Summer Camp on Clear Creek

Summer Camp Overview

Come, just as you are.

Since 1923.

  • 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.

Important Information for Junior High 1, Youth Folk Camp, Elementary 1, and Primary 2:

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Alabama and surrounding areas, we are now requiring a negative COVID test upon arrival of check in for the remainder of our sessions at Camp McDowell this summer. We are asking that each camper gets a COVID test done within 48 hours before the check in time at 3:00 pm on the day their session begins. These tests will need to be done professionally, where you can provide proof (on a printed or emailed document from a medical professional/doctor) of a negative test with camper's name and information on the document. We also highly encourage that everyone continues to self screen consistently until camp starts and limit exposure to big groups. If campers have a fever, continued symptoms of any illness, or test COVID positive at any time during camp, campers will be picked up as soon as possible to limit exposure to other campers and staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at, and thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing everyone at Wonderful, Wonderful!

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!