How about a lot of adventure in your life?! Then grab your gear and sign up for Camp Mac’s Adventure Elective! 8th grade boys and girls spend each afternoon doing a variety of our most fun and exciting activities – like the Sky Ryder, Rappelling, Airsoft Wars, Zip Line “Balls of Glory”, Ultimate Kayaking and the Mental Adventure! Taking Adventure might not make you the next Indiana Jones, but you’ll for sure be able to keep up with his cousin, Alabama Jones!
Air Hockey, Skee Ball, Pac-Man, Tetris and Frogger! You’ll find those classic coin-op games and more in the Camp Mac Arcade! But leave your money and your credit cards at home. The machines are set on Free Play – they don’t take coins and they don’t take American Express!
Camp Mac offers an advancement program to campers of all ages. Starting at 15 yards and going all the way to 50 yards, it takes a lot of practice to become an American Archer…but kids learn fast, and they take home awards and diplomas to prove it! Do you think Robin Hood ever brought home a diploma to his mama?!
Girls just wanna have fun! And what’s more fun than learning a dance routine with your friends, getting everybody up on the stage, and showing off your moves to the whole camp on Talent Night?! You'll work on your air kick and show off your head toss! At Dance, you're not dancing with the stars - you are the star!
We’ll grab our fishing poles, bait our hooks, hold our mouths just right, and get ready for the Big One to bite! And if we don’t catch a big enough string off the Fishing Pier, we’ll load up into the pontoon boat and head out to the honey hole on the other side of the lake!
If you have a garden, you have Beetles. Do you know what a gardener's favorite Beatles song is? Lettuce Be!
At Camp Mac, campers who sign up for our Gardening Elective have the opportunity to cultivate their green thumbs and learn about the world of horticulture in our Gardening elective!
Our Future Gardeners of America learn about planting, watering, and nurturing various flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Through digging, weeding, and harvesting, campers not only develop practical gardening skills but also foster a deeper appreciation for nature and the environment. They discover the satisfaction of watching their efforts blossom and grow throughout the summer! And they get a chance to enjoy the fruits of their harvest at dinner one night!
Mountain Biking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the country — and there are few better places to ride a mountain bike than right here in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains!
Each summer 7th, 8th, and 9th grade boys and girls improve their skills as they experience the thrills of riding the hills here “Among the Pines”!
Using Camp Mac’s well-maintained mountain bikes, campers learn to do safety checks and routine maintenance — as well as how to safely enjoy this exciting sport!
Can you canoe? You can if you’ve taken Paddlesports at Camp Mac! In addition to canoes, we have kayaks and we have paddleboards! (Did you know “Camp Mac Kayak” spelled backwards is “Kayak Camp Mac”?!) Campers learn safety and fundamentals, and enjoy relays, bucket-dipping races, and a trip to Lower Lake Falls! Plus, we’ll do a little waterbiking – and add a pedalsport to the paddlesports!
Tired of paddling? Then sign up for Camp Mac’s Power Boating Elective! Available to boys and girls in the 7th and 8th grades, the Alabama Marine Police "Boating Basics" course is conducted in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Successful completion of this course is required by law in Alabama to obtain a license to operate a powerboat on public waters. In addition to becoming familiar with the “Rules of the Road”, each young skipper learns to safely handle his or her own boat. Official certificates are awarded to those campers who successfully pass the written and practical tests.
Advanced Power Boating emphasizes boating skills and safety. Campers in this elective also learn ski signals and how to pull a skier. This course is available to 8th graders who have passed the basic course.
Meet your friends at the Camp Mac Country Club for a round of golf – Putt-Putt Golf, that is! We’ll have Hole-in-One Contests, the Green and White Tourney, and the Horseshoe Tournament! Then we’ll end the week with the Camp Mac Masters for the coveted Green T-Shirt! See you at the Clubhouse!
8th grade boys and girls learn the fundamentals of Skeet Shooting and Shotgun Safety. Campers learn how to safely handle and fire shotguns at the clay targets flying out of the radio-controlled throwers at the Skeet Range!
We’ll have practice rounds and we’ll have tournaments – and at the end of the week the Championship and the braggin’ rights will go to the camper who busts the most clays!
Many of our campers participate in sports at home. Although each sport requires different skills, they all demand speed, quickness and strength – especially explosive strength for jumping and running. And by learning proper stretching and flexibility techniques, many sports injuries can be avoided.
Working with high school and college coaches and sports medicine experts, Camp Mac has developed a Strength and Conditioning program that improves our older campers’ natural abilities via cross-training — a combination of running, strength work, stretching and plyometrics (explosiveness training) – each day of the term.
Camp Mac’s Strength and Conditioning program is guaranteed to turn the aspiring athlete into a perspiring athlete!
Have you ever roped a cow? No? Then you haven’t taken Team Roping at Camp Mac! We start by learning how to coil the rope, build a loop, and throw the rope on foot. Next, we learn how to rope a dummy from the back of a barrel. Then it’s time to mount up and rope Sparky – the mechanical roping steer! Some people have trouble patting their head and rubbing their stomach – that’s nothing compared to riding a horse, chasing a cow, spinning a loop, and catching a steer! But if it was easy, it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!
and what better place to work on your tennis game than Camp Mac?! With three regulation Plexi-Pave courts and a ball machine to throw balls for you, we can’t think of a better place to work on your tennis game than Camp Mac!
We have plenty of room to practice, and Instructors standing by to help you dial in your serve, crank up your forehand, and master that two-fisted backhand! Our “passing off” advancement program offers ratings and awards from Beginner to Advanced and Camp Mac tennis tournaments provide all the competition and excitement you could hope for!
8th grade campers first learn how to conduct safety checks and perform basic maintenance on our Polaris Trail Carts.
Then, after practicing in the arena and demonstrating their driving skills, the intrepid drivers hit the trails and explore the backcountry on a network of mountain trails surrounded by the Talladega National Forest!
Start out with the basics – Seat Drops, Knee Drops, Back Drops. Move up into Combinations, Swivel Hips and Turntables. Then it’s time for Rolls, Flips and some Mirror Combinations. But you can’t pass off Expert Trampoline until you master the infamous Cody Routine!
Campers who have completed the 5th grade can sign up for the Wet ‘n Wild elective at the Camp Mac Waterpark! We’ll test our skills on the floating Obstacle Course, spin on the Saturns, fall off the Rolling Log and get launched off the famous Blob and splash down in the lake! We’ll climb up the back of a giant 15-foot tall iceberg and slide down the other side! Walk on water with the help of the Magic Carpet – and slide 165 feet down the ginormous Wet Willie Waterslide!