Thank you for your interest in session 1 (adult emphasis) of Camp Fasola 2013! We are excited about your participation and the contributions you will make to the learning, singing, recreation, and fellowship activities of camp week. Following below is more detailed information to help you prepare for Camp Fasola.
The Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association will hold its Camp Fasola for the eleventh consecutive year for learning Sacred Harp singing, history, and traditions. Camp Fasola is open to both youth and adults, beginners and experienced singers. Multiple daily sessions will be devoted to teaching Sacred Harp singing, as well as time for recreation, fellowship, and singing. More than 1600 campers have attended since 2003.
Note: A preliminary program for Camp Fasola, adult emphasis, is now available!
The first session will begin on Sunday, June 9 at 4:00 p.m. and will run through Thursday, June 13 at 8:00 a.m. This session will be programmed with an emphasis for adults (fewer recreation options, extensive singing elective classes). This session will be held at Camp McDowell. Camp McDowell is located off Alabama 195 at mile marker 13 between Jasper and Double Springs (address: 105 DeLong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578 – note that even though this is a street address, Camp McDowell is not located in the town of Nauvoo).
Sleeping quarters at Camp McDowell (Session 1) are motel style rooms with two full beds (linens provided) and private bathroom. (Session 1 camp fee is for double occupancy. Add $150 for single occupancy/subject to availability.)
Camp Lee lodge sleeping accommodations will be divided into separate areas for males and females with open lodge style (up to 20 per room) with camp bunk beds and community bathrooms. Camp Lee sleeping quarters are oriented to youth campers, so most adults find the beds “comfort challenging.” All the sleeping and meeting areas are air conditioned. Session 2 campers are responsible for providing all your own linens: sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, etc. Some campers elect to stay off-site at local hotels at their own expense (camp fees are not reduced) after evening activities end and return for breakfast in the morning. If you plan to stay off-site, please notify us in advance.
Meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be offered buffet-style in the camp dining hall. A specific vegetarian menu may not be provided, but salads and sometimes other vegetables are available. We will also provide snacks in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. (If you would like to bring treats such as drinks, cookies, brownies, fruit, chips, or other food for the snack times, we would appreciate it.)
Camp Fasola recreation will include swimming, hiking, canoeing, rock slide (a Camp Lee exclusive), zip line (Camp Lee only), fishing (bring your own gear), ropes courses, exercise class, crafts, horseshoes, and games.
We will have a good selection of lessons and electives, so you will have at least three hours of singing school lessons per day plus more singing each night. We will have sessions for all levels of experience from beginners through experienced singers.
Counselors will supervise camp activities for youth age 10 to 18 for Session 2 only. Parents/guardians or grandparents are responsible for accompanying and supervising children ages 6-9 at all times for all activities, meals, classes, and sleeping. Campers will be asked to perform some area of service during camp.
There are all-day singings in the area on the weekends before and after both sessions of Camp Fasola. The National Convention will be held on June 13-15 following Session 1. The Independence Day Singing will again be held at Camp Lee on Friday, July 5th at the end of Session 2. The Independence Day singing will begin at 9:00 a.m., and lunch will be available for purchase at the Camp Lee dining hall.
Transportation to Camp Lee is the responsibility of campers. We will try to help connect campers who are flying into the Atlanta or Birmingham airports so that you can try to carpool / arrange rides together.
Check-in for Session 1 will be conducted between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9th. Check-in for Session 2 will be conducted between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1th. We request that you let us know if you will be arriving later. You will be issued your room assignment, Camp Fasola T-Shirts, and the final camp schedule of events. Our first camp meal will be at 6:00 p.m.
Session 1 will be held at Camp McDowell (http://www.campmcdowell.com), located off Alabama 195 at mile marker 13 between Jasper and Double Springs (address: 105 DeLong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578 – note that even though this is a street address, Camp McDowell is not located in the town of Nauvoo).
From Birmingham: Take I-65 north from Birmingham. Take Exit 264 and turn left onto Daniel Payne Drive going west. Go 2½ miles and then turn right on Cherry Avenue. Go 2½ miles on Cherry Avenue and then take I-22 (Corridor X) towards Jasper. Take Exit 63 and turn right onto Alabama 269 north into Jasper. Turn right at second light onto 18th Street and an immediate left onto 9th Avenue, which will turn into Alabama 195. Take Alabama 195 approximately 15 miles to mile marker 13 and turn right into Camp McDowell.
From Huntsville: Take I-65 south to Cullman. Take U.S. 278 west to Double Springs. Take Highway 195 south approximately 10 miles to mile marker 13 and turn left into Camp McDowell.
From Florence/Muscle Shoals: Take U.S. 43 south from Florence to Russellville. Take Alabama 243 from Russellville until that road ends. Then take Alabama 195 south to Double Springs. Continue on Alabama 195 south about 10 miles and turn left into Camp McDowell at mile marker 13.
From Tuscaloosa: Take Alabama 69 north to Jasper. Take Alabama 195 approximately 15 miles to mile marker 13 and turn right into Camp McDowell.
Hotels are available in Jasper near Camp McDowell for stays before or after camp. Also, some campers elect to stay in hotels during camp.
Days Inn–Jasper – www.daysinn.com – (205) 221-7800
Jameson Inn–Jasper – www.jamesoninns.com – (205) 387-7710
Super 8 Jasper – www.super8.com – (205) 221-3050
Holiday Inn Express–Jasper – www.hiexpress.com – (205) 302-6400
Hampton Inn Jasper – www.hamptoninn.com – (205) 221-3334
Budget Inn–Jasper – (205) 221-6430
Travel Rite Inn – (205) 221-1161
Following is a packing list of suggested items. Be sure to bring appropriate comfortable, casual clothing for summertime outdoor activities. Campers will wear provided three Camp Fasola T-Shirts. Do not bring alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, or any other dangerous or illegal item.
Comfortable and appropriate clothing for your stay at camp
- T-shirts, Polo shirts
- Jeans, khakis, skirts
- Lightweight long sleeve shirt (in case of a cool night)
- Underwear and socks
- Tennis shoes / shoes for hiking / sandals
- Raincoat / slicker / umbrella
- Appropriate swimwear
- Cap / hat
- Shampoo / conditioner
- Comb / hairbrush
- Throat lozenges
Linens (Session 2 at Camp Lee only—bed linens and towels provided for Adult Camp)
- Towels and washcloths
- Sleeping bag or sheets and blanket for a twin bed
- Beach towel (for swimming)
- Sacred Harp 1991 Edition song book
- Insect repellant
- Notebook and pen
- Flashlight & batteries
- Camera (optional)
- Water bottle (optional)
- Seat cushion (optional)