Camp McDowell 

Junior High 1 Session

Participant Information


Well, hey, all you campers and parents!

We are so excited to welcome you back or for the first time to Summer Camp at Camp McDowell for our Junior High I Session July 19-25! In this letter you’ll get an introduction to Session Staff, information about our program for the week, and some logistical information that will help you to prepare to have the best week ever at Camp. 

My name is Father Dillon Green and I have been serving for the past nine months as the Associate Rector of St. Matthew’s in Madison, AL. I was ordained in the Diocese of Kansas, but I am a native of Florence, AL and am very happy to have been called back to my home state. I have had the pleasure of serving in middle school, high school, and college ministries both before and since ordination. I first felt my call to the priesthood staffing summer camp in Kansas, so I’m very excited to be joining y’all for this week of finding God in fun and fellowship! 

In honor and celebration of Camp McDowell’s 100-year birthday this year, our program will be called “100!” and we’ll be looking at all the ways the Bible uses the number 100 to teach us about God—God’s promises, God’s forgiveness, God’s care, God’s gifts, God’s justice, and God’s presence—and how we should be like God. Attire that has the number 100 on it is highly encouraged!

Below, you’ll find the arrival and departure time for your session. Please note, we do discourage late arrivals/early pick-ups from camp as it can disrupt the flow of the session. Early departures are reserved for cases of illness or another arising issue which would be decided upon by the Session Director, Head Nurse, and Clear Creek Coordinator.

Junior High I Schedule: 

Opening Date: July 19

Arrival Time: 3 p.m.—5 p.m.

Closing Date: July 25

Closing Eucharist: 9 a.m. in the Rec Hall

Camper Pickup: No later than 10 a.m. in their cabin

In addition to this schedule, please find attached: 

-Camp Policies and Practices

-Packing List

-Covid Policy

Many prayers for you as you prepare to join us this summer at Wonderful, Wonderful Camp McDowell!

God’s blessings! 

Fr. Dillon Green+


Junior High I is a summer camp session designed for rising 6th and 7th grade campers. This session is designed to gather children together for classic camp fun and christian fellowship. The campers stay engaged all session long with exciting activities while our enthusiastic staff and volunteers take care of the details. 

All campers stay together in lower camp cabins (Camp on Clear Creek). We cannot predict the weather for the session, so please prepare your camper with clothing for wet or dry summer weather! A college-aged cabin counselor (Camp McDowell Summer Staff) will be taking care of all your camper’s needs throughout the session and runs your camper’s cabin. Summer camp is a wonderful and rare opportunity for children to spend time unplugged, connect with new friends, and experience the joy of fellowship in a camp community. Come join us in “God’s backyard,” You will be glad you did!

Each morning, campers begin their day with worship after breakfast, singing songs, and having small group discussion about the program presented by the Session Director and Program Staff. After the morning program, your camper has four opportunities throughout the day to participate in a variety of activities that camp offers. Classic afternoon activities include canoeing, hiking, arts & crafts, farm time, field sports, and more. Each night, we participate in a unique camp-wide activity or game. A camp favorite night activity is the Pasture Party: for dinner we grill hamburgers and hot dogs, play field games, do face-painting, and even go on an old-school hayride! Each night comes to a close with group worship in the Chapel down the hill. Many campers find this peaceful end to a fun-filled day to be among their most cherished memories of Camp McDowell. 

We will also have a few optional dress-up days this year! You will find these located in the packing list. Feel free to bring something wacky to dress up in, and if you don’t have anything on hand you can always borrow something from our costumes closet at camp. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

On closing day, we will have Holy Eucharist (church with communion) in the Rec Hall down the hill. If your camper is not a part of the Episcopal Church or familiar with Episcopal tradition, please do not feel intimidated by this service! All campers are welcome to the service and table for communion, and the chaplain will explain how to receive communion for anyone who may be unfamiliar. Campers may be picked up by their parents or guardian after this service. 


CHECK IN DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 19th 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

LOCATION: Camp Store

105 DeLong Road

Nauvoo, AL 35578 

When you arrive at Camp, continue on DeLong Road for about a mile. The Camp Store will be the first building on your left. Check-in will be right before the store where you will see a tent set up. Check-in will begin promptly at 3 o'clock. Please stop, stay in your car and wait for a staff member to get your cabin assignment. After that you will drop off meds at the Health Hut and move into your cabin.  The store will be open if you want to stop in!

