, and we wanted to give you a sneak peak into what our counselors learn!

Lifeguard training comes first, and all of our Lifeguards are trained and certified by the American Red Cross. Counselors who serve as lifeguards spent an additional week at Camp Fletcher with lifeguard trainer Jordan Barksdale. We have a great group of lifeguards this year and we’re looking forward to safe swimming at camp this summer!

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Lifeguards Mia and Courtney during Lifeguard Training

 

All of our counselors spend a week at camp for staff training. Many of our counselors are returning, and they are great at leading songs, following directions and setting a positive tone. We are so thankful for the counselors that return year after year, and they do a great job of welcoming new counselors to the camp family, too!

Staff training was all about learning and growing. Our counselors received First Aid and CPR Certification from the McAdory Fire Department; they spent time learning to lead camp activities – from canoeing to archery to the ropes course. They sang songs, shared meals and got to know one another. They practiced common camp scenarios, learned problem solving techniques and focused on camper health and safety.

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Camp Fletcher staff with Firefighter Kevin Allred from the McAdory Fire Department after First Aid and CPR Certification
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These counselors have been friends since kindergarten, and we’re so excited to have them working together at camp this summer!
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Counselors learning elements on the ropes course.
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We love to tie-dye at camp! Check out these counselors learning one of our favorite crafts!
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Hiking is a favorite camp activity and our counselors know the trails well by the end of staff training!

Learning to be a good counselor is all about thinking fast, working together and putting the needs of the camper first. It’s important that our counselors are having fun and loving camp, but our main focus is always safety. Staff training teaches our counselors how to be great leaders that can insure a safe, fun summer environment for each and every camper. We’ve got a great group of counselors this year, and we’re so excited for everything summer 2016 is going to bring! For more pictures from staff training, head over to our Facebook page!

Counselor Spotlights: Brianna & Mia!

Staff training started over the weekend, and we are so excited to have all of our awesome counselors at Camp Fletcher for seven days! Great counselors are key to a safe and fun summer, and staff training is an important part of making sure our counselors are ready and excited for the next nine weeks. So far, it’s been great, and we’re so excited to welcome back familiar faces and meet many new counselors, too! Today we’re introducing you to two new counselors, Brianna and Mia! This will be their first summer at Camp Fletcher, and we know they’re going to love being part of the Camp Family!

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Brianna is 24 years old. She is from St. Petersberg, Florida and currently attends Judson College, where she majors in social work. Keep reading to learn more!

What made you choose Camp Fletcher?
I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to help the youth we serve!

What previous experiences do you have that you think will make you a great counselor?
My studies to become a social worker will help! Also, I help my younger cousins through dilemmas as they grow older.

What are you most excited about for summer 2015 at Camp Fletcher?
I think it’s going to be a great experience!


Mia  is 18 years old and is from Birmingham, Alabama. She attends Samford University, and her major is currently undeclared, but she is considering a double major in International Relations and French!

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What made you choose Camp Fletcher?
I have always loved working as a counselor at summer camps, so when I found Camp Fletcher’s job announcement on the Samford University’s job searching database, I knew I had to apply! I was hired for the job and I am so excited to serve as a camp counselor at Camp Fletcher!

What previous experiences do you have that you think will make you a great counselor?
As a child who spent a lot of time at summer camps, I remember how much I looked up to my camp counselors as role models and knew that I wanted to be just like them. Ever since middle school, I have had the opportunity to work as a camp counselor at a variety of camps including Girl Scouts Rocky Mountain Day Camp at Kanawahala Program Center and Dawson Music Academy’s Music Camp at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. My past experience as a camp counselor has helped me grow in patience and leadership, skills I will continue to hone as a counselor at Camp Fletcher.

What are you most excited about for summer 2015 at Camp Fletcher?
I am so excited to have the opportunity to spend my summer with some incredible campers, counselors, and staff members! I can’t wait to see how much the campers grow during their time at Camp Fletcher as they create new friendships, memories, and experiences!

Welcome to Camp Fletcher, Brianna & Mia! It’s going to be a great summer!

VISTA Spotlight: John!

