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Open House

We invite you to visit camp before you attend this summer. We offer two Open Houses in the spring, during which you can tour the grounds & facilities, meet the staff, get your questions answered and register for camp!  Join us on April 1st from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. OR April 2nd from 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. If you can't attend during these times, please contact the camp office to find out how to schedule a tour. 

Our Staff

Each year, our counselors are hand-selected for their leadership skills and ability to take care of children. Camp Fletcher counselors are:

  • Carefully chosen and trained.

  • Meet standard program requirements of Camp Fire Alabama & the American Camping Association.

  • Required to have a criminal background check, multi-panel drug screen, and provide references.

  • Most are college students majoring in recreation, childhood development, or education.

  • Required to participate in a week long pre-camp training session, in addition to daily & weekly meetings and in-service training.

  • Certified in First Aid & CPR; the well-being and safety of our campers is our first concern. 

Registration

To ensure quality and effectiveness, registration will be on a first come first served basis until sessions are full, with an option to be placed on a wait list. All registrations are subject to a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Applications will not be processed until the fee has been received. Please note: this fee will no longer be applied to weekly session fees. Once registration and fees have been submitted, you will receive a confirmation from the camp office.

Balance of Fee

All non-refundable registration fees are due with registration. Currently, we have two payment options available. After you submit your registration form: (1) You can call the camp office @ 205-428-1059 to pay with a credit card OR (2) You can stop by the camp office to pay with cash, check or credit card. For day camp, payment for the following week must be received by Thursday.  You are responsible for full payment of the session(s) selected on the registration form, even if your child misses one or more days.  Fees will not roll over to the following week or session and we will not prorate fees for days missed.

Health History, Medications, Wellness and Safety

Safety is our top priority at Camp Fletcher.

This year, participant health history information can be completed on the registration form. The camp health supervisor (on-site 24 hours a day) holds and dispenses all medications while campers are in our care.

In the event of illness or injury, parents/guardians will be notified immediately by phone and campers will be taken to a local medical facility. All campers are covered by accident insurance. 

Behavior

Parents are encouraged to discuss camp behavioral policies and rules with campers before they arrive at camp. The Behavior expectations at camp are:

  • Follow all safety rules.

  • Cooperate with other campers and staff.

  • Respect the rights and properties of others.

  • Listen and follow instructions.

Camp Fletcher staff will respond quickly and deal with any behavioral incidents that may occur. If the problem persists, parents/guardians will be notified. 

Packing for Resident and Leadership Camps

Packing for camp is fun for your child and for you! The packing list document will help you make sure your camper has everything they need while they are at camp. Please remember to label your child's belongings.  
Resident Packing List

Kids and clothes will get dirty. Please do not send new or expensive items to camp. Campers are limited to two pieces of luggage – we recommend a large duffel bag or backpack plus a sleeping bag in a stuff sack. All of the paths at Camp Fletcher are dirt or gravel – rolling suitcases are not recommended.

We believe that summer camp is one of the few environments where children can truly be 'unplugged' from technology. Unplugging helps kids develop face-to-face social skills and authentic personal relationships while at camp. Having a cell phone at camp will most likely prevent your camper from enjoying the full camp experience. Please help us provide this experience for your child by leaving cell phones and other screens/internet capable devices at home. 

Packing for Day Camp

The day camp packing list document will help you make sure your camper has everything they need each day. All activities are outdoors, so please come dressed for outdoor activities. Similar to resident camp policy, please do not send new or expensive items, and be sure to label everything with your child's full name. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed.  
Day Camp Packing List 

Location and Directions

Camp Fletcher is located in Jefferson County Alabama, 5 miles from Exit 1, I-459 in McCalla, AL. Our 300 acre site includes hiking trails and access to Shades Creek. It is conveniently located outside of Birmingham, Alabama.

Take Interstate 459 to Exit #1. If traveling north, exit RIGHT. If traveling south, exit LEFT (back over the interstate.) At the red light immediately after exiting, turn LEFT onto Bell Hill Road. After approximately 1 mile, you will come to a fork in the road, bear RIGHT. You will then take an immediate RIGHT onto Lou George Loop. Follow Lou George Loop approximately 4 miles. At the stop sign turn RIGHT. Camp Fletcher's entrance will be on your LEFT. 

Arrival at Camp (Resident)

When you arrive at camp, staff will meet you to guide you through the check-in process.

Check-In: Resident and specialty camp session begin on Sundays. Campers should plan to arrive at camp between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

Check-Out: Parents/guardians should plan to arrive at camp by 5:15 p.m. Friday afternoon. Closing ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

Arrival at Camp (Day Camp)

Check-In Time: 7:00 a.m. Monday - Friday. Campers should be checked-in and out at the designated area each day. Activities start at 8.45 a.m. We strongly encourage all day campers to be checked-in no later than 8:30 a.m.

Check-Out Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Scheduled activities end at 4:00 p.m. All campers must be picked up by 6:00 p.m. to avoid late fee. 

Lost and Found

Items will be taken to the Camp Fletcher office. PLEASE MARK EVERYTHING BROUGHT TO CAMP WITH YOUR CAMPER'S FULL NAME. 

Swimming

Each camper is given a swimming test to establish his or her level of swimming ability for the deep end of the pool. This test is administered by Red Cross Certified Lifeguards. 

General Store

Our General Store is available for purchasing souvenirs, snacks and drinks. The recommended amount to deposit in a camper's spending account is:

  • Day Camp: $10.00 per week
  • Resident Camp: $20.00 - $30.00 per session

Any unspent money will be returned at the end of the session with an option to donate remaining amount to Camp Fletcher. 

Food Service

Day Camp: Lunch is provided.  Breakfast is served daily from 8:00 a.m. till 8:30 a.m. for an additional fee of $3.00 per camper, per day.

Resident & Leadership Camps: All meals are provided.

Mail

Mail call is a very exciting time for campers. You may leave mail with the camp staff at registration, drop mail into our mailbox at the front gate, or mail it to the physical address provided in your confirmation packet. 

Visitors

Visitors are allowed only during check-in and check-out. We discourage visiting during any other time as it may lead to homesickness. Our staff is well trained in dealing with campers who are homesick. If you feel homesickness may be a problem, please notify the Camp Director at check-in. 

ACA

Camp Fletcher's programs are accredited by the American Camping Association. This means we voluntarily invite an outside team of ACA trained visitors every 3 years to verify our compliance with more than 300 nationally recognized industry standards - from staff qualifications & training, to health & safety and site & facility management. More information about ACA can be found at acacamps.org. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions regarding your camper's stay, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

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