Thank you for your interest in session 2 (youth 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 program for the youth emphasis session of Camp Fasola, with class descriptions, is now available!
The second session will begin on Monday, July 1 at 4:00 p.m. and will run through Friday, July 5 at 9:00 a.m. This session will be programmed with an emphasis for youth and adults under age 30 (full recreation schedule, no/few singing elective classes). This session will be held at Camp Lee. Camp Lee is located just off Interstate 20 near Anniston, Alabama. Anniston is 65 miles east of Birmingham, 90 miles west of Atlanta, 110 miles southeast of Huntsville, and 130 miles southwest of Chattanooga.
While the two camp sessions are not exclusive for different age groups, the sessions are structured to offer classes and activities that better fit the interests shown by youth and adults in past camps. Session two will have a large majority of its camper slots reserved for youth. We expect that adults who need to accompany their youth would attend the second session. Also, some campers may need to attend a particular session to fit their personal schedules.
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 Independence Day Singing will again be held at Camp Lee on Monday, July 1st before the start 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 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 2 will be held at Camp Lee (http://www.camplee.org), located near Anniston, Alabama just off Interstate 20 (address: 70 Camp Lee Main Road, Anniston, AL 36207).
From I-20: Take Exit 188. From Atlanta, go right. From Birmingham, go left. Continue straight to third traffic signal. (Mapco on right corner, Chevron on opposite corner) Turn right onto Choccolocco Road. Camp Lee is 1.9 miles on the left.
From Gadsden and Jacksonville: Take Highway 431/21 and go south. Take a left on Greenbrier Road. There is a stoplight for this turn. (Cowboys gas station on right.) At 2nd traffic signal, make left onto Coleman Road (BP gas station on corner). Coleman Road turns into Choccolocco Road at the second stoplight. A Chevron station will be on left and a Mapco station will be on right corner. Continue straight and go 1.9 miles and you will see the Camp Lee entrance.
Hotels are available in Anniston/Oxford near Camp Lee for stays before or after camp. Also, some campers elect to stay in hotels during camp. Exit 188 is closer to the camp. Exit 185 is 3 miles west of Exit 188.
Sleep Inn 256.831.2191
Holiday Inn Express 256.835.8768
Jameson Inn 256.835.2170
Wingate Inn 256.831.1921
Days Inn 256.835.0300
Motel 6 256.831.5628
Comfort Inn 256.831.0860
Hampton Inn 256.835.1492
Best Western 800.528.1234
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
- 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)