Youth Camp

Youth Camp • July 1-5, 2019 • Camp Lee • Anniston, Alabama

Youth Camp Group Photo

Youth Camp Information

Youth Camp Details

The Youth Camp session is programmed with an emphasis for youth and adults under age 30 (singing school lessons, full recreation schedule, some singing elective classes). While Youth Camp is not exclusive for younger singers, a large majority of its camper slots are reserved for youth. Adults who wish to accompany their youth should attend Youth Camp, as well as adults who want to attend this session to fit their personal schedules.

Youth Camp is held at Camp Lee, which 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.

Young campers learn the rudiments at Youth Camp, 2013.

Learning the rudiments at Youth Camp.


Camp Lee sleeping accommodations are open lodge style with camp bunk beds (up to 20 per room) 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. Separate lodges are allocated for youth females, youth males, adult females, and adult males. 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 are offered buffet-style in the camp dining hall. Specific vegetarian and vegan menus are not provided, but salads and other vegetables are usually available. We 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 Lee's zip line, always a favorite!

Camp Lee’s zip line, always a favorite!

Camp Fasola recreation will include swimming, hiking, canoeing, rock slide (a Camp Lee exclusive), zip line, fishing (bring your own gear), climbing wall, ropes courses, exercise class, crafts, horseshoes, basketball, 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 some electives plus class 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 10–18. Parents/guardians or grandparents are responsible for accompanying and supervising children ages 6–9 at all times for all recreation, activities, meals, classes, and sleeping. Campers are asked to perform some area of service to support camp operation during the week.

Other Singings

All-day singings are held in the area on the weekends before and after Camp Fasola. The Independence Day Singing will be held at Camp Lee on Monday, July 3, before the start of Youth Camp. The Independence Day singing will begin at 10:00 a.m., and lunch will be available for purchase at the Camp Lee dining hall.

Before Camp

  • Sat., June 29th or Sun., June 30th—Alabama Bicentennial Singing—Birmingham, Alabama—Venue TBA
  • Mon., July 1st—Independence Day Singing—Camp Lee, Lakeview Lodge, Anniston, Alabama—10:00 a.m. CT—from I-20, exit 188, turn north to Choccolocco Road, turn right, go 2.2 mi. Sign for camp on the left—Lunch is Dutch Treat $8.00 each

After Camp

  • Sat., July 6th & Sun., July 7th—Henagar-Union Convention—Saturday 9:00 a.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m.—Liberty Church—Henagar, DeKalb County, Alabama—Info: David Ivey


Transportation to Camp Fasola is the responsibility of campers. You may connect with other campers who are flying into the Atlanta or Birmingham airports via the Camp Fasola Facebook page to carpool/arrange rides together.


Campers gather around the campfire in the evening at Youth Camp, 2013.

Campers gather around the campfire in the evening at Youth Camp.

Check-in will be conducted between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. CT on Monday. We request that you let us know if you will be arriving later. You will be issued your lodge assignment, three Camp Fasola T-Shirts (for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), and the final camp schedule of events. Our first camp meal will be at 6:00 p.m. Please note that Alabama is in the Central Time Zone.


Youth Camp is held at Camp Lee. Camp Lee is located near Anniston, Alabama just off Interstate 20 (address: 70 Camp Lee Main Road, Anniston, AL 36207). GPS coordinates: Latitude: 33°38’57” N, Longitude: -85°45’7” W or (33.649, -85.752).


Camp Lee is 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 and go south on the Anniston Eastern Bypass. Make left on Choccolocco Road. Continue straight and after 1.9 miles the Camp Lee entrance will be on the left.
  • GPS coordinates: Latitude: 33°38’57” N, Longitude: -85°45’7” W or (33.649, -85.752).
Girls hang out during recreation time, Youth Camp, 2013.

Girls hang out during recreation time, Youth Camp.

Packing List

Following is a packing list of suggested items. Be sure to bring appropriate comfortable, casual clothing for summertime outdoor activities. Campers will wear three provided Camp Fasola T-Shirts for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Do not bring alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, firearms, or any other dangerous or illegal item.

Comfortable and appropriate clothing for your stay at camp

  • T-shirts, Polo shirts (camp T-shirts will be provided for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
  • Shorts
  • Jeans, khakis, skirts
  • Lightweight long sleeve shirt (in case of a cool night)
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear and socks
  • Sneakers/walking shoes/shoes for hiking/sandals
  • Raincoat/slicker/umbrella
  • Appropriate swimwear (Camp Lee rules: modest swimsuits with appropriate cover-ups; shorts and shoes must be worn at Rock Slide and Zipline)
  • Cap/hat


  • Towels, washcloth
  • Sleeping bag or sheets and blanket for a twin bed
  • Pillow


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Comb/hairbrush


  • Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition songbook
  • Throat lozenges
  • Medications
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Notebook and pen
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Plastic bag for wet clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach towel (for swimming)
  • Bookbag/backpack (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Water bottle (optional)
  • Seat cushion (optional)


Hotels are available in Anniston/Oxford near Camp Lee for stays before or after camp (listed in alphabetical order). Also, some campers elect to stay in hotels during camp. Exit 188 (I-20) is closer to the camp. Exit 185 (I-20) is 3 miles west of Exit 188.

Downtown Anniston

  • Hotel Finial | 256.236.0503 | 1604 Quintard Ave, Anniston, AL 36201

Exit 188 (I-20)

  • Holiday Inn Express | 256.835.8768
  • Jameson Inn | 256.835.2170
  • Sleep Inn | 256.831.2191
  • Wingate Inn | 256.831.1921

Exit 185 (I-2o)

  • Best Western | 800.528.1234
  • Comfort Inn | 256.831.0860
  • Days Inn | 256.835.0300
  • Hampton Inn | 256.835.1492
  • Motel 6 | 256.831.5628

Camp Scholarships

Scholarship/work study support for camp fees may be available based on need. Our aim is for every camper who wishes to participate in Camp Fasola to have that opportunity. Priority for scholarship support is given to campers who have multiple family members attending; who have substantial travel expenses; or who otherwise would be unable to attend without financial support.

Please complete the camp scholarship form (also accessible on the camp PDF registration form) if you require scholarship support for camp fees. We also encourage campers to seek financial support from their local Sacred Harp community.

For additional information on Youth Camp, email