Summer Awaits

Thank you so much for your patience as we navigate unchartered waters in regards to upcoming Summer events in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

I have been in discussion with Maywood Camp, and they remain in a waiting period until Governor Ivey addresses the state on May 15. The Maywood Board will meet on May 16 to make a final decision at that point, and in what capacity we will be able to participate in camp.

Uplift has made a decision to only have one session on July 16-19, but only through a limited capacity. On April 17, the Governor of Arkansas issued a directive prohibiting summer camps through May 31, and Uplift is currently under that directive. On May 31, the Governor will announce whether camps may be held in June and forward. You can go to for updates.

Summer Interns have been confirmed, but we have not determined at this time when it will be appropriate to bring them into Birmingham. It will most likely be later in the Summer. We continue searching for housing for 2 of them, Male Youth Intern and Children’s Intern. Please consider housing one of them, if at all possible. The Youth Interns are Luke Truitt and Hope Hendrix. The Children’s Intern is Hallie Whitesides.

BigHouse Retreat remains as scheduled.

In regards to the Senior Banquet, we will have a banquet, but most likely towards the end of the summer. I have received most of the pictures at this time, and I thank you for getting those sent into me. I promise, I will update you with definite date as soon as restrictions are lifted, and we are able to have an event such as this. Many have asked how many seniors we have this year. We have twelve and below are the names as you shop for graduation gifts.

1. Caroline Carter 7. Lexie Fowler
2. Sarah Click 8. Tennyson Guffey
3. Wyatt Combs 9. Reese Johnson
4. Brooks Cotton 10. Christian Lester
5. Kennedy Edwards 11. David Ledingham
6. Jacqueline Ferrari 12. Madelynn Tuech