Nestled in the beautiful woodlands adjacent to the Bankhead National Forest sits Camp McDowell, a vital gathering spot for the Diocese of Alabama since 1948. Current and former campers alike will tell you that Camp McDowell fosters a supportive 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.
Each summer camp session features a unique program theme designed by a priest from the Diocese and program staff that designs 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.
In addition to nurturing spiritual, social, and creative growth, Camp McDowell facilitates a host of fun activities, including such favorites as hiking, canoeing, arts & crafts, swimming in our Olympic-sized pool, a ropes & group action course, soccer, softball, capture the flag, and free-time in the Rec Hall. In addition to these daily activities, campers at Junior High II, Sophomore, and Senior Camp have the opportunity to participate in an outdoor, one-night campout, offered on the banks of beautiful Clear Creek. And, of course, no camp session is complete without a pasture party and hayride. All children are welcome with love and joy so come join us this summer!