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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March 15, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Awakenings is a retreat designed to explore the Life and Light of Christ within us. High School counselors (10th - 12th graders) lead junior high participants (7th and 8th graders) by sharing their stories and facilitating small groups, games, music and worship.

7th - 8th graders:

  • Registration: REGISTER/PAY HERE
  • Price: $155 (includes canteen and t-shirt)
  • Check In: Friday, March 15 from 5-6pm in Eppes Dining Hall
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Sunday, March 17 at 10:00 am. All family members and guardians are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend, checkout is at 10:45am.

10th - 12th graders:

  • Registration: HIGH SCHOOL STAFF: REGISTER/PAY HERE
  • Price: $155 (includes canteen and t-shirt)
  • Check In: Staff arrive Thursday, March 14
  • Check Out: 2pm Sunday March 17. Staff will stay for lunch, closing meeting, and cleanup

College and Adult Volunteers:

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April 5, 2019 - April 7, 2019

For mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, godmothers & special friends who are like mothers & daughters! The annual mother/daughter retreat is a special spring-time retreat that is a perfect setting to reconnect, relax, and enjoy the company of your family. Plenty of optional activities will be offered along with worship, art, centering prayer, and storytelling will be a part of this wonderful weekend. Come enjoy laughter, learning, and easy living in the beautiful spring at camp!

Mothers and Daughters:

  • Registration: REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: This event is recommended for ages 5 and up
  • Cost: $135 per person ($270 for a mother/daughter pair)
  • Check In: Friday, April 5 from 5-6pm
  • Check Out: The retreat ends April 7 at 1pm. We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Sunday morning, and lunch following immediately after.

College and Adult Volunteers:

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May 24, 2019 3pm - May 26, 2019 12:30pm

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 1st - 3rd graders and their adult guardian
  • Cost: $155 per person ($310 for a youth/guardian pair)
  • Check In: Friday, May 24, 2019 at 3pm
  • Check Out: The session ends Sunday May 26 at 12:30 pm. We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Sunday morning, and lunch following immediately after.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT
  • SAMPLE SCHEDULE
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May 29, 2019 3pm - June 2, 2019 10am

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 4th - 5th graders
  • Cost: $325
  • Check In: Wednesday May 29, 2019 at 3pm
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Sunday morning June 2 at 9:00am. Camper family members and guardians are invited to attend. The session ends Sunday June 2 at 10:00 am.
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June 5, 2019 - June 9, 2019

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 10th graders - High School Graduates
  • Cost: $350
  • Check In: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • Check Out: Sunday June 9, 2019
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June 6, 2019 - June 9, 2019

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 4th - 8th graders
  • Cost: $350
  • Check In: Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Sunday June 9. Camper family members and guardians are invited to attend. The session ends following the service.
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June 5, 2019 3pm - June 10, 2019 10am

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 5th -6th graders
  • Cost: $425
  • Check In: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 3pm
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Monday morning June 10 at 9:00am. Camper family members and guardians are invited to attend. The session ends Sunday June 2 at 10:00 am.
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June 14, 2019 3pm - June 22, 2019 10am

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 8th - 9th graders
  • Cost: $620
  • Check In: Friday, June 14, 2019 at 3pm
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Saturday morning June 22 at 9:00am. Camper family members and guardians are invited to attend. The session ends Sunday morning June 22 at 10:00 am.
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June 25, 2019 3pm - July 1, 2019 10am

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 6th - 7th graders
  • Cost: $490
  • Check In: Tuesday June 25, 2019 at 3pm
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Monday morning July 1 at 9:00am. Camper family members and guardians are invited to attend. The session ends Monday morning July 1 at 10:00 am
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July 6, 2019 3pm - July 15, 2019 10am

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 10th - 12th graders
  • Cost: $690
  • Check In: Saturday July 6, 2019 at 3pm
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Tuesday morning July 15 at 9:00am. Camper family members and guardians are invited to attend. The session ends Tuesday morning July 15 at 10:00 am.
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July 19, 2019 3pm - July 26, 2019 10am

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 7th - 8th graders
  • Cost: $570
  • Check In: Friday July 19, 2019 at 3pm
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Friday morning July 26 at 9:00am. Camper family members and guardians are invited to attend. The session ends Friday morning July 26 at 10:00 am.
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July 28, 2019 3pm - July 31, 2019 10am

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 3rd - 4th graders
  • Cost: $285
  • Check In: Friday July 19, 2019 at 3pm
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Friday morning July 26 at 9:00am. Camper family members and guardians are invited to attend. The session ends Friday morning July 26 at 10:00 am.
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July 28, 2019 - July 31, 2019

Join us during the summertime for the Alabama Folk School's only camp designed just for youth (rising 5th - 12th graders)! Youth Folk Camp is a unique combination of summer overnight camp, community and folk school instruction in fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, pottery, painting, carpentry, farming and more! Campers may choose one major and minor class for the workshop, all taught by master musicians and artists. Campers will select the major class from the list below and the minor class on the first day of camp. In between their classes, campers will enjoy a variety of activities with camp friends including swimming, paddle boating, hiking, and the ropes course. A Camper Showcase for family and friends will be held on the last day. Experience in fiddle and guitar is required for the music classes. Beginner students may select music classes as their minor.

