Upcoming Events

This page lists immediate opportunities to come to camp. See the Camp Calendar (at the bottom of the site) to see what else is happening. If you're interested in using camp's facilities for an event or special occasion, please call us at 205-387-1806. We would love to see you at Wonderful Wonderful Camp McDowell!

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August 30, 2019 - September 1, 2019

Farm and folk workshops, traditional camp activities, jam sessions and more will be featured during this Labor Day weekend getaway for individuals and families at Camp McDowell!

Join us in community Labor Day weekend at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama. The weekend will be full of opportunities to reconnect with your heritage and obtain forgotten knowledge leading you back to your roots.



September 6, 2019 5:30pm - September 8, 2019 1pm

Hiking, canoeing, campfires, and marshmallows! It’s quality time for all combinations and interpretations of fathers and sons (parent, godparent, grandparent, uncle, family friend, etc)! Recommended for 1st grade and older with an adult. Enjoy that all-elusive quality time at beautiful Camp McDowell with the father or son in your life!

  • Ages: Rising 1st and up (and their adult guardian 18 or older)
  • Cost: $125 per person ($250 for a youth/guardian pair)
  • Check In: Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm. Dinner is served at 6:30
  • Check Out: The session ends Sunday September 8 at 1 pm, We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Sunday morning, then a great game of kickball, and lunch following immediately after.


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September 13, 2019 - September 15, 2019

Come to the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell and learn something new! Sessions available: Blacksmithing: An Introduction | Bird House Building | Finger Style Guitar | Cool Tricks & Hot Licks


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September 27, 2019 - September 29, 2019

Spinning and Knitting Without Needles or Dying with Cochineal and Onion Skins are two fun classes at the Alabama Folk School in late September!



October 10, 2019 - October 13, 2019

People come from far & wide to participate in this 4 day workshop! World renowned Gee’s Bend Quilting with China & Mary Ann Pettway | Blacksmithing with Brady Jackson | Cast Iron Cooking with Aubrey Gallegos | Old Time Music Workshops to include Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, Harmony Singing, Ukulele, & Old Time Repertoire

Music instructors: Brad Leftwich & Linda Higginbotham, Howard Rains, Tricia Spencer, Rachel Eddy, Tyler Andal, Jamie Finley, Clelia Stefanini, & the Rosin Sisters



October 25, 2019 5pm - October 27, 2019 10:30am

It’s all the fun of SUMMER CAMP...in the fall! Join us in Clear Creek (“Lower Camp”) for group games, hiking, singing, s'mores and friends! Halloween costumes are encouraged for the Pasture Party and friends are ALWAYS welcome! Join us for this awesome weekend at wonderful, wonderful Camp McDowell!

  • Ages: 5th - 6th Graders
  • Cost: $135 per person
  • Check In: Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019 at 5pm (Dinner is at 6:30)
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Sunday, October 27 at 9:00 am. All family members and guardians are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend, checkout is at 10:30 am


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November 8, 2019 - November 10, 2019

This retreat is for the spouses of the clergy within the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama in appreciation for their diligent support of our clergy. Clergy spouses can attend this retreat at no cost (room and board are covered). This retreat provides time to relax and has no agenda.

Click here to register


November 8, 2019 - November 10, 2019

Don't miss your last chance of the year to come to an Alabama Folk School event! Choose to delve into the world of Watercolors or Blacksmithing Tools for the Fireplace.


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November 22, 2019 5pm - November 24, 2019 1pm

All combinations of families are invited for a special weekend of fresh air, farm food, and quality time in the beauty of God's Backyard! Spend time together as you harvest vegetables and feed the pigs, cut firewood, prepare and share a farm to table meal, learn sustainable practices for home, and enjoy a “Garden to Glass” class (while the kids are at "Kids Camp"). Family Farm to Table Retreat is a beautiful and fun way to reconnect with God’s creation and each other the weekend before Thanksgiving! Recommended for 1st grade and up.


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December 21, 2019 2:30pm - December 21, 2019 7pm

Joins us for our first ever Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service at Camp McDowell!

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship in which there is a blend of scripture reading and choral arrangements. The service will be a bridge from the contemplative season of Advent to the joyful season of Christmas. The service is an Anglican tradition celebrated around the world.

Tickets ($25 per person) will allow attendees the opportunity to experience the Lessons and Carols service featuring the choir of All Saints Episcopal Church from Homewood, Alabama, followed by a Camp McDowell Christmas meal in Doug Carpenter Hall. Childcare will be provided at extra cost during the service.

Date: Saturday, December 21st

Location: The Chapel of St. Francis at Camp McDowell

Time: Doors open at 2:30 p.m.; Program begins at 3:00 pm

Spend the night in one of our Parsley Commons Lodges at a discounted rate of $65 per room! Enjoy a hot breakfast on Sunday in Doug Carpenter Hall before heading back to St. Francis for a special 9 a.m. Sunday Service from Camp McDowell's Executive Director, the Rev. Corey Jones.

We hope you, your family, and friends will join us for this unique and beautiful celebration this Advent season!

Register Here

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January 17, 2020 5pm - January 20, 2020 10:30am

Winter Weekend is a time for fun & fellowship for 7th & 8th graders at Camp McDowell. This 3-night retreat will offer time to be with camp friends and make new ones, to talk about matters of faith that are relevant to middle-school youth, to play games, sing, hike, worship, and laugh. Campers will enjoy afternoon activities, canteen, and a talent show!

Cost is $160 per person. Scholarships are available.