Information and Registration Form

Listed below is some basic information about camp.  Once you sign up, you’ll receive more information.

Click here to fill out the 2019 registration form online!

For overnight campers, three spots during the summer will be given as scholarships, worth $200 for five day sessions. Applications for this scholarship, which is based on need, are due by April 16. Applicants will be notified by April 23.

Fill out the scholarship application online.
Facility: Camp will be held at Alice’s rural cabin near Fairmount, IL. It is a 35 minute drive from Urbana. The cabin is situated on 5 acres of land which includes woods, hills, a year round stream, and a fire circle for campfires. Campers will be able to wade in the stream, take nature walks, roast marshmallows at a campfire, and find quiet spots to write. The cabin has electricity and running water, a water heater, a dehumidifier, fans, a bathroom, kitchen, and sleeping areas.

Overnight Camper Information: Campers can be dropped off by parents at camp between 9 and 10 a.m. on the first day of the session. They should be picked up at camp between 4 and 5 p.m. on the last day of the session. Campers will have a choice of sleeping in the main room of the cabin or in a tent on the grounds. Campers will be supervised 24 hours a day.

Day Camper Information: Day campers can be dropped off at camp 9:00 a.m. each day and picked up at 5:30 p.m. During this time, they will enjoy activities together with the overnight campers. On Thursday night of each session, day campers will have an overnight campout with the overnight campers, including a bonfire, s’mores, and singing.

Food: Meals will be provided. Campers will be expected to help with meal preparation and clean up. We will have bonfire lunches on several days, so those day campers can enjoy the cooking experience. Snacks and beverages will also be provided. If campers would like to bring special foods or snacks they are welcome to. There is a full-sized refrigerator and freezer available.

What To Bring: Overnight campers should bring a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, towel and washcloth, clothing for a week (both short pants and long and light jacket or sweatshirt for cool evenings)

All campers should bring bug spray, sunscreen, bathing suit, water shoes for wading in the rocky steam (no bare feet allowed in the stream). Day campers should bring a change of clothing and a towel each day.

Also, campers should bring 5 copies of a story they are working on. If it’s long, bring the first 10 pages plus a synopsis. If they like to write on a laptop or other device, they may bring it. Folders, pens and pencils, and paper will be provided.

Pre-Camp Reading: Attendees will be asked to read two or three popular books before camp so that the books can be used as examples and discussed during camp. This list of books will be sent to you after enrollment.

Camp Size and Enrollment:

Each session will be limited to 8 campers. If enrollment is under 5 campers/session, the session will be canceled and money fully refunded to campers who have signed up.

For overnight campers, three spots during the summer will be given as scholarships, worth $200 for five day sessions. Applications for this scholarship, which is based on need, are due by April 16. Applicants will be notified by April 23. Applicants should submit a down payment of $250 with their registration and application form. If the scholarship application is accepted, no other payment will be due. If the application is not accepted, the applicant may choose to withdraw the enrollment, and the check will be returned, or enroll as a full­-paying applicant and send in the remaining fees by June 1.

Bio and Qualifications:

Alice B. McGinty has been running Words on Fire Camp for seven years. She is the award-winning author of over 40 books for children. Her 2014 picture book, Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons (Charlesbridge, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt) was an August P.J. Library selection. Her 2013 picture book biography Gandhi: A March To the Sea (Two Lions Press, illustrated by Thomas Gonzales) was named an honor book for the South Asia Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Darwin (2009, Houghton Mifflin, illustrated by Mary Azarian) was named a 2010 Orbis Pictus Honor Book and placed on Booklist’s 2009 Top Ten Biographies for Youth. Alice has five more publications scheduled for release in next several years. Alice’s other publications include, Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet (2010, Two Lions Press, illustrated by Nancy Speir), Eliza’s Kindergarten Surprise (2007, Two Lions Press), Thank You, World (2007, Dial Books, illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin), Ten Little Lambs (2002, Dial Books, illustrated by Melissa Sweet), and nonfiction books on subjects ranging from nutrition to tarantulas.

Alice is a writing teacher and coach, a frequent presenter at schools, a children’s book reviewer for the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, and the Co-Regional Advisor for the Illinois Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

In addition to her writing experience, Alice has B.S. degrees from the University of Illinois in psychology and Leisure Studies/Therapeutic Recreation. In her position as Program Specialist with the Champaign and Urbana Park District Special Recreation Program, she directed Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for disabled children. She has planned and led numerous programs for children, teens, and adults for over 20 years, and served for several years as an Assistant Director of Windsor Sports Camp in Urbana.


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