A LETTER FROM THE SESSION DIRECTORS:
Campers and Parents,
This letter is to inform you that it is almost time to report to Camp McDowell for summer
discipleship drills. If you are imagining a week spent relaxing by the pool, taking strolls through the picturesque trails of the Bankhead Forrest, paddling down Clear Creak on a canoe, eating hotdogs and watermelon at the evening breeze, sitting by the Rec Hall fan laughing with friends, eating too many sugary treats, singing spiritual songs in the chapel, stuffing your face with chicken fingers and mashed potatoes, and dancing all your worries away, then think again!
We are Coach Josiah the Great and Coach Al Victory (aka Jack Alvey), and we are here to turn you into a lean, mean, disciple-crushing machine! We are going to explore God through different sports like basketball, golf, soccer, and frisbee - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Powerhouse. We will put the Eye of the Tiger back into your soul. We will pump you up!
Okay, okay. We can do all the other fun stuff as well!!!!
We are both Episcopal priests in Birmingham and are so excited about spending time with you at camp this summer. We will have some easy, silly, and sometimes bizarre games to learn about God, growing our faith, and how to live as disciples. We also expect lots of laughing, dancing, swimming, mashed potatoes, etc. It will be epic!
Please take some time to read the attached information before you come to camp:
Camp Policies and Practices
Middler Camp Schedule:
Opening Date: June 7th, 2023
Arrival Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Closing Eucharist (Parents Welcome): 9:00 am in St. Francis Chapel
Camper Pickup: No Later than 10:00 in their Cabin
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.
Again, we just want to welcome you to Middler Camp 2023 where we will train you to be
alleluia athletes, train you to have Bible studies of steel and send you home with an apostolic
Rev. Jack Alvey (a.k.a. Coach Al Victory)
Rev. Josiah Rengers (Coach Josiah the Great)
Middler Camp is a summer camp session designed for rising 5th, 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.
On closing day, we will have Holy Eucharist (church with communion) in St. Francis Chapel just past the Welcome Center. 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.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 7th 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. 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: Monday, June 12th by 10:00am. Camper check-out will take place after closing worship outside of St. Francis Chapel. You are welcome to stop at the Camp Store to shop before leaving Camp McDowell!
The registration fee for Middler Camp is $435 per camper. You may submit payments in your online account, over the phone, or by post mail 10 days prior to opening day. All balances are due Sunday, May 28th, 2023. Scholarships are given on an as-needed basis and are available upon request; simply email Clear Creek Coordinator, A.G. Passey, at email@example.com.
Online payments may be made in your Camp McDowell camper account. Access your camper account through https://campmcdowell.com/summer-camps-retreats/registrationlogin
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)
3:00 Camper Check-in at Welcome Center
5:00 End check-in
5:30 Cabin Meeting
6:15 Porch Songs at Eppes
7:15 Evening group activity
10:00 Lights Out
Regular Full Day
7:30 Wake up
8:30 Return to cabins
10:30 Morning pool or rec hall time
11:30 Return to cabins before lunch, change out of swimsuits
12:45 Rest Time
2:00 Afternoon activity
4:00 Afternoon pool or rec hall time
5:30 Cabin Time
7:00 Evening group activity
9:30 Lights Out
7:30 Wake up
8:30 Return to cabins
9:00 Closing Eucharist church service at St. Francis Chapel
10:00 Conclude Eucharist and the session
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
- Bug Repellent
- Toiletries: Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, brush/comb
- 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)
- June 8th:
- Lunch: 100 years of Camp Mcdowell- dress like a 100 year old
- June 10th:
- Lunch: Jersey Day: wear your favorite team's jersey
- June 11th:
- Breakfast: Rave: deck out in your neon
- 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:
- First and last name of camper
- Session the care package is for (i.e. Middler, Junior High 2, etc.)
- Day you want the care package delivered (note that care packages are NOT delivered on opening or closing days of sessions)
- 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.
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.