FOW Mission Statement


To raise and manage funding for the benefit of Camp Winnataska, a traditional Christian summer camp.


The Friends of Winnataska (FOW) exists so that the camp’s staff and volunteers can carry out the purpose of operating the traditional summer camping program each summer at Camp Winnataska, and so that camp fees can be kept as low as feasibly possible to remain affordable for all families.

FOW welcomes financial support from individuals and families, corporations and businesses, foundations, and other granting organizations.

FOW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1998 to provide long-term sustainability for Camp Winnataska. At the same time, an endowment and Annual Fund were created. One of the first funding efforts was the “brick campaign” at Hillside. This funding opportunity continues today providing the opportunity to purchase bricks honoring or memorializing individuals or family. 

FOW is run by a volunteer board and continuously conducts new initiatives to enhance “the camp we love the best of all.” These initiatives include fund-raising events, donation requests, and grant writing. 

Camp Winnataska Mission Statement

To positively impact lives through an enriching outdoor Christian experience.

Camp Winnataska was founded in 1918 as a nonprofit traditional overnight summer camp. Located just east of Birmingham, Alabama, camp is run by a board of directors and supported by Friends of Winnataska, Inc. For more than 100 years, Camp Winnataska has provided a wide variety of quality programs for kids. The ecumenical camp is open to people of all faiths and beliefs. Camp fees are among the lowest in the nation and are supplemented by funds raised by Friends of Winnataska (FOW). The camp also offers adventures and overnight opportunities to the general public from August through May. To learn more about Camp Winnataska or see registration information, visit Camp Winnataska.

Camp Winnataska is a nonprofit camp dedicated to positively impacting lives through enriching outdoor experiences in a Christian environment. Camp provides campers meaningful experiences that help them grow and mature by promoting:

  • Physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental growth and welfare of children and adults;
  • Promote a love of nature and the benefits of outdoor living;
  • Encourage individual skills through personal and group effort;
  • Instill values, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship;
  • Develop character.