Hello, my name is Ellie Fowler AKA Quetzalcoatl, or simply Quetza for short.
My adventure with The Firs first began in 2009, when I counseled at Fircreek Day Camp. I returned to Fircreek and served for six consecutive summers. I am overjoyed to return to The Firs as the Fircreek Day Camp Director; being back feels like coming home. I have a passion for loving little hearts to Jesus and empowering others to love and lead like Jesus. My husband Will and I met in the spring of 2018 and married in the fall of the same year. We welcomed our daughter Clementine, who shares a birthday with me, in November 2021. I am so grateful for the Lord's kindness in bringing me back to The Firs after an eight year hiatus.
Since we are a day camp, kids go home each evening, providing an incredible opportunity for us to invest in our walk with Jesus together as a community. Through worship, prayer, Bible study, sharing testimony together, and fun, we engage with one another in what God is doing in, through, and around us. We RECEIVE and RESPOND so that we might be sent out once again to REVERBERATE.
Our Summer Schedule
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
- Philippians 2:3-4
We invite students to give their summer to the mission of Jesus here at Fircreek from early June to the end of August. Plus an additional week of training.
PAID SUMMER STAFF DATES
Leadership Training June 8th-June 11th
Counselor Training June 11th-18th
Week 1 June 19th-23rd - Spurs on Saturn
Week 2 June 26th-30th - Stuffie Spelling Bee
Week 3 July 3rd-7th - 4A Saves the Day
Week 4 July 10th-14th - Raiders of the Last Raptor
Week 5 July 17th-21st - It's ELEMENT-ary
Week 6 July 24th-28th - Candy Cane Lanes
Week 7 July 31st-August 4th - Swashbuckling Samurai
Week 8 August 7th-11th - Glitch N' Switch
Week 9 August 14th-18th - Get Your Head in The Game
Week 10 August 21st-25th - Fircreek's Got Talent
We encounter God through song, His word, and relationships built first through the language of play. If “Joy is the serious business of heaven” (C.S. Lewis), then we work hard!
These relationships often open the door for us to introduce Jesus to kids and families from a place of love and care, as God uses us as missionaries to seek those who may not yet know him.
PLAY ON MISSION
In scripture one of the teachers of the law asks Jesus what the greatest commandment is. He responds with what we call the Shema, which means to listen . . . we read this in Mark and recite it as a staff to remind ourselves of what is most important to The Father . . .
“The most important one,” answered Jesus,
“is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ’There is no commandment greater than these."
JOIN OUR SUMMER VOLUNTEER TEAM
We have an incredible short term volunteer opportunity called the E.F.R.T. Program. Made up of these four key pillars -- Energy, Faith, Responsibility, and Training. Through our short two week sessions we invite students ages 14-17 to join The Creek community and learn what it means to serve Jesus in the context of camp. Many of our E.F.R.T.s then go on to be incredible camp counselors and leadership staff. Check out our session dates below.
Session 1 June 25th -July 7th
Session 2 July 9th - 21st
Session 3 July 23rd - Aug 4th
Session 4 August 6th - 18th