Camp Point Clear © 2016


on Guntersville Lake in Guntersville, AL




Ruby and her mom on the last day of camp,

June 26, 2016

Ten Things I Liked About Camp Point Clear
Eve Crawford Peyton and Ruby Crawford

Ruby came back from camp with impetigo and a much greater sense of independence. The latter was pretty amazing to witness, and the former cleared right up with a bit of ointment. I am proud of her for staying the whole two weeks – next year she says she wants to go to all three weeks – making new friends, trying new foods, playing new sports. Of all the things I feel best about as a mom, perhaps at the top of the list is that after a bug got in her toothbrush, she simply went to the camp store and bought another toothbrush, not choosing the grosser two options of brushing her teeth with a bug-infested toothbrush or just not brushing at all. She’s not ready to launch out into the adult world, but successfully navigating a bug in your toothbrush … well, that’s a darn good start.

As a family owned and operated summer camp for girls ages 7 through 15, Camp Point Clear will soon celebrate its 44th year as a cherished home away from home.

Camp Point Clear gives girls the opportunity to be the best they can be. They experience a place that is perfect to create happy memories and encourage self-expression. It stays with them forever. CPC Campers learn from a full range of emotions and human experiences including homesickness, friendship, disagreements, team work, frustrations, jubilant success, and more.

A summer at CPC, above all, means a whirlwind of fun. Amid thrilling activities and new experiences, campers come to discover who they are beyond just the school yard and soccer field. Memories are made that will forever be some of the happiest days of their lives, and friendships are made for a lifetime with campers both near and far from home.

The daughters of CPC’s beloved founder, Betty “Mama Tag” Petagna, continue the many traditions that truly make CPC what it is – a summer experience unlike any other.

We are located in Guntersville, Alabama, which is 38 miles southeast of Huntsville, Alabama.  Our  site is directly on Lake Guntersville, a magnificent, pristine 69,000-acre lake perfect for Water Skiing, Sailing, Canoeing and Kayaking. We have over 100 acres of land for campers to enjoy camp fires, hiking, Arts & Crafts, tennis and Swimming in our in-ground Pool. 

We have many playing fields for land sports, deep forest and rolling hills that are perfect for hiking and enough land to backpack right on our own acreage!

Adventures extend beyond camp’s borders as well, and are highlighted by overnight camping trips, canoe trips, a visit to an exciting water park, challenge ropes course, rappelling and climbing the rock face of a Cumberland Mountain, a visit to a nearby amusement park, and a whitewater rafting trip down the Ocoee River.


2017 Camp Dates

Session One June 4-11

Session Two June 11-25

Full Session June 4-25

As part of this increased maturity, she asked me to again grant her blog access so she could convince other kids to go to camp next year. She has seen the light; she is a camp evangelist. So here you go: The Top 10 Things Ruby Liked About Camp.
1.Water-skiing/tubing/knee-boarding/wake-boarding. These were fun and fast. I learned pretty quickly but I could never quite stand up on the water skis. Once we were tubing and it was so wavy that we went sideways, but I stayed on. That was my favorite time.
2. Gym because I liked Pierce aka the gym teacher. In gym, we usually made up dances or played baseball.
3. Arts and crafts because I learned how to make friendship bracelets. I made like five and gave them away to people.
4. Swimming because I learned how to do ballet leg for the water ballet.
5. Sailing because we went to an island and canoeing because we went to an island and found a bird skull and found a bunch of clams.
6. The food was really yummy and I always went back for seconds, plus you got really hungry after all the exercise and the cooks were really nice.
7. I liked the camp dogs because they were fun to play with and really cute and all of them except Ezra liked to be petted.
8.I liked store because you could get two things. You could get candy and a soda, water and a fruit, soda and a fruit, water and candy. I usually got a Butterfinger and a Dr Pepper.
9. I met new friends and that was great because I knew they would be friends for life. I was a Seagull but I was friends with both White Caps and Seagulls – but I do think Seagulls are better! Go Seagulls!!!
10. I liked sleeping in my cabin after taps. At taps you would sing camp songs: “Day is done, gone the sun from the lakes, from the hills, from the sky! All is well, safely rest, God is night!” [Ed. note: Yes, it should be “nigh.” But I like it the way she actually sings it.] I slept really well at camp.
I can’t wait to go back next year, and I hope a bunch more kids come. If you’re reading this and you have kids who are 7 or older, tell them they should try Camp Point Clear. It changed me as a person and made my life better and made me laugh a lot more.