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This week is AmeriCorps Week, and we are proud to have four AmeriCorps VISTA members currently serving at Camp Fletcher! Our newest member, John, joined a few weeks back as the Garden Specialist, and we’re so happy to have him at camp overseeing the garden. John is from Fort Bragg, North Carolina and is currently pursuing a degree in architecture.

1. What made you decide to serve as a VISTA with Camp Fletcher? I decided to serve at Camp Fletcher because of my interest in helping youth gain knowledge through hands-on experiences that will assist them in succeeding in their future endeavors.

2. What previous experiences do you have that you feel will equip you for your position? Before I decided to serve as a VISTA, I worked as a counselor for an after-school program known as Open Door. I have also been a camp counselor for the Woodlore Camping School based in the Boy Scouts of America’s Choctaw District. As an Eagle Scout, I have volunteered for many organizations ranging from the Wounded Warriors Project to the Red Cross.

3. What are your goals for your year of service? What do you hope to accomplish? In my year, I hope to build the foundation for an education garden that, over time, will expand into a cornerstone of Camp Fletcher. While I believe that it will be difficult to quickly create a database of what is best to grow in the garden with the time I have been given, with my support staff and resources I am confident that it is possible. I am excited for the opportunity to learn, as well as teach others about my own endeavors planting in the garden. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and start planting.

4. What are you excited to do now that you’re in Alabama? Now that I have moved to Birmingham I am overjoyed to begin backpacking all the new trails that are available to me and traveling to the great city of Auburn to watch football games, War Eagle!

We’re so excited to have John with us! If you want to learn more about the garden at Camp Fletcher, or if you’re interested in volunteering, be sure to check out this post. We’ll be planting our spring garden very soon, and we can always use an extra hand!

 

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!

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.

Counselor Spotlights: Kyra & Daniel

Today we have two counselor spotlights for you! Both of these counselors will be joining the Camp Fletcher team for the first time this summer. We are so excited to introduce you to Kyra and Daniel. Keep reading to learn more about them!

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Kyra is 19 years old and from Birmingham, Alabama. She currently attends Lawson State Community College, where she majors in Criminal Justice. Next fall, she plans to transfer to Alabama State University and pursue a Forensics Science minor. This summer will be Kyra’s first time at Camp Fletcher, and we’re so glad to have her working on our team!

What made you choose Camp Fletcher?
I heard about this camp from My Honors College adviser. When I looked over the objectives, I immediately fell in love! I said to myself, “I absolutely have to get this job”.

What previous experiences do you have that you think will make you a great counselor?
I think I will make a great counselor because I’m the second oldest of 7 children (a lot right?!). I constantly have to keep moving and working to keep my brothers active and on their feet!

What are you most excited about for summer 2015 at Camp Fletcher?
Working with the children, living in a cabin, and having bonfires will be the highlights of my summer!


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Daniel is 20 years old and from Huntington Beach, California. He currently attends UAB, where he majors in Neuroscience and minors in both German and Chemistry. Daniel has volunteered with Camp Fire Alabama in the past, but this will be his first summer as a counselor at Camp Fletcher!

What made you choose Camp Fletcher?
I volunteered with Camp Fire Alabama in the past, but I stumbled upon Camp Fletcher almost by accident, actually. I went to a summer jobs fair at UAB, spoke with Tiffany about the camp and the position, and decided that this would be a good thing.

What previous experiences do you have that you think will make you a great counselor?
I’ve had the opportunity to work with kids through a number of different groups, including Camp Fire Alabama’s Links-Up Mentoring program, the Sunshine School tutoring program at Children’s Hospital, and the Crisis Center of Birmingham, where I currently volunteer with the Crisis & Suicide Line. I have also been a counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp.

What are you most excited about for summer 2015 at Camp Fletcher?
I think I’m most excited to have my own camp experience. As a kid, I was not the most “outdoors-y,” which is something I now regret, so I’m really looking forward to being a part of that time for other kids.

We are so excited to welcome Kyra and Daniel to Camp Fletcher, and we know they’re going to have a great time working as counselors this summer!

If you haven’t registered for camp yet, time is running out! Camp starts in less than a week, and our registration is filling up faster than ever before. It is extremely important that you send in registration forms and deposits as soon as possible in order to reserve your spot. For more information, visit us online or contact the camp office today!