CHECK OUT DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 25th by 10:00am.


Camper check-out will take place after closing worship at the Rec Hall. Please park up the hill at Stough and walk down the road or trail to the Rec Hall. You are welcome to stop at the Camp Store to shop before leaving Camp McDowell! 

**Reminder: non-residential household pets are not allowed at Camp McDowell for ANY length of time.**


The registration fee for Junior High 1 Camp is $500 per camper. You may submit payments in your online account, over the phone, or by post mail 10 days prior to opening day. All payments should be submitted by July 9th. Scholarships are given on an as-needed basis and are available upon request; simply email Clear Creek Coordinator, A.G. Passey, at

Online payments may be made in your Camp McDowell camper account. Access your camper account here.

NOTE: If you have misplaced your password, you may request a new one on the login page.

COMMUNICATION (cell phone, email, device policy)

We try very hard to be “the way the world could be". Part of this goal is getting totally unplugged for a short time and being present with the community during this session. We ask that you not send a phone with your camper. If your camper does bring their cell phone, it will be collected for safekeeping until closing day. 

Urgent: Should you need to reach anyone while at Camp, please call 205.387.1806, (Ext. 102 for Catherine Poellnitz, Summer Camp Director, and Ext. 112 for A.G. Passey, Clear Creek Coordinator)


Opening Day 

3:00 Campers arrive

5:30 Cabin Meetings

6:30 Supper 

7:00 Night Activity

8:30 Night Canteen

9:00 Worship

9:30 Cabins

10:15 Lights Out

Daily Schedule 

7:30 Wake up Bell

8:00 Breakfast

8:30 Cabin Time (clean cabins, teeth, personal space)

9:00 Program

10:30 Lemonade break

10:45 Pool/Rec

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Rest Time

2:00 Afternoon Activities

3:30 Canteen

4:00 Pool/Rec 

6:00 Supper

7:00 Evening Activity

8:30 Canteen

9:00 Worship  

9:30 Cabins    

10:15 Lights Out

Closing Day        

8:00 Breakfast  

9:00 Closing Eucharist  

10:00 Campers depart


Campers will be housed in dorm-style cabins. Beds are twin sized. Suggested containers for clothes include a large suitcase, trunk, or plastic container that can go at the end of the bed. Also suggested is a basket or bag for dirty laundry and a toiletry bag or shower caddy. All cabins have heat and air conditioning with ionizer air filtration systems. PLEASE LABEL IMPORTANT BELONGINGS WITH CAMPER NAME. Lost and found items IF FOUND may be mailed back to campers for a fee with possible delays.

  • Comfortable, casual clothes that can get dirty ( t-shirts, shorts, jeans). Lightweight, loose-fitting clothes are best.
  • Socks and sturdy, closed-toe shoes for working, playing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Flip flops are only allowed in cabins. If bringing sandals, please bring sandals with a heel strap.
  • Light rain jacket or coat
  • Comfortable, appropriate swimwear (tankinis, one-pieces, or a bikini with shirt over top, swim trunks)
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Bedding and pillow for a twin bed
  • Towels for bathing
  • Towels for swimming
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Toiletries: Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, brush/comb
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Flashlight
  • Fan (preferably one with a clip) and extension cord if needed. 
  • Reusable water bottle – to be filled during hydration breaks at the various activity sites each day. NOTE: Our Camp Store has sturdy, 32 oz water bottles available for purchase.
  • Outfits for dress-up themed meals (optional)
  • July 20th: 
  • Breakfast: Jersey Thursday: wear your favorite jersey
  • July 21st: 
  • Lunch: Floral Friday: wear your favorite Hawaiian gear 
  • July 22nd: 
  • Break- no dress up day
  • July 23rd: 
  • Ships and Sailors: wear pirates, sailors, or vacation clothes
  • July 24th: 
  • Dinner: Pasture Party: overalls, bandannas, plaid, country/texas wear!

  • Options for suggested quiet time each day: Bible, book to read, journal, writing supplies, pre-addressed and stamped envelopes for writing home, art supplies
  • Musical instruments for free time and assisting with worship
  • Any prescriptions and over the counter meds should be ready to turn in to the nurse upon check-in. See below for more information. 

