By Chris Yow
TRUSSVILLE — Friends of Camp Coleman are hosting an alumni reunion to celebrate Camp Coleman’s 90th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 18. The camp is the third oldest continually operating camp in the nation, and the alumni group are inviting the community to celebrate its rich history and charm.
Pam Callaway, spokesperson for the alumni group, said the event is something she hopes will renew interest in the camp and allow those who have visited and camped there in the past to enjoy a day at camp.
The reunion will open at 9:30 a.m., and the flag ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. to allow time for everyone who would like to come to arrive.
“It’s going to be like a normal camp day,” Callaway said.
Lunch will be served following the flag ceremony, and there will be a chance for visitors to tour the camps or even hike the legendary trails.
“I’m interested to see how many 60-year-olds take off on a hike,” Callaway said.
During the day, there will be a number of activities, including a campfire for singing and making s’mores.
Callaway said the group has had more than 100 alumni pre-register for the event, and she wants people to know the reunion is for anyone in the public who would like to come back to the camp where many have memories.
“People came here for picnics, family reunions and all kinds of things. We want anyone who wants to come back to the camp and see how it has changed to come,” Callaway said. “Our main goal is to find alumni, of course, but we welcome anyone.”
The event is $10 to register and lunch will be $5. The proceeds will go to the Friends of Camp Coleman non-profit organization, who is a donor to the camp. To pre-register, go to www.friendsofcampcoleman.com