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 5th - 12th Graders
  • Cost: $370 (additional $20 materials fee if you choose to take the Ceramics or Painting class)
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August 2, 2019 3pm - August 4, 2019 12:30pm

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 1st - 3rd graders and their adult guardian
  • Cost: $155 per person ($310 for a youth/guardian pair)
  • Check In: Friday, August 2, 2019 at 3pm
  • Check Out: The session ends Sunday August 4 at 12:30 pm. We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Sunday morning, and lunch following immediately after.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT
  • SAMPLE SCHEDULE
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September 6, 2019 5pm - 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!

  • REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: Rising 1st and up (and their adult guardian 18 or older)
  • Cost: $135 per person ($270 for a youth/guardian pair)
  • Check In: Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5pm. 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.

Staff/Volunteers:

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October 11, 2019 - October 13, 2019

Rest and renew in a community of women at the McDowell Women’s Retreat. Fresh fall air and fellowship await you! Housing is in comfortable Miller Commons lodges; delicious meals served in Stough Dining Hall.

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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!

  • REGISTER HERE
  • 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

Staff/Volunteers:

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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 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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March 8, 2019 - June 30, 2019

We partner with many organizations and foundations to make outdoor learning opportunities for educators easily accessible. Through grants and partnerships, we are able to offer one day, three-day, and even week-long workshops to help teachers connect their subject area to the natural world, focusing on their local places. We call this Place-Based Education!

Check these out by clicking here!

Some of our sponsors and supporters include: Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education; Hugh Kaul Foundation; Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust; Environmental Education Association of Alabama; Alabama Science Teachers Association of Alabama.

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November 16, 2018 - November 18, 2018

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 time together as you harvest vegetables and feed the pigs, 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"). The wonderful Rev. Jamie McAdams (St. Stephen's, Birmingham) will serve as Chaplain for this retreat, facilitating thoughtful faith-based discussion on the theology of creation and times of worship. Family Farm to Table Retreat is a beautiful and fun way to reconnect with God’s creation and each other! Recommended for 1st grade and up.

REGISTER HERE

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January 18, 2019 5pm - January 21, 2019 11:30am

Winter Weekend is a 3 night retreat open to all 7th and 8th graders. If you are missing summer camp, need a break from the school-year routine, or are just curious about what Summer Camp is all about, this is the retreat for you. We will have all the exciting a thoughtful program as well as camp activities such as hikes, canoeing, arts and crafts, s’mores and much more! Come and see what is waiting for you at Winter Weekend at Camp McDowell.

7th and 8th Graders:

  • Registration: CAMPERS: REGISTER /PAY HERE
  • Price: $160
  • Check In: Friday, January 18 from 5-6pm
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Monday, January 21 at 10:30 am. All family members and guardians are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend, checkout is at 11:30 am.

Staff:

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March 1, 2019 4:30pm - March 3, 2019 2pm

Our Time is a bereavement support retreat for 6th-12th graders and their adult caregiver who have experienced loss through death of a significant person. Our Time allows adults and youth to independently (but concurrently) participate in group discussions and healing activities led by professionals. Adults have time for rest and renewal; kids have time for camp activities and making friends. All have the opportunity to connect with others who grieve and be supported in a caring community.

Attendees:

Staff:

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March 15, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Awakenings is a retreat designed to explore the Life and Light of Christ within us. High School counselors (10th - 12th graders) lead junior high participants (7th and 8th graders) by sharing their stories and facilitating small groups, games, music and worship.

7th - 8th graders:

  • Registration: REGISTER/PAY HERE
  • Price: $155 (includes canteen and t-shirt)
  • Check In: Friday, March 15 from 5-6pm
  • Check Out: We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Monday, January 21 at 10:30 am. All family members and guardians are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend, checkout is at 11:30 am.

10th - 12th graders:

  • Registration: HIGH SCHOOL STAFF: REGISTER/PAY HERE
  • Price: $155 (includes canteen and t-shirt)
  • Check In: Staff arrive Thursday, March 14
  • Check Out: 2pm Sunday March 17. Staff will stay for lunch, closing meeting, and cleanup

College and Adult Volunteers:

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April 5, 2019 - April 7, 2019

For mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, godmothers & special friends who are like mothers & daughters! The annual mother/daughter retreat is a special spring-time retreat that is a perfect setting to reconnect, relax, and enjoy the company of your family. Plenty of optional activities will be offered along with worship, art, centering prayer, and storytelling will be a part of this wonderful weekend. Come enjoy laughter, learning, and easy living in the beautiful spring at camp!

Mothers and Daughters:

  • Registration: REGISTER HERE
  • Ages: This event is recommended for ages 5 and up
  • Cost: $135 per person ($270 for a mother/daughter pair)
  • Check In: Friday, April 5 from 5-6pm
  • Check Out: The retreat ends April 7 at 1pm. We will have a closing worship service with Eucharist Sunday morning, and lunch following immediately after.

College and Adult Volunteers:

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May 24, 2019 3pm - May 26, 2019 12:30pm

Rising 1st - 3rd Graders with Adult