Summer Camp Overview
Come, just as you are.
- Our mission is to spread the gospel by lifting up intentional camp community, the care of creation, the gift of inclusion, and the joy of creativity and play.
Current and former campers alike will tell you that Camp McDowell fosters a welcoming, Christian community in which an enthusiastic staff supports young people's growth and development of an abiding respect for each other and the world around them. At Camp McDowell we show the way the world could be through worship, learning, rest, and play in the beauty of God’s Backyard. Click HERE to learn more about the rich history of McDowell Summer Camp.
Each summer camp session features a unique program theme designed by a priest from the Episcopal Churches in Alabama and program staff that facilitates daily, age-appropriate programs and activities that incorporate skits, songs, art, and a healthy dose of humor. These programs encourage learning through scripture, the traditional teachings of the church, and personal and contemporary issues with themes ranging from the environment to discipleship.
All summer sessions take place in "lower camp" - our traditional Camp on Clear Creek - with the exception of sessions that require special accommodations. All sessions offer a host of fun activities including such favorites as hiking, paddle sports on our Clear Creek or Sloan Lake, arts and crafts, swimming in the pools, a ropes & group action course, field games like soccer, frisbee, and capture the flag, free time, and Pasture Party complete with face-painting, grilled treats, watermelon, and a hayride. All are welcome at Camp McDowell. Come join us!