New director named at Camp McDowell

Special to the Eagle
Posted 6/1/17

Whitney Moore has been hired by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama to serve as Interim Executive Director of Camp McDowell.

Moore is contracted to serve for up to one year while a national search is conducted for the executive …

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New director named at Camp McDowell

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Whitney Moore has been hired by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama to serve as Interim Executive Director of Camp McDowell.

Moore is contracted to serve for up to one year while a national search is conducted for the executive director. Rev. Mark Johnston retired Wednesday after 26 years.

Moore grew up in Fayette and graduated from Fayette County High School in 2004. She attended the University of Alabama and received a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2008.

She was a member of the United States Peace Corps, serving 24 months in The Gambia, West Africa. She returned and became an instructor at McDowell Environmental Center.

After a short stint in Huntsville, Al, she returned to McDowell in 2014 as Guest Services Director. For the last year and a half, she has been the Assistant Director managing all the daily operations of the organization.

Camp McDowell was founded in Winston County in 1947. Situated on 1,140 acres of fields and forests, with miles of trails winding through beautiful sandstone canyons with waterfalls, Camp McDowell is the perfect place to relax and build community with your church family, small group, organization, or business.

All people and traditions are welcomed with love and joy. With the recent addition of Bethany Village, it is now the largest Episcopal Camp and Conference Center in the nation, with 775 beds, both dorm and hotel.

It is home to Summer Camp on both Clear Creek and Bethany Village, McDowell Environmental Center, McDowell Farm School, McDowell Conference Center, The Alabama Folk School, with its most recent program, Magnolia Nature Preschool, partnered with Head Start.

Approximately 50,000 guests visit McDowell a year.In recent years, McDowell has had a record number of local organizations visit and attend its programs.

For example, Sumiton Christian, Sumiton Middle School, Bankhead Middle, Memorial Park, and West Jasper all connected to the environment at McDowell Environmental Center. McDowell Farm School taught Parrish Elementary and Maddox Middle School where their food comes from.