Things NOT to bring:

  • Alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons of any kind; Fireworks or any explosive devices
  • Youth may not bring tobacco, tobacco products, or electronic cigarettes (including JUULS)
  • Snacks ARE allowed, but MUST BE IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINERS and they CANNOT CONTAIN ANY NUTS or NUT PRODUCTS. Many of our campers have nut allergies. Crumbs will attract insects in our cabins. Thank you in advance for keeping our campers with allergies safe and the cabins as bug-free as possible!

Additional Money (Optional): 

  • The fee for the session includes canteen costs. There is no need to submit extra money for canteen. Campers get two snacks each at canteen Saturday
  • We will collect an offering at our closing worship service for the Camper Scholarship Fund. Please consider making a contribution. 
  • The Camp Store will be open during check-out if you would like to purchase any camp gear including shirts, water bottles, toiletries, candy and more. To create care packages for your camper please order ahead of your session via the website and follow these instructions at checkout: 

If you are ordering a Care Package for a summer camp session, choose "In-store Pickup."

Specify in the COMMENTS on the following page this information:

  1. First and last name of camper
  2. Session the care package is for (i.e. Middler, Junior High 2, etc.)
  3. Day you want the care package delivered (note that care packages are NOT delivered on opening or closing days of sessions)
  4. How should the package be signed? (i.e. Love, Nana)

**MEDICATIONS NOTE: For safety and per Camp’s liability, all medications must be kept in the Health Hut. Camp’s liability does not allow medications to be stored where children are housed. Thank you in advance for understanding. 

Covenant of Common Life

This is a copy of the community covenant all campers signed when registering.


As a camper, I agree to live by the standards set for the event. 

I understand there is no use or possession of alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes including JUULs, illegal drugs, firearms, lighters, explosives, or weapons of any kind. 

I understand that inappropriate sexual behavior is not tolerated. In order to respect all participants' privacy, at no time may a male enter a female housing area or a female enter a male housing area. Common areas for males and females to gather in the same spaces will be stated during the schedule. 

If I choose to violate the above standards or am knowingly in the presence of others violating these standards, I will be sent home immediately at my own expense.

I will respect camp, respect myself, and respect others while at Camp McDowell. I respect the policy of zero tolerance of physical, verbal, or emotional bullying. 

In addition, I understand that camp is one of the rare places where I can get "unplugged" and have a true "camp" experience; in order to make this kind of experience a reality for me and the other participants, cell phones, other communication devices and other electronics are not allowed in my possession during the event. 

I understand that I will be able to use the camp phone in case of an emergency. I agree to honor the "no cell phone" policy and my own experience by either leaving my cell phone (or other electronic device) at home or give it to a staff member at check-in for safekeeping during the event. I plan to participate fully in the program, worship, and activities offered during this event.

Health and Safety Response to COVID-19

This is a copy of the waiver you should complete online via your 

CampBrain registration account before your session begins. 


Health and Safety Protocols  At Camp McDowell, we remain committed to providing a safe, clean, and healthy environment for our staff and campers. As we plan we are consulting multiple resources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), ACA, and ECCC to review and adapt our health and safety practices and procedures in response to COVID-19. The safety of each staff member and summer camper depends on your family’s compliance with these procedures. We ask all summer camp participants to abide by these protocols to help ensure the safest possible summer at Camp McDowell: 

  • Should any camper test above 100.4 degrees at any point they will be taken to the nurse and their guardian will be notified immediately to come pick up the camper. The camper may only return to their session if 48 hours have passed without high temperature readings or symptoms appearing.
  • I understand that if my camper exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 or receives a temperature read of 100.4 degrees or higher I will be notified immediately and my camper will stay in quarantine until they can be picked up by a legal guardian and taken for testing. I understand that transportation and testing will be my responsibility.
  • I promise not to bring my camper if they have exhibited symptoms of Covid-19 or had a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher in the last 48hrs. 
  • I promise to notify Camp McDowell if my camper has traveled out of the country in the last 7 days.
  • I understand there is no guarantee my camper won’t be exposed to Covid-19 while at Camp McDowell, and I agree that Camp McDowell and its affiliates will not be held liable if my camper develops a case of Covid-19 during or after their session.