Indian Creek Youth Camp offers fun for thousands of area kids
by Rachel Davis
Apr 22, 2012 | 2434 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteers held a workday at Indian Creek Youth Camp in Oakman on Saturday to get the camp ready for the fundraiser next week. Photo by: Rachel Davis
Volunteers held a workday at Indian Creek Youth Camp in Oakman on Saturday to get the camp ready for the fundraiser next week. Photo by: Rachel Davis
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OAKMAN — Indian Creek Youth Camp has played host to thousands of kids since it opened in 1971 and is on tap to cater to approximately 1,000 more this year. Although the camp is run by the Church of Christ, it is open to campers of any denomination who want to enjoy summer camp in a safe, Christian environment.

The camp spans 65 acres and has 10 cabins that can house about 225 campers and counselors each week. Some weeks at the camp are reserved for specific groups, but most weeks through the summer are just for individual campers who want to participate. Each week is led by a new director and features a different staff and a slightly different feel, but they do feature swimming time in the camp’s Olympic-sized pool, hiking, sports, craft time and other tradition camp activities, as well as devotional times and singing.

Burt Fuller, who became the first full-time, onsite camp administrator about five years ago, said that the camp has seen its influence expand over the last few years as groups and individuals from other states began to register more frequently.

“For years it has been a Walker County place,” Fuller said. “In the last 10 years, that has changed drastically.”

Fuller said the camp now attracts campers and groups from 13 states, including one camper from Alaska.

The one difficulty the camp faces is finances. The fee for one camper is $135, while it costs the camp about $240 to care for each camper for a week.

“The financial strain can be pretty bad sometimes,” Fuller said. “We have people who support us — individuals and congregations.”

ICYC also hosts a variety of fundraisers, including a concession booth at Alabama football home games and an annual fundraiser to help with the costs.

Saturday the camp will hold its annual ICYC Festival, a fundraiser for the camp that started as a walkathon and grew into something much larger. The festival will be held at the camp from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will feature the walkathon, which gives campers a chance to earn free camp time, a horseshoe tournament, inflatables, horse cart rides, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a motorcycle ride and food ranging from funnel cakes and cotton candy to hamburgers.

The camp is located at 7855 Pleasantfield Road, Oakman, AL 35579. For more information, contact Michelle Fuller at 205-844-7410 or visit www.icycal.com.