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.

At Camp McDowell we show the way the world could be through worship, learning, rest, and play in the beauty of God’s Backyard. At our camps and faith based retreats, we spread the Gospel through Christian camp community, the care of creation, the gift of inclusion, and the joy of creativity and play.

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.

Summer camps and faith based retreats at Camp McDowell generally take place in one of two camp facilities: the traditional Camp on Clear Creek and the new Camp in Bethany Village. Both 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 and watermelon, and a hayride. All are welcome at Camp McDowell so come join us!

Please contact one of our Directors for more information about Summer Camps or our partnered ministries!

Summer Camps and Retreats

For information about our program, please contact our Director of Program and Development, Susanna Whitsett.

For information about registration, financial policies, or staffing, please contact our Director of Administration and Staffing, Kathryn Kendrick.

Special Session

For information about Special Session, the Diocese of Alabama's camp for adults and children with disabilities, please click on the option in the main menu, or contact Executive Director Lindsey Mullen.

Youth Ministry

For information on youth ministry in the Diocese of Alabama, including events such as Christmas Conference, Rites of Spring, Youth Lock-in, Happening, and District Days, please contact Diocesan Youth Ministries Coordinator Betsy Fetner.